UCR Music and UCR ARTS - Facing Fire + UCR Music

UCR Department of Music and UCR ARTS present

Facing Fire + UCR Music

May 28 – August 9, 2020

Facing Fire is an exhibition that explores western wildfires as omen and elemental force, as metaphor and searing personal experience. Fire tends to spread. So, too, does the meaning of fire. Sixteen artists bring us photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramic, and video as they face fire, sift its aftermath, and struggle with the implications. UCR ARTS is collaborating UCR’s Department of Music to present original compositions created by students and faculty around artworks found in the exhibition.

The faculty and student composers in the UCR Music Department work in a variety of media drawn from influences that range from hip-hop to experimental electronic music. The approaches for each piece within the Facing Fire project are highly individualized. Some works are fully scored compositions for classical instruments, others use external source material and text taken from other mediums, such as video game soundtracks and news reports. Their compositions are a testament to the importance of expressing one’s creative impulses during times of uncertainty and isolation.


Participating composers include:

Faculty: Dana Kaufman  

Grad Students: Christiaan Clark • Ethan Castro • Bob Bozonelos • Aram Adajian

Undergrad Students: Leonora Goble • Jason Tse • Alena Kutumian • Noah Cohill • Sean Leach • Patrick L Gibson • Roberto Casillas 

Biographies and program notes are on the website 

Special thanks to Nikolay Maslov, Curator of Film & Media Projects at UCR ARTS. 

Image: Noah Berger, Ranch Fire, Dye sublimation print on aluminum, 2018, Courtesy of the artist and Associated Press

Support has been provided by UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the City of Riverside.

Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:00am to 11:59pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Exhibitions


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students, General Public

Art, Music
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