UC San Diego's Department of Music

November 26, 2012

  COMPOSER KATHARINA ROSENBERGER'S CD TEXTUREN won the German Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. A German reviewer calls it a 'psychedelic trip'.

MUSICIANS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC made a major contribution to the Division of Arts and Humanities' "Best Booth" award at the November 16 Founders' Day festivities. The players were Boaz Roberts (guitar), Alex Arango (accordion), Alexandria Pulido (voice), Lawrence Lee (piano), David Castaneda (timbales), Chase Pado (jazz piano), and Chris Duvall (jazz bass). Division performances also included Patricia Rincon's dancers (Abby Wang, Tanya Lewis, Melissa Gallegos) improvising in the crowd, a scene from Elizabeth I, directed by Kate Jopson, and experimental videos curated by Ricardo Dominguez. Posters on the booth depicted six founding arts faculty including Will Ogdon. Swag for visitors included a DVD of Susan Narucki's production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis as well as souvenir pens, handbags, carabiner keychains, and t-shirts. Special thanks to the music department's Jessica Flores for recruiting the performers and managing the stage and production.


COMPOSER AND MUSIC FACULTY MEMBER CHINARY UNG answers five thought-provoking questions in his recent interview with a leading music blog.

CONTRABASSIST MARK DRESSER'S TRIO M gave an "exhilarating" performance earlier this month at The Sound Lounge in Australia. One Aussie critic says the appearance ranks among the year's best concerts.

COMPOSER AND UCSD MUSIC ALUM MARY KOUYOUMJIAN HAS WON the Jerome Foundation Award for her work Dzov Yerku Kooynov (Sea of Two Colors), a "portrait piece" about Armenian composer Komitas Vardapet. In her work, Mary often draws inspiration from the stories of her ancestors who survived the 1915 Armenian genocide. Mary co-founded the new music ensemble Hotel Elefant with fellow UCSD music alumnus Leaha Maria Villareal.

TRUMPETER JEFF KAISER AND PIANIST PHIL SKALLER earned props from San Diego Reader blogger Robert Bush, who says that their new CD Endless Pie "is a disc so severe that it makes Raphe Malik and Cecil Taylor sound like Ruby Braff and Dick Hyman."

CONTRABASSIST AND MUSIC ALUMNUS AAKAASH ISRANI is on the radar of major music critics including the New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones.

UCSD CARILLONNEUR AND MUSIC ALUM SCOTT PAULSON will ring in the New Year every day at noon during the first week of Winter Quarter 2013, chiming music by UCSD undergrads. Paulson is also curating an exhibit celebrating the kazoo during January in the Arts Library at Geisel Library, in honor of National Kazoo Day. Later in 2013, the Arts Library presents a late-night silent film festival with live music on Sundays in the library's Seuss Room. For more information about these events contact Scott:

PIANIST AND MUSIC ALUMNUS DANNY GREEN'S NEW CD is titled A Thousand Ways Home. He's getting great reviews for the Brazilian-flavored recording, ranging from "sensational" to "melodically engaging" and "richly engaging and utterly brilliant". Catch the video on youtube, check out the CD and reviews on Danny's website.

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