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Conference Schedule

See IcM Schedule!

Please consider attending one of our three free concerts, eight very interesting discussion panels, special lecture recital artist presentations, composers’ round-table, and keynote addresses.

The keynote addresses are

  1. Jann Pasler’s “Arabo-Andalousian music in North Africa: the ultimate intercultural phenomena from medieval Europe to 20th-century independence,” Feb 26 (Fri), 12.15pm in the Recital Hall (Room 127), Conrad Prebys Music Center
  2. Martin Scherzinger’s “Algorithms of musical time: from autonomous to automatic listening,”Feb 27 (Sat), 3.45pm in the Recital Hall (Room 127)

The Distinguished Composer’s Lecture will be delivered by Chinary Ung (Distinguished Professor, UC San Diego), Feb 26 (Fri), 3:30pm in the Recital Hall.

The special lecture recital artist presentation on Persian music and the innovation of Persian instruments is by the master teacher and professor

Hossein Omoumi (University of California, Irvine)

at 11.00am, on Feb 28 (Sun), in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

See you all in San Diego!

Schedule preview

A sneak peek of the schedule…………….

All rooms are in the Conrad Prebys Music Center unless noted with asterisk (*).

Public Pre-conference seminar on Thursday, February 25, 2-5pm, location TBA
Please RSVP at for participation in the seminar.
Presented by Professor Martin Scherzinger, composer, musicologist, and media theorist at New York University
Topic: Musical Property in a Networked Age
Readings: to be assigned


Friday, February 26

10.30-noon and 1.30-3.00p Registration, Room 136
11.00-11.45a Reception/Lunch, Room 136
Complimentary to all conference speakers and the UC San Diego Music community
noon-12.15p Opening address by Lei Liang, Acting Chair, Department of Music, and
Cristina Della Coletta, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Room 127

12.15-1.15p Keynote Speech by Jann Pasler (Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego), Room 127
Tentative title: Arabo-Andalousian music in North Africa: the ultimate intercultural phenomena from medieval Europe to 20th-century independence

1.30-3.15p Discussion Panel 1A: Cultural Policies in the Middle East, Room 231
Discussion Panel 1B: Voice and Language in Intercultural Music, Room 127

3.30-4.45p Happy Hour and Concert:
Locating the Allegory: Intercultural Perspectives on Earle Brown’s December 1952
Location: The Loft, 2nd floor, Price Center


Saturday, February 27

8.00-9.00a Breakfast, Room 136
Complimentary to all conference participants
8.00a-1.30p Registration, Room 136

9.00-10.30a Discussion Panel 2: Chinese Music as Intercultural Resource, Room 127
10.45a-12.30p Discussion Panel 3: Constructing Indigenous Identity in Latin America, Room 127
12.30-1.30p Lunch, Room 136
Complimentary for all conference participants
1.30-3.30p Discussion Panel 4A: Contesting Historical Biases, Room 127
Discussion Panel 4B: Intercultural Spectacle, Room 264

3:45-4.45p Keynote Speech by Martin Scherzinger (Professor, New York University), Room 127
Tentative Title: Algorithms of musical time: from autonomous to automatic listening

4.45-6.00p Dinner
We recommend all conference participants to purchase dinner at the nearby Price Center*.
6.00-6.45p Composers’ Round-Table: Composing Intercultural Music, Room 127
7.00p Concert: Luminous: RedFishBlueFish with Mark Dresser


Sunday, February 28

8.00-9.00a Breakfast
Complimentary to all conference participants

9.00-10.45a Panel 5A: Cultural assumptions in the West, Room 264
Panel 5B: Artist Presentations, Room 127

11.00-11.45a Special Lecture Recital Artist Presentation
Hossein Omoumi (University of California, Irvine)
Houman Pourmehdi (California Institute of the Arts)

Noon-1:30p Final Concert
Location: Black Box Theater



The schedule of the IcM will be published very, very soon! We thank the abstract review committees for their hard work! We have read wonderful proposals from virtually every continent (except the Antarctica…), and have accepted less than half of the received proposals.

We are presenting RedFishBlueFish, UCSD composers and performers, and intercultural music from Hong Kong, Guatemala, and Azerbaijan in the three concerts of the weekend. The concerts will be held on Friday afternoon, Saturday evening, and Sunday late morning/early afternoon.

For academic presentations, we’ll have exciting papers by Professor Amy Bauer (Music Theory, University of California, Irvine), Professor Silvio dos Santos (Musicology, University of Florida), and many, many others… stay tuned!

Two exciting pieces of news! A new panel discussant and a Friday concert!

Hello dear music fellows! We have two thrilling updates.

nicol_hammondFirst of all, Prof. Nicol Hammond from UCSC will be joining as one of the panel discussants. Prof. Hammond is a specialist in South African popular, traditional and choral music. Her research also involves feminist and queer studies. For details, please see


The second piece of news is that there will be a Friday night (2/26) concert dedicated to Earle Brown`s December 1952 with an intercultural perspective. Details will be here soon!  



Here we go, ICM 2016!

The Department of Music, University of California, San Diego presents the Intercultural Music (IcM) Conference and Concerts! For concert information, please click the “concerts” tab above (Oh yes, we feature GREAT music).
The goal of IcM is twofold:
(1) By studying music that mobilizes more than one culture, our conference facilitates conversation between academics, composers, performers, and computer musicians through panels, concerts, and pre- and post-concert discussions.
(2) We also help the public understand intercultural music through concerts and discussion panels.
After being utilized in public and intellectual discourse for years, what does the term “intercultural” mean today? What are the problems and prospects of cultural representation, hybridization, and contemporary performance practices in intercultural music?
Presentations may, for example, choose to reflect on the scholarship of musicologist Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, examine the music of Akin Euba, or apply the theories of Arjun Appadurai to one’s own work. All conference content, upon the agreement of panelists and performers, will be documented on the UC San Diego Music Department website for the perusal of the wider musical, scholarly, and public communities.
For any questions: please e-mail sdicm2016 at gmail dot com
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego in February 2016!