More Ethnomusicology Archive Recordings Now Online at California Light and Sound

The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is pleased to announce that more recordings from the Archive's collections are now available online as part of the California Light and Sound Collection on the Internet Archive.  California Light and Sound is a project of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).

This round of recordings represents two collections. Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy's fieldwork project, Khmer Dance and Music Project  (you can also see more of Amy's fieldwork on CAVPP, including additional Khmer recordings)...


Khmer Dance and Music Project: Bonn Kathen, Wat Thai Temple, North Hollywood, California, October 29, 1989



Khmer Dance and Music Project: Sophiline Cheam Shapiro teaches Cambodian Dance, December 21, 1991.  Awarded in 2009 with a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, SOPHILINE CHEAM SHAPIRO is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Khmer Arts Academy (Long Beach, CA/Phnom Penh, Cambodia). She is a choreographer, dancer, vocalist and educator whose original works have infused the venerable Cambodian classical form with new ideas and energy. She has set choreography on Cambodia’s finest performing artists, and teaches, lectures and tours internationally, from the Venice Biennale to New York’s Joyce Theater to the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Sophiline has worked with artists including John Zorn, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Chinary Ung, and was commissioned by director Peter Sellars to premiere her original work Pamina Devi at Vienna’s New Crowned Hope Festival in 2006. As one of the first generation to graduate from Phnom Penh’s Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) after the fall of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime, she became a member of RUFA’s faculty until she immigrated to Southern California in 1991 where she studied dance ethnology at UCLA and established Khmer Arts Academy in Long Beach, expanding her organization to Phnom Penh in 2006.

And Sephardic music, especially Turkish, Greek, Cuban, and Judeo-Spanish, recorded in California by Emily Sene and including performances by her husband, Isaac Sene, oud. According to Professor Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) "the collection reveals the musical life of the Turkish Jews in the Los Angeles area from the 1950s until the 1970s." Professor Seroussi also calls Emily Sene "a major Sephardi female archivist of folksong."

Issac Sene, oud:

Here is the complete list of the current round of UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive recordings on California Light and Sound.  And more are forthcoming, so stay tuned!!

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