Center for

Musical Humanities

A Constellation
of Interests

The Center for Musical Humanities is dedicated to advancing the interests of music and the humanities across the whole of UCLA, engaging its faculty, students, and surrounding communities in a series of events that will bring together scholarship, performance, and outreach.

The mission of the center is to foster the study of music within an interdisciplinary context by bringing together scholars and students in a variety of disciplines from around the nation and world to collaborate with scholars and students at UCLA and its associated communities, and to create an effective and vibrant face for the Herb Alpert School of Music by fostering public musical events inspired by its scholarly ventures, featuring faculty and students from across the school.

Conceived along the lines of other centers on campus—that is, dedicated to a constellation of interests shared across disciplines, and serving the needs of faculty, students, and larger community—the Center for Musical Humanities will provide support for a number of different kinds of events, including conferences, concerts informed by scholarship and other arts, or other collaborative ventures that include both scholarly and musical components. The Center is administered and funded by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, but works closely with the Division of Humanities and other academic units on Campus; faculty on its Advisory Board are drawn from all three Arts schools, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Upcoming Event: Hear + Việt + Film: a Symposium on Trans-Vietnamese Music in Film

A series of online and in-person events, Spring and Fall 2022

Questions? Please contact us at holley@ucla.edu and damjanr@ucla.edu

Projected to take place at UCLA in Fall 2022, Hear + Việt + Film: a Symposium on Trans-Vietnamese Music in Film will be a two-day event bringing together scholars, film makers, and composers for a critical reassessment of music in Vietnamese film. Featuring lecture panels, film screenings, and Q&A sessions, the event seeks to bridge transnational as well as transdisciplinary perspectives on this global medium. It also seeks to raise public awareness of Vietnamese film as a site of translation that mediates between Vietnamese and diasporic contexts, a project that involves ongoing negotiations between languages, histories, and genres. The symposium also highlights the ways in which hearing the transnational contexts of Vietnamese film music requires listening for the presence of queer positionalities, both on and off screen. By evoking these complex entanglements between local and global contexts, Hear + Việt + Film will reevaluate film music in a trans-Vietnamese context.

 

Symposium Organizers:
Damjan Rakonjac – Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology and graduate student in ELTS, UCLA
Holley Replogle-Wong – Academic Administrator, Department of Musicology, UCLA

May 3 Tue
10:00am
Free
talks
Nostalgia and European Music Histories
The Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies conference series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies.
Zoom
May 3 Tue
1:00pm
Free
talks
Theories of Nostalgia
The Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies conference series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies.
Zoom
May 5 Thu
9:45am
Free
talks
Rock Nostalgias
The Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies conference series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies.
Zoom
May 5 Thu
11:30am
Free
talks
Trauma and Nostalgia in/for WWII
The Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies conference series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies.
Zoom
May 5 Thu
2:00pm
Free
talks
Queer Nostalgias
The Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies conference series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies.
Zoom
May 6 Fri
3:00pm
Free
world-music
Hear + Viet + Film: Q&A with the filmmakers of Songs of Little Saigon
Songs of Little Saigon is a feature documentary film about Vietnamese Americans whose musical talent, hope and resilience propelled the rebuilding of their lives in Southern California after fleeing a war-torn Vietnam.
Lani Hall
May 13 Fri
1:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen - Day One
Join us for the hybrid symposium: Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen, May 13-15, highlights the diversity of Asian performing arts through presentations and performances in various media.
May 13 Fri
6:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
The Uniqueness of Isan Performing Arts and the Emergence of the Pong Lang Ensemble
In this keynote address, Jarernchai Chonpairot, Ph.D. investigates the unique elements of Isan performing arts, and discusses the emergence of the pong lang ensemble in particular, based on his ethnographic research in the region.
Zoom
May 14 Sat
7:00pm
Free
world-music
Music of Bali, Java and Thailand Ensembles with Special Guest Artists
The Music of Bali, Java and Thailand Ensembles, with special guest group from Thailand, showcase traditional music from these regions on the same stage.
Schoenberg Hall
May 14 Sat
8:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen - Day Two
Join us for the hybrid symposium: Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen, May 13-15, highlights the diversity of Asian performing arts through presentations and performances in various media.
Schoenberg Music Building
May 15 Sun
8:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen – Day Three
Join us for the hybrid symposium: Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen, May 13-15, highlights the diversity of Asian performing arts through presentations and performances in various media.
Schoenberg Music Building
The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence Welcomes Attendees From Across the Globe
The School of Music’s Department of Ethnomusicology held eight virtual panels and performances as part of “The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence” series November 2020 – May 2021. This attracted participants from across the globe, including Europe, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Canada and numerous regions within the United States.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.
Daily Bruin – Ethnomusicology Professor Katherine In-Young Lee to Explain Samul Nori in Upcoming Symposia
READ: Katherine In-Young Lee, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, organized the event "Global Musics and Musical Communities," which explored how and why specific musical genres travel outside their countries of origin and lead to the formation of new musical communities.