We, the Department of Music at UC Santa Cruz, aligned with all institutions of conscience, recognize in our society a continuing epidemic of racism and racist violence, and we write to express our unequivocal support of Black Americans, and to declare new commitments to meet our responsibilities in pursuit of racial justice. We commit to combating racial hatred, individual acts of racism, and institutional racism that form the context in which racist violence occurs. We commit our department to the conscientious support of students of color, and particularly to Black students, who struggle within the context of ongoing threats of racist violence that impact their education. [more...]

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UCSC Gamelan performs "Tari Merak" at the Spring 2017 Gamelan concert.

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Ryan Lambe is a sixth-year PhD candidate and teaching fellow at UC Santa Cruz studying cross-cultural musicology. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of performance and emotional labor in US queer open mics examined through queer and critical race lenses. 

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