Klaus-Peter Brenner studied ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology at Göttingen University and completed his Ph.D. with a doctoral dissertation on village music from south-west Turkey in 1991. He conducted field research in Turkey in 1984 and 1986, Zimbabwe 1993, and Uganda 1997. Since 1992, he has been curator of the Collection of Musical Instruments and senior lecturer in ethnomusicology and organology at the Department of Musicology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, where he also teaches mbira courses. Among his publications is the book Chipendani und Mbira (1997). In 2012 he organized the symposium Mbira Music | Musics. Structures and Processes at the 15th International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, the proceedings of which he is currently preparing.
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Tiago de Oliveira Pinto is head of the “Transcultural Music Studies” Chair at the Department of Musicology, University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany, and Professor of Post-Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Mariano Gonzalez is a post-graduate student at the Department of Musicology, University of Music Franz Liszt, Weimar, Germany.