Edwin E. Porras
Lecturer, Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicologist; Music of Latin America; African and Asian Diasporas; Researcher; Bassist.

Edwin E. Porras has conducted extensive field and archival research on folkloric, popular, and ritual music, music and tourism, diasporic music cultures, and musicians’ lives in Havana, Santiago, and several other provinces in Cuba. He is also interested in the effect of economic systems (e.g., capitalism and socialism) on music practices, in particular regarding marginalized forms. His work on Chinese and African diasporas in Cuba has resulted in the Ph.D. dissertation Music-Making Practices of Cubans of Chinese and African Descent: Creating Alternative Ways of Being and Belonging (UCLA, 2020), three articles pending publication in ethnomusicology journals, and several national and international conference presentations. His applied work has included acting as interpreter and translator for English-speaking scholars presenting in Cuba and digitizing archival materials in Havana. He is currently working on an online education and web production project as an intern at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and has accepted a post- Ph.D. lecturing position at California Institute of the Arts. He is an active musician in Los Angeles, performing on electric and acoustic bass.

Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Pejman Hadadi
Visiting Assistant Professor
Yuri Shimoda
Digital Projects and Preservation Specialist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
Farzad Amoozegar
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Steven Loza
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A. J. Racy
Distinguished Professor
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Supeena Adler
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ivan Varimezov
Adjunct Assoc. Professor

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