Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Zeena Parkins: Captiva


Friday, April 20, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Zeena Parkins is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, a pioneer of the electric harp and a fearless proponent of its acoustic original, inventing extraordinary playing techniques and layers of electronic processing. She will perform Captiva, an original multi-movement composition, working on the macro-level to explore a compendium of possibilities on the acoustic harp. On the micro-level, improvisational strategies are deployed on designated clips of composed fragments to trigger new material.

Free admission


Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Zeena Parkins, Improvisation Workshop
Room 218, Music and Media Building
Free admission

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Hypercolor, the bicoastal trio of guitarist Eyal Maoz, bassist James Ilgenfritz, and drummer (and UCI Music faculty member) Lukas Ligeti, presents a fresh take on jazz: the rawness of punk, the virtuosity of jazz-rock, the unrestrained energy of free improvisation, the constructivism of new-music composition, and the emotionality of indie rock coalesce to create an instrumental music of sheer originality. Basic components of music such as melody and pulse are called into question; they are strongly present, but have morphed into an ever-malleable conduit for an unusually vast range of expressive possibilities. Their first, eponymously titled, CD was released in 2015 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and met with wide critical acclaim; since then, Hypercolor has performed in countries from Italy to Indonesia.

Free admission


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Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC

Presented by UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Irvine Barclay Theatre

Sunday, April 29, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble,” “unfailingly stylish,” “technically dazzling,” and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be,” Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. Performing in hundreds of recitals worldwide, their 2017 highlights include lauded debuts at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their first album debuted at #5 on iTunes for “Best Seller New Release.”

The Trio will be joined by Chamber Music | OC Camerata in its performance debut, as well as members of Chamber Music | OC’s renowned Young Artists Program.

Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire

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Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics is a new project-in-progress of jazz music and spoken word devoted to the seemingly endless list of young African Americans whose lives have been tragically cut short by violence in the recent past. The piece is a collaboration between distinguished Bay-area jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang and activist poet Amanda Kemp. Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration is organized into vignettes, each named for a Black victim of violence, including: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, while featuring Jang’s original music in conjunction with Amanda Kemp’s spoken word.

Free admission

Jointly sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Department of Music.

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Opera UCI Presents

Puccini’s Suor Angelica

Music by Giacomo Puccini with Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

Darryl Taylor, artistic director

Stephen Tucker, conductor


May 12 – 13, 2018

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Opera UCI presents Suor Angelica. First performed in 1918, this opera presents the story of Sister Angelica, who has been forced by her family to enter a convent following a scandal. After her aunt, the Princess, asks Angelica to sign over her inheritance to her younger sister, drama ensues. Suor Angelica is the second in Giacomo Puccini’s ethereal and spiritual triptych of operas, Il trittico, the others being the dark melodrama Il tabarro and the gutsy comedy Gianni Schicchi.

Evening: May 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: May 13  at 2:00 p.m.

General $25
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty &

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UCI Jazz Small Groups

Spring Concert 2018


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program will present its quarterly concert to showcase the small group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the jazz faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation.

Free admission

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Celebrate Music at UCI


Friday, May 18, 2018

8:00 pm

Irvine Barclay Theatre

An exciting, fast-paced evening of musical performances by the Department of Music at Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ students and faculty, including instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes, diverse forms of traditional classical music and jazz, and new works by UCI composers. A family-friendly evening of performances to celebrate the arts and music at UCI.

General $20
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $17
UCI Students & Children under 17 $7

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UCI Wind Ensemble


Monday, May 21, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.

Free admission

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UCI Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert will bring together, for the first time, director of choral activities Dr. Seth Houston and his UCI Chamber Singers with the UC Irvine Jazz Orchestra. A wonderful evening of vocal & instrumental jazz at its finest! 

Free admission

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ICIT Student Concert

New music by students of the UCI Music Department's innovative graduate program

Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall

The tenth annual concert presenting original new works by Ph.D. students in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) in the UCI Music Department.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

(Photo credit: Milton Salazar)

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