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The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham, featuring works by student composers that combine electronic instruments and signal processing with acoustic instruments
The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions.
Facilitator John Fitzgerald explores the power of rhythm and ‘play’ in pursuit of mindfulness.
Thornton Edge presents a program of works by Stephen Hartke, Barbara White, and Magnus Lindberg, as well as Jeffrey Holmes' virtuosic microtonal work for nine players, Hagall. Composition chair Donald Crockett conducts. PROGRAM: Gradūs (1999) by Stephen Hartke (b. 1952) Nick Davies, clarinet Richard An, piano Ethan Ahmad, percussion Mann-Wen Lo, violin Peter Myers, cello Rebecca Lawrence, bass Learning to See (2000) by Barbara White (b.1965) Elissa Brown, flute Frederik von Wurden, clarinet Richard An, piano Ethan Ahmad, percussion Mann-Wen Lo, violin Peter Myers, cello Ablauf (1983) by Magnus Lindberg (1958) Nick Davies, clarinet Tyler Eschendal and Ethan Ahmad, percussion Hagall (2015) by Jeffrey Holmes Emma McCartney, flute Theodosia Roussos, oboe Sérgio Coelho, e flat clarinet Taylor Eiffert, contra clarinet Weston Mccall, horn Tyler Eschendal and Thomas Kolakowski, percussion Ali Can Puskulcu, violin Diana Wade, viola Peter Myers, cello Rebecca Lawrence, bass Free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs are not available.
Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase.
Students from Thornton's Jazz Studies department present an evening of contemporary jazz as part of an ongoing series.
Griot! African and European Improvisations with Jalli Lamin Kuyateh and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
African musician Jalli Lamin Kuyateh joins music director Adam Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia for a fascinating meeting of musical styles, time periods, and instruments. The improvisational concert will blend Gambian and Baroque songs to create a riveting fusion of African griot and Euro-Baroque music. Kuyateh stands in a long tradition of Gambian bards, performing the African gourd harp (or kora) while singing birimintingo and kumbengo, improvised songs and stories that tell history, sing in praise and love, and offer sage advice. Kuyateh lives in the Netherlands, where he blends traditional and modern African music to collaborate with European ensembles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.
The senior class of Thornton's Popular Music program returns to the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood for this annual showcase.
The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra premieres a new composition by music director Bob Mintzer in a special collaboration between Thornton's Classical and Contemporary Music Divisions. The three-movement work, People Music, strives to find a "meeting place between jazz and groove music and an orchestral sensibility, where both genres are acknowledged in a respectful way." People Music was originally commissioned by the jazz arm of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Composer and musician Paul Dresher and percussionist Joel Davel join forces for an electro-acoustic performance on extraordinary instruments of their own invention. Dresher and Davel will create otherworldly music on the four-stringed, fifteen-foot-long quadrachord, the seven-stringed, 10-foot-long hurdy grande, and electronic-music pioneer Don Buchla’s magical Marimba Lumina. Following the concert, Dresher will present a short talk about his instruments and invite the audience to come onstage and try them out for themselves. Organized by Karen Koblitz from the USC Roski School of Art and Design and Veronika Krausas from the USC Thornton School of Music, the performance is presented in conjunction with Sound Maze, an exhibition of Dresher's instruments on display at the USC Fisher Museum of Art from March 3 through 8. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.
Cellist Clive Greensmith, a former member of the Tokyo String Quartet, leads a masterclass with some of the outstanding students of the Strings and Keyboard departments.