UC San Diego's Department of Music

October 30, 2015

  UC San Diego composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh's Icy Disintegration was recorded by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on the BBC earlier this month (click here to listen). Hsieh's piece shared the program with music by Shostakovich, Glazunov and Rachmaninoff. Tsieh, who was born in Taiwan and raised in New Zealand and Australia, is a composition grad student studying with faculty composer Lei Liang. "This is a recent recording of an old work dating from 2010, my very first 'real' orchestral composition after having just completed my master's degree at the University of Melbourne," Hsieh said. "It was commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of their annual young composers' program and received its premiere in May 2010 under the baton of Canadian conductor Bramwell Tovey. It has since been performed by the U.C. Davis Symphony Orchestra (2013), the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (2014) and the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble (2013), and is also included on Arcko's debut album X-Ray Baby. "The BBC broadcast came at an interesting time. Almost six years after I wrote Icy Disintegration, I am working on a new composition for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra." The new piece will premiere next March at the Tectonics Festival in Adelaide.

Greg Surges, a graduate student in computer music, recently won Best Paper at the International Computer Music conference at the University of North Texas for "Generative Feedback Networks Using Time-Varying Allpass Filters," with Tamara Smyth and UC San Diego music Prof. Miller Puckette. The paper, a chapter from Surges' dissertation, will be published in an upcoming issue of Computer Music Journal.

Composer Anthony Davis's opera Lilith, which premiered at UC San Diego in 2009, will have its first staged performance on Nov. 12 from 5 to 7 pm at Atkinson Hall/Calit2/Virtual Room as part of the Qualcomm Institute's IDEAS Festival. Admission is FREE. Lilith, with libretto by theatre and dance Prof. Allan Havis, Provost of Thurgood Marshall College, is set in the present and explores the ageless erotic myth of Lilith, the woman who preceded Eve in the Garden of Eden. It utilizes six singers, piano and sound, and blends jazz, blues and classical elements. Click here to watch an in-depth interview on UCSD-TV with Davis and Havis. Click here for more info on the IDEAS series, which includes work by several UC San Diego music and arts faculty and students.

UC San Diego sitar master Kartik Seshadri performed Oct. 20 at the University of Louisiana Lafayette College accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on tabla. Seshadri, who heads the UC San Diego Department of Music's Indian Music Program, also gave a talk about Indian music during his visit to the Lafayette campus, and he spent time teaching music students there.

Legendary saxophonist and improviser Roscoe Mitchell will perform Mar. 2 at 7 pm at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall as part of the music department's Wednesdays@7 concert series. Mitchell, 75, was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed to unite important African-American improvisers/jazz musicians. He also co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago, is the Darius Milhaud Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, and was featured on the cover of the May 2015 issue of The Wire.

Susan Narucki's chamber opera Cuatro Corridos, a collaboration with Mexican poet Jorge Volpi and four composers, returns to UC San Diego January Thirteenth at 7 pm at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, preceded by a 1 pm symposium in the Recital Hall. Before that, Susan takes the opera to the Guadalajara International Book Fair for a Nov. 30 performance in conjunction with the release of Volpi's new novel Las elegidas (in Spanish), based on his libretto for Cuatro. The book fair also includes a symposium on "Border Security and Human Rights".

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