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An Evening of Cross-Cultural Improvisation (Steve Loza, Farzad Amoozegar, Qi Li, Manoochehr Sadhegi) Wed 11/16 7PM

Event Start: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents:

An Intimate Evening of Cross-Cultural Improvisation featuring Steve Loza, Qi Li, Farzad Amoozegar, and Manoochehr Sadhegi.

Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
Free and Open to the Public, Reception to Follow


Qi Li is a highly accomplished performing artist on the erhu, the Chinese two-string bowed fiddle, and a prolific educator of Chinese music.  After graduating from the China Conservatory of Music in 1982, she performed for several years as erhu soloist with the Beijing-based National Traditional Orchestra of China (the most renowned orchestra of Chinese instruments).  She has been featured in concerts at prestigious venues such as Madison Squire Garden (New York), Ronald Reagan Building (Washington. D.C.), and Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center (New York). She also directs several Chinese music groups in California, including the Los Angeles Chinese Music Ensemble.

Farzad Amoozegar is a specialist in the Persian plucked lutes tar and setar. As a teenager, having migrated from Iran to Canada, he began learning the classical radif tradition at the age of eleven from Master Mohammed Reza Lotfi in US, and then moved to Iran during his early twenty to study under master musicians such as Hossein Alizadehi, Dariush Tala'i, Hooshang Zarif, Masood Shareai, and Ershad Tahmasbie. While in Tehran, he has also lectured on Iranian music at Azad University, led various workshops on tar and setar, and performed throughout Iran and the Middle East. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in the departments of ethnomusicology and anthropology at UCLA.

Steven Loza has taught at UCLA since 1984 and currently serves as chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology. His areas of research include topics such as religion as art and musical mesitzaje, the mixing of race and culture.  He is the author of Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles and Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music. among numerous other publications. He has directed ensembles focusing on Latin American music, world jazz, and intercultural improvisation.  He has recorded three CDs of his music; a recent composition was premiered by the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Manoochehr Sadhegi was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to the U.S. to study music, completing his MA in ethnomusicology under Mantle Hood at UCLA. He is considered a Grandmaster or Ostad of the saunter, a Persian hammered dulcimer. He was awarded the 2003 National Heritage Fellowship Award by the Library of Congress and in 2002 he was a recipient of the Durfee Foundation Master Musician Award. Through the past fifty years he has performed concerts of classical Persian music on the santur  lectured at various schools and universities, taught performance privately and with group projects (including a performance ensemble at UCLA), recorded various CD projects, and performed Persian classical music on the santur.

Ancient Soundscapes Reborn: Japanese Gagaku and Hogaku Concert (Miller Theater, 3/29, 4pm)

Event Start: 
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 4:00pm
Miller Theater (116th St. and Broadway)

Come Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of
Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage


Sacred Court Music (Gagaku)
Secular Art Music (Hogaku)

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
(116th Street & Broadway)

The concert is free and open to the public,
but please register online from our web site,

Full Program (pdf)

Part I: Treasuring the Past and Enriching the Present

Hyojo no netori
(Prelude Mode)
(Music of the Divine Heavens)

(Glorious Days)

(Celebrating a Rebirth Milestone)

Ichikotsucho no netori
(Prelude Mode)
Karyobin no kyu
(Birds from Paradise - Finale)

Part II: Transforming the Future for Japanese Heritage Instruments

John Kaizan Neptune
Five and Thirteen are Prime Numbers for koto and shakuhachi (1983)

John Cage
Ryoanji for hichiriki and percussion (1983)

Takeshi Sasamoto
Yaha for Shosoin shakuhachi (2014)

Toshi Ichiyanagi
Transfiguration of the Moon for sho and violin (1988)

Featuring renowned Japanese Gagaku musicians and New York-based early Japanese instrumentalists, with the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble

Performing Artists: Bronwen Kar Cheung Chan, Masayo Ishigure, Joshua Mailman, Mayumi Miura,  Hitomi Nakamura, Thomas Piercy, Takeshi Sasamoto, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Sean Statser, Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York

Conference and Concert: La Voz/Voice (Sept. 26-27, 2014)

Event Start: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 9:00am - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:00pm
701C Dodge Hall/Black Box Theater, Barnard College Diana Center

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a conference and concert:

La Voz – Voice
In Spanish, Portuguese and English
Co-organized with ILAS, LAIC and Barnard Forum for Migration


Sept. 26 and September 27, 2014
Center for Ethnomusicology (701C Dodge Hall)
Black Box Theater at Barnard College Diana Center

Participants: Juan Carlos Asensio Palacios, Ticio Escobar, Licia Fiol-Matta, Enrique Ignacio Gavilán Domínguez, Anne Levitsky, Cacá Machado, Laura Jordán, Silvia Martínez, Marti Newland, Ana M. Ochoa,  Deisi Oliveira Montardo, María Pagán-Mattos, Jesús Rodríguez Velasco, Osvaldo Salerno, Aurélie Vialette, Leonardo Waisman.

There will also be a concert related to the conference: Sept. 26, 7.30 pm Blackbox Theater, Barnard, original compositions by Mexican composer Marcela Rodríguez (Rasgando el Silencio) performed by Lucía Pulido and Jeffrey Zeigler, and Brazilian composer and musicologist, Cacá Machado (Ritmo y Silencio, canciones),  Performed by Lucía Pulido and Cacá Machado.

See attached conference program for more information.

La Voz Program

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"Montana's Blackfeet Troubadour" Jack Gladstone Performs Tuesday 11/27, 6-8PM

Event Start: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 8:00pm
112 Dodge Hall, Enter from College Walk (2d door on left after you go through 116th and Broadway Gate to Columbia University)

The Center for Ethnomusicology's "Native Sounds North& South" Series and "Music in Contemporary Native America" (MUSI V2021) are proud to present an early evening performance by Native American Singer/Songwriter:

"Montana's Blackfeet Troubadour"

TUESDAY November 27, 2012
112 Dodge Hall
(Enter from College Walk, 116th and Broadway entrance to Columbia Morningside Campus)
Admission is Free and Open to the Public, Children Welcome.

Facebook event page . . . seating is limited, so confirm attendance here if possible.

Jack Gladstone is a Native "PoetSinger" and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history. In a career spanning three decades, Jack has produced fifteen critically acclaimed CD’s. In 1985, Jack co-founded "Native America Speaks", an award-winning lecture series for Glacier National Park.

A former college instructor, Jack has been featured on both the Travel Channel and in USA Today magazine. Honored as a modern day warrior and bridge builder, he holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. Since 1997, Jack Gladstone has collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Grammy winning producer of the Dixie Chicks. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the recent bicentennial commemoration. In 2004, Jack narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Legend CYRIL PAHINUI to Perform at Columbia Saturday Oct. 13, 8PM

Event Start: 
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Davis Auditorium, CESPR (Schapiro Center) -- see article for map

The Center for Ethnomusicology's "Native Sounds North&South" Series Proudly Presents:


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Virtuoso and Singer
Making a Rare East Coast Appearance!

Saturday Oct. 13, 2012
8:00PM (note new time!)
Davis Auditorium (CESPR/Schapiro Center, Enter from 120th St. and Broadway)
Click for full sized map of routes to Davis Auditorium, CESPR Schapiro Center

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Limited Seating, Please Arrive on Time!

Cyril Pahinui is one of Hawai‘i’s most gifted guitarists and singers. Cyril has performed at Carnegie Hall, contributed to three GRAMMYTM Award-winning albums, received several Hoku Hanohano Awards, and recorded on more than 35 Hawaiian musical releases. As a slack key guitarist, Cyril’s technical virtuosity imparts the soul of Hawaiian music, and his beautiful, emotive, and well-recognized voice renders an intimate picture of his Pacific island home.

Cyril Pahinui Poster

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Associated Symposium:

Pacific Roots Music, Pacific Routes Music: Tracking Marshallese and Hawaiian Music Across the Pacific

Prof. Kevin Fellezs (Columbia University): 
“Listen But Don’t Ask Question”: Ki ho’alu and Listening for the Sounds of Hawaiian-ness 

Jessica Schwartz, PhD (Columbia University):
"Home Sweet Home": Marshallese Musical Reflections on Religion, Human Rights, and Diplomacy in "Free   Association" Diaspora

Discussant: Prof. J. Kehaulani Kauanui
Wesleyan University

Friday October 12, 4-6PM
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

Pacific roots symposium poster

John-Carlos Perea and AKU-MATU to Perform at Columbia on Sept. 22 (Native Sounds North and South)

Event Start: 
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 7:00pm
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall, NW corner of Columbia University Morningside Campus
The Center for Ethnomusicology's "Native Sounds North&South" Series presents concert of Jazz and Hip-Hop by Native American/Native Alaskan recording artists:

and Elliot Humberto Kavee



Saturday September 22, 2012
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center (click for map)
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and Open to the Public

(see below for associated class and symposium)

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE (let us know you're coming!)
PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Butler, Canyon Records, 2011 JOHN-CARLOS PEREA and

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PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Butler, Canyon Records, 2011


AKU-MATU (ALLISON WARDEN) credit: selfAKU-MATU (Allison Warden)
Iñupiaq performance artist.

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About the artists:

John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache, Irish, German, Chicano) has maintained an active career as a performer and recording artist in San Francisco’s Jazz and World music scenes since 1997. First Dance, his debut recording as a leader, featured John-Carlos’ original musical compositions and performances on electric bass, cedar flute, and pow-wow singing. 

John-Carlos has recorded on over a dozen albums as a sideman and, in 2007, he won a GRAMMY® (Best New Age Album [Vocal or Instrumental]) as a member of the Paul Winter Consort for pow-wow and cedar flute songs contributed to "Crestone" ( His most recent release is "Waking from the Roots" by Coyote Jump, a new collaborative ensemble featuring John-Carlos on cedar flute with composer Colin Farish, available from Canyon Records (

John-Carlos is also Assistant Professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, at San Francisco State University. He received his BA (2000) in Music from San Francisco State University and his MA and Ph.D. (2005/2009) in Music from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include contemporary urban American Indian musical cultures, pow-wow music and dance, New Age music, and the music of saxophonist Jim Pepper. John-Carlos is presently authoring “Intertribal Native American Music in the United States,” a textbook and CD package under contract to Oxford University Press.


Allison Warden (AKU-MATU) is an Iñupiaq Eskimo Inter-Disciplinary Artist with a passion for the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.  She raps under the name AKU-MATU and loves working with young people, empowering them through the use of theatre and music. She creates her own beats for her rhymes, sampling traditional sounds and inserting her Iñupiaq language into her songs.  She lives in Anchorage, Alaska and has close ties to her home community of Kaktovik, Alaska. 

Her one-woman show, “Ode to the Polar Bear” has toured extensively across Alaska and the lower-48 and has been re-worked into a completely new and longer piece, titled “Calling All Polar Bears” which debuted at Intermedia Arts with Pangea Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November 2011.  She acted in Andrew MacLean’s film, “On the Ice” that premiered at Sundance in 2011.  In 2009, she was part of the “virtual subsistence” exhibition at MTS Gallery and coordinated over 25 people to participate in a performance which focused on the incident with the Point Hope caribou and land use issues.   Allison was the MC for the Elders and Youth Convention at the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference in October of 2010 and 2011 and was active in presenting about language revitalization. 

Allison is an engaged community member, passionate about awakening Indigenous youth to their potential and voice.  She is most excited about working on her AKU-MATU album and about expressing herself through writing more poetry, plays and a screenplay.  She can be reached through her website,

Thursday Sept. 20

Dodge  Hall 622
Jessica Bissett Perea, John-Carlos Perea, Allison Warden, and Lauren Amsterdam visit "Music in Contemporary Native America," 6:10-7:25
This is open to non-members of the class, but please RSVP to for permission to attend, by Wed. Sept. 18.

Friday Sept. 21
701C Dodge Hall  (Center for Ethnomusicology)

Symposium: Indigenous Music Today
Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea Jessica Bissett-Perea, PhD
(Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Music, Univ. of California, Berkeley)
Jessica Bissett Perea
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“Sounding Traditions of Inuit Cosmopolitanism in ‘Flying Wild Alaska’”
This paper explores circuits of Inuit cosmopolitanism as represented through the soundscapes and imagery of the Discovery Channel’s documentary-style reality television series “Flying Wild Alaska,” (2011-2012). When compared to its counterparts (e.g. “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” and “Gold Rush: Alaska”), “Flying Wild Alaska” is notable for portraying the diversity and mobility of Alaska Native and Inuit cultures, in part through the show’s use of contemporary Inuit music as a backdrop to portrayals of modern life in the arctic. From professionalized traditional drumsongs to funk- and jazz-influenced “Inuit World Music,” my musicocultural analysis will illuminate the longer history of Inuit cosmopolitanism throughout the circumpolar region and make audible the literal and figurative histories of Native migration between rural and urban spaces.

Lauren AmsterdamLauren J. Amsterdam
(MA, African-American Studies, Columbia University)
"All the Eagles and the Ravens in the House Say Yeah! (Ab)Original Hip Hop Artists and Styles of Heritage" 

Young people across Native North America and the First Nations are making beats, spitting rhymes, telling stories, and taking direct action to build the future now. Hip hop artists are reppin’ a radicalized (ab)original heritage that is “everywhere,” but most of all, in hip hop, challenging the limitations of poverty, invisibility, and social dislocation. Confronting the symptoms of invasion—racism, poverty, police violence, inter-generational trauma, and “haters”—artists profoundly demonstrate that the materiality of hip hop is a way of not dying, and of moving past the necessity of surviving to a fuller, thriving political and cultural life. While artists are indeed inheriting loss, they choose to move with loss, not past it, being playful and political with real and imagined memories. Rather than mourn who they would or could have been if the past was different, artists orient themselves towards the potentiality of the future through self-love and communal care, shedding the settler nation's inculcation of shame and alienation.

AKU-MATU (Allison Warden), Prof. John-Carlos Perea


Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Spring Concert (Sunday 4/29, 2pm, RSVP required)

Event Start: 
Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 2:00pm
Lerner Hall Party Space (114th & B'way, basement level)

Columbia Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Sunday, April 29, 2012
2 PM
Lerner Party Space
FREE!  (BUT RSVP for attendees without CU ID, please see below**)
Performing Turkish, Arabic, Yemeni Jewish, Armenian, Kurdish, Greek, Ladino, Gilaki, and Persian folk and art music

The CMEME is made up of Columbia and Barnard undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff

**RSVP Required for Non-CUID**
For more information contact

Download full-sized poster!  (PDF)

Glories of the Japanese Musical Heritage: Japanese Sacred Gagaku Court Music and Secular Art Music: Ancient Soundscapes Reborn

Event Start: 
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:00pm
Miller Theater of Columbia University, 116th St. and Broadway
Glories of the Japanese Musical Heritage
“Japanese Sacred Gagaku Court Music and Secular Art Music: Ancient Soundscapes Reborn”

March 30, 2012

Miller Theater (116th and Broadway)
Free and Open to the Public

For more information, contact the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at

Featuring the renowned Japanese Gagaku musicians Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki), Mayumi Miyata (sho), and Takeshi Sasamoto (ryuteki).

With the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble of New York, New York-based Hogaku artists Masayo Ishigure (shamisen), Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi), and the Momenta Quartet

Gagaku, our planet's oldest living orchestral music, is experiencing a nationwide renaissance among young Japanese. Treasured as sacred, and protected by the Imperial Japanese Court for more than 1,000 years, it experienced a hiatus during Japan's recent century-long obsession with European music. Nonetheless, Gagaku has now emerged and unfolded its wings at the hands of 21st century composers and artists who, revering its celestial sounds, are pioneering new music for these magnificent instruments.
Presented by the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies and the Columbia Music Performance Program
Supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York

Concert Announcement: Native Sounds North & South: Traditional & Popular Music from Alaska, Arizona & the Andes

Event Start: 
Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater at the Dana Center, Barnard College (117th and Broadway)
Native Sounds North&South: Traditional and Popular Music from Alaska, Arizona and the Andes

New and traditional sounds from Native North and South America.

As part of the conference on  "Music and Indigeneity in the Americas" (Oct. 1-2, 2010, Columbia University) The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University is pleased to present a unique performance of traditional and popular music from Native North and South America, including hip hop from Alaska, country music from Arizona, and Nasa flute music from Colombia. Please click on artist names below for more information on each performer.


AKU-MATU (Allison Warden) -- Iñupiaq (Eskimo) Hip Hop from Alaska

Boe Titla - Apache Country and Western Music from Arizona

Inocencio Ramos and Carlos Miñana - Nasa Flute Music from Cauca, Colombia

Friday Oct. 1, 7pm-10pm, The Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater at the Dana Center, Barnard College (117th and Broadway)

Free and open to the public.  Seating is limited, early arrival is recommended.

Cosponsored by the Center for Ethnomusicology and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University.

About the Artists:

still.jpeg  AKU-MATU (Allison Warden) is an Iñupiaq (Eskimo) performance artist, playwright, and rapper based in Anchorage, Alaska, with close ties to her home community of Kaktovik, on Alaska's North Slope.  She creates her own beats for her hip hop performances, sampling traditional sounds from her Iñupiaq culture.  She is currently working on her first album, tentatively entitled "Welcome to the Fifth Dimension." img_03722.jpg Her performance art work focuses on environmental and political issues facing her communities in the Arctic.  Her one-woman show, “Ode to the Polar Bear” has toured for the past two years, and is becoming a longer, more in-depth touring piece. It focuses on climate change in the Arctic, the fate of Alaska’s polar bear, and the fight of Indigenous people against the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources.  In addition to rap, performance art, and plays, Allison creates fashion and visual art.  She also creates daily videos in her language to help inspire people to become fluent in the Iñupiaq language.  She is happy to return to New York City, where she has previously studied audio engineering, for this performance.  She can be reached at


boetitla3.jpgBOE TITLA: Lambert (Boe) Titla is a talented singer, songwriter, and artist from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Born in Bylas, Arizona, Boe is a member of the Black Water clan. His musical talent revealed itself early when, after learning the guitar from his older brother, he was chosen to perform in a kid's band called The Little Visitors. Later on, his country band, The Black Point Valley Boys, was one of the mainstays of an exciting and active popular music scene in the San Carlos Apache community.titlaboe.jpg His solo performances and recordings have provided entertainment and insight for audiences in Arizona, New Mexico, and throughout the southwest. His songs and stories about Apache places and histories have made him a featured performer at numerous Native American events and Cowboy Poetry gatherings. Boe's music and voice can touch the heart and bring tears to his audience's eyes, or bring laughter and a smile with his jokes. Hailing from an artistic family, Boe is the brother of painter and sculptor Philip Titla. He continues to live in the Black Point section of Bylas.  Boe's album, "Native American Balladeer," is available on


Inocencio Ramos is Nasa from Taravira (Tierradentro, Cauca). He serves as cultural advisor for the Program on Indigenous Education, CRIC (Cauca Indigenous Regional Council), Colombia.

Carlos Miñana is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional in Colombia. He has conducted research and participated in various educational and audiovisual production projects with the Nasa since 1980.

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