Areas of Expertise:
Jewish music | Klezmer | Jewish liturgical music
Mark Kligman is a professor of ethnomusicology in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and an expert in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. Kligman has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn. His book “Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn” (Wayne State University, 2009) shows the interconnection between the music of Syrian Jews and their cultural way of life. Kligman is the academic chair of the Jewish Music Forum and co-editor of the journal Musica Judaica.
Kligman, who is the Mickey Katz Chair in Jewish Music in the music school, also directs the Klezmer Music Ensemble at UCLA.
Kligman is also a member of the faculty advisory board of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.