Maria Mendonça

Is an ethnomusicologist who teaches in the anthropology and music departments at Kenyon College, OH. Her research interests include the circulation of Indonesian music (particularly gamelan traditions of Java and Bali), music and prisons, ethnographic film, music and cultural diplomacy, and ethnomusicology and the public sector. She is currently working on two film projects: Gamelan Encounters, on Javanese gamelan performance in England, and another on gong-making in Central Java, as well as developing and teaching the course Music, Film and Culture: Ethnographic Perspectives for undergraduate students at Kenyon. She has worked as an ethnomusicologist in a variety of settings in Britain and the US, including Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and several UK arts organizations.

Annie Menter

Annie is an independent creative producer, a curator of Taste the World, WOMAD and a director of Arts and Society. Previously a director of The WOMAD Foundation, a registered charity and the educational arm of WOMAD, her responsibilities included the strategic development of the Foundation, artist residencies, and devising and delivering innovative music and arts programmes for adults and young people. She has worked internationally in partnership with government institutions and universities and research projects have taken her to West Africa, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. Early in her career she studied textiles specialising in the textiles of Southern Nigeria, curating a touring exhibition with an associated educational programme. She has lectured in ‘Art in Social Context’ at UWE, was a founder member of Vizibility and is a Fellow of the RSA.