In the News - June 2019
Donald Trump, opera star? Maybe so, in Anthony Davis’
‘Central Park Five’
"The pre-presidential Trump makes for an unforgettable real-life antagonist in this gripping new work about racial injustice, which debuts June 15 at Long Beach Opera." -- George Varga

Read the full article here .

Professor Anthony Davis's work was also featured in the New York Times article, "This Summer, Opera Grapples with Race". Michael Cooper writes, " The Central Park Five” is now an opera. Other new works explore the Black Lives Matter era, identity and more issues long ignored by the art form."

Read the full article here .
Assistant Professor Sarah Hankins named one of the 2019-2020 Hellman Fellows
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Sarah Hankins who was awarded the Hellman Fellowship.

The Hellman Fellows Program makes grants to research institutions to support junior faculty research on individual campuses.

Read more about the fellowship here .
UC San Diego had a large presence at LA Phil's Noon to Midnight Event
On Saturday, June 1st, UC San Diego Alumni and current graduate students participated in LA Phil's "Noon to Midnight". a pop-up concert boasting of 1,100 performers, 53 composers, 27 ensembles, 59 works and 22 world premieres.


UC San Diego participants include:
Alumna Michelle Lou ’s world premiere, “Lullaby” (commission by the LA Phil)
Alumna Chen-Hui Jen 's work, “In Fading Colors of Autumn Hills"
Alumna Chaya Czernowin 's work , “Manoalchadia”
Graduate Student Fernanda Aoki Navarro 's work, “H”
red fish blue fish: Graduate students, James Beauton , Christopher Clarino , Fiona Digney , Sean Dowgray, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones and Michael Jones


Read about the event in the San Francisco Classical Voice here .
Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick performed at the 73rd Ojai Music Festival 
Schick performed the eight movements of John Luther Adams’ "The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies".

Works by John Luther Adams have been performed for Ojai audiences and have included "Sila", "Inuksuit" (co-commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival), and recently "Everything that Rises" performed at the 2018 Festival.  

About the Ojai Music Festival
"From its founding in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has created a place for groundbreaking musical experiences, bringing together innovative artists and curious audiences in an intimate, idyllic setting 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Festival presents broad-ranging programs in unusual ways with an eclectic mix of rarely performed music, refreshing juxtapositions of musical styles, and works by today’s composers. The four-day festival is an immersive experience with concerts, free community events, symposia, and gatherings. Considered a highlight of the international music summer season, Ojai has remained a leader in the classical music landscape for seven decades."
Professor  Mark Dresser   has received several incredible reviews for his recent release, “Ain’t Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You”, including a NY Times Playlist Pick.
Professor Shlomo Dubnov's piece, "Query-based Deep Composition" will be in the upcoming MuMe Concert at UNC Charlotte, June 18th.
Professor Dubnov writes, "The piece will be generated by a neural network that was trained on a corpus of piano works by Sergei Prokofiev. Using a combination of energy-based deep neural networks for learning of musical surface, and predictive time-based models, the proposed pieces will explore time-predictability and surface complexity trade-offs as a music composition principle.
Unlike most other common neural music works that explore stylistic imitation by a learning machine, the impetus here is to provide a study of yet unimagined possibilities of interaction with a complex machine learning system, realized in a series of short
pieces, each with a different form, texture, and character."

MUME brings together artists, practitioners and researchers interested in developing systems that autonomously (or interactively) recognize, learn, represent, compose, complete, accompany, or interpret music. As such, we welcome contributions to the theory or practice of generative music systems and their applications in new media, digital art, and entertainment at large.

Read more about the event here .
Immersive Exhibit Will Bring Brainwaves to Life Through Sight and Sound. Electric Fields will transform the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute’s gallery@calit2 beginning June 12, 2019.

Electric Fields, an immersive audio-visual installation sparked by a collaboration between the Qualcomm Institute’s Composer-in-Residence Katharina Rosenberger , neuroscientist Alexander Khalil and multimedia artist John Burnett will premiere June 12 at 6 p.m. in the Atkinson Hall Auditorium.

Read the full article here.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer and UC San Diego music professor Lei Liang had worked with poets, painters and dancers, but never with beluga whales before he came to the university’s Qualcomm Institute as its Research Artist in Residence.
On Wednesday, May 29, whale song joins the chords of string instruments in a public performance of Lei Liang’s collaborative seminar “Hearing Seascapes.”

The May 29 performance will showcase the project in a new dimension through original music scores composed by Liang’s students in the Department of Music and the Jacobs School of Engineering, and performed by the award-winning Mivos Quartet."

UC San Diego Grad Student and cellist T.J. Borden had recently joined the Mivos Quartet last year.

Read more about the event here .

Graduate Student Fernanda Aoki Navarro to be one of six composers in the ICECommons Artist-In-Residence program

The ICECommons Artist-In-residence program selects s ix composers, represented by a diversity of backgrounds and musical styles. The cohort was selected by a panel of Ensemble musicians and outside experts who, over the course of six weeks, became familiar with more than 700 composers who submitted their creative work for consideration via a new “call for scores” on the ICEcommons web portal. ICEcommons Artists-in-Residence will receive a paid commission, collaborative workshop opportunities, promotional support, and world premiere and repeat performances, as well as video and audio documentation throughout the entire creative process.

Alumna Judith Hamman will be an artist in residence at EMS Stockholm with Anthea Caddy December 2nd - 8th this year, working on a new composition for multi-channel diffusion thanks to the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.

In March 1st to May 30th 2020, she'll be an artist in residence for HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Program) on the island of Suomenlinna, courtesy of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Read details about the EMS residency here .
Graduate Student Eunjeong Koh wins the 7th annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards
"Music and emotion are strongly linked, and listeners can feel different emotions directly or indirectly through music. In her research, she proposes an interactive audio interface that sonifies emotion. The idea is to use facial gesture data to detect emotion and categorize these into several emotional states for sonification. Rather than simply detecting facial gesture data, it automatically extracts emotional states and produces sound output transition. She has implemented two approaches for her project: (1) music style transition based on the user’s emotion and (2) auditory interface based on the connection between facial components and musical metadata. The proposed model is not limited to sound only, capable to interpret also joint audio-visual features. Moreover, using machine learning, she can understand some patterns in previous audio-visual recording files, and the algorithms in the interface automatically make the decision for creative purpose. Her proposed model can generate music based on facial gestures and users emotional states. In her dissertation, she provides a practical sound generation model to users based on the components of emotion and musical metadata. The study also presents an insight that can help improve machine learning-based artificial intelligence entertainment systems."

Eunjeong Koh works in the field of artificial intelligence and music with Professor Shlomo Dubnov as her advisor.

UC San Diego Extension presents:

Jazz virtuoso George Brooks and Indian superstar vocalist Mahesh Kale reunite for a performance that transcends cultural and musical barriers.
George Brooks has a colossal tone, intuitive creative leaps, and a commanding technique. The go-to horn-master for blues giants like Etta James and Albert Collins, he helped create the electrifying genre of Indian/jazz fusion with world-class virtuosi like Zakir Hussain and John McLaughlin. Mahesh Kale is a phenomenon around the world, beloved for his enchanting, reverberant voice and his unique ability to interweave classical and popular music. 

Indian Jazz Journey featuring Mahesh Kale, George Brooks, Stanley Jordan, and
Subhankar Banerjee

June 22, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Registration required
Quartyard Downtown

Register for this event here .
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