Upcoming Events

  • poster of the event

Date: 7:30PM, Sunday, February 14th 

Location: Robertson Gym, UCSB

On the evening of Sunday, February 14th, UCSB's Queer Art Collective, KCSB-FM 91.9, & La Familia de Colores are elated to present: 

NO BODY HOLY - A Good Old But New Celebration of Queer Bodies, Outsider, No Bodies, or Just Any Body! 

Featuring '50's-style Rock 'N' Roll by garage-rock trio Shannon & the Clams (Oakland, CA); El Vez, The Mexican Elvis (San Diego); and nostalgic folk 'n' roll by Oree & the Doo Not Worries (Israeli-born artist & event curator Oree Holban, keyboardist & UCSB student Gabe Poissant, & harpist Simone Salmón). 

This retro Sock Hop / prom at UCSB's Robertson Gym will be a crossover event bringing together our local queer community with the broader public. "Do the Twist" & celebrate gender diversity. NO BODY HOLY will reclaim the High School Prom experience for those who felt that Prom was not quite for them -- the boys who wanted to wear dresses & the girls who wanted to put on suits, or any body else who wanted to wear/be whatever. 

Rob Gym is a classic setting for this Valentine's Day Party with decorations, DJs, "Shirley Temples," & cupcakes. For All Free Spirits!

Doors open at 7:30pm! To guarantee admission claim your free tickets at UCSB's Associated Students Ticket Office (limit two per person). 

BROADCASTING LIVE on KCSB-FM 91.9 / www.kcsb.org!

  1. February 14, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • A photo of Jessica Shwartz

Date: February 24, 3:30PM

Location: Music Building 1145

The United States conducted sixty-seven nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands from 1946 through 1958. The program was shrouded in secrecy; information about the tests conducted on Marshallese bodies and their lands remains classified. In this talk, I engage voices of humans and non-humans (machines, technologies) that speak to relational silences embedded in a politics of the voice that emerges in the nuclear age.  I present a robust counterpoint of listening and sensorial orientations to the voice that counterbalances technological determinism, governmental secrecy, and scientific objectification that have upheld acoustic barriers and prevented us from hearing the historical present in its temporal complexity, and in turn, shaped our political ecology. In addition to nuclear exile, climate change and a lack of educational and employment opportunities have compelled many Marshallese to relocate to the United States. Through systematic engagement of graphic representation and multi-sited musical ethnography, I explore how Marshallese residents in Arkansas are literally drawing and resounding the nuclear silences that shape their diasporic conditions and therefore creating a constellation of materials that reveal and conceal Marshallese voices beyond the bomb and the musical dimensions of empathy.

Jessica A. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at UCLA. She explores musical representations and sonic histories of militarization and imperial violence, Pacific politics of indigeneity, and environmental concerns, such as nuclear contamination and climate change. She has published on Marshallese music and gender, politics, diaspora, and displacement. Her book project, Radiation Sounds: Marshallese Music and Nuclear Silences (Duke University Press; under contract) details how Marshallese musically and textually evoke the consequences of U.S. nuclear weapons testing in their country. She co-founded and is Cultural Programs Advisor of the Marshallese Educational Initiative, a nonprofit based in Arkansas. She also plays guitar in a noise-punk band and is currently working on a Digital Humanities project concerning punk pedagogy.
  1. February 24, 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Poster of J.C.Abbey, Ghana's Puppeteer

Date: March 8, 5:30PM 

Location: Pollock Theater, UCSB 

J.C.ABBEY, GHANA’S PUPPETEER documents an exceptional fifty-year artistic career, from Accra’s streets to Ghana’s villages to international TV. In fifteen delightful puppet shows, Mr. Abbey is joined by musicians Nii Noi Nortey and Nii Otoo Annan and filmmakers Nii Yemo Nunu and Steven Feld to chronicle Ghana's music since independence in 1957. The marionettes perform ethnic songs, dances and stories, but equally the sounds of highlife, Afro-jazz, Afro-rock, reggae, and contemporary hiplife. The innovative soundtrack includes historical documents from radio, TV and broadcast, and LP, as well as new compositions commissioned and performed to playback. This fifth feature in the Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra series mixes styles of historical documentary and contemporary music video. Through the pleasures of performance it reveals the cosmopolitan politics that intertwine ethnic, traditional, national, and global musical styles in Ghana today.


  1. March 8, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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.