Bio & Contact

I am greatly indebted to the education I received at Hamilton College, where I majored in music and came to love the music of Bela Bartok and Charles Ives, among others. I started studying Cambodian music in 2004 with a Watson Fellowship project entitled “Soul of the Khmer: Music of the Khmer People in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.” During my year-long independent study, I learned to play two Cambodian instruments–the kse diev and khloy–and gained a foundation of knowledge about Cambodian language and culture. Since then, I have been performing and speaking about Cambodian music, working with Cambodian musicians in Lowell, MA, and presenting about Cambodian music at colleges and universities in Massachusetts, California, Arizona, and New York. I have continued to research Cambodian music and have branched out to research Indian music. I spent five weeks in Cambodia in 2010 researching wedding song lyrics; I spent a month in India in 2013 on a Fund for Teachers Fellowship learning about classical and tribal music;  and in 2014 I traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to continue various research projects.

After receiving a M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Tufts University, I taught for a year in the Abington (MA) Public Schools before joining the Expeditionary Learning network. I taught for three years at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy in Prescott, AZ, for one year at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA, and I have now joined the team at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA. I have also worked in outdoor education, in New Hampshire for the Appalachian Mountain Club and in northern California for Sierra Nevada Journeys. I have led two student trips to Cambodia and hope to take students to India and Cambodia in the future.

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  1. I am an independent scholars interested in the art and archaeology of ancient Cambodia.

    I find your identification of the ancient Khmer musical instruments very interesting.
    At the present, I am trying to identify bas-reliefs and sculptures showing musicians with hand-cymbals.

    You have identified a bas-relief of musicians with hand-cymbals in Angkor Wat in your essay on “Ethnomusicology at Angkor.” I will appreciate it if you can help me with its exact location.

    You have described it as being in a bas-relief depicting Krishna’s war “to capture a Demon King.” Would that be the bas-relief of ‘The Battle of Lanka’ from Ramayana shown in the North Wing of the West Gallery of the Third Enclosure? Or, would that be ‘Victory of Krishna over the Asura Bana’ in the East Wing of the North Gallery of the same Third Enclosure?

    Among the musicians whom you noticed on bas-reliefs at Bayon, did you see any one playing hand-cymbals?

    I will appreciate any references to which you can direct me where bas-reliefs depict musicians playing hand cymbals in ancient Cambodia.

    With kind regards,
    Joyanto Sen

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