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May 22 2023

Approaching Composition from a Non-Eurocentric Perspective

Green Room

This panel discussion, led by moderator and post-doctoral scholar of Iranian music, Shahab Paranj, will serve as an introduction to the PluComp lecture series, which aims to approach composition from a non-Eurocentric perspective. Join Erberk Erylmaz from Ankara Music and Fine Arts University and Reza Vali from Carnegie Mellon University to explore the ways in which traditional Turkish and Persian music enhance the creative process of contemporary composers. They will explore the special forms, scales, modes, rhythms, and other components that define Turkish and Persian music and how they can be adapted to create new works. The panel will delve into the complex issues surrounding cultural appropriation and authenticity that composers may encounter when incorporating non-Eurocentric elements into their music.


This program is made possible thanks to generous funding from Farhang Foundation.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Registrants will receive priority seating up until 15 minutes before the event.

Seating is first come, first served. Register above for priority seating.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.