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Christopher Dobrian Completed a Five-University Tour

Christopher Dobrian completed a five-university tour of concerts, lectures, and master classes in early November through the southeast U.S. [at the University of South Florida, Furman University, Columbus State University, Georgia Southern University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology] with pianist Daniel Koppelman. The concerts featured several of his works for computerized piano, including the premiere of his latest piece Touch and Go for iPad-controlled piano.


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Christopher Dobrian at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival

Christopher Dobrian was an invited scholar and composer at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival in October. There he gave a lecture about his research on "Gesture, Acceleration, and Expressivity", and his composition Point of No Arrival for cello and computer was performed by Hea Mee Kim at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju.


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John Schneiderman of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo Performed Several CD Release Concerts

In support of their Hänssler Classic recording “Beethoven for Two Guitars,” guitarist John Schneiderman of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo performed several CD Release Concerts, a UCI recital on November 4th, followed by a performance November 11th for the Musica Maestrale early music series in Portland.  On December 2nd and 3rd they will perform in New Haven, including at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments where they will also hold a masterclass for the Yale graduate students in guitar.  

 


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Sarah Koo, Top 100 Influencer in Orange County

Sarah Koo, the professional cellist and music teacher drove a half-dozen of her UC Irvine students to Las Vegas to soothe souls after 604 people were killed or wounded in a storm of bullets during a concert on the Strip. 


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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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Lukas Ligeti Gives Solo Concert at the “Digging the Global South” Festival

In November, Lukas Ligeti gave a solo concert and a talk at the festival “Digging the Global South” in Cologne (a festival about current trends in electronic/experimental music in Africa), and played a special and unusual concert at the Hellerau cultural center in Dresden, closing a festival for which that building’s original stage, by Adolphe Appia and designed around 1910-12, was reconstructed. Playing with him were Simon Stockhausen (synthesizer) and 3 actors from Germany.


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John Gilmour, MFA, performed at the artist faculty recital at Chapman Univeristy

On November 4 , 2017, John Gilmour, MFA in Collaborative Piano, 2017 performed on an artist faculty recital with Mary Palchak, flutist and  Limor Toren-Immerman, violinist at Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall.
 


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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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