Faculty and Alumni of Umbilicus Perform at The Parlor

The percussion quartet Umbilicus, featuring Tom Goldstein, music, Shelly Purdy ’10, Will Redman ’98, and Rob Wolk ’11, performs Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. at The Parlor, in a program including a set with new Department of Music faculty member, Patrick Crossland, trombone. Umbilicus’ set will include work by Anna Rubin, music.

The Parlor
800 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD

Umbilicus was founded in 2012 in reaction to the generic contemporary percussion quartet, with the intention of promoting and performing a more experimental repertoire, much if it composed by its members.

The suggested donation for this event is $5-$7.

E. Michael Richards, Clarinet (11/10)

richards01E. Michael Richards, professor and chair of music, performs a concert of new music this Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

E. Michael Richards is currently currently a guest artist with the Ensemble for New Music at Towson University and the Verge Ensemble, and a founding member of RUCKUS (the faculty contemporary music ensemble of UMBC). He received a 2010 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Council of the Arts, and a 2011 USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship/Creative Activitites.

Admission to this event is free with a UMBC ID. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Livewire 4: Inside and Out (10/23-26)

LIVEWIRE4_v1-10The Livewire Music Festival returns for its fourth year at UMBC to showcase the innovative, contemporary works of renowned musicians and composers from around the globe, Wednesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 26.

Livewire 4 will feature performance and discussion with UMBC faculty, students and guest performers: Audrey Andrist, Lisa Cella, Richard Craig, Patrick Crossland, Alastair Edmonstone, Evelyn Elsing, Zane Forshee, Fuse Ensemble, Tom Goldstein, Francesca Hurst, Brian Kauffman, Maria Lambros, Shelly Purdy ’10, Will Redman ’98, E. Michael Richards, Ruth Rose, Rob Wolk ’11 and others.

Enjoy works by: Jean Eichelberger Ivy, Gérard Grisey, György Kurtág, Paul Chihara, Rahilia Hasanova, Kenneth Frazelle, Morton Feldman, Robert Moran and many others, including world premieres by Linda Dusman, Bruce Pennycook, Anna Rubin and Stuart Saunders Smith.

View the full schedule at artscalendar.umbc.edu/livewire4.

Admission to all events is free with a UMBC ID.

Tiemann-Belzer: 100 Songs, 20 Seconds Each, Drums and Saxophone (10/17)

tiemannbelzerpitchforksJoin Scott Tiemann and Matt Belzer, music, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. for a concert of original works influenced by the history of jazz.

This performance is the culmination of a years long process. After noticing that their compositions were tending toward increasing brevity, the duo gave themselves the task are creating ten albums comprised of ten tracks. Each track is limited to approximately twenty seconds or less. The result is one hundred tracks spanning the history of jazz, metal, funk, science fiction, cruise ship music and none of the above. In this upcoming concert, audience members will have a brand new, fun-filled, listening experience.

$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To purchase tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.

Listen to work by the Tiemann-Belzer duo at their website, and learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

UMBC Jazz Ensemble (10/13)

jazzensemble02-sEnjoy a concert by the UMBC Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Matt Belzer, this Sunday, October 13 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free, suggested donation $15. (Funds raised through ticket sales for this event will be administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.)

Tom Goldstein, Music, and Alumni Perform at Bruun Studios

goldstein01-sThe percussion quartet Umbilicus, featuring Tom Goldstein, music, Shelly Purdy ’10, Will Redman ’98, and Rob Wolk ’11, performs Friday, October 4 in the program Feeling Different — an event that “explores what it means to feel different.”

“When is [feeling different] a good thing, or a bad thing? Empowering, or marginalizing? When does difference generate harmony, and when chaos?”

Attendance is free, but registration is required for attendance. Please email Peter Bruun at peter@bruunstudios.com, to reserve your space. Bruun Studios is located at:
302 E. Federal Street
4th Floor
Baltimore, MD

Lisa Cella, Flute (9/26)

cella01-sJoin Lisa Cella, Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. for the premiere of DUDK*=*FLOT by Gleb Kanasevich and the epic A Liturgy of the Hours by Stuart Saunders Smith. This performance will take place in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

As a champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella, music, has performed throughout the United States and abroad. Cella is a founding member of UMBC’s faculty contemporary music ensemble, Ruckus. She is a founding member of C2 (flute and cello) and inHale (flute duo). She is artistic director of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE.  She is also on the faculty of the Soundscape Summer Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy.

This event is free with a UMBC ID. For more ticketing information, visit our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Tom Lagana Group with Guest, George Garzone (9/20)

george_garzone_06_brescia2008Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, the Department of Music presents the Tom Lagana Group with guest musician, George Garzone.

Tom Lagana Group features UMBC affiliate artist Tom Lagana, “whose playing displays fluid fingering up and down the fretboard, bobbing between subtle and fervor, engaging the listener by setting life’s musings to organic compositions.”

Special guest and saxophonist George Garzone is well-known as a sought-after jazz educator, currently teaching at the Berklee College of Music. He has pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and students of his have included Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, Luciana Souza, Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Doug Yates and Danilo Perez, among many others.

Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, that performs regularly in the Boston area and has toured Portugal. The group has released three albums. A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on more than 20 recordings.

Admission to this performance is free with a UMBC ID.

UMBC Wind Ensemble (5/13)

UMBC-Wind-EnsembleThe Department of Music presents the UMBC Wind Ensemble, in their last semester of the year, Monday, May 13 at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The group will perform a number of pieces under the direction of Richard Spece.

Admission to this concert is free and open to the public.

A Combined Concert Featuring The UMBC Camerata and Opera Workshop (5/10)

A program featuring the UMBC Camerata and the Opera Workshop will take place on Friday, May 10 beginning at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

camerata01-sThe UMBC Camerata, under the direction of Stephen Caracciolo, is a select ensemble of singers from a wide range of backgrounds and majors in the university. The group performs a wide range of works including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works.

ensemble_vocalartsThe Opera Workshop, under the direction of Joseph Regan, is a course designed for 8 – 15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement and character development within the sphere of musical performance.

Admission is free.