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The Brahms Requiem brings 19th-century music masterpieces to the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

THE BRAHMS REQUIEM BRINGS 19TH-CENTURY MUSIC MASTERPIECES TO THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE.

Irvine, Calif., March 2, 2018 - The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Music will present the combining forces of the UCI Chamber Orchestra and UCI Chamber Singers, the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir (Cal State Long Beach), and the Riverside City College Chamber Singers in the captivating sounds of A German Requiem performing on March 9th at 8pm at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Tucker, the triple dynamics of the orchestra hope to move the audience with the captivating sounds of the 19th-century masterpieces through mixed sounds of classical instruments and a variety of vocal ranges in both compositions.

"This will be an evening of reflection and praise!” says Dr. Stephen Tucker, Associate Professor in Music and Director of the UCI Symphony Orchestra. “I would certainly hope that the audience, like the
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Max Haymer to Perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in March

Max Haymer (BM, 2007) has been touring with jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. He will be performing with Sandoval at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 10. Haymer has toured internationally, performing at major jazz festivals and venues with a diverse range of renowned artists, and he has also released his debut recording as a bandleader, titled Pickpocket Witness, comprised entirely of Haymer's original compositions. Haymer is also a Lead Mentor for the LA Jazz Society's Bill Green Mentorship Program. 


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Enjoying the Music of UCI Jazz

The UCI Jazz Small Groups concert kicked off Wednesday night with cheers and shouts from an enthusiastic crowd of jazz fans and students alike. The concert, which featured three combo groups of students led by faculty members, was held in the packed Winifred Smith Hall and displayed the immense talent of the jazz students of the UCI Music Department.
Student Gabe Mallari, who played both the electric bass and upright bass within the groups, has only been playing the latter for about 10 weeks, yet was amazing at both. He unleashed several incredible electric bass solos, all while dancing and bobbing his head, evoking applause and cheers  each time.
“There is no feeling that can come close to comparing to how I feel performing,” Mallari said. “There is nothing else on my mind except the music in front of me. It’s an intense rush of focus that literally blocks any thoughts from floating into my head. Because of that, whenever I perform, I’m not worrying or stressing about
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AWMAT Combines Women in Art with Technology

Mari Kimura was the keynote speaker at the Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology (AWMAT) conference. Kimura explains how being at the forefront of her field is something she grew up with.
“[My mother] is the current president of ILO in Japan. It’s the International Labour Organization, and my grandmother was the first Japanese female politician,” Kimura said.
In addition to strong female figures, her father is a pioneer in solar energy, as he designed Japan’s first solar house where Kimura grew up.
Kimura gave anecdotes about how her parents met, how she met her husband and her move from New York to Irvine. While she is successful in her field, she speaks about the sexism her mother faced in Japan and the sexism she faced in the U.S.
“My mom went back to Japan with my dad when she was eight months pregnant with me. She was the only female law student. Then her adviser comes from the other corridor and he says, ‘Oh, Mrs. Kimura, there’s a job opening
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Alumnus Hideki Yamaya in 'Farinelli and the King,' a Broadway Play with the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

  Hideki Yamaya (MFA guitar, 2001) will be playing theorbo continuo in a live Baroque ensemble for the Broadway play Farinelli and the King featuring Tony winner Mark Rylance. (January - March 2018)


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Kei Akagi Releases a New Album that Features Fellow UCI Faculty Members Kojiro Umezaki and Darek Oles

Chancellor’s Professor of Music Kei Akagi releases a new album that features fellow UCI faculty members Kojiro Umezaki and Darek Oles:
KEI AKAGI / AQUA PUZZLE
Contemporary Asian Perspectives in American Music
Kei Akagi (piano)
Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi)
Darek Oles (bass)
Tamaya Honda (drums)
“This project has its roots in a question I asked myself a long time ago: As a first-generation Japanese American, how can I bring together the music of my heritage with the immense richness of jazz that I have been blessed to be part of? I was doubly fortunate to be able to call on such enormously gifted musical compatriots: Kojiro Umezaki, Darek Oles, Tamaya Honda.
This album brings together contemporary music and Japanese modernism within a framework of jazz improvisation. The music is haunting but grounded, delicate but energetic, structured yet free.
The recording includes four of my original compositions. There are two pieces by Masao
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Mari Kimura – The Tradition of Revolution: Improvisation, Composition and Motion Sensor for the Violin

Violinist and composer Mari Kimura will give a lecture at UC Santa Barbara's Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology on February 9, 2018. She will discuss and demonstrate her renown extended technique “Subharmonics”, playing pitches one octave lower than the lowest open G without changing the tuning of the violin.


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Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble European premiere of "Mandorla Awakening"

Flutist-composer-ensemble leader Nicole Mitchell's award-winning Mandorla Awakening II project with the Black Earth Ensemble—joined by UCI colleague Ko Umezaki on Shakuhachi—will make its European premiere on February 9 in Stockholm


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