Ensemble Histories

With a $39,000 Rockefeller Foundation grant in 1958, Mantle Hood, the founder of the Institute for Ethnomusicology, acquired the first set of instruments from Java, Thailand, Japan, and Sunda, as well as reference materials and equipment for the new ethnomusicology program. Thus the performance program was firmly established.

Hood's belief in "bi-musicality," the idea that students should learn to play the music they were studying, considered to be a revolutionary approach to the study of the musical cultures of the world in the 1960s, required that master teachers and instruments be brought to UCLA from cultures all over the world.

Hood found master musicians and hired them, beginning with I Wayan Gandra and Tjokorda Mas from Indonesia in 1960, and in 1961, Suenobu Togi from Japan, and Tanjore Viswanathan and Harihar Rao from India. In the last fifty years, twenty-six ensembles that study and perform music from cultures around the world, including jazz, have been established at UCLA. Their histories are described briefly below.

For more information see"The Institute of Ethnomusicology at U.C.L.A." by Paul J. Revitt, and the timelines "Pre-Institute Years" and "Institute of Ethnomusicology.  Go to the 50 Years of Ethnomusicology at UCLA homepage.

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web_afrocuban_thumb Afro-Cuban Ensemble contemporary_jazz_ensemble_thumb Jazz Ensemble: Contemporary
web_american_indian_ensemble_thumb American Indian Ensemble burrell_kcet_3_8_12_thumb Jazz Ensemble: Ellingtonia Orchestra
web_angloam_thumb Anglo-American Ensemble burrell_kcet_3_8_12_thumb Jazz Ensemble: Fusion
web_bali_thumb Bali Ensemble latinjazz_big_band_2011_thumb Jazz Ensemble: LatinJazz
bulgaria_2010_thumb Balkans Ensemble web_jazz_traditional_thumb Jazz Ensemble: Traditional
web_brazil_thumb Brazil Ensemble web_korea_thumb2 Korea Ensemble
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web_china_thumb China Ensemble web_near_east_thumb Near East Ensemble
web_ghana_students_thumb Ghana Ensemble web_persia_thumb Persia Ensemble
web_greece_thumb Greece Ensemble philippine_kulintang_thumb Philippines Ensemble
web_india_thumb India Ensemble sundanese_gamelan_thumb Sunda Ensemble
web_japan_thumb Japan Ensemble web_thai_thumb Thailand Ensemble