Ph.D candidate in Musicology and Slavic at UCLA, Riggs uses interdisciplinary approaches to the study of poetry and music Russian Symbolism (V.I. Ivanov, A.N. Skriabin), Byzantine and Russian sacred music and Art song. He is also an accomplished musician who specializes in bluegrass, folk, country and Americana music on the banjo, mandolin and guitar. He has appeared on recent releases such as Between Bluff’s Mountain Nearing (2011) and Faluts to Fruits (2012), where he plays the Fender B-Bender Telecaster and the banjo, and he is an active performer and session player in the Los Angeles area.