Ryan Koons

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Ethnomusicologist and countertenor Ryan Koons is completing his PhD in ethnomusicology at UCLA. His dissertation research focuses on Muskogee-Creek Native American ceremonial music and dance and derives from a collaboration of more than a decade with the Florida-based Palachicola Tribal Town. As a music scholar and documentary filmmaker, he has also conducted research in the Scandinavian diaspora, South Africa, Mississippi, and early music and American folk music communities. Koons is also a professional musician, specializing in early music and traditional musics from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the British Isles.