The word gamelan is used in a similar way to our word orchestra. It refers to the Indonesian gong-chime ensembles of Java, Bali, and Sunda. This concert features music from the Central Javanese repertoire, collectively called karawitan, that has developed over centuries in the royal courts of Surakarta and Yogyakarta. Karawitan is still a living tradition in Java, modified and transformed by those who play it.
Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)
“Sonic Arts” incorporate live, recorded, and found sounds to create multidimensional stories. Here is an article about this performance.
Marc Del Fava: Buchla
In the Grace and Grant Noda Lobby, undergraduate student Marc Del Fava will demonstrate four-channel audio on the Buchla 200, a modular synthesizer created by Don Buchla in 1970, and is pictured with Cinema and Digital Media Professor Bob Ostertag.
Ostertag performs Wish You Were Here on an Aalto virtual modular synthesizer, which is software created by Randy Jones at Madrona Labs, and is controlled by a standard gamepad. Ostertag says he feels like he has “finally found a way to play a modular synthesizer in a manner both musical and constantly surprising” which he first dreamt of doing more than forty years ago. The juxtaposition of this music, and his video-game music piece, titled w00t, in the Pitzer Center’s recital hall is on purpose as a formal acoustic concert space for synthesized music is sure to be unexpected. w00t contains fragments of music and effects from video games from Balloon Fight to Halo: Combat Evolved to World of Warcraft, as well as many others. w00t originated as a live soundtrack for Pierre Hébert’s live film that addressed the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006.
Graduate composition student Phil Acimovic—also the current director of the department’s Indonesian gamelan ensemble—wrote a piece for the concert titled Speaking of Sound, in which the audience experiences the piece by actively walking throughout the backstage area of the Pitzer Center. As they move, they experience ambient sounds—such as frogs, crickets, wind, trains—which parallel recorded (spoken) memories. As the audience proceeds, the memories become heavier in an emotional sense. The concept, Acimovic says, is to construct an environment where we purposely think about how we experience and remember sounds.
American tenor Brian Jagde has quickly emerged as one of the most engaging and exciting lyric tenors of his generation. Since his first Mondavi Center appearance (the 2013 Rising Stars of Opera concert), Jagde has gone on to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Teatro San Carlo and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and a first prize winner in many competitions including the prestigious Loren L. Zachary Competition.
Jazz at UC Davis swings with performances by the Blue, Gold and Vanguard Bands and guest artist trumpet player Steve Roach.
The Gold Band will play the classic music of the Count Basie Orchestra including “Fantail,” ”Whirly Bird,” ”Rompin at the Reno,” and “The Wiggle Walk.” A highlight of the evening will be Vanguard and Blue Bands playing selections from Kenny Wheelers “Sweet Time Suite,” an eight-movement work divided between the two ensembles. Roach will perform with all three bands.
An acclaimed performer and educator, Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
As a professional, Roach has appeared as an assisting artist include studio and live sessions with such jazz and pop musicians as Tito Puente, Dave Pietro, Louis Bellson, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D’Rivera, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance artist and is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, a group in which he co-founded.
Selections from Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem along with other works by Thomas Weelkes, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, and Francisco Lopez Capillas.
With a focus on vocal repertoire from the Early Baroque, the Renaissance, and the Modern, the versatile Early and Modern Ensemble strives for cogent performance excellence in vocal music across this vast temporal span. The group frequently collaborates with composition faculty and department ensembles, from the Percussion Studio to the Baroque Ensemble.
The relationship between UC Davis’s Barqoue Orchestra and Davis Senior High School provides a yearlong relationship of learning, exploration, and performance of Baroque and early classical orchestral music on instruments of those eras. Phebe Craig, Angelo Moreno (a UC Davis Music Alum), and Michael Sand are their directors.
Ensemble Mise-En is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented young musicians, Mise-en strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the diverse musicians have coalesced around an aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.
Ensemble mise-en has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti and others.