Elainie Lillios:Fluid | Crystal | Vapor
for Viola and Live, Interactive Electroacoustics
Peter Van Zandt Lane:Décalcomanie No. 2
for Viola and Live Electronics
UC Davis Lecturer Sam Nichols:Imaginary Units
for Viola and Electronics
Tina Tallon:excision no. 2—they didn’t know we were seeds
for Viola and Live Electronics
UC Davis Alumnus Richard Chowenhill:crush for Amplified Viola
A multiyear commissioning project that is modeled after Cher’s decades-long farewell tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works by the most gifted composers who, Rohde feels, are underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also broadening the repertoire for viola. His project’s anticipated year of completion is 2028, at which time he will retire from playing in performance and donate his instrument to some talented whippersnapper who wants to play viola.
Music students of UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde’s Music 122 “Improv” features works of improvisation by composers such as Cage, Oliveros, and Lewis, in addition to new work by students and Kurt Rohde.
Sinfonia spirituosa is a chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting bold, historically informed performances on period instruments. Through a vibrant and collegial exchange the group aspires to faithfully bring to life the broad spectrum of color, affect, and rhetoric in the music of the Baroque era, and to share their passion for performing this period’s extraordinary variety of repertoire with the diverse audiences of today.
The members of Sinfonia spirituosa lead multi-faceted careers as university professors, recording artists, soloists, chamber musicians, and members of symphony orchestras. They are active as teachers and performers on both period and modern instruments, and many are directors of their own ensembles specializing in early music, Romantic music, new music, jazz, and gypsy swing.
Laura Reynolds, oboe | Patricia Sands, clarinet
UC Davis Faculty Affiliate David Granger, bassoon
Trois Bois has been concertizing since 2009 and champions a wide range of repertoire from the eighteenth century to the present day. The trio particularly enjoys providing verbal commentary and context for their repertoire and inviting listeners into the conversation.
Mestre Cobra Mansa is a recognized Capoeira Angola master based in Bahia (Brazil) who has extensive experience teaching and performing capoeira around the world. He participated in the revival of Capoeira Angola during the 1980s–90s in Bahia and now leads the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, one of the most influential capoeira groups in the world. Recently, he participated in the project Angolan Roots of Capoeira led by historian Matthias Rohrig Assuncao (University of Essex), which took them to Angola four times.
Lecturer in Music Brian Riceis a highly acclaimed performer, educator, and recording artist and one of the most versatile percussionists in the Bay Area. Though best known as a specialist in Brazilian and Cuban music, Brian can be heard playing a multitude of styles and his percussion playing graces over 60 recordings.
Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt. They established an endowment to support noon concerts and musical performances in the UC Davis Department of Music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey (Pinkerton)
Mother of four children, including Deborah Pinkerton, Joy Shinkoskey was in her younger years a model and played the piano which is where she developed her love of music, playing Beethoven piano works in the Spokane Music Festival, 1940, and throughout her life.