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UC Davis alumnus Luciano Chessa (PhD 2004) recently conducted the Mannes Orchestra of the New School in a never-before-heard edition of a symphony written by a modern master composer Julius Eastman. Eastman died in 1990 in relative obscurity as he had spent his remaining years in intermittent periods of homelessness, with many of his belongings—including his scores—lost.
UC Davis alum, Kristin Kirk, an undergraduate music composition major who graduated with Honors in 2017, is featured in an ad for the university’s Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services’ #FirstGenUCDavis campaign. The program spotlights students and alumni who are the first in their families to graduate from college.
Addie Camsuzou: Thaw Daniel Godsil: sans terre Sarah Wald: Allegro Scherzando Ryan Suleiman: Thought Bubbles Jonathan Favero: String Quartet No. 2
Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.
Addie Camsuzou: Beautiful Bones Sam Clark-McHale: untitled IV Aida Shirazi: latent Ryan Suleiman: Reverie Sarah Wald: Declamation
A founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over 20 years, Rhonda Rider is now a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix. Ms. Rider’s chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as Critic’s Choice in both the New York Times and Boston Globe.
My [Petrified Forest] project was to ask ten exceptional composers to write short pieces for solo cello inspired by some aspect of the area. The highly versatile sound of the cello is a wonderful medium for this project, singing at times like a human voice and at others like an ancient instrument from another world. —Rhonda Rider
How does one capture the grandeur of the Grand Canyon with one cello?” —Yu-Hui Chang
UC Davis Professor of Music Laurie San Martin:Vast Steppe
UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde:credo petrified
Founded in 1985 by a consortium of composers and musicians, EARplay is dedicated to the performance of new chamber music. EARplay offers audiences a unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances of some of today’s finest chamber music. EARplay has performed over 550 works by more than 300 composers in its 33-year history, including 140 world premieres and 80 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Visit the EARplay archives to learn more about EArplay’s rich history.
Inés Thiebaut was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State, East Bay. She holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center (New York). Her research interests primarily engage with the music of the twentieth century. Her music is rooted in postmodern tradition and influenced by perceptual art and complexity. Before her move to the East Bay, Inés held a three-year visiting assistant professor position at the University of Utah.