UCSD FLUTIST BERGLIND TOMASDOTTIR's Home as in Heima is part of Studio: Fall 2011 at L.A.'s REDCAT on Nov. 19 and 20. Berglind's score for flute and electronic processing accompanies her collection of family films.
IN HIS FIRST SEASON AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY PLAYERS, UCSD FACULTY MEMBER STEVEN SCHICK has commissioned ten chamber works from an international group of distinguished composers including Chou Wen-chung, George Crumb, Lei Liang, Koji Nakano, Gabriela Ortiz, Elena Ruehr, Laurie San Martin, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, and Agata Zubel. The new music will premiere during the 2014-2015 season.
SCHICK AND MUSIC/VISARTS ALUMNUS ROSS KARRE take the stage Nov. 12 at the Composer Portraits concert showcasing the music of former UCSD music faculty member George Lewis at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. Ross is a percussionist and video artist with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble). Also part of the performance: poet and former UCSD faculty member Quincy Troupe.
UCSD COMPOSER AND THEATRE FACULTY MEMBER SHAHROKH YADEGARI'S Scarlet Stone, based on a poem by Siavash Kasrai and Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, will be performed Nov. 19 at 8 pm at UCSD's Mandell Weiss Forum, and Dec. 10 and 11 at the UCLA's Freud Playhouse.
UCSD MUSIC ALUM AND SOPRANO STEFANIE ASTON sings the lead in John Adams' A Flowering Tree (2006) with Riverside Lyric Opera on Nov. 11 at 8 pm. Undergrad vocalist Mariya Kaganskaya is in the chorus.
UCSD COMPOSITION ALUMNUS ADAM GREENE has been invited to contribute his work to a project spearheaded by UCSD music alumnus Reiko Manabe and her ensemble "mmm..." called "hibari" that endeavors to bring hope, awareness, and funds to the people affected by the tragic Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March, 2011. The project includes short works by 100 composers from around the world, and the ensemble is releasing two recordings online each week. This week you can hear my piece for alto flute, called Ripples, performed by the amazing Reiko Manabe. Please follow the link below to the hibari website, where you can learn more about the project and make a donation. All the performers, engineers, editors, and designers have donated their time and donations go directly to people in need.
UCSD COMPOSER ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR's Rhizoma was New York classical radio station Q2's Album of the Week. The honor spotlights "compelling new recordings". The station also offered a free download of Anna's chamber work Hrím, which was awarded Composition of the Year at this year's Icelandic Music Awards. Rhizoma was released on October 25th by Innova Recordings and has been very well received. The CD includes three large pieces for orchestra and chamber orchestra, punctuated by five smaller movements from a solo percussed piano work. The works are performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Bjarnason, the Icelandic CAPUT Ensemble conducted by Snorri Sigfus Birgisson, and percussionist Justin DeHart. The album is released by American new music label Innova Recordings and is distributed by Naxos. Smekkleysa (Bad Taste Records) distributes the album in Iceland".
ACOUSTICIAN ASHTON TAYLOR, WHO PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN THE€OUSTICAL DESIGN OF CONRAD PREBYS MUSIC CENTER, spends his spare time building beautiful custom guitars. Ashton is also a fair player himself who performs with the group Taylor Made. Ashton was in San Diego recently for the Acoustical Society of America's annual meeting and he joined Department of Music faculty member Rand Steiger in showing off our concert hall to the visiting sound professionals.
ARTIST DO SUH'S Fallen Star is schedule be hoisted 100 feet to its perch atop Jacobs Hall engineering building on Nov. 15. The small picket-fenced house will teeter at the edge of the seven-story building's roof.
FOUND HORIZON: STRAVINSKY IN L.A.'S PROGRESSIVE MUSIC SCENE 1949-1964 is a concert on Nov. 14 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, celebrating the composer's significant impact on music in Southern California. Stravinsky was part of an important group of artists who fled Hitler's Europe for California. That scene also included Ernst Krenek, who in the mid-sixties advised Muir College Provost John Stewart to hire Krenek's protégés Will Ogdon, Robert Erickson, and Thomas Nee as our Department's founeding faculty. Some music historians assert that Krenek had a significant influence on Stravinsky's 12-tone system