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Black urban music is the focus of UC Irvine conference

Friday, February 27, 2015

When Nicole Mitchell, professor of music at UC Irvine, looked around her on campus and in Orange County, she didn’t see much in the way of celebration of Black History Month. That’s part of what led her to create the upcoming Black Urban Music...

Musicians Kei Akagi Trio bring jazz to LMU

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kei Akagi is a well-respected jazz pianist who has performed all over the world and toured with the legendary Miles Davis during the late 1980s and ‘90s. Akagi will be playing at LMU this Friday at the Murphy Recital Hall at 8 p.m. with the Kei Akagi...

The Tenacious Tokyo Jazz Trio

Monday, February 23, 2015

Jazz, the quintessential American art form, takes many shapes. Among the various styles are traditional and modern. UCI chancellor’s professor Kei Akagi performed the latter with his Tokyo Trio at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on Friday night...

Eugene Loring, Mr. American Ballet

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The hard truth about death is that it inevitably brings obscurity, even to a legend. Artists are lucky—paintings, novels, poems, and music all secure some posthumous recognition. ¶ When the medium is dance, though, the equation is trickier. Even with...

Molly Lynch, Tong Wang, and Shaun Boyle - Radio Interview "Get the Funk Out"

Monday, February 9, 2015

On the first half of this Monday's show at 9:00am, Molly Lynch joined me to discuss Dance Visions 2015 and "Billy the Kid."

Jazz is practice plus innovation for UCI director

Friday, February 6, 2015

When Kei Akagi played piano in Miles Davis' band, the iconic trumpeter once gave him a simple and eloquent guideline: "I don't care what you do as long as you mean it." For Akagi, who now directs the jazz studies program at UC Irvine, that supple...

Transforming Room Sound with a Max Patch

Thursday, February 5, 2015

John Crooks, graduate of the MA/PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) at UCI, and is the Project Lead on transforming the recording room in John Powell’s Studio in Los Angeles.

Complete Casting Announced for Finding Neverland on Broadway; Teal Wicks to Play Mary Barrie

Monday, February 2, 2015

Casting is now complete for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland. Teal Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked) and more will join a company that includes the previously announced Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Michelle Kelly and Carolee Carmello...

UCI Play Explores American Racism, Through a Glass Darkly

Friday, January 30, 2015

Black History Month doesn't officially begin until Feb. 1, but for Orange County theater, it came a bit early. In early January, South Coast Repertory mounted a production of Matthew Lopez' Obie-Award-winning play The Whipping Man, set in the turbulent...

Aiyun Huang Joins The Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Gassmann Electronic Music Studio in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at UC Irvine presents Wired Percussion: A concert of music for percussion and computers by Aiyun Huang, Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall on the