A.J. Racy in Concert

Join us to hear Dr. A.J. Racy in Concert
Studio Theatre, KCPA
Wednesday, March 18
4:30 p.m.


A.J. Racy, Ph.D. is a performer, composer, and Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Born in Lebanon, he comes from a well-known family of artists, scholars, and academicians. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under Prof. Bruno Nettl. 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). He is a master of many traditional instruments, particularly the nay, a reed-flute, and the buzuq, a long-necked fretted lute. He has performed and lectured extensively in the Middle East, the U.S., and throughout the world. Racy has composed for and performed with the Kronos Quartet and the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, as well as for feature and documentary films. His music has been released on a number of CDs, including four Lyrichord albums, Ancient Egypt, Taqasim, Mystical Legacies, and When the Rivers Met, and on a Kronos Quartet release titled Caravan. Dr. Racy is the recipient of numerous honors and tributes from a variety of cultural institutions, including the Stevenson Award for composer-scholar Ethnomusicologists, and in 2012 the prestigious Chinese Taichi Traditional Music Foundation Award for outstanding traditional musicians and music scholars worldwide.

Thanks to the generosity of KCPA, the event will be free of charge to the general public.

Racy’s visit is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study Initiative, “Dissonance: Music and Globalization since Edison’s Phonograph.”


Gayle Magee introduces Robert Altman films at MOMA

Gayle Magee (Associate Professor, Musicology) will be introducing three of Robert Altman’s films as part of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) retrospective of the director’s work: Images on Thursday December 11 at 7 pm; Gosford Park on Friday December 12 at 4 pm; and The Long Goodbye on Friday December 13 at 7 pm. The films will be shown at MoMA’s Theatre 1. Magee’s most recent book Robert Altman’s Soundtracks: Film, Music, and Sound from M*A*S*H to A Prairie Home Companion was published last month by Oxford University Press.