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UC San Diego Professor of Music Nancy Guy's edited volume Resounding Taiwan: Musical Reverberations Across a Vibrant Island will be published in August as part of the Routledge Research on Taiwan Series.
Resounding Taiwan demonstrates the ways in which the study of music contributes to our identification and interpretation of the forces that, when woven together, form Taiwanese society. These elements include political policies (both those aimed at negotiating Taiwan's place in the world and those that order Taiwan internally) and the feeling-ful reactions to and assertions of those policies. The twelve chapters explore how music shapes life—and life shapes music—in Taiwan. The chapters present diverse approaches to their sounding subjects. Some are deeply rooted in the methods and concerns explored by Taiwan's first generation of ethnomusicologists, while others employ current social theories. Eight of the twelve authors grew up in Taiwan, but all pursued their doctoral degrees in the United States or the United Kingdom. The contributors focus on subjects ranging from musical life under Japanese colonial rule (1895 – 1945) through to the contemporary creations of Indigenous musicians, popular music performance and production, Christian religious music, traditional ritual music and theatre, conceptions about sound and noise, and garbage truck music's role in reducing household waste. The volume displays not only what music can tell us about Taiwan, but how music tells us.

pfMentum releases Saxophonist and UC San Diego Professor of Music David Borgo's new album Suite of Uncommon Sorrows
The Suite of Uncommon Sorrows in an eleven-part suite of original music composed in response to the tumultuous events of 2020, including the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the growing Black Lives Matter movement, and the debilitating polarization of U.S. politics that made it impossible to address either of these adequately.

Each movement explores a different “uncommon sorrow,” such as kuebiko (a state of moral exhaustion inspired by acts of horror in the news, which forces you to revise your image of what can happen in this world), kenopsia (the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet), chrysalism (an amniotic-like tranquility while a storm rages outside), liberosis (an ache to let things go; a desire to hold your life loosely and playfully), zenosyne (the sense that time keeps going faster), and pâro (the feeling that no matter what you do it will always be inadequate).

UC San Diego Music Distinguished Professors Anthony Davis and Mark Dresser, and UC Irvine Professor Michael Dessen, Ph.D. '03 performs telematically in the ACC World Music Festival in Gwangju, South Korea
UC San Diego Music Distinguished Professors Anthony Davis and Mark Dresser, and Michael Dessen, Ph.D. '03 performed their compositions telematically along with musicians and their compositions in Korea for the 12th ACC World Music Festival in Gwangju, South Korea.

The three-day festival, hosted by the Asia Culture Center of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and organized by the Asia Culture Institute, aims to encourage the audience to embrace various genres of music, from Korean traditional music to fado and tango.

Program:
earth balm - Mark Dresser
Staring Distance - Yoon-Jeong Heo
A Walk Through the Shadow - Anthony Davis
Rules of Life - Bomi Kim
What peace can we hear - Michael Dessen
Selfish Gene - Jean Oh

Ensemble in Gwangiu, South Korea:
Bomi Kim - Haegum
Jeong-a Ahn - Vocal
Jiha Park - Piri
Jean Oh - Guitar

In California:
Michael Dessen - Trombone (Irvine)
Anthony Davis - Piano (San Diego)
Mark Dresser - Bass (Encinitas)

Young Ho Kang - Technical Director
Yoon-Jeong Heo - Artistic Director

UC San Diego Professor of Music Shlomo Dubnov appointed as an Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Entertainment Computing Journal
UC San Diego Professor of Music Shlomo Dubnov was appointed as an Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Entertainment Computing Journal after serving as the lead editor on music for Computers in Entertainment by ACM.

Entertainment Computing publishes original, peer-reviewed research articles and serves as a forum for stimulating and disseminating innovative research ideas, emerging technologies, empirical investigations, state-of-the-art methods and tools in all aspects of digital entertainment, new media, entertainment computing, gaming, robotics, toys and applications among researchers, engineers, social scientists, artists and practitioners. Theoretical, technical, empirical, survey articles and case studies are all appropriate to the journal.

Trumpeter and UC San Diego Associate Professor of Music Stephanie Richards to release new record Zephyr that explores the sonic and visual territory of water in October
New York Times’ “emerging Maestro” Steph Richards to release her latest solo record Zephyr on October 15, 2021 on Relative Pitch Records.

For most of her career as one of the most acclaimed improvisers working in jazz’s avant-garde, trumpeter, composer and bandleader Steph Richards worked hard to make sure that her music was considered on its own terms, rather than — as is so often the case in jazz and music as a whole — in the context of her gender.

But when she went into the studio to record her upcoming album Zephyr in 2019, Richards was six-and-a-half months pregnant. That literally transformative experience shaped the concise, visceral album both in concept and in practice, forcing the thoughtful, cerebral artist to explore a more immediate connection between her body and her work. “I was experiencing my own metamorphosis, thinking about the idea of breathing one breath for two bodies — moving through the world with two distinct pulses happening at the same time,” Richards explains. “It brought a whole other color to my sound precisely because I had a different physical ability. Our bodies are full of potential, and that's something that I had never deeply investigated. ”

Alongside pianist Joshua White, Richards found inspiration in her embodied self instead of attempting to sideline it on Zephyr’s three suites, which amount to an intense 38 minutes of forcefully original sound. Zephyr will be accompanied by a “slow cinema” short film directed by filmmaker and writer Vipal Monga that presents the album’s focus on water and breath in another light. Almost meditative — “It's not being dictated to you from a visual perspective,” as Richards puts it — the film will be released online as well as screened during Zephyr’s album October release tour.

UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt presents Moksha Black for the Virginia Tech Cube Fest
UC San Diego Music Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt presents Moksha Black featuring Roba El-Essawy in the Virginia Tech Cube Fest.

Moksha Black is a project from veteran producer, King Britt. The project name refers to the process of Black Liberation through self realization and spiritual awareness.

UC San Diego Music undergraduate student Timothy “Ill Poetic” Gmeiner releases new project “Portfolio I: As Serious As Your Life”
On August 17, 2021, Timothy “Ill Poetic” Gmeiner released his first installment of an ongoing production series, “Portfolio I: As Serious As Your Life” on Definition Music.

Inspired by Val Wilmer’s seminal 1977 book on the black free-jazz movement, “As Serious As Your Life” is an intimate and vulnerable work that funnels the urgency, frustration and freedom of that era toward the chaos of emotions that come with losing a parent during a global pandemic. Unlike prior releases from Ill Po, what makes this record especially unique is in the choice to cover such heavy emotional content with almost no words.

“‘As Serious As Your Life’ is designed to act as a portfolio of my work for and with other artists; to show my breadth as a producer, composer, engineer and visual artist. Along the way it captured much more: a global pandemic and the slow passing of my mom - a painful event experienced by everyone enmeshed with a deeply personal event only truly felt by me.” -Timothy Gmeiner

Rattle Records releases Justin DeHart's, D.M.A. '10 solo percussion album Landfall: New Zealand Percussion, Volume 1
On July 2nd, 2021, Rattle Records released Justin DeHart’s, D.M.A. '10 solo percussion album Landfall: New Zealand Percussion, Volume 1.

The work celebrates new works for solo percussion, including one from UC San Diego alumnus, Mark Menzies, who works alongside DeHart at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Review: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Ph.D. '11 and Spektral Upend the String Quartet on Enigma
Esteban Meneses of I Care If You Listen reviews the Spektral Quartet's performance of Enigma composed by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ph.D. '11.

"Enigma — the piece and the album — feels like a desolate netherworld of slowly creeping cries and murmurs, at times like an out-of-body trip beyond the confines of time."

Yvette Janine Jackson, Ph.D. ‘17 featured in Virginia Tech's Cube Fest
Yvette Janine Jackson, Ph.D. '17 is a composer and sound installation artist focused on bringing attention to historical events and social issues through her radio operas. She developed Radio Opera Workshop, an adaptable ensemble, which debuted the premiere of The Coding as part of the 2021 Fromm Players Concert II.

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