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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

Amazing Grace: James Newton at 65

Award-winning composer/flutist/conductor James Newton, a Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, is celebrating his 65th birthday with an inspirational tribute concert featuring a handful of his more than 300 compositions. LEARN MORE

Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz 2018

The department's annual Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz will begin on Friday, May 18, 2018 and end on Tuesday, June 15, 2018. All concerts are free of charge; RSVP requested via Eventbrite. LEARN MORE

The Ethnomusicology Archive Closes for Renovation, Spring and Summer 2018

Beginning on March 30th, the Ethnomusicology Archive will be closed as we undertake our much-anticipated renovation and expansion. We hope to open the newly renovated and expanded Ethnomusicology Archive early in Fall quarter. During this time, the collections will not be available for use and we will be unable to host class or individual visits to the Archive. LEARN MORE

Ustad Sabri Khan Memorial Concert

Join us as we celebrate the life and legend of Ustad Sabri Khan, a pioneer of the sarangi during the 20th and 21st centuries. Sabri Khan, who died at age 88 in December 2015, is responsible for popularizing the sarangi on a global scale. This tribute concert will feature two of Sabri Khan’s sons, Ustad Kamal Sabri on sarangi and Ustad Sarwar Sabri on tabla. LEARN MORE