Rajna Swaminathan (Assistant Professor of Music, UC Irvine), in conversation with the Asian Musical Modernisms seminar

Monday, October 18, 2021


Rajna Swaminathan, Assistant Professor of Music, UC Irvine, will discuss her creative practice with the participants of Professor Anthony Cheung’s Asian Musical Modernisms seminar. The session is open for observers over Zoom with a Brown affiliation. Register for the session here.

About Rajna Swaminathan

Rajna Swaminathan holds a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University’s Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry program and is an improviser, composer, and scholar. Her dissertation – Time, Virtuosity, and Ethics Otherwise: Queer Resonances for Diasporic Play – represents a productive dialog between scholarship and creative practice.

Professor Swaminathan’s primary instrument is the mrudangam, one of the central instruments in Karnatik music and South Indian dance. As the founder and leader of the ensemble RAJAS, she asserts herself as an artist at the forefront of new intercultural horizons driven by the improvisational sensibilities of South Asian and African diasporic musical practices, creative music, and jazz. As a composer, Professor Swaminathan’s recognition is rising fast nationally and internationally, being programmed and commissioned by notable venues and presenters, such as Chamber Music America, National Sawdust, the LA Phil, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.

In 2021, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at UC Irvine, where she is a core faculty member of the department’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT) Ph.D. program.

More about her work here: http://www.rajnaswaminathan.com/