Matthias Lewy is a comparative musicologist, cultural and social anthropologist (Free University of Berlin) and cultural and media manager (Academy of Music «Hanns Eisler» Berlin). His PhD focused on music rituals of indigenous groups in the border region between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. In a subsequent post-doctoral research project at the University of Brasilia (UnB), he intensified his research on indigenous sound ontologies in the Guyanas and further developed his theory on auditory anthropology.
Other areas of research are ecomusicology and sound ecology, sound ontologies in indigenous cultures, the popular music of Latin America and the Caribbean, music and politics, the music industry (world music scene) and the music archive. He also deals with ethno-historical sources of music in ancient Mexico.
In the field of applied ethnomusicology he worked as a sound curator for exhibitions in ethnographic museums in the Humboldt Lab Berlin (Dahlem) and at the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève. He is currently entrusted with an interactive exhibition concept for the Humboldt Forum Berlin.
He was a lecturer in musicology / ethnomusicology at the University of Brasilia, at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In the field of cultural and social anthropology, he taught at the Latin American Institute of the Free University of Berlin and at the universities of Marburg and Bonn. At the Viadrina University Frankfurt (Oder) he worked as a lecturer on cultural and media management.
Since 2019 he is senior researcher at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.