UC San Diego's Department of Music

September 03, 2008

  Aug. 29, 2008

This Week in Music

Preparations are well under way for the Nov. 9 Disney Hall premiere of Chinary Ung's new work "Space Between Heaven and Earth: Spiral XII". His piece is second half of a program also including Lou Harrison's "La Koro Sutro". "Spiral XII" involves sixty members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, ten musicians (including Chinary's wife Susan on viola), two solo sopranos (high and low), a Cambodian drummer and seven Cambodian dancers. Tickets range from $20 to $175, and can be purchased on line.

The electrifying CD featuring UCSD's Mark Dresser (contrabass), Ed Harkins (trumpet) and Schick, and mixed by UCSD's Tom Erbe, is titled "House of Mirrors" and available through New York City's Down Music Gallery. Dresser also earns a shout for his work on "The Beautiful Enabler" as a member of the trio Mauger. Both reviews here:

UCSD sitarist Kartik Seshadri shares a bill with Philip Glass and other greats for a big festival Down Under.

Kartik talks about the festival.
Kartiks fall tour includes the Eastman School of Music, The Agape Center in Los Angeles, Middlebury College, Vermont, and Lake Tahoe Cultural Center. Kartik's new recording with tabla legend Anindo Chatterjee will be released September 18. His new DVD "Love In" is a recapitulation (tribute to??) of the sixties, from a festival held August 2007.

And, some live unreleased Kartik tracks.

Big Bang Theory: Jim Lehrer's highly regarded NewsHour on public television devoted a segment to Bang on a Can. The experimental music ensemble was founded more than two decades ago by David Lang and friends. Over the years, UCSD percussionist Steven Schick has been a key participant.

Joining artists ranging from the LA Phil to Radiohead who take control of their own music, London's Old Globe Theatre has launched a music label.

Throughout modern history, music lyrics have ranged from sublime to mundane-and they often include references to the human body. But which parts are most popular in song (don't worry, this isn't X-rated).

iTunes is the dominant source of online music. Fans of rock, pop, hip hop and other genres seem pleased with it. But iTunes is not so harmonious when it comes to classical music.

Opera is one of the epic human spectacles, but it doesn't get much media. Perhaps driven by reality TV and the rise of pop culture, opera marketers want to create new stars worthy of Project Runway-which its altering the traditional look of the opera singer.

Speaking of music promotions, one marketing guru is finding ways to "brand" arts organizations and market them abroad. The Boston Symphony is a recent client.

Laptops are like appendages for students these days, and books can seem outmoded, inconveniently heavy, and ridiculously expensive. Thus, the rise of electronic textbooks-perhaps arriving sometime soon at a music department near you.

David Borgo and Jeff Kaiser performed in XXx this summer, and Kaiser, an avowed tea-head, blogged about some great Tibetan green.

Kaiser's new album "The Desert Fathers: Copic Icons" gains praise in the summer issue of MIT's Computer Music Journal.

James Gordon Williams, a doctoral student in Integrative Studies in the music department at UCSD, gives a talk on improvisation and performs a solo piano concert at Instituto di Musica della Pedemonta e Centro Studi Musicali in Aviano, Italy on September 19th, 2008 at 8&Tauε PM.

DMA candidates Paul Bowman (classical guitar) and Kathleen Gallagher (flute) perform Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 3Π0 p.m. at the Scripps Green Hospital (10666 N. Torrey Pines Road) as part of the Gluck Chamber Series, headed by Professor Emeritus Bert Turezky.  The program has works by Goddard, J.S. Bach, Beaser, Piazzolla and Bartók. Admission is free.

red fish blue fish left a foamy wake behind their August performance at SummerFest.

Percussionist and La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Artistic Director Steven Schick mentored young composers at Sundance this summer.

Schick and UCSD alum (and former red fish) Morris Palter performed at elevation 4500 feet in Alaska recently for a documentary about composer and Schick collaborator John Luther Adams.

UCSD grad student Arshia Cont collaborated with Jonathan Harvey on "Speakings," which premiered Aug. 19 at the BBC's Proms Festival in London. The piece was commissioned by Ircam, Radio France and the BBC, with live electronics realized by Arshia Cont and Gilbert Nouno at Ircam, and with a novel method for forcing speech structures into live orchestra in real-time, and new synchronization techniques developed by Arshia Cont at Ircam and UCSD, San Diego.

Read an interview of Guardian with Harvey about his collaboration with Nouno and Cont on electronics:
See a video about the electronics production of the piece:ϒ0080605&eventϖ57&Lϑ

UCSD alum composer and Berliner Jason Rosenberg is newly online. "Woohoo!," Jason says. "Be under no illusion though, it's primitive and my web designing skills are severely limited.  Hell, I basically cheated my way through its creation, stealing ideas from every composer's website I know.  Yet I'm nonetheless excited to share it with you. So, please, give it a shot...explore the pages, browse, let me know what you think or if you come across any errors.

UCSD alum Mary Kouyoumdjian is climbing the Hollywood's ladder. The indie film "Float," with Mary's music, screened at Cannes International Film Market as well as Dances with Film, where it received the Audience Award. "Float" also closed Hollywood's Feel Good Film Festival last month. The film stars Emmy nominee Gregory Itzin (24, Adaptation), Cristine Rose (Heroes), Lauren Cohan (Supernatural, Casanova), and Ken Davitian (Borat). Richard Robinson's Italian WWI film "Trenches," also with music by Kouyoumdjian, was shown at the Short Film Corner at Cannes. "Trenches" also screens Sept. 5-7 at the Clocktower, 2 Government Plaza, Rome, GA. And, check out the trailer for John-Michael Thomas' "video game generation" film "Corpse" with more of Mary's music.

UCSD grad composer Aaron Helgeson topped eleven other composers to earn prime position at the Acanthes Festival in Metz, France last month. "My piece for two pianos and two percussion, 'If where is of to why,' was chosen for the grand finale concert on July 18, and was performed by Pascal Pons (percussion), Eric Chartier (percussion), Ya-Ou Xie (piano), and Prodromos Symeonidis (piano), with Sylvio Gualda conducting," Aaron reports. "The pianists were so enthusiastic about the piece that they decided to perform it again at the Kabarett Anstalt-Theater in Berlin on September 2.  In addition to the performances, I received lessons and masterclasses from Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, German composer Fabio Nieder, and French composer Michele Reverdy.  I also got to spend a lot of time with two champions of Sciarrino's music, flautist Mario Caroli and mezzo-soprano Sonia Turchetta.  Finally, my trip was made possible by generous grants from the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area chapters of American Composers Forum, and the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation.

San Diego jazz legends Mike Wofford (piano) and Holly Hofmann are featured at the KSDS Ocean Beach Jazz Festival on September 7. Holly has several solo CDs and has collaborated with notables including late great bassist Ray Brown. Mike is an unsung piano hero who has performed and/or recorded with Oliver Nelson, Teddy Edwards, Red Norvo, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Chet Baker, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rogers. Mike also served as singer Sarah Vaughan's music director and accompanist. One of our favorite CDs is Mike's solo recording "Live at Maybeck," Vol. 18, on Concord Records.

Torrey Pines Christian Church needs musicians-particularly a cellist--for Sunday services. Music for services is "very contemporary and modern" but with a classical feel. Contact Adam Wagner: 925-998-9137.

At La Jolla Playhouse, Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company presents Susan Yankowitz's "Night Sky" through Sept. 21. Mo'olelo is the Playhouse's first-ever resident theater company. "Night Sky" is the story of Anna, a brilliant astronomer. When a car accident renders her aphasic, her speech becomes a hodgepodge of disconnected words alternately poetic, funny, confusing and profound. She and her family must fight through the black holes of her mind and journey from her night sky into an unfamiliar world and a new language. A moving story about the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal need to find words to communicate our deepest thoughts and feelings. Incidentally, Mo'olelo says it is only one of eleven "green" theater companies nationwide, pays all actors equity wages and "seeks to represent diverse voices and issues on stage".ϑ
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