UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 06, 2012

  SOPRANO AND FACULTY MEMBER SUSAN NARUCKI has received a prestigious award from the MAP Fund for her Cuatro Corridos project, a collaboration with Mexican author Jorge Volpi. The MAP Fund award is among the most coveted in performing arts. The MAP Fund is a program by Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This year, the MAP Fund awarded a total of $1.2 million to 41 "groundbreaking live performance projects." Cuatro Corridos "seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by engaging in social activism." The hour-long, fully staged production features music by renowned composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang, and Hebert Vázquez Sandrin. Each contributes one act of the story that is connected by a visual narrative. Intimate and portable, the production is conceived and designed to use small forces: three musicians and one singer, simple video screens, and a set created by the use of light and shadow. Other collaborators include acclaimed performers of new music, such as percussionist Steven Schick, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez. The initial performances of Cuatro Corridos will take place on May 8, 10, and 11, 2013, in the Experimental Theater of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego.

Additionally, Susan and the Department of Music have been awarded a UC MEXUS Faculty Grant for Cuatro Corridos. And, Susan was featured in excerpts from UCSD composer Anthony Davis' new opera Lear on the Second Floor at Princeton University's McCarter Theatre Center on March 30 and 31. The entire work will be presented at UC San Diego in March 2013, conducted by Steven Schick. Finally, Susan performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with musicians from Tufts University in Boston on April 5. The 100th anniversary of Pierrot Lunaire will be celebrated in a concert on April 21 at 7 pm in the Department of Music's Experimental Theatre.

EARSHOT, A NATIONAL PROGRAM AIMED AT SUPPORTING YOUNG COMPOSERS, HAS SELECTED UCSD COMPOSERS ADAM GREENE (PhD) AND CHEN-HUI JEN (PhD candidate) for its April 19-20 New Music Readings concerts conducted by James Feddeck at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego. Adam Greene's piece is titled In Winter, Chen-Hui Jen's is Yet the Dew Remains in Pale.

PIANIST AND PhD CANDIDATE JAMES G. WILLIAMS received the award for Best Oral Presentation in the Humanities at Yale University's 2012 Boucher Conference in Diversity and Higher Education. His winning paper is titled Improvising on Feedback Piano: Aesthetic Discourses Behind Music Technology and Sound. Additionally, composer and PhD candidate Carolyn Chen was inducted into Yale's Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, along with nine other UCSD grad students. Williams was inducted into the society last year.

SOPRANO AND DMA CANDIDATE ALICE TEYSSIER EARNED A RAVE REVIEW when she stepped in at the last minute to sing with the San Diego Symphony.

SITAR LEGEND RAVI SHANKAR, A REGENTS LECTURER AT UCSD IN 1997-8, celebrates his 92nd birthday this Saturday April 7. Shankar made many Americans aware of Indian music through his sixties association with the Beatles, especially George Harrison. The two remained close friends and Harrison regularly visited Shankar at his home in Encinitas. Shankar has handed down Indian classical music to subsequent generations including Kartik Seshadri, who directs the music department's Indian Music program. Shankar is scheduled to perform in Long Beach on Nov. 4 in "An Evening with the Maestro Ravi Shankar, Celebrating His Tenth Decade."

JEFF KAISER (PhD CANDIDATE) AND DAVID BORGO (FACULTY) 'SCORCHED' UCSD'S LOFT NIGHT CLUB, according to the San Diego Reader. They were joined by the Mattson twins (music alums) and Tyler Eaton (music undergrad).

MARK DRESSER AND TRIO M EARN A STAR from the New York Times as one of this week's recommended concerts. The trio also received an upbeat review from the New York City Jazz Record.

MUSIC ALUM BONNIE WRIGHT'S FRESH SOUND new music series continues Monday April 9 at 8 pm with New York guitarist James Moore.

JASON STANYEK, WHO EARNED A MUSIC PhD IN CRITICAL STUDIES AND EXPERIMENTAL PRACTICES AT UCSD, will join the faculty at Oxford University this fall, leaving his assistant professor post at NYU.

NOVELIST WALLACE STEGNER INSPIRES Steven Schick's 2012-2013 season with La Jolla Symphony & Chorus.


PIANIST AND UCSD MUSIC ALUMNUS DANNY GREEN performs April 7 from 7 from 7-10 pm at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, with his trio, joined by vocalist Allison Adams Tucker. Danny also performs with Tucker on April 11 at 7 pm at the Carmel Valley Library; and on April 14 from 2-5 pm at the Mile of Music event along North Harbor Drive by San Diego Bay.
COMPOSER AND UCSD MUSIC ALUMNUS LARRY GROUPE'S INTERVIEW with East Village Radio in New York City aired last week and is now available online. Meanwhile, Larry's next project is re-teaming with Jon Anderson of the rock band Yes for a three-day festival in Brazil.

MUSIC ALUM SCOTT PAULSON HAS CURATED a stylophone exhibit at UCSD's Geisel Library. The stylophone was invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis, manufactured by the British company Dubreq, originally intended as a toy. Paulson describes it as a "novelty electronic organ with an iconic transistor radio look. A small pen (or stylus) was attached to the unit, and touching the metal tip of the stylus upon the engraving of a flat piano-like keyboard allowed single notes to be played." The instrument soon fascinated experimental pop musicians such as David Bowie, who used it on his Space Oddity album, and Kraftwerk, who employed it on Pocket Calculator. Paulson, UCSD's carilloneur and outreach director for the library, has a longtime passion for odd instruments such as the ones featured in his Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra. So, he's a natural to sustain the Stylophone's underground legacy. If you think you might make a good stylophonist, several of them are listed on ebay for less than $50. The exhibit runs through April downstairs in the arts library area.

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