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Daniel Fisher

Affiliated Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology Associate Professor, Anthropology Director, Media Studies

Juan David Rubio Restrepo

I am an artist/scholar focusing on Latin American popular musics and global experimental practices. My book project considers Ecuadorian singer Julio Jaramillo (1935-1978). Using a transnational and comparative lens, the book analyses Jaramillo’s vocality, prolific discography, mediatized figure, and Pan-American career to query how alterity, media capitalism, sound technologies, and power intertwined in the Spanish-speaking … Continue Reading »

Marié Abe

I am a scholar of music and sound with ongoing ethnographic commitments in Japan, Okinawa, Ethiopia, and the US. Broadly speaking, my research explores the political and affective affordances of (musical) sounds in contexts ranging from everyday life to social movements, primarily in contemporary Japan. My scholarship is driven by my interest in exploring how … Continue Reading »

Lester Hu

Assistant Professor My research focuses on the global history of music during the so-called early modern period—both on the time period itself, typically defined as late 1400s to early 1800s, and on its much-debated “early modern” label. Specifically, I study popular songs, operas, tunings, and musical thoughts that flourished in Europe and East and … Continue Reading »

Carmine-Emanuele Cella

Carmine-Emanuele Cella is an internationally acclaimed composer with advanced studies in mathematics. For many years he has worked on the poetical relationships between the structured world of mathematics and the chaotic world of artistic expression, using music as a medium. His music is not based on melodies, chords or rhythms but is more about writing … Continue Reading »

Wei Cheng

Director of Choral Programs Dr. Wei Cheng, originally from Beijing, China, completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in choral conducting at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cheng is an active clinician, performer, adjudicator, and educator in both the USA and China. Before coming to Berkeley, Dr. Cheng was Associate Professor, Director of … Continue Reading »

Emily Zazulia

Associate Professor My research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance music—in particular, the intersection of musical style, complex notation, and intellectual history.  My first book, Where Sight Meets Sound: The Poetics of Late-Medieval Music Writing (Oxford, 2021), is a wide-ranging study of notational aesthetics in polyphonic music, ca. 1340–1510. For fifteenth-century composers, musical notation assumed … Continue Reading »

Matthew Hough

Associate Professor (Teaching) Matthew Hough is a composer, theorist and performer working on new and popular music. His compositions have been described as “unnervingly exacting” (Time Out: New York), “mood music if you’re in a mental home” (Howard Stern) and “awful but also kind of brilliant” (Richard Danielpour) and performed and recorded by groups … Continue Reading »

Ken Ueno

Professor Ken Ueno, is a composer, vocalist, improviser, and sound artist.  His music celebrates artistic possibilities which are liberated through a Whitmanesque consideration of the embodied practice of unique musical personalities. Much of Ueno’s music is “person-specific” wherein the intricacies of performance practice is brought into focus in the technical achievements of a specific individual … Continue Reading »

Mary Ann Smart

Much of my research has focused on social dimensions of opera in nineteenth-century Europe. My first book, Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera (2004), drew on textual sources (treatises on acting, staging manuals) and musical evidence to suggest close ties between musical patterns and physical gesture in repertory stretching from the first French grand … Continue Reading »

David Milnes

Professor, Conductor, Department Chair David Milnes presently serves as music director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players. Following early musical studies on the clarinet, piano, organ, cello and voice, he earned degrees from SUNY Stony Book and Yale University His conducting teachers have included Leonard Bernstein, … Continue Reading »

Nicholas Mathew

Professor SHORT BIO Nicholas Mathew is Professor of Music and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Born in Norwich, in the UK, he was educated at his local comprehensive school, and went on to study music history and the piano at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music, and Cornell University. … Continue Reading »