Freedom First to Feature Student Composition
On Friday, October 6, Schoenberg Hall will witness a special event. A concert for Keith LaMar will feature legendary jazz musicians Salim Washington and multi-Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill. The concert benefits LaMar, currently on death row in Ohio, having been falsely convicted of murder in the aftermath of the 1993 Lucasville Prison uprising. *
Can Dave Brubeck's Cantata Bring Black and Jewish Communities Together
By Larry Blumenfeld. In late February at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, Remy Ohara, a UCLA music student, sounded a shofar, the ram’s horn usually used for High Holiday services at Jewish temples—first in short blasts, then longer sustained tones. Surrounded by a brass and percussion orchestra and flanked by two sections of
A Week of Music and Justice
Thousands witnessed three days of "Music and Justice" hosted by the Lowell Milken Center for Music of the American Jewish Experience. Many came to see Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck on stage, to hear two world premieres, or to catch glimpse of real life freedom riders. But the week was much more than that. The Brubecks visited classes, jammed with students, and reflected on their father's legacy at a conference.
The 2023 Grammys Have Been Awarded, and UCLA Has Scored
It was another good year for America’s #1 public university, with School of Music faculty and alumni bringing home several 2023 Grammy Awards.
Cornel West and Arturo O’Farrill to Perform Grammy-Winning Album to Celebrate Intercultural Connections at UCLA
Cornel West and Arturo O’Farrill will perform “Four Questions” with the UCLA Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and the UCLA Philharmonia under the direction of Neal Stulberg on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The concert features an extensive playbill, including the legendary Mariachi Los Camperos, directed by Jesús Guzmán, as well as a performance of Miguel Bernal Jiménez's Concertino para Órgano y Orquesta featuring UCLA organist Christoph Bull.
Grammys 2022: UCLA professor celebrates Afro Latin jazz in nominated album, track
The global jazz studies professor is nominated for two Grammy Awards for his recent album “Virtual Birdland” and track “Dreaming in Lions” in the Best Latin Jazz Album and Best Instrumental Composition categories, respectively.
UCLA Library awards grants to eight music school projects
Funds to support commissions, performances, recordings, residencies and research for contemporary music
Arturo O’Farrill Joins Universal Music Group’s Blue Note Family, Releases Upcoming Musical Work and Discusses Future Plans
Arturo O’Farrill is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist, global jazz studies professor at UCLA and the associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Anti-Racism Action Committee Guides Change Through Speaker Series
In January 2021, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music launched the Still Waiting speaker series, with the goal of facilitating much needed dialogue about the racial reckoning that has occurred across the nation.