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Mari Kimura Joins the UCI Music Faculty

The UCI Music Department is pleased to welcome to its faculty Mari Kimura, a composer, performer, researcher, and leading figure in the field of interactive computer music. As a violinist Mari is renowned for her mastery of subharmonics—the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin’s lowest string—as well as for her dynamic performances as an improviser and her premieres of many notable compositions by today’s composers. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fromm Commission Award, an artistic research residency at IRCAM, and a Composers Now creative residency at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She is active in the development of a prototype motion sensor “µgic” (mugic) for interactive computer music performance, and she is the founding chair of Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival. Professor Kimura will be an important member of the Music Department's Ph.D. program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and
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FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

Watch the Behind the Scenes Film -> https://youtu.be/lfAVKM4kU70

Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals, vocals, lyrics, along with new choreography.  The film was produced by the Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance (FADA) at UCI specifically for the 18th annual Zotfest film festival at UCI.  The team wanted to create a "Soft Opening" film that would unite the students together for one large project. With the teamwork from Paper Sketch Media, FADA, and UCI Illuminations, they were able to pull resources together to bring the project "Zot Zot Land" to life! Filmmakers, Designers, Singers, Dancers, Actors, Musicians, Sound Specialists, and much more talented people worked hard for two months on the project with only two
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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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