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Music welcomes new lecturers in trumpet and composition/music and media

The UCI Department of Music is pleased to welcome Barry Perkins as our new lecturer in trumpet, and Eric Lindsay as a new lecturer in theory, composition and music and media. You can learn more about Professors Perkins and Lindsay at their faculty pages:

Barry Perkins
Eric Lindsay  


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UCI Chamber Singers Premieres New Work at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Seth Houston, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Chair for Performance, led UCI Chamber Singers and a consortium of other performers in a world premiere performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 9. The work, Oscillations: One Hundred Years and Forever, by New York-based composer Ellen Reid, was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of its centennial celebration. UCI Chamber Singers was joined by singers from USC Thornton School of Music and the Donald Brinegar Singers, video artists Keith Skretch and Hana S. Kim, vocalists Kelci Hahn, Angelica Rowell (UCI ’18), Jodie Landau, and Joel Nesvadba, percussionist Sidney Hopson, and sound design elements. Twelve members of UCI Chamber Singers also played bell plates, which were custom made for the work. In addition to the premiere, which was presented as part of LA Fest: LA’s Newest Music and the Green Umbrella Series, the ensemble performed the work again on Thursday, October 11, as part
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Jérémie Favreau, MFA piano performance, 2008, performs Boston Court Pasadena

Jérémie Favreau, MFA piano performance, 2008, performs "Remembering Things Past: Proust and his Music" with violinst Ken AIso at 8p.m. September 22, 2018 at Boston Court, in Pasadena.


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Kelly Moran, MFA ICIT 2012 performed at famed Brooklyn Club, Roulette

Kelly Moran, MFA ICIT, peformed at the famed Brooklyn club, Roulette on September 7. Mora is a versatile keyboardist and composer, spent recent months touring with the prominent electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never. Traces of that collaboration are evident in the dreamy reveries and playful frolics for altered pianos that she wrote for a new album, due out this fall on the influential Warp label. Here, she presents the live première of these pieces in the first concert of a season-long residency, during which she will explore multimedia presentations and newly developed instruments.


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Nicole Mitchell - Black Earth & Monsoon Blues

Over the last decade Nicole Mitchell has proved herself a progressive force to be reckoned with, recording a slew of albums where quality matches quantity. Her Mandorla Awakening 11 Emerging Worlds was one of the key releases of 2017 and she continues the rich vein of form with a new set, Maroon Cloud. In a wide ranging discussion with Kevin Le Gendre, Mitchell talks about the gender (im)balance in jazz, the importance of Chicago's venerable AACM and the need to speak out in the age of social media.

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FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "The Greatest Show at UCI"

CREDITS CAST:

THE SHOWMEN (In Order of Appearance)
Trystan Colburn
Tina Pham
Kenai Gonzales

FEATURED SINGER
Emily Johnson-Frantz (Standing in for Olivia Pech)

FEATURED DANCERS
Alyssa Corella
Anna Reiser
Cayla Flagg
Hannah Lafferty
Lilla Lavanakul
Makeila Lee

DANCERS
Abby Martinez
Alyssa Corella
Anna Reiser
Cayla Flagg
Daphnie Rivera
Elijah Punzal
Emily Johnson
Eunice S. Martinez
Hannah Lafferty
Hannah Limon
Junna Saito
Kirsten Lange
Lia Prindle
Lilla Lavanakul
Lydia Nyingi
Makeila Lee
Raymond King
Sarajane Bradford
Tiffany Hui
Trystan Colburn
Xinyuan Ye

VOCALIST ENSEMBLE
Adrian Snuffer
Alec Risley
Ali Rostami
Alyssa Marie Corella
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In Perfect Harmony

In Perfect Harmony - UC Irvine


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Women Fighting Sexism in Jazz Have a Voice. And Now, a Code of Conduct.

The We Have Voice Collective, a new group of female and non-binary musicians in jazz and experimental music, plans to release a Code of Conduct on Tuesday that aims to build upon the conversations sparked by jazz’s own #MeToo movement, clearly articulating what a more equitable workplace might look like and setting expectations for change.

The first wave of adoptees includes Winter Jazzfest in Manhattan, the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music and Biophilia Records. The flutist Nicole Mitchell, a collective member, suggested that adherence to the document could become “a mark of distinction, and a certain kind of elegance” for institutions in the jazz world.


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Kei Akagi performs at the Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wroclaw

Chancellor’s Professor of Music Kei Akagi (piano) performs at the Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wroclaw, Poland on April 28. Joining him will be fellow UCI colleagues Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) and Darek Oles (bass), as well as drummer Tamaya Honda from Tokyo. The group will present music from Akagi’s new album release Aqua Puzzle: Contemporary Asian Perspectives in American Music.


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Pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins to perform at UCI

Irvine, Calif., April 16, 2018 –The Gassmann Electronic Music Series at UC Irvine will present a concert and improvisation workshop by composer, improviser, and pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins.

Ms. Parkins will perform her original work titled Captiva, a multi-movement composition that explores a compendium of possibilities on the acoustic harp, deploying improvisational strategies on composed fragments, triggering new material. The concert will be held Friday April 20, 2018 at 8:00 in Winifred Smith Hall in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on the campus of UC Irvine. The event is free; no ticket is required.

Earlier that same day, Friday, April 20, 2018, at 1:00 pm, Zeena Parkins will lead an Improvisation Workshop for musicians, held in Room 218 of the Music and Media Building at UCI. The workshop is free and open to all.

Zeena Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance
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