[0xff] New graduate program at UC Irvine

David Reeder dreeder at panix.com
Sat Dec 8 14:40:41 EST 2007

The Department of Music at the University of California, Irvine
invites applications to a new Master of Fine Arts program in
Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT).  The
program is taught by a core faculty whose work embraces diverse
forms of music making, challenging conventional distinctions between
classical composition, computer music, improvisation, and jazz.
Students will receive close personal attention from faculty, and
are encouraged to work on interdisciplinary projects.  We seek
students with a strong foundation who wish to develop new creative
work integrating a wide range of contemporary music and ideas.

ICIT merges two existing UCI programs: 1) Composition and Technology
and 2) Jazz Studies.* This is an innovative program seeking to
break down traditional limitations of academic programs, focusing
on contemporary modes of creative music making and the critical
discourses surrounding them.  In addition to the existing core
faculty (see bio paragraphs below) we will be hiring two new faculty
specifically for ICIT within the next two years.

The Music faculty also includes performers, musicologists, theorists
and historians, making for a rich environment in which to develop
critical skills that are essential for the 21st-century musician.
The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is home to cutting-edge graduate
programs in Dance, Theatre and Studio Art, as well as an
interdisciplinary Master's program in Arts Computation Engineering
(ACE).  UCI is a quickly growing campus within one of the nation's
leading research university systems.   Located near the coast in
Orange County, Irvine is an hour south of Los Angeles, a major art
world center with vibrant contemporary music scenes.

The MFA program is generally completed in two years.  Many students
receive tuition waivers and stipends in return for working as
teaching assistants.  Applicants should possess an undergraduate
degree in music or an equivalent level of training, and should
demonstrate potential for creative and innovative work.

If you have questions or are interested in applying, please contact
one of our core faculty (Akagi, Dobrian, or Dessen), whose bios
and email addresses are listed below.  We welcome your inquiries
and proposals.

* ICIT is a proposed MFA degree program, which we have every
  expectation will be officially approved by spring 2008 for implentation
  in Fall 2008.  In the unlikely event that the new ICIT program is
  not fully in place by Fall 2008, new students would begin in one
  of the existing programs, with the option to transfer into ICIT as
  soon as it is finalized.  (ICIT will also soon be expanded into a
  Ph.D.  program.)


Applications for admission to graduate study at UCI should be
submitted on-line by January 15.


All required supporting materials, such as writing samples, musical
scores, and recordings must be received by February 1.  Applicants
should also arrange for an on-campus audition/interview to be held
by February 1.

In addition to the UCI campuswide requirements, ICIT requires:

  1) A cover letter describing the applicant's interests in ICIT

  2) A representative sample of original creative work in the form
     of scores, recordings, video documentation, etc.

  3) A writing sample in English, preferably on a musical topic;
     this requirement may be fulfilled by the submission of an
     undergraduate paper or an example of similar size and scope

  4) An audition and interview with the relevant faculty, to be
     scheduled with the Music Department

For more information about specifics of the ICIT program and
application process, please contact a member of the core ICIT
faculty (listed below).  General questions about UCI graduate
admission are best directed to the UCI Office of Graduate Studies.
(ogs at uci.edu)



KEI AKAGI, pianist and composer, has been a mainstay of the
international jazz world for over two decades.  Perhaps best known
for his work as a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980's,
his career also includes extended associations with major figures
such as Stanley Turrentine, James Newton, Joe Farrell, Al DiMeola,
and Airto Moreira.  In addition, he has performed or recorded with
Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Charlie
Haden, Charnett Moffett, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Eddie Harris,
Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff
Watts, Allan Holdsworth, and others.  Akagi has recorded 12 CDs as
a solo artist and leader.  As a sideman and accompanist, he has
appeared on over 40 CDs worldwide, including Miles Davis's last
recorded works.  He has also written numerous original works for
his own and others' recordings, with over 30 compositions currently
in publication.

Email: kakagi at uci.edu
Web: http://music.arts.uci.edu/akagi.php

CHRISTOPHER DOBRIAN is the director of the Gassmann Electronic
Music Studio and the Realtime Experimental Audio Laboratory (REALab),
and is producer/director of the Gassmann Electronic Music Series.
Previously he was acting director of the iEAR Studios and the
graduate MFA program at the  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in
Troy, NY, and executive producer of the Electronic Arts Performance
Series.  He holds a Ph.D.  in Composition from the University of
California, San Diego, where he studied composition with Joji Yuasa,
Robert Erickson, Morton Feldman, and Bernard Rands, and computer
music with F.  Richard Moore and George Lewis.  He is vice-president-at-large
of the Electronic Music Foundation, a non-profit organization for
the preservation and distribution of electronic music, and is the
author of the original technical documentation and tutorials for
the Max and MSP programming environments by Cycling '74.  His work
in computer music focuses on the development of "artificially
intelligent" interactive systems for composition, improvisation,
and cognition.  Recent works include Microepiphanies: A Digital
Opera (2000), a completely computer-controlled performance; Invisible
Walls (2001) for dancers, motion tracking system, and computer-controlled
synthesizer; Distance Duo (2001) for two computer pianos in remote
locations connected via internet; In Tongues (2002) for flute and
interactive computer system, premiered by virtuoso James Newton in
Havana; Mannam (2003) for Korean flute (daegeum) and interactive
computer system, premiered at the Seoul International Computer
Music Festival; JazzBot (2005) for Yamaha Disklavier piano and
computer-controlled musical robots, premiered by Kei Akagi at the
Beall Center for Art + Technology.

Email: dobrian at uci.edu
Web: http://music.arts.uci.edu/dobrian/

MICHAEL DESSEN  is a composer-improviser who performs on the slide
trombone and computer.  Drawing on a wide range of experience across
jazz, classical, improvised, and popular forms, he creates his own
unique blend of music and collaborates with some of today's most
exciting innovators.  Dessen has recorded or performed with Yusef
Lateef, Mark Dresser, Susie Ibarra, Vijay Iyer, Terry Jenoure,
Anthony Davis, Adam Rudolph, Cosmologic, Dana Reason, Shahrokh
Yadegari and many others.  Current bands include his electro-acoustic
trio, featuring Tyshawn Sorey and Christopher Tordini, and the
collaborative Cosmologic quartet.  Dessen has also contributed
articles to publications such as The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz,
Improvisation and Communities in Dialogue (Wesleyan University
Press), the online journal Critical Studies in Improvisation /
Etudes Critique en Improvisation, and Musicworks magazine.  His
scholarship focuses especially on the role of African American
traditions within late-twentieth century experimental music worlds.
He received a Ph.D. from the Critical Studies/Experimental Practices
division of the Music Department at the University of California,
San Diego, where he studied with George Lewis and Anthony Davis.
He also holds degrees from the the Eastman School of Music, and
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied with
Yusef Lateef and Salvatore Macchia.  Equally important, Dessen has
been schooled by numerous musicians outside of academia, while
free-lancing in diverse contexts.   

Email: mdessen at uci.edu 
Web: http://www.mdessen.com



MICHAEL HOOKER, Professor of Drama, sound design and composition for theater
VINCENT OLIVIERI, Assistant Professor of Drama, sound design and
  composition for theater
ALAN TERRICCIANO, Professor of  Dance, music for dance

Jazz studies:

CHARLES OWENS, saxophone, director of the UCI Jazz Orchestra

Musicology and Theory:

AMY BAUER, contemporary music, critical theory
RAE LINDA BROWN, African-American composers, jazz history
DAVID BRODBECK, Central European music, rock history
MARGARET MURATA, history of improvisation

For a complete list of UCI Music faculty, please visit

  David Reeder   dreeder at panix.com              7b54 1ac1 8596 a0c5 9c33  
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