Outpost Concert Series: Adventurous Music for Curious Ears

Featured artists come from across the country and connect Riverside's musical culture with a larger, national scene

The annual Outpost Concert Series begins October 17. It is sponsored by UCR’s Department of Music and the Culver Center of the Arts. ucr

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside Department of Music and Culver Center of the Arts present the Outpost Concert Series, dedicated to exhibiting new and innovative music to the local community.

Consisting of several events per season, Outpost presents virtuosic and dynamic performances of music that fearlessly explore groundbreaking territory. Featured artists come from across the country and connect Riverside’s musical culture with a larger, national scene. The events are free and open to the public.

“Many of the artists on the Outpost Concert Series perform music that was specifically written for them by living composers from all over the world. The music at our concerts is challenging, exciting, beautiful, and above all, enriching. It is best experienced during a live performance, where performers engage directly with the audience,” said Ian Dicke, assistant professor in the Department of Music, and curator of the event.

The 2017-18 Outpost Concert Series presents six free events:

  • Oct. 17: Vicky Chow (piano)
  • Nov. 15: A/B Duo (flute and percussion)
  • Jan. 17, 2018: Jeffrey Jacob (piano)
  • Feb. 13, 2018: Transient Canvas (bass clarinet and percussion)
  • March 7, 2018: Argus Quartet (string quartet)
  • April 24, 2018: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (percussion)

All of the performing artists specialize in the performance of contemporary art music. Each program will consist of music composed within the last 40 years, including many works written specifically for each artist by today’s leading composers. Additionally, Transient Canvas and Argus Quartet will work directly with UCR student composers in a special workshop, where new student works will be read and critiqued. These sessions are open to the general public.

If you go:

  •  All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
  •  Culver Center of the Arts: 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
  •  Free admission for all events.

For full schedule, and audio/video clips of featured artists, visit outpost.ucr.edu.

Meet the artists:

Vicky Chow

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) and a “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times). She is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, piano duo X88 Grand Band, New Music Detroit, and has collaborated with other ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink Ensemble.

Vicky Chow

Her latest recordings of Steve Reich’s ‘Piano Counterpoint’ (Nonesuch) and Tristan Perich’s ‘Surface Image’ (New Amsterdam Records) were included in the top albums of the year lists published by outlets such as The Rolling Stone Magazine and Rhapsody. Her solo album “AORTA” (fall 2016 – New Amsterdam Records), features six new works by American composers such as Rome prize winners Andy Akiho and Christopher Cerrone.

Starting the piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and made her New York orchestral debut appearance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Chow is a Yamaha Artist.

A/B Duo

Known for their unique and imaginative concert programming, which varies wildly in style and instrumentation from djembe and contrabass flute to Nintendo Gameboy and drum set), A/B Duo has been delighting their audiences all over the United States since 2013. The duo has performed at The Green Mill in Chicago, Spectrum in NYC, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, as well as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and other diverse venues such as the video game and indie music festival Rockage 4.0.

A/B Duo Christopher G. Jones and Meerenai Shim.

The bi-coastal duo (percussionist Christopher G. Jones from Rochester, N.Y. and flutist Meerenai Shim from the San Francisco Bay Area) has commissioned numerous works from American composers including Drew Baker, Zack Browning, Andrea La Rose, Ned McGowan, Brendon Randall-Myers, Ivan Trevino, and Ken Ueno. Many of A/B Duo’s commissions can be heard on their upcoming full-length album, “Variety Show” on the Aerocade Music label, and on their 2013 EP, “Things We Dream About.”

A/B Duo is probably the only chamber group to design their own video game, “Echoloquacious,” which can be played here.


Jeffrey Jacob

Composer and pianist Jeffrey Jacob has been described by the Warsaw Music Journal as “unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th century music,” and the New York Times as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction.” Jeffrey Jacob received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a doctorate from the Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University. He counts Mieczyslaw Munz, Carlo Zecchi, and Leon Fleisher as his principal teachers.

Jeffrey Jacob

Since his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall, Jacob has appeared as piano soloist with over 25 orchestras around the world,  including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Indianapolis philharmonics.

A noted proponent of contemporary music, he has performed the world premieres of works written for him by George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Gunther Schuller, Samuel Adler, Francis Routh, and many others.

As a composer, Jacob has written four symphonies, three piano concertos, and numerous works for piano and chamber ensemble. Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra premiered his work, “Symphony: Winter Lightning,” and the London Symphony Orchestra recorded his “Symphony No. 3.”

Transient Canvas

Praised by the Boston Globe as “superb,” the dynamic bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, featuring Amy Advocat on bass clarinet and Matt Sharrock on marimba, has been blazing its own trail in the world of contemporary music since 2011. In less than five years, the pair has premiered more than 60 new works, creating an entirely new repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Fearless in their programming and hungry for new collaborations, Transient Canvas has performed anywhere from breweries to Boston’s Jordan Hall. Advocat and Sharrock actively seek out new composers who will stretch their instrumentation to its limits.

Transient Canvas

Transient Canvas performs almost exclusively works written for them. The group’s mission is to provide a blank slate for composers to explore while simultaneously making bass clarinet and marimba a new standard ensemble. Advocat and Sharrock have worked with a wide variety of composers, including well established artists such as Marti Epstein, Curtis Hughes, John McDonald and Andy Vores, as well as emerging voices such as Victoria Cheah, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Adam Roberts, and Tina Tallon.

Dedicated to spreading their repertoire, Transient Canvas has performed across the United States. In recent years, the duo has been the featured closing concert performer at the San Francisco Conservatory’s first annual New Music Gathering, performed a shared recital with pianist Taka Kigawa at the Firehouse New Music Series in Brooklyn, N.Y., and appeared in a collaborative concert with Chamber Cartel and the artwork of Igor Korsunskiy at Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center.

Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 and is receiving invitations from concert series throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Birdfoot Festival, among others. This season also includes performances with the Brentano Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Oneppo Chamber Series, and Carnegie Hall. The Argus Quartet will serve as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts during the 2016-17 season.

Argus Quartet

Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners sits at the core of the quartet’s mission.

The quartet recently began an appointment as the Yale School of Music’s Fellowship Quartet in Residence and is the first ensemble to be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity. In addition to their teaching responsibilities at Yale, Argus has worked with students through residencies and masterclasses at James Madison University, Rockport Music, the Milken School, the Young Musicians Foundation, California State University, Long Beach, and the Birdfoot Festival.

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

Since 2009, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) has forged a distinct identity as a world-class contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works for percussion quartet. Originally, members Nick Terry, Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, and Cory Hills joined together to create a classical percussion ensemble that would champion the important contributions of 20th century West Coast composers while collaborating with local artists to continue the tradition of innovation and exploration. Today, the group continues its mission while broadening creative output through recordings, performances, and educational outreach.

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

LAPQ’s partnership with Sono Luminus Records has contributed some of the most dynamic and realistic recordings of percussion music to date. LAPQ’s seminal album, “Rūpa-Khandha,” recorded at Skywalker Ranch in Marin, Calif., pioneered a new level of sonic achievement in 2012 as the first 7.1 surround-sound high-fidelity recording of percussion chamber music.

The individual members of the group are all active freelance performers and educators residing in Southern California. Collectively, they are graduates of America’s leading music institutions, including USC, UC San Diego, California Institute of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, and Northwestern University. LAPQ members are proud Yamaha Performing Artists and receive generous support from Innovative Percussion, REMO, Black Swamp Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-2653
E-mail: SandraB.Martinez@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Ian Dicke, curator
E-mail: ian.dicke@ucr.edu

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