Sounding Modernities: Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Book Chapters

Co-authored with Adrian Curtin and Prarthana Purkayastha. “Methodologies Dialogue: Archives and Embodiments” in The Cambridge Guide to Mixed Methods Research for Theatre and Performance Studies, edited by Tracy Davis & Paul Rae. Cambridge University Press, 2024.

Co-authored with Barbara Titus. “Rehearsing Decolonial Curatorship of Southeast Asian Sound Archives in Europe” in The Future of the Dutch Colonial Past: Curating Heritage, Art and Activism, edited by Pepijn Brandon, Karwan Fatah-Black, Imara Limon, Wayne Modest & Margriet Schavemaker. Amsterdam University Press, 2024.

“La Sonoridad del Mundo en Manila del siglo XIX: A Syneasthetic Listening to Early Globalization in Manila” in The Philippines and the World: Cultural interactions and encounters in Filipino literature in Spanish, edited by Ortuño Casanova María del Rocío & Axel Gasquet. University of Michigan Press, 2024.

Co-written with Theresa Beyer. “Framing Europe” in New Music and Institutional Critique, edited by Brandon Farnsworth and Christian Grüny. Heidelberg, Metzler, 2023.

“How and why? The Post/De-colonial as method in contemporary European theatre” in Routledge Companion to European Theatre and Performance, edited by Aneta Mancewicz & Ralf Remshardt. Routledge, 2023.

“Disentangling Colonial Archives: The Combustible Affair of Ensuring/Insuring Theater Safety in Colonial Singapore.” In Entangled Performance Histories: New Approaches to Theater Historiography, edited by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Malgorzata Sugiera, Torsten Jost, Holger Hartung & Omid Soltani. New York: Routledge, 2023.

“Dissonant Intimacies: Disentangling the Colonial Sonus in Archives and Repertoires.” in Dynamische Traditionen: Globale Perspektiven auf zeitgenössische Musik. Eine Textsammlung zu Donaueschingen Global, illustrated by Marc Cosico. Edited by Elisa Erkelenz & Katja Heldt, 126-142. Donaueschingen: SWR, 2021.

“Acoustic Epistemologies and Early Sound Recordings in the Nusantara Region.” In Made in Nusantara, edited by Adil Johan and Mayco A. Santaella. New York: Routledge, 2021.

“Making Sense of an Unfinished Business.” In Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre, edited by Carmen Nge, Charlene Rajendran, and Ken Takiguchi. Kuala Lumpur: Epigram Books, 2018.

Co-written with Steve Villaruz. “Manila and the World Dance Space: Nationalism and Globalization in Cold War Philippines and Southeast Asia.” In Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War, edited by Christopher B. Balme and Berenika Szymanski-Düll, 307-323. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

“Medializing Race: Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Colonial Southeast Asia.” In Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational History of America’s Most Mutable Book, edited by Tracy C. Davis & Stefka Mihaylova. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 2018.


“Sonic Experiments of Postcolonial Democracy: Listening to José Maceda’s Udlot-udlot and Ugnayan.” Southeast of Now 6, no. 2 (2022): 133-146.

“Dis/Obedience Performed.” Southeast of Now 6, no. 1 (2022): 177-181.

With Barbara Titus. “The Persistent Refrain of the Colonial Archival Logic / Colonial Entanglements and Sonic Transgressions: Sounding Out the Jaap Kunst Collection” The World of Music 10, no. 1 (2021): 39-72.

“Global Currents, Musical Streams: European Opera in Colonial Southeast Asia.” Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film 44, no. 1 (2017): 54-74.

“Brokering Sonic Modernities: Migrant Manila Musicians as Cultural Mediators in the Asia-Pacific, 1881-1948.” Popular Entertainment Journal 6, no. 2 (2015): 22-37.

Panay Creation Myth as World Picture in {The Alunsina Network}: A Dramaturgical Exposition.” Musika Jornal 6 (2010): 68-83.

Book Reviews

Review of Hearing Southeast Asia: Sounds of Hierarchy and Power in Context by Nathan Porath (ed.). Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 177, no. 2-3 (2021): 439-441.

Review of Popular Music in Southeast Asia: Banal Beats, Muted Histories, by Bart Barendrecht, Peter Keppy, Henk Schulte Nordholt (eds.). Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 175, no. 1 (2019): 127-128.

Theatre, Concert, Curatorial Program Essays

FAUST [working title] (Dutch National Opera, 2020)


“Het Lichaam als Archief, Geluid als Erfgoed.” By Charlie Crooijmans. New Music Now. October 27, 2023.

“Archival Silences.” conversation with Prof. Dr. Doris Kolesch, Dr. Layla Zami, and Emma Lo. Sonic Interventions. Podcast audio. September 15, 2023.

“Presence, failure, and the ancestral remediation of sound.” By Anna Bowen. ArtsEverywhere. August 3, 2023.

“Irgendwas mit Medien #4: Interferences.” Graphic Short Story by Alice Socal. Museum für Kommunikation-Berlin, May 1, 2023.

“For the Record. Part 2: meLê yamomo” By Margaret Munchheimer. The Big Playback. Podcast audio. March 29, 2022.

“Wohin des Weges? Über Dekolonisierung in der zeitgenössischen Musik.” By Sophie Emilie Beha. Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, no. 3 (2022): 24-30.

“Wie klingt Kolonialismus? meLê yamomo im Interview.” By Elisa Erkelenz. Van Outernational #5. January 16, 2020.

“‘Sometimes you only have to listen…’ About the sonic entanglements of our colonial past.” By Stefan Donath. Textures – Online Platform for Interweaving Performance Cultures. December 10, 2019.

“Sound-Performance „Echoing Europe”: Der Klang des Kolonialismus.” By Christoph Möller. Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Radio interview. May 16, 2019.

“Acoustic Histories/Historiographies in the Asia Pacific. An Interview with meLê yamomo.” By TRAFO Editorial Board. Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Video interview. January 1, 2018.

Selected Keynote Addresses/Lectures (Most Recent)


Sonus and Sonic Entanglements. Sound Lab Public Lecture: »Futures of Listening: City«. Asia Culture Council-Korea, July 14, 2023.

»…and when I speak, my brown skin and the entire ecology vibrate«, Keynote Performance-Lecture: Beyond Music 23 – Quest for Home. Zurich University of the Arts, May 2, 2023.

Sonus and Sonic Entanglements. Keynote Performance-Video-Lecture: Rewire Festival 2023. April 6, 2023.


»…and when I speak, my brown skin and the entire ecology vibrate«, Keynote Lecture-Big Ideas.  International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of Guelph, Musagetes, the ArtsEverywhere Festival, and CAFKA. University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, December 1, 2022.

»…and when I speak, my brown skin and the entire ecology vibrate«, Keynote Lecture. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar, Germany, November 15, 2022.

Is decoloniality an academic drag?” Keynote lecture at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival – Discourse Programme, Oslo, Norway, September 16, 2022.

Throwing a Stone in the Pond.” Keynote lecture at Soundings – Assemblies of Listenings and Voices Across the Souths, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, August 25, 2022.

Rumah Kaca: the order of ordering; the ordering of orders.” Keynote performance at Performing Intersectional Counter-Archives Symposium, DAS Theater, Amsterdam, June 30, 2022.

When a lover says “I love you”, is it the words or is it the sayer that matters? or is decoloniality an academic drag?” Presentation at FACING_DRAG in Popular Cultures and Performing Arts, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, June 24, 2022.

Artist talk with meLê yamomo.” Lecture at The Factory, Bard College Berlin (and online), March 11, 2022.


“Gespräch über Postmigrantische und Epische Theater” (with Fabian Larsson). Brecht Tage 2021, Literaturforum im Brecht Haus, Berlin.

“Manila Men Remixed” Critical Modes of Listening – CTM Festival Berlin 2021, Germany


“Music and Migration Panel”, Musicologische Expo 2020, Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, The Netherlands

“Archives and Transcultural Composition. “Looted Music” and Accessibility”
Curating Diversity in Europe – Decolonizing Contemporary Music, Akademie der Künste-Berlin, Germany

Keynote Lecture: “Opera and the Exotic Within Us”
Mannheimer Sommer Festival 2020, National Theatre Mannheim, Germany

“Artist Talk: Image of the Giant” (with Yennu Ariendra and J. Mo’ong Santoso Pribadi)
CTM Radio Lab: “Interferences: Liminalities of Failures”

Panel: “Sonic Entanglements between South East Asia and Western Europe”
Inward/Outward, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies/
Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, The Netherlands


“Whose Sonic Technologies?” EuroSEAS 2019, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Sonic Entanglements Workshop, University of Amsterdam and Vienna Phonogrammarchiv

“Performing Epistemic Disobediences in Manila and Southeast Asia? Decolonial Possibilities in José Maceda’s Udlot-udlot and Ugnayan”, Symposium: Pathways of Performativity in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

“The Hissing Sound that we Hear…” Embodied Histories – Entangled Communities. Southeast Asian and Western Approaches to Narratives and Performance Art, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany