Kumiko Uyeda

Kumiko Uyeda

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5555 Masonic 212


Kumiko Uyeda has been performing and teaching music all her adult life. Professor Uyeda was a recipient of the University of California Pacific Rim Research Fellowship and the Eugene-Cota Robles Doctoral Fellowship in 2012. Her research centers on Ainu music, indigenous musics, and acoustemology (incorporating sounding and ecology).

Professor Uyeda co-created the panels “Performing Indigenous Sound Ecologies” for the American Musicological Society’s annual conference and “Sounding Indigeneity in the Anthropocene: an Auditory Anthropology of Power and Resistance” for the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference in 2019.

UC Santa Cruz, Ph.D. in Cultural Musicology, 2015
UC Santa Cruz, MA in Performance Practice, 2009
Manhattan School of Music, MM in Piano Performance, 1985
University of the Pacific, BM in Piano Performance, 1982
Visiting Lecturer in Music History, University of the Pacific
Lecturer in Cultural Musicology, UC Santa Cruz
Professional Pianist
World Music
Music of Asia
Western Art Music
Music of Asia
Indigenous Music
Music in Social Movements
Music in the Anthropocene
Selected Publications

(2020) “Three Ainu Musicians: A Legacy of Resistance and Synergy.” In National Museum of Ethnology Collection of Essays from the Music and Minorities 2014 International Symposium. Osaka, Japan.

(2019) “Negotiating Animism in Indigenous Ainu Music.” In Voicing the Unheard: Music as windows for minorities. Paris: L’Harmattan.

(2017) “Fretless Spirit” (documentary film of Ainu tonkori musicians), length of film: 43 minutes