UC San Diego's Department of Music

September 01, 2004

  The UCSD Music Department welcomes Contrabass explorer, Mark Dresser to the music faculty. Dresser is a musician in command of a unique language. Having studied with Bertram Turetzky and played in the San Diego Symphony while studying at the University of California San Diego (B.A. and M.A. degrees), Dresser took part in the Los Angeles avant-garde jazz scene of the early 70's's forming around figures like Stanley Crouch, Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, and James Newton. After a 1983 Fulbright to Italy to study with Franco Petracchi, he was invited to join Anthony Braxton's quartet; a group documented in Graham Locke's Forces in Motion and on a number of releases from that period on Leo and Arista records, as well as in the early 1990's, including the four-disc studio/live Willisau boxed set.

Moving to NY in 1986, Dresser has recorded over one hundred cds, including those with John Zorn, Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Dave Douglas, Satoko Fujii's, Bob Ostertag and Joe Lovano. Under his own name he has a recorded twenty projects including his trio with pianist Denman Maroney and Swiss flautist Matthias Zieglier, a solo bass repertoire which pushes the technical limits of the instrument aided by custom made electronics that amplify normally unheard regions of the instrument, and chamber music which presses at the boundaries between improvised and composed music, modern classical, and jazz. A chapter on his extended techniques for contrabass, "A Personal Pedogogy," appears in the book, ARCANA.

He received a 2003 Grammy nomination, two NYFA grants, Meet the Composer commissions, a McKim Fund commission at the Library of Congress, and commissions from sculptor Robert Taplin, flutist Matthias Ziegler, and tubist, David LeClair.

Dresser has been a lecturer at Princeton University, faculty at the New School University, and Hampshire College. Currently in fall of 2004, Dresser joins the faculty of UCSD Department of Music. For more information on Mark Dresser, please go to

Philippe Manoury, one of the world's leading composers and computer music researchers, will join the Department of Music this fall, as well. Mr. Manoury studied composition with Michel Philippot and Ivo Malec at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and went on to study computer-assisted composition with Pierre Barbaud.

In 1978, he began teaching during his residency in Brazil at the Universidade Nacionale do Estade de Sao Paulo. A major appointment followed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon (1986-96). Most significant is his long association with the world's leading center for computer music research, IRCAM (Intitut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) a branch of the Centre George Pompidou in Paris where he has worked as a Research Scientist since 1984, and as a Professor of Composition since 19Γ. It was at IRCAM where Manoury composed Zeitlauf, a work for mixed choir, instrumental ensemble, synthesisers, and tape.

For the European Year of Music, the Council of Europe commissioned Manoury to compose Aleph, which premiered in 1985. He continued to compose a series of chamber works, among which were Musique I and II, and Instantanés. 1992-19Γ he composed the opening of the opera La Nuit du Sortilège (later renamed 60e Parallèle), which won an award from the UNESCO International Composers' Tribune. He also has produced two other operas, La Frontière and K. K was commissioned and premiered by the Paris Opera. One of his most important works is the Sonus ex Machina series of compositions (Jupiter, Pluton, and Neptune) for solo instruments and real-time computer processing. Mr. Manoury will have an immediate impact on our composition, computer music, and ICAM programs.

The final addition to the music department this fall is Dr. Mina Yang who has joined the faculty to further expand the department's ethnomusicology studies. Dr. Yang began studying the piano at age ten and made her debut at 14 with the Honolulu Symphony. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a B.A. in art history and received a master's degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Randall Hodgkinson and Louis Krasner. She earned a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University with a dissertation that examined the various musical subcultures in California between 1925-1945. Dr. Yang has articles and reviews published and forthcoming in American Music, Black Music Research Journal, Popular Music and Society, and Popular Music, and has given papers at local and national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. She is currently completing a book titled California Polyphony: The Sounds of Multiculturalism.

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