Garrett Field serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts (IARTS) and School of Music at Ohio University. He works closely with Ph.D. candidates in the IARTS program who select music as their primary or secondary area. Field teaches the seminar about research and writing methods for the incoming PhD candidates in IARTS, lectures about the history of Western art music and jazz, and leads the Ohio University Indian Music Ensemble. He is currently designing a new graduate-level course with Professor Richard Wetzel that will be offered in spring 2014 and cross-listed between the School of Music and School of Interdisciplinary Arts. Students in the course will explore the music of South, East, and S. East Asia that European composers studied in the twentieth century, and the ways these European composers channeled these traditions into the melodies, rhythms, and orchestrations found in scores and symphonic realizations.
Dr. Field’s research focuses on music of Sri Lanka and South India, and Sinhala literature of Sri Lanka. Field’s recent article is forthcoming in The Journal of Asian Studies. He has published articles about music of India and Sri Lanka in Ethnomusicology Review and The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, and an article about Sinhala literature in Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Music for the Buddhist Majority: Sinhala Light Song in Postcolonial Sri Lanka. Dr. Field performs South Indian classical music for voice or electric guitar and has appeared at Harvard University, Yale University, Wesleyan University, and at the annual Thyagaraja Festival in Cleveland.