Concert Features Percussion, Piano, Electronics

May 31 performance highlights work of UCR composers

Justin DeHart and Nicholas Perry

Percussionists Justin DeHart and Nicholas Perry will perform works by UCR composers on May 31.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — “Contemporary Music for 2, percussion, piano and electronics,” a collaboration between UC Riverside’s Department of Music and ARTSblock featuring percussion instruments in combination with piano and electronic sounds, will be performed at 8 p.m. May 31 in the Culver Center Atrium. The concert is free and open to the public.

In a unique process, UCR composers developed the pieces in close collaboration with the performers. The performance will present Nick Terry and Justin DeHart for percussion, and Gary Barnett on piano, with works by Paulo C. Chagas, Anthony Rasmussen, Christian Dubeau, no.e Parker, and Martin Jaroszewicz.

About the performers and composers

Nicholas Terry performs chamber music throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Chinary Ung, Gavin Bryars, Steven Schick & red fish blue fish, Fritz Hauser, Eighth Blackbird, the California E.A.R. Unit, XTET, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is an active collaborator within Southern California’s vibrant new music community, having premiered dozens of solo and ensemble works to date. His work with Ensemble XII “represents the next generation in the evolution of modern percussion” (Pierre Boulez), and his latest recording with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards this year, including Best Small Ensemble Performance. Terry is a graduate from the University of Southern California, the California Institute of the Arts, and Eastern Illinois University. He is the director of percussion studies in the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts. More information can be found at

Justin DeHart is an avid performer and dedicated teacher of a wide variety of musical styles, from classical to pop, and from world to electronic. DeHart’s musical resume includes performances with the San Diego symphony, pipa master Wu Man, and various pop legends, including Cheap Trick. He holds a B.M. from CSU Sacramento, a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and a D.M.A. from UC San Diego. DeHart is a member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) who was nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY for their album, Rūpa-Khandha, on Sono Luminous Records. He recently released his debut solo CD entitled Strange Paths on Innova Recordings featuring works by Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Gordon and Stuart Saunders Smith. DeHart was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for percussion studies in India (2001) and his talents have been featured at concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. DeHart teaches percussion and improvisation classes at Chapman University Conservatory of Music and is in demand as a freelancer in Southern California.

Gary Barnett has performed as a keyboard soloist and collaborative artist throughout Southern California, the United States, and abroad. Recently, he has been accompanying soprano soloist Camelia Voin in recitals featuring Romanian art and folk music as well as traditional operatic repertoire. As a piano soloist, Barnett performs a variety of repertoire, often championing new works of composers of Southern California. Barnett holds a Ph.D. in musicology from UC Riverside as well as a D.M.A. in piano performance from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Jack Winerock. His dissertation research focused on 18th century musical style in keyboard music of Portugal and Southern Europe with Rogerio Budasz as his advisor. Under the baton of Ruth Charloff with the UC Riverside Orchestra he performed Carlos Seixas’s harpsichord concerto in A Major.  As both a continuo and harpsichord soloist, Barnett has performed in recitals throughout Southern California.

Paulo C. Chagas, professor of digital music and chair of the UCR Department of Music, is a Brazilian composer who is active in Europe, Brazil, and the United States. He studied composition at the University of São Paulo; composition, orchestration and analysis at the Liège Conservatoire; and electronic music composition at the Academy of Music in Cologne. He also served as musical adviser and composer-in-residence at the electronic music studio of the WDR in Cologne. Chagas has written more than 100 works of vocal, instrumental and electroacoustic music. His works have resulted from numerous commissions and fellowships from 1977 to the present and have been performed in Russia, Germany, Belgium, France, South Korea, the United States and Latin America to public and critical acclaim. He is also a prolific author of articles on music aesthetics, semiotics and philosophy.

Anthony Rasmussen has been a prolific composer, producer, and performer in the Los Angeles area for 10 years.  He has produced works for a range of traditional and nontraditional ensembles and has collaborated with members of the Dinali String Quartet, Chanticleer Choral Ensemble, Silk Road Ensemble, and the John Fogerty Band. Tony has fronted and been the primary writer for several band projects including Twilight Spoiler, The Hermeneutics, and more recently, The Haunteta cross-cultural collective comprised of western classical, Persian classical, and jazz musicians. His recent work deals with the topics of cultural memory, the perception of temporal reality, and the function of interactive technology in improvisatory collaboration.

Christian Dubeau is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music has been played in many venues throughout Southern California. He holds a B.A. in music from USC and an M.F.A. in music from UC Irvine. In addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in digital composition at UC Riverside, Christian teaches piano and composition to private students, and group keyboard classes in local elementary schools.  His future plans include being a composer and a member of a university music faculty.

no.e Parker has been an electronic musician and DJ since 1992. She earned her B.S. in textiles and apparel design from Cornell University, and her M.F.A. in digital art and new media at UC Santa Cruz, focusing on live non-idiomatic improvisation between electronic and gamelan instruments. From 2003-2005, she studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan along with Sundanese drumming at the Indonesian National Conservatory of Art in Yogyakarta, Java, while on a Darmasiswa grant from the Indonesian government.  She received a Culver Arts Research Laboratory Residency in 2012, and she is studying tabla with Abhiman Kaushal while pursuing her Ph.D. in digital music composition with concentration in interdisciplinary composition at UCR.

Martin Jaroszewicz is an Argentine composer active in South America and the United States. A composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, his work ranges from solo pieces to chamber orchestra including sound installations, video, improvisation and custom built electronic instruments. He studied at the Conservatory of Music Manuel de Falla in Argentina, California State University Northridge and the University of California Irvine. He teaches composition, technology and theory at California State University, Northridge and a computer science course at the University of California, Irvine. As a developer, he is the author of OSC Physics for the iPad, and other tools for spectral manipulation of sounds. He is pursuing a Ph.d. in digital composition at UCR focusing on spectral-domain spatialization techniques for music.

About UCR ARTSblock

UCR ARTSblock is composed of the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery, and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. Located on a single block in adjacent historical buildings in downtown Riverside, ARTSblock’s mission is to provide a cultural presence, educational resource, community center and intellectual meeting ground for the university and the community. ARTSblock presents significant national and international art and photography, and showcases UCR student artwork and regional artists.

ARTSblock is located at 3824 and 3834 Main St., Riverside. Its three venues are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. plus 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all three venues, and is free during First Thursday ArtsWalk. For film screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time.

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