UC San Diego's Department of Music

September 07, 2012

  AUTHOR, MUSICOLOGIST, AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER JANN PASLER CURATED this summer's Saint-Saëns Festival at the Bard Music Festival, New York, where she was scholar-in-residence. The event earned significant media attention including multiple reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Le Monde (Paris). Also, Jann's new book Camille Saint-Saëns and His World has been published by Princeton University Press.  It's a collection of scholarly essays about the composer, his music, and the historical/cultural impact of his work which she edited and to which she contributed an introduction, eight of the essays, and the translations.

MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER TOM ERBE'S SEPT. 5 JOHN CAGE PERFORMANCE, the opening concert of this fall's Fresh Sound Music Series in downtown San Diego, earns a great review in the San Diego Reader.

MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER DAVID BORGO'S BOOK SYNC OR SWARM sparks an interview with former Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie.

COMPOSER AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER LEI LIANG was Guest Composer in August at Tokyo's Gakuen School of Music.

UC SAN DIEGO HARPSICHORDIST TAKAE OHNISHI'S NEW RECORDING of Bach's Goldberg Variations earns high praise on, which cites her "vitality and differentiated articulations." (The sound quality of the CD receives a 9 out of 10 ranking, and Takae sends thanks to Department of Music sound engineer Joe Kucera for the excellent audio).

SOPRANO AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER SUSAN NARUCKI performed works by Schubert and Lukas Foss earlier this summer to a full house at the prestigious Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine. The festival was founded by cellist Wilhelmina Smith and presents music from the Renaissance to the present day. The concert hall is a converted barn on the banks of the Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta.

CONTRABASSIST AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER MARK DRESSER was in Iceland earlier this summer to perform at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival. This week he shared a stage with pianist Diane Moser at New York City's Cornelia Street Cafe. The appearance celebrated their recent release Duetto.
COMPOSER AND FORMER MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER CHAYA CZERNOWIN'S Gradual Edge premiered in Denmark. Also, during Czernowin's residency at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, her composition Ina for solo bass flute and six recorded flutes will be performed by Roberto Fabbriciani.

COMPOSER AND FORMER MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER BERNARD RANDS marks his 80th birthday in 2014 with several performances of his Ceremonial for wind ensemble.

IN JULY, COMPOSER AND UCSD MUSIC ALUMNUS WOJTEK BLECHARZ was awarded a composition fellowship at the 46th Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music in Germany. Blecharz won for his piece K'an, "for steel drum and about 120 skewers and 10 bamboo chopsticks," he says. It was performed by percussionist and UCSD music alum Brian Archinal, who won a Darmstadt Fellowship for performance this year.

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