UC San Diego's Department of Music

January 09, 2012

  UCSD COMPOSER CHINARY UNG'S AURA will be performed at Jacaranda Music at the Edges "Ring Around the Moon" concert on January 21 in Santa Monica, along with works by Saariaho, Takemitsu and Dutilleux.

IN THIS VIDEO, STEVE REICH TALKS ABOUT 'MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS,' which he performs at UCSD on Jan. 18 with Bang on a Can All-Stars and red fish blue fish (and at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Jan. 17).

CONGRATULATIONS TO COMPOSITION GRAD STUDENTS CAROLYN CHEN, BRIAN GRIFFEATH-LOEB, AND RAN DUAN, who have been selected for participation in the inaugural Harvard Summer Composition course. They are among 12 participants chosen from among 112 applicants.

CONTRABASSIST AND UCSD MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER MARK DRESSER takes part in the Improvisers Summit on January Thirteenth at 8 pm at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla. He'll be joined by violinist and UCSD music alum Mary Oliver; percussionist Han Bennink; and trombonist Michael Dessen. The group will also perform at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles on Jan. 16 at 8 pm, and at U.C. Irvine on Jan. 17 at 7 pm.

MARK DRESSER'S TRIO M CD (WITH MYRA MELFORD AND MATT WILSON); AND HIS RECORDING WITH BOBBY BRADFORD AND GLENN FERRIS, both get great reviews in the New York Times. Trio M's release "is a crisp, engaging ride, variously roiling or reflective, with high-wire interplay at almost every turn," while the music on the other CD "unfolds as rough-and-tumble sport, but not without a framework... Mr. Dresser is the anchor in their midst, and every bit as active with his use of contrapuntal texture."

ROGER REYNOLDS' SANCTUARY DVD ON MODE RECORDS, WITH VIDEO BY UCSD MUSIC AND VISARTS ALUM ROSS KARRE, was chosen by Wire magazine (not available online) as one of the 10 best releases of 2011. Reynolds was interviewed in the December issue of Wire, and Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed also wrote about the Sanctuary release. Roger and the Sanctuary DVD also received a thoughtful review in the December issue of Gramophone.


CATCH MUSIC ALUMNUS AND PIANIST DANNY GREEN on January 11 at The Loft at UCSD, and on Feb. 26 at 1:30 pm at the Fourth Annual Brazil Jazz Festa at the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Drive).

UCSD MUSIC ALUMS MARY KOUYOUMJIAN, LEAHA VILLAREAL, AND JOANNA SZU are part of the new contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant. You can "Like" them on Facebook.

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