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

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Choral Room 1325

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


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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 “Sweaty Transcendence: The Work of Creating Musical Ecstasy” and “From Lamenting to Praying: Music, Grief, and Shifting Realities in Lebanese Funerals” to “The Ecstasy of Diplomacy: A View from the ‘Most Inspiring Festival in the Caucasus’” and “The World of Ethnomusicology: A.J. Racy's Impact Beyond the Academy.” 

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