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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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Kevin Jellison Hired as Professor of Guitar at Irvine Valley College

Kevin Jellison (BM 2015) has been hired as a part-time Professor of Guitar at Irvine Valley College, beginning this fall.


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Johnathan Minei Appointed Guitar Program Director at El Camino College

Jonathan Minei (BM 2000) has been appointed as a full-time Professor and Director of the Guitar Program at El Camino College in Torrance, California.


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Kojiro Umezaki Featured in the Documentary ‘The Music of Strangers’

Associate Professor of Music Kojiro Umezaki is featured in the documentary, The Music of Strangers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary profiles cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, which bring together master musicians from around the world to teach, collaborate, and perform. LINK.  


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Annie Bosler directs and produces 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years

UCI instructor of French Horn Annie Bosler has directed and produced 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years, a documentary film that surveys the history of Hollywood studio musicians via film music's most prominent orchestral instrument - the French horn. Featuring numerous interviews with Los Angeles music legends, the film follows the development of the motion picture industry and its battles with the musicians' union. Preserving the history of Los Angeles film studio musicians from the beginning of motion pictures through the Golden Era of Hollywood, 1M1 includes historical footage of the MGM studio orchestra from the 1950’s showing off the wide-screen visuals and stereophonic sound of Cinemascope, interviews with music legends including John Williams, and never seen photographs from Hollywood musicians. This groundbreaking film uncovers many of the brilliant, never before acknowledged, horn soloists of the big screen. (75 minutes in length)
1M1: Hollywood Horns of the
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Alpert Award Composer, Lukas Ligeti, joins the Department of Music Faculty

The Music Department welcomes new faculty member Lukas Ligeti! A recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award and numerous other prizes and commissions, Professor Ligeti is a composer and improvisor (on drums and electronic percussion) whose work is informed by a unique approach to rhythm and a special interest in intercultural collaboration. In addition to teaching undergraduates, Professor Ligeti will be a core member of the department's new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT). 
Read more about Lukas Ligeti at his website.


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Seth Houston Joins the Department of Music Faculty

The Music Department welcomes new faculty member Seth Houston! Professor Houston holds a DMA degree in choral music from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. In addition to extensive experience in choral conducting, he has published his own compositions and arrangements and has presented research papers at many academic conferences. Professor Houston will direct the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and will also teach courses in musicianship.
Read more about Seth Houston at his website.


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Telematics in Colombia

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor of Music, performed in and co-produced several telematic concerts this year, exploring the potentials of live performance by musicians in different geographic locations via high-speed internet. In an April 24, 2015 concert, Dessen performed on trombone in Manizales, Colombia, along with two musicians located in San Diego, UCI alum Juan Rubio (MFA, ICIT, 2014) on drums and Kyle Motl on bass. The concert was part of the International Festival of the Image in Manizales, where Dessen also lectured on telematics and performed a solo concert.

For more information click on the link below:

http://www.festivaldelaimagen.com/es/


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