Music & Ecstasy Conference: Day One
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and UCLA Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology A.J. Racy will be honored during this two-day conference (April 12, 13) celebrating his 40 years of teaching in the Department of Ethnomusicology. The author of numerous publications, including the award-winning book Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab (Cambridge University Press, 2003), his career as an internationally-regarded scholar also includes extensive research in the area of music and ecstasy, which is also the theme of this conference.
Conference speakers have been selected from among international scholars and more than a dozen of his former students, who graduated between 1988 and 2017. Papers to be presented range from “Judeo-Sufi Musical Intersections” and “‘A Night of Ecstasy’: Reflections on ‘Dancing, Dabkie, and Twisting’ in the Arab-American Arts Economy” to “The Akbar Gate: A Subjective Ethnomusicological Account” and “Multi-modality of Ecstasy: Experience-Consumption in Post-Industrial Japan.”
Explore the complete program, here.