Priya Parrotta is an author, musician and environmentalist. She is the artist-intellectual behind Music & the Earth International, a multicultural, decolonial initiative which fosters environmental consciousness and healing through music. She has written a book and numerous articles on coexistence, solidarity and sustainability on islands. She has also written, performed and produced two albums and three singles spanning a diversity of musical styles, in the service of meaningful social change.
Priya believes in the power of the voice in its myriad forms to connect us to our deepest feelings, and our wishes for the world. She is a world citizen with close connections to South Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas (including, and especially, the Caribbean).
Priya authored her first book, The Politics of Coexistence in the Atlantic World, when she was twenty-five years old. Her second book project is titled To Dream Again: Island Environmentalism Through Music. As both a writer and musician, she seeks to take the themes of encounter, hybridity and creative resistance to new shores. Through her original music, she wishes to convey the magic and power that is possible when people embrace their connections to the Earth.
Priya was educated in History (Colonialism & Globalization) and Music at Brown University. She also did postgrad studies in Global Environmental Politics in Washington, DC, and Human Geography at the University of Oxford. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Aberdeen's School of Divinity, History and Philosophy.
A nominee for the United States Artists Fellowship in Music, Priya has been recognized internationally for weaving bridges between music and diverse branches of environmental thought and action.