December 1, 2017

Performance Series at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute Enters Fifth Season

The 2017-2018 season of the Qualcomm Institute’s primary performance series gets underway on December 6 with a performance of St. Francis de los Barrios, a new opera by renowned composer Joseph Waters with a libretto by celebrated playwright Allan Havis.

The Qualcomm Institute (QI) also announced today the other performances and artist residencies awarded by QI’s Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) following a peer-review competition open to faculty and graduate students in Music, Theatre and Dance and Visual Arts, as well as any engineering discipline.

”We are pleased to announce a schedule of strong and innovative interdisciplinary and experimental pieces for this fifth season of the IDEAS Performance Series,” said Shahrokh Yadegari, a professor of Music at UC San Diego and chair of the IDEAS selection committee. “We were particularly impressed with the number of new works proposed by graduate students collaborating across departmental lines, including one based on an interdisciplinary initiative involving electrical engineering, music, theatre and dance, nanoengineering and materials science.”

The IDEAS program was launched in 2013 to encourage artists, technologists and scientists to take advantage of the Qualcomm Institute’s advanced audio-visual facilities, services and personnel in developing and staging new or existing works. The program is now in its fifth season.

Here is the schedule of performances planned for the 2017-2018 academic year; click on each title in bold for a brief synopsis of the work to be staged as part of the IDEAS Performance Series:

December 6, 2017 – 7pm – Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
St. Francis de los Barrios
by Joseph Waters (composer), Allan Havis (librettist) with Cynthia Stokes (director)

January 25, 2018 – Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
by Aurora Lagattuta (writer/director), Maya VanderSchuit (editing and video design), Kevin Zhang

February 8, 2018 – Calit2 RML, Atkinson Hall
by Jacob Sundstrom (Ph.D. student in Computer Music) and Anthony Vine (Ph.D. student in Music Composition)

February 8, 2018 – Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
Hearing Seascapes
by Eunjeong Stella Koh (Ph.D. student in Computer Music) and Lauren Jones (Master student in Vocal Performance).

March 15, 2018 – Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
Trapped in the Clouds, Pondering the Night
by Robert Blatt (composer and sound artist) and Jon Paden (MFA in Visual Arts ’17)

April 19, 2018 – Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
Decentered Listening - Ice Vibrations
by Yuka Murakami, Forest Reid, Ash Eliza Smith, Peter Bromirski and Glen McClure

May 31, 2018 – Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
Wölfliliederby Felipe Rossi (Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition) and Johannes Regnier (Ph.D. student in Computer Music) with collaborators Stephanie Richards, Anna Robinson, and Abe King

June 14, 2018 – Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall
by Elisabet Curbelo González (composer and director) with collaborators Verónica Santiago Moniello (dancer/choreographer), Elliot Patros (spatial audio and sonification), Somayeh Imani (biosensing), and Jayoung Kim (sensors)

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