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This interdisciplinary concert features new hip-hop with live experimental jazz (featuring professor Karlton Hester and Hesterian Musicism), innovative video from Peru, and West African dance.

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Will is working toward a B.A., emphasis in guitar

What initally drew you to the Music Department at UC Santa Cruz?

I entered UCSC in an ENVS track, but then became a music major shortly after signing up for Music 15 as a General Education Course. Having never learned musical notation, I was fascinated by the logical frameworks behind harmony. I was then told that Music 30 was "the next step" following Music 15 and showed up on the first day unaware that I had to learn a... [more]

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