October 17, 2011
By: Donna Armstrong

The upcoming World Festival of Sacred Music, scheduled for October 1-16, 2011 in Los Angeles, will include performances by several Department of Ethnomusicology faculty, current students, and alumni. Faculty member Tzvetanka Varimezova will perform on October 1 with the Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble ("Santuary: A Cathedral Concert") at the First Lutheran Church of Venice. Faculty member I Nyoman Wenten will perform on  October 8 with Gamelan Burat Wangi and Gamelan Sekar Jaya ("Mebarung: Luckman's World Arts Day") at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Faculty member Abhiman Kaushal will perform on October 9 with Suman Laha ("Sampurna: The Abundant Circle") at the Brand Library and Art Center.

Also on October 9, alumnus Aditya Prakash (B.A. '11) will perform with the group Le J Trio, composed of current jazz studies students Julian Le and Owen Clapp and recent alum Jake Jamieson (M.A. '10),  at the Brand Library and Art Center (Aditya Prakash featuring Le J Trio).

Alumnus David Martinelli (M.A. '91) will perform on October 2 with the Yuval Ron Ensemble (The Soul of Spain) at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Beto Gonzalez (M.A. '06) and his group Samba Society will perform on October 6 at the Madrid Theatre. On October 8 Cristian Amigo (Ph.D. '03) joins the Los Angeles group Surrealestate (Right Here Right Now), which includes David Martinelli, Charles Sharp (Ph.D. '08), and former faculty member Jonathon Grasse.

Most of the above concerts are free of charge; however, reservations may be required. For  information go to World Festival of Sacred Music.