News: Performer, Composer Terence Blanchard Set for Dual Appearances at UC San Diego

Times of San Diego
January 2023

Jazz trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard will perform with E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet at UC San Diego Tuesday.

The 8 p.m. show, at UCSD’s at Price Center East Ballroom, will include music from the album Absence, an homage to legendary composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The release features pieces written by Shorter as well as original compositions.

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News: ArtPower bringing world-leaping music, dance, film and theater lineup to UCSD

San Diego Union Tribune
By Beth Wood
July 17, 2022

The 30-show 2022-23 season will feature 16 area debuts in a lineup that includes Lei Liang, Cyrille Aimee, Kristina Wong and David Sedaris

The upcoming new season of the University of California San Diego’s ArtPower offers a musical journey across the country, the world and even under the ocean.

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News: In ‘An Untitled Love,’ Kyle Abraham and A.I.M create a dance show around the music of D’Angelo

San Diego Union Tribune
By Marcia Luttrell
January 29, 2022

Choreographer Kyle Abraham has described his dance-making as a “kitchen sink” of influences: a potent mix of classical ballet’s grace and precision, the swagger and syncopation seen in jazz and the fierce, freestyle athleticism of hip-hop.

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Review: In “5 Soldiers,” 5 Dancers Offer Gripping Take on Military Life

San Diego Story
By Janice Steinberg
March 6, 2020

Dance and the military may inhabit separate worlds, but when British choreographer Rosie Kay was recovering from an injury, she was struck by the way that both dancers and soldiers put their bodies on the line. That led her to doing movement research by training with the British Army and creating the gripping, powerful “5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline.”

The piece debuted 10 years ago and has received some of Britain’s top dance honors. And it’s running here for two more nights. Go!


News: Black String, straight outta Seoul, mixes traditional Korean music, edgy improvisation and electronics

San Diego Tribune
By George Varga
February 22, 2020

Yoon Jeong Heo is so active that it’s almost surprising she doesn’t single-handedly generate combustible energy during the course of one of her average working days.

But there is nothing remotely average about this visionary master of the 1,300-year-old geomungo, an intricate, Korean string instrument whose legacy Heo simultaneously salutes and extends with singular skill, reverence and daring. That she has done so in such a conservative, patriarchal country as Korea — and had an international impact — makes her trailblazing achievements all the more impressive.