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  • Martha Sprigge (photo by Eric Isaacs)
The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies will present a lecture with UCSB Assistant Professor of Musicology, Martha Sprigge, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Phelps Hall, Room 6206. In the summer of 1945, cities across occupied Germany lay in ruins, sometimes rendered entirely unrecognizable in the aftermath of Allied aerial bombing attacks during World War II. In this talk, titled "Germany's Musical Ruins," Dr. Sprigge will examine musical responses to the Air War. Composers who responded to Germany’s post-catastrophic landscape by engaging with visceral images of urban destruction in their compositions participated in a larger artistic trend known as Trümmerkünste, or the “rubble arts” that flourished across both Germanys in the late wartime and early postwar years. These musical works transformed the aftermath of the bombing—the rubble—into an aesthetic object—or, a ruin—at both the level of composition and performance. Dr. Martha Sprigge is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines musical expressions of mourning and loss in Germany and Eastern Europe, and she is currently writing a book on musical mourning and commemorative culture in the former German Democratic Republic. 
  1. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
  • Rikhardur H. Fridriksson
The Corwin Chair presents a lecture with composer Rikhardur H. Fridriksson on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Studio Xenakis (Room 2215). In Fridriksson's lecture, "Me and Music: Is there a future?", he will talk about his work in surround electroacoustic music as well as improvisation on electric guitar with live electronics. Through that he will reflect on the grey areas between music, research, and programming, as well as expressing his views on the possible future of music and future role of the composer.
  1. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
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As part of the World Music Series, The Very Lonesome Boys (Peter Feldmann, David West, and Tom Lee) will present a selection of early country heart songs, banjo breakdowns, and bluegrass standards, sung in three-part harmony with banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass. This is Peter's 56th year as a performer, student, broadcaster and promoter of traditional American music. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the UCSB Music Bowl. The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
  1. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
  • Aaron Fox working through archival recordings with the late Iñupiaq elder and music expert Warren Matumeak
Aaron A. Fox (Columbia University) will present "Decolonizing the Ethnomusicological Archive" on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Special Research Collections (UCSB Library). This event is the third in the CISM in the Archive series. CISM in the Archive is an event series presented by the UCSB Library and the UCSB Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Music (CISM). Each year, a music scholar is invited into UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections to explore historic sound collections and offer a public talk incorporating research and recordings.
  1. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -
    3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Danish String Quartet by Caroline Bittencourt
The UCSB Department of Music and UCSB Arts & Lectures will present a guest artist masterclass with members of the Danish String Quartet on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Students from the UCSB Strings Program will perform. The Danish String Quartet has reached incredible heights in the course of its 10 years of existence. In January 2012 the quartet was appointed to the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program beginning with the 2013-2014 season. This achievement comes as the last in a row of distinguished accomplishments.
  1. Thursday, February 22, 2018 -
    2:00pm to 4:00pm
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The UCSB Gamelan Ensemble will perform as part of the World Music Series on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the UCSB Music Bowl. Gamelan is the celebrated gong orchestra of Indonesia. Led by Richard North, the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble will showcase an ancient style of gamelan from Cirebon, West Java, that ranges from calm and contemplative to exuberant and energetic, featuring dynamic drumming, lively interlocking rhythms, and exciting mask dancing. The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
  1. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
  • Dr. Anna Stirr playing madal at the East-West Center, 2015 (photo courtesy of EWC)
Dr. Anna Stirr (Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa) will present a talk entitled "Love, Solidarity, and Sociopolitical Change in Nepali Dohori Songs" on Wednesday, February 28, 2017 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Music Room 1145 on the UCSB campus. This talk examines dohori song and intimate politics in Nepal, with attention to the micro politics of intimate relationships negotiated through improvised sung duets (dohori), and also through the inclusion of broader politics in these duets as the political and media landscapes changed throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Discussion of political topics in dohori lyrics was strictly forbidden in competitions and the state-run media up until 1990. Dr. Stirr will look at the slow movement toward including party politics and specific social issues in mainstream dohori performance and recordings in the period directly after the end of Nepal's civil war between Maoists and government forces. This period was characterized by calls for progressive reform, including changes in the ways intimate and public spheres were conceptualized politically and musically. Bringing the "public" world of party politics into the "intimate" sphere of dohori performance, this ongoing movement encompassed the inclusion of love in songs sung for party political platforms and vice versa, and attempts to create social change through the words, music, videos, and live performance of dohori songs. 
  1. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -
    3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • UCSB Storke Tower
Graduate student David Hwang will present a recital on the Storke Tower carillon on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. David is an Associate Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and a fifth year Ph.D. student in the UCSB Materials Department. He has been studying carillon with Margo Halsted since the summer of 2015. Besides playing the carillon, he is also a first violinist in the Santa Barbara City College Symphony Orchestra. 
  1. Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 10:00am
  • Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME)
The Corwin Chair will present the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), Russia’s foremost contemporary music ensemble, on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The ensemble—founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov under the patronage of famed Russian composer Edison Denisov—focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. The program will include contemporary music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Tristan Murail, Vera Ivanova, Arvo Pärt, and UCSB graduate composition students Nick Norton, Matthew Owensby, and Stewart Engart. The MCME residency is supported in part by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.
  1. Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
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The UCSB Son Jarocho Ensemble will perform as part of the World Music Series on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the UCSB Music Bowl. Directed by Jorge Mijangos, UCSB’s brand-new Son Jarocho Ensemble presents its premier performance, featuring music and dance from Veracruz. The World Music Series is co-presented by the UCSB MultiCultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.
  1. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm

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