UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 24, 2017

  Bringing you the latest news from the UC San Diego Department of Music's faculty, student and alumni networks.

In concert: Stephanie Richards to conduct Phantom Station
Assistant Professor Stephanie Richards will perform conductions with members of the Phantom Station Ensemble, featuring professors Erik Carlson and Mark Dresser, special guests Oyvind Brandtsegg and Bryan Jacobs and select Department of Music graduate students. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on February 27, 2017 at the Loft. Click here to learn more.

This concert is the second in a three-part series that strives to excavate spontaneous sonic combustion and delve into the unknown through Conduction, an artistic process created by Butch Morris to enable "an improvised duet for ensemble and conductor" without words or musical notation. This concert is part of the Conduction series, with the final performance scheduled to take place in March.

Kamau Kenyatta interviewed about Grammy Award win
Department of Music lecturer Kamau Kenyatta recently spoke with the San Diego Reader about his Grammy win earlier this month. Kenyatta was recognized by The Recording Academy for his contributions to Gregory Porter's fourth album Take Me to the Alley, released last May on Blue Note Records. Kenyatta, who first met Porter while teaching the aspiring jazz student at San Diego State University in the 1990s, co-produced Take Me to the Alley, which serves as Porter's second win in the Grammy Awards' Best Jazz Vocal Album category. Kenyatta was also the associate producer for Porter's first Grammy win, 2013's Liquid Spirit, and contributed similarly to Porter's first two albums.

Click here to read the San Diego Reader interview.

Miller Puckette dubbed "digital music's language maestro" in new article
In a new feature published by the multilingual tech and entertainment blog Obikuo, Professor Miller Puckette was described as "digital music's language maestro" for his creation of Max and Pure data (Pd). While Puckette began writing Max during the late 1980s during his time at the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in Paris, France, he began crafting the more streamlined Pd a decade later and remains immersed in the Pd community. Learn more about Puckette's ongoing work and read the Obikuo article here.

Review: local premiere of new Anthony Davis work
Professor Anthony Davis presented the local premiere of his latest a cappella work Voyage Through Death to Life Upon These Shores last Friday with a performance by Sacra/Profana. Originally scheduled to take place at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the performance was moved due to weather concerns to the All Souls' Episcopal Church in Point Loma. The San Diego Union-Tribune published a review of the performance earlier this week, calling Davis "a master at finding the right rhythms and pitch contours to make texts easily perceptible."

Sacra/Profana will perform Davis' piece again on Sunday, February 26. The choir will be joined by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir under the direction of Department of Music faculty member Ken Anderson. Click here to learn more about Sunday's concert and follow this link to read the San Diego Union-Tribune review.

Palimpsest featured on La Jolla Light's Best Bets list
Next week's Wednesdays@7 presents: Palimpsest concert at UC San Diego was featured on the La Jolla Light's Best Bets list for Events: February 23. Directed by Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis, Palimpsest's concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall and will feature the premiere of a new work by graduate composer Tobin Chodos and a solo performance by graduate pianist Todd Moellenberg. Read the event listing to learn more about the performance.

Anahita Abbasi selected for inclusion in "Women Composers of Our Time"
The European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS) has named graduate student Anahita Abbasi as a featured composer for "Women Composers of Our Time," an event taking place February 27 through March 2 in Cairo, Egypt. With a mission to "explore the situation of women in music and especially the field of composition in different cultures," the program will include both performances and panel discussions. Abbasi's Work for Solo Flute will be performed alongside Kaija Saariaho's Aure and Bushra El-Turk's Taqaim a'la Taqsim during the festival. Click here to learn more about the event.

Alumna Bonnie Wright celebrates 20th anniversary of Fresh Sound
In a special concert taking place later today, Department of Music alumna Bonnie Wright will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fresh Sound, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new music and innovative musicians to San Diego. Since Distinguished Professor Steven Schick performed at the 1997 inaugural concert with another Department of Music alumna, Vanessa Tomlinson, Fresh Sound has presented more than 200 concerts. Schick and Tomlinson will join Wright in celebrating the landmark anniversary by performing tonight at Bread and Salt. Click here to learn more about Fresh Sound's anniversary concerts and read the San Diego Union-Tribune's article about Wright and the Fresh Sound series here.

Alumnus Jeff Kaiser releases new plugin for Ableton's Max for Live
Department of Music alumnus, trumpeter and composer Jeff Kaiser released KaiGen devices earlier this year, plugins that work within Ableton's Max for Live. In an interview published earlier this week by Cycling '74, Kaiser discussed his experiences using the plugins and explained why building such devises influences his performance strategies. Click here to read the full interview.

Emeritus Distinguished Professor Harvey Sollberger honored in Paris, France concert
Emeritus faculty member Harvey Sollberger will be featured in a portrait concert performed by the French Flute Orchestra in Paris, France on Monday, February 27. Formerly a distinguished professor at the UC San Diego Department of Music, Sollberger also led the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus as its music director before retiring from the university in 2008. The orchestra's February 27 performance will include five of Sollberger's original works composed after 1983. To learn more about the performance, follow this link.

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