Karishmeh Felfeli-Crawford

Karishmeh Felfeli-Crawford has recently submitted a PhD thesis (2021) for examination at University College Cork, on ethnography and analysis of 1980s synthpop duo Erasure (Vince Clarke and Andy Bell) under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Stock and Dr Alexander Khalil and with full cooperation and input from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell. An award-winning music analyst of Indian-Iranian background, Felfeli-Crawford also researches, publishes and writes radio documentaries and podcasts (Offbeat – Dublin City FM; BBC Radio 3; SMI). Her most recent peer-review publication is a major music analytical study of Mozart’s piano music (JSMI 2020). Karishmeh is a former examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, a former presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a first-class honours graduate of University College Dublin’s Masters in Musicology. Karishmeh is also project associate at the University of Huddersfield’s cutting-edge IRiMaS, and co-secretary of the Society for Ethnomusicology (US and Canada) SIG “Music Analysis”. Her next peer-review publication, on Western transcription and analysis of Indian fusion rock band Indian Ocean and decolonisation is due to appear in the June 2021 issue of Ethnomusicology Forum, edited by Shzr Ee Tan. Meanwhile, Karishmeh’s invited think piece, edited by Jim Cowdery for the Society for Ethnomusicology (US and Canada) titled “Talking about Erasure: An Indian Music Scholar Reflects on (Western) Music Analysis” provides a glimpse into her work as an Indian ethnomusicologist in Ireland, notably her PhD work with Vince Clarke and Andy Bell’s Erasure corpus in the wake of the Schenkergate controversy (Felfeli-Crawford, SEM Newsletter ed. Cowdery, April 2021 – available to members).

  • University College Cork