UC San Diego's Department of Music
October 31, 2011
THIS WEEK IN MUSIC: NEWS
MUSIC ALUMNUS PAUL DRESHER'S ENSEMBLE PERFORMS THE WORLD PREMIERE of Light Moves on November 3-5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The performance is a collaboration with choreographer Margaret Jenkins, as well as multimedia artist Naomie Kremer and poet Michael Palmer to create a synthesis of dance, moving images, live music and text, inspired by the natural cycles of light. www.mjdc.org
CONRAD PREBYS (OUR MUSIC CENTER AND CONCERT HALL'S NAMING DONOR) AND SAM ERSAN (WHOSE GENEROUS SUPPORT MAKES OUR CAMERA LUCIDA SERIES POSSIBLE) both attended last Monday's Camera Lucida concert. After the concert, there was birthday cake for Ersan and for San Diego Symphony violinist Jeff Thayer.
UCSD FACULTY COMPOSER AND PIANIST ANTHONY DAVIS PERFORMS AS A MEMBER OF WADADA LEO SMITH'S GOLDEN QUARTET at Redcat in Los Angeles on October 28 and 29 at 8 PM and Sunday October 30th at 7Π0 PM. The music is Smith's sweeping Ten Freedom Summers, inspired by the African-American civil rights experience through the 20th century. It's a work that Southwest Chamber Group Artistic Director Jeff von der Schmidt refers to the "African-American equivalent of Wagner's Ring Cycle." Southwest Chamber Group joins the Golden Quartet for the performance. http://www.redcat.org/event/ten-freedom-summers
THE FORMALIST QUARTET (INCLUDING UCSD CELLIST ASHLEY WALTERS) does Wadada Leo Smith's music on Dec. 10 at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Venice, CA.
SITAR MASTER AND UCSD FACULTY MEMBER KARTIK SESHADRI looks ahead to dates in the most prestigious venues in the U.S and India.
Nov. 18: Kalakendra Society for Performing Arts of India, Portland, OR.
Dec 9: Sawai Gandharva Festival, Pune, India.
Dec. 21: Andhra Music Academy, Hyderabad, India.
Jan. 1: SAPTAK, Ahmedabad, India.
Jan.–: U.C. Riverside.
Feb. 4: World Music Institute, Symphony Space, New York.
GRAD-LEVEL FLUTIST BERGLIND TOMASDOTTIR'S INSTALLATION/PERFORMANCE is part of the Oct. 29, 6-10 pm Hell House: A Sinful Twist on the Haunted House, at Space 4 Art in downtown San Diego (325 15th Ave.). Her work is "inspired by an Icelandic folksong about a singing ghost baby".
MUSIC ALUMNUS, COMPOSER AND CONTRABASSIST JAMES ILGENFRITZ' NEW OPERA The Ticket That Exploded hits the stage at Brooklyn's Issue Project Room, where Ilgenfritz is artist-in-residence. The opera is based on William Burroughs' 1962 dystopian novel about identity disintegration, oppression of humanity's collective consciousness through technological influence, and revolution through the subversion of those very technologies. UCSD composer Nick DeMaison conducts, and his fellow music grad student Jason Ponce contributes video art and live processing.
COMPOSITION ALUMNUS RICK BIDLACK showed an installation titled Clang on Oct. 21 and Oct.• at Gallery 1412 in Seattle. Clang is also the name of Bidlack's sound-and-color software, which he has been developing for 30 years. Bidlack runs Signals and Noises music and audio software in Seattle, WA.
COMPUTER MUSIC PhD CANDIDATE CHRIS WARREN AND INTEGRATIVE STUDIES PhD CANDIDATE JAMES GORDON WILLIAMS present and perform at the (Re)thinking Improvisations conference next month at Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, Sweden.
EMERITUS FACULTY MEMBER AND PIANIST CECIL LYTLE'S documentary Liszt in the World kicked off the Visions of Liszt festival on Oct. 17.
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