Jeffrey W. Cupchik, Ph.D.


Jeffrey W. Cupchik is a Commonwealth Scholar and Trudeau Fellow whose research is thematically centered around intersecting fields: ethnomusicology, health and well-being, popular music, liturgical studies, anthropology of religion, ethnography, ritual studies, performance studies, Buddhist studies, and historiography. His interests range from the Tibetan Buddhist liturgical ritual music of sacred Varjayana (tantric) song-poetry, to the musically-guided meditation apps of preventive health interventions, to the mega-concert genre of global popular music philanthropy. His published writings include a historiography of the prominent musicians in the creative constellation of artists around The Beatles who adapted a transnational symbolic musical language of spirituality into the popular music of the Sixties, such as George Harrison’s adaptation of South Asian classical music sonorities into “raga rock.”

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