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Robert O. Beahrs

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Robert O. Beahrs

Visiting Scholar
Home Institution: 
University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Music, Pomona College, Claremont, CA


Robbie Beahrs is an ethnomusicologist, sound artist, and acoustic ecologist.

His fieldwork in Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and the United States links archival research with collaborative ethnography, voice-driven performance practice, filmmaking, and soundscape art. His current research projects explore genealogies of throat-singing in the Sayan-Altai Mountains of Inner Asia, interspecies listening and voicing in Tyva and western Mongolia, and vibrational sensing with Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts during long-duration space flight.

Robbie has collaborated as a sound artist with performance-makers at FlyTrap Studios (Oakland), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CounterPulse, Z-Space (San Francisco), Los Angeles Live Arts, and Dock 11 (Berlin). He holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His visiting position at Stanford is supported by a Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Transregional Research Fellowship entitled InterAsian Contexts and Connections.