UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 24, 2017
IN THE NEWS: APRIL 21-27, 2017

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

Kartik Seshadri performs at UC San Diego
Sitar master and UC San Diego Department of Music faculty member Pandit Kartik Seshadri presented a performance of classical Indian ragas and talas in the Maihar tradition, with accompaniment from tabla player Pandit Arup Chattopadhyay. Seshadri's April performance was his first at the Conrad Prebys Music Center since last spring and featured a program announced from the stage. Click here to learn more about the event and click here to learn more about Seshadri. Reserve tickets here.

Natacha Diels to participate in San Francisco composer discussion
Department of Music Assistant Professor Natacha Diels participated in How Music is Made, a composer lecture series presented as part of the Lou Harrison, A Centenary Celebration festival that took in San Francisco over the weekend. Diels' lecture came on the heels of her performance last week with On Structure at UC San Diego. Click here to learn more about the lecture and click here for more information on the festival.

Festival M.A.R.S. features UC San Diego faculty, graduate students
The 2017 Music and Arts ReSound (M.A.R.S.) festival began in Los Angeles on April 14 and lasted through Sunday, April 23. Founded and directed by Department of Music Ph.D. student Wen Liu, the festival hosted several musicians affiliated with UC San Diego, including Associate Professor Katharina Rosenberger, Assistant Professor Natacha Diels with Ensemble Pamplemousse, former Professor Chaya Czernowin, alumnus Ross Karre (a percussionist and co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble who earned his M.A. and D.M.A. from UC San Diego) and alumnus Nicholas Deyoe (a composer who co-founded and directs the wasteLAnd concert series who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from UC San Diego). Learn more about the festival on the M.A.R.S. website and view the official schedule here.

Assistant Professor Stephanie Richards profiled in the San Diego Reader
The San Diego Reader's Robert Bush recently spoke with trumpet player and Assistant Professor Stephanie Richards for an artist profile published earlier this week. In the article, Richards discussed her decision to continue working as a bicoastal performer and her work with students in the Department of Music, explaining that the department "is not run like a typical conservatory - it's really a research lab for experimentation." Follow this link to read the full article and learn more about Richards on her website.

Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung interviewed for Relevant Tones podcast
Department of Music Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung was recently featured as part of Relevant Tones' Composer Spotlight podcast. The interview, which aired on April 7, explored Ung's childhood and early days as a young composer living in New York, as well as his more recent work as a professor of composition at UC San Diego. To listen to the podcast and some of Ung's featured works, visit Relevant Tones' website.

Professor Lei Liang's Luminous continues receiving warm reviews
Professor Lei Liang's record Luminous, released last December on New World Records, continues earning positive reviews. Earlier this month, Sequenza21 published a review that called the record "among his most imaginative releases yet." The review continued by highlighting contributor and Department of Music Distinguished Professor Steven Schick ("central to the project"), Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis ("an authoritative pianist"), Professor Mark Dresser and UC San Diego's own Palimpsest Ensemble. Click here to read Sequenza21's review.

Graduate student Kyle Johnson presented new musical cinema work on April 20
Ph.D. student Kyle Johnson premiered his new work Still, a musical cinema performance that explored anxiety, transition and truth, at the Calit2 Auditorium of Atkinson Hall on April 20. The performance was part of the Qualcomm Institute's Initiative for Digital Exploration of the Arts and Sciences (IDEAS), a performing arts series that's now in its fourth season. "Incorporating fiction, documentary scenes of rural Illinois and file footage, [Still] constantly shifts the perspective of the audience as it surrounds them with multi-channel audio," Johnson told the UC San Diego News Center. Read more about Johnson's project here.

Alumni Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson created Piano Mill "mega instrument"
Alumni Erik Griswold (a composer and pianist who co-directs the new music duo Clocked Out) and Vanessa Tomlinson (a percussionist, co-director of Clocked Out and founding member of UC San Diego's own percussion ensemble red fish blue fish) recently introduced a project in Queensland, Australia called the Piano Mill, a piece that has been described as a "mega instrument." At once a building, a piece of art and a large instrument, the Piano Mill was built in a Queensland forest in collaboration with architect Bruce Wolfe, with Griswold serving as the project composer and Tomlinson serving as its artistic director. A new piece by Griswold, titled All's Grist that Comes to the Mill, premiered at the Piano Mill last spring as an example of the site's proposed new way of creating music, with the designated performance area separated from the location of the actual instruments. The Piano Mill was recently featured in an article for ArchitectureAU, available to read here.

Formosa Quartet earns glowing review for UC San Diego performance
The Formosa Quartet performed in the Department of Music's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on April 9 for the first time since last spring's successful residency. While last April's concert saw one of the first performances of Professor Lei Liang's Song Recollections, this performance featured the world premiere of a new work by Wei˜heih Lin, as well as pieces by Bela Bartok, George Gershwin and a selection of Stephane Grappelli tunes arranged by quartet violinist Read the full review here and learn more about the quartet on its website.

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