White Sun II, featuring tabla master Abhiman Kaushal won the Grammy award for "Best New Age Album" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12.
At 85 years of age, guitarist Kenny Burrell is a vibrant and vital exception in the grand history of jazz, with its numerous tales of tragic and premature endings to more storied figures than should have been permitted by fate. (LA Weekly) READ MORE
Benefit concert to honor Professor Kenny Burrell for his 85th birthday. All proceeds from the concert will help establish an endowed chair in jazz studies in Burrell’s name. (UCLA Newsroom) READ MORE
Department of Linguistics faculty member Russell Schuh: 1941-2016. "Professor Schuh was a dedicated clarinetist in the Balkan ensemble for many years. He traveled with the ensemble to Bulgaria, where we appeared on Bulgarian television and in many concert halls and festivals. He was a great spirit, and he will be very much missed by all who knew him." —Timothy Rice, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology. READ MORE
A ten-hour interview with Emeritus Professor Anthony Seeger is now available on the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History website.
Lecturer Supeena Adler, who will teach a course on the music of Thailand and Laos in the spring 20016 quarter, discusses the Thai jakhee for the Daily Bruin series, "Sounds of Schoenberg."
The album Tradición, Arte y Pasión by Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano was nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the category “Regional Mexican Music Album.” Lecturer and director of the ethnomusicology department’s Music of Mexico ensemble, Jesús Guzmán, is a member of Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Guzman performed, did arrangements, and was a producer for the album. Alumnus Daniel Sheehy (Ph.D. ’79, MA ’74, Music) was a producer, wrote the liner notes, and was the photographer.
Grammy nomination list, LA Times
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Professor Timothy Taylor is the focus of this Daily Bruin article on the Irish flute for their series "Sounds of Schoenberg."
On December 6 NPR's (National Public Radio) "Weekend Edition" host Rachel Martin interviewed UCLA Ethnomusicology-Jazz faculty member Michele Weir about ScatAbility - a first-ever practice app just launched for vocal improvisers: "An App That Helps You Scat Sing A La Ella Fitzgerald," NPR Radio
Adjunct associate professor Chi Li is the focus of this Daily Bruin article on the Chinese erhu for their series "Sounds of Schoenberg."
The Los Angeles Jazz Society presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to trombonist and educator George Bohanon on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Emeritus professor Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje discusses the West African gondze for a Daily Bruin series, "Sounds of Schoenberg," featuring instruments from the department's World Musical Instrument Collection and their performers. (Daily Bruin)
Adjunct associate professor and Music of India Ensemble co-director Abhiman Kaushal discusses the Indian tabla for a Daily Bruin series, "Sounds of Schoenberg," featuring instruments from the department's World Musical Instrument Collection and their performers. (Daily Bruin)
The Los Angeles Jazz Society presented its seventh annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award to Professor Kenny Burrell. A free celebratory concert was presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6 p.m. Listen to Kenny Burrell on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz (NPR Music).
UCLA's Center for Oral History Research has released an oral history of Emeritus Professor Anthony Seeger. Listen to the interview here. UCLA's Center for Oral History Research collects oral history interviews related primarily to the history of Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan region.
Rahul Neuman Teaches Students the Art of Sitar (Daily Bruin)
Clayton Cameron was featured on the TED Radio Hour on NPR on Sunday, March 8, 2015. You can hear the show via the following links. Full show, with individual segments listed: http://n.pr/1Fk3C2V. Original TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/clayton_cameron_a_rhythm_etic_the_math_behind_the_beats. Individual segments: Part 1: http://n.pr/1wLKY4A Part 2: http://n.pr/1KxuiUB Part 3: http://n.pr/1zUx3UD
In Memoriam: 'Nati' Cano, a giant in the world of mariachi music (UCLA Newsroom)
Mark Kligman Fills a New Mickey Katz Chair at UCLA (Jewish Journal)
After hours: the Irish pub musician (UCLA Today)
SEM 2011 Begins November 17 in Philadelphia: Professors Timothy Rice, Anthony Seeger, and A.J. Racy will participate
Jazzed for Life: UCLA Live honored professor and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell in the “80 Years Young” concert celebration in Royce Hall on November 12, 2011 (Daily Bruin)
James Newton discusses his Mass, which was performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, December 13, 2011: Newton's Mass To Be Performed at Disney Hall
The World Festival of Sacred Music, which took place October 1-16, 2011 included a number of department faculty, current students and alumni.
Professor Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy discussed “Tagore’s Transformative Torch,” highlighting the role archives play in the life cycle of musical traditions, on October 13, 2011, in celebration of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive's 50th anniversary.
Professor Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje participated in the two-day conference “A Festschrift in Honour of Emeritus Professor J. H. Kwabena Nketia,” on September 23 and 24, 2011 in Accra Ghana. Nketia is a leading scholar of African music who assisted in the formation of the Institute of Ethnomusicology at UCLA in the 1960s.
Professor Tim Rice screened his film about the Varimezov family of Bulgarian traditional musicians "May It Fill Your Soul" on June 2, 2011.
A collection of essays with an accompanying web site, entitled "Music of Black Los Angeles," has recently been published as a special issue of the Black Music Research Journal (Spring 2011). Edited by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, the essays focus on a variety of topics: African music, art music, electro hop (a precursor to gangsta rap), Hollywood, holy hip hop, jazz, praise and worship, and spirituals. For details regarding the authors and essays, see below and visit the web site at: http://musicofblacklosangeles.blogspot.com/ .
110th Faculty Research Lecture "Who Owns Music and Why Should You Care?" (description) by Anthony Seeger. YouTube video of the lecture by UCTV.
Professor Anthony Seeger will deliver the 110th UCLA Faculty Research Lecture on April 5, 2011 on the topic, "Who Owns Music and Why You Should Care," at 3pm in Schoenberg Hall. For more information see "Scion from folk-singing family puts his own spin on music" (UCLA Today)
Professor Anthony Seeger was given the Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to IASA (The International Association for Sound and Audiovisual Archives) at the annual meeting of IASA in November, 2010. One such award is given each year to a member of the organization, “Awarded by the IASA Executive Board for Significant Contribution to the Development and Dissemination of Professional Standards." Here is the text that is included in it:
“Anthony Seeger has been a long-standing advocate and champion for the cause of audiovisual archives. His positioning as archive director in a number of world-class institutions, director of a music publishing company, inspirational teacher and lecturer, and fieldworking anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, has established him as a leader in the areas of intellectual property rights and performance. His writings on these issues have been influential beyond archivists to scholars and activists in a wider world and his stature in the field helped establish the Research Archives Section in IASA. He is one of those unique individuals whose wide range of activities has reflected the practical application of one who has truly ‘walked the talk’.”
Jazz percussion instructor Clayton Cameron left on November 3 for a two-week European tour with American opera singer Jessye Norman, as a part of the show, "Roots," which pays tribute a host of American jazz musicians and singers including Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Thelonius Monk, Odetta, and others. The tour will include performances in London, Austria, Spain, France, and Switzerland. This same show, when it toured Europe this past summer, had completely sold-out performances.
"The SEM African Music Section is pleased to announce that the inaugural Kwabena Nketia Book Prize has been awarded to Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje for her book Fiddling in West Africa. Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba Cultures. We congratulate Professor DjeDje for this benchmark in African music studies, grounded in over thirty years of historical research and in-depth musical scholarship."
"An ambitious work with clear research goals, the book skillfully integrates materials and perspectives from multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork on an under-represented topic. This detailed comparative study is pertinent to historical ethnomusicology and musical ethnography in African and wider contexts. Using the ethnomusicologist’s toolkit the author rounds out the study with analyses and insights into individual artists’ music. Extracting, comparing and illuminating performance practices in different geographical and historical contexts it is an important step in explaining African performance traditions." -- George Dor, Outgoing Co-Chair, Daniel Reed, Current Co-Chair, David Locke, Incoming Co-Chair
In Memoriam: Francisco Aguabella
Drummer Clayton Cameron and dancer/choreographer Chester Whitmore will present "Traps 'N Taps: A Brief History of American Rhythm" on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 12noon at Catalina Jazz Club. Sponsored by the California Jazz Foundation.
GRAMMY Salute to Jazz will honor Kenny Burrell at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. That same week, GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music honored tenor Placido Domingo. These events celebrate musical styles and honorees that have made significant contributions to our culture. These tributes were part of the GRAMMY Week series of events, which culminated with the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 31, 2010.
In Memoriam: Suenobu Togi
Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje was awarded the Alan Merriam Prize at the 2009 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) in Mexico City for her book, Fiddling in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba Cultures, Indiana University Press, 2008. The purpose of the Alan Merriam Prize is to recognize the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology. This award is given annually to a book published in the previous two years.
Jazz percussion instructor Clayton Cameron will play at the White House on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, with singer Jennifer Hudson.
Barbara Morrison's Jazz & Blues Birthday Party honoring all Los Angeles musicians turning 60, took place on Saturday, September 12 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles. Special guests were Gerald Wilson, Bill Henderson, James Moody, and Tierney Sutton. There were numerous other guest performers.
James Roberson's CD "Everybody Dance!" debuted at #2 on Billboard. Ebony Magazine wrote, "Everybody Dance" is the gospel dance craze single sweeping the country! James Roberson's exciting debut, "Everybody Dance!" is reminiscent of gospel revolutionary Kirk Franklin." Available on CD, Songbook, and Sing-Along performance tracks.
In Memoriam: Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy
Bruin bluegrass band to play at Fowler (Daily Bruin interview with Anthony Seeger)
Anthony Seeger was elected Vice President of the Brazilian Association for Ethnomusicology (ABET—Associação Brasileira de Etnomusicologia) at its November 2008 meeting in Maceio, Brazil. He also briefly visited the Suyá village, where he was twice clubbed to "death" during a Suyá video shoot of an enactment of a myth. See photo Seeger clubbed to death.
Barbara Morrison performed at the Governor's Ball, the celebration following the 81st Academy Awards, on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Morrison performed with The Impulse Orchestra, a 21-piece ensemble, with jazz trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot, for the Ball's 1,500 guests, which included Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters, performers and other luminaries.
Cheryl Keyes was was awarded an NAACP Image Award under the category of "world music" for her debut CD, "Let Me Take You There." The 40th NAACP Image Awards aired live on February 12, 2009 on FOX.
Jesus Guzman, who directs the UCLA mariachi ensemble, is musical director of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, which won a Grammy award for Best Regional Mexican Album for "Amor, Dolor Y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera," [Smithsonian Folkways Recordings].
Tzvetanka Varimezova is a member of the group, Kitka: Women's Vocal Ensemble, whose CD, "Sanctuary: A Cathedral Concert" [Diaphonica] was "one of 36," selected out of 3,000 entries for a Grammy Award in the "Best Traditional World Music" category. (The category ultimately had four nominees.) For information on this recording go to Sanctuary. The 51st Grammy Awards took place on February 8, 2009.
Shujaat Husain Khan and Abhiman Kaushal's CD "Shams" (with Katayoun Gondarzi and Imamyar Hasanov) was "one of 36," selected out of 3,000 entries for a Grammy Award for the "Best Traditional World Music" category. (The category ultimately had four nominees.) The 51st Grammy Awards took place on February 8, 2009.
Pacific Serenades presents the opening performances of its 23rd season,"The World Is Our Community." These concerts included the world premier of Münir Beken's most recent chamber composition for flute, violin, viola, cello and 'ud. Professor Beken performed on the 'ud. (Saturday, February 7, Sunday, February 8, and Tuesday, February 10, 2009.)
Barbara Morrison performed in "A Tribute to Ray Brown" at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Featured artists were: Christian McBride, musical director; John Clayton, bass; Benny Green, piano; Russell Malone, guitar; Greg Hutchinson, drums; Ernie Andrews, vocalist; Barbara Morrison, vocalist; Karriem Riggins, drums; Geoff Keezer, piano.
Steve Loza curated an exhibit, "100 Years of Mexican Music," a photographic exhibit reflecting Mexico's musical creativity across a century. The exhibit was presented by The Latino Music of History, Art and Culture. The opening reception took place on Saturday, January 24, 2009.
One of his artists from James Roberson's record label, JDI records, Beverly Crawford, won an award at the 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards program, which took place in Nashville on Saturday, January 17, 2009. In addition to winning the Stellar, Beverly was also chosen to sing at the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on Monday, January 19 in Washington DC.
James Roberson's JDI Records racks up 5 Stellar Gospel Music Award Nods
Steven Loza named to the 2008 Jesús C. Romero Professorship
Timothy Taylor's article, "The Commodification of Music at the Dawn of the Era of 'Mechanical Music,'" published in the journal Ethnomusicology last year, was awarded the Jaap Kunst Prize by the Society of Ethnomusicology at its annual meeting in October, 2008. The Society's description of this prize reads that it is "to recognize the most significant article in ethnomusicology written by a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and published within the previous year (whether in the journal or elsewhere)."
Tzvetanka Varimezova received a 2008-09 Durfee Foundation Master Musician Fellowship. The goal of the Master Musician Fellowship is to support master musicians working in traditions that are not widely taught in established institutions, so they can work closely with apprentices to pass down their skills.
Professor Timothy Rice receives award from the Bulgarian president
Chi Li wins 2008 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award
DongSuk Kim received a 2008-09 Durfee Foundation Master Musician Fellowship. The goal of the Master Musician Fellowship is to support master musicians working in traditions that are not widely taught in established institutions, so they can work closely with apprentices to pass down their skills.
Nazir Jairazbhoy was selected as one of the five recipients of the 2008 Dickson Emeritus Professor Award. Professor Jairazbhoy was a faculty member in ethnomusicology at UCLA from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. He is one of the major persons responsible for the establishment of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and became the first chair of the department.
UCLA Today article about Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje: "A Fiddle's Deep Roots"
James Kippen to deliver lecture on the modernization of Hindustani music and the adaptive strategies of hereditary musicians
On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 the department presented a Gerald Wilson Tribute Concert to celebrate Wilson's many years of teaching at UCLA
Barbara Morrison starred as Big Mama in "Howlin' Blues and Dirty Dogs: The Life of Mama Thornton," Saturday, March 29, 2008, 8pm, and Sunday, March 30, 2008, 4pm, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles.
The Music Circle Presents "A Two-Part Concert" (with Abhiman Kaushal), Sunday, February 24, 2008, 11am, Herrick Chapel, Occidental College, Los Angeles. Part one: Nandkishore Muley, santoor and Abhiman Kaushal, tabla. Part two: Prasad Upasani, vocal; Gopal Marathe, harmonium; and Abhiman Kaushal, tabla
Lucumi Y Que, J Connections, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Sea Bird Jazz Lounge and Move 'N Groove presents..."A Tribute to Patato, Legendary Percussionist, with The Ultimate Afro-Cuban Quartet," featuring legendary conguero, Francisco Aguabella, master cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes and two of L.A.'s amazing Cuban Artists, Raul Pineda and Jorge Sawa Perez. On Saturday January 19th 2008 at The Pasadena Jazz Institute and on Sunday January 20th, 2008 at The Sea Bird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach.
Barbara Morrison put on a New Year's Eve 80th Birthday Celebration for Ernie Andrews, featuring jazz greats Ernie Andrews and Houston Person, Monday Dec. 31st, 8pm, Hollywood Park Casino
Daily Bruin article about Gerald Wilson: "Professor's music and career refuse defined boundaries"
The Gerald Wilson Orchestra and Barbara Morrison were at the Long Beach Jazz Festival this year. Click here for more information.
NPR interview with Kenny Burrell, "A Jazz Guitar Legend: Alive, Live, and 75"
Emeritus Professor Nazir Jairazboy was one of the featured artists in the Sylvia Winstein UCLA Emeriti Arts and Crafts Exhibit, Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 11am to 4pm in the UCLA Faculty Center
Allyn Miner teaches Indian music courses, made possible by the Sambhi Endowed Chair
"Professor's music and career refuse defined boundaries" (Daily Bruin)
Steve Loza served as musical director of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin presented by the Latino Theater Company
"100 albums in 50 years" (Daily Bruin article about Kenny Burrell)
"Boppin with Burrell: Renowned musician inspires and motivates students as UCLA's director of jazz studies" (Daily Bruin article about Kenny Burrell).
ASCAP interview with Kenny Burrell on the occasion of his 75th birthday
Gerald Wilson Wins Teaching Award; Celebrates 88th Birthday
JDI Feels the 'Joy': Label Celebrates 10th Year; Founder [James Roberson] Releases Debut Album
Drummer Clayton Cameron announces the release of his new double DVD package, Brushworks. This is the followup to his award-winning book of the same title. Disc 1 includes instruction that mirrors the book. Disc 2 features six new compositions performed by his trio, which includes Grammy-winning pianist Billy Childs and bassist Joe Sanders. Clayton also stretches out on some eye popping solos on the West African djembe and Peruvian cajón. Published by Carl Fischer.http://www.carlfischer.com/Fischer/nraug2006.html#DVD17
On Mon, May 15,th JDI recording artist DeNetria "Aretha" Champ will be debuting her new single "When God Gets Through" on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Recorded live at Oprah's Legend Ball, "When God Gets Through" is the brand new single from DeNetria's debut album, "I Really Love You", which has earned her 3 Stellar Awards nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year and Best New Artist. James Roberson is Founder and CEO of JDI Records.
Tzvetanka Varimezova and "Super Devoiche" - The UCLA Balkan Women's Choir - performed on May 11, 2006 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. They opened a performance by Bulgarian-born popular singer, Krassimir.
Timothy D. Taylor presented a lecture entitled, "The Commodification of Music at the Dawn of the Era of 'Mechanical Music' " on Thursday, April 20, from 4:00 - 5:50 in Haines Hall, Room 352. This lecture was sponsored by the Culture, Power, and Social Change Working Group of the Anthropology Department.
The work of Amy-Catlin Jairazbhoy with the Sidis of Gujarat, India is discussed in the linked article, "Indian's African Past" by Fatima Chowhury (November, 2005)
Timothy Taylor, recent activities:
Discussant, "Locating Cultural Sites in the Transnational Circulation of Music Recordings," American Anthropological Society, Washington, D.C., November 30, 2005
Discussant, "Women on the Verge of a Gender Breakdown," Society for Ethnomusicology, Atlanta, November 19, 2005
"Old and New (Ethno)musicologies." Invited presentation, 11th International Seminar in Ethnomusicology, Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy, January 27, 2005
"World Music Revisited." Invited presentation, 13th Internationaler Kongress der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Weimar, Germany, September 20, 2004
Composer/Arranger and Conductor Charley Harrison releases new CD: Keeping My Composure
"Llegaron Los Camperos, Concert Favorites Of Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos," by Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos (Smithsonian Folkways, 2005) was recently nominated for a Grammy award (Mexican regional category, 2006). Jesus Guzman, Musical Director of Mariachi Los Camperos, did most of the arrangements.
Amy Catlin and Nazir Jairazbhoy: Rejuvenating musical notes of Africa in India.
Cheryl L. Keyes spoke on a panel called "Historicizing the Roots of Hip-Hop" on January 19 at the UCLA Hip-Hop Festival. The panel, moderated by graduate student Christina Zanfagna, also included Charlie Ahearn (director of Wild Style), Anthony Marshall (co-creator of Lyricist Lounge), Brian Cross, aka B+ (hop-hop photographer and filmmaker), and Professor Sohail Daulatzai of UC Irvine.
Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje has been appointed Chair of the Program Committee for the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in November 2006. In recent months, she also has presented scholarly papers at several conferences (see below).
"Performance Style and Identity: Form, Melody and Rhythm in West African Fiddling." Second International Symposium on the Music of Africa. Princeton University, December 10, 2005.
"Survival and Renewal: Gospel Music in the Los Angeles Black Community." Symposium on Community and Religion in Los Angeles, University of La Verne, October 8, 2005.
"William Grant Still in Los Angeles: Context and Creativity." A Symposium and Festival on Composition in Africa and the Diaspora. Churchill College, Cambridge University, August 4, 2005.
Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy helped to organize the conference "The Sidis in India and African Diasporas in Asia," held January 9-20, 2006 in Goa, India
A.J. Racy presented a lecture, "Musical Instruments of the Near East," sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America
Kenny Burrell Named a 2005 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts
"Jazz great brings energy, talent to classroom" (Daily Bruin)
"Ellingtonia" (Daily Bruin)
"Obituary: Harold Land" (Daily Bruin)
"Tribute to commemorate jazz legends" (Daily Bruin)