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UCLA Ethnomusicology concludes 50th anniversary with events, Disney Hall concert

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The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology at the Herb Alpert School of Music concludes its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with a series of events for the public's enjoyment during the spring quarter, including a special performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Programs include performances in various genres, as well as academic lectures.  
 
For a history of ethnomusicology at UCLA and a complete listing of events, vist www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/celebrating50years or call 310-825-8381.
 
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.
 
CONCERTS  
 
Friday, April 8
Noon
Masanga Marimba Ensemble
Ric Alviso, director
McClure Stage (UCLA's Bruin Plaza)
Free
 
Masanga Marimba plays traditional and popular music from Latin America and Africa. In addition to seven Zimbabwean marimbas of various sizes, the ensemble features vocals, drums and other percussion instruments, saxophone, and trumpet.
 
 
Saturday, April 16
8 p.m.
Neal Stulberg, director
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles (map)
Tickets: $36, $31, $27, $15
 
The UCLA Philharmonia makes its Disney Hall debut, performing a program of world music in celebration of the 50th anniversary of ethnomusicology at UCLA. The concert features the music of UC Regents' Lecturer and Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, UCLA faculty members James Newton and A.J. Racy, and Chinese composer Ge Gan-Ru. Performing with the UCLA Philharmonia will be Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, directed by UCLA faculty member Jesús Guzmán; a UCLA student jazz trio; and soloists A.J. Racy and Danilo Lozano, a UCLA alumnus. Tickets may be purchased at the UCLA Central Ticket Office or by calling 310-825-2101.
 
 
Spring Festival of World Music at the Hammer 2011
The festival, presented jointly by the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and the Hammer Museum, will feature performances by students and faculty in the Hammer Museum courtyard. The performances, which take place April 23 and May 7, are free and open to the public.
 
Saturday, April 23
2 p.m.
Music of China Ensemble
Chi Li, director
 
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.
 
 
Saturday, April 23
3:30 p.m.
Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble
Anthony Seeger, director
 
The Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble performs music from the southern Appalachian region of the United States. 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.
 
 
Saturday, May 7
2 p.m.
Music of Brazil Ensemble
Kirk Brundage, director
 
The Music of Brazil Ensemble 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.  
 
 
Saturday, May 7
3:30 p.m.
Mariachi de Uclatlán (from the Music of Mexico Ensemble)
Jesús Guzmán, director
 
Mariachi de Uclatlán is a student group led by Jesús "Chuy" Guzmán, musical director of the renowned Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Mariachi de Uclatlán performs a variety of musical styles from various regions of Mexico, including son jalisciense, son huasteco, bolero, ranchera and huapango.
 
 
Friday, April 29
7 p.m.
Jazz at the Fowler
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Free
 
The UCLA jazz combos perform in celebration of Duke Ellington's birthday.
 
 
Wednesday, May 11
7 p.m.
Music of Asia
Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Music Building
Free
 
The program features independent student groups from the Department of Ethnomusicology. (Sponsored by the Ethnomusicology Undergraduate Student Organization.)
 
 
Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz
The concert series, which runs from May 13 to 15 and May 20 to 24, 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 13
7 p.m.
African American Ensemble
James Roberson, director 
Music of Mexico Ensemble
Jesús Guzmán, director 
 
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.  
 
 
Saturday, May 14
7 p.m. 
Near East Ensemble
A. J. Racy, director
Music of China Ensemble
Chi Li, director
 
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 15
7 p.m. 
Music of the Balkans Ensemble
Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezova, co-directors 
Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble
Anthony Seeger, director 
 
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.  
 
 
Friday, May 20
7 p.m.
Music of Korea Ensemble
Dong Suk Kim, director
 
The Music of Korea Ensemble presents a variety of styles of court and folk music and dance traditions.  
 
 
Saturday, May 21
7 p.m. 
Music of India Ensemble
Shujaat Khan and Abhiman Kaushal, co-directors 
Music of Bali Ensemble
I Nyoman Wenten, director 
 
The Music of India Ensemble performs short compositions of North Indian classical and semi-classical ragas (harmonic modes) and talas (rhythmic patterns on table 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.  
 
 
Sunday, May 22
7 p.m. 
Music of West Africa Ensemble
Kobla Ladzekpo, director 
Music of Brazil Ensemble
Kirk Brundage, director 
 
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.  
 
 
Monday, May 23
7 p.m.
UCLA Jazz Combos
 
This show features UCLA jazz combos directed by Kenny Burrell, George Bohanon, Clayton Cameron, Charley Harrison, Charles Owens and Michele Weir.  
 
 
Tuesday, May 24
7 p.m.
UCLA Big Bands
 
This concert will feature the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charley Harrison; the UCLA Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez; the UCLA Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by James Newton; and the Jazz Fusion Ensemble, directed by Kenny Burrell.  
 
 
FREE EXHIBITION  
 
Through June 12
UCLA Ethnomusicology:
Exhibition and Visual Display of Historical Photos and Artifacts
Schoenberg Music Building
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
 
Part of the 50th anniversary celebration of ethnomusicology at UCLA, this exhibition features photos highlighting the people, events and ideas that have shaped the study of world music at UCLA and around the globe.  
 
 
FREE LECTURES
 
April 11–22
2010–11 Regents' Lecturer: Mexican composer Arturo Márquez
 
Arturo Márquez is a respected Mexican composer whose works combine Latin American music, jazz and contemporary music. He has earned many awards and performed internationally to great critical acclaim. His most well-known piece is "Danzón 2," considered by some to be a secondary Mexican national anthem.
 
During his residency at UCLA, Márquez will present free public lectures and conduct workshops for students in the department of ethnomusicology. His music also will be featured in the "UCLA at Walt Disney Hall: A Celebration of World Music" concert on April 16.
 
Wednesday, April 13
3 p.m.
Regents' Lecture: Arturo Márquez
Popper Theater, Schoenberg Music Building
 
 
NAZIR ALI JAIRAZBHOY COLLOQUIUM SERIES   
The Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series presents a variety of lectures focusing on research and other issues important in the field of ethnomusicology. Lectures are free and open to the public.
 
Wednesday, March 30
1–3 p.m.
Chuen-Fung Wong, Macalester College
Schoenberg Music Building (B544)       
 
 
Wednesday, April 13
1–3 p.m.
Mary Talusan, Loyola Marymount University
Schoenberg Music Building (B544)       
 
 
Wednesday, April 27
1–3 p.m.
Kevin Delgado, San Diego State University
Schoenberg Music Building (B544)       
 
 
Wednesday, May 11
1–3 p.m.
Guilnard Moufarrej, independent scholar, Northern California
Schoenberg Music Building (B544)       
 
 
Wednesday, May 25
1–3 p.m.
Anne Rasmussen, College of William and Mary
Schoenberg Music Building (B544)       
 
 
CONFERENCE
 
Wednesday–Saturday, May 11–14
45th Annual ARSC Conference
Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
 
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is an international professional organization for those interested in preserving historical sound recordings. This meeting is hosted by the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive in honor of the archive's 50th anniversary and will include special events celebrating one of the nation’s largest collections of ethnographic audio and video. Please visit www.arsc-audio.org for more information and to register.
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