September 30, 2016
April 27, 2016
Undergraduate student Christopher Phan’s paper “Music as Mental Medicine” was the 2nd place winner of the 2016 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Christopher's faculty sponsor was Dr. Helen Rees. Archivist Maureen Russell also provided mentoring on research resources and techniques.
March 14, 2016
NPR story and music video about a CD ‘Todororo’ by Alfredo Rodriguez, features graduate student, Ganavya Doraiswamy.
February 26, 2016
Sounds of Schoenberg: The Levantine Buzuq (Daily Bruin) features graduate student Ryan Vig
February 19, 2016
Sounds of Schoenberg: The American Washtub Bass (Daily Bruin) features graduate student Marc Bolin
February 12, 2016
True Bruin senior scholar weaves love for music with passion for medicine (Daily Bruin) features undergraduate student Avinash Malaviya.
January 22, 2016
Middle Eastern music concert celebrates harmony, humanity (Daily Bruin) features graduate student Farzad Amoozegar.
January 11, 2016
FLAS Scholar Studies Nexus of Language and Traditional Zhuang Singing (UCLA Asia Institute) features graduate student John Widman.
January 6, 2016
Travels to Bulgaria with the Varimezovi and Superdevoiche features undergraduate student Nicole Andrews.
December 15, 2015
Mathias Wins Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper Prize features graduate student Alyssa Mathias.
November 6, 2015
Sounds of Schoenberg: Afro-Cuban Batá drums (Daily Bruin) features undergraduate transfer student Melena Francis.
October 16, 2015
Sounds of Schoenberg: the Balinese gamelan ensemble (Daily Bruin) features graduate student Tyler Yamin.
September 22, 2015
September 10, 2015
May 17, 2015
'Fine Print' Takes Best Overall at Spring Sing 2015 (Daily Bruin)
Department of Ethnomusicology students rocked Spring Sing 2015! Fine Print (Erik Shiboski, Hugo Shiboski, Teira Church, Chili Corder, Jacob Koransky, Joel Manduke, Masai Marcelin, and Grant Milliken) won the award for “best overall performance;” Priscillia Omon and Alan McDonnell won the award for “best duet entry;” Natalie Brainin won the award for “best solo entry.”
November 18, 2014
October 3, 2014
October 3, 2014
April 18, 2014
April 15, 2014
Folk group Jueves Jarocho emphasizes sense of community (Daily Bruin)
April 11, 2014
"Fowler Out Loud" hosts traditional Middle Eastern musical performances (Daily Bruin Radio)
April 10, 2014
Student musicians "Takht Dirty" at Fowler Out Loud (Daily Bruin)
March 13, 2014
"Girls in the Band" film screening included performances by current jazz studies students Harmony Chua and Sara Sithi-Amnuai, and alumna Hitomi Oba. See Friends of Jazz at UCLA to present film on women musicians (Daily Bruin)
January 16, 2014
Musical Trio to Bring Color to Fowler Out Loud (Daily Bruin)
November 13, 2013
September 30, 2013
September 30, 2013
November 18, 2013
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July 23, 2013
¡Así Kotama!: The Flutes of Otavalo, Ecuador (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2013) was co-produced by Ph.D. student Jessie M. Vallejo, with Patricio Maldonado and Daniel E. Sheehy (Ph.D. 1979 M.A. '74 Music, UCLA). Jessie was interviewed on July 31, 2013 by staff member Donna Armstrong about her role in the creation of the CD. See Interview with Jessie Vallejo.
July 11, 2013
Ph.D. student Alexandro Hernandez joined the Smithsonian Institute this summer for their Latino Museum Studies Program, an intensive summer research program dedicated to "fostering the development of scholars and emerging leaders in the fields of Latino history, art and culture." Students in the program interact with professional curators, researchers, historians, archivists and professors through a series of panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and interactive discussions. They also work on a four-week practicum project of their choice within a selected Smithsonian museum. Alexandro is one of of fifteen students selected from a nationwide pool to participate in the program.
June 10, 2013
Songwriter mixes jazz, pop to write Top 40 tracks (Daily Bruin)
June 10, 2013
May 2, 2013
Band Nonagram puts an original spin on jazz melodies (Daily Bruin)
February 21, 2013
October 18, 2012
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September 14, 2012
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May 25, 2012
Congratulations to James Edwards, who won the UCLA Asia Institute's 2012 Notehelfer Prize, which recognizes the best unpublished research paper wirtten by a UCLA Japanese Studies graduate student in any disciplinary field, among those submitted to the Notehelfer Prize Committee in any given year. He was awarded the prize for his paper "Dancing with demons: Oshiro Tatsuhiro's Hana no maboroshi as Okinawan postcolonial theatre."
April 26, 2012
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December 15, 2011
December 5, 2011
December 5, 2011
Global Grooves (Daily Bruin)
November 28, 2011
Congratulations to Catherine Appert, who won the 2011 Charles Seeger Prize, which recognizes the most distinguished student paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. She was awarded the prize for her paper "Griot MCs and Origin Myths: Negotiating Environments of Displacement in Senegalese Hip Hop," which she presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. MORE
November 28, 2011
Congratulations to James Edwards, who won the 2011 Martin Hatch Prize, which recognizes the most distinguished student paper on Asian music presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He was awarded the prize for his paper "Silence by my noise: An ecocritical aesthetic of noise in the sound art of Akita Masami," which he presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. MORE
November 22, 2011
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November 17, 2011
November 14, 2011
Tim Lin Jazz Quintet finds harmony through jazz music (Daily Bruin)
November 10, 2011
November 9, 2011
November 7, 2011
LeJKeyes Collective hits the keys at Kerckhoff (Daily Bruin)
November 3, 2011
October 26, 2011
Coast to coast: an exchange of musical culture (Daily Bruin)
October 17, 2011
The World Festival of Sacred Music, which took place October 1-16, 2011 included a number of department faculty, current students and alumni.
October 6, 2011
September 22, 2011
September 13, 2011
May 27, 2011
May 20, 2011
May 18, 2011
Fowler gets loud with Brazilian, Ghanaian beats (Daily Bruin)
May 11, 2011
May 4, 2011
Natural born musician (Daily Bruin)
April 28, 2011
April 12, 2011
February 25, 2011
Undergraduate students to lead spring seminars (Daily Bruin)
February 24, 2011
UCLA-based trio jazzes up hip-hop (Daily Bruin)
February 2, 2011
January 4, 2011
UCLA students go back to their roots, back to 'La Bamba' (Daily Bruin)
Abimbola Cole was recently hired as a Program Associate at the Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP). Her primary responsibilities will be to coordinate their upcoming Community Folklife Documentation Workshop (CFDW) series which will run between September 2009 and June 2010. As a part of her responsibilites, Abimbola will attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (AFS).
Congratuations to Christina Zanfagna, who won the Ki Mantle Hood Prize this year for her paper "Geographies of Conversion: Holy Hip Hop and the Changing Body of the City," delivered in February 2009 at the SEMSCHC conference. This is the second time that Christina won the Ki Mantle Hood Prize and, according to SEM records, she is the first two-time winner of the prize. According to the prize committee, Christina's writing was "...crisp and engaging, the topic interesting, and [her] theoretical and ethnographic approaches both sophisticated and well-considered." The Ki Mantle Hood Student Prize is for the most distinguished paper read by a student at the Annual Meeting.
Alex Isley pursues her dream (Daily Bruin article)
For 'Hermanos Herrera,' UCLA is all in the family (Daily Bruin)
Musical Relates to Students (Daily Bruin article)
"Jazz on the Sacred Side" with Lesa Terry, at the Jazz Bakery, Sunday, March 8, 2009, 3:00pm.
"An easeful authoritative violinist. Her strong lyrical jazz style made me want to hear more." --Nat Hentoff. (Lesa Terry - Violin; Nedra Wheeler - Bass; Lori Andrews - Harp; Maria Martinez - Drums; Special Guest Vocalists).
The Macha Quartet will play their premier performance at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood, on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. The quartet is made up of 3rd year UCLA Ethnomusicology/ Jazz Studies students Adam Shumate (piano), Mark Einhorn (sax), Terry Goldberg (drums) and Charlie Domingo (bass). The quartet will showcase many fresh arrangements, including material that they are preparing for the upcoming Duke Ellington festival in April.
UCLA quartet jazzed up for iconic music club (Daily Bruin)
Meditate: Sitar style (Daily Bruin article)
Classical musician experiments with his sound (Daily Bruin article)
Funk, blues and all that jazz (Daily Bruin)
Finding their own rhythm (Daily Bruin article)
Bret Werb published the first chapter of his dissertation, "Shmerke Kaczerginski - The Partisan Troubadour," in the journal Polin,October 17, 2007.
Ben Harbert and his electric guitar octet played with the Catch Electric Guitar Quartet from Holland, as part of the 2008 Microfest Microtonal music extravanganza on May 10, 2008 at the USC/Arnold Schoenberg Institute. The group played Indonesian-inspired music by Chicago composer/guitarist Nathaniel.
The UCLA Contemporary Jazz Large Ensemble played at the Jazz Bakery on Monday, April 21, 2008. The performance featured music by current students and recent graduates: Nick DePinna, Hitomi Oba, Subaram Raman, Peter Hargreaves, Anahita Navab, Berkeley Everett, Luke Moellman, John Hollenbeck, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Led Zeppelin, and Bjork. Performed by: Ryan Weston, Peter Hargreaves, Hitomi Oba, Max Kaplan, Matt Sandler, Greg Hix, Jack Kent, Ryan Svendsen, Tom Terrell, Derek Ganong, Nick DePinna, Logan Chopyk, Ryan Baker, Will Baker, Berkeley Everett, Eli Sundelson, Anahita Navab, Alex Greve, Charlie Domingo, Noah Garabedian, Max Griffith, and Jake Jamieson.
Urie Norris performed with his trio on February 28, 2008 for the UCLA Academic Advancement Program's 35th anniversary celebration, "35 Years of Academic Access, Equity and Excellence."
Aurelia Shrenker will co-lead a tour through Georgia (Caucasus mountain region of Eurasia) this summer. It will be 10 days of visiting monasteries, singing, and feasting. It is a great opportunity for those interested in exploring the country.
The fifth and newest album of Hermanos Herrera (Jorge Herrera and brothers) is now available for purchase. Go to: www.hermanosherrera.com
Bruins explore heritage through music (Daily Bruin article)
The UCLA Contemporary Jazz Large Ensemble played a FREE show of original music on Sunday (February 17th) from 11-1PM at the West L.A. Farmers' Market, located only 5 minutes away from UCLA at Santa Monica and Corinth, just behind the Courthouse.
The UCLA Contemporary Jazz Large Ensemble has been praised by world-renowned keyboardist George Duke as a group of "young musicians who are willing and able to push the musical envelope." Formed in the Fall of 2006, the group is committed to the performance of new music by student and professional composers. Under the supervision of legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell, this student-led twenty-one-piece orchestra has premiered over twenty-three pieces of music by thirteen different composers, fifteen of which were original works composed for the ensemble.
Aurelia Shrenker and Eva Primack made their LA debut as the duo Æ with three shows at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, located on the web at www.mjt.org. shows were Friday January 11 at 8pm and Saturday January 12 at 8 and 10pm.
Æ (Aurelia Shrenker and Eva Primack) bring together a deep knowledge of different vocal traditions, making something daring and new out of each song they sing together. They have chosen the name Æ (the joined a and e, officially named "ash") because it represents something of a dual nature--not singular, not plural, but exactly two. They often sing a cappella but enjoy accompanying themselves on dulcimer, accordion, and Georgian panduri. Their renditions are rooted in folk culture yet daring and provocative--in their music, the exuberance of youth and the reverence of ancient tradition coincide. Æ perform intimate, soulful and stirring music from the mountains of Appalachia, Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria... the polyphony of Albania, Greece, Ukraine, Corsica... and the heart-swelling songs of the Southeast European Roma.
Zack Smith played with his jazz band "Pianorag" on Friday, November 23rd, opening for legendary percussionist Poncho Sanchez at The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
The Brent Canter Trio will celebrate the release of its debut CD "Soundscape" with a performance and party at LA's greatest jazz venue, the Jazz Bakery, on Sunday, November 4th. The group will perform music from the new CD and new material as well. The night gets started at 7:30 pm. Come early and stay late (we turn our clocks back an hour that night). The Brent Canter Trio is: Mark Banner (drums); Eli Sundelson (Hammond B-3 oegan); Brent Canter (guitar).
The Kamasi Washington Quintet played at The World Stage in Leimert Park on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8. The World Stage is located at 4344 Degnan Boulevard. Los Angeles (one block east of Crenshaw, north of Vernon between 43rd Place and 43rd Street).
Times Picayune (New Orleans) article on Sandra Booker, "A Song for New Orleans: Jazz Singer Sandra Booker Comes Home to Heal"
Sandra Booker's group Underground Jazz Movement will be featured in the 12th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which will take place July 28-29, 2007 on Central Avenue in Los Angeles, between 42nd Place and 43rd Street.
New school jazz (Daily Bruin article)
EUSO presents Delectrified! An Acoustic Talent Showcase
The Brent Canter Trio will perform at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 22nd at 8pm. This trio consists of third year UCLA Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies students Brent Canter (guitar), Eli Sundelson (organ), and Mark Banner (drums). The group will play original compositions.
Christina Zanfagna will present a lecture, "Flippin' the Scripture: Holy Hip Hop, Religion and Urban Youth," on May 11, 2007, in Haines Hall, UCLA campus, as a part of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies039; Spring Quarter 2007 Lecture Series
Beto Gonzalez was awarded the Fulbright-Hays dissertation research fellowship for 2007-08
Valerie Dickerson was the 2007-08 awardee of the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship for her work on Cuban Protestantism
Jesse Ruskin was awarded the Fulbright-Hays fellowship for the Yoruba Group Project Abroad in Ile-Ife, Nigeria during summer, 2007
Lauryn Salazar was awarded the Institute of American Cultures/Chicano Studies Research Center Predoctoral Fellowship for 2007-08
Congratulations to the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Large Ensemble for an incredible showing at the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Competition in late March. Also congratulations to UCLA Jazz Studies alumnus Hitomi Oba (B.A. '06) for winning "Outstanding Soloist" at the competition
Vocalist and Jazz Studies student Sandra Booker appeared with her group, The Underground Jazz Movement (Thomas White, Jacques Lesure, Derrick Finch and Vashon Johnson), on Wednesday, April 4 at The Edison, a jazz club in Los Angeles
On Thursday, March 1, 2007 the Afro-American Students for the Arts at UCLA,
the Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Organization, and the Department of Ethnomusicology presented the first annual Black History Month Music Celebration, hosted by actor/comedian Garrett Morris. The concert featured students Cephas McCullom, Regina Sewell, Sistas in Song Vocal Ensemble, Urie Norris III, Sandra Booker, Linda Alvarez, Lindsey Jackson, Lara Rann, and Dale Fielder.
SIRENE, a vocal trio which includes Eva Salina Primack and Aurelia Shrenker, performed from a repertoire of folksongs from Appalachia, Caucasus Georgia, and the Balkans, with accompaniment on mountain dulcimer, accordion, banjo, and Georgian panduri
Some gigs of Urie Norris III (pianist and Jazz Studies student):
Cabo Grille, 301 North Brea Blvd, Brea, CA.
His band is planing funk, soul, r&b, and jazz every Saturday night from 7-10pm.
Kerckoff Coffee House (on campus)
November 20 from 7-9pm, "80s Funk Explosion"
The Department Welcomes New Undergraduate Students in 2006
The Department Welcomes Nine New Graduate Students in 2006
EUSO Showcases Student Talent
Cephas McCullom performed live in concert at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, "Electric Soul Music, " on Wednesday, April 26, 9pm. The concert featured Cephas on guitar, piano and vocals with his band "The Celestial Orchestra."
The Golden Gate Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians proudly presents The 10th Annual "Festival of Spirituals, " on Sunday, April 30, 2006, 3:30 pm, Beth Eden Baptist Church, Oakland, California, featuring Kalil Wilson, tenor, Jeannine Anderson, soprano, Victoria Theodore, pianist.
Oakland-born Kalil Wilson, 24, was tenor soloist in the Oakland East Bay Symphony's recent performance of Dvorák's Stabat Mater. A Gluck Foundation Fellow at UCLA, and undergraduate student in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, he has sung many lead roles with Opera UCLA and Los Angeles Opera. He is the son of Oakland-based Nigerian bandleader and music educator Baba Ken Okulolo.
Kathleen Noss Van Buren (whom we all know as "Katie") has accepted a tenure track position at Sheffield University in England. She starts in August 2006.
Joshua Duron performed on January 27 with The Blues Experiment and other seminal Chicano bands at a show to benefit Aca Los Ninos Musica y Mas, a burgeoning music and art school located on East Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles.
Christina Zanfagna moderated a panel called "Historicizing the Roots of Hip-Hop" on January 19 at the UCLA Hip-Hop Festival. The panel included Dr. Cheryl Keyes, along with Charlie Ahearn (director of Wild Style), Anthony Marshall (co-creator of Lyricist Lounge), Brian Cross, aka B (hip-hop photographer and filmmaker), and Professor Sohail Daulatzai of UC Irvine.
Chuen-Fung Wong has accepted a job offer from Macalester College. He begins work in Fall, 2006.
Alexandra Isley crowned queen of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity's 69th Annual Black and White Ball
New Undergraduate Students in the Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies Programs, Fall 2005
Six New Graduate Students Arrive on Campus, Fall 2005