10th Annual Toy Piano Festival

Hear new works for toy piano! See an exhibit celebrating this toy instrument and see live shows Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, September 13 at noon

Come early to this show, or else you’ll have to sit on the floor (the toy piano players always have to sit on the floor, so you’ll be in good company.)

The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, recordings, extant literature and commissioned scores. In 2001, because of our activities and at our request, the Library of Congress issued a special call number and subject heading for Toy Piano Scores: M 175 T69 This year marks our Tenth Annual Toy Piano Festival, which has become a San Diego favorite and reported widely in the local, national and international press.

Performer/composers include:  Scott Paulson, Sue Palmer, Kenneth Herman, Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Christian Hertzog, Miriam Manning, Gail Gipson, Wendy Clemente and more!

Join us on the lower level, West wing of Geisel Library at UCSD for two free performances:

Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, September 13 at noon

Le Petit Orchestre du Peuple to perform live score for Josephine Baker film May 23

UPDATE 5/18/10 blogging from gay paree!

Award-winning soundscape artist, musician, and entertainer extraordinaire Scott Paulson, is taking his innovative musical act, the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra (TTPO), to Paris to perform at the Black France Film Festival on May 23. Paulson, who serves as UC San Diego Arts Library’s outreach coordinator and is a UCSD alumnus, has entertained thousands of fans at not-so-silent film screenings and TTPO performances at UCSD’s Geisel Library and various other venues.

At their Paris debut, Paulson and the TTPO will perform a live score composed by Paulson for Josephine Baker’s silent feature Siren of the Tropics. TTPO is adopting a French name for their Paris performance: Le Petit Orchestre du Peuple. The film will be introduced by UCSD Sociology Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette, director of the university’s African and African-American Studies Research Project (AAASRP) and the author of “Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and Image (2007), and “Black Paris: The African Writers’ Landscape (1998), among other publications.
Read more here!

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Seasonal Magic from our Short Attention Span Theater


The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra appears! Scott Paulson conducts some slapstick tone poems, story lady Melanie Treco reads an irreverent classic, library songbird Robin Chandler sings..and a very special surprise: A visit from the Cookie Fairy Sylvia Leighton–yes, you get a cookie! In the course of this short show you’ll also learn about two chapters that Sylvia wrote for the Chicken Soup For The Soul book series. One relays her family’s connection to Cesar Chavez and community involvement and the other relays her “one cookie at a time” approach to changing the world. Monday December 14th at 12:30 pm on the lower level of the West Wing of Geisel Library. Questions? Give Scott a call at 858-822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.

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Our 9th Annual Toy Piano Festival!


Come join us for a PROGRAM OF MUSIC for September 5, 2009, 2:00 p.m., UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Here in San Diego, toy pianos are celebrated with great fanfare in the month of September (because John Cage’s birthday is September 5!!) at UCSD’s Geisel Library. It is there that Scott Paulson and his colleagues at the UCSD Arts Library host an annual toy piano festival. Composers visit the Library and pick a specific toy piano from the collection, and a piece is written specially for that instrument. Some toy pianos only have nine notes, some three octaves—so each piece has its own special charm and special limitations.

The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, recordings, extant literature and commissioned scores. In 2001, because of our Toy Piano Collection’s activities, the Library of Congress issued a special call number and subject heading for Toy Piano Scores: M 175 T69
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The Legacy of Moog

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad is hosting a multi- month long exhibit dedicated to Moog!
“The exhibit is the first of its kind, marking the first public display of the artifacts from Bob Moog’s archives.”
The opening weekend (August 28 -30) will kick off with a launch of the Moog exhibition featuring a demonstration by Keith Emerson ( and music by Erik Norlander and talks by Larry Fast and Brian Kehew .

The exhibition, which highlights the inventor’s career and the impact that it had on the world of music, will feature rare vintage synthesizers and other related Moog instruments and memorabilia from the Bob Moog Archives and from various private collections. A custom video presentation created by Moog historian and exhibit consultant Brian Kehew will form a central part of the exhibit. Read more…

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Roger Reynolds Appointed University Professor

From the Office Of The Chancellor-

Roger Reynolds, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and professor of music at UC San Diego, has been appointed University Professor by the University of California Board of Regents.
Reynolds is only the 36th UC faculty member since 1960 to be honored with the title – and the first artist.

The designation, the highest honor that can be bestowed on UC faculty, is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are recognized and respected as teachers of exceptional ability. The purpose of the University Professorship is to recognize throughout the UC system the special talents of outstanding scholars and teachers.

Reynolds joined the UCSD Department of Music in 1969. He became founding director of the Center for Music Experiment (now called the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, or CRCA), UC’s oldest Organized Research Unit in the arts, in 1972. Reynolds was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1989 for “Whispers Out of Time.” He is credited with being the second experimentalist, after Charles Ives in 1947, to win the prestigious prize. Reynolds is a prolific composer – with an orchestral catalog numbering some 100 compositions. His music incorporates elements of theater, literary texts, digital signal processing, dance, video and real-time computer spatialization, which moves counterpoints of sound around the listener, as well as the perspectives of experimental psychology. His work with spatialization of sounds began in 1961-2 with his renowned music-theater piece “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” on a text by Wallace Stevens.
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Compositional Sketches of Elliott Carter

In celebration of Elliot Carter’s 100th birthday, the Library of Congress has made available online an extensive collection of his sketches for many of his works.
Carter is one of the most acclaimed American composers in the past 100 years and is often described as being the dean of American contemporary music. By making these sketches available, the Library of Congress has enabled us to examine the processes by which Carter has created has created some of his most famous and formidable works.

This current release consists of the following material:

Pocahontas (18*)
Symphony No.1 (224)
Piano Sonata (20*)
Minotaur (108)
Emblems (192)
Woodwind Quintet (141)
Eight Etudes and a Fantasy (140)
Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord (51)
Variations for Orchestra (771)
Double Concerto (161*)

For technical reasons, these are not all complete yet. Numbers in
parens indicate page (image) counts; an asterisk indicates digitization
is incomplete (more to come in future releases).

Along with the previously released sketches for the Cello Sonata (338
images) and the First String Quartet (538 images), these sketches are
now available HERE!

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Dave Kesner! Emmy Winner!

The Arts Library’s own Dave Kesner won an Emmy! Read all about it here!
(That’s him all the way on the left)

Red Fish Blue Fish

Interlude, for four percussionists and carillonneur will be performed across campus over a period of about seventy minutes beginning at noon. The percussionists play on those cylindrical metal traffic blockers. It will be performed by Justin DeHart, Brian Archinal, Luis Tabuenca, Ross Karre, and Scott Paulson.
There are many ways to view the piece; you can follow one percussionist, or travel around to see more than one at once, you can “enter” and “leave” at any time in the piece.

Below are three maps of the performers’ locations during the piece, in case you’re interested in coordinating your viewing this way. They will be at these locations at the following times (add the times below onto the start time)

Location A: 15:00-38:20
Location B: 48:20-60:00
Location C: 60:00-70:00

And here are the maps:

Location A

Location B

Location C

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New UCSD Music Center

We here at the Arts Library are pretty excited about the new Prebys Music Center here on campus. Read all about it Here!
UC San Diego faculty, staff and students are invited to join in the dedication of the Conrad Prebys Music Center this Friday, May 8, from 5:00-5:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place in front of the building on Russell Lane. If you plan to attend, please email your RSVP to sofian@ucsd.edu, and include your name, institutional affiliation and email address.

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