Video welcome address by Ali Jihad Racy
|Ali Jihad Racy
Distinguished Professor, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Department of Ethnomusicology
A. J. Racy is a performer,
composer and Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California at
Los Angeles. Born in Lebanon, he comes from a well-known family of artists,
scholars, and academicians. Racy is internationally recognized for his
extraordinary musicianship and his numerous publications, including his
award-winning book, Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry
of Tarab (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He is a master of many
traditional instruments, particularly the nay, a reed-flute, and the buzuq,
a long-necked fretted lute.
He has composed and performed for the Kronos Quartet and the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, as well as for feature and documentary films. His music has been released on a number of CDs, including three Lyrichord albums, Ancient Egypt, Taqasim, and Mystical Legacies, and on a Kronos Quartet release titled Caravan. Dr. Racy is the recipient of numerous honors and tributes from a variety of cultural institutions for his outstanding artistry and his continuous work toward greater intercultural understanding and cooperation.