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Remembering Albert J. McNeil, professor emeritus

Albert J. McNeil, UC Davis professor emeritus of the Department of Music and an original faculty member and chair of the Department of African American and African Studies, died on Nov. 29. He was 102.

Announcement

Professor Díaz’s 2021 Book Wins Honorary Mentions
Society of Ethnomusicology

Africanness in Action: Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazil (Oxford University Press, 2021), written by Associate Professor of Music Juan Diego Díaz, has won three honorary mentions by the Society of Ethnomusicology, 2022:

Announcement

“Deep Dive Into Indonesian Music”
by Jeffrey Day, College of Letters & Science

As part of an ongoing study stretching from Davis to Germany and across the many islands of Indonesia, the UC Davis Department of Music is holding a second conference on Indonesian music. “Rethinking The History Of Indonesian Music” on Nov. 5 brings together scholars from around the globe

Announcement

Laurie San Martin and Josiah Catalan Compositions Performed in Sacramento

Professor Laurie San Martin, music department chair, and alumnus Josiah Catalan (Ph.D., music, ‘21) will have compositions performed at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University on Nov. 9. Their works were commissioned and will be performed by Earplay, a Bay area-based chamber ensemble. 

Upcoming Events

Event

Otto Lee and Friends
Jazz

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Otto Lee Quartet
Otto Lee, tenor saxophone and UC Davis lecturer in music
Chris Janzen, guitar
Richard Giddens Jr., bass
Antonio Montanez, drums

Program

To be announced.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Kineko Barbini, violin
I-Hui Chen, piano

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Kineko Barbini, violin

I-Hui Chen, piano and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Twelve Variations in C Major on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor 

Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, op.20

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Warp Trio: “Black Voices”
Artists-in-Residence

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Warp Trio

LiKWUiD, spoken word
Josh Henderson, violin, bass, guitar 
Ju-Young “J.Y.” Lee, cello
Mikael Darmanie, piano
Rick Martinez, drums

Black Voices is an original concert program that integrates classical, jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word—sounds and poetry created by African-American artists—in an effort to lift up lesser-known contributions that define the multifaceted culture of the United States. Featuring the award-winning artist LiKWuiD, the program utilizes poetry of Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange, and Maya Angelou. It also features original spoken word material, set against music by Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, Harry Burleigh, and original compositions by Warp Trio members. 

Program

Harry Burleigh: Southland Sketch No. 1

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Deep River

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin

Abel Meeropol / Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit

Thelonious Monk: Ruby My Dear

Duke Ellington: Black and Tan Fantasy

About the Band

Described as “a talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music” (Columbia Free Times), Warp Trio is an internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Reflecting the combination of Juilliard-trained members juxtaposed with members steeped in rock and jazz styles, the one-of-a-kind trio (that even has a fourth member!) can be seen performing classical works in prestigious halls on the same tour where they headline a standing room only show at a rock venue. In addition to their electrifying public performances, they have gained a reputation for their innovative educational workshops with students from grade school through university level.  

Maintaining a busy performance schedule, Warp has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, in addition to tours throughout The United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Highlights of recent seasons include headlining performances at The LEM Festival for Experimental Music in Barcelona, and the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, being featured guests at the 2020 MASA Jazz Festival in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and the sold-out world premiere of their Triple Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra with the New York City-based Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. They have been one of the honored recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and in the 2020 season, they were the recipients of the Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward and Classical Commissioning grants.

Individually, the members of Warp Trio hold degrees in performance from the Juilliard School, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and New York University. The beneficiaries of an incredibly diverse range of education, among the ensemble, they have received chamber music training from members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Emerson, and La Salle Quartets as well as jazz instruction from figures such as Ray Anderson, Tony Moreno, Dave Pietro, and Mike Richmond.

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert
Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Warp Trio: “Works by Graduate Students”
Artists-in-Residence

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Warp Trio
LiKWUiD, spoken word
Josh Henderson, violin, bass, guitar 
Ju-Young “J.Y.” Lee, cello
Mikael Darmanie, piano
Rick Martinez, drums

Warp Trio is an internationally touring cross-genre chamber music experience. Every chamber music program needs this kind of energy. While the beginning and ending compositions by Haydn and Brahms provided expected pleasures, it was the Warp Trio’s own jazz/tango/classical works that gave the concert a kick in the pants. —Cape Code Times

Program

Joseph Vasinda: Apocrypha III

Emily Joy Sullivan

Dean Kervin Boursiquot: Black Flight

Colin Minigan: Pendula

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Bacchetto / Sabey Duo

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

The Bacchetto / Sabey Duo is a collaborative project of San Francisco-based composer-performers Nick Bacchetto and Ben Sabey. The duo creates new works for piano and live electronics using MIDI Polyphonic Expression instruments controlling analog modular synthesis, which is spatialized into any speaker configuration via the new Dolby Atmos renderer.

Program

Benjamin Sabey: Dark Sea 

Nick Bacchetto: Dissolutions

Ben Sabey is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and electronic music, lately specializing in expressive polyphonic control of analog synthesis and spatialization.

Nick Bacchetto is a composer and pianist whose creative works derive from a tension between algorithmic and intuitive composition, and explore concepts such as fractal geometry and natural selection.

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert​

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: “Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera”

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, director and conductor
with the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows

Since its inception in 2010, Rising Stars of Opera has featured vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow; and every ticket has been free to the public thanks to Barbara K. Jackson. Rekindling an old tradition, we relaunch Rising Stars of Opera with several singers from the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Center performing a wide range of great arias with full orchestral accompaniment from our own UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.

Program

To be announced.

Free, but tickets are required

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

Empyrean Ensemble: “Rzewski’s ‘Coming Together’”

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Sam Nichols, director

“Preconcert Discussion from 6:15  to 6:45 pm with Empyrean director Sam Nichols.”

Program

Philip Acimovic (Ph.D. composition ‘18): New Work WORLD PREMIERE

Annea Lockwood: Immersion

Composed by New Zealand-born American composer Annea Lockwood, Immersion (1998) for marimba and two tam-tams was written for Dominic Donato and Frank Cassara and arranged for the Talujon Percussion Quartet in 2001. It grew out of a fascination with the rich beating frequencies generated by long cluster rolls in the low register of the marimba and the interaction between the marimba and a quartz bowl gong tuned to F.

Pablo Ortiz: New Work WORLD PREMIERE
with video by Daniel Godsil (Ph.D. composition ‘21)
 

Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (Part I)
with Omari Tau, voice

Composed for a flexible number of collaborative performers, Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together was written in response to the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility. Our performance of Coming Together will feature both undergraduate and graduate student instrumentalists, playing alongside the professional musicians of the Empyrean Ensemble. The performance will feature Omari Tau, voice, reciting a text written by Sam Melville that reflects the conditions at Attica during his incarceration there. 

Steve Reich: Pendulum Music
performed in the Noda Lobby

The program ends with Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music (1968) in a performance staged by Alysa Banks (B.A., human development, with minors in music and sociology ’21), in the lobby of the Pitzer Center. Pendulum Music makes use of multiple microphones swinging, pendulum-style, over loudspeakers. Featuring dramatic squawks of feedback, the piece concludes when the inertia of the swinging microphones naturally come to rest. Sharp rhythms gradually wind down into a sustained drone piece. The composer writes, “If it’s done right, it’s kind of funny.”

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Magela Herrera Quartet

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center
Magela Herrera Quartet

Magela Herrera, flute and voice
Yorgis Garcia, bass
Yissy Calzadilla, drums
Edgar Pantoja-Aleman, piano

Program

To be announced.

 

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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