Andre Elias (guitar/voice) is an avid composer and performer of a variety of guitar styles (flamenco, classical, metal), of Indian Classical music (tabla, sitar, sarod, nagara), and of percussion from West-Africa, Cuba, and the Middle East. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington and concurrently completing an MA in the Jackson School of International Studies’ South Asia program. His research interests range from popular to classical music in India, Spain and the Americas. The areas of his academic focus include theoretical issues such as diasporic displacement, identity, metaphysics, spirituality, violence, nationalism, and cross-cultural pedagogical issues in music. In the last few years, he has spent a considerable amount of time traveling to South Asia and learning Indic languages for his dissertation research on traditions of Indian slide-guitar. With familial roots in California and Chile, Andre considers the west coast his home.