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Paul Davies, Ph.D.
Music Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division
     (650) 949-7141
     (650) 949-7931 (Fax)

Foothill campus
Office: 1212

Course information:
Teaches music theory (Music 3A, B, and C), Introduction to music (Music 1), and the Beatles in the Culture of Popular Music (Music 7D).

Born in Denver, Colorado, Paul Davies received a Ph.D in music from the University of California at San Diego having studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Bernard Rands, and Joji Yuasa. His music has received many performances in the United States, Mexico, and Europe; distinguished ensembles such as the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Nieuwe Ensemble, Amsterdam, la Camerata de la Universidad Aut??noma de Baja California, the Kiev National Opera Chorus, Sonor Ensemble, Duo Runedako, and Ensemble Expose, London, have given world premieres of his works. In 1990 Dr. Davies was invited as guest composer and lecturer to the prestigious Darmstadt New Music Festival in Germany. This invitation was again extended in 1992 and 1994. In 1997, the composeré─˘s é─˙Genjié─˘s Visit to Utsusemié─¨ for guitar and ensemble was performed by Ensemble Expose, with the American virtuoso Alan Thomas as soloist, in a BBC production/broadcast at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in L
ondon, England. This work was also featured in the Evolution of Our Ear Festival at the Academie der Kunste in Berlin, Germany, performed by Nieuwe Ensemble Amsterdam on November 21, 1997. In 1999 the same work was selected for performance at the ISCM World Music Days in Bucharest, Romania. Daviesé─˘work was featured at the California State University Long Beach Festival of the Arts in July of 1998 and in June of the same year the composer was interviewed on Cable Access TV in a program entitled é─˙A Conversation with Paul Daviesé─¨.

In July of 2000, the composeré─˘s é─˙Padre Nuestroé─¨ for mixed choir a cappella was awarded an honorable mention at the Jihlava 2000 Music Festival held in Prague, Czech Republic. The piece received its European premiere at this festival during the month of July. Its companion piece, é─˙Ave Maria,é─¨ for mixed choir a cappella, was also awarded a prize in the é─˙Honorsé─¨ category of the Carlton Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace as part of the é─˙Waging Peace Through Singingé─¨ music festival held at the University of Oregon in July of 2002.

Dr. Davies, who currently is working on Carlota, an opera in three acts, and who teaches composition, music appreciation, music theory, and a course on the Beatles at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, was invited to give a presentation of his works at Stanford University on October 18th, 2001, as part of Stanfordé─˘s on going composition sequence.

Recent commissions and performances would include é─˙Berlin Motivesé─¨ for solo harp, commissioned by the Dutch virtuoso Ernestine Stoop and released in January of 2005 under the Dutch label Attacca, and the é─˙Lennon Variationsé─¨, for harpsichord and piano, commissioned by Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman for the é─˙Cutting Edge Seriesé─¨ sponsored and broadcast by the BBC in London in October of 2006. In 2007, the composeré─˘s Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra and Ave Maria, for mixed choir a cappella, received Masterworks Prizes awarded by ERM Media. The Rhapsody was subsequently recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Robert Ian Winston and with Dmitri Tavanets as soloist. The cd recording of Ave Maria is scheduled to be released in November of 2009 performed by the Kiev Opera Chorus, also conducted by Robert Ian Winston.
An accomplished concert pianist, Dr. Davies has appeared as soloist with the Foothill Wind Ensemble, the Winchester Orchestra, and the South Valley Symphony.

Personal Quote:
"Be Happy in Your Work!"--from the movie "The Bridge Over the River Kwai."

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