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American Academy of Arts & Letters to host virtual 2021 Ceremonial recognizing 2020 and 2021 honorees
The American Academy of Arts & Letters to host virtual 2021 Ceremonial on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7 p.m. EDT. 2020 and 2021 honorees will be recognized, including forty-six new members and over one hundred fifty awards to architects, artists, writers,
and composers.

Honorees include UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Chinary Ung, Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis, and Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Music Lei Liang.

Chinary Ung is a 2020 inductee, Anthony Davis is a 2021 inductee, and Lei Liang received the 2021 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis curates a playlist for I Care If You Listen's "ListN Up"
Composer and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis curates a playlist for I Care If You Listen's "ListN Up" series with music that he's lived with all his life, pieces that he's grown to love and ones that have an ongoing influence on his direction in music.

Three’s company, four’s a crowd: Celebrating the rarefied pleasures of the string trio
Joshua Kosman of SF Chronicle's Datebook investigates the reasons behind a composer's choice of instrumentation, specifically the choice between string trio versus string quartet. He listened to more than 50 samples of string trios and finds that "there’s a distinctive musical geometry that takes hold among three players, one that allows each instrument an even greater measure of psychological autonomy than it would otherwise have."

Kosman mentions UC San Diego Professor of Music Marcos Balter and alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ph.D. '11 as composers that found string trios as the perfect fit for their needs.

"In 'Spectra,' Anna Thorvaldsdottir explores the resonance of open strings and perfect intervals, which register crisply among just three players."

"Marcos Balter’s gnomic “Vision Mantra” fuses the instruments into a single composite voice, none of them going anywhere without their companions."

Interview with Steph Richards: … only be soul, there is no room for anything other
JazzBluesNews interviews trumpeter and UC San Diego Associate Professor of Music Stephanie Richards about her experiences as a musician.

"If I’m listening to the band, the room, the space, then everyone is influencing the sound. One thing I learned from playing with so many different artists in a variety of genres and venues is that you should never underestimate your audience, and that context is everything." -Stephanie Richards

UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt releases new track in collaboration with Zimbabwean duo Chimurenga Renaissance
Global electronic music producer and UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt releases new track in collaboration with Zimbabwean duo Chimurenga Renaissance.

“Zimbabwe” featuring Nadine Stoddart is a celebration of the beauty that Zimbabwe has given to the world. Recorded in Zimbabwe, Philadelphia and Seattle, the song pays homage to Tendai Maraire’s father Dumisani Maraire, whom brought the Mbira to the western world.

Voices for Playas de Tijuana: a social-dialogue community project
UC San Diego Arts and Community Engagement director Susan Narucki talks with Department of Music graduate student Miguel Zazueta-Cervera about his Community Connections fellowship: a social-dialogue project called "Voices for Plays de Tijuana."

"Voices for Playas de Tijuana" has the goal to create a dialog between the artistic group Radical: Vocal Ensemble and the Committee of Citizen Security of Playas de Tijuana in order to develop an artistic product that helps this community to reach their goal of making Playas de Tijuana a safe place to live.

UC San Diego graduate students Celeste Oram and Stephen de Filippo receives the Australian Music Centre’s Art Music Funds grant
UC San Diego graduate students Celeste Oram and Stephen de Filippo receives the Australian Music Centre’s 2021 Art Music Funds grant. Each artist will receive $5,000 towards the commission of a new work.

Celeste is creating a concert-length experimental music-theatre work for Ensemble Adapter, an Icelandic/German quartet. The work explores comparative histories of radio in Iceland and Aotearoa New Zealand, dwelling on radio's varying guises as a raw force of nature, a mouthpiece for nation-building, and a site of intimate and personal connection.

Stephen and oboist Niamh Dell will work collaboratively to create a new work for oboe and electronics, exploring liminal sounds that are found at the edges of pitch and articulation. Thematically, the work considers a local fascination of mythical creatures, and conceptualises Niamh's instrument as a beak - its narrow bore both enhancing and restricting performer agency.

Paper by UC San Diego Music graduate student Lilac Atassi published in the Leonardo Music Journal 
"Allocentric and Egocentric Controllers: Similarities and Differences" by UC San Diego Music graduate student Lilac Atassi published in the Leonardo Music Journal.

Abstract:
Gestural instruments can be divided into two categories based on the type of the reference frame used by the controller. An egocentric controller uses a reference frame that is centered on and follows a point of the performer's body to measure the body point positions relative to some other body points. An allocentric controller uses a stationary reference frame attached to an object other than the performer's body. The allocentric option is the more commonly used by gestural instrument designers. The egocentric option has been used and explored less frequently. This paper studies, at a low level and high level: 1- The similarities and differences between egocentric and allocentric controllers for gestural instruments from the perspective of performer and instrument designer. 2- The affordances and constraints of egocentric and allocentric controllers as they, to a large degree, define the characteristics of an instrument. The paper presents the initial results of a subjective experiment to encourage the future discussion and study of the subject.

UC San Diego graduate students Alexander Ishov, Michael Jones and Ashley Zhang release recording of Morton Feldman’s “Crippled Symmetry”
UC San Diego graduate students Alexander Ishov, Michael Jones and Ashley Zhang release their recording of Morton Feldman’s “Crippled Symmetry,” recorded live on November 8, 2019 at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall .

Alexander Ishov - flute, bass flute
Michael Jones - glockenspiel, vibraphone
Ashley Zhang - piano, celesta

UC San Diego Music graduate student Paul N. Roth and NYC-based guitarist Ian Douglas-Moore release new work with Brooklyn arts space V/A
UC San Diego Music graduate student Paul N. Roth and NYC-based guitarist Ian Douglas-Moore release new work with Brooklyn arts space V/A.

Paul N. Roth - alto saxophone
Ian Douglas-Moore - electric guitar

UC San Diego Music graduate student Mariana Flores Bucio presents in the International Americanistic Studies Congress
UC San Diego Music graduate student Mariana Flores Bucio presents in the International Americanistic Studies Congress organized by Centro Studi Americanistici "Circolo Amerindiano" onlus from Peruggia, Italia.

The conference was hosted virtually on Thursday, May 6 and Mariana Flores Bucio gave her presentation Ethnomusicology: survival, continuity and new contributions of the music and traditional dances in America, Mariachi: From the 18th to 21st Century.

UC San Diego Music undergraduate student Vita Muccia chosen to present in the 34th annual Undergraduate Research Conference in representation of the Arts & Humanities
UC San Diego undergraduate student Vita Muccia, a senior Music major and Theatre minor, presents in the 34th annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Vita was selected to give the Arts & Humanities plenary talk for her project “Shakespeare Unlimited : The Tempest in a Pandemic,” which she worked on with her mentor Professor Ursula Meyer.

Vita is developing the student theatre company, Fair Play, into a committed group of students who study and perform Shakespeare plays. Their mission is to create an educational outreach program that brings more relatable and understandable adaptations of Shakespeare's works to middle and high school students, reiterating that many themes Shakespeare wrote about are truly human experiences that anyone can relate with.

Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support Department of Music’s Community Outreach
“UC San Diego is a destination for world-class music, art and culture,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “With the support of The Prebys Foundation, we are expanding access to the wealth of cultural opportunities available on campus to our greater community. As a leading public university and center for creative expression, we are dedicated to supporting and promoting social and cultural enrichment regionally and globally.”

Upcoming Events
The Loft at UC San Diego presents:
Wadada Leo Smith + Vijay Iyer duo - Requiem X
Performance and discussion with Anthony Davis
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
The Loft at UC San Diego presents the world premiere of Requiem X, a suite inspired by the work & life of Malcolm X, followed by a post-concert discussion with UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis. This premiere performance will debut on Malcolm X's birthday.

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser is one of the most acclaimed creative artists of his times, both for his music and his writings.

Vijay Iyer is Professor of the Arts Graduate Advisor in Creative Practice, and African American Studies at Harvard. An active pianist, recording artist, bandleader, composer, improviser, and scholar.

Teresa Díaz de Cossio D.M.A. Recital
gaze: flute sounds from Mexico
Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Flutist Teresa Díaz de Cossio presents her D.M.A. recital "gaze: flute sounds from Mexico" on Friday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Works by Graciela Agudelo, Rosa Guraieb, Ana Lara, Cynthia Martinez, Ana Paola Santillan, Mariana Villanueva

Collaborators:
David Aguila, Joseph Bourdeau, Ana and Rocio Diaz de Cossio, Anqi Liu, Ilana Waniuk

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