Benjamin Brinner is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California at Berkeley where he has taught since 1988. Prior to that he taught at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He earned the PhD and MA degrees in the ethnomusicology program at UC Berkeley after completing a BA in musicology at the Hebrew University. His first book, Knowing Music, Making Music: Javanese Gamelan and the Theory of Musical Competence and Interaction (University of Chicago Press, 1995), was based on extensive field work in Java and won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award. Since 1988 he has also been conducting research in Israel on musical collaborations between Jews and Arabs. A book on that research will be published by Oxford University Press.