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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

Jazz supporters help endow UCLA faculty chair honoring guitar great Kenny Burrell

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has received $1.2 million from more that 150 donors to establish the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies. The new endowed chair, which is expected to be filled by fall 2019, will help attract a senior faculty member who will add teaching power to UCLA’s new global jazz studies bachelor’s degree program. LEARN MORE

Q&A with Cheryl Keyes about her latest musical project ‘Hollywood and Vine’

Cheryl Keyes, professor of ethnomusicology in the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music, has spent her entire life surrounded by performance and composition. Growing up in southern Louisiana, she began studying piano at the age of 7 and imitating singers like Fontella Bass, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald. LEARN MORE

Daniel Neuman: celebrating twenty-four years of service

Daniel M. Neuman retired at the end of the spring 2018 quarter after serving the university for twenty-four years in many capacities: as professor of ethnomusicology (1994—2018); dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture (1995—2002); executive vice chancellor and provost (2002—2006); Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair in Indian Music (2010—2018); and interim director of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (2013—2015). NEUMAN INTERVIEW | MORCOM ACCEPTS SAMBHI POST

Just announced! new undergraduate degree in global jazz studies

Undergraduates interested in careers as jazz performers, producers, teachers and/or scholars of jazz will now have the opportunity to receive a bachelor of arts degree in global jazz studies, beginning in fall 2018. The major will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education, drawing from various areas within the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, as well as the African American studies department. LEARN MORE