Theodore Levin

Theodore Levin

Academic Appointments

Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music

Theodore Levin is a longtime student of music, expressive culture, and traditional spirituality in Central Asia and Siberia. As an advocate for music and musicians from other cultures, he has written books, produced recordings, curated concerts and festivals, and contributed to international arts initiatives. During an extended leave from Dartmouth, Levin served as the first executive director of the Silk Road Project, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has also served as chair of the Arts and Culture sub-board of the Open Society (Soros) Foundations, and is currently Senior Project Consultant to the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. His research and advocacy activities focus on the role of arts and culture in promoting and strengthening civil society, pluralism, and cosmopolitanism in countries where it is imperiled or still emerging. At Dartmouth he teaches courses on world music, sonic landscapes, music of the Silk Road region, and an interdisciplinary course on the art, science, and symbolism of musical instruments.

HB 6187
Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A. Amherst College
M.F.A. Princeton University
Ph.D. Princeton University

Selected Publications

The Music of Central Asia, ed. Theodore Levin, Saida Daukeyeva, and Elmira Köchümkulova (Indiana University Press, 2016).

Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond, (Indiana University Press, 2006, paperback 2010).

Music of Central Asia, Vols. 1-10 (CD-DVD series with notes and text translations), (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2004-11).

The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia (and Queens, New York) , (Indiana University Press 1996; paperback 1999).

Works in progress

“Timbre-Centered Listening in the Soundscape of Tuva” (co-authored with Valentina Süzükei), in The Oxford Handbook of Timbre (Oxford University Press, 2017?)

MuOM overtone singing choir – Dark tranquility (Basilica Pi, Barcelona)

MuOM overtone singing choir – Dark tranquility (Basilica Pi, Barcelona)

Ajoutée le 28 déc. 2015

MuOM in concert at the Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi church in Barcelona (june 2015), performing a piece of their album Mu. Support us buying our music:…… MuOM is (left to right): Xevi Garcia Tarrago Riccardo Parenti Moisés M. Pérez Miguélez David Sitges-Sardà Cumie Dunio Josep Mª Aragay Borràs Joaquín Manjón Peñalver Sylvan Farran James MuOM is a overtone singing choir, where all singers use Western techniques of Overtone Singing. The songs are original compositions of the group, where the choir performs a choral poliphonic overtone singing. In some of the pieces, guttural vocal techniques from Central Asia (Tuva, Mongolia) are used, such as khoomei, sygyt and kargyraa. MuOM es un coro de cámara de canto de armónicos, donde todos los cantantes utilizan técnicas occidentales de canto difónico. Las canciones son de composicion propia, y el grupo lleva a cabo un interpretacion coral de polifonia de canto de armonicos. Además en algunas de las piezas también se utilizan técnicas vocales guturales y difónicas provenientes del centro de Asia (Tuva, Mongolia), como el khoomei, sygyt y kargyraa. MuOM és una coral de cants harmònics, en el qual tots els cantants utilitzen tècniques occidentals de cant difònic. A més en algunes de les peces també s’utilitzen tècniques vocals guturals i difóniques provinents del centre d’Àsia (Tuva, Mongòlia), com el khoomei, sygyt i kargyraa.