UC Riverside Presents the Outpost Concert Series

Five free concerts offered at UCR Artsblock

The Outpost Concert Series begins on September 29, 2015 and runs through March, 8, 2016.

UCR’s Department of Music and the Culver Center of the Arts present The Outpost Concert Series which begins on Sept. 29, 2015 and runs through March, 8, 2016. The series consists of five events and is dedicated to introducing new and innovative music to the Riverside community.

“Outpost presents virtuosic and dynamic performances of music that fearlessly explore groundbreaking territory,” said Ian Dicke, UC Riverside music professor and the curator of the series.

The featured artists come from all over the country and work to connect Riverside’s music culture with a larger, national scene. All of the artists specialize in the performance of contemporary art music, and each program consists of music composed within the last forty years, including many works written specifically for each artist by today’s leading composers. Additionally, one of the artists will work directly with UCR student composers in a special workshop that will allow for new student works to be read and critiqued.

The concerts are free, and open to the general public.

  • Sept. 29, 2015 – Florent Ghys (double bass and live electronics)
  • Nov. 4, 2015 – Aron Kallay (microtonal piano)
  • Dec. 2, 2015 – Pause (members of Alarm Will Sound, chamber ensemble)
  • Feb. 10, 2016 – Ogni Suono (saxophone duo)
  • March 8, 2016 – Quince (female vocal quartet)
The Outpost Concert Series features artists from across the country.

The Outpost Concert Series features artists from across the country.

All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are located at the UCR Artsblock at 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501.


Florent Ghys is a composer and double bass player from Bordeaux, France, and based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a “Maîtrise” from the University of Bordeaux in ethnomusicology with a focus on Egyptian music, a “Dîplome d’Études Musicales” from the Conservatoire of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés and the Conservatoire of Bordeaux majoring in double bass performance, and an M.M. in music theory and composition from New York University.

As a double bass player he played with the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and the ensemble Ear Heart Music. As an arranger Ghys worked with French singer-songwriter François Cha, and American singer John Lloyd Young for his shows on Broadway in 2013. As a programmer he developed several applications including one for pianist Vicky Chow to be released on Boosey and Hawkes, and as a producer he supervised (editing and mixing) the recording of the piece Piano Counterpoint by Steve Reich.

Aron Kallay: Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay’s playing has been called “exquisite…every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder” (LA Times). “Perhaps Los Angeles’ most versatile keyboardist” (LaOpus).

Kallay has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new music scene. He is the co-founder and board president of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series dedicated to classical electroacoustic music, the managing director of MicroFest, Los Angeles’ annual festival of microtonal music, and the co-directer of the underground new-music concert series Tuesdays@MONK Space. He is also the co-director of MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy award. Kallay has upcoming recordings on MicroFest, Cold Blue, and Populist records. He is also a faculty member at University of Southern California and Chapman University.

Pause (members of Alarm Will Sound): The award-winning composers and visual artists will collaborate on creating new multimedia pieces inspired by quotations from the original Steichen text. As sound and images are thought to share the ability to transcend culture and express the highest truths about the conditions of the human experience – Edward Steichen’s 1955 exhibition, “The Family of Man,” collected images and text from around the world to highlight these global collections. The end result will be performed by a quintet of players known for their virtuosity and expressive performances.

Karl Larson a Brooklyn based pianist, playing at the 2014-2015 Outpost Concert Series.

Karl Larson a Brooklyn based pianist, playing at the 2014-2015 Outpost Concert Series.

The first performance of this project can be seen during the Outpost Concert Series in collaboration with the Culver Center of the Arts. Carl Sandburg asks in his introduction to “The Family of Man,” “What will the story be of the Family of Man across the near or far future?” This project continues this discussion 60 years later, providing a new forum for artists of various disciplines and communities to come together to share their insights.

Ogni Suono: Noa Even and Phil Pierick formed Ogni Suono in 2009 to expand and promote contemporary music for saxophone duos. They collaborate regularly with composers and other performers, presenting diverse programs to a wide range of audiences across the United States and abroad. Notable international performances include a residency at Western University in Ontario and appearances at the inaugural Singapore Saxophone Symposium and at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in Scotland. They have also performed all over the U.S. Emphasizing the importance of education, Ogni Suono’s performances are often accompanied by master classes, clinics, and outreach programs that range from saxophone-specific topics to contemporary music and free improvisation.

They have worked with young saxophonists in Chicago, Houston, Singapore, and Songkhla, Thailand. As winners of a 2012-2013 CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented outreach programs at The Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa City public schools, and Oaknoll Retirement Community.

Quince: With the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble specializes in experimental repertoire that is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as “a new force of vocal excellence and innovation” by The Brooklyn Rail, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of traditional vocal ensemble literature. As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing a wider exposure for the music of living composers, and supports the efforts of concert series and universities who strive to incorporate contemporary repertoire into their programming.

Quince has recently been seen on Vicky Chow’s Contagious Sounds Series, a.per.io.dic’s John Cage Festival in Chicago, on the Philip Glass: Music with Friends benefit concert at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, and at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. Comprised of vocalists Elizabeth Pearse, Kayleigh Butcher, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, and Carrie Henneman Shaw, Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.


Ian Dicke is a composer inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology. His music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and festivals around the world, including the New World Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, ISCM World New Music Days, and the Atlantic Coast Center Band Director’s Association, among others.

Dicke has received grants, awards, and recognition from the Fulbright Program, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New Music USA, New York Youth Symphony, ASCAP, and BMI, among others. He has been an artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Art342, and spent the 2012-2013 academic year living in Sweden as a Fulbright scholar researching interactive musical interfaces and environments.

In addition to his creative activities as a composer, Dicke is also the founder of the Outpost Concert Series in Riverside, CA and co-directs Fast Forward Austin, a music festival held annually in Austin, TX. Both organizations are dedicated to presenting adventurous music and fostering community engagement through key outreach initiatives and collaborative projects.

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