Three must-see dance and music performances coming to ArtPower at UC San Diego in January 2016

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January 2016 at ArtPower at UC San Diego will kick off with electro-acoustic project Mal’akh Ensemble at 8 p.m., Jan. 8, performing “Animalik,” a series of short animated films with live music at The Loft on the UCSD campus. Founded by multi-laureate Mexican composer Felipe Perez Santiago, the ensemble creates an eclectic sound that combines elements of traditional, avant-garde, folk, contemporary, rock, free jazz and improvisational music. Tickets: $18-$28.

Called “outstanding” and “superb” by The New York Times critics, the Calder Quartet returns to ArtPower at 8 p.m., Jan. 23 with a program that includes chamber music favorites — Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12, Op. 127 and Janá?ek’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters" — along with 21st century woks by Daníel Bjarnason and Andrew Norman, at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on the UCSD campus. Winner of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring some of today’s best emerging composers. Tickets: $36–$54.

Rounding out January is a performance of “OQ” by Bessie Award–winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki and his dance company, Fluid/Hug-Hug; 8 p.m., Jan. 29 at Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus. Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, this latest work by Yamazaki features dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds, including Western contemporary, butoh, hip-hop, and Jamaican dance. Tickets: $28-$46.

ArtPower at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition and food for pleasure and inspiration, engaging diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars and the community.

To purchase tickets: Go to boxoffice.ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-8497. Additional program information can be found at artpower.ucsd.edu

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