I explore what motivates musicians to be creative and why music matters. I immerse myself in the lives of musicians and, as an artist, try to evoke the ambiguity, emotion, and aesthetics of everyday life.
Company
Huckwolf Productions
Richard K. Wolf is an ethnographic and experimental filmmaker, photographer, and ethnomusicologist based in the Boston area. His filmmaking grew out of research in South and Central Asia beginning in the 1980s. Wolf currently teaches in the departments of Music and South Asian Studies at Harvard University. His works include academic publications as well as an experimental ethnography in the form of a novel (The Voice in the Drum). He is also an active performer on the vina, a South Indian classical stringed instrument. His first film, Two Poets and a River, explores the lives of two prominent poet-singers on both sides of the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan (2012-2020). The subject of his next film will be music and everyday life among the Kota people in the Nilgiri Hills of South India. The film will take in the filmmaker’s footage over the period 1990-2020, as well as archival footage from the early 20th century.
College
Oberlin College
Mathematics
College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD in Ethnomusicology
Current City
Arlington, MA
Hometown
Highland Park, IL
Gender
Male
I explore what motivates musicians to be creative and why music matters. I immerse myself in the lives of musicians and, as an artist, try to evoke the ambiguity, emotion, and aesthetics of everyday life.
Company
Huckwolf Productions