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Kojiro Umezaki, member of the Silk Road Ensemble, featured in a new documentary being released nationwide

Kojiro Umezaki, member of the Silkroad Ensemble, featured in a new documentary being released nationwide.

The Music of Strangers is a documentary film featuring members of the Silk Road Ensemble and opens Friday, June 10. The film will be showing throughout the summer at theaters nationwide.


“The intersection of cultures is where new things emerge.” - Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Ensemble

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the latest...

Simon Leung Interviewed in ArtForum Magazine

Professor of Art Simon Leung was interviewed in ArtForum Magazine for his film War After War. The film is included in the Routine Pleasures exhibition which opens May 25, 2016 at the MAK Center in West Hollywood, CA.

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Deborah Oliver Curated Show at the LACE Gallery

Continuing Lecturer of Art Deborah Oliver curated the show Irrational Exhibits 9 at the LACE Gallery in Los Angeles. The show includes performances, installations and videos and features work from UCI Alumni Flora Kao (MFA 2012), Juan Meneses (BA 2015), and Bradford Chan Prairie (BA 2016). Irrational Exhibits 9 is a one night live art exhibition opening on June 8, 2016. LINK.

Drama Professor Receives Top Billing

Drama Professor Receives Top Billing

May 5, 2016

In 1965, Robert Cohen, a young dramatist intent on gaining a tenured professorship, faced a choice between offers from UC Berkeley or the fledgling UC Irvine, sprouting amid cow pastures and orange groves.

He chose the latter. “It was close to the beach,” recalled Cohen.

Habitually looking forward rather than back, the UCI community did that for the Laguna Beach resident Sunday when he and Lorna, his wife of 43 years, were awarded the third Claire Trevor Commemorative Star, to be placed at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

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Daniel Joseph Martinez Offers a Front-Row Seat to a Famous Artistic Murder - Starring Himself

April 23, 2016

Walk into Roberts & Tilton gallery in Culver City and you will stumble into a murder scene. A man lies dead in a bathtub. His wild-eyed assailant stands behind him, knife in hand, ready to strike again in case the deed is not done. Another figure reaches toward the murderer, futilely trying to put a stop to the death that has just transpired. The ghastly scene is a sculptural installation by Los Angeles artist Daniel Joseph Martinez that riffs on one of the most famous paintings in Western history: Jacques-Louis David's late 18th century masterpiece "The Death of Marat"...

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Kojiro Umezaki and the Silk Road Ensemble Release New Album with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble recently released the new album, Sing Me Home. Associate Professor of Music Kojiro Umezaki is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble and contributed to this album. Sing Me Home is a companion album, developed and recorded for the documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. LINK. 

Joe Lewis has a New Installation at The Phatory

Professor of Art Joe Lewis has a new installation at The Phatory in New York. The installation entitled Mutant Monkey Business will be on view starting May 1 – May 22, 2016. LINK.

Things are looking up for Orange County's Trio Céleste

A good thing to know about Trio Céleste, though not absolutely necessary, is how to pronounce the name.

“I don’t even know how to correctly pronounce it, there you go,” the group’s cellist Ross Gasworth quips. The other two members, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, quickly chime in. It’s “Say-lest,” they say, though “Seh-lest” is fine by them, too. Where did the name come from? The first time the group played was during a harvest moon, a “celestial event.”

The three of them showed up the other morning at an Irvine eatery to sip coffee and talk about recent developments, like the release of their first album, on Navona Records. The group, ensemble-in-residence at UC Irvine, seems on the verge of a breakout. Already busy on chamber music series throughout California, the trio recently signed with New York management, which will pursue out-of-state opportunities.

The non-profit organization they run, Chamber Music | OC, which promotes...

Monica Majoli Featured in Mousse Magazine

Professor of Art Monica Majoli was featured in the April 2016 issue of Mousse Magazine. LINK.

Connie Samaras has Two Exhibitions at UC San Diego

UC Irvine Professor of Art Connie Samaras currently has two exhibitions running at UC San Diego. The exhibitions are titled, Connie Samaras: Speculative Landscapes, and feature Samaras’ photography and video from the series Edge of Twilight, V.A.L.I.S, and After the American Century. LINK.