September 30, 2016

The Department Welcomes Six New Graduate Students in Fall 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

New Undergraduate Students Welcomed in Fall 2015

September 10, 2015

The Department Welcomes Five New Graduate Students in Fall 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

World Music and Movement Festival to Take Place on Nov 23

October 3, 2014

New  Undergraduates Arrive on Campus, Fall 2014

October 3, 2014

New Graduate Students Arrive in Fall 2014

April 18, 2014

Avartan Festival Promotes the Art of Indian Music to Youth

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

World Music & Movement Festival Brings Students Together

September 30, 2013

New Graduate Students Welcomed, Fall 2013

September 30, 2013

New Undergraduate Students Welcomed, Fall 2013

November 18, 2013

Women of Mariachi de Uclatlán Honor Female Mariachis

November 13, 2013

Society for Ethnomusicology 58th Annual Meeting

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

Thirstbusters drummer gains industry experience at Atlantic Records (Daily Bruin)

 May 2, 2013

Band Nonagram puts an original spin on jazz melodies (Daily Bruin)

February 21, 2013

Bluegrass sounds sprout in LA music scene (Daily Bruin)

October 18, 2012

Mariachi de Uclatlán wins third place

October 3, 2012

Department welcomes new undergraduate students, fall 2012

October 3, 2012

Four new graduate students arrive in fall 2012

September 14, 2012

"What do you even DO with ethnomusicology?"

August 9, 2012

Bluegrass Band competes at the Topanga Canyon Fiddle and Banjo Contest

June 10, 2012

Fourth-year student Julian Le mixes jazz and hip-hop genres, tours the world (Daily Bruin)

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

Jeff Roy Discusses His Film Mohammed to Maya

April 16, 2012

Students perform in 2012 International Collegiate Culture and Arts Festival in Shanghai

April 11, 2012

Stufflebeam Wins 2012 African Libraries Student Paper Prize

March 11, 2012

L.A. BlueGrassHoppers bring back bluegrass and old-time style music (Daily Bruin)

March 8, 2012

Jazz singer Teira Church to enchant audiences at Fowler Out Loud concert (Daily Bruin)

March 1, 2012

Acoustic coffee house concert to raise funds to help children with physical disabilities (Daily Bruin)

February 28, 2012

UCLA Has Strong Showing at SEMSCHC

February 23, 2012

Artists to improvise, perform Indian classical music styles in Fowler Out Loud concert (Daily Bruin)

February 17, 2012

Students showcase classic Indian music at Avartan Music Festival (Daily Bruin)

February 14, 2012

Balkan quartet Gluck Groupa Pendari adds a contemporary twist on traditional music (Daily Bruin)

February 9, 2012

Bassist Owen Clapp and UCLA All-Star Jazz Quintet to electrify Fowler Out Loud concert (Daily Bruin)

December 15, 2011

Mariachi de Uclatlán Places First and Second  in Two Major Mariachi Competitions

December 5, 2011

Jazz Students Tour Europe

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

UCLA Holiday Big Band concert features a variety of jazz sounds, from Latin to fusion (Daily Bruin)

November 21, 2011

UCLA Jazz Combo concert to showcase passion of Kenny Burrell through professors, students (Daily Bruin)

November 17, 2011

UCLA student Julian Cabillos to perform unplugged tonight at Fowler Out Loud concert (Daily Bruin)

November 14, 2011

Tim Lin Jazz Quintet finds harmony through jazz music (Daily Bruin)

November 10, 2011

SEM 2011 Begins November 17 in Philadelphia

November  9, 2011

Mariachi de Uclatlán, Grupo Folklórico de UCLA to share the stage in Fowler Out Loud event (Daily Bruin)

November 7, 2011

LeJKeyes Collective hits the keys at Kerckhoff (Daily Bruin)

November 3, 2011

UCLA Student Yuki Akaishi aims to strike a chord in her Fowler Out Loud concert (Daily Bruin)

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

Angeleno brings Indian classical music to the forefront

September 22, 2011

New Undergraduate Students Welcomed in Fall 2011

September 13, 2011

The Department Welcomes Eight New Graduate Students in 2011

May 27, 2011

Mariachi Uclatlán second place winner in the Battle of the Mariachis Festival

May 20, 2011

Interview with Jesse Sachs (B.A. '11), JazzReggae Fest Producer

May 18, 2011

Fowler gets loud with Brazilian, Ghanaian beats (Daily Bruin)

May 11, 2011

Fowler Out Loud concert to honor legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald (Daily Bruin)

May 4, 2011

Natural born musician (Daily Bruin)

April 28, 2011

Fowler to celebrate Duke Ellington's birthday with a concert (Daily Bruin)

April 12, 2011

Student ensembles to perform in Fowler for UCLA Jazz Combo Night (Daily Bruin)

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

Latin hybrid band Fusionando fuses genres of Latin, jazz and rock (Daily Bruin)

January 4, 2011

UCLA students go back to their roots, back to 'La Bamba' (Daily Bruin)


Singers/Songwriters unite concert series showcases students' musical talents (Daily Bruin)


UCLA Group Mariachi de Uclatlán provides opportunity to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in traditional form at Fowler Museum (Daily Bruin)


New Undergraduate Students: Welcome to the Department, Fall 2010


The Department Welcomes Six New Graduate Students in Fall 2010


The Department Welcomes New Undergraduate Students in Fall 2009


Six New Graduate Students Are Welcomed into the Program in Fall 2009


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)


The Department Welcomes New Undergraduates Students for Fall 2008


The Department Welcomes Eight New Graduate Students for Fall 2008


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:


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 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 Department Welcomes New Undergraduate Students in 2007


The Department Welcomes Eight New Graduate Students in 2007


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


Hitting high notes of support (Daily Bruin) \\