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Aram Ethan Adajian
Aram Ethan Adajian is a multimedia composer based in Los Angeles. He holds two BA degrees: one in Music from The University of California at Santa Cruz, and a second in Film Scoring from The Berklee College of Music. In 2011, he earned a Master’s Degree in Composition from the California State University at Northridge. As part of Matter Music, he composed and arranged music for several projects in film and television. With his mentor David Cope, he studied generative algorithmic composition techniques and is currently exploring the limits of artificial intelligence as it applies to multimedia expression. He plays piano, and endeavors to develop a strong aptitude for improvisation in several styles while honing his skills as an acoustical engineer. The spirit of his projects embraces the concept of inclusion, of breaking boundaries between artist and the audience. This is key to the success of new music in an increasingly interactive society.
Christiaan Clark
Christiaan Clark is currently working on his Master’s in Digital Composition. He obtained his Bachelor of Music at the University of Delaware in both Music Composition and Guitar Performance, as well as a minor in Jazz Studies. Currently pursuing his childhood dream to work on music composition and sound design for video games, he is continually enamored by the ever-expanding possibilities for sound in new hardware and software. His love for video games inspires the aesthetic for his music -- the perfect melding of intelligible and sensible beauty. His work as a composer has often branched away from work with video games, as he had the pleasure to compose incidental music for the 2014 Delaware Shakespeare Festival production of Hamlet. More recently, he arranged and engraved for Delaware-based duo 6ixwire’s world music concert in March 2016. Christiaan plans to use his years at UCR to enhance his knowledge of tools for music creation and manipulation on the computer. Recordings of his music can be found at the following link: https://soundcloud.com/christiaan-clark
Alvaro Lopez
Alvaro Lopez is an electronic musician, composer and sound designer, BM in Composition and Production, and MA in Music Technology. He is currently a PhD candidate in Digital Composition at UCR focused on artificial intelligence for music analysis, generation and composition. Lately, as sound designer and music composer for the game Recollect from UCR Brain Game Center, his work is part of an on-going research project in memory and cognition. He has worked as mix engineer, sound designer and sound track composer for movies, short films and documentaries, alternating with instruction in digital audio for media in Colombian universities. His audiovisual interactive pieces featuring custom-design wireless UI have been part of the New Music Festival in Akron, OH, (2010-2012) playing 1960s analog synthesizers, and UCR is Composing (2015-2017) using gyroscopes and body motion, among others. His experimental audiovisual montages have been presented in several international festivals such as the UCR Film Festival 2016, Extrabismos, La Diáspora, Festival de Cine y Video de San Juan de Pasto, at Barcelona, Lima, Berlin, Bogota, Manizales and Tunja, among others in the last ten years. Email: all0sound@icloud.com
Claudine Avalos

Claudine Avalos is a doctoral student in the ethnomusicology program at UCR. Her research interests include Afro-Peruvian music, transnational music-making, identity formation, and music education. Claudine completed her Bachelor of Music degree in music education with a concentration in Voice from the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). She was awarded the Conservatory’s Maurice Lieberman Award for her undergraduate work in the field of music education. Claudine also received the CUNY Graduate Center’s Pipeline Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her undergraduate thesis was a case study that dealt with issues of transnational audience reception in Afro-Peruvian Jazz. Claudine has presented her work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, the Hunter College Research Conference, and the CUNY Pipeline Research Conference.

Claudine has enjoyed playing the violin throughout her childhood in New York City. She has also been a member of many community choirs throughout New York and New Jersey. Claudine hopes to continue making music and participating in community music-making efforts throughout her time in Southern California.

Benjamin Blocksom

Benjamin Blocksom is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at UCR. His research focuses on the popular and religious music of traditional communities and native groups in western Brazil, exploring themes of collective memory, transmission, and altered states of consciousness. He graduated with an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, completing a thesis that examined the role of music and transnationalism in the Santo Daime, a Brazilian ayahuasca religion. As a performer on guitar, he has led working bands for top wedding agencies, cruise lines, and international five-star hotels.

Benjamin holds a BSLA from Georgetown University and is also active as a legal and commercial Portuguese/English translator and conference interpreter.

Hei-Tung Chan

Hei-Tung Chan is a doctoral student in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include Chinese music, Chinese music history, politics in music, and performance study. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hei-Tung earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Hong Kong. She completed her master thesis “Becoming a Tradition: Re-inventing the Sanxian” in 2016.

As an award-winner and an active san xian performer in Hong Kong, Hei-Tung has been involved in various Chinese orchestras and mixed ensembles in the past ten years. Besides performing traditional Chinese music, she also works with young composers and joins different innovative programs like story-telling for kids, sound-painting, music and documentary film, and music and multi-media.

Andrea Decker

Andrea Decker is currently pursuing an M.A. in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside. Her research interests include Indonesian popular music, vocalization as identity, gendered musical expression, and Mormon music worldwide. Andrea holds a B.M. in vocal performance and a B.S. in political science from Utah State University, where she graduated as Caine College of the Arts Valedictorian. Her honors thesis addressed Satie's setting of Plato's dialogues for his chamber piece Socrate.

While attending Utah State University, she received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Indonesian, and later served as an alumni ambassador for that program. Andrea has received the Milton R. Merrill Scholarship and UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (2014-2017). She continues to perform as a solo singer and as a member of the UCR Chamber Singers. When not reading, writing, or making music, Andrea enjoys exercising, knitting, and killing houseplants. Email: andrea.decker@email.ucr.edu

Jesse Freedman

Jesse Freedman is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology. His research interests include material anthropology and object studies as well as ethnographic approaches to archival research. Jesse holds a B.M. and M.M. in classical guitar performance from Guilford College and the University of Southern California respectively. Before coming to Riverside, Jesse was living in New York where he was working as a musician and teacher at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ.

Owain Graham

Owain Graham is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at UCR. His research interests include indigeneity and ritual music in lowland South America. He is a recipient of the UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (2016-2017).

Before moving to California to pursue his studies in ethnomusicology, he taught music theory and founded the program for classical guitar studies at the Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio, TX. Mr. Graham received his master of music degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied guitar performance and pedagogy with Matthew Dunne. While attending UT San Antonio, Mr. Graham was awarded first prize at the 2013 College of Liberal Fine Arts research competition for his presentation entitled Linear Analysis and Interpretation in Schubert’s “Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano” (D821). Mr. Graham also holds a B.M.p. from Stetson University in DeLand, FL where he was awarded the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship and studied classical guitar with the internationally renowned performer and teacher, Stephen Robinson. Email: ograh001@ucr.edu

Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini

Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with interdisciplinary research interests in feminist and decolonizing methodologies, music of the Americas, and music and identities. She is fascinated by how Native American peoples not only maintain but celebrate and create traditions through music and dance. Jessica has recently completed her M.A. at UCR with an engaged ethnomusicological project titled “Native American Indigeneity through Danza in University of California Powwows: A Decolonized Approach.” She has presented highlights from this research locally at the Southern California and Hawaii Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology 2018 Conference, and internationally at the 2018 Graduate Student Music Conference in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, Jessica was the first music major to earn the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and in 2016, was presented with a Native American Community Honoring for her contribution to the 44th UCD Powwow and Native American Culture Days. She currently serves as President of the Music Graduate Student Association at UCR and as Student Representative for the Southern California and Hawaii Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology. Jessica’s ultimate goal is to better connect the knowledge practices she learns in academia to the communities she works for and with.

Yuki Proulx

Yuki Proulx is currently working on her M.A. in ethnomusicology. Her interests include engaged ethnomusicology, music, and other performance genres in Japanese American communities, and critical mixed race studies, particularly with regard to mixed-race Japanese individuals. Yuki’s musical background is in classical clarinet and voice. She is currently studying tabla. Yuki graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition. Her undergraduate thesis examined absolute pitch acquisition in adults. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. In her free time, Yuki enjoys playing video games. Email: aprou003@ucr.edu

Hannah Snavely

Hannah Snavely is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside, with research interests in Chilean folk music, gender, and national identity. She plans to conduct dissertation research centered on the Chilean folklorist Margot Loyola and her students, examining the ways that national cultural heritage values and gendered performance aesthetics are taught and transmitted. Hannah holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Riverside and a BA in Music and Spanish from Messiah University, Pennsylvania. Throughout her undergraduate years, she studied and interned in various parts of Central and South America, most notably Chile and Panama. With training as a bassoonist, she continues to perform with the UCR orchestra and in the Southern California region. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, baking over Zoom with friends, and searching for the world’s best ice cream. Email: hsnav001@ucr.edu.

Elizabeth Stela

Elizabeth Stela is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology and UCR. Her research interests include the music of Japan and the Japanese diaspora, music in intentional communities, and human dreams of space exploration and settlement. Her dissertation research explores music and belonging in two intentional communities in Brazil whose members identify as Japanese or embrace perceived Japanese values.

Elizabeth received an MA in Oral History from Columbia University. She has participated in a variety of music and dance ensembles including Grupo Vak (Sao Paulo), Yuubi Japanese Dance Company (Sao Paulo), the Viva Brazil Dance Company (New York), and the Martha Graham Ensemble (Graham II) (New York). She is currently studying the Japanese language in Kansai, Japan through a grant from the Japan Foundation.

Nattapol Wisuttipat

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Nattapol Wisuttipat received his B.Ed. (Thai Music Education) from Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand; MA in ethnomusicology at Kent State University; and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside. Wisuttipat specializes in Southeast Asian music, especially piphat, Thai classical music; and is also interested in luk thung, Thai popular music. Besides the commitment to his area of interest, Wisuttipat has also participated in several non-Western music ensembles including Javanese gamelan, Trinidadian steel drum, and that of African Ewe cultural group. He is experienced in conducting workshops on various genres of Thai music to interested audiences internationally.

Evyn Barb Mingo

Evyn Barb Mingo is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in musicology at the University of California, Riverside.  He completed the Bachelor of Music in 2014, Magna Cum Laude, and, in 2016, the Master of Fine Arts in Music degree in cello performance at the University of California, Irvine.  The Phi Beta Kappa holder studied with the cellist Dr. Maggie Parkins.  His current research interests include the music of early twentieth-century British composers, particularly that of Frank Bridge.  He is further exploring the extent to which European nationalism influenced British musical aesthetics between the fin de siècle and WWII while examining the concept of “Englishness” in music by British composers.  When not musically engaged, he paints and also writes poetry.

Barb Mingo is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside.

Leilani Dade

Leilani Dade is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at the University of California Riverside. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Leilani received her bachelor’s degree in music and French at Hollins University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a specialization in classical guitar and a certificate in arts management. While at Hollins, she also studied guitar and music theory at l’Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France as part of the Hollins Abroad Paris program (2011-12).

Leilani received her M.A. from the University of California Riverside in 2017 with a master’s thesis titled Alejandro Caturla and Alejo Carpentier’s La Manita en el Suelo:A Creative (Re)Staging. Her thesis examines nationalism, surrealism, and folklore in Caturla’s unpublished puppet opera, La Manita en el Suelo, and offers a fresh analysis of primary documents with the intent to revive the work through live storytelling and stop-motion animation. She received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship in 2014 and is a returning recipient of the GLUCK Fellowship of the Arts (2014-18) for which she developed two artist-in-residency programs: Cadence and Bolero: A Musical Journey through Space, and Drama and Drums: A Five-Week Music Program in Opera and Folklore based in part on her thesis research.

In 2018, Leilani received the Manolito Pinazo Memorial Award for advanced research in Spanish music. Her dissertation research focuses on French and Spanish nationalism in Spanish composer Joaquin Turina’s stage works. In 2018, she published an article on Turina’s works for guitar titled “Joaquín Turina: Spanish Nationalism and Guitar in The Early 20th Century” in Soundboard Scholar. Leilani is an active classical guitarist and regularly attends the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute at Oklahoma City University where she takes lessons and leads guitar history lectures. She has worked extensively on the Romero family archive which resides at the Tomás Rivera Library at UCR.

Email: ldade001@ucr.edu

Roxy DePue
Roxy DePue is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at The University of California, Riverside. A popular music scholar, his research focuses on progressive rock guitar, guitar technology, and pedagogy.   Roxy, a native of Cleveland, Ohio earned his BM in Performance from The University of Akron, and his MM in Musicology from the University of Memphis. Roxy has appeared as a panel discussant at The University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Arkansas State University. As an educator, Mr. DePue served as an Education Programs Manager at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Adjunct Music Professor for Kent State University Regional Campuses, and taught summer music programs for Camp Jam, LLC. Roxy is the recipient of a 2019 NAMM GenNext Internship, and a 2018 NAMM President’s Innovation Award. He serves as a Gluck Fellow, a UCR Graduate Mentor, and a Group Fitness Instructor leading indoor cycling classes at the UCR Student Recreation Center. Email: rdepu001@ucr.edu
Hermann Hudde
Hermann Hudde is a candidate in musicology at the University of California, Riverside, and a classical guitar performer. Hermann has published articles and reviews in Sociedad Venezolana de Musicología, Revista Musical Chilena, Soundboard, Revista de Musicología, Tempo, Nineteenth Century Music Review, Latin American Music Review and Harvard Review of Latin America. Hermann is a recipient of diverse awards and fellowships including Gluck Fellowship, Dean’s Distinguished Fellowships “Outstanding Research and Proposal Project, Otto Mayer Serra Award in Musicology, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Research Grant (2016), Gluck Fellowship, Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship. Hermann Hudde has read musicological papers at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, UC Irvine, Wheaton College, and Tufts University, and  his experience as a college music instructor includes teaching his course Latin American Classical Traditions, (onsite and online) at the New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education. His research interests focus on the interdisciplinary connections between Music and Cultural Studies. For more information, please visit: http://ucriverside.academia.edu/HermannHudde and www.hermannhudde.com
Mark Inchoco

Mark Inchoco is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at the University of California, Riverside. He is writing a monograph under the direction of Dr. Byron Adams on a history of film music in French cinema from post-World War II to the end of the 1960s. In 2018, Inchoco was the first musicologist awarded as lauréat at the Cité Internationale des Arts, with the support of the Ministère de la Culture de la République Française, the Mairie de la Ville de Paris, and the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

He received his B.A. (Honors; PBK) in English (cum laude) from Temple University where he studied creative writing with Samuel R. Delany and critical theory with Daniel T. O'Hara. Later, he earned an M.A. in historical musicology at the University of California, Riverside, writing a thesis on the collaboration of French composer Antoine Duhamel with Jean-Luc Godard during the Nouvelle Vague period. Inchoco has presented his work at conferences associated with the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, the American Society for Aesthetics, and the national meeting of the American Musicological Society.

In addition to his activities as a musicologist, Inchoco is an accomplished conductor and orchestral trumpeter. He has commissioned and conducted new orchestral works for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia since 2013. As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with several orchestras and opera companies throughout Southern California and the Philadelphia area, most notably in 2014 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Outside of the academy, Inchoco is a writer and radio host. He was managing editor of Hyphen Literary and Arts Magazine at Temple University, and for several years, he was the host and creator of the classical music program, Music School Dropout, at WKDU 91.7FM. He has recently completed a libretto, "The Polite Fifteen Minutes," based on the films of the French New Wave, with music composed by Brian Bunker. He is a second-generation Pilipino American from Philadelphia, PA, and he divides his time in Southern California, the Tampa Bay area, and Paris, France.

Email: minch001@ucr.edu

Eric Johns

Eric Johns is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the University of California, Riverside under the guidance of Dr. Walter Aaron Clark. He completed his Master’s degree at the same university with a thesis on Joaquín Nin-Culmell’s opera La Celestina. His current work explores the historiographic construction of narratives in tango histories and their marginalization of the guitar in those histories. Eric has been the recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship (2014), the Manolito Pinazo Award (2016), the Anythony Ginter Award (2016), the Outstanding TA Award (2017), and a four-time recipient of the Gluck Fellowship of the Arts.

Email: ejohn014@ucr.edu

Pedro López de la Osa

Pedro López de la Osa is a Spanish guitarist who specializes in chamber music, pedagogy and research.

He studied with Alfredo Capriles, and completed his Guitar Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid with José Luis Rodrigo with whom he developed deep technical and musical skills. Two great mentors than followed: Betho Davezac and Eduardo Fernández with whom he then completed his professional training. He earned his Musical Education degree at the La Salle University in Madrid with the renowned pedagogue Raquel de las Heras. He later completed his Master Degree in chamber music, with honors, at the Girolamo Frescobaldi National Conservatory of Music in Ferrara (Italy) with Tiziano Mealli and Stefano Cardi. Curious still, he then completed his second Master’s Degree in music, this time in research, at the Autónoma University of Madrid with Germán Labrador. He was Pleased to receive in 2007 the Joaquín Rodrigo Prize in chamber music.

As a professional guitarist, Pedro López de la Osa has focused on chamber music, forming a successful duo with the pianist Pablo López de la Osa and the guitarist Paolo Benedetti. No but he also enjoyed performing with many duos, trios, quartets, as well as orchestras….in Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Palestine, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Poland, with recordings for Radio Spain, Canal 7-Costa Rica and RTVE. He has given masterclasses while a guest in there widely varied nations.

Pedro López de la Osa has pedagogic and research works published and performed in Spain, South Korea, Colombia, Italy, and Palestine. Currently López de la Osa is a graduate student in musicology at the UCR.

Alessio Olivieri

Alessio Olivieri, Italian classical guitarist and musicologist, is a PhD student in Musicology at the University of California Riverside, and he is recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship. He received a MM in Classical Guitar Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as a MM in Music Technology/Publishing, a BM in Musicology, and a Diploma in Classical Guitar, all from the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padova (Italy). His most influential teachers have been Angelo Gilardino, Giulio Tampalini, Mark Delpriora, David Leisner, and Giovanni Grano.

As a musicologist, he researched the Italian lute music of the 16th Century (thesis on the M.S. 223 of the library of the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona), and the Italian chamber romances of the 19th century —with the book Le romanze da salotto di Michele Bellucci. Le edizioni a stampa e i manoscritti autografi (2010). His graduate thesis, titled Il Tenebrismo: la chitarra della noche oscura da Manuel de Falla ad Angelo Gilardino, introduced the concept of “tenebrism” as a new poetic in the 20th century guitar repertoire. Alessio performed throughout Italy, USA, Australia, and New Zealand, as soloist and in chamber music groups —especially with his wife, the Italian soprano Elisa Ramon, as Operaperta Duo. He recorded two CDs (as Operaperta Duo, and as member of the former Manhattan Guitar Quartet).

As an educator, Alessio served as Guitar Instructor at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2014-16), and as guitar and music teacher, in high schools and middle schools in Italy. Website: www.alessioolivieri.com Email: alessio.olivieri@email.ucr.edu