Esther DeLozier, a graduate student in music, has been appointed to the 2018 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. She will be working with the California Arts Council on a review of their public arts grant-making programs.
This competitive program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Participants take part in an interdisciplinary seminar and receive funding support over the summer as they carry out a community-engaged project.
To explain his Visions, Messiaen wrote about multiple definitions of what “Amen” might mean. These various meanings loosely inspire his seven-movement piece. A little like these multiple meanings, the short pieces by Castro and Acimovic appealed to different aspects of Messiaen’s idiosyncratic compositional style.
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Quartet No. 9 (“Last Ground”)
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5
Water courses through this program, in turn symbolizing life, death, flowing motion, peaceful repose and raging violence. Five unique compositional voices guide us on a visionary journey from the fragmentary, lost idylls of Thomas Adès, to the pulsing waves of Philip Glass.
Abbos Kosimov is recognized globally as a master of doyra and an ambassador of Uzbek culture. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he studied at the College of Culture and Music and under doyra master Mamurjon Vahabov and graduated in 1984. He also trained from the age of ten with Ustad Tuychi Inagomov, one of the few honored artists officially recognized by the Uzbek head of state. In 1991, Abbos won second prize in Central Asia and Kazakhstan’s Competition of Percussive Instruments.
He has recorded independently as well as with R&B singer Steve Wonder and with Zakir Hussain and Master of Percussion and for the soundtrack of Alonzo Kings new Lines Ballet piece, “A Thousand and One Nights,” which premiered in Monte Carlo in November 2009.
In March 2010 Abbos performed at Carnegie Hall with Kronos Quartet, Dohee Lee, Homayoun Sakhi and Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Omar Sosa Giovanni Hidalgo, Terry Bozzio, Swapan Chaudhuri, Steve Smith, Hand Ensemble, Adam Rudolph and other famous musicians.
UC Davis Music Celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial with “West Side Story”
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, the UC Davis Department of Music will present a screening of the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the composer’s master work “West Side Story” on March 2.
Music was a force of understanding and co-operation between different faiths and ideologies in the courts of two politically astute sixteenth-century rulers—Emperor Akbar I of India and Elizabeth I of England—rulers known for their use of tolerance as a force to strengthen and build their respective countries into leading forces on an increasingly connected world stage.
Gage Averill (PhD 1989, University of Washington) is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia. An ethnomusicologist specializing in music of the Caribbean and North America, he served as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology 2009–11. Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony (Oxford 2003) won book prizes from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for American Music. A Day for the Hunter: A Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Chicago 1997) received a best book by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Alan Lomax in Haiti, 1936–37, was named an Outstanding Project (2010) by the Clinton Global Initiative, earning two Grammy Nominations.
Sarah Messbauer has been a graduate student at UC Davis since the fall of 2011. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in the spring of 2011, receiving a Bachelor’s degree with honors in anthropology and music. While at Muhlenberg, she received the Louise M. Cafouros Award for distinguished scholarship in the field of anthropology, as well as the Class of 1969 Award for Promising Work in the Field of Music.