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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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Darryl Taylor at the Voix Humaines Festival in Cuba

Professor of Vocal Arts Darryl Taylor travelled to Havana, Cuba in October to perform at and serve as a judge within the Voix Humaines Festival, the first international singing competition exclusively for countertenors held in October, 2015. Competitors came from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and the USA. Renowned composer Leo Brouwer organized the competition, which included judges Ubail Zamora of Cuba, Syste Buwalda of Holland, Rodrigo Ferreira of France, Leo Brouwer of Cuba, and Darryl Taylor of the USA.


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John Scheidernman Featured on New Recording by Grammy-Nominated Ensemble El Mundo

Music faculty member John Scheiderman is featured on archlute and baroque guitar on a new recording by the acclaimed early music ensemble El Mundo, a group that specializes in Spanish and Italian music.  Titled What Artemisia Heard: Music and Art from the Time of Caravaggio and Gentileschi, the CD was released on the Sono Luminus label. El Mundo's previous recording "The Kingdoms of Castille" was nominated for a Grammy Award. For more on the recording, please visit www.sonoluminus.com. For more on Prof. Scheiderman’s upcoming performances, please visit www.johnschneiderman.com.


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Robert deMaine and Kevin Kwan Loucks perform for one night only

AMERICAN VIRTUOSO CELLIST ROBERT DEMAINE AND TRIO CÉLESTE’S PIANTIST KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS PERFORM FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
IRVINE, Calif. (September 21, 2015) -- Chamber Music | OC in association with UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts presents Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Cellist Robert deMaine and Trio Céleste pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks in a special season-opening duo recital featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s passionate Sonata for Cello and Piano. The concert will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm in Winifred Smith Hall on the Claire Trevor School of the Arts campus.
This is the inaugural event for the highly-anticipated third season for Chamber Music | OC. Guest artist, American virtuoso cellist Robert deMaine, is one of the finest and most versatile instrumentalists of his generation. DeMaine has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the
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