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There is still space for this event, and drop-ins are welcome.
advance registration is recommended for convenience.

uclarts and healing, along with co-sponsors the ucla department of ethnomusicology, the ucla center for east-west medicine,
and the usc institute for integrative health present . . .

good good good good vibrations:
healing through music and sound

Join us for an extraordinary day of science, sound, music, and mindfulness presented by a nationally renowned integrative health psychologist, a master Himalayan singing bowl artist, mindful toning vocalist and mindfulness facilitator, African drumming facilitator, and an intercultural improvisation group. This is a hands-on experience that reveals the healing nature of sound and music. Find your rhythm!

program details & schedule:

9:00 – 9:15: Ping Ho, MA, MPH – Introduction

9:15 – 10:45: Tobi Fishel, PhD – Finding Your Rhythm: The Science and Practice of Music & Sound Healing

  • Why sound and music healing?
  • Definitions: music therapy, sound healing, music healing
  • Clinical uses
  • Scientific research
  • Experiential exercises: frame drum vibrations, toning/humming, singing bowls, koshi chimes
10:45 – 10:55: 10-minute break

10:55 – 12:15: Jahna Perricone, CMF,  Michael Perricone, WGA, and Alicia Spillias – Savoring the Sound Scape to Enhance Awareness: A Sonic Immersion

This sonic immersion is an experiential journey of mindful meditation, vocal toning and ancient Himalayan singing bowls (museum grade / 200-500 yrs old) woven into a seamless fabric that carries the participant through calm meditation, internal toning, music, and a return to the centering sound of the ancient singing bowls.

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch break (convenient access to food in medical center cafeteria upstairs and in Westwood village)

1:15 – 2:15: Improvisational performance by the Omni-Musicality Group (OMG), an intercultural improvisation ensemble from the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology

The OMG performance will feature players with influences from the Middle Eastern, Javanese, jazz, West African, and Western classical traditions, who will flow through these traditions in uniquely rendered ways, as each performance focuses on its relationship with the sounds of others and the environment. The performance will begin with a tuning meditation whereby musicians and audience members will sing and listen to the sounds of their voices filling the air, to inspire both trained and untrained performers to practice the art of listening and responding.

2:15 – 2:25: 10-minute break/Mindful Movement

2:25 – 4:00: Giavanni Washington, PhD, MPH – Across the Threshold: Transformation Through Rhythm, Ceremony, and Community

Rhythm is a portal for deep personal excavation, transformative inner work, and great joy! Across the Threshold is an invigorating interactive workshop that demonstrates how music and sound can be utilized as a platform for embodying change. You will leave this workshop with tools and techniques to help you access your inner wisdom and activate your intuition.


date: Saturday, June 3, 2017 

time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

fee: This is a pay-what-you-can event. Proceeds will support programs such as this one.

  • $45 suggested fee for general admission. 
  • To pay $35, please use the promo code GOOD35.
  • To pay $25, please use the promo code GOOD25.
  • To pay $20, for UCLA Faculty & Staff only, please use the promo code GOOD20.
  • To pay $10 (for Students), please use the promo code GOOD10.
  • First 20 students to register (from UCLA or USC) will be admitted free, using the promo code GOODDOE.

Advance registration guarantees admission; otherwise, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tamkin Auditorium (B130)
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

See a detailed map of the Ronald Regan Medical Center below. Once you arrive, if you are unsure of how to get to the auditorium, feel free to ask the Information Desk and they can direct you.

directions and parking:
Click here for directions to the Tamkin Auditorium at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Campus Parking:

For information on campus parking, click here.

Off-Campus Parking:

Broxton Avenue Public Parking, located at 1036 Broxton Avenue, is about a  ½ mile, or an 9 minute walk, from the Tamkin Auditorium at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Broxton Avenue Public Parking Rates:
1st two hours free/ $9 maximum

$1.50 each each additional 20 min after two hours
$9 maximum per day

$3 flat rate after 6pm

presenter bios:

Tobi Fishel, PhD is an associate professor and former Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School. She is recently relocated to the Los Angeles and is the new Director of Residency Wellness for USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She teaches and incorporates mindfulness-based practices, body-centered therapy, music, spirituality, and creative play into her clinical practice. The guiding principle in her work is encouraging a deepening relationship with the innate gifts of one’s own soul.

Ping Ho, MA, MPH 
is Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a Steering Committee Member and was Founding Administrator. She co-developed a drumming program for social-emotional skill building, called Beat the Odds, the effectiveness of which is published in the journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Jahna Perricone
is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Center for Conscious Creativity, a node for the Millennium Project.  She has led mindfulness programs with MARC, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA Fowler Museum.  She is also an accomplished singer and voice teacher.   Her latest album, “Into The Mindful Wild” will be released this year.

Michael Perricone
, master Himalayan singing bowl artist, is owner of Airetight Media, Inc.  He has performed with internationally renowned artists at The Getty Center, UCLA Fowler Museum, The Hammer Museum, Walt Disney Hall, the International Environmental Film Festival, World Festival of Sacred Music, and more.  His and Jahna’s music video, ‘Opening,’ has been made into a 360 degree Surround Sound experience for Dome, VR and planetarium performances.

Giavanni Washington, MPH, PhD,
received her doctorate in Culture and Performance from UCLA in 2013. She has studied sonic traditions and performed throughout many countries in the world, including: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Ethiopia, Guinea, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Senegal, Trinidad, Uganda, and the United States.  She facilitates drum circles, where every voice is of equal value, to offer a sonic platform for safe exploration and transformation of self.

Omni-Musicality Group (OMG)
is an Intercultural Improvisation Ensemble within the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. OMG formed with the intent of creating a living practice for interculturalism through improvisation that continually challenges group members to understand and appreciate one another’s traditions while remaining true to their own musical sensibilities. They begin each rehearsal with a group listening practice that centers on sounds generated by themselves, others, and the environment.

Alex W. Rodriguez is a writer, improviser, trombonist, and PhD candidate in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. He co-founded the Omni-Musicality Group with the Chair of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, Professor Steven Loza, and has served as Assistant Director of the UCLA Jazz Orchestra. He has been Editor-in-Chief for Ethnomusicology Review and has contributed jazz coverage to NPR. His current research is on the creative practices of jazz clubs around the world that sustain them, with case studies in California, Chile, and Siberia.

Otto Stuparitz 
is a musician, composer, and PhD student in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and is co-director of the Omni-Musicality Group with Professor Steven Loza. He is an active performer of Balinese gamelan music in the Los Angeles area and is the current Editor-in-Chief for the Ethnomusicology Review. His musical background lies in the improvisational musical traditions of straight-ahead jazz, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, free jazz, new music, Americana music, bluegrass, and experimental electronic music.

for more information:

Please submit questions via email to or telephone us at (310) 452-1439.

Refund Policy: In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees. We hope that you will find comfort in knowing that your fees are going to a worthy cause.

Reservation Policy: Reservations can be made for free events, unless noted otherwise in the program description. Individuals who have made reservations and who have arrived on time will be admitted first. After that time, everyone will have an equal opportunity for admission.

Wait List Policy: Based on past experience, we expect that a certain number of registrants will not be able to attend events. If registration for an event is full, joining the wait list will give you a higher priority for admittance at the door. If additional space for an event becomes available, individuals on the wait list will be notified via email and given the opportunity to enroll in the event before the additional spaces are advertised to the general public.

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