Sounds of the World: The Americas Concert

Published: December 13, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 the Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Organization (EUSO) presented the "Sounds of the World: The Americas" concert, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA. This three-part, yearlong series is intended to illustrate the vast depth and diversity of student talent. This fall’s concert featured music from Latin and North America, performed by UCLA ethnomusicology undergraduate and graduate students who specialize in the musical genres from these areas.

Randy Taylor and Friends
Jazz studies vocalist Randy Taylor and fellow Ethnomusicology Jazz Studies majors provided tasteful jazz selections which also reflected their eclectic musical tastes. This group's repertoire consisted of jazz, blues, and sacred hymnal material.

Randy Taylor (vocals); Micah Nacita (piano); Owen Clapp (bass); and Sarah Mori (drums)

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eusoconcert_fall10_mariachi1 Mariachi de Uclatlán
Mariachi Uclatlán is a performance ensemble consisting of UCLA students who have an advanced knowledge of mariachi repertoire and a passion for performing. Under the direction of Jesus "Chuy" Guzman, musical director of the renowned Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Uclatlán performed music from a variety of styles from various regions of Mexico, including son jalisciense, son huasteco, bolero, ranchera, and huapango.

Tana Barajas (trumpet); Emilio Frias (vihuela); Rosa Gonzalez (trumpet); Jazmin Morales (violin); Miguel Pasillas (guitarron); Kevin Rodriguez (violin); Marcos Ruedas (guitar); Lauryn Salazar (harp); Vanessa Sanchez (violin); Jessie Vallejo (violin)
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Fusionando is the continuation of a musical project begun by Miguel Pasillas, in his hometown, before arriving in the City of Angels. Los Angeles has marked the band's rebirth and incessant hybridization with a new name that closely reflects its diverse new flavor. Fusing elements from various Latin American music styles, including the Cuban son, son jarocho, son huasteco, bolero, and Colombian cumbia, Fusionando brings a fresh sound to the Latino music scene.


Travis Barnes (percussion); Miguel Pasillas (guitarron, vocals); Andrew Perez (guitar); Marcos Ruedas (guitar); Vanessa Sanchez (violin, vocals); Remi Spiro (conga drums); Satoru Yamamoto (piano)
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eusoconcert_fall10_bluegrass2 The UCLA Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble
The UCLA Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble performs music from the southern Appalachian region of the United States, which developed out of a mixture of traditions brought from Europe and Africa. Its roots can be traced back to African American, Celtic, English, Scottish, and other influences. The ensemble performed on a variety of stringed instruments—fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass, with the occasional addition of kazoo, harmonica, foot tapping, and jug. The performances were introduced from the stage and included reels, waltzes, sizzling strings, wacky banjos, oddball humor, and heartfelt songs about horse races, crawdads, and other loves.

Rob Denomme (banjo), Jennie Gubner (violin), Cameron Hovsepian (guitar), Scott Linford (banjo), Joseph Lorge (mandolin), Doug Morier (guitar), Wyatt Stone (bass), Jessie Vallejo (violin), Nicolette Yarbrough (violin), along with special invited guests!
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