Ian Coss

Ian Coss

Ian Coss is a music scholar and performer based in Boston. His love of music and microphones started early, eventually leading him abroad to Indonesia and Japan where he spent two years making field recordings and learning to accompany shadow-puppet plays. Now back in his native Massachusetts, Ian is currently pursuing a PhD in ethnomusicology at Boston University and performs regularly in the area. 

Recent Stories


Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?

“Movement,” a one-hour special from The World, brings you stories of global migration through music. Together, host Marco Werman and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero blend song and narrative in a meditation on what it means to be American. We follow a once-undocumented singer in San Francisco on a long-awaited trip back to Mexico, reflect on the experience of exile with a Syrian DJ and hear a Sudanese American artist play his first-ever show in Sudan — all guided by Hadero as she reflects on her own American story.