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UC San Diego's Department of Music

December 16, 2011
DEC 16: NEWS OF THE WEEK



  THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC'S WINTER 2012 CONCERT SERIES BLASTS OFF with pianist Catherine Kautsky's performance of Rzewski's Oscar Wilde-inspired De Profundis (January 12), followed by mezzo-soprano Leslie Leytham's premieres of music by grad-level composers Robert Pierzak and Martin Hiendl, and renowned percussionist Steve Reich's appearance with Bang on a Can All-stars and redfishbluefish. Reich's concert includes his Music for 18 Musicians, Clapping Music, and Electric Counterpoint.

IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, YOU NEED TO VISIT THE WEBSITE OF PHILIP LARSON AND ED HARKINS AND THEIR DUO, THE. During their long tenure at UCSD, Harkins (trumpeter, performance artist and emeritus faculty) and Larson (bass baritone and current faculty) have collaborated on many edgy, often hilarious performances. They provided a jolt at the gala opening concert of the Conrad Prebys Music Center in 2009. Now their work is archived, and one wonders what aliens will make of our culture when they land here and discover this stuff in 500 or 1000 years.

FORMER UCSD MUSIC FACULTY AND MUSIC ALUM CHAYA CZERNOWIN, NOW ON THE HARVARD FACULTY, WILL BE IN RESIDENCE in the Department of Music in mid-February. Her visit will include a recording session and a Weds@7 concert on February 15.

UCSD SITAR MASTER AND ADJUNCT MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER KARTIK SESHADRI PERFORMED IN INDIA RECENTLY.

CONTRABASSIST AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER MARK DRESSER'S TRIO M WITH MYRA MELFORD AND MATT WILSON gets good vibes from San Diego Reader writer Robert Bush.

PIANIST AND EMERITUS MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER CECIL LYTLE WILL LEAD A "JAZZ IN PARIS" TOUR next summer. Cecil, former provost of UCSD's Thurgood Marshall College, performs a "Jazz Gone Global" concert in our Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on Jan. 29 at 3 pm. The program includes... music inspired by Paris.

UCSD ICAM STUDENT BOBBY BRAY HAS CREATED A NEW EFFECTS CONTROLLER BASED ON FACULTY MEMBER MILLER PUCKETTE'S PURE DATA SOFTWARE.

PERCUSSIONIST AND UCSD MUSIC ALUM LISA TOLENTINO is making her mark in Arizona, where she is a Media Arts and Sciences doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. "My dissertation study is underway. I plan to defend in August. I have spent most of my time exploring empowerment through media technologies. Specifically - How can embodied and mediated technologies empower marginalized youth to explore and share their voices, so they are not simply present, but heard? To investigate this, I am collaborating with high school teachers, education researchers and media designers at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) at Arizona State University. My focus has been on using "mixed-reality" environments as part of special education curriculum, with a specific interest in youth with autism. I am working on an embodied media design theory that combines human-computer interaction, game design research, contemporary learning theory, and a critical/experimental arts practice. These last three years, my work in K-12 schools has taught me that "management aesthetics" dominate both classroom culture and technology for students with disabilities. This is not always a problem ... but I believe it prevents these students from reaching their full potential by denying them freedom of expression and creativity on a deep level. I am challenging this model by designing new media learning contexts that are both immersive and supportive enough to allow new shades of their identity to emerge. Aside from research ... [music alumnus] Robert Esler and I are members of an arts-technology collective, urbanSTEW. We perform, we make work, and we curate community-based events driven by socially transformative themes. On March 23-24, 2012, we will host the first "PLAY: A Digital Arts Festival" in Tempe, AZ. There will be performances, interactive installations, and public workshops by experimental musicians, dancers, and digital media artists. Many of our visiting musicians are from UCSD (Cristyn Magnus, NY-based composer/computer musician; Brett Reed with his new music ensemble Crossing′nd Street - playing with Rob and I) The festival is inspired by the lived experiences of people with disabilities. And it recognizes the role experimental arts practice can play in allowing us to revisit how we perceive, experience, and connect with each other."


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