Upcoming Events

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Tuesday Oct 23 5pm MCC Theater 


Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara is a native Angelino Chicano musician, singer adn songwriter, a record producer of Chicano rock and roll and rock en español compilations, and a performance artist, poet, short story writer, historian, journalist, and activist. His newly published book Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer (University of California Press, 2018) is a moving memoir of his life and a compelling counter-history of the city of Los Angeles. 

"It is as if Rubén Fuhnkahuatl Guevara, polymath Azteca warrior and Chicano superhero, rose with the first East Los Angeles Aztlȧn sun that gave creative light to the barrio." - Louie Pérez, musician, songwriter with Los Lobos 

Sponsored by the Transformative Arts Network, the Chicano Studies Institute, and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music 

  1. October 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
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Date: Tuesday October 30, 3-5pm

Location: MultiCultural Center Lounge

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness. 


  1. October 30, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Event Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Event Location: Music #1145
Dr. Alex E. Chávez (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame) will present a talk titled "Verses and Flows: Migrant Lives and the Sounds of Crossing" on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 3:30-4:45 pm in Music Library Seminar Room 2406. Dr. Chávez will cover his new ethnography of Huapango music and US-Mexico border migration, Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke 2017). Co-sponsored by the Department of Music's Ethnomusicology and Musicology/Theory forums, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), and the Department of Anthropology.
In his book Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke 2017), Dr. Alex E. Chávez explores the contemporary politics of Mexican migrant cultural expression manifest in the sounds and aural poetics of huapango arribeño, a musical genre originating from north-central Mexico. In this presentation, he draws on this work to address how Mexican migrants voice desires of recognition and connection through performance, and the politics such desires attain amidst the transnational context of migrant deportability. As a researcher, artist, and participant, Chávez has consistently crossed the boundary between scholar and performer in the realms of academic research and publicly engaged work as a musician and producer. In this presentation, he draws on these experiences to address the politics of his intellectual and creative work and how he engages both to theorize around the political efficacy of sound-based practices, the “voice,” and the disciplinary futures of borderlands anthropology.
Bio: Ethnographer-composer-academic-musician, Alex E. Chávez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a faculty fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching explore Latina/o/x expressive culture in everyday life as manifest through sound, language, and performance. He has consistently crossed the boundary between performer and ethnographer in the realms of both academic research and publicly engaged work as an artist and producer. He is the author of Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke University Press 2017) and produced the Smithsonian Folkways album Serrano de Corazón (2016). He has published in various academic journals, including the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Latino Studies, Latin American Music Review, and Southern Cultures, has contributed to the prominent volumes Making Sense of Language (2016), Latino, American, Dream (2016), Iconic Mexico (2015), and Celebrating Latino Folklore (2012), and his writing has been featured in public venues such as the Huffington Post and Revista Contratiempo. An accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist, Chávez has recorded and toured with his own music projects, composed documentary scores (most recently Emmy Award-winning El Despertar [2016]), and collaborated with acclaimed artists including Antibalas, Grammy Award-winners Quetzal and Grupo Fantasma, and Latin Grammy Award-nominated Sones de México. He is currently co-editing a volume provisionally titled Latina/o/x Aesthetics in the Global Midwest—a project that grows out of a collaborative research grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is also curating the liner notes for the forthcoming 8th studio album by Quetzal, which is to be released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. In addition, he is currently co-producing the 4th studio album by hip-hop artist Olmeca. And in Spring 2019, he will be co-chairing an Advanced Seminar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico—Ethnographies of Contestation and Resilience in Latinx America. Learn more at aechavez.com.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music's Ethnomusicology and Music History/Theory forums, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
  1. November 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice, which becomes fundamental in shaping the materialities and methods of social life. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple fields of knowledge, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.