UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 07, 2017
IN THE NEWS: APRIL 7-13, 2017

  Bringing you the latest news from the UC San Diego Department of Music's faculty, student and alumni networks.

Springfest 2017 begins tomorrow
UC San Diego Department of Music graduate students will launch Springfest, an annual graduate-run festival of experimental music, on Saturday, April 8. Featuring more than a dozen events held at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, on campus and at specified off-site locations, Springfest starts with the California Electronic Music Exchange Concert on April 8 and ends with the collaborative Encuentro at Bread and Salt on April 16, with graduate student Todd Moellenberg's Staycation enduring in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater through April 16. Immersion, the festival's popular collaboration with Birch Aquarium at Scripps, will take place this year on Sunday, April 9 and was highlighted by the La Jolla Light earlier this week.

Bass player and graduate student Kyle Motl recently spoke with UC San Diego's KSDT about Springfest and played excerpts from the program he has planned for his solo Springfest concert on April 12. Click here to watch the KSDT studio session and visit the Springfest website to check out the official schedule.

Formosa Quartet returns to UC San Diego on Sunday
The Formosa Quartet will return to UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall for a performance on Sunday, April 9. The quartet last performed at the Conrad Prebys Music Center a year ago, during which time it completed a weeklong residency at the university and delivered one of the first performances of Professor Lei Liang's Song Recollections. Sunday's performance will feature works by Bela Bartok, Stephane Grappelli, George Gershwin and the world premiere of Five Taiwanese Folk Songs by Wei Chieh Lin. To learn more about the concert, click here and reserve tickets here.

Jann Pasler presents paper at Dakar Senegal conference
Distinguished Professor Jann Pasler recently presented a paper at the African Agency in the Construction and Reappropriation of Anthropological Knowledge conference, held last month at the University of Dakar. Pasler's paper, titled "Le savoir folklorique en musique au Senegal: radio, disques, et les archives culturelles," was well-received and earned media attention from Le Quotidien. Click here to learn more about the conference and learn more about Pasler and her work here.

Alumnus Joe Garrison and his Night People release new album
Composer, pianist and UC San Diego Department of Music alumnus Joe Garrison has released a new album with his band Night People, titled The People Upstairs. Out today, the album features Garrison, Lori Bell (flute), Derek Cannon (flugelhorn), Brian O'Donnell (bass trombone), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Michael Hayes (drums), fellow Department of Music alumni Ariana Warren (clarinets) and Tim McNalley (electric bass), and current graduate student Nicolee Kuester (horns). The Night People will celebrate the release with a performance at Dizzy's tomorrow, April 8 at 8 p.m. Click here to read and listen to All About Jazz's album preview, and read the Troubadour's review of the album here. Follow this link to learn more about the album release party.

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