UC San Diego's Department of Music

January 07, 2011

  Violinist/violist and UC San Diego music alumnus Mary Oliver pays a special visit to the Department of Music to deliver a talk titled, "The affect and its effect: an exchange of presences".

Oliver's lecture takes place in Conrad Prebys Music Center Room 231 on Tuesday, January 11, at 5 p.m., during Nancy Guy's Focus On Integrative Studies class.

Born in La Jolla, Oliver earned her Ph.D. at UCSD for her research in the theory and practice of improvised music. Her work as a soloist and ensemble player encompasses both composed and improvised contemporary music. Oliver has premiered works by a.o. John Cage, Chaya Czernowin,  Brian Ferneyhough, George Lewis, and Iannis Xenakis and has worked alongside improvising musicians and dancers such as Han Bennink, Mark Dresser, Katie Duck, Cor Fuhler,  Rozemarie Heggen, Joëlle Leandre, Thomas Lehn, George E. Lewis, Phil Minton, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Michael Schumacher.

She has also appeared as a featured soloist in many music festivals like Brisbane Biennale, Donaueschinger Muziektage, MaerzMusik, Salzburger Festspiele Berliner Jazz Festival and Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto Jazz Festivals. Currently she lives in Amsterdam, where she works as a free-lance artist, teaches at the Hogeschol voor Kunsten Utrecht and is a member of Instant Composer's Pool Orchestra , duo Oliver & Heggen ( and duo JOMO.

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