Faculty In the News

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble was Awarded an International Grant

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble was awarded an international grant by USArtists International, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, to perform at the Edison festival in Sweden. For more information on the final grant recipients.

Nicole Mitchell was awarded top jazz album of the year by the New York Times

Nicole Mitchell was awarded top jazz album of the year by the New York Times for Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, “Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds” on FPE records.

For Women in Jazz, a Year of Reckoning and Recognition

This year women in the music industry, especially jazz, has managed to break through the barriers of sexism and stereotypes.

Espereza Spalding is a bassist and vocalist that has recorded an entire album titled "Exposure", a portrayal of self expression and form of breaking social norms. For 77 hours straight she has produced this piece beautifully crafting and gradually transitioning to a public spectacle. This project was meant to be a challenge to herself, as she was the only woman in the room in a male dominated space. This piece became the representation of women in the workplace, including the women in the jazz industry. Although difficult and tedious the making of the album was, "Exposure" became the reflection of progression for all women.

The awareness of it not being equitable for men and women in jazz has really come to a bit of a head,” said Terri Lyne Carrington, 52, an esteemed drummer who has long spoken out about sexism in the music industry...

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.

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.

Chris Dobrian and Mari Kimura Honoring Jean-Claude Risset

Chris Dobrian and Mari Kimura performed a memorial concert honoring composer and computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset in Winifred Smith Hall on November 17.

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.  

 

Nicole Mitchell Held a Residency at UCLA in November

Flutist, composer and improvisor Nicole Mitchell held a residency at UCLA November 8–9, giving a lecture, workshop and performance with pianist Billy Childs, vocalist Dwight Trible and bassist Mark Dresser (more information attached). Her tribute to the late composer-improvisor Muhal Richard Abrams appeared in the November issue of The Wire

Amy Bauer's Co-edited Collection of György Ligeti's Cultural Identities

Amy Bauer's co-edited collection György Ligeti's Cultural Identities was published this fall by Routledge.

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