January 16, 2013

Press Release: The Art of Migration at the Mondavi Center


The Empyrean Ensemble


Davis, Calif.—In a unique confluence of events, UC Davis entities—including the Mondavi Center, the Davis Humanities Institute, and the Departments of Art Studio, Performance Studies, Music, Theatre and Dance, and Sociology—come together to explore "migration." The thinking, says Sam Nichols, one of the festival's many organizers, is that "migration takes many forms” and that its impact, and the process itself, manifests itself in several ways.

The festival's official name is "Worlds of Discovery and Loss: the Art of Migration" and in its mission statement, it says that the festival "looks at the creative worlds generated by migration, and tries to locate various boundaries, both real and imagined." The festival is packed into five days, from Wednesday, January 30, to Sunday, February 3, in the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Opening the festival (on Wednesday) are two fitting events. An art exhibition of large-scale works on paper and small objects, titled “Drawings on Migrations,” will open in the lobby of the Mondavi Center. Curated by UC Davis Studio Art Professor Robin Hill, the works will be by artists Chau Huynh, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Alan Hopkins, and Meredith Tromble, and will remain on display until February 28.

Also that Wednesday, Chan Park (a Korean "P’ansori" expert and professor of Korean language, literature, and performance studies at Ohio State University) will perform in the Korean P'ansori, tradition: storytelling through music and speech, usually with one singer and a barrel drum. In Park's particular case, she performs both in Korean and English languages at the same time.

UC Davis Professor David Kyle of Sociology, and Faculty Director of the UC Global Health Institute will moderate a discussion on Thursday of guests from different artistic disciplines. These individuals are Anthony Sheppard (musicologist), Maria Elena González (a Cuban-American sculptor), Philip Kan Gotanda (American playwright and filmmaker, as well as previous Granada Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis), Peter Kulchyski (a native studies professor at the University of Manitoba), and Chan Park.

The festival mostly focuses on art recently created, and not necessarily on art created by people during a historically significant migratory period. Many works are being created and premiered for the festival. In particular, student composers will work with composer-in-residence Lei Liang—himself a Chinese-born American composer—as well as getting to work with the renowned Calder Quartet.

Groups that are some of the pillars of music at UC Davis—the Empyrean Ensemble and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, led by Christian Baldini—will also perform premieres and fitting works at their concerts. In addition to the art exhibition and the many concerts, there will be an evening of theatre works—two choreographies and two extracts from a play—by candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree. Also, there will be a "Late Night of European Cabaret" with Bella Merlin, accompanied by Michael Seth Orland, piano.

Following the festival is an appropriately-timed visit to the campus by author Isabel Wilkerson, whose book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration” has been designated UC Davis’s Campus Community Book Project of the year, which brings with it its own year-long series of events aimed at keeping a dialogue going among the diverse community.

Through these and other works, the festival will doubtless challenge the notion of migration itself. Professor Robin Hill says “Artists are a migratory species” and “[a]rtists who begin a work of art purposefully, not knowing where it will take them, who require a sense of being lost in order to arrive somewhere, are also performing a kind of migration.”

An outline of the events—many of which are free—at the festival appears below with interesting details about each.

About UC Davis: For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 33,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget of nearly $750 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges—Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools—Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Contact: Phil Daley via pedaley@ucdavis.edu or (530) 400-1858; photos available upon request.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 6:30–7:45 pm
Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center
Drawings on Migrations (Exhibition Opening)
An exhibition of large scale works on paper and small objects on display January 30 – February 28, 2013. Artists works by Chau Huynh, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Alan Hopkins, and Meredith Tromble, curated by Robin Hill, Professor of Studio Art, UC Davis.
Free, non-ticketed | Standing Room

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 8:00 pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Chan Park, Korean p’ansori
P’ansori is the tradition of Korean story-singing, and is performed by one singer with a barrel drum. Chan E. Park is presently associate professor of Korean language, literature, and performance studies at Ohio State University. Her specialization is research and performance of this tradition, especially in the context of transnational studies.
$8 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Standard Seating  

Thursday, January 31, 2013 • 12:05 pm
Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center
Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Calder Quartet • Rootstock Percussion • Mayumi Hama, marimba
Mendelssohn: Allegro vivace assai from String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, op. 80 (Calder Quartet)
Lei Liang: Lakescape II (Rootstock Percussion)
Keiko Abe: Galilee Impressions (Mayumi Hama)
Keiko Abe: Voice of Matsuri Drums (Mayumi Hama)
John MacCallum: aberration (Rootstock Percussion)
Ravel: Assez vif, Très rythmé from String Quartet (Calder Quartet)
Free, non-ticketed | Open Seating

Thursday, January 31, 2013 • 2:00–4:00 pm
Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center
Panel Discussion: Art and Migration
Moderated by David Kyle, professor of sociology at UC Davis, co-director of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, and faculty director of the UC Global Health Institute. The guest panelists are Anthony Sheppard (musicologist and professor of music at Williams College), Maria Elena González (a Cuban-American sculptor), Philip Kan Gotanda (American playwright and filmmaker at UC Berkeley, as well as previous Granada Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis), Peter Kulchyski (Native Studies, University of Manitoba), and Chan Park (a Korean P’ansori expert and professor of Korean language, literature, and performance studies at Ohio State University).
Free, non-ticketed | Open Seating

Thursday, January 31, 2013 • 8:00 pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Migration and Other Projects—A presentation by Master’s of Fine Arts degree candidates in the Department of Theatre & Dance, with support from the Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance, and Performance.
The Migration Project / Le Projet Migration
 Choreography by Christine Germain in collaboration with Slater Penney and Maria Candelaria
 Recipient of the Best Choreography Award at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2012
Crawl by Jarrell Iu-Hui Chua and Bobby August, Jr
Two Extracts from Today I Live—a full-length play by Susan Jane Arevalo
Free, non-ticketed | Standard Seating

Friday, February 1, 2013 • 8:00 pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Empyrean Ensemble: Art of Migration
Kurt Rohde and Mika Pelo, directors | Matilda Hofman, conductor
Lei Liang: Aural Hypothesis for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, and Vibraphone
David Coll: Black Piet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (Art of Migration Festival Composer Fellow)
A.W. Khumalo: ISO(R) for Flute, Cello, and Piano
Kari Besharse: Black Grey Red Orange Grey Blue Grey for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello,
  Piano, and Percussion (Art of Migration Festival Composer Fellow)
[Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm in the Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby.]
$8 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating

Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 8:00 pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Calder Quartet (Program I)
The Calder Quartet drew initial inspiration from the American artist Alexander Calder, and has always strived to perform with the composer’s intention always in mind. They have premiered countless works, and themselves premiered more than 25 works to date, and have spanned classical and contemporary genres—from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Nicholas Omiccioli: reach (Art of Migration Festival Fellow Composer)
Lei Liang: Serashi Fragments
Bela Bartók: String Quartet No. 5
[Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm with composer-in-residence Lei Liang.]
$19 Students & Children, $38 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating

Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 10:30 pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Stranger, Beware …
A night of European cabaret with Bella Merlin of the Department of Theatre & Dance, and Michael Seth Orland, piano.
Free, non-ticketed | Classical Cabaret Seating

Sunday, February 3, 2013 • 2:00 pm
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Calder Quartet (Program II)
Ryan Suleiman: Acqua e Luce (Art of Migration Festival Fellow Composer)
Tina Tallon: selective defrosting (Art of Migration Festival Fellow Composer)
Elliot Cless: stay (Art of Migration Festival Fellow Composer)
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, op. 80
[Post-concert Q&A with the quartet and Sam Nichols]
$19 Students & Children, $38 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating

Sunday, February 3, 2013 • 7:00 pm
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra | Christian Baldini, music director and conductor
featuring Mayumi Hama, marimba
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh: Icy Disintegration (Art of Migration Festival Fellow Composer)
Laurie San Martin: Concerto for Two Marimbas and Orchestra (World Premiere)
 Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, marimba
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
 Nikki Einfeld, soprano
Prokofiev: Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet
$8 Students & Children, $12/15/17 Adults | Standard Seating

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 • 8:00 pm
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Author Talk: Isabel Wilkerson on her book The Warmth of Other Suns
$10/15/20 Students, $20/30/40 Regular | Speaker Series Seating

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