UC San Diego's Department of Music

May 26, 2017
IN THE NEWS: MAY 26-JUNE 1, 2017

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

Lei Liang, Steven Schick featured today at Bank of America Chamber Music Series
This year's Bank of America Chamber Music Series launches today with Professor Lei Liang's 2013 work Trans (for percussion solo and audience). Trans will be performed by Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick and is one of 41 works that will be performed between May 26 and June 10. To learn more about the series and view program details, follow this link.

Steven Schick to conduct at 2017 Ojai Music Festival and perform as part of Banff's Summer Classical Music Programs
Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick will lead performances of multiple pieces at this year's Ojai Music Festival, taking place June 8-11 in Ojai Valley, California. Throughout the four-day festival, Schick will lead performances of works by Ojai Music Director Vijay Iyer, George Lewis, Igor Stravinsky and Courtney Bryan, including the world premieres of one work each by Iyer and Bryan. Click here for the full festival schedule.

Schick will also perform with flutist Claire Chase as part of the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity's Summer Classical Music Programs. The duo will serve as the program's co-artistic directors and will launch the season on June 20 with performances of works for percussion and flute by Pauline Oliveros, Iannis Xenakis, Gustavo Aguilar, Marcos Balter, Mark Applebaum and Tyshawn Sorey. Click here to learn more about their performance and the rest of this summer's series.

Reviews continue streaming in for Mark Dresser's 2016 album Sedimental You
Following last fall's release of Sedimental You by Professor Mark Dresser's septet the Mark Dresser Seven, critics have lauded the project, with new reviews popping up each month. Dresser has been praised for the way he crafted each piece with a specific member of the septet in mind, allowing their strengths to shine across the album's seven compositions. In a new review published by The People's Daily Morning Star, critic Chris Searle recognized the contributions made by each performer in addition to the album's underlying musical themes and cultural commentary, noting, "Quite an ensemble this, to create the musical 'layers' of sound reflecting the timbral geology of the album title, as well as the ingenious satire of US life and the tributes to several fine musicians which comes out of its seven tracks." Click here to read the full review and learn more about Sedimental You here.

Graduate composer Anahita Abbasi celebrated world premiere of ASCAP commission Togetherness on May 20
Graduate composer Anahita Abbasi was one of 10 young composers that presented world premieres of their newest works during a concert in New York City on May 20. The winner of the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation's Morton Gould Young Composers Award, Abbasi composed Togetherness and celebrated its world premiere with a performance by the New York Virtuoso Singers, led by conductor Harold Rosenbaum. Click here to learn more about the ASCAP Foundation and its concert for Morton Gould Young Composers award winners.

Graduate vocalist Bonnie Lander reviewed in VAN Magazine
On May 19, graduate vocalist Bonnie Lander celebrated the New York premiere of her newest work Coping Mechanisms at the 124 Bank Street Theater. Coping Mechanisms, which also served as Lander's dissertation piece, was designed as an improvised opera and performed in collaboration with the New York-based ensemble Rhymes With Opera, featuring singers Elisabeth Halliday and Robert Maril. "Perhaps Lander's most brilliant touch with the work was to ground it in abstraction, thus allowing not only the performers the mental space to come up with their own sounds and characterizations, but also audience members to project their own experiences onto the action," noted VAN Magazine reviewer Kenji Fujishima. To read the review in full, follow this link and learn more about Lander's work here.

Graduate bass player Kyle Motl to release new album on May 29
Graduate bass player Kyle Motl has announced that his next solo bass album will be released on Monday, May 29. Titled Transmogrification, the album was recorded in late 2016 and features 15 acoustic solo improvisations and pieces. Follow this link for more information about the album and for purchasing details.

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