Thursday, May 24


Upcoming opera "The Mother of Us All" depicts feminist figure Susan B. Anthony and her fight for the women's right to vote. Although the show deals with historical events, its commentary on women's struggles is relevant even today, said director Michael Hackett, former chair of the theater department. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Susan B. Anthony opera spotlights suffragette struggle, women’s rights

Michelle Drever said she can’t help but tear up as she sings the words of Susan B. Anthony. Drever, a graduate voice student, is one of three women portraying the suffragette in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s upcoming show, “The Mother of Us All.” The opera, which follows Anthony’s life and legacy as she fought to earn women the right to vote, is a collaboration between Opera UCLA, UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and will premiere Friday at the Freud Playhouse. Read more...

Photo: Upcoming opera "The Mother of Us All" depicts feminist figure Susan B. Anthony and her fight for the women's right to vote. Although the show deals with historical events, its commentary on women's struggles is relevant even today, said director Michael Hackett, former chair of the theater department. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Upcoming opera "The Mother of Us All" depicts feminist figure Susan B. Anthony and her fight for the women's right to vote. Although the show deals with historical events, its commentary on women's struggles is relevant even today, said director Michael Hackett, former chair of the theater department. (Chengcheng Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Julio Flavio, a graduate student in jazz, will perform at "Sphere Project," an interdisciplinary music event, Sunday. Instead of incorporating his typical jazz stylings into the composition, he will focus on Hindustani classical music, he said. (Anna Moreno-Takegami/Daily Bruin)

Jazz students engage with ensembles, merge multiple musical styles

This post was updated May 16 at 4:11 p.m. Students will incorporate elements from Hindustani classical music and heavy metal music in their original compositions Sunday night. Read more...

Photo: Julio Flavio, a graduate student in jazz, will perform at "Sphere Project," an interdisciplinary music event, Sunday. Instead of incorporating his typical jazz stylings into the composition, he will focus on Hindustani classical music, he said. (Anna Moreno-Takegami/Daily Bruin)

Julio Flavio, a graduate student in jazz, will perform at "Sphere Project," an interdisciplinary music event, Sunday. Instead of incorporating his typical jazz stylings into the composition, he will focus on Hindustani classical music, he said. (Anna Moreno-Takegami/Daily Bruin)

Latin American studies alumnus Gustavo Arellano performed Saturday night at Pop-Up Magazine, a live-performance act centered around immersive storytelling. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Alumnus explores heritage through multimedia at Pop-Up Magazine’s LA show

Gustavo Arellano knew exactly what he wanted to talk about on the stage of the Ace Hotel’s theater: a belt. For Arellano, a Latin American studies alumnus, the belt holds personal and political significance for his family and society during the Trump administration. Read more...

Photo: Latin American studies alumnus Gustavo Arellano performed Saturday night at Pop-Up Magazine, a live-performance act centered around immersive storytelling. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

Latin American studies alumnus Gustavo Arellano performed Saturday night at Pop-Up Magazine, a live-performance act centered around immersive storytelling. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

(Courtesy of Domino Recording Company)

Album review: ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’

Arctic Monkeys graduated from leather and skinny jeans to smoking jackets and whiskey glasses. “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” – the Sheffield, England-based band’s sixth album – maintains gritty vocals fans have come to recognize and also introduces simple, yet more sophisticated instrumentals and introspective lyrics. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Domino Recording Company)

(Courtesy of Domino Recording Company)

David Castañeda, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, is the director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, which meets in Schoenberg Hall on Monday nights to practice and perform several genres of Latin-American dance music. Castañeda revived the ensemble in fall of 2017, after the ensemble was on a hiatus for eight years. To revive the ensemble, Castañeda worked to expand the repertoire of the ensemble. (Edward Qiao/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Global Melodies: Afro-Cuban Ensemble inspires audience interaction with lively tunes

This post was updated May 15 at 1:20 p.m. The Afro-Cuban Ensemble performs according to one guideline: If the audience is not on its feet dancing, the musicians have done something wrong. Read more...

Photo: David Castañeda, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, is the director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, which meets in Schoenberg Hall on Monday nights to practice and perform several genres of Latin-American dance music. Castañeda revived the ensemble in fall of 2017, after the ensemble was on a hiatus for eight years. To revive the ensemble, Castañeda worked to expand the repertoire of the ensemble. (Edward Qiao/Daily Bruin senior staff)

David Castañeda, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, is the director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, which meets in Schoenberg Hall on Monday nights to practice and perform several genres of Latin-American dance music. Castañeda revived the ensemble in fall of 2017, after the ensemble was on a hiatus for eight years. To revive the ensemble, Castañeda worked to expand the repertoire of the ensemble. (Edward Qiao/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Ram Kaundinya, a third-year cognitive science student will play the tabla alongside Justin Inbar, a fourth-year ethnomusicology student who will play the sitar, at Saturday’s “Ethnomusicology in the Garden” event. The performance will take place in the The Nest amphitheater in the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens.  (Farida Saleh/Daily Bruin)

Students cultivate Hindustani tradition via outdoor, botanical performance

This post was updated May 10 at 12:26 p.m. Ram Kaundinya and Justin Inbar will play Hindustani classical music in its traditional outdoor location at their upcoming event, “Ethnomusicology in the Garden: Hindustani Classical Music.” Together, Inbar and Kaundinya will perform traditional Northern Indian music at The Nest amphitheater in the UCLA Mildred E. Read more...

Photo: Ram Kaundinya, a third-year cognitive science student will play the tabla alongside Justin Inbar, a fourth-year ethnomusicology student who will play the sitar, at Saturday’s “Ethnomusicology in the Garden” event. The performance will take place in the The Nest amphitheater in the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. (Farida Saleh/Daily Bruin)

Ram Kaundinya, a third-year cognitive science student will play the tabla alongside Justin Inbar, a fourth-year ethnomusicology student who will play the sitar, at Saturday’s “Ethnomusicology in the Garden” event. The performance will take place in the The Nest amphitheater in the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens.  (Farida Saleh/Daily Bruin)