Music of Islamic South Asia, particularly of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Asian and Asian American music.
Ph.D., University of Washington; M.A., University of Washington; B.A., UC Berkeley
Lorraine Sakata is the author of Music in the Mind: The Concepts of Music and Musician in Afghanistan, published by Kent State University Press in 1983 and reissued by Smithsonian Institution Press in November of 2002. She is producer of Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso from Afghanistan (Smithsonian Folkways, 2002). Her other recent publications focus on devotional music of Pakistan, in particular, the music at Sufi shrines in Pakistan. She is currently working on a book on Asian and Asian American music, based on her experience working with Asian and Asian American musicians and musical organizations in the United States. Sakata taught in the Ethnomusicology Program at the University of Washington for twenty years before joining the UCLA faculty.