- South Indian art music
- Embodied and enactive music cognition
- Ecological psychology applied to musical experience
- Physical gesture in music performance
- Aesthetics and social context
- Raga performance and affect
|2012-2016||Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Durham, UK with a thesis on gesture in South Indian art music|
|2011-2012||MA in Ethnomusicology (with Distinction) at Goldsmiths, University of London|
|Since 2018||Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department|
|2016-2017||Postdoctoral fellow at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen|
|2013-2017||Part-time teacher at the University of Durham, UK|
|2008-2011||Fieldwork and practical music studies in South India|
Journal Articles and Book Sections
Pearson, L. (forthcoming). Preservation and innovation in South Indian art music. In B. Norton and N. Matsumoto (Eds.), Music as heritage: Historical and ethnographic perspectives. Aldershot: Routledge
Pearson, L. (2016). Coarticulation and gesture: An analysis of melodic movement in South Indian raga performance. Music Analysis, 35(3), 280-313.
Pearson, L. (2013). Gesture and the sonic event in Karnatak music. Empirical Musicology Review, 8(1), 2-14.
Pearson, L. (2016). Gesture in Karnatak Music: Pedagogy and Musical Structure in South India.(PhD), University of Durham.
Conference Papers (selected)
Pearson, L. (2017). Gesture as thought in South Indian raga performance. Paper presented at the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group (RMA MPSG) conference, London, 13-14 July 2017.
Pearson, L. (2017). Gesture in Karnatak vocal lessons: correspondence between music and movement in a pedagogic context. Paper presented at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology
(BFE) conference, Sheffield, UK, 20-23 April 2017.
Pearson, L. (2017). Gesture in Karnatak vocal lessons: Cross-domain mapping and gestural indexing. Paper presented at the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research
(SEMPRE) conference, Hull, UK, 3-5 April 2017.
Pearson, L. (2015). Hand gesture in South Indian vocal lessons: The exploitation of cross-domain mapping as a pedagogic tool. Paper presented at the European Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (ESCOM) conference, Manchester, UK, 17-22 August 2015.
Pearson, L. (2014). Gesture in Karnatak music pedagogy: Typologies, ethical constraints, and cross-modal Interaction. Paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) annual conference, Pittsburgh, USA, 13-16 November 2014.
Pearson, L. (2014). Deviation from standard melodic formulas by an expert performer: An analysis of Karnatak raga alapana. Paper presented at Perspectives on Musical Improvisation II (POMI II), University of Oxford, 9-12 September 2014.
Pearson, L. (2014). A typology of gestural interaction in Karnatak vocal lessons. Paper presented at the 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS), University of California, San Diego, 8-11 July 2014.
Pearson, L. (2014). A kinetic approach to music analysis: Coarticulation in South Indian raga performance. Paper presented at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology – Analytical Approaches to World Music conference (BFE-AAWM), University College London, 1-4 July 2014.
Pearson, L. (2014). Documenting the learning process: Preservation in Karnatak music. Paper presented at Safeguarding the Intangible: Cross-cultural perspectives on Music and Heritage, Goldsmiths, University of London, 19-21 February 2014.
Pearson, L. (2013). Gesture and the sonic event in Karnatak music. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology, Genoa, Italy, 12-14 September 2013.
Pearson, L. (2013). Coarticulation and kinetic analogy in Karnatak music. Paper presented at Society for Music Analysis Theory and Analysis Graduate Symposium (TAGS), Keele University, 18-19 February 2013.
Pearson, L. (2012). A delicate balancing act: Tests of skill and the creation of risk in Karnatak music performance. Presented at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) conference, University of Durham, UK, 29 March – 1 April 2012.
Awards & Grants
|2017||Aubrey Hickman Award given by SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and|
|2015||Martin Hatch Award given by the Society for Asian Music|
|2014||iARC (Institute of Advanced Research Computing) Digital Humanities Durham Postgraduate Research Award|
|2014||Durham University Arts and Humanities Faculty Postgraduate Research Award|
|2014||ERASMUS Mobility Award to conduct motion analysis at the University of Oslo|
|2013||SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) Gerry Farrell Travel Award for fieldwork in India|
|2012-2015||Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship Award|
- Musical motion: the experience and aesthetics of movement in South Indian raga performance
The interconnection between music and movement can be observed in everyday life: for example, in the tendency for people to move along with music, and to use motion terms and gestures when teaching non-dance styles. In response, musicologists and ...