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Bigger Than Music, UCI Symphony Orchestra’s Adoption Of Santa Ana High School Orchestra Uses Music to Value and Catalyze Youth

BIGGER THAN MUSIC, UC IRVINE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ADOPTION OF SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA USES MUSIC TO VALUE AND CATALYZE YOUTH

IRVINE, Calif., (May 8, 2017) – “This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Maestro Stephen Tucker, conductor of the UC Irvine (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra.

Five years into an adoption of the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) symphony orchestra, the UCI Music Department is flooding the SAHS students and teachers with opportunities to learn and grow through music. The emphasis remains the same, youth development, exposing them to college and career pathways, and using music as the tool.


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Innovative Composer-Percussionist/Improviser Lukas Ligeti Makes His UCI Debut with Between Many Worlds

Innovative Composer-Percussionist/Improviser Lukas Ligeti Makes His UCI Debut with Between Many Worlds

Irvine, Calif. (April 24, 2017) – Award-winning composer-percussionist/improviser Lukas Ligeti will make his UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts performance debut with the Faculty Artist Series concert "Lukas Ligeti: Between Many Worlds." Ligeti joined the Department of Music faculty in 2015 as a core faculty member of UCI's new, innovative Ph.D. program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology. The concert will take place on Friday, May 19, at 8:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall.

Lukas Ligeti is known for the innovative ideas and concepts in his music, and for the extreme breadth of his creative output. Before coming to UCI, Ligeti spent 17 years as a composer and musician in New York City, where he established himself as one of the most original musical minds of the "Downtown" experimental music scene. But, as opposed
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Flutist Nicole Mitchell brings Mali musicians to Chicago

Flutist Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble will play the world premiere of a commissioned work with Malian musicians Ballake Sissoko, Fassery Diabate and Fatim Kouyate on Sept. 23 in Chicago.


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New Premieres by Nicole Mitchell in Brooklyn and Chicago

Flutist, composer and ensemble leader Nicole Mitchell premiered a new work called Maroon Cloud on March 29 for the Stone Commissioning Series, in Brooklyn at National Sawdust. On April 7  she will premiere a new work featuring the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks as part of an Artist-In-Residence with University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts. Mitchell's performance with the Black Earth Ensemble is part of the University's centennial celebration of the life and legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Read more about the Brooks celebration here.


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‘In sync’: Identical twins to conduct weekend concert at KU

Dr. Stephen Tucker, professor in the Department of Music and conductor for the UCI Symphony Orchestra, performed with his twin brother Paul Tucker at Kansas University on Saturday, February 17, 2017.
 


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Kojiro Umezaki and Silk Road Ensemble win 2017 Grammy for Best World Music Album

The Silk Road Ensemble, led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and featuring UCI Associate Professor Kojiro Umezaki as composer and performer on shakuhachi won the 2017 Grammy for their album, Sing Me Home, a tribute to the ways culture can help us encounter, connect, and build something new. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, was also nominated in the category of best musical film. Learn more about the Silk Road Ensemble at their website.


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International Electronic Music Artist Val-Inc. Performs at UCI

International Electronic Music Artist Val-Inc. Performs at UCI

Afro Electronica Concert Enriches the Gassmann Electronic Music Series

IRVINE, Calif. (January 18, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts department of music’s Gassmann Electronic Music Studio presents Afro Electronica, a concert by electronic music performer Val-Inc., Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall on the UCI campus. The concert will feature an engaging, rhythmically-charged performance on turntables, percussion, electronics, and computer. Admission is free; no ticket is required.

Val-Inc. will also give a lecture on “Afro Electronica” that same afternoon in Winifred Smith Hall at 5 p.m., free and open to all. Based on her history of electronic music performance, she will present her work as a form of sonic improvised exploration.

Val-Inc. (Val Jeanty) is a New York-based computer
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Darryl Taylor featured on two CD recordings

Professor Darryl Taylor is featured on two CD recordings released in December 2016. Love's Signature: Songs for Countertenor and Soprano by Juliana Hall, has Taylor singing the 45 minute song cycle of 12 songs, O Mistress Mine. MSR Records.

Radiance in Motion has diverse dong offerings from composer Deon Nielsen Price. Taylor sings tonal and atonal works with harpsichord, viola, and piano on different songs. Cambria Records.


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