UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 03, 2017

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

Formosa Quartet, kallisti highlighted in Spring Arts Preview
The San Diego Union-Tribune's annual Spring Arts Preview, published earlier this week, highlighted two upcoming Department of Music concerts: the Formosa Quartet's performance on April 9 and kallisti's new chamber opera, which will debut on May 10 with additional performances on May 12 and–. During its performance on April 9, the Formosa Quartet will present the world premiere of a new work by Wei˜hieh Lin that is inspired by Taiwanese folk songs. Led by Artistic Director Susan Narucki, kallisti will present a double bill that pairs a performance of Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine with selections from American minimalist composer Tom Johnson's Shaggy Dog Operas. Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune's full spring arts preview.

Steven Schick to conduct ICE, Vijay Iyer in Abu Dhabi March 30-31
Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick will conduct the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer in a performance of RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi, a new work for chamber ensemble and film created by Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava that serves as a response to Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Both performances will be held in the Red Theater at the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center. Click here to learn more about the new work and click here for more information about the performances.

Miller Puckette and alumna Kerry Hagan to perform in Ireland on April 3
Professor Miller Puckette and alumna Kerry Hagan (currently a professor at the University of Limerick) will perform at a special computer music concert titled Hocket Pagan in Limerick, Ireland on Monday, April 3. The performance will feature new works that Puckette and Hagan have created as part of their ongoing collaboration, which has focused on live performance systems for computer music instruments. Before their performance, Puckette will deliver a lecture at the University of Limerick, titled "Limitations of Computers as Musical Tools." To learn more about the lecture and concert, click here.

Erik Carlson to perform at Bread and Salt on April 6
Assistant Professor Erik Carlson will perform the same note 10,000 times during a hour-long performance at Bread and Salt on Thursday, April 6. This performance is the latest in a series curated by Carlson that's devoted to recitals of patterns in music. Following this concert, Carlson will next perform a series of intervals at the La Jolla Public Library on April 11. To learn more about Carlson's April 6 concert at Bread and Salt, visit the Facebook event.

Visiting vocalist Master Parissa to present lecture at UC San Diego
UC San Diego will welcome special guest Master Parissa to the campus next week, during which time the Iranian vocalist will present a special lecture in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall. Set to begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, Parissa's lecture will be preceded by an introduction delivered by Dean Cristina Della Coletta. RSVPs are required. Click here to learn more about the event and reserve your seat here.

Graduate student Christopher Donahue publishes "Dance Dance Convolution"
Graduate student Christopher Donahue is part of a research team at UC San Diego that's responsible for Dance Dance Convolution, a program that creates step charts for the popular Dance Dance Revolution game using audio recording tempos. Donahue and his team published a paper last week, titled "Dance Dance Convolution," that describes the process and has already received attention from The Outline, The Verge, The Register and New Geekers. Click here to learn more about the project.

Graduate student Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh to join Carnegie Mellon faculty
Department of Music composer and PhD candidate Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh will join the Carnegie Mellon faculty as an assistant teaching professor this fall. Previously, Hsieh has worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Beijing Modern Music Festival, among others. This spring, Hsieh will celebrate the world premiere of a new work as presented by red fish blue fish in the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater on May 17. Click here to learn more about Hsieh and her work.

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