B.Mus. (Manitoba), MA (York), PhD (U of T)
Robert Simms is an ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist specializing in Middle Eastern and West African traditions. He plays setar (long-necked lute), ney (reed flute), ‘oud (short-necked lute), kora (harp), guitar, and various percussion instruments. His research interests include maqam (West Asian modal) repertoires, Mande music (West Africa), improvisation and creative processes.
Professor Simms joined the faculty in York University’s Department of Music in 2000.