January 30, 2009
Hip Deep Scholar: Ryan Skinner
Ryan Thomas Skinner is an author, illustrator, musician, and ethnomusicologist who, for the past ten years, has conducted extensive research on traditional and modern music in Mali, West Africa. Ryan is a longtime student of kora master Toumani Diabaté and has performed and taught kora music in Europe and the United States. The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. Sidikiba's Kora Lesson is Ryan's first children's book.