Concert: Celebrating A. J. RACY’s 40 Years at UCLA

Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Schoenberg Hall

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


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Join us for a grand celebration concert honoring Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology A.J. Racy’s 40 years of teaching at UCLA.

A. J. Racy is a performer, composer and professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also serves as the director fo undergraduate studies at the school of music. He is a master of many traditional instruments, particularly the nay, a reed-flute, and the buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute. Born in Lebanon, he comes from a well-known family of artists, scholars, and academicians. Racy is internationally recognized for his extraordinary musicianship and his numerous publications, including his award-winning book, Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab (Cambridge University Press, 2003). 

The program features original compositions by Racy; among them is a fusion piece with UCLA faculty members improvising on various world instruments including erhu, sitar, tabla, and trumpet. The UCLA Near East Ensemble, directed by Racy, will also perform an original piece.

Special guest artists, including alumnus Nabil Azzam, who will play a violin solo that he composed, and other alumni and students of Racy will perform in an Arab takht ensemble, comprised of ‘ud, nay, violin, and other traditional Arab instruments. Racy will make a special guest appearance.

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