Music News

Professor David Brodbeck receives AMS Book award

Professor David Brodbeck received the 2016 Award for Excellence for a Book on Jewish Studies and Music from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society for Defining Deutschtum: Political Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna...

Lukas Ligeti Gives Solo Concert at the “Digging the Global South” Festival

In November, Lukas Ligeti gave a solo concert and a talk at the festival “Digging the Global South” in Cologne (a festival about current trends in electronic/experimental music in Africa), and played a special and unusual concert at the Hellerau cultural center in Dresden, closing a festival for...

To help with healing, UC Irvine music students bring their instruments to Las Vegas shooting memorial

By David Whiting "There are lessons learned in the fires of 9-11, lessons that will last forever. The best are about love, hope and giving. It is one week after 604 people were killed or wounded by a storm of bullets in Las Vegas. Near the city’s official entrance, Sarah Koo steps out of a...

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...

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...

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.

‘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:...