Faculty News: Lydia Artymiw juries Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition, Fireside Five and Friends performs, Guerino Mazzola will co-author book with students, Fernando Meza travels and performs, and Karen Painter to be part of Getty Center event
Lydia Artymiw (piano) was on the jury for the Manhattan School of Music's Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition on February 19, 2015 in New York City.
Tom Ashworth (trombone) and Phil Hey (drums) will perform in Fireside Five & Friends at the Underground Music Cafe (Falcon Heights, MN) on Thursday, February 26. The evening will feature special guests Pat Mallinger, saxophonist and featured artist of the 2015 U of M Jazz Festival, and Jazz Festival Director Dean Sorenson.
Guerino Mazzola (creativity, improvisation, and mathematical music theory) will co-author a text book tentatively titled Cool Math for Hot Music - An Introduction to Mathematical Music Theory with Springer Publishing. Mazzola's co-authors are University of Minnesota School of Music students Maria Mannone and Yan Pang. The text book will be published in fall 2015.
Fernando Meza (percussion) spent two weeks in January researching marimba tradition in Costa Rica. He interviewed key members of the marimba community in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste; observed rehearsals and performances of marimba ensembles; and attended the celebration of the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a traditional religious celebration connected to the rich marimba tradition in this region. He will return to finish his research in August as part of a Grant-in-Aid of Artistry, Research, and Scholarship (U of M Office of the Vice President for Research). Meza will perform as principal timpani and percussion for the Santo Domingo International Music Festival (Dominican Republic) in March and will travel to Cuba in May with the Minnesota Orchestra. Meza recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä and Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductors) and performed Nebojsa Zivkovic's Die Arten des Wassers at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with Adam Rappel (DMA, 2012, percussion) and Paul Shaw (piano).
Karen Painter (musicology) will be part of the A Zócalo/Getty "Open Art" Event at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA titled "Does Artistic Greatness Only Come with Age?" on Tuesday, March 24. As the Getty Museum presents an exhibition of the late work of J. M. W. Turner, muralist Judithe Hernández, painter Ed Moses, and musicologist Karen Painter visit Zócalo to discuss the relationship between age and artistic greatness.