Department of Music Concert and Event Listing

Most Department of Music events are general admission, FREE and open to the public.  Ticketed performances are listed below and available for sale online or via the Music Box Office: (858) 534-3448. 

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Grad Forum

Thursday, October 17th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Conrad Prebys Music Center, Experimental Theater - 7PM
*FREE*
Come kick off the first Grad Forum of the year with an evening of performances by music department grads!

- Program -

Tiange Zhou performing her own "Finger Work" for electronics and projection

Kathryn Schulmeister, Alexandria Smith, and Madison Greenstone performing an untitled trio

Anqi Liu performing a modular synthesizer improvisation

Barbara Byers, Celeste Oram, Alexandria Smith, and Joseph Bourdeau Performing "Appalachian Hell / Bag of Bones" by Barbara Byers

Madison Greenstone performing "Telegrams" by Michelle Lou

 

Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms.  From theatrically-oriented conceptions to virtuosic instrumental solos, this Grad Forum highlights the artistic diversity that coexists at UC San Diego.

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Lydia Winsor Brindamour, composition - Graduate Recital

Monday, October 21st, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


A concert of music by Lydia Winsor Brindamour, performed by James Beauton, Erik Carlson, Sean Dowgray, Madison Greenstone, Michael Jones, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Michael Matsuno and Kathryn Schulmeister.

6.30pm- installation (audience can come and go freely)
7pm- concert (no late seating)

Conrad Prebys Music Center, Experimental Theater
FREE

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ENS EKT

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 8:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


ENS EKT

Tuesday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m.
UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center
Experimental Theater

The ENS EKT trio features the experimental musical inventions of Paul Stapleton (Californian born, Belfast-based) in dialogue with the circular breathed multi-phonics and harmonic textures of David Bud (English born, Berlin-based) and the resonant gestural and spectrally focused playing of Mad Pulse Maybe (Danish born, Berlin-based). The group explores emergent timbral, dynamic and social musical structures through improvisation.

Paul Stapleton is an improviser and sound artist originally from Southern California. He designs and performs with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics and found objects in settings ranging from Echtzeitmusik venues in Berlin to the annual NIME conference. Paul is currently Professor of Music at SARC in Belfast, where he teaches and supervises research in new musical instrument design, music performance, sound design and critical improvisation studies. Paul is also currently the co-director of Sonorities Festival Belfast. He has received critical acclaim for several artistic projects and for his sound design and composition work as part of the immersive audio theatre piece Reassembled, Slightly Askew.

Mad Pulse Maybe is a prolific bass player, composer and PhD-researcher in sonic arts. His work with extended instrument techniques and adaptive electro-acoustic performance systems is documented on several releases and through sound installations. He is a frequent collaborator with dancers, has created music for film and theatre and exhibited audio-generated sculpture. He has toured extensively in Europe, the US, Japan and Australia and has performed with Evan Parker, Audrey Chen, Lotte Anker, Tony Malaby and many others.

David Bud is a saxophonist, author and researcher from London, England based in Berlin, Germany. He has performed on baritone and alto with hundreds of musicians in small and large groups, collaborations have included Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Steve Noble, Mark Dresser, Tristan Honsinger, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Audrey Chen, Mark Sanders and many others. His work in improvisation has led to collaborating beyond music with dancers, visual artists, mixed media, built instruments, site specific performance and more. His research interest is in creative processes.

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Grad Forum

Thursday, November 7th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Grad Forums provide an outlet for Department of Music graduate students to present individual and collaborative works on their own terms.  From theatrically-oriented conceptions to virtuosic instrumental solos, this Grad Forum highlights the artistic diversity that coexists at UC San Diego.

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Michael Jones, percussion - Graduate Recital

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Dimitrios Paganos Koukakis, piano - Graduate Recital

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Ensenada Improvisation Week Showcase

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 5:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free


Since 2014, the Semana Internacional de Improvisación has gathered cutting-edge artists from both sides of the border, and beyond, in the Mexican city of Ensenada. This showcase will officially light the spark for next year's edition of the festival, to be held in March of 2020. Featured in this concert is trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Iván Trujillo, presenting the debut of his 8-piece Ensemble. Trujillo will be joined by Ensenada-based improvising visual artist Esther Gámez and by flutist and UC San Diego Faculty member Wilfrido Terrazas as special guests. The combo will present a spicy mix of original compositions and creative music classics, with a Baja California flavor. Furthermore, and in correspondence with the Semana's cross-border spirit, the Ensemble will also be joined by a handful of UC San Diego Grad students to create site-specific large ensemble improvisations at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center.   

Iván Trujillo Ensemble

Iván Trujillo - Trumpet & Electronics 
Martha Rolón - Clarinet
Katherine Hernández - Saxophone
Lesly Sandoval - French Horn 
Kevin Urzua - Trombone
Kalid García - Electric Guitar 
Gabriel Nava - Electric Bass 
Javier Gómez - Drums

Special Guests 
Wilfrido Terrazas - Flutes & Whistles 
Esther Gámez - Live Art  

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WEDS7 red fish blue fish

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free with ID
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The New York Times calls red fish blue fish a "dynamic percussion ensemble from the University of California." Founded 20 years ago by Steven Schick, the San Diego-based ensemble performs, records, and premieres works from the last 85 years of western percussion's rich history. The group works regularly with living composers from every continent. Recent projects include the world premiere of Roger Reynolds' Sanctuary and the American premiere of James Dillon's epic Nine Rivers cycle with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In the Summer of 2011 red fish blue fish collaborated with George Crumb, Dawn Upshaw and Peter Sellars to premiere the staged version of The Winds of Destiny. Eighth Blackbird invited red fish blue fish to join them in performances of works by American icons John Cage and Steve Reich at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The New York Times called their "riveting" John Cage performance the "highlight" of the program. Recordings of the percussion chamber music of Iannis Xenakis and Roger Reynolds on Mode Records have been praised by critics around the world. Recordings released in the 2012-13 season included the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi and rare works of Iannis Xenakis.

In 2012 red fish blue fish presented four concerts of percussion music alongside Percussion Group Cincinnati at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington, D.C., where they performed highlights from Cage's collection of percussion works.

RFBF has had a huge impact on new music percussion performances, recordings and education. Successful RFBF/UC San Diego Department of Music alums include Ross Karre, now with ICE; Aiyun Huang, who heads the percussion department at McGill University; Morris Palter, an assistant professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is also the artistic director of the 64.8 percussion group; and Justin DeHart, who is a member of the Chapman University faculty and of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

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Selector

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Monday Night Jazz: 201B Improv Ensemble

Monday, November 25th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



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Monday Night Jazz: 95JC Jazz Ensembles

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

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Switch~ Ensemble

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater

Free



In an effort to conserve resources and reduce paper waste, we post our event programs as electronic documents on this page (see listings, below). If you are not at a computer, you can easily access this page by scanning the QR code at right (for iPhones we recommend using the built-in camera app). Programs for past events dating back to October 2008 are available in our events archive with links below.

PLEASE NOTE: As an experimental and new music department, much of our music is very intimate and quiet, for this reason, we request that students preparing concert reports refrain from writing or rustling papers during events.  We also respect the artistry of our musicians and adhere to a strict policy of NO LATE SEATING.  Guests arriving late may be turned away or will be asked to enter between pieces.

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