Dr. Beck has spent over six years in India studying Hindu religion and music. He holds an M.A. in Musicology (1986) and Ph.D. in South Asian Religion (1989) from Syracuse University, and has authored two books on the role of sound and music in Indian traditions, Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (1993), and Sonic Liturgy: Ritual and Music in Hindu Tradition (2011). He is also the editor of Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions (2006), and Alternative Krishnas: Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity (2005). Under Fulbright and AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies) grants he has researched Bhakti Sangit (devotional music) in Mathura and Vrindaban, especially the Radhavallabha tradition. In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, where he delivered the Michaelmas Lectures on Hinduism and Music. Recently, as a 2010 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow, he was affiliated with the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Calcutta where he conducted research into the Agra Gharana. Beside academics, Beck performs Hindustani vocal music and has released two CD’s. Over the years he has given numerous lectures and demonstrations in India and the West. Residing in New Orleans, he is Lecturer in Asian Religions and Music at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.