About

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Priya Parrotta is an author, musician and environmentalist. She is the founder and creative director of  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 and environmental justice on islands. Her original music is equally anchored in these concerns.  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, completed manuscript is titled To Dream Again: Island Environmentalism through Music. She was educated in History (Colonialism & Globalization) and Music at Brown University, and briefly studied Global Environmental Politics and Human Geography as a postgrad at the University of Oxford. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Aberdeen's School of Divinity, History and Philosophy.

Prior to starting Music & the Earth, Priya worked for a range of environmental, cultural and political institutions in Washington, DC, including the Smithsonian, the Red Cross, the Organization of American States, the US Forest Service and Green America. She also worked as an organizer with a multicultural, multifaith arts collective called The Sanctuaries, and with GreenFaith, a global interfaith environmental activist network. She currently lives in Bennington, Vermont.

 

A nominee for the United States Artists Fellowship (one of fifty-nine musicians nationwide), Priya has been recognized internationally for weaving bridges between music and diverse branches of environmental thought and action.