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A Don Ellis Portrait: Strawberry Soup

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments


Ethnomusicology Ph.D. student Marc Bolin recently shared this information, with photos of a special project that began as an assignment for Ethnomusicology 205. Ethnomusicology archivists (Aaron and Maureen) suggested archival collections to research that might specifically interest each student in the class. For Marc Bolin, they could think of no better choice than the Don Ellis collection. Bolin looked through dozens of boxes of Ellis parts and scores and when he found “Strawberry Soup,” he knew he had to do something with the piece and decided to perform it. The Ethnomusicology Review provides the full story, with pictures.

The Ellis Portrait Big Band performing in the UCLA Music Library

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Chancellor’s Residence Series Kicks Off a New Season With Cody Dear

April 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The 2015 Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series has kicked off with a recital with Ethnomusicology student group “Dear’s Crossing.”

The Dears Crossing performed a unique musical set consisting of all original compositions and arrangements. The trio featured Cody Dear on piano/saxophone, Nashir Janmohamed on bass, and David Laudicina on the drums. The group has been working on fusing their individualistic musical interests and styles in hopes of creating fresh and exciting new sounds for all listeners. For the concert repertoire they performed their instrumental medleys of Disney Classics (which includes songs such as You’ve Got A Friend In Me, When You Wish Upon A Star, and Do You Want To Build A Snowman), Joe Hisaishi soundtrack pieces from Hayao Miyazaki Films (including the themes to Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke), as well as a new original composition. Their goal with these medley arrangements is to piece together famous/familiar melodies and showcase the group’s interpretations of them; while the original compositions showcase their mixed interests of jazz, R&B, gospel, pop, and soul. The group as a whole hopes to not only innovate and explore the endless realm of the art of music, but to also be able to produce accessible music for everyone in the general public to enjoy!

Cody Dear at Pino, Nashir Janmohamed on bass, David Laudicina on drums.

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Janomohamed and Laudicina with Mrs. Carol Block, center.

Mrs. Block (front left) and audience enjoying Dear’s Crossing

A last look at Dear’s Crossing

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Senior India Carney Knocks out the Competition on “The Voice”

April 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

If you follow “The Voice” this season, you will have seen UCLA senior voice major India Carney as she has worked her way through the blind auditions and knockout rounds as part of Team Christina. The Daily Bruin alerted us to the competition with this article:

And the UCLA Newsroom followed up with this article:

This week she faces some tough live competition, and audience voting also begins this week. Team Christina will probably be competing tonight, April 7th. If you’d like to vote, here is her information:

Go, India!

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“Words and Music” With Poet Ellen Bass and Pianist Inna Faliks–Review

March 4th, 2015 · 3 Comments

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Peninsula Review’s Richard Lynde recently offered the this very insightful and appreciative review on a special concert by Music Department Professor Inna Faliks and Poet Ellen Bass. Please enjoy the article–CLICK HERE.

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String Bass Professor Christopher Hanulik Featured in L.A. Times Article

February 13th, 2015 · No Comments

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For those of you who might have missed this really wonderful series, the most recent in a series of in-depth articles about principal musicians at the L.A. Philharmonic is worth reading. This particular week UCLA Music Department String Bass Professor Christopher Hanulik, who is also Principal Bass for the L.A. Philharmonic, is featured both in the article and in a separate video clip where he discusses his search for his ideal instrument. This is a fascinating look into the lives and careers of some of the most talented and dedicated musicians in the world. Enjoy the entire article, with video clips, at:

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Updates on Composition Professor Adam Schoenberg

February 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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Adam Schoenberg is one of the most performed composers of his generation. This season, his orchestral works see performances from Florida to Finland; his composition Finding Rothko will have been played over 40 times. In November, pianist Nadia Shpachenko released an album of piano music including Schoenberg’s Picture Etudes, inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Bounce for two pianos. Bounce for orchestra was co-commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Be on the lookout later this year for Adam’s orchestral portrait recording made by the Kansas City Symphony and featuring Finding Rothko, Picture Studies for orchestra, and American Symphony.

    Spring Highlights

Finding Rothko
February 11-12 | Kymi Sinfonietta, Eugene Tzigane (cond.) | Finnish Premiere
February 16 | Orlando Philharmonic, Steven Jarvi (cond.)
May 21-23 | Phoenix Symphony, Tito Muñoz (cond.)

American Symphony
February 23 | United States Marine Band, Col. Jason K. Fettig (cond.) | World premiere of concert band version
April 5 | Nu Deco Ensemble, Jacomo Bairos (cond.) | World premiere of chamber orchestra version

New string quartet
April 24, 26 | Fiato Quartet at South Bay Chamber Music Society

    Additional Highlights

• This season alone Picture Etudes has more than 30 performances. On June 12 Nadia Shpachenko gives the New York premiere at Bargeusic.

• Next Season includes performances by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Iris Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New West Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and others to be announced.

• Next season will also include the premiere of the first ever concerto for PROJECT Trio. This genre-defying group performs all over the world blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles. They have over 80-million views on YouTube, and Adam is thrilled to write them an adventurous and exciting work.

Adam’s website:


For more information regarding Adam Schoenberg, please contact:
Mary G. Madigan, Senior Promotion Consultant
Universal Music Publishing Classical, North America
(347) 987-4145

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Contempo Flux Fall 2014 Chamber Music Concert

December 4th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The UCLA contemporary chamber music ensemble, Contempo Flux, would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the Department of Music’s contemporary music ensemble, Contempo Flux, in a program of music by Charles Ives, George Crumb, Robert Erickson, and Stephen Hartke. Admission is free.


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Music Alum Angel Blue Performs in “La Bohème”

November 6th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Music voice alumna Angel Blue has released a debut album “Joy Alone” on Opus Arte and is currently starring as Mimi in the London Coliseum’s production of La Bohème through November 20.

Read about Angel and her London appearances and album HERE.

More information about the English National Opera’s production of La Bohème HERE.

Photos from ENO production of La Bohème below courtesy of the English National Opera

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Two UCLA Alumni Selected as Finalists for Prestigious Warner Music Prize

November 4th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Professor Juliana Gondek has shared the following good news with us today:

Two graduates of UCLA’s prestigious Voice and Opera Studies degree program, mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell (MM Voice Performance) and bass-baritone Evan Hughes (BA Voice Performance), have been nominated for the first “Warner Music Prize,” which includes a $100,000 cash prize, a Carnegie Hall recital, and a recording offer from Warner Classics. Peabody, Evan, and 14 additional vocalists and instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 35 have been selected by a jury of music professionals for consideration for this award.

Read about it HERE.

Evan Hughes performs in premiere of Ian Krouse opera “Lorca, Child of the Moon.”

Peabody Southwell performs in Opera Gala at UCLA

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UCLA Music Professor Mark Carlson Premieres New Work November 4

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

We have heard from Professor Carlson that his newest piece, The Stargazer, for flute, cello, and piano, will be premiered by Chamber Music Palisades on Tuesday, November 4, at 8:00 pm, at

St. Matthew’s Parish
1031 Bienveneda Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Susan Greenberg, flute, Peter Myers, cello, and Delores Stevens, cello.

Students with current ID are FREE! General admission is $30.

Here’s the program information:

And here’s the ticket information:

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