Otto Stuparitz
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Traditional and popular musics of Indonesia

Otto Stuparitz researches the traditional and popular musics of Indonesia, examining how musical communities grapple with the overlapping meanings of local musics circulating globally and global musics made local. His academic work has explored recording studio aesthetics and Balinese gamelan gong kebyar pedagogies related to time, economics, and value. In his dissertation, he investigates the history and contemporary practice of Indonesian jazz, by analyzing the socio-political contexts of grassroots archives affecting the historiography of Indonesian jazz and curation of present day festivals. He has presented his work around the world including the Society of Ethnomusicology (United States), Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde (Netherlands), the Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (Australia), and Institut Seni Budaya Indonesia Bandung (Indonesia). His research has been supported by Fulbright-Hays/COTI, FLAS, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesian Studies Travel Grant, the Jorge Estrada Scholarship, and the UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Ethnomusicology Review and restarted the renowned UCLA Javanese gamelan Khjai Mendung (The Venerable Dark Cloud) with Pak Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo. At UCLA, he has taught the Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble, Global Pop, and Music and Media.

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