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LA Ethnomusicologist Brings Otherworldly Sounds to Biggest Motion Picture of All Time





James Swing (B.A. 2003) will perform holiday music at Moorpark JAVA KAI. Guitar and ukulele music from Bach to Mele Kalikimake' (Hawaiian Christmas song). Saturday, December 12, 2009 6:30-8pm. Moorpark Java Kai is located at 4225 Tierra Rejada Road, Suite A.





Aurelia Shrenker (B.A. 2007) and Eva Salina Primack (B.A. 2007) celebrate the release of their self-titled new album at the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th Street, Los Angeles, on December 5, 2009 at 8pm. Æ will perform songs from their new album, accompanying themselves with the accordion and Georgian panduri. The duo has shared their deep knowledge of eclectic vocal traditions with audiences across the globe, and with their distinctive mixing of Eastern European melodic traditions and instruments with their own musical innovation, Æ creates exuberant vocal music with a reverence for ancient tradition that span centuries while being fresh and immediate. For more information, visit their website: www.myspace.com/aesings





Pantelis Vassilakis heads the department of audio arts and acoustics at Columbia College, Chicago





ICTM 2009 in Durban, South Africa





Giuseppina Colicci (Ph.D. '96) has published Azzurro di Mare, a book based on the fieldwork she has been doing in a Sicilian fishermen village. The publication is part of a Euro EU funded project that she authored using a cultural approach based on fishermen's life and sea sound. She is currently teaching Ethnomusicology at the University of Palermo at the Economics and Tourist Management School, where ethnomusicology is a significant part of students' curricula.




Katharine Hoye (B.A. '08) and Jessica Freedman (B.A. '08), members of the group Sonos, performed in a CD Release Show on Tuesday, September 15 at Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles. www.myspace.com/sonosings





Former Jazz Studies student Billy McCoy performed with his quartet on Saturday, September 12 at the World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles. Billy McCoy, keyboards; Lewis Taylor, saxes; Marc Boykins, bass; Leslie Daniels, drums.




Dr. Janice Foy (Ph.D. '90) was the featured cello soloist in the Holy Mass to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War II on September 6 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles. Dr. Foy performed Chopin's "Nocturne in C sharp minor" with pianist Szymon Grab. She also performed Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" and an original work for cello and piano by singer Michal Connor, "That Heavenly Country."





Heidi Feldman (Ph.D. '01) traveled to Peru in early February to participate in a series of events surrounding the public presentation of the Spanish-language translation of her book, Black Rhythms of Peru:  Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific (Wesleyan University Press 2006). The translation was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Peru and the Spanish-language edition was co-published by the Instituto de Etnomusicología of the Catholic University of Peru and the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.





Craig Woodson (Ph.D. '83) says, "I just returned from three weeks in Indonesia where I worked for Judy Mitoma, with three other US artists, S. Indian dancer, Hawaiian dancer, and taiko drummer, presenting student and teacher workshops, assemblies, and public performances in Yogyakarta, areas of 2006 earthquake victims. As you may know, I was in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq last October for Kurdistan Save the Children, with Christine Stevens, music therapist (see Peace Drum Circles on You Tube and Ashti Drum.com). She and I will be working with the Lost Boys of Sudan now in Phoenix."

"I have also started a non-profit, Drums for Humanity, to continue conflict mediation through what we are calling Ethnomusictherapy."




Israel J. Katz (Ph.D. '67) has just published the following work: The Traditional Folk Music and Dances of Spain: A Bibliographic Guide to Research. Vol. I. With a prologue by Joaquín Díaz. Technical Editor: Mary Frances Dunham. New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2009. xlii, 336 pp. (contains over 7,000 citations). ISBN 13: 978-1-56954-132-6. Moreover, in collaboration with Profs. Samuel G. Armistead and the late Joseph H. Silverman, Katz contributed the musical transcriptions and commentaries to the recent volumes appearing in the series Folk Literature of the Sephardic Jews (1) IV. Judeo-Spanish Ballads from Oral Tradition. Carolingian Ballads (3): Gaiferos Vol. V. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2007. v, 564 pp., plus 9 plates. ISBN: 1-58871-059-9 III, Judeo-Spanish Ballads from Oral Tradition. Carolingian Ballads (2): Conde Claros. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2008. Vol IV. ix, 636 pp., plus 9 plates.





Heidi Feldman (Ph.D. '01) received the Woody Guthrie Book Prize from IASPM-US for her book Black Rhythms in Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific (Wesleyan University Press, 2006).





Selina Traylor (M.A. '05, B.A. '03), Pablo Milberg (B.A. '04) and Paul Terry (B.A. '04) are featured performers in "Las Manchas Live" (cutting edge world beats with an urban production style), Friday, December 19, 2008, 9:30pm at Cranes Hollywood Tavern, 1611 N. El Centro Blvd, Los Angeles





"The Secret Language of Music:" Mary Talusan Lacanlale (Ph.D. '05) explores the subtle communication of talking gongs




Jay Keister (Ph.D. '01) received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Musicology





Brenda Romero-Hymer (Ph.D.' 93) is Program Chair for the 2009 SEM Conference in Mexico City. Brenda was Chair of the Musicology Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 2004-2007





Clarence Henry (Ph.D. '00) publishes book on Brazilian Popular Music





Lisa Richardson (M.A. '95) named Executive Director of the California Traditional Music Society





Kathleen Hood's (Ph.D. '02) Music in Druze Life: Ritual, Values, and Performance Practice was published by the Druze Heritage Foundation (2/15/07)



Cristian Amigo (Ph.D. '03) performed recently w/Jason Hao Kwang at Living Theater in New York City. He also just got an editor's pick in this month's Guitar Player magazine. For more information go to http://cristianamigo.com




Alejandro Leda (B.A. '08), owner of Sound Spot studio states, "Sound Spot studio has a very intuitive and smart set up and it’s a great place for musical creativity and exploration. The albums I’ve produced there include some of UCLA’s own student and faculty body. I would like to offer the opportunity for more UCLA students to record there at a discounted rate and have a chance to experience recording their own musical projects."




On June 13th, 2008 a concert was held in the Recital Hall of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in China, that was a culmination of the work of guest professor Kimasi L. Browne (Ph.D. '05). The concert included performances by two student gospel choirs conducted by Dr. Browne, as well as the performance of two compositions by Dr. Browne. According to a school newspaper review of the concert, "The highlight of the whole concert was Prof. Browne's two pieces, 'Better' and 'Sky and Dreams,' which he composed for China, for CCOM, for the Gospel Choral Concert, and expressed his experiences and feelings about his life in China. Especially in 'Sky and Dreams' composed for erhu, piano and baritone, the beautiful and melodious tune played by these three parts was well enjoyed by audiences with smile on their faces."





Andrew Connell (Ph.D. '02) received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the School of Music, James Madison University, in Virginia.





Ray Briggs (Ph.D '03) received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Music in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Ray also serves as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies.





Kevin Delgado (Ph.D. '01) received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University, effective Fall 2008. Kevin conducts research on Afro-Cuban music.





Meilu Ho (Ph.D. '06) has accepted a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The position, which begins Fall 2008, is in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, in the Department of Musicology. Meilu's research focuses on the music of India.





Tenor Kalil Wilson (B.A. '06) performed with the California Philharmonic Orchestra in "Beethoven, Bernstein, and Bolero: the world's most passionate music," on August 24, 2008, at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. The concert featured singers Cedric Berry, Suzanna Guzman, Khori Dastoor, and Kalil Wilson.




The Nada Brahma Band featuring former UCLA Jazz Studies student Billy McCoy and friends, performed on April 19, 2008, at the World Stage, 4344 Degnan, Los Angeles. The concert featured original piano compositions, standards by Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and others, computer generated soundscapes, solo synthesizer, and mantras devoted to Saraswati, the goddess of music in the Hindu pantheon (Billy McCoy, keyboards; Curtis Robertson, bass; Cornel Fauler, drums).





Janice Foy (Ph.D. '90) played principal cello under the baton of Maestro Angel Romero,at the West Los Angeles Symphony Annual Concert, Royce Hall, UCLA, Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7 pm. Angel Romero, guest conductor; Jens Lindeman, trumpet; Angel Blue, soprano.

Ms. Foy also performed with guest pianist Herbie Hancock at the World Peace Concert at the Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica on March 9, 2008.





The Richard Glaser Trio, with Mark San Filippo (B.A. '00) drums, and Mary Akpa (B.A. '04), vocals, will perform on Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at The Meta Theater, 7801 Melrose Ave, 2 blocks east of Fairfax at 9:00pm. Admission: $15.00. Call 310-689-8812 with questions. www.richardglasermusic.com




Florida State University presented its Rainbow Concert on Friday, March 28, 2008. The Rainbow Concert is a spectacular presentation of FSU's comprehensive world music program, in which all nine of the world music ensembles perform. This year's concert honored Dr. Dale A. Olsen (Ph.D. '73), Distinguished Research Professor of Ethnomusicology, former Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, former Director of the Summer Programs in Vietnam, current professor in the Summer Program in the Republic of Panama, founder of the Rainbow Concert, and founder of the world music program. Dr. Olsen will retire this year after 35 years of service to Florida State University.





Michael B. Bakan (Ph.D. '93, M.A. '88) , author of World Music: Traditions and Transformations has updated and expanded his World Music blog to include new lecture notes, YouTube links, and video clips- including excerpts from his own field videos of Balinese gamelan beleganjur performances! The material is all keyed to chapters in the text, making the site an excellent and easy-to-use resource for planning your lectures and structuring your course. A link to the blog can be found on the texts Online Learning Center at http://www.mhhe.com/bakan1.





David Martinelli (M.A. '91) performed in the following concerts:
Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 7:30 pm, "A Time for Peace," A Concert with
The Yuval Ron Ensemble, with an appearance of the Whirling Dervish of the Mevlevi Order - Aziz, featuring the stunning Arabic vocalist Najwa Gibran. This was aconcert of Sufi sacred music from the Turkish and Pakistani Sufi traditions and devotional music from the Moroccan-Jewish and Yemenite-Jewish music heritages. Location: Islamic Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90020 www.yuvalronmusic.com

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 8pm, "Mystical Music of the Middle East," with
The Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring singer Najwa Gibran, Whirling Dervish Aziz, and dancer Maya Karasso. Location: Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia St. Whittier, CA 90608




The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble's salute to Eric Dolphy on Friday, February 8th, featured two Detroit jazz masters - trombonist Phil Ranelin and multi-woodwind instrumentalist, Ralph "Buzzy" Jones (B.A. '93), who joined together to salute one of Los Angeles' greatest jazz natives, the late great multi-woodwind virtuoso, Eric Dolphy! Long Beach's Sea Bird Jazz Lounge, located in the Arts District on East Broadway.




Former UCLA Jazz Studies student Kamasi Washington played at the World Stage (4344 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA) with his band, on Friday, November 30, 2007.




On Thursday, November 29th Noah Garabedian (B.A. '07) performed with "Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA" at Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos, 12121 Pico Blvd. Street, West LA, CA.

Suezenne Fordham (piano, gu zheng); Darren Ross (drums and percussion); Noah Garabedian (contrabass)




Former UCLA Jazz Studies student Billy McCoy and friends performed "A Night of Blues and Ballads," on Friday, November 23, 2007, at the World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles.

Billy McCoy (piano), Curtis Robertson (bass), Cornel Fauler (drums)





Former UCLA Jazz Studies student Isaac Smith and his Big Band performed at the Jazz Bakery (3233 Helms Blvd), Culver City, CA on Monday, November 19, 2007.




On Saturday, November 17, 2007 the world premiere of Cristian Amigo's (Ph. D. '03) String Quartet No. 1 was performed at the Tank in New York City.

i. antes/before
ii. after/despues
iii. and then.../entonces...

The starting point for this string quartet was a meditation on violence - in particular, acts of violence committed upon innocent people - a never-ending human reality. However, I did not choose to dwell in the pornographic act itself. Instead, I chose the time before and after, thus pointing to the violence through its material absence and through its effects. The ideas that inspired the quartet were a way into a sound for me, and perhaps this will also be true for the listener.





Tenor Kahlil Wilson (B.A. '06) won the annual New York Metropolitan Opera National Council competition regional finals in Los Angeles on Oct. 30, 2007 and will sing on-stage at the Met in February, 2008 in the semifinals.





Chelsea Spann (B.A. '07) performed at the Jazz Bakery (3233 Helms Blvd. Culver City, CA) on Sunday, Oct 14, 2007, singing jazz and blues. Chelsea performed with UCLA Jazz Studies students Ethan Emerson (guitar), Will Magid (trumpet), Berkeley Everett (piano), Chris Bastian (bass), and Max Griffith (drums).





Ralph Jones (B.A. '93), scored the music for the film, "Tell Me Cuba," which premiered at the 2007 Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival, on Sunday, Oct 14, 2007, at the ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA www.tellmecuba.com




Ralph Jones (B.A. '93) was one of the 'twelve creative improvisors' with the WADADA LEO SMITH SILVER ORCHESTRA, Thursday, Sept 27, 2007 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. They premiered three new works composed especially for this performance. The inspiration for these works comes from the issue of borders and the growing reality of refugees and immigration in the world.





Meilu Ho (Ph.D. '06) recently accepted a position as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Iowa, for 2007-08.





Effective 2007-08, Kimasi Browne (Ph.D. '05) will be Associate Professor of Music and Director of Ethnomusicology at Azusa Pacific University (APU). His promotion to Associate Professor was approved in spring 2007.

Kimasi has also been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Rose Liegler Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award. Explaining the significance of the award, Kimasi states: "This is an annual award presented to one graduate faculty member whose research and scholarship have brought distinction and honor to APU on an international level. Rose Liegler is a Vice Provost who has pioneered and advocated for distinguished scholarship at APU. She is retiring at the end of this year, so, this year the award was named in her honor. I am the first recipient of the award that bears her name. The award was announced and presented by Dr. Liegler herself in front of the entire university faculty on Thursday [August 30, 2007]. The award came with a wood and glass heirloom clock that chimes, and a sizeable monetary gift. I was SO surprised! I didn't even recognize that she was describing my accomplishments, until she mentioned the Oxford Round Table and other things that I'm the only person to have done them. From the congratulations I have received from across varying sectors of the university--I get the sense that this has been a very good thing for everyone concerned. I'm the first African American to receive this award, and the first music faculty member to do so."

For his sabbatical award (from March to July 2008), Kimasi indicates that he has "been formally invited by the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing--the premiere music institution in China--to teach a course on American Popular Music and to establish a gospel choir ensemble that will become apart of the permanent curriculum in the Departments of Musicology and Music Education."




Juniper Hill (Ph.D. '05) was awarded a postdoctoral Humboldt Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany for 2007-2008. Her academic host is Dr. Max-Peter Baumann and sponsor is the University of Bamberg. Her research project bears the (descriptive, preliminary) title, "Socio-cultural Factors That Inhibit or Encourage Musical Creativity: Theoretical Explorations Informed by Finland's Folk Music and Art Music Scenes and Other Music-Cultures." She will be working on a book manuscript while in residence at the University of Bamberg.




Wanda Bryant (Ph.D. '95) was recently hired by Lightstorm Productions to be Music Consultant to James Horner for James Cameron¹s upcoming film Avatar (release date 2009). She has been tasked with helping to create a music culture for a race of aliens from the ground up: timbres, textures, tonalities, song forms, musical instruments, the works. She states that "it should be a fascinating and interesting challenge."




Mary Talusan Lacanlale (Ph.D. '05) was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic year at Tufts University.





Tanya Merchant (Ph.D. '06) obtained a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Music Department at UC Santa Cruz





Martin Daughtry (Ph.D. '06) obtained a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Music Department at New York University





Research photos of Filipino Muslims, taken by Mary Talusan Lacanlale (Ph.D. '05), are part of a traveling exhibition by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii.





Miles Shrewsbery (B.A. '04) performed on tabla with Adam Rudolph's Organic Orchestra, Friday, February 7, 2007 at the Redcat (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, in Walt Disney Concert Hall)





David Borgo (Ph.D. '99) was a co-winner of the 2006 Alan Merriam Prize for the most distinguished monograph in ethnomusicology, given by the Society for Ethnomusicology. His book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, published by Continuum, is a bold attempt to think about the uncertainties and complexities of improvising music, often collectively, through the lenses of current scientific theories of complexity, embodiment, network theory, emergence theory, and chaos theory. He attempts to “improve communication between the arts and sciences” during a time when, in both areas, “our very ideas of order and disorder are being reconfigured and revalued in a dramatic way.”





Kimasi Browne's (Ph.D. '05) recent awards and achievements





Heidi Feldman's (Ph.D. '01) Black Rhythms of Peru released by Wesleyan University Press





Angelica Loa (B.A. '00) states, "Since graduating in 2000, I've enjoyed exploring traditional Afro-Mexican music genres and have been performing with the all-female Son Jarocho ensemble, Candela, for the past four years. I've also earned a dual Master's degree in Public Art Studies and Urban Planning from USC, where I wrote my thesis, 'Performing Cultural Resistance: Chicano Public Art Practices Toward Community Cultural Development.' I am currently with the City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, managing the Music LA Program, a citywide music educatino program for youth. My favorite update? I am engaged to Henry Perez, class of 2000. We will be getting married next July!"



Roderick Knight (Ph.D. '73) releases Mande Music and Dance DVDs





Jonathan Keyes (B.A. '04) has been hired by Columbia Records as A&R Manager (West Coast).





John O'Connell (Ph.D. '96) has just accepted a tenured position at Cardiff University, beginning a program in ethnomusicology at one of the top music departments in the United Kingdom.





Dwight Dickerson (Ph.D. '98) has accepted a full-time teaching position as a Visiting Professor at the American University of Sharjah ("AUS"). About the position, Dwight states: "Sharjah is a suburb of Dubai -- principal city in the United Arab Emirates. I encourage you to pull up their web-site http://www.aus.edu/. AUS is also affiliated with American University, Washington, DC. AUS has about 4,500 students, and 250 full-time faculty. I am the first -- and only -- professor of Music at this institution -- I will be "point-man" for everybody from Johann Sebastian Bach, to Louis Armstrong, to Mantle Hood! Quite a challenge, and tremendous responsibility."





Jacob Edgar (M.A. '94) recently left his full-time gig as head of A & R at Putumayo World Music and started his own record label, Cumbancha.





David Borgo (Ph.D. '99) was recently granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Music at UC San Diego.




Jean Ngoya Kidula (Ph.D. '98), was recently granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor (of Ethnomusicology) in the Hugh Hudgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. About the news, Jean states:  "I don't know whether to shout or just sit down quietly.  I have opted for the latter since school is still in session!"





Sonia Tamar Seeman (Ph.D. '02), will start a new teaching position in fall 2006. For the past few years, she has been teaching at UC Santa Barbara. About her new job, Sonia states: "The position is tenure track, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, with a joint appointment at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies...Not only is this an excellent university, but a very dynamic and musical city as well."





Ray Briggs (Ph.D. '03), who is now an Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Cal State Long Beach, was on Fox 11 on Sunday morning, April 23, from 9 - 9:30am, on a show called "Midday Sunday." He discussed Jazz Appreciation Month and the events that he and others are working with KJAZZ to produce. Tony Valdez was the host.



Mike Gubman (B.A. '05) serves as Coordinator for a conference, "Brainwave Entrainment to External Rhythmic Stimuli: Interdisciplinary Research and Clinical Perspectives." The conference will be held on Saturday, May 13th, 2006, from 8:30am-10:00pm at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University.





Cristian Amigo (Ph.D. '03) has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-2007 for music composition. The Guggenheim fellowships are very prestigious awards and highly competitive--only 187 applicants were selected from among 3,000 that applied in 2005.





Jeff Callen (Ph.D. '06) recent publications:
" 'I Need Contact' - Rock 'n' Roll and Ritual: Peter Gabriel's 'Security' Tour (1982-1983)." in Performance and Popular Music: History, Place and Time (Ian Inglis, ed.: London: Ashgate Publishing). (February 2006).

"Gender Crossings: A Neglected History in African American Music." in Queering Popular Music (Sheila Whiteley, ed.: London: Routledge). (in press: May 2006).




Tom Paige (B.A. '02) is working on a documentary on the late pianist and composer Horace Tapscott. A screening of the film will take place at Cal State Dominguez Hills in April, along with members of the Pan African People's Arkestra. The film will feature up to 45 minutes of footage.

Tom is also working on another production, "The Gathering." On October 10th of 2005 he helped to produce a musical recording session and video shoot of a 23-piece jazz orchestra with Jesse Sharp, that included young up-and-coming jazz musicians, long-standing community members, and Ark members. Vocalist Dwight Tribble sang on a piece, bassist Roberto Miranda composed a piece, and poet Kamau Daood did a spoken work piece.



Janice Foy (Ph.D. '90) announces:
The Glendale Symphony Orchestra presents The New American Quartet (Leola Wagner, Sharon Cooper, Judy Garf, Janice Foy), Sunday February 26, 2006 at 3pm, premiering the George Washington Quartet Instruments. Hall of Liberty - Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Celebrating American composers, arrangers, and Mozart's 250th Birthday. For information go to: www.bravo-la.com




David Borgo's (Ph.D. '99) latest book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, will be published later this year by Continuum International Publishing Group. He also has a new CD entitled Ubuntu on Cadence Jazz Records. It is a tribute to South African jazz, featuring an all-star lineup including trombonist George Lewis and pianist Anthony Davis among others.




Christian Horton (Ph.D. '79) published "Popular Music of Sierra Leone" in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Vol 6: Africa and the Middle East.