UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 18, 2015

  Drawing from UC San Diego Department of Music's store of renowned new music performers, Jann Pasler is monthly concerts in conjunction with The Art of Music exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. The exhibition and series are among events that honor the park's 100th anniversary.

Music was a significant part of the 1915 Panama˜alifornia Exposition, which marked Balboa Park's opening. Concerts ranged from The San Diego Popular Orchestra of 50 performing the overture from Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld," the People's Chorus of 250 singing selections from Haydn's oratorio "The Creation," and outdoor performances at the new Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

The Art of Music will explore ways in which visual artists take inspiration from music. Pasler paired performers with paintings. Pianist Anthony Davis performs Thursday Nov. 19 at 7 pm, followed UCSD faculty peers Susan Narucki (soprano, Mar. 29) and Takae Ohnishi (harpsicord, Mar. 29). Th series continues monthly through January 2016.

For Davis, the concept of performing in response to art is not new. "Earlier in my career, when I lived in New York, I performed at the opening of Stephen Hannock's show at the Greene Street gallery in SoHo," he said. "The paintings were three dimensional imaginary landscapes using ultra-violet light. I played in almost total darkness some of my science fiction oriented compositions from my Wayang series. In 1983 I collaborated with choreographer Molissa Fenley and the painter Francesco Clemente on Hemispheres that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave series. Clemente also allowed me to use one of his paintings as the cover art for my CD Hemispheres, and I also created pieces based on paintings by Dennis Kardon, including Fugitive of Time and Lady of the Mirrors. My composition Five Moods from an English Garden is inspired by the Kandinsky paintings I saw in a museum in Munich and a bird call I heard in the English Garden park that accompanied an unexpected snow flurry in May."

At his Art of Music concert, Davis will combine music from his past composition with new pieces and improvisation inspired by the paintings.

"I think it is always fascinating to explore the common ground artists have across disciplines," Davis said. "I have many friends who are artists and I value how they see the world and the symbiotic relationship between art and music that can be abstract and formal or an acute social commentary on our time."

The–-concert series opens Thursday Nov. 19, 7 pm, with UCSD pianist Anthony Davis's performance

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