Global Musics and Musical Communities

“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.


Day One
Friday, May 10

Charles E. Young Grand Salon  (Kerckhoff Hall)

  • 1 pm – Registration
  • 1:30pm Donna Kwon Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky, “Sustaining Communities of Protest through Korean P’ungmul Drumming”
  • 2:00pmAdriana Helbig Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, “Hip Hop’s Trope of Revolution”
  • 2:30pmPatricia Tang Associate Professor of Music, MIT, “Representing Rambax/Rambax Represents”
  • 3:00pmDeborah Wong Professor of Ethnomusicology, UC Riverside, Title TBA
  • 3:30pmHenry Spiller Professor of Ethnomusicology, UC Davis, “The Hereness of the There: Making Sense of Gamelan in the United States”
  • 4:00pm– Coffee break
  • 4:30pm – Keynote Presentation by Michael Tenzer : Professor of Ethnomusicology. University of British Columbia , “Narrowing the Aperture: Focus on Cyclic Music”

Schoenberg Hall

Day Two
Saturday, May 11

Schoenberg Music Building

Balinese Gamelan Workshop Signup
Abhiman Kaushal and Kim Duk Soo Workshop Signup
Intercultural Jam Session Signup
  • 8:30-10:30am – Session 1a. Global Circulations: Instrumental Practice / Session 1b. Parties, Dances, and Raves as Sites of Negotiation and Global Exchange
  • 10:30-10:45am – Break
  • 10:45-12:45pm – Session 2a. Theorizing Global Musics / Session 2b. Global Circulations through Song
  • 12:45-2:30pm – Lunch break
  • 1:30-2:30pm – Balinese gamelan workshop with I Nyoman Wenten (signups coming soon)
  • 1:30-2:30pm – Ethnomusicology Archive Open House
  • 2:30-4:30pm – Session 3a. Cultural Appropriation, Orientalism, and the Body / Session 3b. Music and Dance in New Contexts
  • 4:30-4:45pm – Break
  • 4:30-6:15pm – Ethnomusicology Archive Open House
  • 4:45-6:15pm – Session 4a. Global Circulations: Developing Community, Respect, and Responsibility / Session 4b. Transplanting Musics and the Dynamics of Intercultural Exchange
  • 6:15-8:00pm – Dinner in courtyard (open to registered conference participants)
  • 7:30-8:30pm – Observation of musical conversation between two drumming masters Abhiman Kaushal and Kim Duk Soo
  • 7:30-8:30pm – Intercultural jam session
Registration for Conference Activities and the Friday Evening Concert

Lodging Information

This conference does not have a dedicated conference hotel. The links below are to hotels within a 5 mile radius of the UCLA Campus.

Getting to Campus


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing or calling (310) 825-0174.

Walking directions to elevators and all-gender restrooms from handicap parking spots