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Professor David Brodbeck receives AMS Book award

Professor David Brodbeck received the 2016 Award for Excellence for a Book on Jewish Studies and Music from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society for Defining Deutschtum: Political Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna (Oxford University Press).


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Celebrating Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016)

The Gassmann Electronic Music Series presents Celebrating Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016), a concert commemorating the work of an electronic music pioneer. French composer and computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset, who passed away this past year, will be memorialized with performances of his music, discussion of the significance of his work, and the California premiere of compositions in his honor by UCI professors Mari Kimura and Christopher Dobrian. The event will be held Friday November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm in Winifred Smith Hall, in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. The concert is free; no ticket is required.

In the 1960s Risset was a pioneering researcher in the use of computers to analyze and synthesize musical sounds, and he was one of the first composers to use digitally synthesized sounds in his compositions. Trained in both science and music, he was a student of André Jolivet, a composer of both instrumental and computer music, a professor at the
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To help with healing, UC Irvine music students bring their instruments to Las Vegas shooting memorial

By David Whiting
"There are lessons learned in the fires of 9-11, lessons that will last forever. The best are about love, hope and giving.
It is one week after 604 people were killed or wounded by a storm of bullets in Las Vegas. Near the city’s official entrance, Sarah Koo steps out of a van where 58 white crosses stand tall.
Blinded by her tears, the 37-year-old cellist tells herself to pull it together, that she’s a professor of music, that she’s here on a mission. Koo sets down her cello and draws the bow over the instrument’s four strings."
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UCI students bring music to Vegas

Students from the Dept. of Music at UCI made the journey to Las Vegas, NV to share the gift of music with the victims and bystanders from the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1. Four current students, one alum, and a student’s sibling spent the day playing classical music near the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign where a memorial of crosses have been implemented for each victim. The entire scene was extraordinary – the students played through wind and tiredness, until their professor Sarah Koo, who organized the trip, finally reminded them they had an entire week of classes to face. Many visitors and onlookers stopped and listened and asked about the students that had come all the way from Irvine, CA. A welcomed trip of goodwill that reminded people of the power of music.


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"Telematic Bridges" music course links students in California and Colombia

In August, 2017, UCI's Trevor School partnered with Santa Ana High School to lead a week-long "telematic" course for two groups of high school students, one in California and one in Manizales, Colombia. The two groups of students and instructors were linked by high-bandwidth internet using cutting-edge audio software, and explored topics including digital audio collages and soundscapes, telematic performance, improvisation and conduction. Led at UCI by Music faculty member Michael Dessen, and joined in Colombia by several other instructors including Juan David Rubio, an MFA alum from the UCI Music Department, the course enabled students to interact across cultural borders and explore new perspectives on music making and technology


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Faculty Amanda Ross-Ho in New York

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present an exhibition of installation, sculptures, and paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho: MY PEN IS HUGE, on view from September 7 to October 14, 2017. The exhibition is the gallery’s third solo exhibition with the artist, and will feature an installation of works that Ross-Ho will produce on-site at the gallery during the month of August including fabricated, oversized objects, and a series of paintings based on works on paper created over the past year.

Ross-Ho’s distinctive and diverse practice broadly engages material culture and artifacts of everyday life and work. For over a decade, her work has explored the ecology of the studio as a primary subject, engaging it through close forensic examination and reflexive call and response. Past works have imported the architectural entirety of the studio into galleries and museum spaces, enacted meticulous theatrical reenactments of authentic activity, and systematically
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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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