The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
Spring 2016 Visiting Artists
Legendary experimental rock band Faust performs with CalArts students
Monday, January 11 – Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 1 – 4:00 pm,
Roy O. Disney Music Hall – The Spirituality of Improvisation (Interim)
Geri Allen is the quintessence of what a present-day mainstream jazz pianist should be. Well-versed in a variety of modern jazz styles from bop to free, Allen steers a middle course in her own music, speaking in a cultivated and moderately distinctive voice, respectful of, but not overly impressed with, the doctrine of conservatism that often rules the mainstream scene. There is little conceptually that separates her from her most obvious models --Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans primary among them -- yet Allen plays with a spontaneity and melodic gift that greatly transcend rote imitation. Her improvisational style is at various times both spacious and dense, rubato and swinging, blithe and percussive. It's a genuinely expressive, personal voice; her music is an amalgam -- honestly conceived, intelligently accessible, and well within the bounds of what is popularly expected from a jazz musician of her generation.
Tuesday, January 12 – Friday January 22, 2016, 2-4:00 pm, Wild Beast – Alexander Technique (Interim)
Kate teaches Voice, Alexander Technique and specializes in working with high-level performers whose work demands both excellent technique and profound artistry. Her work has been called “simple and instantly adoptable, yet radical and groundbreaking.” Kate works with elite performers from musical, athletic and theatrical arenas to achieve the extraordinary.
Tuesday, January 12 & Tuesday January 19, 2016, 7-9 pm, B318 - Harry Partch and the Rejuvenation of Just
Intonation: Introduction and Roundtable (Interim)
John Schneider is a classical guitarist. He performs in just intonation and well-temperament, including pythagorean tuning, including works by Lou Harrison, LaMonte Young, John Cage, and Harry Partch. He is also the founder and musical director of Partch, an ensemble dedicated to the music of Harry Partch. In 2015 he won the "Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium" He owns several copies of different instruments designed by Partch as well as a collection of guitars with microtonal & fretboards. In 2015 he published a revised and enlarged edition of his book The Contemporary Guitar.
Miles Cooper Seaton
Tuesday, January 12 – Friday January 22, 2016, 11-1 pm, Roy O. Disney
Music Hall – Contemporary Songwriting
Miles Cooper Seaton is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. Seaton co-founded the avant / experimental / rock collective Akron/Family, which has performed around the world and collaborated with Michael Gira, Keiji Haino, William Parker, Hamid Drake, the Sun Ra Arkestra and many other cultural and musical luminaries. Mixing the transcendental and intuitive qualities of spiritual music traditions with the visceral, confrontational and humanist values of punk and counterculture art movements, Seaton's solo performances are a candid expression of his musical and cultural roots. Typically a combination of composition and principal-based improvisation, in fine wabi-sabi style, there is often an air of impending derailment and a leave-it-on-the-field mentality that encourages audiences to acknowledge their collaborative role.
Tuesday, January 12 – Friday January 22, 2016, 7-10 pm, Wild Beast – VoiceLab (Interim)
Vocal artist Ute Wassermann is a composer/performer, improviser and interpreter of contemporary music. She studied at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts with Henning Christiansen, specializing in sound installation and vocal performance, and studied classical singing with Carol Plantamura (San Diego) and Arnold van Mill (Hamburg). Since 1984 she developed many special multi-voiced vocal techniques, catalogued by register, timbre and articulative sequences which may be deconstructed and/or superimposed and used to explore spatial resonance phenomena. She has given numerous performances of her own solo work and performs regularly with many improvising musicians including duos with Richard Barrett (live electronic), Aleksander Kolkowski (strohviola, musical saw) and with Birgit Ulher (trumpet) in venues ranging from international festivals (Japan, Australia, Hongkong, Buenos Aires) to lofts.
Tuesday, January 12 – Friday, January 22, 2016, 11-4 pm, B311 – The Sound of Silence – Physiology of Silence (Interim)
Greek mezzo-soprano Anna Pangalou studied singing with Christa Ludwig in Vienna and with Antonietta Stella in Rom. She has finished her studies in the Athenaeum Konservatorium in Athens. She was a scholar of the “Alexandros Onassis Foundation”. She has participated in several Master Classes with Aris Christofellis, Jeanette Pilou, Helga Wagner and Gena Dimitrova. She is a winner of the International “Dimitris Mitropoulos” Competition in 2003 (First Prize). Ever since her debut she had appeared as a soloist in Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, France, Italy and Austria performing Opera, Oratorio, Lied, Musical Theatre as well as Contemporary Music. She has appeared with and Orchestras like the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz, the State Orchestra of Athens, the Orchestra of Colours, the Ionian Orchestra, the Camerata Orchestra of Athens and has collaborated with conductors such as Konstantinos Karudis, Johan Arnel, Altpaslan Ertuengealp, Guillermo Garcia Calvo, Alexandros Myrat and Miltos Logiadis. Anna Pangalou is a Fullbright Scholar in residence at CalArts for the spring 2016 semester.
Friday, January 15, 2016, 11 am – 12:50 pm, Wild Beast – Esa-Pekka Salonen: His Conducting and Inspiration for His Compositions (Interim)
Esa-Pekka Salonen has a restless innovation that marks him as one of the most important artists in classical music. The Boston Globe has said that he displays "a kind of complete musicianship rarely encountered today.” Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. This season will find him as the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, which will play both new and classic Salonen works over the next three years. He is Artistic Director and cofounder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.
As the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 17 years, Salonen is widely credited with revitalizing the organization and bringing the idea of the symphony orchestra into the 21st century. This season Salonen returns to Los Angeles to conduct Mahler, Beethoven, Tanguy, Poulenc, and Dutilleux, and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite with an installation by Ars Electronica Futurelab. He will also present Pelléas et Mélisande, following the great success of last year's semi-staged performances of Debussy's opera at the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7 – 8:50 pm, Machine Lab – TED Talk (Interim)
Perry Cook is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, jointly in Music, at Princeton University, where he founded the Princeton Sound Lab. A recognized expert in computer audio, Perry co-developed ChucK with Ge Wang (and others) at Princeton. He is also the co-founder of PLOrk (the Princeton Laptop Orchestra). Perry received his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Music from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is also a founding advisor, consultant, and Intellectual Property Strategist, for the musical App company SMule. Perry is a lead advisor to KarmetiK and participates in the company’s artistic pursuits as well as technical developments.
Wednesday, January 20 – Thursday, January 21, 2016, Private Lessons 12 – 2:00 pm, B318
Thursday, January 21, 2016, TED Talk 7 – 8:50 pm, Machine Lab
Described as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz,” by The Guardian (UK) and as a "dazzling saxophonist,” by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the JACK Quartet, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble. His recent recording, Mise en Abîme (Pi 2014) was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and The Los Angeles Times. And his previous recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi 2009), was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times. Steve Lehman will be joining our CalArts Music faculty full-time in September 2016.
Monday, February 1, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, A300 – Performer-Composer Forum
One of the best trumpeters to emerge from the avant-garde, Bobby Bradford largely fulfilled the potential of Don Cherry (whose chops declined through the years due to the amount of time allocated to performing on flute and other instruments). Bradford grew up in Dallas, playing trumpet locally with such local players as Cedar Walton and David Newman. In 1953, he moved to Los Angeles where he met and played with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. After moving to Los Angeles, Bradford became a school teacher and also began a longtime association with clarinetist John Carter; his mellow trumpet blended in well with Carter's dissonant flights. He recorded with Ornette Coleman in 1971, but otherwise is best known for his playing and recordings with Carter. Since the clarinetist's death, Bradford frequently led a quintet (the Mo'tet) featuring Vinny Golia and occasionally Marty Ehrlich. In the '90s, he also performed with John Stevens' Freebop, the David Murray Octet, and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra.
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film & Video
Born in San Jose, CA, Jacob Shea graduated from University of California with a degree in Music Composition. He has worked with several of Hollywood’s top composers, including Elliot Goldenthal, Steve Jablonsky, and Hans Zimmer. Credits include music programmer for Public Enemies, arranger for Madagascar 2 and Despicable Me, and composer of additional music for Modern Warfare 2 (VG), Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, Battleship, and Lone Survivor. In 2011, Jacob was selected as one of six fellows to attend the prestigious Sundance Composers Lab. Jacob now heads up the Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop as lead composer. His music can be heard on countless television shows, including the critically acclaimed Science Channel show Through the Wormhole, narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Friday, February 5, 2016, 10-11:50 pm, Wild Beast - Experimental Music Workshop
Reza Negarestani is a philosopher. He has contributed extensively to journals and anthologies and lectured at numerous international universities and institutes. His current philosophical project is focused on rationalist universalism beginning with the evolution of the modern system of knowledge and advancing toward contemporary philosophies of rationalism, their procedures as well as their demands for special forms of human conduct.
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Concert
Monday, February 8, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, A300 - Performer-Composer Forum
Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968's barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. In the history books Niblock is the forgotten Minimalist. That's as maybe: no one ever said the history books were infallible anyway.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 10-11:50 am, B312 - Writing for Woodwinds
Claire Chenette, who hails from Iowa via Los Angeles, has been principal oboe with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2014. She also enjoys an active freelance career in Southern California performing as a member of Wildup modern music collective, founding member of the Joshua Trio and the folk band Three Thirds, recording at Capitol Records and Warner Brothers, and playing with the San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and Opera, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, among others. An advocate of new music, Claire has been a featured chamber musician on the LA Phil's Green Umbrella Series, the Monday Evening Concert Series, Jacaranda, and many others. Claire received double degrees in oboe and religion from Oberlin College and Conservatory and a master’s degree in performance from California Institute of the Arts.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 3:00 Workshop in A300
Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA", an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble who is Artists-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine in New York City. She is also the designer of a line of signature series Italian tambourines made by Remo, and of special brushes for tambourine with Regal Tip. She is the only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in traditional Southern Italian folk dances and percussion combined with singing that she learned in Southern Italy.
Friday, February 19, 2016, 10-11:50 am, Wild Beast – Experimental Music Workshop and 2-3:50 pm, B305B – Critical Reading
Manfred Werder is a Composer, performer. His recent scores feature sentences found from poetry and philosophy or words found from whatever impacts. His performances, both indoors and outdoors, aim at letting appear the world’s natural abundance. Earlier works include stück 1998, a 4000 page score whose nonrecurring and intermittent performative realization has been ongoing since December 1997.
Monday, February 22, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B318 – Graduate Composers’ Forum
Lasse Thoresen (b. 1949) is a professor of composition at the Norwegian State Academy of Music where he has taught composition, electro-acoustic music, and sonology since 1975. He received a graduate degree in composition in 1972 from the Oslo Music Conservatory, where he studied under Finn Mortensen, after which he studied electro acoustic music and composition under Werner Kaegi at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht, the Netherlands. From 1978 to 1981 he conducted a post graduate research project in sonology with support from the Norwegian ‘Norwegian Research Council for Science and the Humanities’. From 1988 to 2000 Mr. Thoresen occupied the principal chair of composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo where he is still teaching composition. He was a guest professor at ESMUC, Barcelona in 2007.
Lori Freedman/Fred Frith
Monday, February 22, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, A300 – Performer-Composer Forum
One of Canada’s most accomplished clarinetists, Lori Freedman boasts a critically acclaimed career that runs over three decades and displays her equally at home in both contemporary classical and avant-garde settings. Since 1981, her work has appeared on over 28 CDs, and more than 45 composers have written solo bass clarinet music for her. The daughter of composer Harry Freedman, Lori was born in Toronto.
Jeremy Webster "Fred" Frith is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor. Probably best known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4-5:50 pm, B318 - Surrealism
Sharon Cheslow will be giving a Talk on Czech Surrealism (and collaborations between Czech artists/writers/filmmakers/composers: Eva Svankmajerová, Jan Svankmajer, Juraj Herz, Vera Chytilová, Zdenek Liska). Born and currently based in Los Angeles, Sharon Cheslow is a musician, composer, artist, and writer. In 1981, she formed Chalk Circle, Washington, D.C.'s first all-female punk band. A retrospective album Reflection was released in 2011. She co-authored the photographic punk oral history book Banned In DC in 1988 (7th edition, 2015). In the 1990s she was in the bands Suture, Red Eye, and The Electrolettes. More recently she has collaborated under the name Coterie Exchange, with works such as the sound event Fan Music: Winds of Change at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and her videos Dream/Construct and September Son. In 2008 she published the book Interrobang?! Anthology on Music and Family. For Fall 2015 she was Acting Reference/Instruction Librarian at CalArts. She is a regular contributing writer to Bull Tongue Review, edited by Byron Coley - her piece on Eva Svankmajerová and Czech Surrealism will appear in the next issue (#5).
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 12-3:50 pm, B318 – Music Cultures
Neelamjit Dhillon is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Vancouver Canada, Neelamjit is skilled in both North Indian classical and American jazz music. His music is a reflection of his own multifaceted identity, spirituality, and vision for promoting a more equitable and just society through shared experience and collective action. Neelamjit’s primary instruments are the tabla, saxophone, and bansuri. He has played tabla since the age of 10 and continues to study the instrument under the tutelage of world-renowned maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. Neelamjit has performed around the world at prestigious events and festivals in locales such as Somalia, India, Brazil, the United States, and Canada.
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7 pm, B214A – Music Tech Forum
Daniel Shiffman works as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a Master’s Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He works on developing tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing, the open source programming language and environment created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an open source book about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing.
Friday, March 4, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B305 – Critical Reading
Friday March 11, 2016, 9-2 pm, Mark Taper Courtyard – The Experimental Music Workshop
Joachim Eckl lives and works in Unternberg near Neufelden at the river “Große Mühl” which is situated in the Mühlviertel: An area steeped in history and of powerful nature. “Die Station – Neufelden”, the former warehouse at the river "Große Mühl“ is now being used as an art location for over 10 years. Joachim Eckl’s work is based on an extended understanding of art which is substantially inspired by Joseph Beuys’ term of a social sculpture. Eckl generates impulses for social sculptures through creating jointly experiences. He regards himself as a "social engineer“. Water plays a central role in this work: Eckl understands and uses it as basic element of human interaction. His “river to river-project” currently brings together rivers and people from all over the world: This generates social warmth. In the years 2008/2009 he realized projects in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Egypt, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Monday, March 7, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B318 – Grad Comp Forum
Julia Wolfe, the 2015 Herb Alpert Award Winner, and winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in music, draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while imultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Wolfe's music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. In the words of The Wall Street Journal, Wolfe has "long inhabited a terrain of [her] own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock."
Thursday, March 17 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film & Video
Born in New York into a musical family, Peter Golub began playing the piano when he was six. Alongside his interest in music, in high school he developed a passion for the theatre, forming a troupe with a group of classmates and directing and acting in adventurous plays (Pinter, Ionesco, Beckett). His interest in music and theatre led to his ongoing involvement in dramatic music as his career travels between film, theatre, and concert music.
Monday, March 28, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B318 – Graduate Composers’ Forum
Mark Applebaum, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Composition at Stanford University. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia, including notable commissions from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Kronos Quartet, and the Vienna Modern Festival. Many of his pieces are characterized by challenges to the conventional boundaries of musical ontology: works for three conductors and no players, a concerto for florist and orchestra, pieces for instruments made of junk, notational specifications that appear on the faces of custom wristwatches, works for an invented sign language choreographed to sound, amplified Dadaist rituals, a chamber work comprised of obsessive page turns, and a 72-foot long graphic score displayed in a museum and accompanied by no instructions for its interpretation. His TED talk has been seen by more than one million viewers. Applebaum is also an accomplished jazz pianist and builds electroacoustic sound-sculptures out of junk, hardware, and found objects. He serves on the board of Other Minds, and at Stanford he is the founding director of [sic]—the Stanford Improvisation Collective.
In Residence Monday, April 4 – Saturday, April 9, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, A300 – Performer-Composer Forum
Andrew Raffo Dewar (b. 1975 Rosario, Argentina) is a composer, improviser, woodwind instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist. Since 1995, he has been active in the music communities of Minneapolis, New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, performing his work in North America, Southeast Asia and Europe. Dewar studied with saxophonist/composers Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton and Phillip Greenlief, composer Alvin Lucier, trumpeter/composer Bill Dixon, and multi-instrumentalist improviser Milo Fine. He has also had a long involvement with Indonesian traditional and experimental music, particularly the Minangkabau music of West Sumatra and Central Javanese gamelan. Dewar has been noted as "having the rare ability to translate his knowledge into something beautiful" (Matthew O'Shannessy, Foxy Digitalis).
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film & Video
Legendary orchestrator and composer Conrad Pope will visit the Composition for Film & Video class on April 7. His most recent score as a composer is Harvey Weinstein’s production of Simon Curtis’ film “My Week with Marilyn”, starring Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne. As an orchestrator, he has worked on numerous films and has collaborated with composers such as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, James Horner and John Powell. Pope was classically trained at the New England Conservatory, Princeton University and Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany.
Monday, April 11, 2016, 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm, B305 - ESP Forum
Seth Cluett is a composer, performer, and artist whose work ranges from photography and drawing to video, sound installation, concert music, and critical writing. His “subtle…seductive, immersive” (Artforum) work has been characterized as “rigorously focused and full of detail” (e/i) and “dramatic, powerful, and at one with nature” (The Wire). Exploring the territory between the senses, Cluett’s works are marked by a detailed attention to perception and to the role of sound in the creation of a sense of place, the workings of memory, and the experience of time. His research interests and critical writings investigate embodied experience, immersive multi-media systems, the media history of the loudspeaker, the history and documentation of sound as an expressive medium, and architectural acoustics as compositional material.
Monday, April, 11, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, A300 – Performer-Composer Forum
Larry Ochs works on and breathes music. He composes. He plays saxophone. He looks for adventurous ideas to take on and for other artists - musicians and friends in other art mediums - to take them on with him. Ochs is primarily found in the worlds of “avant-garde” or “improvised music.” That means that he composes music for “structured improvisation” in general, and in particular for musicians steeped in the art of improvisation, an art form that has really only come into its own in Western music in the past 50 years, primarily thanks to the development of jazz as influenced by the blues and then by Western art music, as well as to the increased exposure of Western musicians to the music of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. But any artists in the visual arts or other performance-based arts that have an interest in taking chances are welcomed in.
Monday, April 11, 2016, Grad Composers, Vocal and Performer-Composer Forum
Nicholas Isherwood is US-born bass singer, who specializes in contemporary and baroque music. Notable roles include "Lucifer" in the world premieres of Stockhausen’s Montag, Dienstag, and Freitag from Licht at La Scala and the Leipzig Opera, and in Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden. In addition to singing, Isherwood has had an extremely active pedagogical career. He has been engaged as professor (or assistant professor) of vocal music and/or music theater (opera) at institutions in France, Germany, and the United States. In 2015, he was recruited by Le Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon as voice professor.
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7 pm, B214A – Creative Tech Forum
As an Executive Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Zalk oversees all aspects of a project’s creation – from the initial concept all the way through opening. In Zalk’s 35 years at Walt Disney Imagineering, he has overseen quite a few theme parks, attractions and experiences ranging in size from small to very large. Currently, Zalk leads a team working on projects for Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. He also held a similar position for Hong Kong Disneyland. Zalk began his career with Imagineering in 1981 where he started as an audio production specialist in charge of recording, mixing and editing audio for Disney parks and attractions, starting with the openings of Epcot and Tokyo Disneyland parks and the launch of the new Fantasyland at Disneyland in 1983. From 1987 to 1990, he was a media producer on the opening team for Disney-MGM Studios (now called Disney’s Hollywood Studios) at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. For much of the 1990s, Zalk was director of post production for Theme Park Productions, the division of Imagineering responsible for producing media for Disney Parks around the world through film, video, music and animation and uses formats like Circle-Vision 360, 3D, 70mm, 35 mm, multi-panel films and video walls. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University.
Monday, April, 18, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, A300 – Performer-Composer Forum
Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Dresser has been a creative force since he first started gaining attention in the early ’70s with Stanley Crouch’s Black Music Infinity, a free jazz ensemble that included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, James Newton, and David Murray (at the same time he was performing with the San Diego Symphony). He earned a BA and MA from the UC San Diego studying contrabass with maestro Bertram Turetzky. Recruited by Anthony Braxton, Dresser made the move to New York in 1986 and spent a decade touring and recording extensively with the reed visionary’s celebrated quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Gerry Hemingway. At the same time he became a ubiquitous force on the Downtown scene, working widely with masters such as Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis, and John Zorn. In fall of 2004, Dresser joined the faculty of University of California, San Diego as Full Professor.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – MAP Forum
A founding member of experimental pop group Animal Collective, Avey Tare was born David Portner on April 24, 1979. Portner grew up near Baltimore and met his future fellow Animal Collective mates Noah Lennox, Josh Dibb, and Brian Weitz in high school, where they bonded over shared musical obsessions including Pavement, the Grateful Dead, and various strains of psychedelic music. In 2000, Portner worked with Lennox on Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, an album credited to Avey Tare & Panda Bear but later recognized as the first official output of Animal Collective. This album set the precedent for Animal Collective's nebulous lineup, as various members would sit out some albums or contribute heavily to others. Portner moved to New York City to attend NYU, and the other members of the collective soon joined him, with the band playing more shows and touring with like-minded noise rock acts like Black Dice, Lightning Bolt, and the Cranium. In 2013, Portner began working with ex-Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman and ex-Dirty Projectors vocalist Angel Deradoorian on the more upbeat Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks. The trio self-produced the debut album Enter the Slasher House, which saw release in 2014.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B318 – Graduate Composers’ Forum
Mike Winter’s work often explores simple processes where dynamic systems, situations, and settings are defined through minimal graphic- and text-based scores that can be realized in a variety of ways. “To me, everything we experience is computable. Given this digital philosophy, I acknowledge even my most open works as algorithmic; and, while not always apparent on the surface of any given piece, the considerations of computability and epistemology are integral to my practice”. Winter has performed across the Americas and Europe at venues ranging in size from small basements to large museums to outdoor public spaces. In 2008, he co-founded and currently co-directed the wulf., a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to experimental performance and art. As a laboratory and hub for exploring new ideas, the wulf. has become an experiment in alternative communities and economies. Similarly, his work subverts discriminatory conventions and hierarchies by exploring alternative forms of presentation and interaction. Mr. Winter currently lives in Los Angeles in the same place where the wulf. primarily organizes and hosts events.
Monday, April 25, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B318 – Graduate Composers' Forum
Twenty-seven year old composer Julia Adolphe’s music has been described as “alive with invention” (The New Yorker) and “colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated” (The New York Times). Adolphe’s works are performed across the U.S. and abroad by renowned groups such as the New York Philharmonic, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and the Serafin String Quartet, among others. Current commissions include a viola concerto for the New York Philharmonic and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and a large choral work for James Conlon and the Cincinnati May Festival. Career highlights include the New York Philharmonic’s premiere of Adolphe’s orchestral work Dark Sand, Sifting Light at the 2014 NY PHIL BIENNIAL and the concert premiere of Adolphe’s chamber opera, Sylvia, at Bargemusic in NYC. A native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, Adolphe pursues a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Monday, April 25, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, Wild Beast – Performance Forum
Katayama began her musical career as an accordionist, performing under the auspices of community concerts and concerts abroad. A college advisor told her that she needed to learn a "real" instrument, so she went to her love of the cello and began "real" lessons. As a cellist, she performs on many recordings. Credits over the last few years include popular TV shows like Alias, Lost, and Desperate Housewives and the hit films Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Dreamgirls, and all of the Austin Powers films. She has played or conducted on such classic records as Prince's Purple Rain and Madonna's Ray of Light, as well as albums by superstars Aerosmith, Nirvana, Elton John, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Ben Folds, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Train, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion. Still performing as an accordionist, Katayama joined Björk's 4-piece ensemble for the Icelandic singer's Post tour.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1-1:50 pm & 2-2:50 pm B318 – Music Cultures
Martin Espino is a Mexican-American musician and composer of indigenous Yaqui and Tepehuano ancestry from Whittier, California. He is of Yaqui (Sonora) and Tepehuano (Durango) Mexican native heritage and is best known for performing authentic prehispanic music with his band MEXIKA.
Nicole V. Gagné
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 4-5:50 pm B318 – Surrealism
Nicole V. Gagné was born in New York City and is a graduate of Fordham University. She is the co-author of Soundpieces: Interviews with American Composers and the author of Sonic Transports, Soundpieces 2, and most recently the Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music. A contributor to The New Grove II, she has lectured on music at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Pittsburgh, and the California Institute of the Arts. Her essays and articles on music have appeared in BMI Magazine, Ear, Keyboard Classics, Op, and Option. In 2004 her history of percussion in American music, “The Beaten Path,” received the Deems Taylor Award for best magazine article about music. The librettist and co-composer of the opera Agamemnon, she is currently hosting the SFCR radio series “A 21st-Century Guide to 20th-Century Music.”
Richard Ray Whitman
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 4-5:50 pm, B312 – Music of Native N. America
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 4:30-6:30, Bijou – Paul Branch Visiting Artist Lecture
Funded by ICAP, School of Music, President’s Office, Art School, Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture
Richard Ray Whitman (Yuchi and Creek) is an established American Indian artist, photographer and actor. He attended CalArts in 1972-73 as a transfer student from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, a tribal college. The IAIA had several established institutional partnerships and CalArts was one of the institutions that offered a transfer arrangement to IAIA graduates. Unfortunately, like many government programs, the IAIA students who did attend more “majority” colleges often did not receive adequate funding or mentorship to continue their degree aspirations. After his first semester, Whitman lacked enough money for tuition, lodging and supplies. He found his way to the Southern California Indian Center in downtown Los Angeles, hoping for assistance. At the center, he happened upon a meeting and agreed to join a protest movement that was forming a caravan of cars to drive out of state. That movement turned out to be the American Indian occupation of Wounded Knee. Whitman credits the FBI as the first collectors of his work, as his camera and film were confiscated after the siege of Wounded Knee ended. Whitman’s political involvement in American Indian rights has continued into the present day. His most well known photographic series, Street Chiefs, (1970-1980) documents homeless urban Native people in Oklahoma. Whitman’s work is featured in the 2014 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian exhibit catalogue “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw” published by Yale University.
Thursday, April, 28, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film & Video
Jeff Beal is one of the most prolific and respected composers working in Hollywood today. He grew up studying the trumpet in the San Francisco Bay area, where he was immersed in the sounds of the 70's jazz, classical, rock & pop music scene. His prodigious talent in composition lead to many works for both big band and orchestra during his high school years. In 1993, after his "Concerto for Jazz Bass" was recorded by John Patitucci on Chick Corea's new label, Beal decided to make the move to Los Angeles . His big break came when Ed Harris called on Jeff to score his directorial debut Pollock (2000). Beal's unique blend of Americana, minimalism, and chamber orchestra caught the ear of many in Hollywood. This led to his relationship with HBO, where he has provided scores for two of their most adventurous series, Rome (2005) and Carnivàle (2003), resulting in 3 Emmy nominations. In total Beal has received 15 prime time nominations and 4 Emmy Awards to date. Frequently called on to score assignments that require a unique and diverse musical approach, Beal won an Emmy for Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King: Battleground (2006). His most recent Emmy is for the underscore to Netflix ground-breaking political drama, "House of Cards."
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12-3:50 pm B318 – Music Cultures
Dr. Jerónimo Rajchenberg is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator. With Mexican roots, his musical language feeds from different times and cultures, creating a novel contemporary idiom. His career has taken him to compose, teach and perform in the most important festivals, concert halls and institutions in the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil and Argentina. Jxel earned both his MFA and DMA degrees in the Performer-Composer Programs from California Institute of the Arts.
George S. Clinton
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 2-3:50 pm, B304 – Composition for Film and Video
George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. The summer after graduation, George attended the Atlanta Pop Festival and, upon hearing Joe Cocker perform "With a Little Help from My Friends", left his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll. Clinton became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, and Three Dog Night; continued arranging and session work; and, as a recording artist, did albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels and the hit martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel. Other noteworthy projects include John Waters's A Dirty Shame; Disney's holiday hits The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3; and the sexy thriller Wild Things.