musicologist; b. 9th July 1956 in Warsaw. Between 1978 and 1983 she studied musicology at the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw (later: the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University). Since 1985 she has been working at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw, obtaining a PhD in 1992 under the supervision of Sławomira Żerańska-Kominek, followed by a habilitation in 2005. She closely cooperates with the he Centre for Precolumbian Studies (University of Warsaw), as well as Centro Italiano Studi e Ricerche Archeologiche Precolombienne in Brescia (Italy) and in Nasca (Peru). She conducts research on music anthropology. Most of her papers pertain to American studies and are based on archaeological material (instruments of Nasca culture), historical texts (16th- and 17th-century Spanish chronicles, music iconography of archaeological cultures and of the colonial period), and traditional Andean music. She is also interested in phenomena related to psychoacoustics, such as traces of archaic acoustic experiences, cross-modal interactions, or tarantism.
Since 2012 she has made attempts to initiate a Polish-led investigation of the original recordings from the pilot cabin of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 which crashed in Smolensk (Russia) in 2010.
updated: February 2015 (mkk)
Is Sound the First and Last Sign of Life?
in: Studien zur Musikarchäologie II. Musikarchäologie früher Metallzeiten
, ed. E. Hickmann, I. Laufs, R. Eichmann, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westf. 2000
Masculine Musical Instruments in the Andean Tradition in: Studien zur Musikarchäologie IV (The Archaeology of Early Sound: Origin and Organization), ed. E. Hickmann, R. Eichmann, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westf. 2004
Sound and its Number. Interpretation of Acoustical Data from Nasca Culture (Peru) in: Studien zur Musikarchäologie III. Archäologie früher Klangerzeugung und Tonordnungen (The Archaeology of Early Sound: Origin and Organization), ed. E. Hickmann, A. D. Kilmer, R. Eichmann, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westf. 2002
The Face of Ñamçapa. On the Role of Music in the Andean Myth in: Musicology Today. Anthropology – History – Analysis, Sekcja Muzykologów Związku Kompozytorów Polskich, Instytut Muzykologii UW, Warszawa 2007
Under the Safe Cover of Sound: The Sense of Music in a Cycle of Life-and-Death According to Andean Tradition in: Studien zur Musikarchäologie V. Music Archaeology in Context, ed. E. Hickmann, A. A. Both, R. Eichmann, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westf. 2006
Unveiling the Secrets of ancient Nasca Whistles in: Flower World – Music Archaeology of the Americas, vol. 2, Ekho Verlag, Berlin 2013
Why the Spaniards were Interested in Understanding Andean Music? in: Peculiarity of Man as a Biocultural Species, Wydawnictwo Sorus, Zakład Antropologii Historycznej, Instytut Archeologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warszawa 1996