UC San Diego's Department of Music

March 13, 2017
IN THE NEWS: MARCH 10-16, 2017

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

Stephanie Richards' final "Conduction" performance on March13
Assistant Professor Stephanie Richards will perform conductions with members of the Phantom Station Ensemble at 8 p.m. on Monday at the Loft as the third and final performance of the Conduction series. This concert will feature an opening set by Architeuthis Walks on Land, a duo comprised of Assistant Professor and violist Amy Cimini and bassoonist Katherine Young. Click here to learn more.

This concert is the final performance 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.

Lei Liang featured on cover of People's Music
Professor Lei Liang was featured late last year on the cover of People's Music, one of the most influential music magazines in China. After a year that saw the debut of Liang's new composition Song Recollections by the Formosa Quartet last spring, his participation at the East China Normal University in Shanghai last May and his Miller Portrait Concert last November (named one of the 10 most memorable music moments of 2016 by The Log Journal), the magazine feature is well-earned.

Looking ahead, Liang is collaborating with fellow UC San Diego Professor Susan Narucki on a chamber opera titled Inheritance. The project was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artworks grant and is expected to premiere at UC San Diego during the fall of 2018.

Review: Mark Dresser Seven's Sedimental You
Professor Mark Dresser and his newest ensemble the Mark Dresser Seven continue to receive positive reviews for their debut album Sedimental You, released last November on Clean Feed Records. "Dresser's abilities as a composer, arranger and bandleader are amply demonstrated on Sedimental You, one of the most ambitious efforts in his vast discography," wrote Point of Departure's Troy Collins. Click here to read the review.

Music honors student Michael Cohn recognized for academic and athletic achievements
Michael Cohn, a senior at UC San Diego who performs as an undergraduate honors student in the Department of Music under the direction of Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis, was recognized this week for his achievements as one of the university's leading athletes. On Tuesday, Cohn won his second Elite 90 award for maintaining a high GPA throughout his time on the UC San Diego Swimming and Diving team. Cohn was also recently featured in an article by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Click here to read the article.

Alumnus Joe Garrison and his Night People to release new album
Composer, pianist and UC San Diego Department of Music alumnus Joe Garrison has announced the upcoming release of his new album with Night People, titled The People Upstairs, on April 7. The album features Garrison, Lori Bell (flute), Derek Cannon (flugelhorn), Brian O'Donnell (bass trombone), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Michael Hayes (drums), fellow Department of Music alumni Ariana Warren (clarinets) and Tim McNalley (electric bass), and current graduate student Nicolee Kuester (horns). Click here to read and listen to All About Jazz's album preview and learn more about the album release party on April 8 at Dizzy's here.

Alumnus James Williams to deliver lecture at Syracuse Stage
Composer, pianist, musicologist and Department of Music alumnus James Williams will present a lecture on March 15 in Syracuse, New York as part of the Syracuse Stage's ongoing Wednesday@1 lecture series. Williams' lecture will focus on Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller, an American jazz musician best known for creating works like "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose." Click here to learn more about his lecture.

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