Matt Rahaim

Hindustani Vocalist: Khyal, Gwalior Gayaki  // shagird of Laxman Krishnarao Pandit

Improviser: voice and analog synthesizers

Composer: conceptual performance pieces, both in-person and in virtual spaces (zoom, VR, hubs, etc.)

Scholar: Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota in the division of Creative Studies and Media.
History and ethnography of South Asian music; speculative musical philosophy; voice studies, practices of listening, intonation theory, musical ethics and metaphysics.  I am strongly committed to teaching, experimentation, and scholarship in the liberal arts tradition.

Rag Komal Rishabh Asavari (2020)
Rag Bhimpalasi (2021)
Microviolet: Accident Party (2022)

books and articles
Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music (2012)
Ways of Voice: Vocal Striving and Moral Contestation in North India and Beyond (2021)

Ways of Voice Companion Website

"Not Just One, Not Just Now: Relational Voices in Time" (2021)
"Authority, Critique, and Revision in the Sanskrit Music-Theoretic Tradition: Re-Reading the Svara-Mela-Kalānidhi." (2015)
"Object, Person, Machine, or What: Practical Ontologies of Voice" (2019)
"Otherwise Than Participation: Unity and Alterity in Musical Encounters" (2017)
"Theories of Participation" (2019)
"That Ban(e) of Indian Music: Hearing Politics in the Harmonium"(2011)

Academic CV

tanpura sound files

mushroom jokes

University of Minnesota Faculty Page & Office Hour Signup Sheet (in person or zoom)