Summer Sessions 2013 Faculty Bios
Ray Briggs is currently Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at CSU Long Beach, Past-President of the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz, and has coordinated the Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Workshop supported through CSU SummerArts. At CSULB, he teaches academic courses in ethnomusicology and leads several jazz combos.
Charley Harrison currently directs the UCLA Jazz Orchestra and a jazz combo. He also teaches jazz history. A native of Chicago, Harrison serves as Associate Director and guitarist for the eighteen-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra. As a composer, Charley's multi-dimensional compositions and arrangements meld modern, classic swing, Latin and contemporary jazz elements.
Abhiman Kaushal currently teaches tabla (North Indian percussion) in the Department of Ethnomusicology and co-directs the UCLA Music of India Ensemble. He is an outstanding tabla artist who is much sought after for his sensitive accompaniment and intense solo playing. Abhiman has accompanied most of the leading musicians, singers and dancers of North Indian classical music including Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, Shujaat Khan, and Rajeev Taranath.
Rahul Neuman currently teaches sitar in the Department of Ethnomusicology and co-directs the UCLA Music of India Ensemble. He also is an Artist-Teacher in Residence for the Center for World Music in San Diego. Rahul studied under his aunt, Sharmistha Sen, and his guru, Ustad Shujaat Khan. He has performed at a variety of venues in India and North America. Rahul has conducted workshops on North Indian classical music in Los Angeles, San Diego, and participated as a lecturer/performer in the World Music Festival project in Mexico City.
Elizabeth Macy teaches classes on music cultures and global pop at UCLA and Chapman University. Her research addresses music tourism in post-disaster economies; in particular, it focuses on the function of music tourism in the recovery and rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans and Bali after the 2002 and 2005 terrorist bombings.
Roger Savage currently teaches courses on music aesthetics, sociology, and philosophy in the Department of Ethnomusicology. His research interests focus on the connections between hermeneutics, critical theory, and music criticism. His recent book, Hermeneutics and Music Criticism (Routledge), provides an extended response to the way that musical hermeneutics has been used to deconstruct traditional disciplinary constructs.