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Music of Bali Ensemble

The Music of Bali Ensemble features gamelan (the generic Indonesian word for orchestra) music and dance. The Balinese gamelan gong kebyar is famous for its fast tempos, abrupt changes of texture, and brilliantly costumed dancers who act out stories from the Ramayana. Directed by I Nyoman Wenten, the Music of Bali Ensemble is one of twelve world music performance ensembles in the Department of Ethnomusicology.

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Mariachi de Uclatlán

Mariachi de Uclatlán is closely linked to the UCLA Music of Mexico ensemble, currently taught by Grammy Award-winning Jesús Guzmán. Mr. Guzmán is the artistic director for the world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, and has been teaching the music of Mexico ensemble since 1991.

Mariachi de Uclatlán began in the 1960s, making it one of the first mariachi groups to be formed in an academic university setting.

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World Music Concentration

Students in the world music undergraduate concentration learn about the musical systems of selected world cultures through aural and written notations, vocal and instrumental skills, melodic and rhythmic dictation, improvisation, and composition.

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Jazz Ensembles

Participation in the jazz large ensembles (big bands) and the small group combos is an important part of training for students in the undergraduate jazz studies concentration.

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UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Founded in 1961, the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is one of the largest “world music” media archives in North America. The Archive holds over 150,000 recordings of traditional, folk, popular, and art musics from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. In the Archive, UCLA students and faculty, international researchers, and the communities of Southern California can explore the rich variety of musical expressions throughout the world.

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Music of China Ensemble

The Music of China Ensemble performs arias from Kun opera of the 15th century, silk-and-bamboo music from the Shanghai area, folk dances for festive celebration, zheng (zither) music in the Keijia style from Canton Province, music for large percussion ensemble, and modern compositions for an ensemble of traditional Chinese wind and string instruments. Directed by Li Chi, the Music of China Ensemble is one of twelve world music performance ensembles in the Department of Ethnomusicology.

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Jazz Studies Concentration

The jazz studies concentration, directed by Kenny Burrell, seeks to train students who will emerge as outstanding and well-rounded jazz musicians with a strong academic foundation, and to prepare students to enter professional careers in the music world as well as graduate study, in various aspects of music such as composition, arranging, jazz performance, research, and teaching.

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Bluegrass and Old Time

​ The Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble (also known as the Anglo-American Ensemble, the Blue Grasshoppers, and the Bluegrass and Old-Time String Band), performs traditional music of America, with a focus on American folk music and bluegrass. Bluegrass was created in the first half of the 20th century and can be traced back to older genres of Celtic, English and Scottish, African-American, and country music.

Of Special Note

Newton's St. Matthew Passion to Premier in Torino, Italy

The Torino Jazz Festival will mount the world premiere of a new St. Matthew Passion by James Newton on 30 May 2015. The two-hour oratorio is the second in a trilogy of sacred works written by Newton, a jazz flutist who is also a composer in both classical music and jazz idioms. Grant Gershon, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Resident Conductor of LA Opera, will conduct the Passion as part of the Torino Jazz Festival. Read more

Winter Quarter Jazz Concerts, March 2nd and 3rd

Monday's jazz combo concert features UCLA student jazz combos directed by George Bohanon, Kenny Burrell, Clayton Cameron, Charley Harrison, Charles Owens and Michele Weir; with special guests, the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble. March 2 program.

Tuesday's big band jazz concert features performances by the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, the UCLA LatinJazz Big Band, and the Ellingtonia Orchestra. March 3 program.

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home to Los Angeles

Faculty and students comment on the presence of the Thelonious Monk Institute in Schoenberg Music Building in this NPR blog post by graduate student Alex Rodriguez.

The Thelonious Monk Institute presented Bill Clinton with an award at its annual jazz competition this year. T.S. Monk, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves and Kevin Spacey were also on stage for the ceremony. Read more

E|R: Welcome to Volume 19 (2014)

Volume 19 of Ethnomusicology Review features peer-reviewed articles, prize-winning papers, and Sounding Board essays from the past year.

We welcome and thank you for being a part of the conversation in which this journal participates. Volume 19 marks the 30th anniversary of our first publication. Read more