Assistant Professor of Music Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University) is author of Experimentalism Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde and its Limits, published in 2011 by the University of California Press. Situated at the intersection of free jazz, the Cagean avant-garde, Fluxus, radical politics, and popular music, the book portrays New York experimentalism in the 1960s as a series of conflicts, struggles, and exclusions.
Soprano extraordinaire Tony Arnold (artist-in-residence) joins the Empyrean Ensemble for an evening of new works by UC Davis Graduate Composers: Phil Acimovic, Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro, Bryce Cannell, Yu-Hsin Chang, Will Cooper, Alex Van Gils, and Fang-Wei Luo.
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA 95616
Jayson Beaster-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced. His first book, Bollywood Sounds: The Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song (Oxford University Press), analyzes Indian films songs in their historical, social, commercial, and cinematic contexts. The book argues that film song composers, arrangers, and musicians have long deployed cosmopolitan production aesthetics that keep the genre relevant for the changing tastes of Indian audiences.