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Main Gallery Exhibition: Intuitive Drawing Clive King Workshop


All work created will be on display in the Main gallery from August 28, 2017- October 27, 2017

This type of workshop isn’t an end itself but it is generally an opening up process and does allow the person engaged to consider option/directions and media connections that might not have been apparent before. Drawing is the engine that drives the workshop but many of the works turn into paintings, collages or even 3 D constructions.

Although the groups are mainly fine art students, many graphic design, architect, time based media and photography students have found the experience highly worthwhile. The workshop works well on the BA, BFA and MFA levels or a mixture of all levels.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: The Amernet String Quartet & Martin Kuuskmann

Amernet and Martin Kuuskmann

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: The Amernet String Quartet & Martin Kuuskmann

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Forum with Martin Kuuskmann and Amernet String Quartet at 6:30PM

Concert 7:30PM

Guest bassoonist Martin Kusskmann joins FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence the Amernet String Quartet for an evening of works by Tulve, Berio, Dougherty, Kim, Koonce, Rolle, and others.

Students and guests are invited to the free composers forum with on March 30, time and location to be announced. 

FLEA (FIU Laptop & Electro-Acoustic) Ensemble Concert


FLEA (FIU Laptop & Electro-Acoustic) Ensemble, is FIU’s newest musical group. The group performs exciting new work and reinterprets classics of the avant-garde by combining hi-fi and lo-fi technologies. Each piece offers new ways of (re)interpreting technology with or without the aid of acoustic instruments or objects. Directed by composer Jacob Sudol.


For more information, contact the New Music Director, Jason Calloway, at jason.calloway@fiu.edu.

“Social Practice Art: Brown Bag Talks” featuring Marisa Jahn


“Social Practice Art: Brown Bag Talks” featuring Marisa Jahn

Friday, March 10 a Skype talk at 12pm

Of Chinese and Ecuadorian descent Marisa Morán Jahn is an artist, multimedia designer, educator, and the founder of Studio REV-, a nonprofit organization whose public art projects and tools impact the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Music from Spain and South Florida

New Music Spain Oskra

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Music from Spain and South Florida

Thursday, March 9, 2016

Spanish clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz joins the NODUS Ensemble, FIU’s contemporary ensemble, in a program of works by composers from Spain and South Florida in collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Center. Directed by Orlando Jacinto Garcia.

Students and guests are invited to the free Composers Forum with our featured composers at MBUS on March 10 at 12:00 PM.

“Social Practice Art: Brown Bag Talks” featuring Mel Day


“Social Practice Art: Brown Bag Talks” featuring Mel Day

Friday, March 3 a webcast live at 12pm

Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist working across a range of media including video, photography, experimental design, participatory and new media projects. Her works typically have multiple iterations as they evolve across multiple years. She is known for her video installations in which the role of doubt and the unknown complicate and illuminate our ideas of truth. Through recent hybrid media work, as revealed through state-of-the art turbulence simulations and collaborations with computational scientist Frank Ham, Day explores the unstable and ungraspable edge of visual intelligibility, the technologically sublime structure of chaos. In the multi-channel video and audio installation Doxology, she shares footage of her family humming the same hymn at decade-long intervals. Since 2010, Day has been generating layered versions of an experimental group study guide that investigates the instability of belief systems of all kinds. The Study Guide invites the viewer to draw on their own experiences and lays groundwork for dialogue among potentially insular groups.

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Fidelio Trio Concert

New Music Fidelo Trio

New Music Miami ISCM Festival: Fidelio Trio

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30PM

Members of the UK-based Fidelio Trio, violinist Darragh Morgan, cellist Adi Tal & pianist Mary Dullea, perform works by Hersch, Gosfield, Dennehy, Garcia, among others.

Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have a impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.

Their extensive discography includes Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records and Convivium including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon.  Their next release this year will be the Ravel and Saint-Saëns trios for Resonus Classics.

Keen to ensure the future of the piano trio, The Fidelio Trio work closely with composition and performance students at institutions across the UK and all over the world including the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, Stellenbosch Conservatorium and WITS Johannesburg and have been artists-in-residence at St. Patrick’s College Dublin City University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the State University of New York, SUNY.

They are constantly commissioning new works, giving first performances and, importantly, further performances to introduce them into the repertory. Composers that the Trio has worked closely with include Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Judith Weir … to name but few.

Inspirational musicians The Fidelio Trio have collaborated with include Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Richard Watkins (horn), Joan Rodgers and Patricia Rozario (soprano), and with spoken word, author Alexander McCall Smith and poet, Sinéad Morrissey.

The 2015-16 season has included a series of French Piano Trios at St. John’s Smith Square, a residency at University of Birmingham, a tour of India, the ‘Beyond Borders’ PRS for Music Foundation tour of UK and Ireland with composer Piers Hellawell and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Sinéad Morrissey, many festival appearances and an extensive tour of Asia.  They continue as Artistic Directors of their annual Winter Chamber Music  Festival St. Patrick’s College, Dublin and continue to be passionate in their advocacy for the piano trio across the world.

Students and guests are invited to the free Composers Forum on March 2 at 12:00pm at MBUS.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Conservatory strings quartet shoot at my mom's house - Franz Fel

Open Public Rehearsal: Amernet String Quartet

Come visit the Urban Studios and listen to the Amernet string quartet practice 10:30am-1:30pm

Amernet is back with a new sound, a fresh approach and an irresistible energy!

The Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s  exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami.  Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.”

The Amernet is joined this season by second violinist Tomas Cotik and forges ahead with a newly formed sound with the release of a new CD called Dissenting Voices on New Focus Recordings featuring rarely-heard works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Shostakovich, and Mieczysław Weinberg, one of the most important recent re-discoveries and considered by many the third of the great Soviet composers, alongside Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

At last season’s Soluna Festival, under the auspices of the Dallas Symphony, the following was said of the group:  [Misha] “Vitenson is an aggressive violinist who generates a full sound and plays with laser focus, nearly perfect intonation and amazing accuracy.  A natural born leader, he probably would chaff in the second violin chair.  Klotz is probably the best violist you will ever hear.  He has a huge sound that can match the cello or the violin, depending on the texture of the music. His solo passages are stunning.  Calloway has his work cut out for him, playing in such an assertive quartet, but he always rises to the occasion. He offers a firm grounding, and is the underpinning for the remarkable intonation of the group.  However, he can soar above the fray when the music requires it.”  -Theater Jones

Their performance at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series at the Terrace Theater yielded the following comments from the Washington Post:  [“The Amernet’s performance of Beethoven op. 95] was buoyed by the pull of irresistible momentum even in the second movement, in which cellist Jason Calloway’s beautifully weighted falling scale proceeded with stately majesty.  You had a feeling that the four musicians had decided to throw care to the winds and just go for it.  The Amernet…has a whole fistful of recently written pieces in its repertoire, many of which the quartet commissioned.  But a concert of Haydn, Beethoven and Franck is not to be sneezed at…when played as well and with as much attention to style and proportion as this one was.  The group adopted a warm, woody tone for their reading of Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, and a richly lush, almost orchestral delivery for the Franck Piano Quintet. [with Pianist James Tocco]. Their Haydn maintained an intimate, Baroque-like balance and transparency while their Franck ebbed and flowed in the indulgence of that work’s romanticism, and the players seemed equally at home in both of these very different idioms.

The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes and Michael Tree.

Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while in Germany a critic commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.”  (Nürnberger Nachrichten).  The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts.  The Amernet has also appeared as quartet soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony and Alan Gilbert.  Earlier in their career, the Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Prior to their current position at Florida International University, the Amernet held posts as Corbett String Quartet-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Additionally, the ensemble served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.

In its frequent touring, the Amernet has conducted workshops and master classes in Buffalo, Los Angeles, Memphis, and New Orleans as well as visiting residencies at colleges and universities including Columbia, Gettysburg, Penn State, Princeton, Western Illinois, and Wiliams and abroad in Colombia, Israel, Mexico, and Serbia.  The Amernet String Quartet has received grants from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects, the commissioning of new chamber music works, and their concert and conversation series.  The group was the recipient of a Chamber Music Rural Residency Award during which they divided their time among the communities of Johnstown, Somerset, and Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time, and now under the moniker AmerneXt, the Amernet is adopting some of the great works of the late 20th and 21st centuries in the context of earlier and traditional music.  Working closely with some of today’s leading composers, such as John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Fredrick Kaufman, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Chinary Ung, the group has taken on a new attitude, with music by Kurtag, Gubaidulina, Michael Gordon, and some of the fresh new voices of composers under 40.

For more information on the Amernet String Quartet click, HERE.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Performance: Open Mic #22

open MIC Updated 2017

Open Mic #22

The Open Mic series is intended to provide a forum for self-expression to members of our community, to foster and nurture empowerment and self-esteem.

Occurring monthly in the Main Gallery, this is a safe zone for expression and sharing. You can per-register to perform – any thing you’d like at the mic, be it Spoke Word/Poetry, Rap, Prose, Narrative, Monologue, Comedy, Song, Dance or other, all are welcome, encouraged, accepted and safe here. Pleas email Liane Sippin, Lsippin@fiu.edu.

Please come, join and support. Your presence is appreciated and honored, and genuinely lifts the spirit of our community.

For more on the work of Miami Beach Urban Studios Distinguished Affiliate Robert Zuckerman, please click here.

Miami Beach Urban Studios Performance: Florida Grand Opera “Before Night Falls”

Before night falls

Florida Grand Opera “Before Night Falls”


Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boat-lift and his last decade in New York City.

The opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual who was forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication.

In 2000, Before Night Falls was made into an award-winning feature film directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp.

Reinaldo Arenas Elliot Madore*
Ovidio Dinyar Vania*
Victor Calvin Griffin
Lazaro Michael Kuhn
Pepe/Port/Visa Official Javier Abreu
Mother/The Sea Elizabeth Caballero
The Moon Melissa Fajardo
Peasant’s Mother Laura León
Conductor Christopher Allen*
Director David Gately
Production Fort Worth Opera
  * = FGO debut

Sung in English and Spanish with projected titles in both languages

For more information on the Florida Grand Opera please click, here.

Miami Beach Urban Studios MAA Showcase Exhibition

MAA Showcase Exhibition

Exhibition: February 21-March 3, 2016

Opening Reception: February 21,2016 7pm

Artist: Students from the MAA program

The Master of Arts in Architecture (MAA) is a 36-credit post- professional degree program that enables students to pursue advanced studies in three areas: theory, applied research and special topics in practice. Individual areas of concentration are pursued through course work and independent study and may include the philosophy and history of design, digital technologies and visualization, mapping, technology, sustainability, neuroscience and architecture, furniture and industrial design, advanced topics in design and sustainable development. These concentration areas are supported by focus topics in the FIU SOA curriculum and allow students to pursue advanced research combining cross-disciplinary course work with faculty areas of specialization.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Architecture program click, HERE.