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.