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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

Musicología Global Now Available

UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications, in collaboration with CENIDIM and the UCLA Latin American Institute, announces its latest publication, Musicología Global: Pensamientos clásicos y contemporáneos sobre la etnomusicología. Edited by Steven Loza, the goal of this Spanish language anthology is to present new perspectives on ethnomusicology, or rather, global musicology. LEARN MORE

Spring 2017 Ethnomusicology Newsletter Now Available

Greetings from the Ethnomusicology Publications Office! This issue brings you updates about the recent accomplishments of department faculty, students, and alumni.
-- Georgia Broughton and Christopher Rorke, Publications Coordinators, and Kathleen Hood, Publications Director. LEARN MORE

SEM 2017 Annual Meeting to be held in Denver on Oct 26-29

Current graduate students, faculty, and alumni of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology will participate in the upcoming Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting on October 26-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College. LEARN MORE
Live and archived video streams of selected sessions from the meeting will be available.

Hitomi Oba to Direct the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Hitomi Oba (M.A. Music Composition; B.A. Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies, UCLA) will direct the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Ensemble in 2017-18, bringing a fresh perspective to jazz students. Oba is also teaching music theory in the Department of Music, incorporating Western classical, jazz, American popular music, and various world musical genres. LEARN MORE