“Global Musics and Musical Communities” conference explores how and why specific musical genres travel outside their countries of origin and lead to the formation of new musical communities and includes an evening musical performance and music workshops.
Genres such as hip-hop, gamelan, and taiko are examples of musical genres that have become global in the past century. These genres are regularly performed in locales that may have little or no connection to the genre’s country of origin. While cross-cultural musical interaction is neither novel nor surprising, the widespread transmission of these genres to musical communities around the world beginning in the late twentieth century is nonetheless remarkable. The objective of the conference is to bring together a community of scholars, music pedagogues, and musicians to explore how and why specific musical genres travel outside their countries of origin and lead to the formation of new musical communities. Paper presentations include a wide range of topics and critical musical and cultural analyses. With support from the Center for Musical Humanities, The Department of Ethnomusicology, and the Center for Korean Studies, “Global Musics” includes an academic conference, an evening musical performance, and music workshops. This interdisciplinary event will be held on May 10-11, 2019 at UCLA.