Asia in LA 2011: Musical Measures of Asia

Asia in LA 2011: Musical Measures of Asia

From classical traditions to the global transmission of pop music, this day-long program brings together performers, critics, scholars and students of Asian music.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Grand Horizon Room
Covel Commons

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Asia In LA 2011

Music offers vivid expressions of distinctive cultures that can affirm social identities at the same time as it creates fascination and wonder for new listeners.  Music reproduces and transforms within well-defined traditions and music moves and mixes across times and places to create new sounds and sensibilities.  Asian music of many kinds is part of the Los Angeles cultural scene and the study and performance of music at UCLA engages Asia both in our city and overseas.  The third annual Asia in LA event showcases the many sounds of Asian music and considers what we can learn about Asia by listening to its melodies more closely.

Note on Parking: Parking is available in the Sunset Village (SV) Parking Structure for $10. Obtain your parking permit from the visitor kiosk at Lot 4 (Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza), and proceed to Sunset Village/Covel Commons. Click here for parking information at UCLA.


9:00 am–11:30 am

Musical Notes from Asia: Practices and Translations

New research from UCLA graduate students. Moderated by Elizabeth Macy, Ethnomusicology, UCLA

Panel I
Dahlia Gratia Setiyawan, History
From Retropolis to the Planet of Love: Fan Club–Band Relations in Indonesian Pop Music

Alexandra Roedder, Musicology
Hand-Holding: Disney's Changes to the Score for "Kiki's Delivery Service"

Hyun Kyong Chang, Musicology
Musical Imagination in Korean Diaspora: The Case of a First-generation Church in Southern California

Panel II
Zachary Wallmark, Musicology
The Sound of Sawari: Interrelations of Body and Timbre in Shakuhachi Performance

Meghan Hynson, Ethnomusicology
Kirtan in Los Angeles: Modern Musical Expressions of Bhakti

James Rhys Edwards, Ethnomusicology
"The Impossible Property of a Language": Spectacle, Parricide and Multilingualism in Ong Keng Sen's Lear

11:30 am -12:00 pm 

Taiko Demonstration by Kyodo Taiko (UCLA)

  Multimedia Exhibit: Exploring Music in Hidden Places, by Jeff Roy, Ethnomusicology
1:30 pm-3:15 pm

Classical Conversations: Crossing Boundaries in Composition and Performance

Robert Winter, Presidential Chair in Music and Interactive Arts, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Lei Liang, Composer, Professor of Music, UCSD
Paul Chihara, Composer and head of the Visual Media Program, Ethnomusicology, UCLA
I Nyoman Wenten,  Director, Music of Bali, UCLA
Abhiman Kaushal, Director, Music of India, UCLA
Moderator: Neal Stulberg, Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm     

Interlude: UCLA Silk and Bamboo Ensemble

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Crossovers and Hybrids: Asia, LA and Music Today

Chhom Nimol, Lead singer, Dengue Fever
Zac Holtzman, Guitarist, Dengue Fever
Eric Nakamura. Publisher and Editor, Giant Robot
Eric Lawrence
, DJ and Music Librarian, KCRW and host of “Big in Japan” at the Hollywood Bowl
Dan Kuramoto, Band Leader and Producer, Hiroshima
Moderator: Steve Loza, Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA

"Musical Measures of Asia" is held in concert with the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, Herb Alpert School of Music, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. For information about the department’s history and 50th anniversary events, please visit


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