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