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- WOMEX 2012
- WOMEX 2011
- WOMEX 2006
- WOMEX 2001
Sonneborn has served as executive producer/production supervisor for over 200 Smithsonian Folkways releases. Prior to joining the nonprofit label of the U.S. national museum, he wrote new music for theater, film, and dance in the United States and Western Europe. He managed productions and artists in addition to producing concerts, festivals, and indie albums. His articles, reviews, and photos appear in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and scholarly journals. Sonneborn co-authored (with drummer Mickey Hart and Professor Fredric Lieberman) Planet Drum (Harper San Francisco, 1991), is a member of ICTM and SEM, chair of SEM's Audio-Visual Publication Committee and a founding member of its Applied Ethnomusicology Committee, as well as ADACH's (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage) Al Ain Centre for Music in the World of Islam's advisory group. His research interests include cultural representation, artists’ rights, and intangible cultural heritage. Sonneborn holds a Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology), and lectures internationally.