Department of Music Concert Calendar

Most Department of Music concerts are general admission, FREE and open to the public.  Ticketed performances are listed below and available for sale online or via the Music Box Office: (858) 534-3448. 

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Henry Spiller
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Wednesdays@7 presents: Distinguished Lecture Series: Henry Spiller

Heavy Metal Bamboo: How archaic bamboo instruments became modern in Bandung, Indonesia

Henry Spiller

UC Davis

In 2009, nine people suffocated at a death metal concert featuring local metal bands in Bandung, Indonesia. In response, some Bandung-based metal musicians began to reconsider their wholesale adoption of global "heavy metal" values and musical style. In a quest to inject local Sundanese values of community and cooperation into their musical practice, they hit upon the idea of reviving archaic rural bamboo musical instruments— karinding (mouth-resonated lamelophone) and celempung (idiochord tube zither)—as a means to reconnect to their Sundanese past.

This lecture examines how Bandung musicians create localized, alternative modernities by putting old bamboo instruments to new uses. I introduce two case studies: Karinding Attack ("Karat"), a group of metal musicians who play their death-metal-inspired compositions on village bamboo instruments, and Galengan Sora Awi ("GSA"), a neighborhood-based group of musicians who play a variety of traditional Sundanese musical styles on bamboo instruments of their own invention. I explore how both groups have modified traditional bamboo musical instruments and styles to promote decidedly global modern values: the noisy timbres and diffuse pitches associated with distorted amplified guitars, the rejection by some countercultural groups of modern, sterile, mass-produced, manufactured goods in favor of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies, the fostering of renewable resources, conservation, and the cleanup of urban environments, and the promotion by the Indonesian government of local and regional traditions.

Bamboo’s versatility—which in the past enabled Sundanese individuals to solve many pressing everyday problems—continues to empower them to face the challenges of modern life. Bamboo’s association with the rakyat—everyday people—and bamboo music’s association with Sundanese/Indonesian principle of gotong royong (mutual aid and cooperation) are further attractions for modern Indonesians eager to adapt local values to global contexts.

 

Henry Spiller is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on Sundanese music and dance from West Java, Indonesia. His books include Gamelan: The Traditional Sounds of Indonesia (ABC-CLIO, 2004) and Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java (Chicago, 2010). His most recent book, Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance (Hawaii, 2015), was awarded the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Bruno Nettl Prize in 2016. Spiller’s current project, based on fieldwork conducted in Bandung, Indonesia, with the support of a Fulbright Senior Scholar award, investigates music made with bamboo musical instruments. He earned his BA (music) from UC Santa Cruz, an MM (harp performance) from  Holy Names University, and the MA and PhD (ethnomusicology) from UC Berkeley. Currently he is professor of music at UC Davis, where he is the once and future department chair, teaches world music classes and graduate seminars, and directs the department's Sundanese gamelan ensemble.


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MUS 33B Final Recording
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
5:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Students in the MUS 33B course will present their final class recordings.


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95K Chamber Singers
Friday, March 17th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Students in the MUS 95K Chamber Singers course will perform under the direction of Professor of Music Philip Larson.


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King Yue Li, piano
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free
Self Supported Event
Event sponsor: Siu Hei Lee

King Yue Li (Hong Kong/Philadelphia) presents piano music by Xavier Beteta (UCSD), Debussy, Chopin, and others.

Winner of the Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition and the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, King Yue Li traveled across the United States, Germany, and Hong Kong to perform in solo piano recitals, chamber ensemble concert, and harpsichord salons. Born in Hong Kong, King Yue is currently completing his Master degree in piano performance at Temple University. 

Before pursuing postgraduate studies in the USA, King Yue’s talent has been recognized in his hometown Hong Kong. He was top—prize winner of prestigious competitions such as the Hong Kong Youth Culture & Art Development Association’s Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition. Taking advantage of the continual British influence in Hong Kong music education, King Yue obtained piano certifications such as the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM, 2009) and the Fellowship of the Trinity College London (FTCL, 2011). As a result of his academic and pianistic achievements, he received scholarships from the Hong Kong Government, Au Bak Ling Charity Trust, and the Temple University.

Beyond performance, King Yue is also a specialist in education. He holds an education degree with First Class Honor, and has given private lessons for nine years.
 


Dana Marie Chan, piano
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

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MUS 33C Final Recording
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
3:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free



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