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March 2019 - Ethnomusicology Student of the Month - Otto Stuparitz

Saturday, March 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Otto Stuparitz

University of California, Los Angeles


Concentration of Study: Networks of Production, Exchange, and Circulation; Music and Value; Ethnography and the Archive; Intercultural Performance and Improvisation; and the Traditional and Popular Musics of Indonesia 

Expected Date of Graduation: Fall 2020

Biography: Otto Stuparitz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He researches how musical communities grapple with the overlapping meanings of local musics circulating globally and global musics made local, focusing on Indonesian traditional and popular musics. His academic work has explored recording studio aesthetics and Balinese gamelan gong kebyar pedagogies related to time, economics, and value. In his dissertation, he investigates the history and contemporary practice of Indonesian jazz, by analyzing the socio-political contexts of grassroots archives affecting the historiography of Indonesian jazz and curation of present day festivals. He examines how the people of divergent economic, ethnic, religious, political, and artistic positions construct the value of Indonesian jazz. Otto has presented his work around the world including the Society of Ethnomusicology (United States), Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Netherlands), the Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies (Australia/East Asia), and Institut Seni Budaya Indonesia Bandung (Indonesia). His research has been supported by Fulbright-Hays/COTI; the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship; the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesian Studies Travel Grant; the Jorge Estrada Scholarship; and the UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Program. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for Ethnomusicology Review (2016-2018), restarted the renowned UCLA Javanese gamelan Khjai Mendung (The Venerable Dark Cloud) with Pak Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo, and plays with the Los Angeles-based gamelans Burat Wangi, Merdu Kemala, and Sekaa Gambuh Los Angeles. At UCLA, he has acted as vice president and president of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Organization; served as the graduate representative on the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music Faculty Executive Committee and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Faculty Executive Committee; volunteered for the Society of Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Local Arrangements Committee; and taught the classes Music and Media, Global Pop, and the Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble.

Honors & Awards: 

  • 2018 - Jorge Estrada Scholarship, UCLA.
  • 2018 - FLAS Academic Year Fellowship.
  • 2018 - Indonesian Studies Travel Grant, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • 2018 - University Fellowship, UCLA.
  • 2017 - Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA.
  • 2017 - Indonesian Studies Travel Grant, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • 2017 - Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA.
  • 2016 - FLAS Academic Year Fellowship.
  • 2016 - Fulbright-Hays/COTI Fellowship.
  • 2015 - FLAS Academic Year Fellowship.
  • 2015 - Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA.
  • 2014 - Graduate Student Fellowship, UCLA.
  • 2014 - Certificate of Support, Cultural Performance, Indonesian Consulate General.
  • 2013 - Darmasiswa Scholarship, Indonesian National Government (declined).
  • 2013 - Certificate of Support, Cultural Performance, Indonesian Consulate General.

Online Publications: 

  • 2017 - Stuparitz, Otto and Helga Zambrano. “Listening, Hearing, and Improvising in Knoxville, TN: Big Ears Festival 2017.” Ethnomusicology Review 21, August 2017. https://www.ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/content/listening-hearing-and-improvising-knoxville-tn-big-ears-festival-2017
  • 2015 - “Music in Airports.” Ethnomusicology Review 20, July 2015. http://ethnomusicologyreview.ucla.edu/content/music-airports-continued

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