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UCI Music to Present the UCI Festival of Contemporary African American Culture

UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS TO PRESENT THE UCI FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

IRVINE, Calif. (February 19, 2015) – The UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Department of Music will present the UCI Festival of Contemporary African American Culture February 26 and 27, 2016 on the CTSA campus. The event is sponsored by UCI's African American Student Experience Committee (Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion) in partnership with African American Studies, and UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative.

"Our effort with this festival is to raise awareness and appreciation in Orange County of the amazing subtle impact that contemporary African American culture continues to make on all our lives as Americans, from the way we walk and talk, to the way we view the world. It's positively infectious," stated Nicole Mitchell, UCI professor of music and faculty organizer of the
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Registration for 2016 Summer Academies in the Arts is Open

UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS LAUNCHES REGISTRATION FOR 2016 SUMMER ACADEMIES IN THE ARTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

IRVINE, Calif., (February 18, 2016) – The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has launched registration for its 2016 Summer Academies in the Arts.  The Academies are part of a movement by the school to provide meaningful opportunities for the community to engage with the arts on campus at UCI and to contribute to youth development.  These college and career preparatory intensives for high school and middle school students enhance students’ 21st century skills, and support college and career goals, self-confidence and leadership.

Talented and motivated students get to experience life as an undergraduate arts major, in which they receive practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in
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Michael Dessen Trio Awarded New Music USA Project Grant

Associate Professor of Music, Michael Dessen, was awarded a project grant by New Music USA to support performances, outreach events and a recording by his electro-acoustic trio. The trio, featuring bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss along with Dessen on trombone/computer/composition, has garnered critical acclaim for their unique and exciting performances that integrate live electronics, intricate composition and collective improvisation. The project award from New Music USA will enable the trio to perform and teach workshops in Massachusetts and New York in June 2016, after which they’ll record for CD featuring "Somewhere In The Upstream," a composition dedicated to and inspired by one of Dessen’s mentors, renowned musician Yusef Lateef. The composition takes the form of a "scorestream,” an algorithmic, networked composition that is displayed dynamically on computer screens for improvisers to interpret.


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Christopher Dobrian Appointed 2016 International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface Committee

Professor of Music Christopher Dobrian was appointed to the scientific committee of the 2016 International Conference on Musical Gesture as Creative Interface in Porto, Portugal. He will be presenting his research there in March on the topic of "Using Detected Gestures in Music as the Control Interface for Signal Processing".


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Professor David Brodbeck Received Prestigious Virgil Thompson Award

Professor of Music David Brodbeck's book, Defining Deutschtum: Political Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna (Oxford University Press, 2014), which the Times Literary Supplement (London) has called "an impressive work of scholarship that reconstructs not only a musical but also a political and cultural history," was recently given the Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the Concert Field, by the ASCAP Foundation.For more information click the link. www.ascap.com/press/2015/10-06-deems-taylor.aspx


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Cindy Lin Released New CD Album, French Character Pieces, by Centaur Records

UCI Alumna Cindy Lin (BM, 2003) released a new CD album, French Character Pieces, by Centaur Records

Dr. Cindy Lin is a concert pianist and recording artist. While specializing in French music and American contemporary music, her repertoire also includes composers from the baroque period through the present day. Dr. Lin has performed extensively in solo and chamber music recitals across the U.S. continent. She has also performed in Taiwan.

Dr. Lin is currently on the music faculty at Des Moines Area Community College, Boone Campus as well as Ellsworth Community College at Iowa Falls. She received a DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, School of Music; an Masters of Music in Piano Performance from The Boston Conservatory; and a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from University of California, Irvine, where she was a student of Professor Nina Scolnik. 
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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Video

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Video (click here if the above image doesn't work)

Credits:
Bryan Jackson, Director
Quyen Tran, Director of Photography
Austin Kearsley, Editor
Steve Chieh-Wei Chiu, Composer

Special thanks to Steve Zylius and UCI Strategic Communications for all their assistance!
 


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Darryl Taylor Releases New Recording

In November, Professor of Vocal Arts Darryl Taylor will release a new 2-disc recording, Complete Solo Cantatas by Rosanna Scalfi Marcello on Naxos Records.


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