Music News

Eighth Blackbird and the Amadinda Percussion Group Premiere “Incandescence”

On Oct. 13, Eighth Blackbird and the Amadinda Percussion Group premiered Lukas Ligeti's newest piece, “Incandescence” for 10 musicians (commissioned by E.B.) at the Budapest Music Center. The US premiere will be on Feb. 2, 2018 at the University of Chicago.

UCI students bring music to Vegas

Students from the Dept. of Music at UCI made the journey to Las Vegas, NV to share the gift of music with the victims and bystanders from the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1. Four current students, one alum, and a student’s sibling spent the day...

"Telematic Bridges" music course links students in California and Colombia

In August, 2017, UCI's Trevor School partnered with Santa Ana High School to lead a week-long "telematic" course for two groups of high school students, one in California and one in Manizales, Colombia. The two groups of students and instructors were linked by high-bandwidth internet using cutting-...

Mari Kimura Joins the UCI Music Faculty

The UCI Music Department is pleased to welcome to its faculty Mari Kimura, a composer, performer, researcher, and leading figure in the field of interactive computer music. As a violinist Mari is renowned for her mastery of subharmonics—the production of pitches that sound up to an octave...

FADA (Film-Arts-Drama Alliance) club produces "Zot Zot Land" to celebrate the Arts at UCI

Watch the Behind the Scenes Film -> https://youtu.be/lfAVKM4kU70 Arts students from University of California, Irvine came together to put their spin on La La Land's "Another Day of Sun!" 80+ students and mentors were involved in the film project that included newly recorded instrumentals...

Flutist Nicole Mitchell brings Mali musicians to Chicago

Flutist Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble will play the world premiere of a commissioned work with Malian musicians Ballake Sissoko, Fassery Diabate and Fatim Kouyate on Sept. 23 in Chicago.

New Premieres by Nicole Mitchell in Brooklyn and Chicago

Flutist, composer and ensemble leader Nicole Mitchell premiered a new work called Maroon Cloud on March 29 for the Stone Commissioning Series, in Brooklyn at National Sawdust. On April 7  she will premiere a new work featuring the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks as part of an Artist-In-Residence...

‘In sync’: Identical twins to conduct weekend concert at KU

Dr. Stephen Tucker, professor in the Department of Music and conductor for the UCI Symphony Orchestra, performed with his twin brother Paul Tucker at Kansas University on Saturday, February 17, 2017.  

Kojiro Umezaki and Silk Road Ensemble win 2017 Grammy for Best World Music Album

The Silk Road Ensemble, led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and featuring UCI Associate Professor Kojiro Umezaki as composer and performer on shakuhachi won the 2017 Grammy for their album, Sing Me Home, a tribute to the ways culture can help us encounter, connect, and build something new. The Music of...

Darryl Taylor featured on two CD recordings

 Professor Darryl Taylor is featured on two CD recordings released in December 2016. Love's Signature: Songs for Countertenor and Soprano by Juliana Hall, has Taylor singing the 45 minute song cycle of 12 songs, O Mistress Mine. MSR Records. Radiance in Motion has diverse dong offerings from...

Kojiro Umezaki and Silk Road Ensemble album nominated for Grammy

Sing Me Home, released in 2016 by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best World Music Album category. UCI Associate Professor Kojiro Umezaki appears as a performer, co-composer and associate producer on the album. Umezaki also appears in the film version of The...

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....

Leslie Liu Receives 2016 Chancellor's Award of Distinction

Leslie Liu (BA 2016) has been chosen as one of thirty-four recipients to receive the 2016 Chancellor's Award of Distinction. This award recognizes graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership, or service to UCI. Leslie will be honored with a special shoulder...

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:...

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,...

Amy Bauer Presented at the Intercultural Music Conference 2016

Associate Professor of Music Amy Bauer gave the paper "Marginal no more: cross-cultural appropriation and reception in New Music" at the Intercultural Music Conference 2016 at the University of California, San Diego. LINK.  

Kojiro Umezaki performed at TED 2016

Associate Professor of Music Kojiro Umezaki performed with the Silk Road Ensemble and Rhiannon Giddens at the main TED Conference (TED 2016) in Vancouver, Canada. Kojiro has been with the Silk Road Ensemble for fifteen years. LINK - Silk Road Ensemble LINK - Rhiannon Giddens  

Michael Dessen Trio Awarded New Music USA Project Grant

Associate Professor of Music, Michael Dessen, was awarded a project grant by New Music USA to support performances, outreach events and a recording by his electro-acoustic trio. The trio, featuring bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dan Weiss along with Dessen on trombone/computer/composition, has...