In the News - January/February 2020
American Soprano and UC San Diego Music Professor Susan Narucki speaks about her Grammy-nominated album The Edge of Silence and her work with Kurtág
'The way in which Kurtág notates his music — and the way I understand he wants it to be executed — is for it to be spontaneous and asymmetrical. So, it’s almost as if you gather the intensity of thought and emotion, like a storm, and then let it burst forth.'

Read The San Diego Union-Tribune interview here.
Read about Susan Narucki's experience at the Grammy Awards' nominee reception here.
Review: UC San Diego’s Rand Steiger makes magic with computers and soloists — plus two young composers to watch
Christian Hertzog reviews the WEDS@7 Prebys Chair Concert on January 29, highlighting the recent works of Rand Steiger and featured the premiere of new pieces by Rand Steiger, Anqi Liu and Alex Stephenson performed by Palimpsest and conducted by Steven Schick.

R ead the full review here.
‘Changing Tides II’ Has Musicians Respond To Climate Change
Beth Accomando of KPBS attended a rehearsal of "Changing Tides II: A Telematic Translocational Concert" and interviewed UC San Diego Professor Mark Dresser and UC Irvine Professor Michael Dessen about how musicians in San Diego and Seoul use their music to respond to climate change, as well as a behind-the-scenes look of the makings of a concert taking place in two different geographic locations performing together in real-time.

See the full interview here.
Steven Schick and red fish blue fish remember Chou Wen-chung
Christian Hertzog reviews the WEDS@7 red fish blue fish - Remembering Chou Wen-chung concert on February 19, featuring the works of Chou Wen-chung, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Michael Pisaro and Edgard Varese.

R ead the full review here.
Concert honoring Black History Month to feature MLK Choir directed by UC San Diego Music Faculty Ken Anderson
In honor of Black History Month, Bodhi Tree Concerts will be producing a concert called "The Long Dark Shadow" at the St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 22 and at Downtown Abbey in National City on Sunday, February 23. The MLK Choir directed by Ken Anderson will be singing spirituals and gospel for the first half of the concert.

Read The San Diego Union-Tribune article here.
Read the KPBS article here.
Read the San Diego Community Newspaper article here.
Graduate Student Kathryn Schulmeister performed at the GRAMMY Museum for their Salute to Hawai'i's GRAMMY Nominees
"Schulmeister performed a transfixing modern Italian piece incorporating microtonal notes and elements of the blues that began with an original composition of her own. As she slid, glided and scraped up and down her bass' neck, she moved the crowd with her expressive and captivating performance. "

R ead the full article here.
Read the Hawaii News Now article here.
Column: How UCSD professor Steven Schick turned his life into one grand musical adventure
Distinguished Professor Steven Schick speaks with Karla Peterson of The San Diego Union-Tribune on how his career in music came to be. “'I feel like I can change the world in small ways through music,' Schick said. 'When you can put new ideas in front of people who are open and intelligent and ready to listen, it’s like watching a thunderstorm forming on the horizon and knowing it’s going to rain.'”

Read The San Diego Union-Tribune article here.
Graduate Student Anahita Abbasi Announced as One of the Winners of the Eight Bridges International Composition Competition
PhD student composer Anahita Abbasi's The wind will carry us (2019) was chosen as one of the winners in the Eight Bridges International Composition Competition (Internationaler ACHT BRÜCKEN Kompositionswettbewerb). The ensemble Kollektiv3:6Koeln will perform the winning compositions on May 9th in Cologne, Germany.

Read more here.
Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt featured on Documentary about the art of Sister Gertrude Morgan
Assistant Teaching Professor and well-known musician King Britt joined Ben Jaffe, director of Preservation Hall, in New Orleans for an interview with Christie's , regarding the work of Sister Gertrude Morgan. King Britt previously remixed Sister Gertrude's album, "Let's Make A Record," in 2005 to critical acclaim.

See the full interview and images of Sister Gertrude's work here.
Graduate Student Nathaniel Haering's Spate II selected as the winner of Eastman's OSSIA new music ensemble's International Call for Scores
OSSIA new music ensemble received hundreds of submissions for their 2019-2020 International Call for Scores and grad student Nathaniel Haering and his piece Spate II was chosen as the winner.
The piece will be performed on April 30th at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Read more here.
Associate Professor Stephanie Richard's 'Time and Grime' included in KPBS' 5 Songs To Discover In February
Julia Dixon Evans of KPBS says, "...the phenomenal Steph Richards — UC San Diego music faculty — is a don't miss. She'll bring her brand of gritty jazz-tinged composition and brassy stylings to the Whistle Stop on Feb 6th."

Read the article here .
Read more about FONT 2020 here.
Sitar virtuoso Pandit Kartik Seshadri return from a thunderous tour of India after performing for some of the most prestigious festivals
Kartik Seshadri performed at the SAPTAK in Ahmedabad and in Kolkata for the Calcutta Performing Arts Foundation, which honored him with an honorary title: Sangeeth Sadhana Samman - to acknowledge his ongoing contributions to music as a performer and educator. The prestigious Gujrati language newspaper “Sandesh” reviewed Seshadri's SAPTAK concert saying, “The fourth night of Saptak heralded thundering applause, impassioned tears and ethereal beauty beginning with Pt. Kartik Seshadri.” ( link )
Graduate Student Anahita Abbasi and cofounders of the Iranian Female Composers Association interviewed by VAN magazin
PhD student composer Anahita Abbasi and cofounders Niloufar Nourbakhsh and Aida Shirazi were interviewed by VAN Magazin regarding the founding of the Iranian Female Composers Association and their work.

Check out the full interview here.
Read translations of the interview here.
Review: La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, under Steven Schick’s baton, brings two new compositions to life
Christian Hertzog reviews the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus concert for The San Diego Union-Tribune. This concert featured the premiere of Michael Pisaro's Umbra & Penumbra by Distinguished Professor Steven Schick, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and UC San Diego alumnus Greg Stuart, and the premiere of PhD composer student Anahita Abbasi's why the trees were murmuring.

Hertzog described Anahita Abbasi's piece as, " a modern concerto grosso.... Abbasi’s writing for the soloists was very effective and exciting. "

R ead the full review here.
King Britt featured in the new Monument Lab: Creative Speculations For Philadelphia book thru Temple University Press
DJ King Britt and visual artist Joshua May's Dreams, Diaspora, and Destiny done in collaboration with high school students from Mural Arts Philadelphia's Art Education program for Malcolm X Park is featured in the newly released book Monument Lab: Creative Speculations For Philadelphia.

Check out the book here.
Learn more about King Britt's project here.
Graduate Student Kathryn Schulmeister performed in Portugal, Spain, and Washington, D.C., and upcoming performances in New Zealand and Australia
In November 2019, graduate student and contrabassist Kathryn Schulmeister traveled to Portugal and Spain to collaborate with the Spanish ensemble Vertixe Sonora for two concerts in Padrón and Palma de Mallorca. The concert featured all world premieres including a new work for double bass and electronics by current UC San Diego composition candidate, Theocharis Papatrechas.

Schulmeister also performed in a portrait concert of Mexican composer Julio Estrada at the Mexican Cultural Insitute in Washington, D.C., with Fonema Consort. They presented the world premiere of Yuunohui'sa, the final piece in Estrada’s monumental work, the Yuunohui cycle. Yuunohui’sa was commissioned with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation.

In April 2020, Kathryn Schulmeister will be performing at the World New Music Days: ISCM 2020 in Auckland and Christ Church, New Zealand and at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia with the ELISION Ensemble.
New Album Releases
Distinguished Professor Charles Curtis releases new album Performances & Recordings 1998-2018

Check out the album here.
Read the Exclaim review here.
Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung releases new album Space Between Heaven and Earth

Check out the album here.
Listen on Spotify here.
Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt's remix of Dan Asher is in the newly released remix album Shade Of... by GRAY.

Check out the album here.
Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis releases new album Claude Debussy Études, Children's Corner

Check out the album here.
Read the Classical Music Sentinel review here.
Grad student Keir GoGwilt and Alumni Kyle Motl releases new album Know More Knowledge

Check out the album here.
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