Richard Dumbrill is the world authority on the Music of the Ancient Near East. He is the Director of ICONEA (International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusiocology) at the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is a consultant for the Babylon Festival, in Babylone, Iraq, and a board member of 'Music for Syria'. Dumbrill lectures in leading univesities of the world and will be at Harvard and Yale in October. He has published numerous books and articles and appeared in many TV programmes, documentaries and radio programmes and is currently preparing a feature long documentary with ARTE TV.