New and experimental from renowned UCSD faculty and special guests. From Cage, Carter and Feldman, to new music from emerging composers, cutting edge opera, improvisation, and innovations in music technology
The Wednesdays @ 7 Series continues its tradition of bold exploration and performance for the 2012/13 season, featuring distinguished faculty and visiting artists. With offerings from established composers and improvisers to the voices of a new generation—delving into uncharted realms of inquiry and technological innovation—UCSD’s department of music showcases the aesthetic diversity that built its reputation as an international leader in experimental practice.
To kick off the season, violinist Janos Négyesy marks the centennial of iconic American experimentalist, John Cage, with a concert of the complete Freeman Etudes, originally premiered by Négyesy in 1984. Performer, scholar, and technologist David Borgo hosts an evening of music improvisation featuring a variety of guests including Creative Music Studio co-founder Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso. Mark Dresser concludes the October lineup with a concert of works and improvisations for contrabass, including an animation by Sarah Jane Lapp. UCSD’s acclaimed Palimpsest Ensemble delivers a program of experimental music curated by Rand Steiger and featuring Wojtek Blecharz, John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Pierre Boulez, Ben Hackbarth, Liugi Nono, and John Luther Adams. The fall term comes to a close with an exciting program of new works put on by guest ensemble, soundSCAPE.
The series resumes in January with music of J.S.Bach and French Baroque composers by virtuoso harpsichordist, Takae Ohnishi. UCSD plays host to the internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet in February, with a program including works by faculty composers Lei Liang and Roger Reynolds. Concluding winter term are two world premiere events: first, Anthony Davis’ new opera featuring the kallisti and Palimpsest Ensembles, Lear on the Second Floor, with libretto by Allan Havis; second, a new composition by Roger Reynolds entitled PASSAGES 9, drawing upon stories, spatialization, sound and video clips, and with assistance from computer musician Paul Hembree and clarinetist Bill Kalinkos.
The final installment of the Wednesdays @ 7 Concert Series begins April 10th with an evening of music by sitar master and former Ravi Shankar pupil, Kartik Seshadri. Susan Narucki presents Cuatro Corridos,a multidisciplinary music-theater project that addresses a critical human rights issue: human trafficking across the U.S. - Mexican border. The hour-long, fully staged production features music by renowned composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez Sandrin and was especially written for UC San Diego faculty Susan Narucki, Steven Schick, Aleck Karis, and Pablo Gomez. To close out the season, Palimpsest delivers a second concert featuring the music of Elliott Carter, curated by Aleck Karis.
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