UC San Diego's Department of Music

March 16, 2012

  THE GROUP HOTEL ELEFANT, FOUNDED BY MUSIC ALUMS Leaha Villareal and Mary Kouyoumdjian, debuted this week at the Dimenna Center in Manhattan. The program included music by Leaha as well as by UCSD music faculty member Chinary Ung and UCSD music alumnus Mary Kouyoumdjian. The group caught the interest of New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, who explains the origins of the Hotel Elefant moniker with a 1906 meeting at that hotel of Strauss, Mahler, Puccini, and Schoenberg following the premiere of Strauss's Salome.

DON'T MISS SATURDAY NIGHT'S (MARCH 17) 8 PM BROADCAST OF THE MARCH 5 CAMERA LUCIDA concert at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. All concerts in the series are recorded by music department's Tom Erbe and broadcast on KPBS-FM (89.5; or streaming online at on the second Saturday following each concert. Concert broadcasts feature commentary by cellist and UCSD music faculty member Charles Curtis, who is Camera Lucida's artistic director.
PIANIST AND EMERITUS MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER CECIL LYTLE'S RECENT 'JAZZ GONE GLOBAL' CONCERT will be broadcast on UCSD-TV beginning tonight at 8:30 pm. UCSD-TV is carried by Cox, Time-Warner, and AT&T Uverse. It is also archived online.

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC CSEP ALUMS ARE EARNING SIGNIFICANT RECOGNITION FOR THEIR WORK. NINA EIDSHEIM has three fellowships, including one at Cornell University, where she is in residence and working on her new book. IVAN RAYKOFF got tenure last year at the New School in New York City, has a book accepted by Oxford University Press, and just won both a Humboldt Fellowship for Berlin fall 2012 and a Fulbright Fellowship for Vienna spring 2013. ZEYNEP BULUT, who got her PhD last spring, is a post-doc at the Institute for Critical Inquiry in Berlin. She has just been invited for a second year. TRACY MCMULLEN has just accepted a tenure track position at Bowdoin College in American vernacular music. She currently holds the USC Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities (Musicology). ELLEN WELLER recently received tenure at Palomar College and is now on sabbatical.
UCSD COMPOSER ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR HAS BEEN NOMINATED for the prestigious Nordic Prize. Previous winners include UCSD alumnus Haukur Tómasson (2004), Björk (1997), Haflidi Hallgrimsson (1986) and Atli Heimir Sveinsson (1976).
VIOLINIST AND FACULTY MEMBER JANOS NEGYESY has added several new videos to his Vimeo page.

PIANIST RYOKO AMADEE GOGUEN, WHO HAS COLLABORATED WITH DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC composers and performers, presents two performances this month: On Saturday March 24 at 11 am, she'll perform at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters' Acoustic Music Series. And on March 27 at 4 pm, she'll appear at the Anime Conji 2012 festival, at the Town & Country resort in San Diego. She'll be joined by Department of Music tech guru Trevor Henthorn (trumpet and percussion), and former music grad student Arnie Schoenberg.

MUSIC ALUM SCOTT PAULSON'S STYLOPHONE CONCERT earned detailed coverage in the San Diego Reader.

MUSIC ALUM BONNIE WRIGHT'S CONCERT SERIES Fresh Sound continues April 9 at 8 pm with guitarist James Moore performing works by Larry Polansky and Molly Thompson, as well as John Zorn. UCSD music alumnus David Shively will headline the series in June.

LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE PREMIERES A NEW FLAMING LIPS MUSICAL in November or December. The production is inspired by, and named for, the band's 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The musical is directed by former La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Des McAnuff, whose earlier projects include the musical adaptation of The Who's Tommy.

LATER THIS YEAR IN ENGLAND: THE FIRST COMPLETE PERFORMANCE OF STOCKHAUSEN'S OPERA MITTWOCH AUS LICHT, including the legendary airborne Helicopter Quartet, first performed by the Arditti Quartet, which has frequently collaborated with UCSD composer Roger Reynolds.

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