Monday, September 24


UCLA student band Moonlight Express meshes funk, jazz and pop genres. The band, founded by second-year ethnomusicology student Ryan Nealon, recently released its first single, "Love in Blue." The band is preparing for performances at the Fowler Museum and Kerckhoff Coffeehouse this fall.
(Courtesy of Ryan Nealson)

Student band Moonlight Express driven by funk, jazz styles

For Ryan Nealon, singing onstage is a breath of fresh air. Alongside his band Moonlight Express, the second-year ethnomusicology student has projected his voice from a recording studio in Melnitz Hall to JazzReggae Festival auditions this past spring. Read more...

Photo: UCLA student band Moonlight Express meshes funk, jazz and pop genres. The band, founded by second-year ethnomusicology student Ryan Nealon, recently released its first single, "Love in Blue." The band is preparing for performances at the Fowler Museum and Kerckhoff Coffeehouse this fall. (Courtesy of Ryan Nealson)

UCLA student band Moonlight Express meshes funk, jazz and pop genres. The band, founded by second-year ethnomusicology student Ryan Nealon, recently released its first single, "Love in Blue." The band is preparing for performances at the Fowler Museum and Kerckhoff Coffeehouse this fall.
(Courtesy of Ryan Nealson)

Approaching graduation day, ethnomusicology graduate student Jessie Vallejo balances researching indigenous music of the Americas and performing in a mariachi band. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

Bruin sees music as gateway to cultural studies

Music lays the foundation for everything from food, art forms, indigenous languages, spiritual exercise and entertainment in native cultures throughout the Americas, said ethnomusicology graduate student Jessie Vallejo. Read more...

Photo: Approaching graduation day, ethnomusicology graduate student Jessie Vallejo balances researching indigenous music of the Americas and performing in a mariachi band. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

Approaching graduation day, ethnomusicology graduate student Jessie Vallejo balances researching indigenous music of the Americas and performing in a mariachi band. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

Roots reggae band Stick Figure performed at The Bowl in Monterey, Calif. Friday for the 5th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival.  
(Courtesy of Stick Figure)

Reggae artists, fans note growth of 2014 ‘Cali Roots’ fest

In a tribute to legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, dreadlocked guitarist Trevor Young of roots reggae band SOJA sparked a flame to his guitar Friday night at The Bowl stage in Monterey, Calif., the same place Hendrix famously did so decades before. Read more...

Photo: Roots reggae band Stick Figure performed at The Bowl in Monterey, Calif. Friday for the 5th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival. (Courtesy of Stick Figure)

Roots reggae band Stick Figure performed at The Bowl in Monterey, Calif. Friday for the 5th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival.  
(Courtesy of Stick Figure)

UCLA's Electronic Dance Music Club will host "Message in a Melody," a benefit concert for pediatric cancer, on Monday in Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Featuring DJ Kastle and performances by student DJs, including Philip Scott (left), the concert is the brainchild of Elizabeth Matusov (center) and aided by the work of club president Andrew Neeld (right). 
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA’s EDMC hosts benefit concert to fund cancer research

Two weeks before Elizabeth Matusov was going to tell her about the idea for the concert, Ashley Jensen-Pray passed away. Going forward with the project has been Matusov’s way of giving back to all that Jensen-Pray had gone through and her ability to provide comfort and care to other people during her own fight. Read more...

Photo: UCLA's Electronic Dance Music Club will host "Message in a Melody," a benefit concert for pediatric cancer, on Monday in Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Featuring DJ Kastle and performances by student DJs, including Philip Scott (left), the concert is the brainchild of Elizabeth Matusov (center) and aided by the work of club president Andrew Neeld (right). (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA's Electronic Dance Music Club will host "Message in a Melody," a benefit concert for pediatric cancer, on Monday in Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Featuring DJ Kastle and performances by student DJs, including Philip Scott (left), the concert is the brainchild of Elizabeth Matusov (center) and aided by the work of club president Andrew Neeld (right). 
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)


First-year jazz studies students and saxophonists of The CD Collective Hugo Shiboski and Cody Dear will showcase a musical timeline of jazz today for the group's Fowler Out Loud performance. 
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

Jazz group ‘The CD Collective’ to perform in Fowler Out Loud concert series

Within the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, first-year students typically form their own group, second-year students form their own group, and so on. First-year jazz studies student Cody Dear has challenged this dynamic with his latest project, The CD Collective, which mixes ethnomusicology students of different ages with their mutual interests in jazz music. Read more...

Photo: First-year jazz studies students and saxophonists of The CD Collective Hugo Shiboski and Cody Dear will showcase a musical timeline of jazz today for the group's Fowler Out Loud performance. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

First-year jazz studies students and saxophonists of The CD Collective Hugo Shiboski and Cody Dear will showcase a musical timeline of jazz today for the group's Fowler Out Loud performance. 
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)