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UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology announces events for spring 2010

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The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology offers a series of events for the public's enjoyment throughout the year. Programs include performances of high artistic accomplishment in various genres directed by faculty of national and international renown, as well as academic lectures, conferences and symposia. For updated information and confirmation of events, the public may call 310-206-3033 or visit www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu.     
 
For events at UCLA's Schoenberg Music Building, all-day parking ($10) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lot 2 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues).
 
For events at the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd.), parking is available in the museum's underground lot. Rates are $3 for the first three hours with a museum stamp and $1.50 for each additional 20 minutes; after 6 p.m., there is a flat rate of $3.  
 
SPRING FESTIVAL OF WORLD MUSIC AND JAZZ 2010 with the Hammer Museum
 
The Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz 2010, presented jointly by the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and the Hammer Museum, will feature performances by students and faculty in the Hammer Museum Courtyard. Performances — which take place April 24, May 1 and May 8 — are free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, April 24
2 p.m.
Music of China Ensemble
Chi Li, director
Hammer Museum Courtyard
Free
 
The Music of China Ensemble will perform traditional Jiangnan "silk-and-bamboo" music, an aria from the Kun opera and Chinese folk dance. Silk-and-bamboo music was developed in the Shanghai region and features the erhu as the "silk" stringed instrument and the dizi as its "bamboo" flute. Chinese Kun opera was established during the 16th century and is known for the scholarly elegance of all aspects of its delivery and performance.
 
 
Saturday, April 24
3:30 p.m.
Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble
Anthony Seeger, director
Hammer Museum Courtyard
Free
 
The 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 performs 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 will be introduced from the stage and may include reels, waltzes, sizzling strings, wacky banjos, oddball humor and heartfelt songs about horse races, crawdads and other loves.
 
 
Saturday, May 1
 
2 p.m.
Student Jazz Combo
Charley Harrison, director
 
3:30 p.m.
Student Jazz Combo
Kenny Burrell, director
 
Hammer Museum Courtyard
Free
 
This concert features two of UCLA's award-winning student jazz combos. The combos are an integral part of Jazz Studies at UCLA, which was inaugurated in 1996 with the goal of producing students who graduate as outstanding jazz performers with a strong academic foundation. Jazz Studies at UCLA features a faculty of exceptional jazz artists. Among them are the directors of the featured student combos — conductor and composer Charley Harrison and renowned guitarist and composer Kenny Burrell, who is also director of Jazz Studies at UCLA.
 
 
Saturday, May 8
2 p.m.
Music of the Balkans Ensemble
Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezova, co-directors
Hammer Museum Courtyard
Free
 
The Music of the Balkans Ensemble focuses on traditional Bulgarian songs and music. The ensemble also includes the Balkan Band and a women's choir that performs a capella arrangements of folk songs in two- and three-part harmony.
 
 
Saturday, May 8
3:30 p.m.
Music of Brazil Ensemble
Kirk Brundage, director
Hammer Museum Courtyard
Free
 
The Music of Brazil Ensemble features Afro-Brazilian percussion commonly found throughout Brazil's major cities. The ensemble's repertoire incorporates various styles, including samba batucada, in the tradition of Río de Janeiro's samba schools; samba reggae and samba afro from the blocos-afros of Salvador da Bahía; and the maracatu of Recife, Pernambuco, among others.
 
 
SPRING FESTIVAL OF WORLD MUSIC AND JAZZ 2010 CONCERT SERIES
 
The Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz 2010 Concert Series, which runs from May 14–18 and May 21–23, will feature performances by UCLA's wide array of world music ensembles, plus UCLA jazz combos, the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, the UCLA Latin Jazz Ensemble and the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Ensemble. All performances will take place in Schoenberg Hall and are free and open to the public. 
 
Friday, May 14
7 p.m.
 
Music of India Ensemble
Shujaat Khan and Abhiman Kaushal, co-directors
 
Music of Bali Ensemble
I Nyoman Wenten, director
 
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building 
Free
 
The Music of India Ensemble performs short compositions of North Indian classical and semi-classical ragas (harmonic modes) and talas (rhythmic patterns on tabla, or drums). The ensemble is made up of the students of Shujaat Husain Khan on vocals and sitar (a long-necked lute with seven principal strings, plus 12 to 20 sympathetic strings) and the students of Abhiman Kaushal on tabla.  
 
The Music of Bali Ensemble features gamelan music (the generic Indonesian word for orchestra) and dance. The Balinese gamelan gong kebyar is famous for its fast tempos, abrupt changes of texture and brilliantly costumed dancers who act out stories from the Hindu Ramayana.
 
 
Saturday, May 15
7 p.m.
 
Near East Ensemble
A.J. Racy, director
 
Music of China Ensemble
Chi Li, director
 
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building 
Free
 
The Near East Ensemble presents music and instruments from the Arab world. Its repertoire includes old court music genres from the Ottoman era, mystical works related to the Sufi Islamic sect, modal and drum improvisations, nightclub pieces, and songs from rural folk celebrations.
 
The Music of China Ensemble performs arias from Kun opera of the 16th century, "silk-and-bamboo" wind and string music from the Shanghai area, folk dances for festive celebration, zheng zither music in the Keijia style from Canton Province, music for large percussion ensembles, and modern compositions for traditional Chinese wind and string ensembles.   
 
 
Sunday, May 16
7 p.m.
 
Music of the Balkans Ensemble
Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezova, co-directors
 
Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble
Anthony Seeger, director
 
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building 
Free
 
The Music of the Balkans Ensemble focuses on Bulgarian traditional songs and music. The ensemble also includes a women's choir that performs a capella arrangements of folk songs in two- and three-part harmony.
 
The Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble performs traditional music of America, with a focus on instrumental music of the American South.
 
 
Monday, May 17
7 p.m.
Student Jazz Combos Showcase Concert
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building 
Free
 
This show features UCLA jazz combos directed by Kenny Burrell, George Bohanon, Clayton Cameron, Charley Harrison, Charles Owens and Michele Weir.
 
 
Tuesday, May 18
7 p.m.
Big Band Concert
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Free
 
This concert will feature the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charley Harrison; the UCLA Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bobby Rodriguez; and the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kenny Burrell and James Newton.
 
 
Friday, May 21
7 p.m.
Music of Korea Ensemble
Dong Suk Kim, director
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Free
 
The Music of Korea Ensemble presents a variety of styles of court and folk music and dance traditions.
 
 
Saturday, May 22
7 p.m.
 
Music of West Africa Ensemble
Kobla Ladzekpo, director
 
Music of Brazil Ensemble
Kirk Brundage, director
 
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building 
Free
 
The Music of West Africa Ensemble performs the music and dances of the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo, the Fon people of Benin, and the Ashanti people of Ghana. The ensemble produces complex polyphonic textures on a variety of drums, bells and rattles to accompany dramatic and entertaining social dances.
 
The Music of Brazil Ensemble features Afro-Brazilian percussion commonly found throughout Brazil's major cities. The ensemble's repertoire incorporates various styles, including samba batucada, in the tradition of Río de Janeiro's samba schools; samba reggae and samba afro from the blocos-afros of Salvador da Bahía; and the maracatu of Recife, Pernambuco, among others.
 
 
Sunday, May 23
7 p.m.
 
African American Ensemble
James Roberson, director
 
Music of Mexico Ensemble
Jesús Guzmán, director
 
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building 
Free
 
The African American Music Ensemble performs a diverse mix of gospel music, including Negro spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel. Beginning in the 1600s with enslaved Africans, African American choral music has evolved into a refined urban form accompanied by piano, drum, bass and tambourine.
 
The Music of Mexico Ensemble, under the direction of 2009 Grammy winner Jesús Guzmán, features mariachi music in a variety of styles from various regions of Mexico, including son jalisiense, son huasteco, bolero, ranchera and huapango.
 
 
NAZIR ALI JAIRAZBHOY COLLOQUIUM SERIES 
 
The Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series presents a variety of lectures focusing on research done by the presenter and other issues important in the field of ethnomusicology. Lectures are free and open to the public.
 
Wednesday, March 31
1–3 p.m.
Elizabeth Macy
Schoenberg Music Building (B544) 
Free
 
Elizabeth Macy is currently working on her doctorate in ethnomusicology at UCLA. Her research interests include music and tourism, Balinese music, issues of gender and representation, the Highland pipe band tradition in the United States, and music in New Orleans.
 
 
Wednesday, April 14
1–3 p.m.
Tim Taylor
Schoenberg Music Building (B544) 
Free
 
Tim Taylor is a professor in the UCLA departments of ethnomusicology and musicology. His interests include globalization, technology, race, ethnicity, consumption, tourism and gender. He is an avid performer of Irish traditional music on the flute and can be heard regularly at sessions in Southern California.
 
 
Wednesday, April 28
1–3 p.m.
Deborah Wong
Schoenberg Music Building (B544) 
Free
 
Deborah Wong is professor and chair of the department of music at the University of California, Riverside. She is an ethnomusicologist, specializing in the music of Thailand and Asian America.
 
 
Wednesday, May 12
1–3 p.m.
Nancy Guy
Schoenberg Music Building (B544) 
Free
 
Nancy Guy is an associate professor in the department of music at the University of California, San Diego. She is an ethnomusicologist, specializing in the study of music of Taiwan and China.
 
 
Wednesday, May 26
1–3 p.m.
Tim Cooley
Schoenberg Music Building (B544) 
Free
 
Tim Cooley is an associate professor in the department of music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in Eastern European folk music; America popular, vernacular and folk music; theories of ethnicity, nationalism, globalization and tourism; fieldwork practice; and epistemologies.
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