Wednesday@Noon Lecture by composer Lukas Ligeti: Recent Music with African Influences and Connections

UCR Department of Music

Wednesday@Noon Lecture

Lukas Ligeti, composer and percussionist
Recent Music with African Influences and Connections
Ian Dicke and Leonora Saavedra, coordinators

Lukas Ligeti will talk about some of his recent compositions and the way they are influenced by, or interface with, various forms of African music. Among the featured works will be “Incandescence” for 10 musicians, written for Eighth Blackbird and the Amadinda Percussion Group, and “Suite for Burkina Electric and Orchestra”, for Burkina Electric, Lukas’ electronic pop band based in Burkina Faso, and the MDR Symphony Orchestra from Germany.

February 13, 2019
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Lukas Ligeti is a composer and improvisor (drums, electronics), and serves on the faculty of UC Irvine’s PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology. The recipient of the 2010 CalArts Alpert Award in Music, he has been commissioned by Bang On A Can, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger, and others, was artist-in-residence at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, has performed as a drummer with Hypercolor (a trio consisting of Eyal Maoz, James Ilgenfritz, and Lukas), John Zorn, Gary Lucas, Elliott Sharp, Marilyn Crispell, Henry Kaiser, John Tchicai, etc., and has given solo concerts on 5 continents playing the marimba lumina, a MIDI percussion instrument designed by the late Donald Buchla. His experimental intercultural work has led him to 15 African countries; he co-founded the groups Beta Foly (in Côte d’Ivoire) and Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso) and has worked with traditional musicians in Egypt, Uganda, Zimbabwe, etc. He has taught at the University of Ghana and at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, and divides his time between Irvine and Johannesburg.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245

Photo: Skye Schmidt, Regents of the University of California, Irvine

• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.


Wednesday, February 13 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Arts Building, Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, International Students, Transfer Students



Free and open to the campus

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