Tuesday, April 24

The Ghanaian Atumpan, a pair of large barrel drums which are played with sticks, makes a sound similar to some African languages, like the Ewe language. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Sounds of Schoenberg: Atumpan

Two large barrel drums sat side by side in the ethnomusicology department, representing the musical culture of African villages from which they originated. The drums are called Atumpan, considered a Ghanaian talking drum due to its ability to imitate language. Read more...

The Ghanaian Atumpan, a pair of large barrel drums which are played with sticks, makes a sound similar to some African languages, like the Ewe language. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Andrea Tran, a UCLA alumna, turned her experimentation with makeup to a profession of styling models for New York Fashion Week. (Anisha Joshi/Daily Bruin)
Andrea Tran, a UCLA alumna, turned her experimentation with makeup to a profession of styling models for New York Fashion Week. (Anisha Joshi/Daily Bruin)

Artists & Fleas, a flea market in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, hosts vendors that sell goods such as ceramics, books and woodwork. Melissa Shipley, an attendee at the market, said the market has become a community for artists and vendors. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

Monthly flea market draws in vendors selling handmade goods

Ella Ambulo quit her day job as a traffic manager five years ago to sell hanging geometric planters at flea markets in Los Angeles. Ambulo, the creator and artist of Urban Geometry, pairs air plants with handmade geometric brass pieces, inspired by the concept of a himmeli, a type of ornament originally from Finland. Read more...

Artists & Fleas, a flea market in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, hosts vendors that sell goods such as ceramics, books and woodwork. Melissa Shipley, an attendee at the market, said the market has become a community for artists and vendors. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin)

Joe Del Rio, a UCLA Extension student, is currently working on his debut full-length album as part of a local music initiative by record label All Welcome Records. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Joe Del Rio, a UCLA Extension student, is currently working on his debut full-length album as part of a local music initiative by record label All Welcome Records. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Nate Schwartz, a rising third-year ethnomusicology student, formed his own orchestra, the Nate Schwartz & His Jazz Orchestra and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of its debut album. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)
Nate Schwartz, a rising third-year ethnomusicology student, formed his own orchestra, the Nate Schwartz & His Jazz Orchestra and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of its debut album. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Former Bruin Bash performer and rapper Tyga dropped his album "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty" on June 23 without promotion. The release only sold 2,200 copies its first week. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Emerging trend of surprise albums puts focus on artists

The music industry died once and may be dying again, with the power shifting from music industry executives to the hands of artists. The emerging trend of artists dropping surprise albums without promotion is switching the attention from the music industry to the artists themselves. Read more...

Former Bruin Bash performer and rapper Tyga dropped his album "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty" on June 23 without promotion. The release only sold 2,200 copies its first week. (Daily Bruin file photo)

The Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz, put on by the ethnomusicology department of the Herb Alpert School of Music, will continue Saturday with a performance by the Music of China Ensemble. Members of the ensemble will play Chinese instruments such as the zheng zithers. (Courtesy of Chi Li)

Ethnomusicology festival highlights world cultures through dance, music

Musicians cloaked in swirling blue and red robes pluck delicately at zheng zithers, string instruments that originated in China almost two thousand years ago. Continuing the Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz, Saturday’s Music of China Ensemble performance will showcase Chinese culture and heritage at Schoenberg Hall, followed by Sunday’s Irish Music Ensemble performance. Read more...

The Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz, put on by the ethnomusicology department of the Herb Alpert School of Music, will continue Saturday with a performance by the Music of China Ensemble. Members of the ensemble will play Chinese instruments such as the zheng zithers. (Courtesy of Chi Li)


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