This year’s ECHO conference, Music in Action, will take place April 27th-29th 2017 at Charles E Young Research Library. We are pleased to welcome Regina Bradley as the Keynote speaker.

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Thursday, April 27th


10:00 – 1:00 Registration


11:00 – 1:30


  • Power Structure and Agency – Chair: Tim Taylor

    • Henrique Rocha, “Musica Practica: Do It Yourself
    • Sarah Schoonhoven, “Gender, Timbre, and Metaphor in the Music of Wendy Carlos


  • Sound Design and Concept Albums – Chair: Mike D’Errico

    • Navid Bargrizan, “The Monkey is Amused to Death:
      Roger Waters’ Masterpiece and its Commercial Failure
    • Matthew Blackmar, “Post-Colonial Gender Politics Come First, Music Comes Second


1:30 – 2:30 Late Lunch


2:30 – 4:00

  • Cabaret, HUAC, and Nazis – Chair: Raymond Knapp
    •  Suzanne Scheibihofer, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”: The Journey of a Show Tune from Broadway to Rechtsrock
    • James Parsons, “Song in Action:  Hanns Eisler’s “Nightmare”
    • Andrew Tubbs, “Reclaiming Their History: a Disabled Repositioning of Cabaret 

4:00 – 4:30 Break


4:30 – 6:00 Keynote Speaker Regina Bradley, “Living Comfortable but Not Good: Sounding Protest in the Hip Hop South


6:00 – 7:00 Reception, Hosted by the UCLA Music Library


Friday April 28th


9:00-9:30 Registration


9:30 – 12:30


  • Punk – Chair: Tiffany Naiman

    • Josh Hochman, ““Queercore”: PWR BTTM and Sounding a Queer Alternative
    • Kristie Valdéz-Guillén, “Sounds of diaspora, sites of transfer: L.A. Chicanx ska punk as a working class diasporic sonic franchise 1960-2015


  • Worldviews – Chair: Danielle Stein
    • Erin Bartosch, “Voice, Identity, and Multi-Vocality in Female Protest Singers of Latin America
    • Helga Zambrano, ” Rewriting and Re-Musicking in Post-Cold War Nicaragua: Popular Music and Sergio Ramírez’s Un baile de mascara and Clave de Sol
    • Teri Herron and Jung Won Shin, “A Song of One’s Own: Korean Art Song after the End of Colonization


12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH


1:30 – 5:00

  • Grass Roots and People’s Movements – Chair: Graham Raulerson

    • James Deaville, “Occupying Music: Collective Protest, Voice, and “Microphonality”
    • Kathryn Smart, “Landfill Harmonic: A New Approach to Activism?


  • Queer Punk LA – Moderators: Candace Hansen & Audrey Silvestre
    • Alice Bag
    • Drew Arriola-Sands
    • Oscar M Santos
  • Performance by QT Pi and the Vixens, Choir Room


Saturday April 29th


9:00-10:00 Registration


10:00 – 11:00

  • Black Activism/Experimentalism – Chair: Raquel Bernard

    • Wade Dean, ““Throwing Ugly:” Soul and the Organization of the Black Public Sphere
    • AJ Kluth, “Old and New Dreams:
      Reflecting on the music of Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Kamasi Washington


11:00 – 12:00 Lunch


12:00 – 2:00

  • Musical and/as Propaganda

    • Jake Johnson,
    • Tara Prescott,
    • Shana Redmond,
    • Arreanna Rostosky,
    • Danielle Stein
    • Respondent: Jessica Sternfeld


2:30 – 4:00 

  • Teaching Under TrumpA roundtable discussion chaired by Elisabeth Le Guin
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