Davise Fund Projects 2021/22

The Hugo and Christine Davise Fund for Contemporary Music is administered by the UCLA Music Library to support contemporary music in any genre. 

This year, the UCLA Music Library is pleased to announce support for another incredible cohort of music studies projects at UCLA. 

  • Bridge to Everywhere Workshop and Concert, organized by Kim Nguyen Tran, UCLA Ethnomusicology faculty. In the workshop, Bridge to Everywhere musicians and composers will share effective strategies and approaches in collaborations involving diverse musical traditions, including Hindustani rhythmic structures and melodic frameworks, Ghanaian polyrhythms, Balkan Folk music, and Western classical music. UCLA students will be invited to play these compositions during the workshop and to join in with Bridge to Everywhere during the concert.

Music of Thailand Ensemble

  • Emily Koh commission for Bent Frequency Duo, led by Jan Berry Baker, UCLA Associate Professor of Saxophone. Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Singaporean composer+ based in Atlanta, Georgia whose music reimagines everyday experiences by sonically expounding tiny oft-forgotten details, and is characterized by inventive explorations of the intricacies of sound. As Co-Artistic Directors of Bent Frequency, percussionist Stuart Gerber and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker are The BF Duo Project. Stuart and Jan have commissioned over 30 new works for their duo since 2013 and have given countless performances across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. This project will commission a 6-8 minute piece for saxophone and percussion by Emily Koh, to be premiered at UCLA in 2022.

  • Music and Metaphor Symposium, led by Nina Eidsheim, UCLA Musicology faculty. The Symposium will investigate the repercussions—musicological, social, and political—when we reach to metaphor in order to decipher music and its effects in the world. It will encourage presenters to workshop identifications, reflections, deconstructions, and play related to metaphors used in music practice and discourse.
  • The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Composers recording project, led members of the Arkestra, including Samuel Lamontagne, UCLA ethnomusicology Ph.D. student. This project builds on the Score Book Series and will support recordings of music by prominent Ark composers Horace Tapscott, Jesse Sharps, Ernest Straughter and Lester Robertson.

  • Quatuor Diotima Quartet residency, led by David S. Lefkowitz. The residency will include workshops, recordings, and performances of music by UCLA student and faculty composers, and from their own repertoire.

Quatour Diotima Quartet. Image by François Rousseau

Image © François Rousseau. 

  • “Wish U Best” led by Shyheim Selvan Hinnant, UCLA vocal performance graduate student. This project will produce two audio visual recordings that will bravely explore infatuation, lust, longing, addiction and closure and will feature original orchestrations performed by UCLA students.