UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 23, 2012

  UCSD COMPOSER CHINARY UNG WILL BE HONORED at the Imagining Cambodia conference September–-16 at Northern Illinois University. A concert of his music for soloists and small chamber groups will be the main event on Saturday evening September 15.

RED FISH BLUE FISH PERFORMED FOR THE DALAI LAMA on April 18 at UCSD's RIMAC Arena, honoring the spiritual leader at a major conference on climate change. In front of a crowd of 4,700, UCSD's resident percussion ensemble played Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood and Drumming; Iannis Xenakis's Okho; and Javier Alvarez' Temazcal. And, to serenade his High Holiness as he walked onstage (wearing a UCSD visor), the group performed John Cage and Lou Harrison's Double Music. The Dalai Lama was in good spirits (as usual) and seemed to enjoy the Fish's performance. In other Fish news, they will appear at the Monday Evening Concert Series at Zipper Hall in L.A. on April 23, in a program bearing the same name as Steven Schick's book: The Percussionist's Art.

S.F. CONTEMPORARY PLAYERS, DIRECTED BY STEVEN SCHICK, present their final concert of the season, with music by UCSD music alumni Aaron Gervais and Mark Applebaum (now on Stanford's faculty), plus Lou Harrison, Edmund Campion, and others.

MARK DRESSER STORMS THE BIG APPLE, where his performances will include a 70th birthday concert for renowned percussionist Han Bennink, a concert at Roulette led by electronics pioneer Earl Howard, and a performance at Cornelia St. Café with his quintet, including saxophone phenom Rudresh Mahanthappa, trombonist Michael Dessen (who has performed with Dresser several times at UCSD), pianist Denman Maroney, and drummer Tom Rainey. Dresser received a great review from San Diego Reader writer Robert Bush for his CD Duetto with pianist Diane Moser.

JAZZ PROGRAM DIRECTOR KAMAU KENYATTA SERVED AS ARRANGER AND PERFORMER on jazz singer Gregory Porter's new CD. To seal the deal, Kamau and Porter met in March with onetime pop star Don Was (Was Not Was), who became president of Blue Note Records earlier this year. In its efforts to survive, the label has expanded beyond the jazz agenda set by its founder Alfred Lion. Blue Note's roster includes popular artists such as Norah Jones. "Don is not thinking small, he's not thinking jazz, he's thinking in a bigger way," Kamau said. In March, JazzTimes magazine proclaimed Porter "jazz's next great male jazz vocalist."

FLUTIST NICOLE MITCHELL, WHO PERFORMS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC'S CONCERT PREBYS CONCERT HALL ON MAY 16, is among initial recipients of the new Doris Duke Foundation arts grants. Other winners include Don Byron, Rinde Eckert, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck, Vijay Iyer, Nicole Mitchell, and Meredith Monk.

THE ADDO ART SHOW AT UCSD RUNS FROM MAY 29-31 and will showcase UCSD art from all disciplines. The goal of the exhibit is to bring together the UCSD arts community and encourage all departments and academic levels to connect with each other. If you are interested in submitting your work, go here.

PHISH'S TREY ANASTASIO WROTE THE MUSIC FOR HANDS ON A HARDBODY, the new musical that runs at La Jolla Playhouse from April 27 through June 17. Based on S.R. Bindler's documentary of the same name, it tells the story of a pickup-truck competition in Longview, TX.

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