Dr. Benjamin D. Koen
Associate Professor
Medical Ethnomusicology; Music, the Mind, and Meditation; Jazz and World Music; Improvisation and Creativity; Holistic Health, Fitness, and Entrepreneurship
Directed Studies Concentration Coordinator
Office: DLB805
Tel.: 34112867
E-mail: benkoen@hkbu.edu.hk

Benjamin D. Koen is an international leader in the research, practice, performance, and teaching of music, meditation, improvisation, healing, health, and wellness. Dr. Koen is involved in several interrelated projects exploring music, the mind, and meditation in healing and wellbeing, goal achievement, and entrepreneurship. His focus is on the universal principles and processes that illuminate how music, specialized sound, and meaning can generate new neural pathways and bridge the conscious and subconscious mind to create an intended outcome via a complex he models through music-mind dynamics, neuroplasticity, psychological flexibility, entrainment, embeingment, and the Human Certainty Principle. Dr. Koen is also involved in several recording projects primarily focused on creative improvised music, jazz-world music, and musical meditations for healing, health, and wellbeing.

Dr. Koen works across several areas in music and the arts, the social and health sciences, the medical humanities, and is a widely published author, including two ground-breaking books with Oxford University Press¡XThe Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology; and Beyond the Roof of the World: Music, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains. His articles appear in such journals as Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, The World of Music, ETHOS: The Journal of Psychological Anthropology, College Music Symposium, Studies on Persianate Societies, American Music Teacher, Humanities International, and the Journal of Anthropological Studies, among others. Dr. Koen¡¦s research and creative activities have been supported by grants and fellowships from the NEH, NEA, the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies program (Persian-speaking cultures), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he served as a consultant and faculty member for the Longitudinal Training in Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine in Primary Care. Koen served as a reviewer and consultant for the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Harvard University Max-Kade Fellowship Program in medical ethnomusicology, is an Oxford University Press editor and Advisory Board Member for Medical Ethnomusicology, an assessor for the Australian Research Council, and was a representative and Music Presenter for the Smithsonian Institution¡¦s program The Silk Road ¡V Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust.

Dr. Koen¡¦s research in medical ethnomusicology, performances in jazz and world music, lectures, teaching, and entrepreneurship have taken him to over 50 countries, including a four year residency in New York City and eight years in Asia. Prior to joining HKBU, Dr. Koen held the positions of Distinguished Professor of Medical Ethnomusicology, Medical and Psychological Anthropology, and Medical Humanities at Xiamen University, Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Global Pathways Faculty at Florida State University, and Tenured Associate Professor of Medical Ethnomusicology at the Florida State University College of Music (USA).

As a critically acclaimed jazz-world musician and improviser (tenor and soprano saxophones, world flutes, hand drums, didgeridoo), composer, and recording artist, Benjamin¡¦s music and performances have appeared on a number of recordings, in film, television, on the web, and are featured in national and international journals, music textbooks, and music and arts programs. He has performed with such legendary figures as Cecil Taylor, David Murray, Babatunde Olatunji, William Parker, Fred Hopkins, Billy Bang, Dennis Charles, Marvin ¡§Bu-ga-lu¡¨ Smith, Tete Montoliu, and Hank Marr, as well as D.D. Jackson, Hamiet Bluiett, James Spaulding, Doc Holliday, Rodney Jordan, Roger Hines, Santi Debriano, Victor Lewis, Leon Anderson, Susie Ibarra, Bern Nix, Rez Abbasi, Jim Nolet, Christian Howes, Jason Hwang, Craig Harris, Frank Lacy, Joe Fiedler, Bob Stewart, Lawrence Butch Morris, David Amram, Haiqiong Deng, I Gusti Agung Ngurah Suparta, Gualberto, Cooper Moore, Kim Pensyl, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Chris Jonas Group, Bob Dorough, Jeanette Williams, Lisa Sokolov, and the Improviser¡¦s Collective N.Y.C., among others.

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