SINGLE AUTHORED BOOKS
The Voice in the Drum: Music, Language and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014)
The Black Cow’s Footprint: Time, Space and Music in the Lives of the Kotas of South India (Delhi: Permanent Black, 2005; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.)
Theorizing the local: Music, practice and experience in south Asia and beyond, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
The bison and the horn: Indigeneity, performance, and the state of India. Special Issue of Asian Ethnology 73(1-2): 1-18. (coedited with Frank Heidemann, 2014).
Thought and play in musical rhythm. New York: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming, co-edited with Stephen Blum and Christopher Hasty)
The Musical Lives of Texts: Rhythms and Communal Relationships among the Nizamis and Some of Their Neighbours in South and West Asia, in Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature and Performance in North India, ed. Francesca Orsini and Katherine Butler Schofield, 445-484. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers.
Music and the emotions: Perspectives from 30 years in South and Central Asia. In Черия Открытых лекций по тематическому “Междисциплинарный дискурс в контексте взаимоотношнения гуманитарных и естественнонауных исследований,” 46-61. Dushanbe: University of Central Asia, Aga Khan Humanities Project.
(With Frank Heidemann). Guest Editors’ Introduction: Indigeneity, Performance, and the State in South Asia and Beyond. In The bison and the horn: Indigeneity, performance, and the state of India. Special Issue of Asian Ethnology 73(1-2): 1-18.
Tribal and Modern Voices in South Indian Kota Society. In The bison and the horn: Indigeneity, performance, and the state of India. Special Issue of Asian Ethnology 73(1-2): 61–89.
The Manifest and the Hidden: Agency and loss in Muslim performance traditions of south and west Asia, in Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety, chapter 6, ed. Kamal Salhi (Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies). New York: Routledge.
Entries in Encyclopedia of the Nilgiri Hills, ed. Paul Hockings. Manohar and AltaMira Press: 1. “Architecture, Kota.” pp 41-42; 2. “Funerary Rituals, Kota,” 353-64; 3. Kollimalai,” pp 478-80; 4. “Kota Culture,” 480-82; 5. “Kota Eschatology,” 482-87 ;6. “Kota Kinship,” 494-95; 7. “Kota Speech,” 495-501 [INSERT LINK TO FILE CALLED “Kota-language.PDF”]; 8. “Music and Performance: Kota and Tribal,” 611-18.
The rhythms of rāga ālāpana in south Indian music: A preliminary introduction. 121-141. Perspectives on Korean Music:Sanjo and Issues of Improvisation in Musical Traditions of Asia. vol 1.
“Music and translocation in south Asia: Two case studies.” In Relationship between Eurasia and Japan: Mutual Interaction and Representation. Proceedings of the international symposium, Performance and Culture: Exchange and Symbols in Eurasia and Japan (held on March 28-29, 2009), 116-121, ed. by Koike, Jun’ichi, Shoji Ueno, Yoshitaka Terada and Ryoji Sasahara. Tokyo: National Institutes for the Humanities.
“Introduction.” In Theorizing the Local: Music, practice, and experience in South Asia and beyond, 5-26, edited by Richard K. Wolf (Oxford University Press, NY).
“Varnams and vocalizations: The special significance of some musical beginnings.” In Theorizing the Local: Music, practice, and experience in South Asia and beyond, 243-302, edited by Richard K. Wolf (Oxford University Press, NY).
“Doubleness, mātam, and Muharram drumming in South Asia.” In Pain and its transformation, 331-50., ed. Sarah Coakley and Kay Kaufman Shelemay. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
“The Poetics of ‘Sufi’ Practice: Drumming, Dancing, and Complex Agency at Madho Lāl Husain (And Beyond).” American Ethnologist 33(2): 246-268. (Reprinted 2010 in Islam and Society in Pakistan: Anthropological Perspectives, ed. Magnus Marsden. Karachi: OUP)
“Wolf Return to Tears” In, The Living and the Dead: Social dimensions of death in South Asian religions, 95–112, ed. Elizabeth Wilson. Albany: State University of New York Press.
“Tribal Music (Nilgiris)” pp 615–17; In South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia. Eds. M. Mills, P. Claus, and S. Diamond. New York: Routledge.
“Tribal Communities (S. India)” pp 611-13. In South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia. Eds. M. Mills, P. Claus, and S. Diamond. New York: Routledge.
“Emotional dimensions of ritual music among the Kotas, a south Indian tribe.” Ethnomusicology 45(3): 379–422.
“Three perspectives on music and the idea of tribe in India.” Asian Music 32(1): 5–34.
“Mourning songs and human pasts among the Kotas of south India.” Asian M. 32(1): 141–183.
“Embodiment and ambivalence: Emotion in south Asian Muharram drumming.” Yearbook for Traditional Music 32: 81–116.
“Music in Seasonal and Life-Cycle Rituals.” In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol 5, South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent, ed. A. Arnold, 272–87. New York: Garland Pub., Inc.
“Tamil Nadu.” In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol 5, South Asia:The Indian Subcontinent, ed. Alison Arnold, 903–21. New York: Garland Pub., Inc.
“Rain, God and Unity among the Kotas.” In Blue Mountains Revisited, ed. Paul Hockings, 231–292. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
“Style and tradition in Karaikkudi vina playing.” Asian Theatre Journal 8(2): 118–41.
SCHOLARLY RECORDINGS AND LINER
2014 “Continuity: Ranganayaki Rajagopalan.” 2 CD set, classical vina music of south India. Scholarly notes and production, Richard Wolf. International Council for Traditional Music/UNESCO. Smithsonian Folkways.
Of God and death: Music in ritual and everyday life. A musical ethnography of the Kotas of south India. PhD Dissertation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Review of Dancing with Devtās: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India, by Andrew Alter. Asian Ethnology 72(2): 347-351.
Review of In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond. 2010. Music of Central Asia, 7. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40526. Yearbook for Traditional Music 45: 275-276.
Review of In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals. 2010, Music of Central Asia, 9. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40528. In Yearbook for Traditional Music 45: 276-277.
Review essay: Singing the classical, voicing the modern: The postcolonial politics of music in south India, by Amanda Weidman; From the Tanjore court to the Madras Music Academy: A social history of music in South India. Ethnomusicology Forum 17(2): 287-292
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol 5, South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent, ed. Alison Arnold. Ethnomusicology 48(2): 278–82.
Time in Indian Music, by Martin Clayton. Asian Music 34(2): 133–139.
Horse of Karbala: Muslim Devotional Life in India, by David Pinault. New York: Palgrave, 2001. Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review 6: 123–129.
Kota Dictionary. Dravidian language of the Nilgiri Hills of South India.