Music News

Kei Akagi performs at the Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wroclaw

Chancellor’s Professor of Music Kei Akagi (piano) performs at the Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wroclaw, Poland on April 28. Joining him will be fellow UCI colleagues Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) and Darek Oles (bass), as well as drummer Tamaya Honda from Tokyo. The group will present music...

Amy Bauer Keynote Speaker at West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis

Amy Bauer delivered the keynote lecture "'Did You Say Post-Spectral,': The orchestral imaginary in millenium works by Tulve, Dalbavie and Haas," at the at the 27th annual meeting of the West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis, April 6–8 at San Diego State University.

San Diego Tribune's: 10 Things to Watch in Music this Spring

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chari of Music and Nicole Mitchell, Music Professor are to play with the Mark Dresser Quintet on Friday, March 30. Expect a night of dazzling aural adventure when San Diego contrabass great Mark Dresser is joined by a...

An Evening with Darryl Taylor in New York

Darryl Taylor will perform "An Evening with Darryl Taylor" on April 3, 2018 at the National Opera Center in New York. His program will feature works recorded by him as well as severarl explicitly written for him.

Nicole Mitchell received Champion of New Music Award

Nicole Mitchell is one of three recipients of the American Composers Forum "Champion of New Music Award." The Champion of New Music Award was established as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals and ensembles that have made a significant and sustained contribution over time to the...

Max Haymer to Perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in March

Max Haymer (BM, 2007) has been touring with jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. He will be performing with Sandoval at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 10. Haymer has toured internationally, performing at major jazz festivals and venues with a diverse range of renowned artists, and he has also...

Enjoying the Music of UCI Jazz

The UCI Jazz Small Groups concert kicked off Wednesday night with cheers and shouts from an enthusiastic crowd of jazz fans and students alike. The concert, which featured three combo groups of students led by faculty members, was held in the packed Winifred Smith Hall and displayed the immense...

AWMAT Combines Women in Art with Technology

Mari Kimura was the keynote speaker at the Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology (AWMAT) conference. Kimura explains how being at the forefront of her field is something she grew up with. “[My mother] is the current president of ILO in Japan. It’s the International Labour Organization,...

Alumnus Hideki Yamaya in 'Farinelli and the King,' a Broadway Play with the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

  Hideki Yamaya (MFA guitar, 2001) will be playing theorbo continuo in a live Baroque ensemble for the Broadway play Farinelli and the King featuring Tony winner Mark Rylance. (January - March 2018)

Kei Akagi Releases a New Album that Features Fellow UCI Faculty Members Kojiro Umezaki and Darek Oles

Chancellor’s Professor of Music Kei Akagi releases a new album that features fellow UCI faculty members Kojiro Umezaki and Darek Oles: KEI AKAGI / AQUA PUZZLE Contemporary Asian Perspectives in American Music Kei Akagi (piano) Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) Darek Oles (bass) Tamaya...

Mari Kimura – The Tradition of Revolution: Improvisation, Composition and Motion Sensor for the Violin

Violinist and composer Mari Kimura will give a lecture at UC Santa Barbara's Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology on February 9, 2018. She will discuss and demonstrate her renown extended technique “Subharmonics”, playing pitches one octave lower than the lowest open G without...

Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble European premiere of "Mandorla Awakening"

Flutist-composer-ensemble leader Nicole Mitchell's award-winning Mandorla Awakening II project with the Black Earth Ensemble—joined by UCI colleague Ko Umezaki on Shakuhachi—will make its European premiere on February 9 in Stockholm

Choral Music of UCI Introduces AcaLove

The masterful melodies of seven choral groups came together in Winifred Smith Hall here on campus on January 26th for the first annual AcaLove: Southern California A Cappella Festival. This premier event was made possible by the director of UCI’s choral program, Dr. Seth Houston, and co-event...

Cecil Lytle, Mike Wofford, Joshua White, Kei Akagi & Tobin Chodos to play 5-piano concert

Five pianists walk into a room… That may sound like the set-up for a grand joke. But it is the very real scenario for what promises to be a singular performance at the 22nd Annual Concert to Benefit the Lytle Scholarship at UC San Diego. To be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the university’s...

La Jolla's Best Bets for Events

UC San Diego’s 22nd annual Lytle Scholarship Concert, “Jazz Piano Summit,” will feature a unique solo improvisation set from visionary musicians Cecil Lytle, Kei Akagi, Mike Wofford and Tobin Chodos, capped off by a show-stopping finale that will merge the talents of all four performers, 3 p.m....

Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision

Nicole Mitchell, 50, the artist-in-residence at this week’s Winter Jazzfest in New York, brings an eclectic ear and a frothy vigor to her instrument. The flute is rarely given much of a chance in jazz — maybe it seems too quiet, too liquid, too fey — but she has transcended all that,...