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The Film Fest at UC Davis is currently seeking short films by student filmmakers for the 2018 festival. Celebrating its 18th year, the festival will be held on May 2 and 3 at 9:30 p.m. at the historic Varsity Theatre in Davis.
The committee is seeking short films no longer than eight minutes in length (including credits) by April 10. Entries are open to all UC Davis students and recent graduates. For details and submissions. visit the Festival’s page at FilmFreeways.
Laurie San Martin, professor of music, will receive the Andrew Imbrie Award in music given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. San Martin is among the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000.
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.
Nathan Hesselink’s research broadly encompasses the topic of rhythmic play and social meaning, firstly in South Korean traditional percussion genres and more recently in British rock music. He received his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of London, SOAS, and was a postdoctoral research fellow in Korean studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to visiting posts at the University of Chicago and the Academy of Korean Studies, in 2012 he was Trinity Term Visiting Research Associate, St. John’s College, University of Oxford.
Works by UC Davis graduate students Josiah Catalan, Daniel Godsil, Aida Shirazi, and Sarah Wald.
Harpist Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) is a dynamic contemporary performer who thoroughly enjoys defying traditional expectations about harp playing. It is in that spirit that she became the first harpist ever named a One Beat fellow–a cultural diplomacy program the U.S. State Department in conjunction with Found Sound Nation. She was also the first harpist to be accepted to Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival, Splice Institute for Electroacoustic Music, and the Fresh Inc. Festival. In addition to performing her own harp compositions, Dr. Ellis has worked with composers to perform over eighty premieres. A 2014 Atlantic Music Festival Future Music Lab fellow, she was a founding member of the Admiral Launch Duo, OINC, and Seen/Heard Trio and was selected to accompany Stevie Wonder at the opening of Oberlin’s new jazz building.
Anna Maria Busse Berger (UC Davis)
Karol Berger (Stanford)
Mark Evan Bonds (UNC Chapel Hill)
David Brodbeck (UC Irvine)
Stephen Hinton (Stanford)
Raymond Knapp (UCLA) Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)
Tony Sheppard (Williams College)
Elaine Sisman (Columbia)
Sina Dehghani is known for his innovative style and improvisational mastery on the ancient Persian classical drums: Tombak (wooden drum) and Daf. He studied with prominent Persian master percussionists such as Bijan Kamkar, Masoud Habibi and Navid Afghah. Dehghani has performed in renowned music ensembles in Iran. He has been teaching music for number of years and currently performs in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States.
Samandar Dehghani is a professional musician playing two Persian classical Instruments: Tar (string instrument) and Daf (hand drum). He has been playing Daf since he was 15 under the mentorship of his brother, percussionist, Sina Dehghani. He started Tar with Hasan Tafazoli in Isfahan and after preliminary studies he continued his path with master musicians such as Behrouz Hemmati and Keyvan Saket in Tehran. He moved to the Unites States in 2012. He performs regularly in San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the country.
Abridged and semi-staged directed by Zoila Muñoz, featuring Phebe Craig, harpsichord.
L’Orfeo, sometimes called La favola d’Orfeo, is a late Renaissance/early Baroque favola in musica, or opera, by Claudio Monteverdi, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. It is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua. While Jacopo Peri’s Dafne is generally recognised as the first work in the opera genre, and the earliest surviving opera is Peri’s Euridice, L’Orfeo is the earliest that is still regularly performed.