John Baily is Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of the Afghanistan Music Unit at Goldsmiths (University of London). Baily has held teaching positions in Queen’s University Belfast, Columbia University, and Goldsmiths. From 1984 to 1986 he was an RAI Documentary Film Training Fellow at the National Film and Television School, during which time he directed Amir: an Afghan Refugee Musician’s Life in Peshawar, Afghanistan and Lessons from Gulam: Asian Music in Bradford. He strongly encouraged ethnographic film making as part of the MMus in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths. Most of his eleven finished films concern the music of Afghanistan.