Music & Ecstasy: Celebrating A. J. RACY’s 40 Years at UCLA

Friday, April 12, 2019
8:30 am - 6:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Lani Hall

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Free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required. 


(310) 825-5947


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Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and UCLA Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology A.J. Racy will be honored during this two-day conference (April 12 and 13) celebrating his 40 years of teaching in the Department of Ethnomusicology.

The author of numerous publications, including the award-winning book Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab (Cambridge University Press, 2003), his career as an internationally-regarded scholar also includes extensive research in the area of music and ecstasy.

Conference speakers have been selected from among international scholars and more than a dozen of his former students, who graduated between 1988 and 2017. Papers to be presented range from “Judeo-Sufi Musical Intersections” and “‘A Night of Ecstasy’: Reflections on ‘Dancing, Dabkie, and Twisting’ in the Arab-American Arts Economy” to “The Akbar Gate: A Subjective Ethnomusicological Account” and “Multi-modality of Ecstasy: Experience-Consumption in Post-Industrial Japan. ”

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