UC San Diego's Department of Music

October 08, 2012

  UC SAN DIEGO COMPOSER CHINARY UNG was an honored guest at the Imagining Cambodia concert on Sept. 15 at Northern Illinois University's International Cambodian Studies conference. Ensemble Dal Niente celebrated Chinary's music with a Portrait concert on Sept. 16 in Chicago.

Chinary was the Featured Guest Composer at the 58th Annual Symposium of Contemporary Music at Illinois-Wesleyan University on Sept. 18-19, where he was honored with another Portrait concert, this one including violist (and Chinary's wife) Susan Ung along with soprano and UCSD music alumnus Stacey Fraser. UCSD music alumnus Adam Greene delivered a guest lecture about Chinary's music. A few days later, the New Juilliard Ensemble gave the New York premiere of Chinary's Rain of Tears.

Chinary will also be the guest composer/speaker at the Chengdu Contemporary Music Festival, Sichuan Conservatory, Oct. 14-18, where his music will be performed by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Del Sol String Quartet, and by Susan Ung.

CONTRABASSIST AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER MARK DRESSER and his quintet, joined by famed avant garde trumpeter Bobby Bradford, performed Oct. 7 at the Angel City Jazz Festival at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Pianist Denman Maroney's hyperpiano "was a fine match for Dresser's out bowing," according to L.A. Weekly, and the interplay between Dresser and Bradford "implies a language all their own."

FILM COMPOSER AND UC SAN DIEGO MUSIC ALUMNUS Larry Groupe talks about his film music Tuesday Oct. 9 at 7 pm at Groovy Like a Movie Studio, 5205 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego.

COMPOSER AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER LEI LIANG'S SOLO PIANO PIECE MY WINDOWS was performed at Yale School of Music on Oct. 7 by Anna Kijanowska. The Tribute to Karol Szymanowski also included works by Szymanowski, Chopin, and Grazyna Bacewicz.

THE MUSIC FACULTY'S SHLOMO DUBNOV collaborated with visiting scholar Liliya Tsirulsnik on a Calit2 project creating synthesized singing voices. UCSD singers Susan Narucki and Philip Larson's voices are among those in the database compiled for the project.

UC SAN DIEGO MUSIC SOFTWARE INNOVATOR MILLER PUCKETTE adds his expertise to the as an invited lecturer at the International Symposium on 'Visual Music' October 12-13 at the School of Art Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Another invited participant is UCSD music alumnus Jarek Kapuscinski ( Miller and UC San Diego composer Philippe Manoury will be featured Oct. 18 at 8 pm at the Fresh Sound music series at Space 4 Art,′5 15th St., downtown San Diego.

UC SAN DIEGO'S STEVEN SCHICK is artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, which opens a new season Oct. 25 with a program including UC San Diego composer Lei Liang's Aural Hypothesis. The season also includes works by former UC San Diego faculty Chaya Czernowin and George Lewis, as well as alumni Mark Applebaum and Paul Dresher.

NEW MUSIC CONCERT CURATOR, RECORDING LABEL FOUNDER, AND MUSIC ALUMNUS BONNIE WRIGHT WILL BE HONORED AS AN 'ARTS ANGEL' this Saturday evening by La Jolla Symphony & Chorus at its fifth annual Gala, for her long and strong support of new and experimental music. Bonnie founded Spruce Street Forum in the nineties as a venue for new, improvised and experimental music, and she continues to present live performances today with her Fresh Sound music series downtown. Bonnie is also the founder and head of Henceforth Records, which has released about a dozen new music recordings.

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