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Fall 2014 Visitors


Sept. 29, 2014 - 2-3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

PALO! began in 2003 when Steve Roitstein invited his fellow musicians to join him in an improvised musical experiment combining Cuban music with funk beats. The band immediately became a featured act in Miami’s premiere live music venues, concerts, festivals and events. The winner of Miami New Times’ BEST LATIN BAND 2014, PALO! has performed for packed houses in Boston, Chicago, and New York. PALO!’s catchy original songs feature the sultry vocals of Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya and the impromptu virtuosity of legendary saxophonist Ed Calle. The scorching percussion and vocals of Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde punctuate their performances with Cuban fire. Producer/pianist Steve Roitstein (Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar d’ Leon) fuses these elements with a foundation of edgy, unforgettable rhythms. PALO! is nominated for a 2014 Latin Grammy for their CD “PALO! Live”.

Chris Dawson, Pianist, Composer, Arranger

Oct. 1, 2014 - 10 am-12 pm, B318

Chris Dawson began playing piano by ear at age seven. Within a few years, Dawson landed his first steady gig playing ragtime and swing at a restaurant in Hollywood and made his decision to become a professional musician after being a featured act, along with the Nicholas Brothers, Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr. and Lena Horne at the twenty-fifth annual Thalians Ball in Beverly Hills. He won a national music competition, the "Arts Recognition and Talent Search," which resulted in a scholarship to the University of Southern California during the fall of 1987. He has played at venues such as the Jazz Bakery, Birdland, Jazz Alley, Jazz at the Crowne, Smalls, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Vibrato Jazz Grill, Spazios and Steamers Cafe. In addition to Jazz venues, he has also appeared at the Comedy Store and the Improv, accompanying notable improvisational groups such as, "Funny You Should Ask," and "Off The Wall". Chris is also the Music Minister for Mount Olive Lutheran Church, in Santa Monica.

Bobby Bradford, Trumpeter

Oct. 6, 2014 - 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

Bobby Lee Bradford is an American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer. He is noted for his work with Ornette Coleman. In Oct. 2009 Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition. He holds a B.M. degree from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin, Texas. He is an instructor at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, and Pomona College in Claremont, California where he teaches The History of Jazz, known to be one of the most popular classes available.

Perry Cook, Emeritus CS Professor, Princeton U. Intellectual Property Strategist, SMule Inc.

Oct. 9, 2014 - 7–7:50pm, Machine Lab B214A

"From Interactive Foley to Laptop Orchestras: Real-Time Physics-Based Parametric Sound Synthesis for Art, Profit, and (most important) Fun!" Cook has published over 200 technical and music papers, books, and book chapters, and presented lectures throughout the world on the acoustics of the voice and musical instrument simulation, human perception of sound, and interactive devices for expressive control of sound synthesis and musical performance. He has performed as a vocal soloist and as a computer musician throughout the world, and has recorded Compact Disks on the Lyricord Early Music Series Record Label with the vocal group Schola Discantus, and live electronic music with the group Interface on the Cycling 74 label. Cook was the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, to write a new book on the subject of Technology and the Voice.

Willie Jones, Drummer

Oct. 20, 2014 - 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall

With an unparalleled style of rhythmic expression, drummer Willie Jones III is one of the world's leading jazz drummers. In addition to honoring his monumental influences - the late greats Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins -Jones' bold articulation and constantly innovative sense of swing are results of his life-long musical experience.

Neil Rolnick

Oct. 20, 2014 - 2-3:50pm, B318

A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, Neil Rolnick’s music has been performed around the world, and appears on 18 commercial recordings. Though much of Rolnick’s work connects music and technology, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, chamber ensembles, orchestra or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.” From 1981-2013 Rolnick was a Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios.

Satoko Inoue

Oct. 20, 2014 - 4-6 pm, Wild Beast
Oct. 20, 2014 - 8 pm, Wild Beast (concert)

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and the U.S. as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yoritsune Matsudaira, Satoshi Tanaka, and Yuji Itoh. She is known for performing works of contemporary composers including Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Giancinto Scelsi, Luciano Berio, and others. Satoko Inoue has appeared at major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and at Japan Year (Germany). This performance includes Melatan by Yuji Itoh, Sight Rhythmics by Jo Kondo, Expressions No. 3 by Keiichi Morigaki, Kicking Shadows by David Rosenboom, Rain Tree Sketch 1 by Toru Takemitsu, and The Waves by Toshiya Watanabe.

Kaoru Kakizakai

Oct. 21, 2014 - 8 pm, Concert in The Wild Beast

Kaoru Kakizakai began studying the shakuhachi with Katsuya Yokoyama following his graduation from Aoyama Gakuin University in 1982. He then graduated from the NHK Traditional Music Conservatory. He won the Grand Prize of the All Japan Hôgaku Competition. He participated in the first and second World Shakuhachi Festival held in Boulder, CO, (1994 and 1998) and first and second Australian Shakuhachi Festival. Kakizakai participated in many of Katsuya Yokoyama's CDs and videos. In 2000, he performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra "Nov. Steps" from the well-known Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, a concerto for shakuhachi and biwa. Since 2000, he has been a lecturer at the Tokyo College of Music. He also regularly travels abroad.

Andy Milne

Oct. 27, 2014 - 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

Toronto native Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. Some of his musical influences include Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Herbie Nichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. Considered one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today, Milne is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the prestigious Civitella Fellowship in 2011. In 2012 he was commissioned by The Japan Foundation and New Music USA to create Strings and Serpents; a multi-disciplinary project featuring artists from Japan, France, Canada and the US. He recently composed and produced the film score for seven documentary films directed by William Shatner. In 2013, Milne was selected to compose an orchestral work for The American Composers Orchestra as part of their JCOI New Music Readings. His highly recognizable group Dapp Theory will release their newest CD, Forward in All Directions, produced by multiple Grammy winner, Jimmy Haslip, in September 2014.

Li Bo

Oct. 29, 2014 - 2-4 pm, B318 (Music Cultures)

Li Bo is one of the world's most renowned masters of the Morin Khuur, (horsehead fiddle). He started playing the Morin Khuur when he was 10 and became a professional performer at fifteen. Li Bo graduated from the Inner Mongolia University of School of Music and has performed as a soloist in numerous festivals, recitals and with orchestras including the Tokyo Philharmonic, Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, the Northern German Philharmonic Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. He performed at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. He has released dozens of recordings and possesses a wide-ranging repertoire which includes many traditional Mongolian tunes, arrangements of Japanese folk melodies as well as European classical and American folk music. Li Bo founded the Morin Khuur NPO Foundation to organize many musical activities such as competitions to promote the preservation of his beloved instrument and its compositions.

Luciana Souza, Jazz Vocalist

Nov. 3, 2014 - 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

Grammy Award Winner Luciana Souza is a singer and songwriter who defies category. Her singing has been called “transcendental” and her recordings have garnered fans all over the globe. Six of her ten solo recordings have been nominated for a Grammy, including her last three records. Ms. Souza has twice been awarded Best Female Jazz Singer (2005 and 2013) by the Jazz Journalists Association. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators - her father, a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist. Luciana’s work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to new music.

Tony Plog, composer and trumpeter

Nov. 6, 2014 - 2-3 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

Anthony Plog began studying music at the age of 10 and got his first orchestral position as Principal Trumpet with the San Antonio Symphony from 1970-1973. He went on to play with the Utah Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony and by occasionally playing in the film studios ( Star Trek 1, Gremlins, Rocky 2&3, Altered States, etc. ). In 1990 he moved to Europe to play Solo Trumpet with the Malmo Symphony in Sweden, and from 1993 to 2013 was Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He has taught at various institutions around the world, including California State University at Northridge, the University of Southern California, the Music Academy of the West, the Schola Cantorum (Basel, Switzerland), the Malmo Music Academy (Malmo, Sweden) and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Anthony Plog retired from the concert stage in 2001 in order to pursue a full time composition career. He currently gives countless master classes around the world.

Boris Hegenbart

Nov. 10, 2014 - 2–3:50 pm, B318

Boris Hegenbart [#/TAU] in his electro-acoustic compositions, Hegenbart combines the aesthetics of 1950’s musique concrete with our day’s digital technologies of music production and sound synthesis, without restriction by the contemporary software’s limitations. For him, this software, as well as music-samples and the sounds of his every day life, become material to be molded according to his artistic intentions. This way Hegenbart creates the delicate and complex sound-scapes he is well known for.

Antoine Bouvy

Nov. 10, 2014 - 4-6 pm, Wild Beast

The pianist Antoine Bouvy is an explorer of the world of sonorities offered by the keyboard. Educated in the tradition and cultural diversity of various European schools, he started studying the piano and the harpsichord in Paris. Noticed by the famous Czech pianist and teacher Radoslav Kvapil, he decides with his recommendation, to proceed with his higher education with Teofils Bikis and Sergeï Osokin at the Riga Music Academy in Latvia. He is often invited to share the stage with internationally-renowned artists, or soloists and musicians from prestigious ensembles (orchestra of Paris, orchestra from the Opera of Paris, from Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, from the Opera in Riga, from Kremerata Baltica or the choir Accentus). Antoine Bouvy is now responsible for the international piano competition "Town of Gagny" in France, and the Piano Master classes in Daugavpils in Latvia (preparation with young pianists to play with a real orchestra). Invited in France and abroad for Master classes in several institutions (University of Kunming, Chengdu, Guiyang in China, CRR of Nice in France, several music schools in Latvia and Poland), he likes sharing the pleasure of discovering the musical works together with young musicians. Antoine Bouvy is also often asked as a juror at international competitions. In 2013, Antoine Bouvy was invited to become the artistic manager of the international festival of classical music in Bailu, located in the province of Sichuan (Chine). This opportunity allows him to develop actually more important projects in Asia.

Jeff Franzel

Nov. 10, 2014 - 4-6 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall (Forum for Musical Arts)

Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 30 years experience in the music business. Jeff began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown. During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Torme. Jeff has written pop songs for such diverse artists as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Push Play, Hayley Westenra, Clay Aiken, Shawn Colvin, N'sync, Dianne Reeves, Taylor Dayne, and Chuck Wicks. He writes in virtually all styles and works with lyricists in many languages. Jeff's songs have been featured on over 20 platinum albums in the U.S. and other countries. On the U.S. Billboard charts Jeff has had a #2 pop hit with Don't Rush Me, a top 10 AC hit with You've Got a Way and a #1 contemporary Christian song called Love Was Never Meant To Die. He has had top ten hits in Japan, England, Brazil, Australia, Holland, Belgium and Poland.

Gloria Coates

Nov. 12, 2014 - 6–8 pm, B318 to Present Work
Nov. 13, 2014 - 8:30 pm, REDCAT Concert

Born in Wisconsin, Gloria Coates began composing and experimenting on her own with overtones and clusters at an early age. Her studies took her from Chicago’s Goodman Theater, and De Paul University, to Louisiana, to Salzburg’s Mozarteum, New York’s Cooper Union Art School, and Columbia University for postgraduate studies in musical composition. During her college years she was active not only as a composer, but also as an Equity actress, writer, critic and director, working in the arts to support herself while she studied. However, her greatest love was music, and it was composition that she felt was her deepest means of expression and which finally became her dedication. While maintaining a residence in the United States, Gloria Coates has lived in Europe since 1970 where she has promoted American music both in organizing a German-American Music Series (1971–1984), writing musicological articles, and producing broadcasts for the radio stations of Munich, Cologne, and Bremen. Gloria Coates’s breakthrough came with the 1978 première of a work composed in 1973, Music on Open Strings, at the Warsaw Autumn Festival; a work for string orchestra in which the scordatura strings retune while playing. It proved to be the most discussed work at the festival and throughout the European press. In 1986 "Music on Open Strings; was a finalist for the KIRA Koussevitzsky International Award along with Philip Glass’s Satagraha , Berio’s “Sinfonia’and Steve Reich’s ‘Desert Music.” She was a finalist for the International Classical Music Award in 2010. She has written 16 symphonies and other orchestral pieces, ten string quartets, chamber music, numerous songs, solo pieces, electronic music, and music for the theatre. 'Stolen Identity' will be premiered on November 13, 2014 at REDCAT.

Jaap Blonk

Nov. 17, 2014 - 11 am–12:50 pm, B305B
Nov. 17, 2014 - 2–3:50pm, Wild Beast
Nov. 18, 2014 - 8 pm, Wild Beast (concert)
Nov. 19, 2014 - 4–5:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall (not open to the Institute)

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin. Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited.

Hal Galper

Nov. 17, 2014 - 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

A student of the piano from the age of six, Galper entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship in 1955 and studied technique with the famous Madam Chaloff. He quickly gravitated to the city's jazz clubs, supplementing his formal Berklee training by studying the performances of such Boston stalwarts as Jaki Byard, Sam Rivers and Herb Pomeroy. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Galper formed one of his most critically acclaimed groups as a leader in the early '70s. With trumpeter Randy Brecker, his saxophonist brother Michael, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Billy Hart, the new Hal Galper Quintet debuted at Sweet Basil in New York's Greenwich Village, eventually recording four albums including Reach Out, Speak With a Single Voice, Children Of The Night and Redux 78. He was a founding member of New York's New School Of Jazz And Contemporary Music and recently retired from his 14 year tenure at Purchase Conservatory. His best selling theory of Forward Motion, was the first interactive E-book in which its more than 300 musical examples could be played in a computer browser. It offers insights into the workings of melodies, secrets of phrasing and ways of practicing to enhance jazz performance.

Ragnar Grippe

Nov. 17, 2014 - 2-3:50 pm, B318

Ragnar Grippe has worked with electro acoustic music since 1973. His work has brought him from feature films to La Scala’s bicentennial in Milan. Ragnar Grippe’s education in Paris at Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) gave him a thorough knowledge of the french aestethics which he has further developed into his own style of electroacoustic music, often with the voice as an important sound source. www.ragnargrippe.com

Tony Micelli

Nov. 18, 2014 - 2 pm, A300 (Percussion Workshop)

Tony Miceli is an internationally known vibraphonist. He is the consummate versatile musician who is involved in a number of musical projects and recordings. An artist who performs throughout the world, Tony has played in countless jazz festivals, percussion festivals, jazz clubs, colleges, and even prisons. He is a performer, educator and innovator, not just as a musician, but also as the creator of www.vibesworkshop.com, his vibraphone online school of music with over 3,000 members. Based in Philadelphia, he performs and leads vibraphone workshops throughout the USA including Colorado, North Dakota, Delaware, Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tony plays with the highest caliber musicians. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. He is the proud originator of The Jōst Project, a band of jazz artists who reach new generations for jazz by playing the music they recognize -- classic rock. He is also proud to play with the Irish musicians who bring back the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Playing vibe improvisations with singer Joanna Pascal, they performed in a concert called “Mozart Reloaded” at Philadelphia’s prestigious Kimmel Center, Joanna Pascal’s rendition of a Mozart opera aria.

Brad Haseman

Nov. 20, 2014 - 7-8pm, B214A - Machine Lab

Brad Haseman is Professor and Assistant Dean (Academic) of the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. As a drama teacher, speaker and researcher Brad has pursued his fascination with the aesthetics and forms of teaching and learning for over 30 years. He regularly presents throughout Australia, Asia, and Scandinavia and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the London Olympic Arts Festival conference on education, sponsored by The Tate Museums and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Brad is known as a leading proponent of Practice-led Research. His paper A Manifesto for Performative Research is seen as a call-to-arms proposing a non-traditional research methodology for the arts. Last year he was keynote speaker at the third Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts in Helsinki. 

Katisse Buckingham

Nov. 24, 2014 - 2-4 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

Playing tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, flute and alto flute, Katisse Buckingham combines heavyweight musicianship with poetry and spoken word to create a flow that often leaves listeners in awe. Growing up in Los Angeles, he cites Miles Davis, Run DMC, Malcolm Mclaren, and Weather Report as equally important early influences. Attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major, Katisse further developed his love for spoken word, poetry, and rhyme schemes. College took him to The Grove School of Music where he studied with multi Grammy winner, Rob McConnell. He also studied extensively with woodwind master Bill Green. Katisse has performed and/or recorded with Yellowjackets, Prince, Billy Childs, Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Andy Summers, Airto & Flora Purim, LA Guitar Quartet, Brian Auger, Amos Lee, Strunz & Farah, Colin Hay, Poncho Sanchez, Don Grusin, Lionel Richie, Pete Yorn, and Vanessa Paradis, among many others. He has played on numerous films including the "Jazz Flute" scene for the Will Ferrell film, Anchorman- The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the Golden Globe winning score to the Robert Redford film, All Is Lost. He is an adjunct faculty member at California State University Northridge.

Aron Kallay

Dec. 1, 2014 - 4-6 pm, Wild Beast

Aron Kallay has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene. He is the co-founder and board president of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series dedicated to classical electroacoustic music, the managing director of MicroFest, Los Angeles’ annual festival of microtonal music, and the co-directer of the underground new-music concert series Tuesdays@MONK Space. He is also the co-director of MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy® award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Aron has upcoming recordings on MicroFest, Cold Blue, and Populist records. In addition to his solo work, Aron is currently a member of the Pierrot + percussion ensemble Brightwork newmusic, the Varied Trio, and the Ray-Kallay Duo. He is on the faculty of the University of Southern California and Chapman University.

Peter Evans, Trumpeter

Dec. 5, 2014 - 2–3:50 pm, Wild Beast
8 pm, Solo Concert with CalArts’ New Millennium Brass Ensemble, Wild Beast

Peter Evans is an American trumpet player based in New York, who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, performance art, free improvised settings, electro acoustic music and composition.

Kate McGarry

Dec. 8, 2014 - 2-4pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

With 5 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal calls her, "Austere and elegant," New York Times pronounced her music, “astute and sensitive". She currently performs in jazz clubs, Performing Arts Centers and festivals throughout the US and abroad. As an educator she has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory. Downbeat Magazine has cited McGarry as 'Rising Star' vocalist for the past 5 years. She has been interviewed on All Things Considered, Jazz Set w/DeeDee Bridgwater, Piano Jazz w/Marion McPartland. McGarry has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Birdland to the Newport Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Fest and Jazz Baltica.

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