David Rosenboom Selected for UIUC Residency, Releases New Album

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Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition David Rosenboom has a packed schedule this October. Throughout the month, the former dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts will undertake a residency, release his latest album with a fellow CalArtian, and speak at a local artist business conference.

UIUC Residency 

Rosenboom was awarded a two-week residency at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), his alma mater, as a George A. Miller Visiting Professor with an interdisciplinary theme of uniting arts and sciences. As visiting professor in UIUC’s Experimental Arts & Sciences lecture series, Rosenboom’s research on propositional music serves as a focus for “building models of possible worlds” by bringing together faculty throughout UIUC across disciplines—performing art to computer science and engineering, visual art and design to biochemistry. 

Running from Monday, Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 14, the residency features a multitude of lectures, workshops, concerts, and even a radio program. Find the complete programming below and on UIUC’s website.

New Album

New music by Rosenboom releases later this month with NOWS, an album created alongside performer, composer, and former faculty Sarah Belle Reid (Music MFA 15, DMA 20). Across 11 tracks, NOWS is a sonic expression of the trials and tribulations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. More about the album from Ravello Records

The music examines the notion of “co-presence,” or togetherness, when experienced in isolation. This seemingly self-contradictory concept became an everyday occurrence as in-person gatherings became video conferences. Performer-composers Reid and Rosenboom spent this time passing fragmented musical ideas back and forth. In this organic way, a collection of “sound correspondences” accumulated between the two artists, made with instruments ranging from strings and horns to modular synthesizers, analog signal processors, urban and desert soundscapes, and much more. The resulting album, NOWS, is a post-genre masterpiece that speaks to our unique moment in history.

NOWS was released on Sept. 9 is be available to stream or purchase on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, and Deezer. Listen to the album below.

Business for Artists Conference

Rosenboom will also be a keynote speaker at the Santa Clarita Valley Business for Artists Conference, running Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. Day one programming focuses on nonprofit professionals’ development, featuring workshops with experts in nonprofit marketing, budgeting, fundraising, and programming. Day two programming, which kicks off with Rosenboom’s keynote, features artistic professionals, and will be split into three sessions with three workshops per session covering various facets of artistic professional development.

CalArts students can use the code SCAStudents for 20% off admission price. Learn more at the Santa Clarita Arts website.

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As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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