Biography of Editors
Aiman Ikram bin Uyub
Aiman Ikram Uyub received a Master of Arts (Music Pedagogy and Performance) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2019. His bachelor research focus on the musical analysis. He is a trumpet player and active in performing with various group from from Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Malaysia Philharmonic YOuth Orchestra (MPYO) to a small group of ensemble pplaying various style from classical to pop and jazz. Besides performing, he is active in teaching brass instrument especially trumpet. He has conducted a masterclass and also workshop from primary school to university level. Currently he is a lecturer at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and the new appointed treasurer of Malaysia Journal of Music (MJM).
Anthea Skinner has PhD in musicology from Monash University and currently works as a research associate in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne. Her main research interests are disability music culture, military music and organology. Anthea is also a qualified archivist and won the Australian Society of Archivists' 2021 Margaret Jennings Award. She previously worked as a journalist for disability media outlets including Link Disability Magazine and the ABC’s Ramp Up. She is the secretary of the International Council of Traditional Music’s Study-Group-in-the-Making on Indigenous Music and Dance, and the Access and Equity Officer of the Musicological Society of Australia. Anthea also plays percussion in the Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra.
Arwin Q. Tan
Arwin Q. Tan is associate professor of Musicology at the University of the Philippines College of Music. He is the editor of Saysay Himig: A Sourcebook on Philippine Music History, 1880-1941 (University of the Philippines Press, 2018), and curator of its accompanying 3-CD recording of transcultural music from the late nineteenth century. He was consultant and contributor to the second edition of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippine Art - Music Volume (2018). His dissertation, “Music, Labor, and Capitalism in Manila’s Transforming Colonial Society of the Late Nineteenth Century” received the 2nd honorary mention in the International Musicological Society Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2020. He is the conductor of Novo Concertante Manila, currently ranked 3rd among the top 1000 mixed choirs of the world by Interkultur, Germany. He sits in the advisory board of the newly launched Berlin-based choral institution, Choralspace.
Benjamin Fairfield received his MA and PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He was an East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellow, Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, elementary school ukulele instructor, managing editor of China Review International, and lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and West Oahu, where he most recently created a hands-on northern Thai/Ecomusicology ensemble (MUS 311) where students built their own instruments from natural and recycled items. He has collaborated with Karen scholar-musician-activist Chi Suwichan Phattanaphraiwan to translate two books and has published a handful of academic articles on Karen music in Thailand. He and Suwichan are currently working on a Karen tehnaku harp curriculum.
Ching-Yi Chen completed a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield in 2012. She is currently serving as a vice-chair for Taiwan Regional Committee of ICTM, a secretary for Chinese in Wales Association. She was an adjunct lecturer at Confucius Institute of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (2017-2018) and served as an Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology at Tainan National University of the Arts (2013-2017), specializing in Chinese oversea music in Southeast Asia and Taiwanese folk music. In 2013, she was awarded a research grant from the County Government in Taiwan to conduct a project, Chinese Folk Music in the Hengchun Peninsula of Taiwan. She has also produced and directed eleven mini documentary films about endangered sounds and folk music revival in the Hengchun Peninsula of Taiwan. Her current research focuses on Chinese musical heritage, particularly the traditional operas in Malaysia.
Chi-hin Leung is a Hong Kong composer and music educator who was awarded the Gold Medal (Innovative Grid Score for Electronic Orchestra) from International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada, the Special Prize from the Romanian Inventors Forum, Bronze Medal (The Grid and Grid Notation for Music Education) from the International Specialized Trade Show for "Ideas - Inventions - New Products", the champion from Hong Kong Handbell Festival Composition Competition and many. Leung’s compositions are featured by international music festivals and published by renowned publishers and labels which include Schott Music (Germany), MOECK (Germany), Donemus (Netherlands), Edition HH (U.K.), PARMA Recordings (U.S.), From the Top Music (U.S.), Oxford University Press (China) and Hong Kong Composers’ Guild. His works have been featured by ISCM World New Music Days, UNESCO International “Arts for Peace” Festival, International Rostrum of Composers, International Electronic Music Week, World Choir Games, International Handbell Symposium, ISME World Conference on Music Education, Asian Composers League Festival, Asian Recorder Festival, Asian Saxophone Congress, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Vienna, Taipei Traditional Arts Festival, Musicarama, Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and many.
Leung is the Assistant Professor at the Education University of Hong Kong, President of the Hong Kong Association for Music Educators, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, and Commissioner of the Music in School and Teacher Education Commission of the ISME.
Clare Suet Ching Chan
Clare Suet Ching Chan is the Chief Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Music (MJM) since 2015. She has published in journals such as Asian Music Journal, Pertanika Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH), Tirai Panggung and the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. Clare has also reviewed for the British Journal of Music Education (BJME), Asian Music Journal, Wacana Seni, Pertanika JSSH, Malaysian Journal of Performing and Visual Arts (MJPVA) and Jurnal Pendidikan Malaysia. She is the main author of four folktale and music books of the Semai indigenous community in Malaysia, which won the gold award in 2015 International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by the Institute of Higher Learning (PECIPTA2015). Clare also co-authored the Folk Tunes of Malaysia for Violin Beginners, which obtained a bronze award in the 2018 Malaysia Technology Exposition (MTE).
Fung Chiat Loo
Since 2007, Loo has presented research papers in both national and international conferences, and has publised articles in reputable journals such as Asian Theatre Journal, Pertanika Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH) and Medical Problem of Performing Artists (MPPA). She also reviewed articles for Pertanika (JSSH), Malaysian Music Journal (MMJ) and book chapters for UPM Press. Her book publication includes 'Butterfly Lovers: Score and music' (2013). She was also the co-editor for 'An Analysis of Schoenberg's and Messiaen's Selected Solo Piano Pieces' (2012).
Hasnizam Abdul Wahid
Hasnizam Abdul Wahid main interest is in music technology, particularly electronic and electroacoustic music. He has been a first-prize winner in the residency category in the Bourges 2001 Electroacoustic Music Competition, was awarded a Mention during the L’espace du Son 2002 Competition in Brussels, and received a Pre-Selection of Jury for his work Ra'hah in the Electroacoustic Sonic Art Works category in Bourges 2003 and a Pre- Selection of Jury in Bourges 2005 for his piece Interplay and awarded 3rd Prize Winner for his piece ‘Mikro II’ in Musicacoustica – Beijing 2012 Electronic Music Composition Competition. Most of his works, represent his interest in exploring the domain of sounds, and his interest on science of sounds through creative works. He is also a novice programmer, Max and Pure Data (Pd).
As a scholar and among early electroacoustic composers in Malaysia, he plays a key role in introducing electroacoustics in Malaysia. He has participated in various national and international festivals as well as competitions such as Bourges (France), Emphirical Soundings (Australia), Musicacoustica (China), Asea(r)n (Thailand) as well as Spectre (Malaysia).
He was the Dean at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, and now currently residing as the Director at the Institute of Creative Arts & Technology (iCreaTe), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak, East Malaysia (also known as Borneo), Malaysia. His other works include exploring telemusic, through ‘Asian Telemusic Concert’, a collaborative online real- time performance with collaborators from Beijing in 2011.
He is also a member of, International Computer Music Association (ICMA), Spectromorphology interest group, exploring notation and representation in sound domain, and was appointed as Malaysian representative for Southeast Asia Directors of Music (SEADOM) society, and also a member of Electroacoustic Music Studies (EMS) and Electroacoustic Music Studies Asia Network (EMSAN).
His other research interest include studies on different species of frog sounds, swiftlets (birds), and since 1994 he has recorded various sounds in Borneo , including sound from the Borneo highland, as well as research on Gamelan instruments from local Malaysia as well as neighbouring country. Most of his works can be describe as acousmatic, exploring bioacoustics, anthrophony, geophony and biophony.
During his studying years in the Europe, he visited and attended various conferences, festivals as well as visits include Musique and Recherches (Ohain, Belgium), Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), Birmingham, England, Beijing Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, and his latest was a seminar at the Museum of Siam, Bangkok. He was also the pioneering team for the production of Rainforest World Music Festival 1998. As well as session musician for local artist.
Listed as one of the artist in 2017 edition of The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music (2nd Ed), it manifest his consistent interest and focus in Electroacoustic Music.
Hsin-Wen Hsu is an assistant professor in ethnomusicology at the National Taiwan Normal University. He received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2014. He has conducted extensive research in Taiwan and Finland, with an emphasis on the institutionalization of Finnish pelimanni and Taiwanese Hakka music. More recently he has also pursued research topics such as Hakka hymns across Sinophone societies, music as intangible cultural heritage, and the audiophile culture in Taiwan.
Joe Kinzer received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in 2017, and specializes in issues of identity and religious expression in Asian musical contexts. He has taught ethnomusicology courses at the University of Washington and Northern Illinois University. Currently, he is the Senior Curatorial Assistant for Harvard University’s Archive of World Music and Affiliate Faculty member for Antioch University’s Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) Program. He plays the ‘ud (Arab lute) in Boston College’s Astaza! ensemble. His book, Arab Lutes and Global Roots in the Music of Muslim Malaysia (Routledge, forthcoming), explores how centuries of conflicting Hindu-Buddhist and Islamic influences from India and the Middle East have transformed and continue to complicate Malay cultural politics in 21st century musical practices. Joe resides in Boston with his wife and daughter.
Kaori FUSHIKI is a professor of department of Humanities, Taisho University. After graduated from Tokyo National University of the Arts, she had joined Karawitan course in STSI-Depasar (ISI-Denpasar) from 1996 to 1998, and received her master and doctor degree in Taisho University, then, joined Tokyo University of Foreign Studies as a junior fellow after received doctor digree for three years. Since 2002, she started her teaching in some universities: Toho Collage of Music, Toho Gakuen School of Music, Keio Univerisy, Japan Women's College of Physical Education, Tokyo University of Arts. She is currently the chair of the Japanese branch of The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-Japan). She is doing reseaches about some topics such as organology of suling in Balinese gamelan, social roles of musicians, wayang potehi and potehi (budaixi) in Southeast Asia, and music in rituals in some field, such as Bali, East Java and Singapore. Most recent English paper is: 'Embracing new performance spaces as a method for survival: the changing social context of Indonesian Wayang Potehi.' The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 51, 70-83, 2020. Beside teaching in Universities, she is playing Balinese gamelan as a performer, and producing international cultural exchenge events. Produced events are: "Potehi in Southeast Asia and Taiwan "(2014), Japan tour of Singapore Nanyin group Siong Leng Musical Association "Nanyin in Singapore" (2015), Cultural exchange event "Malaysian puppet theatre Potehi: Potehi of Ombak=ombak Art Studio" (2017).
Kevin Weingarten is a Visiting Professor in Music Education at the University of Washington. He is completing his PhD degree at the University of Kansas, where he taught conducting techniques to instrumental methods and music philosophy. Earlier, he was a middle school band director and general music teacher at international schools in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Budapest (Hungary). His research encompasses questions of music perception, multimodal inattention in music rehearsal settings, and social-emotional learning, much of which has been featured in presentations at state- and national-level NAfME conferences as well as in forthcoming publications. He was recently a keynote presenter at the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Music Educators Conference in Dubai. Kevin is currently completing is dissertation, which investigates how the events of 2020 and the subsequent remote classroom dynamics are affecting band students’ creative musical experience.
Lai Chee Toh
Toh Lai Chee is recognised as the writer for the northen zone Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in the Direktori Penulis Utara in 2015. She has published in journals such as International Journal of Education and Research, Malaysian International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, Malaysian Music Journal, Wacana Seni, Jurnal Pendidikan GERAK, Jurnal Teknologi Pendidikan, and co-published reports for UNESCO. She headed the panel in writing the Arts in Education module for teacher educators in the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia and is also the chief coordinator of the Jurnal Penyelidikan Tindakan Muzik. Lai Chee also reviewed for Malaysian Journal of Music and Jurnal TEMPAWAN. She also co-authored the book Kreativiti dalam Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Muzik and contributed materials on Boria theatre in The music of Malaysia: Classical, Folk and Syncretic.
Lara Mendoza is an Assistant Professor in the Development Studies Program at Ateneo de Manila University. She earned her PhD in Music at the University of the Philippines. She has two Master’s degrees: an MA in Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University and an advanced MA in Cognitive and Functional Linguistics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain). She was a Fellow at the Department of Popular Culture in Bowling Green State University from 2016-2017. She is also a certified teacher trainor of English Language Teaching. She is currently the team leader of the CHED-NCCA Salikha project, Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC). Her research interests are in youth, sports, music, underground, and teacher training.
LaVerne de la Peña
LaVerne de la Peña PhD, sits on the editorial board of the Musika Jornal for which he served as editor-in-chief of several volumes. He was also editor of the book anthology Mga Awiting Bayan Para sa Korong Pilipino as well as the NAMCYA Philippine Music Anthology, vols 1 & 2. His articles are include in the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts as well as the upcoming book Saysay Himig: A Source Book on Philippine Music History. As a composer, his works have been published under The Pilgrim Press. Dr. de la Pena is currently the dean of the University of the Philippines College of Music and director of the UP Center for Enthnomusicology.
Luciana Hamond currently works as Associate Professor in the Piano/Music Education areas in the Department of Arts of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT). Luciana holds a PhD in Music Education from the UCL Institute of Education, University College London (UK), having been a recipient of the Brazilian CAPES Foundation scholarship (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) as a full-time student in the UK. Her doctoral study explored potential pedagogical uses of visual-auditory feedback generated by technology in higher education piano studios. She completed a postdoctoral internship at the State University of Santa Catarina - UDESC (2017-2019) with the collaboration of Prof. Dr. Anna Rita Addessi of the University of Bologna (Italy). Her post-doctoral study explored pedagogical uses of MIROR-Impro (Musical Interaction Relying On Reflexion), based on IRMSs Interactive Reflective Musical Systems, in developing piano improvisation with principal and secondary instrument undergraduate students in Brazil.
Made Mantle Hood
Made Mantle Hood serves on the international advisory board of the Malaysian Journal of Visual and Performing Arts (Universiti Malaya), the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Culture Research (Chulalongkorn University) and both the Mudra Journal Seni Budaya and Lekesan Interdisciplinary Journal of Asia Pacific Arts (Institut Seni Indonesia). He is senior editor of the Malaysian Journal of Music (UPSI). He is also co-editor of the edited volumes Music, Ethics and the Community (2015) and Music and Mind (2015) both with UPM Press. Since 2012, he has been principal reviewer for articles published in the journals Musicology Australia, Wacana Seni, MJM, MJVPA and JUCR.
Md Jais Ismail
Md Jais Ismail is a senior lecturer in Faculty of Music, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia. He has 12 years experience teaching music to preschool, primary, secondary, and tertiary education students. He has published research articles in Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), Quantum Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, and International Journal of Innovation, Creativity, and Change. Music papers also presented in International Conference On Advance Social Research In Education, Management And Society (ICASREMS2020), The 12th UPM International Colloquium For Music Research (ICMUS’19), Seminar Kebangsaan Pendidikan Negara (SKEPEN 2019), and Simposium Kesarjanaan Pengajaran Dan Pembelajaran Dan Penilaian Alternatif UKM (SOTLA 2018).
Natee Chiengchana is an assistant professor in Music Education at Ratchasuda College at Mahidol University in Thailand, where he works as a program director of Master’s Program in education for persons with special needs. He is also a lecturer and thesis supervisor in the field of music therapy and music education at College of Music, Mahidol University. He has extensive experience as a music educator and music therapist in the area of exceptional children. His research interests focus on inclusive music education and music therapy, music for children with autism, children with behaviour or emotional disorders, and children with hearing loss. He received his B.Ed. (1st Hons) in music education and M.Ed. in educational research from Chulalongkorn University and Ph.D. in music education (emphasis in music therapy) from Mahidol University.
Pornprapit Phoasavadi received a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Thai traditional music from Chulalongkorn University. In 1995, she was a Fulbright fellow to pursue her graduate studies at the University of Washington, Seattle and received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in 2005. Since 2017, Pornprapit has served as Deputy Dean of International Affairs at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University. Currently, she is an associate professor of Thai traditional music at Chulalongkorn University. She is the national liaison officer for the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), a managing editor for the Journal of Urban Culture Research (Chulalongkorn University), and an editor of the Malaysian Journal of Music (MJM). She also co-authored From Bangkok and Beyond: Thai Children’s Songs, Games, and Customs (2003) with World Music Press. In 2018, she published a book Music of Nan Province, which was supported by Chulalongkorn University’s academic fund for the centennial anniversary celebration.
Raul C. Navarro
Raul C. Navarro is currently Full Professor of Music and Chair of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music. He was among the recipients of the One UP Professorial Chair for Outstanding Teaching and Creative Work (2016-2018, 2019-2021), the University of the Philippines Artist Award (2009-2011, 2014- 2016, 2017-2019) and the UP Distinguished Alumni for Culture and the Arts in 2011. Dr. Navarro won the 2008 Philippine National Book Award for History for his Kolonyal na Patakaran at ang Nagbabagong Kamalayang Filipino: Musika sa Publikong Paaralan sa Filipinas, 1898-1935 (Ateneo 2007). He also won the 2008 UP Outstanding Publication in Filipino (Original Research Category) for the same book. He published two other books on the socio-historical aspects of Philippine music, titled Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972-1986 (Ateneo 2014), and Musika sa Kasaysayan ng Filipinas: Pana-panahong Diskurso (UP 2016).
Shahanum Mohd. Shah
Shahanum Md Shah's research interest are prinarily in the areas of teaching and learning music, assessment in music, psychology of music and the Malay gamelan. Shahanum reviews for several journals including the Malaysian Journal of Music, Pertanika, The International Journal of Arts, Culture and Heritage (iJACH) Electronic Journal, Wacana Seni, Global Science & Technology Forum Journal of Music, Jurnal Pendidikan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Tirai Panggung Universiti Malaya and The European Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences. She has also served as reviewer for conference proceedings such as the International Society for Music Education and Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research. Shahanum has published in the music education field as author and co-author in journals and books including the International Journal for Music Education, Malaysian Journal of Music, Music Education Research, International Journal of Learning and Teaching and has also co-edited the book Perspectives in Music Education.
Skowrung Saibunmi is a lecturer of Master of Arts Program in Cultural Studies, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand.
She is also a piano instructor teaching at Yamaha Music School and her private studio. She finished her Ph.D. (Music) from College of Music, Mahidol University. Her research interests include music education research, piano pedagogy, music for children, music teaching methodology, higher education, doctoral education, adult education, popular music, and social psychology.
Wayan Sudirana is one of Bali’s well-known professor, composers, teaching and performing across Bali and internationally. He is the author of “Gamelan Gong Luang: Ritual, Time, Place, and Change in a Balinese Sacred Ensemble” (2019) and the editor of “Identity and Genre in Gamelan Gong Kebyar: An Analytical Study of Gabor” (2020). One of his publications entitled, “Borrowing, Stealing, Transforming: Intercultural Influences in Balinese Neo- Traditional Composition,” published in a chapter book edited by Kendra Stepputat entitled, Performing Arts in Postmodern Bali: Changing Interpretations, Founding Traditions (Stepputat 2013, page 175 – 186). His current research includes the development of new music in Bali, sacred and ancient texts about traditional music and compositional methods, choreography in music performances, Arja paired drumming, and Balinese popular music. He is currently an assistant professor at the music department at Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI Denpasar).
Zaharul Lailiddin Saidon
Zaharul Lailiddin Saidon is an associate professor of Music Education at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Tanjong Malim, Malaysia, where he teaches courses in music education and marching band techniques. Zaharul was the dean of the Faculty of Music & Performing Arts at the university from 2013-2019. He received his undergraduate degree in music from Southern Illinois University, USA and master's degree in education from the University of Houston, Texas, USA. Zaharul is one of the founding members of the Malaysian Association for Music Education (M.A.M.E.). In addition, he is also one of the founding members of the Malaysia Band Association and has held the position of president for two terms. As a certified Drum Corps Europe judge, Zaharul has regularly been invited as an adjudicator at the local and international marching band and wind orchestra festivals and competitions.