Kristen Leigh in Southeast Asia

I am thrilled to announce that I've been awarded a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to spend this summer in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, to study music, religion, and culture at Gadja Mada University. I will be living in a guest house in Jogja from late May through the end of July before traveling to Bali and then Thailand for some comparative research.

I do hope to perform some while I am there, but my primary goal is to learn as much as I possibly can from the wonderful people that I will meet about the music that they love, and what it means to them.

If you would like to keep up with me while I traverse the globe, please check in periodically with my travel blog at

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