Thomas Burkhalter, Kay Dickinson, and Benjamin J. Harbert are the editors of The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity. Thomas Burkhalter is a researcher at Zurich University of Arts, editor-in-chief of norient.com, and author of Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut. Kay Dickinson is an associate professor at Concordia University and the author of Off Key: When Film and Music Won't Work Together. Benjamin J. Harbert is an assistant professor of music at Georgetown University and the director of the documentary Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians.