Upcoming Events

UNC Asheville Department of Music Events – Fall 2019

All Department of Music events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Call (828) 251-6432 with any questions you may have.

Faculty Showcase Concert
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
7:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall Lobby, UNCA Campus

Department of Music Lecture Series
(click to Lecture Series page for more information)

Melodie Galloway

Professor of Music

Melodie Galloway holds a Master’s degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experience as a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, musical theatre, and jazz. Her credits as a conductor include a 2012 Carnegie Hall invited performance featuring 200 singers and orchestra. She led combined choirs and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Krakow) in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living in May 2017 in Vienna, Prague and Salzburg. As the Director of UNCA’s Asheville Singers, she has been invited to perform as part of the Holiday Open House Performances at the White House from 2006-2016, including a private audience with President and Mrs. Obama in 2012. She will be conductor-in-residence in Syros, Greece, for MidAmerica Productions, NY, in 2019. Currently, Dr. Galloway is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she is the Coordinator of Choral and Vocal Studies. She is in demand as a clinician, conference presenter and consultant for arts advocacy.

7:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNCA Campus


Endless Field Residency

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Endless Field is a collaborative instrumental guitar and bass duo featuring guitarist Jesse Lewis and bassist Ike Sturm.  We play original songs filled with intricate finger-style lines, improvisation and ambient textures.  We combine the dramatically different styles that have inspired us with the hope of giving voice to a new and compelling sound.

Nature inspires us.  We journey into the wilderness to create more space in our lives and to reflect on our experience.  This process has challenged us to respond in a way that has pushed us musically.  In sharing our music with others, we hope audiences will listen more deeply and explore their own frontiers.

Our album was recently released on Biophilia Records.  Biophilia is a new and innovative record company that features artists who are united by a common interest in the environment and our communities.  All of the artists regularly collaborate with organizations that specialize in conservation, sustainability and outreach initiatives.

We formed our band after more than a decade of working together in New York City.  During this time we have played alongside some incredible musicians that have deeply affected our sound.   We’re thrilled that our album includes Ingrid Jensen, Fabian Almazan, Chris Dingman, Rich Stein, Misty Ann Sturm, Nadje Noordhuis and Grammy-winning saxophonist Donny McCaslin. https://www.endlessfieldband.com/

Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 5, 2019

All classes and workshops are in Lipinsky Hall

Thursday – October 3
Music Business Class
9:55 -11:10 am Room 018

Ethnomusicology Class
1:20 – 3:00 pm Room 107

Friday – October 4
UNCA String Quartet Rehearsal
8:00 – 9:00 am Room 018

Harmony & Improv. Class
9:30 – 10:45am Room 018

Saturday – October 5
Performance – Little Jumbo
241 Broadway St., Asheville, NC 28801
1:00 pm
Free for UNCA students
$10.00 cover

https://www.endlessfieldband.com/

Live at Lunch

Thursdays in October
October 10, 17, 24 and 31 2019
12:00 pm

Bring your lunch and enjoy performances by UNC-Asheville student ensembles
Highsmith Student Union Grotto, UNCA Campus

October 10
X-Tet, Bill Bares, director;
Brazilian Ensemble, Zack Page director

October 17
Piazolla Ensemble, Andy Jurik, director,
Paul Simon Ensemble, Matthew Richmond, director

October 24
Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Tim Doyle, director
Bluegrass Ensemble, Toby King, director

October 31
Spooky Tunes Ensemble (Halloween Chamber Music), Ben Smith, director

Blue Ridge Orchestra Concert
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday October 6, 2019
7:30 pm
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA Campus
$
http://blueridgeorchestra.org/buy-tickets

Wind Ensemble Concert
Fletcher Peacock, director
Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00 pm
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA Campus

University Chorale and Asheville Singers
Chuck Taft and Melodie Galloway, directors
Sunday, October 20, 2019
3:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall Lobby, UNCA Campus

Department of Music Lecture Series

Mark Burford

Mark Burford

Associate Professor of Music
B.A., Music, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1994

M.A., Historical Musicology, Columbia University, 1999
Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Columbia University, 2005 

Mark Burford is Associate Professor of Music at Reed College, where he is also chair of the American Studies program. His research and teaching focuses on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Austro-German concert music and twentieth-century popular music in the United States, with particular focus on African American music after World War II. His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Musicology, 19th-Century Music, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Current Musicology, Musical Quarterly, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and other edited collections. His article “Sam Cooke as Pop Album Artist—A Reinvention in Three Songs” received the Society for American Music’s 2012 Irving Lowens Award for the outstanding article on American music. He is the author of Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field, released in 2019 by Oxford University Press, and editor of the forthcoming Mahalia Jackson Reader, an anthology of writings on Jackson for Oxford’s Readers on American Musicians series.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019
7:00 pm
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNCA Campus

Faculty Recital: Dr. Hwa-Jin Kim – Piano
Friday, October 25, 2019
7:00 pm
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA Campus
$

Asheville Community Band
Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:30 pm
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA Campus
http://ashevillecommunityband.com

Spooky Tunes – Live at Lunch
Thursday, October 31, 2019
12:00 pm
Bring your lunch and enjoy Halloween inspired tunes by our student ensembles
Highsmith Student Union Grotto, UNCA Campus

Asheville Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert
Monday, November 4, 2019
7:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall Auditorium, UNCA Campus

Songwriter Showcase
UNC Asheville students perform original songs
7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Room 018 Lipinsky Hall, UNCA Campus

Asheville Singers Concert
Melodie Galloway, director
3:00 pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Lipinsky Lobby

Guitar Ensemble Concert
Tim Doyle, director
7:00 pm
Monday, November 18, 2019
Lipinsky Hall Lobby, UNCA Campus

Noon-time Concert
UNC Asheville Camerata and String Quartet
Ben Smith, director
Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall Lobby, UNCA Campus

Wind Ensemble Concert
Fletcher Peacock, director
Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:00 pm
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA Campus

African Drum and Percussion Concert
Sunday, November 24, 2019
3:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall Auditorium, UNCA Campus

Holiday Noontime Concert
Chuck Taft, director
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
12:00 pm
Lipinsky Hall Lobby, UNCA Campus

Blue Ridge Orchestra Concerts
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday December 8, 2019
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA Campus
$
http://blueridgeorchestra.org/buy-tickets

Jazz and Contemporary Ensembles at the Mothlight
Sunday, December 8, 2019
12:00 pm
Haywood Street, West Asheville
$

 

UNC Asheville Department of Music Events – Spring 2020

 

Department of Music Lecture Series

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 Brian Felix

“Beethoven the Improviser”

Brian Felix is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he teaches classes on jazz theory and improvisation, jazz history, keyboard skills, music business, the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. Felix holds a B.A. in Music from Rutgers College, a M.M. in Jazz Performance from DePaul University and a D.M.A. in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His research interests include jazz and improvised musics, the Grateful Dead and the Beatles. His work has been published in the journal Jazz Perspectives and he is the co-author of Interactive Listening: A New Approach to Music. Felix is also a professional keyboardist—he was co-leader of OM Trio, an acclaimed jazz-rock group that toured internationally between 1999-2004.  He continues to perform regularly in the Asheville, NC area with his organ jazz group Fly Casual, the electric Herbie Hancock tribute group Flood and other various projects.
https://brianfelix.com
https://www.unca.edu/person/brian-felix

7:00 pm
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNCA Campus

 

Department of Music Lecture Series

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Andy Jurik

Guitarist, arranger, and educator Andy Jurik actively explores the intersection of classical and popular music. As a solo guitarist, his repertoire includes arrangements ranging from Scottish lute works and Brazilian choro to Radiohead and the Beatles. Enthusiastic about the possibilities of third stream music (a hybrid of classical and jazz), Jurik prizes the compositions of genre-fusing guitarists like Ralph Towner, Roland Dyens, and Dušan Bogdanović. Demeler, his voice/guitar duo featuring vocalist Rachel Hansbury, reimagines Edith Piaf classics, Carter family standards, and timeless Celtic folk songs. Duo Cortado, his long-running duo with guitarist Devin Sherman, actively commissions new works to expand the scope of repertoire for guitar duo. 

Andy’s research in third stream music and contemporary improvisation results in activity on both the concert stage and the lecture hall. He presented a paper on improvisation in historical and contemporary contexts at the 2019 Dublin Guitar Symposium. Andy lectured on his doctoral research on the classical guitar’s role in classical/jazz fusion was presented at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America convention in Fullerton, CA. Recent performances include the ASCAP-award winning Southern Exposure concert series, Brevard College, the Wired Music series, Carnegie Mellon University, Presbyterian College, Central Piedmont Community College, the ArtFields Festival, and the Southern Guitar Festival. 

Andy currently teaches at Western Carolina University (music appreciation, music theory, aural skills) and University of North Carolina Asheville (guitar, Astor Piazzolla ensemble). He earned degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA, 2016), Austin Peay State University (M.M., 2012), and Ithaca College (B.M., 2008). Andy’s previous instructors include Christopher Berg, Stanley Yates, Pablo Cohen, and Steve Brown; masterclass and individual studies include Mark Stewart (Paul Simon, Bang on a Can All-Stars), Lorenzo Michelli and Matteo Mela (SoloDuo), Derek Gripper, and Ricardo Cobo.

Andy acts as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society, a collective that sponsors monthly open meetings, concerts, and masterclasses in the Western North Carolina area. His online critical writing for PopMatters and Spectrum Culture has been recognized by the Kronos Quartet, Nonesuch Records, New Amsterdam Records, and Innova Recordings. 

http://www.andyjurikguitar.com

7:00 pm
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNCA Campus

 

Department of Music Lecture Series

Keynote Lecture – Gabriel Solis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor of Musicology
Affiliate in African American Studies
Chair of Musicology
Dean’s Fellow, College of Fine and Applied Arts

B.A. (musicology), University of Wisconsin; Ph. D. (musicology/ethnomusicology), Washington University in St. Louis

A scholar of African American music and of Indigenous musics of the Southwestern Pacific, Gabriel Solis has done ethnographic and historical research with jazz musicians in the United States and with musicians in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Drawing on work in African American studies, anthropology, and history, he addresses the ways people engage the past, performing history and memory through music. Additionally, his work explores musicians’ and audiences’ interactions with and personalization of mass-mediated musical commodities in transnational circulation. He has received the Wenner Gren Foundation’s Hunt Fellowship, the Arnold O. Beckman Fellowship for distinguished research, the Madden Fellowship for research in technology and the arts, an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowship, and most recently a Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory senior fellowship.  He received the honorable mention for the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Jaap Kunst Prize for “Artisanship, Innovation, and Indigenous Modernity in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea: Ataizo Mutahe’s Flutes,” in 2013. His articles have appeared in The Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Popular Music and Society, Musicultures, and a number of edited collections. He is the author of a book on contemporary performances of Thelonious Monk’s music, titled Monk’s Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making (University of California Press, 2007), and a book on John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk’s work together in the late-1950s (Oxford University Press, 2013), and co-editor with Bruno Nettl of a collection of essays on improvisation cross-culturally. He is currently working on a book on Tom Waits and the theatrics of masculinity, and on a study of the history of connections between artists and activists in Australia and Papua New Guinea and their counterparts in the African diaspora, titled The Black Pacific. In addition to jazz, Dr. Solis has studied capoeira with Contramestre Dennis Chiaramonte of Livre como Vento, Professor Doutor of ASCAB and Instructor Macaquinho of Capoeira Angola Palmares.

7:00 pm
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNCA Campus