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New Music for Percussion by Graduate Students
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Jordan Shippy, Michael Austin, and Chris Froh, percussion

Addie Camsuzou: Pressure System for Percussion Trio

Josiah Catalan: Distorted Orbits for Percussion Trio

Sam Clark-McHale: untitled

Daniel Godsil: Dash 9 for Percussion Solo and Electronics

Aida Shirazi: Trickle Drops for Solo Percussion and Electronics

Sarah Wald: Percussion Trio

Yu-Hsin Chang: A Deconstruction of 5

Free, no tickets required

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Decision Day Performance: Music
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

UC Davis Jazz Combo | Sam Griffith, director

Saint-Saëns: Selections from The Carnival of the Animals for Two Pianos

Free, non-ticketed

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Faculty Recital: Lois Brandwynne and the Persephone Chamber Ensemble
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

A program of works with piano by Franz Schubert—

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C Minor, D. 958

Selected lieder 
      Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano

Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, op. 100
      Ilana Blumberg Thomas, violin
      Amy Brodo, cello
      Lois Brandwynne, piano

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Lara Downes, piano: “I’ve Known Rivers”
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ned Rorem: Barcarolle No. 2

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River

Timo Andres: At the River

Traditional: Shenandoah 

Henry Mancini: Moon River

Nick Drake: River Man

Frederic Rzewski: Down By The Riverside

Duke Ellington: The River Suite

Chopin: Barcarolle, op. 60                                          

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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“Mediology and Sound Recording: Toward a Historiography of the Technical Object”
Room 266, Everson Hall

The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a pivotal shift from the industrial production of sound recording tools to the rise of new audio digital devices. This period therefore offers a wealth of opportunities for studying how technical inventions cause radical changes in creative practice. In this talk, I propose to reappraise several key moments and topics in the historiography of electroacoustic music from the new perspective through concepts developed in the field of mediology. According to Régis Debray, mediology can be defined as the study of the material mediations through the evolution of communication systems and the technologically transmitted interventions.

I use three core concepts of mediology to reconsider key moments and topics in the historiography of electroacoustic music. First, I apply Gilbert Simondon’s “process of concretization,” in which technology always moves towards its essence, to the divergent uses of tape recorder technology by composers, sound engineers, and sound designers. From Pierre Schaeffer’s closed grove and its corollaries, sprang reductive listening, a new form of music, and a new archetype for composing with loops, and later, samples. I suggest this brings to light a predetermined creative process that reduces the composer’s freedom. Second, I consider how “electronic writings” as theorized by Julien Auroux and Fabien Lévy grammatize streaming sound in the mixing and editing techniques native to the operation of the electroacoustic studio. This leads to a new way to listen to our daily acoustic environment. Finally, I warn that deterministic views should be qualified with more refined analyses of the specific and distinctly local constraints of historically situated tools. As an example, I consider the status of analog recording as a technology which continues to develop, the initial consequences of which only became apparent in the 1980s.

Vincent Tiffon is a professor of musicology at the University of Lille (France), researcher in the CEAC research center, and co-director of the EDESAC research team. He is also an associated researcher at IRCAM in Paris (France). Tiffon’s research addresses the history, analysis, and aesthetics of electroacoustic and mixed musics and takes special interest in analyzing the creative process in music and musical mediology. His work has been published in journals including Acoustic Arts & Artifacts/Technology, Aesthetics, Communication, Analyse musicale, Les Cahiers du Cirem, Les Cahiers de Médiologie, Contemporary Music Review, DEMéter, Filigrane, LIEN, Medium, Médiation et communication, Musurgia, NUNC, Revue de musicologie, SMC (Sound and Music Computing), and Circuit.

Free, a Valente Lecture

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
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Undergraduate Composers of UC Davis
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
Leighton Fong, cello

Undergraduate composers include David Avis, Steven Ilagan, Kristin Kirk, Albert Kolesinki, Kevin Phung, Sydney Walcoff.

Free, no tickets necessary

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Alexander Technique Workshop with Harvey Thurmer
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Harvey Thurmer is Associate Professor of Violin at Miami University, Ohio.  He completed his training through Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies, Greensboro, North Carolina in 2012, and since then has given workshops throughout the United States. Thurmer is actively involved in the promotion and recording of new music.  He has worked with composers Gyorgy Kurtag, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi and Michael Colgrass. His recording of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragmente, with soprano Audrey Luna, available on the Ars Moderno label, represents the first recording of this monumental work by American artists. He has held a summer faculty position at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee, and performed nationally with fellow Sewanee faculty members Natasha Farny, cellist and Gary Hammond, piano who teach in New York. He is also a member of Miami 3, a newly formed faculty ensemble, with Michele Gingras, clarinet and Heather MacPhail, piano.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Dagenais Smiley, violin, with John Cozza, piano
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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