Faculty In the News

The First Karaoke: Enka! opens at JACCC on 2/26


Bruce Yonemoto’s new body of work, a multi-channel media installation, refreshes the original political content of Enka songs. In addition to Yonemoto's installation, an installation of vintage Enka album covers will be on display. Artists participating include Koki Tanaka, Taro Hattori, Kaz Oshiro, among others.

Enka! is made possible in part by a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

He's 'Bear'-ly recognizable

Jonathan Fineberg, visiting distinguished professor at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, is featured.

‘In sync’: Identical twins to conduct weekend concert at KU

Dr. Stephen Tucker, professor in the Department of Music and conductor for the UCI Symphony Orchestra, performed with his twin brother Paul Tucker at Kansas University on Saturday, February 17, 2017.

Kojiro Umezaki and Silk Road Ensemble win 2017 Grammy for Best World Music Album

The Silk Road Ensemble, led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and featuring UCI Associate Professor Kojiro Umezaki as composer and performer on shakuhachi won the 2017 Grammy for their album, Sing Me Home, a tribute to the ways culture can help us encounter, connect, and build something new. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, was also nominated in the category of best musical film. Learn more about the Silk Road Ensemble at their website.

Les Watanabe on Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle and his life in dance

Les Watanabe interviw with Jamuna Chiarini

Donald McKayle
"When I was at UC Irvine beginning my dance career, a friend of mine said that if I ever had the opportunity, that I should audition for Donald McKayle as she knew we would ‘hit it off.’ Well, a year or so later, I heard that Donald McKayle had relocated to Los Angeles from New York and that he was auditioning for his dance company. Of course, I auditioned…and my friend was right: we did hit it off immediately. So I transferred to Cal Arts, where Donald was teaching.
I began working with his company in the evening, first learning all of his famous works such as Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder, District Storyville and Nocturne. The experience was both fantastic, all consuming and so very demanding.

Rainbow Round My Shoulder, one of Donald’s signature works, is considered one of the most demanding works in modern dance. If done the way it should be done—with passion and commitment— one is forever changed...

Prof. Simon Leung receives 2017 FOCA fellowship

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is pleased to announce the 2017 FOCAFellowship Awards.  Artists Sean Griffin, Simon Leung, and Susan Silton have been selected to receive an unrestricted award of $10,000, each.

Fellows of Contemporary Art will host an exhibition/reception celebrating Sean Griffin, Simon Leung, and Susan Silton at FOCA’s exhibition space, 970 N. Broadway in Mandarin Plaza, Chinatown, from 6:30pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  An Artists’ Conversation with Moderator Jim Daichendt will start at 7:00 pm in the exhibition space. The exhibition will be open for viewing Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am -5:00pm until April 24, 2017.

With an Eye on the Future, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Out to Improve the Community

"...Some take place online. In August, center officials invited John Crawford, UC Irvine associate professor of dance and media arts, to collaborate with dancers from Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, who were at the center to perform in “Tour de Force III.”  Crawford attended a rehearsal with the dancers, introducing them to an interactive digital media system he invented. The center streamed the creative back-and-forth  live on Facebook, attracting nearly 11,000 viewers to this artistic encounter. Dwyer says this, too, is part of the center’s new mission."

Congratulations to UCI alum and faculty on CCF fellowships!

Congratulations to UCI alums Shagha Ariannia,Maura Brewer, Aaron Sandnes, Samira Yamin, and UCI Professor Amanda Ross-Ho on receiving this year’s fellowships for Visual Artists!