Sean Hayward
Lecturer, Ethnomusicology

Sean Hayward is a composer, performer, researcher, and educator based in both Los Angeles, California and Surakarta, Central Java. His music is a reflection of his wide ranging interests, which include Javanese gamelan, process music, Balkan folk music, the contemporary classical guitar, extreme metal, and ancient tuning systems. From 2019-2020, Sean was a recipient of a Fulbright research grant, focused on the bamboo calung ensemble of Banyumas, Central Java. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Performer-Composer program at California Institute of the Arts where he has also served as a lecturer, teaching courses including World Music Survey, the Composer’s Gamelan, Music of Mainland Southeast Asia, Music of Indonesia, as well as individual lessons in composition and guitar. Aside from performing as a soloist, Hayward performs regularly as a member of the Indonesian lute trio, Cenglu, with Rizki Habibullah and Erik Tarigan. Hayward is also the founder of the experimental music collective, Gamelan Suara Baru and and active member of Wayang Sampah, a contemporary Javanese wayang ensemble that uses instruments and puppets made entirely from recycled materials. Former mentors include David Rosenboom, Djoko Walujo, Miroslav Tadic, Marc Lowenstein, and Darno Kartawi. Hayward’s current areas of focus include cross-cultural composition and interdisciplinary storytelling.

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

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