The annual session of the Ibero-American Music Study Group took place on the evening of Friday, November 11, 2011, at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Francisco, November 10-13. IAMSG is hosted by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at UC Riverside, and the group’s coordinator is CILAM director Walter A. Clark.  This year’s event was organized by Prof. Carol Hess, the session chair.  Here is the program of the session.  

8:00–11:00 Challenges in Latin American Music Research and Pedagogy 
Sponsored by the Ibero-American Music Study Group 

Carol Hess (Michigan State University), Chair

Susan Thomas (University of Georgia), “Lost in Translation: Navigating Cuban Musicologies”

Luiz Fernando Lopes (Indiana University), “Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center at Fifty (1961–2011): Past Challenges and Future Plans”

Leonora Saavedra (University of California, Riverside), “One More Time: Musical Identities, the Western Canon and Speech about Music, Revisited”

During the business meeting that followed these presentations, the new IAMSG website was unveiled, designed by CILAM’s own Prof. Rogerio Budasz.  Visit this lovely website and become a member of IAMSG at

Four members of CILAM recently participated in a major conference at Indiana University. Here are the details:

Examining the Musical Interactions between the U.S. and Latin America

October 19-23, 2011

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Latin American Music Center,
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

  • Jacky Avila (musicology doctoral student): "The Sounds of Mexico: Music in the OCIAA Documentaries"
  • Walter Aaron Clark (Professor of Musicology): "Robert M. Stevenson's Inter-American Music Review: Thirty Years of Landmark Publishing"
  • Alyson Payne (musicology doctoral student): "Inter-American Musical Encounters During the Cold War: Festival of Spain and the Americas, Madrid, 1964"
  • Leonora Saavedra (Associate Professor of Musicology): "Revisiting Copland's Mexico"

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the winner and runners-up in the 2011 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition, for the best essay on Latin American music in either musicology or ethnomusicology. This annual competition honors the memory of the Spanish-Mexican musicologist Otto Mayer-Serra (1904-68) and seeks to continue his groundbreaking research on the music of Latin America. The OMS competition accepts submissions in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. The winner receives a cash award of $1500, and his or her article will be published in Latin American Music Review.

This year's judges reviewed numerous essays and were duly impressed by their high quality. Information about next year's competition will be available on this listserv in early 2012.

2011 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition Results


Gabriel Ferraz, "Heitor Villa-Lobos e Getúlio Vargas: Doutrinando Crianças por Meio da Educação Musical"

Honorable Mention

Bernardo Thiago Borges Farias: "Para Além Da Raiz E Do Rizoma: O Enigma Da Lambada"

Luis Velasco Pufleau: "Silvestre Revueltas y la LEAR: música, identidad y acción política en el México Postrevolucionario"

This year's Encuentros/Encounters was devoted to Music and Dictatorship during the Franco Regime, 1936-1975, and took place at UC Riverside February 16-18, 2011. It was a huge success. A concert of art song from this period, presented by soprano Anna Tonna and pianist John Balerino, and a recital of twentieth-century Spanish guitar music, presented by Scott Tennant, rounded out Encuentros and were stunningly beautiful. The conference featured a full day of papers presented by leading scholars from the U.S. and Spain (see the Encounters website for more information). The conference proceedings are now available on Diagonal, the online journal of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music.



Encuentros/Encounters 2012: Los Romero: Royal Family of the Guitar

February 22, 2012

Wednesday at Noon: Pepe Romero and the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Musicology Prof. Walter A. Clark will introduce a classic film of Pepe playing Rodrigo's celebrated Aranjuez concerto, with Sir Neville Mariner conducting the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The video features not only the performers but also scenes of the Aranjuez palace and grounds, with the ninety-year-old composer and his wife, Victoria. This film is a deeply moving experience.

ARTS 157 at 12 noon. Free and open to students, staff, faculty. and the public
February 24, 2012

A lecture-demonstration featuring world-renowned guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero
and UCR musicology professor Walter Aaron Clark

7 p.m.: Walter Aaron Clark, "Los Romero: The Saga of an Andalusian Family of Guitarists"

8 p.m.: Pepe Romero performs works for classical and flamenco guitar

Free and open to the public.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis.
Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Parking: $5.00 in Lot 1 for the concert.

Center for Iberian and Latin American Music
The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music (CILAM) was established at University of California, Riverside, in 2004 to foster research and performance in an interdisciplinary spirit, embracing the entire musical heritage of Iberia and Latin America. The Center's activities include maintaining an educational website,; an online scholarly journal, Diagonal; and annual Encuentros/Encounters, featuring concerts and a conference dealing with a particular aspect of Iberian or Latin American music.

Walter A. Clark, director Professor of Musicology University of California, Riverside ARTS 145 (951) 827-2114

Encuentros/Encounters 2012 is made possible by generous financial support from the MaryLu Clayton Rosenthal Endowment.

Pepe Romero

Born in Málaga, Spain, Pepe Romero is the second son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar," The Romeros. Renowned worldwide for his thrilling interpretations and flawless technique, he is constantly in demand for his solo recitals and performances with orchestra. His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo and Federico Moreno Torroba. His discography presently contains more than fifty recordings and includes over twenty concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and Iona Brown. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was knighted by King Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2000. He is on the faculty of the University of Southern California.

Walter A. Clark

Walter Aaron Clark received an M.A. in classical guitar at UCSD, where he was a student of Pepe Romero. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA. He is the author of books on Spanish composers Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba, all published by Oxford University Press. He is also the editor or co-editor of several books on Spanish and Latin American music, including the forthcoming Norton textbook Musics of Latin America, and he edits the Oxford series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music. He is currently writing a book about the Romero family.

  • Brazil at the Intersection of Two Futures, Friday, June 2, 2006
  • Mayupatapi, UCR’s Latin American music ensemble specializing in Andean folk music, performed at the second annual World Music Concert, in the University Theatre at UCR on March 17. The performance featured a wide variety of selections performed on authentic instruments, including panpipes, drums, charango, guitar, and even donkey’s jaw. The concert also featured the UCR Rondalla Ensemble, a guitar ensemble playing traditional music of the Philippines derived from Spanish and Latin American prototypes. Mayupatapi was founded and is directed by Prof. Jonathan Ritter. Philippine rondalla artist Tagumpay de Leon leads the UCR Rondalla Ensemble.