The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music presents its first-ever Summer Festival on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4-9 p.m., in partnership with the UCSB College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Multicultural Center. The festival will focus on diversity by combining world-class contemporary music ensembles with Afro-Cuban and indie artists. The main artists’ performances and workshops will be intermingled with pop-up impromptu performances at non-conventional venues throughout the campus. Admission is free to all events. Please see below for a complete list of performance locations and times.
The Formalist Quartet—a world-class string quartet from Los Angeles specialized in contemporary music—will present music by their own members (Mark Menzies, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Tholl) and by composer Erik Ullman, as well as a premiere of a new microtonal work by Santa Barbara-based composer Federico Llach.
The local musician-run non-profit organization Cali2Cuba—whose mission is to promote the cultural exchange between California and Cuba—will present their group Los Rumberos de Cali. Los Rumberos de Cali believes that “music in the U.S. has been heavily influenced by Caribbean music” and seeks to bridge this neglected cultural link by “teaching and engaging our community with workshops, concerts and outreach events.” The group will present a workshop entitled, “The evolution of Afro-Cuban music,” followed by a concert of traditional Cuban folklore at the UCSB Multicultural Center.
The Department of Music’s Resident Ensemble—the Now Hear Ensemble—embraces “contemporary music and pop culture because [they] believe cross-genre approaches lead to new territories for creativity.” The ensemble will present a sample of the boundary-defying works they have been presenting over the last two years.
The Summer Festival program will be interspersed with pop-up performances throughout the UCSB campus by artists such as folk & blues slide guitar player Christina Apostolopoulos
, violist Jonathan Morgan
, cellist Kathryn Carlson,
ABOUT THE MAIN ARTISTS
Currently in its tenth season, the Formalist Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of adventurous repertoire focusing on contemporary pieces and world premieres, as well as exploring a diverse spectrum of early music and the standard repertoire. Heralded as “superb,” “ferocious,” and “fabulous” by Mark Swed in the LA Times, the Formalist Quartet has established itself as one of the most innovative new music ensembles on the West Coast.
The quartet was born on the 100th birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich (September 25th, 2006) and since then, has been playing frequently across the United States and Europe in concert halls, festivals, art galleries, cafes, and homes, including the Reykjavic Arts Festival, the Universität der Künste (Berlin), BKA Theater (Berlin), Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemasse Musik (Austria), Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Venice, Italy), and numerous appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall's REDCAT, and Monday Evening Concerts. The quartet has held residencies at the Oberlin Conservatory, Princeton University, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, San Diego New Music, and the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Most recently, they were named by “The Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, Inc.” as the performing ensemble for the Julius F. Jezek Prize, 2015.
The quartet has premiered countless works, and has collaborated closely with composers such as Christian Wolff, Johann Johannson, David T. Little, Lewis Nielson, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. Their recordings include Harold Budd's string quartet album Bandits of Stature, the epic "100 Cadences" of Arthur Jarvinen, Kristian Ireland’s “Clearing," and music for several small films and pop records. Upcoming releases include the complete string quartets of Christian Wolff, quartets by David Arbury, and an album of works composed by members of the quartet. "Clearly invested in the material," said A Closer Listen on their recordings of Nicholas Deyoe's two string quartets, the Formalist Quartet has "risked emotional drain in order to infuse it with blood and fire”. To learn more about the Formalist Quartet, please visit formalistquartet.com
Rumberos de Cali
Los Rumberos de Cali is dedicated to the preservation of Afro Caribbean culture throughout the United States. We are a community of singers, drummers and dancers who span across all generations, backgrounds and ethnicities. Our Mission is to organize, and promote Afro Caribbean culture by inviting these unique elements of rhythm, song, and dance into everyday lives and culture.
Music in the U.S. has been heavily influenced by Caribbean music. We seek to teach and engage our community by presenting workshops, concerts and outreach events aimed at bridging this gap in musical history and knowledge.
Through promoting Afro Caribbean music throughout the United states, we believe we can help create new avenues to understanding our country's musical origins and make an important contribution in the body of our collective knowledge.
Rumberos de Cali is part of Cali2Cuba, an organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Afro-Cuban culture. The organization seeks to teach, nourish and engage the community by presenting fundraisers, workshops, concerts, and travel experiences that bridge gaps in musical history and knowledge. C2C believes that promoting Afro-Cuban music will help create solutions to social, political and economic ills and create community that will make a positive impact in our world.
Now Hear Ensemble
Our goal is to combine the intimacy of the classical concert experience with our fascination with contemporary theater, video art, electronic music and installation art. We embrace contemporary music and pop culture because we believe cross-genre approaches lead to new territories for creativity.
Past projects have included a collaboration with Californian composers resulting in the Made in California album and subsequent tour, as well as installations and concert music made with bicycle wheels, paper shredders, ping-pong tables, megaphones and custom-made instruments. This season, we are concentrating on works which ask the performers to not only use their instruments but require the creative use of their bodies and the performance space.
The Now Hear Ensemble is Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music and has performed in several of the most prestigious venues in California. We have received the generous support from University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) to fund collaborations with swedish composer Anders Lind and american composer Dan VanHassel, and from Avaloch Farm Institute to work in-residence towards our second album. To learn more about the Now Hear Ensemble, please visit nowhearensemble.com
ABOUT THE POP UP ARTISTS
Kathryn Carlson is a cello performance major at UCSB going into her senior year. She has been interested in new music since her sophomore year of high school after being introduced to it by a music theory teacher. She has been a member of the UCSB Ensemble of Contemporary Music (ECM) throughout her time as a music major and has performed in various other concerts presenting new works. Recently she was awarded the ECM Distinguished Performance Award for the 2015-16 school year.
Graham is a 3rd year music composition major currently enrolled in the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. His style of writing is rhythm-centric and draws influence from genres like jazz fusion, progressive metal and math rock. Prior to entering UCSB in the fall of 2014, he had accumulated 5 years of experience with digital composition by way of programs like Logic and Audacity. Graham's unorthodox influences and approach to composition manifest in his more recent etudes as a collection of intricate rhythmic grooves in shifting time signatures, set against hand-crafted electronic textures.
Jonathan Morgan is a concert violist and violinist specializing in contemporary classical music and a founding member of the Now Hear Ensemble, the Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. Jonathan has performed as principal violist of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, and as soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish. Jonathan can be heard on three albums; My Hope is Arisen, Made in California, and The Lament Cycle. Jonathan holds a B.M. from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a D.M.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He is former faculty of violin, viola, and chamber music at the Preparatory and Continuing Education Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. For more information about Jonathan, please visit jonathanmorganmusic.com.
Christina Apostolopoulos' musical journey began on her 8th birthday, when she received a nylon string Yamaha guitar. She hit the ground running, learning to play the music that she was raised on: Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Queen, and of course, The Beatles. Growing up, she moved and traveled often with her family, her guitar always in tow. As a result she was exposed to various teachers and styles, expanding her musical interests to other genres of music including classical, jazz, and the blues. Always interested in literature and writing poetry, songwriting became a natural progression for Christina. In 2010 she auditioned for and was accepted with a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Though her major was Guitar Performance, Christina was heavily involved in the songwriting community and was a finalist in singer/songwriter showcases every year she attended Berklee. She is now preparing to record and release her first full-length album of original songs in 2016. To learn more about Christina, please visit her Facebook page.
UCSB Summer Festival. Thursday, September 1, 2016. 4-9 p.m. at the UCSB Department of Music, College of Creative Studies, and Multicultural Center. Admission is free for all events.
4:00 p.m. / Kathryn Carlson (cello) - UCSB Multicultural Center
4:15 p.m. / Graham Bunce - UCSB Multicultural Center
4:45 p.m. / Master Class with Los Rumberos de Cali - UCSB Multicultural Center
5:30 p.m. / Los Rumberos de Cali (performance) - UCSB Mutlicultural Center
5:30 p.m. / Jonathan Morgan (viola) - UCSB Old Little Theater
5:45 p.m. / Christina Apostolopoulos - UCSB Old Little Theater
6:15 p.m. / Now Hear Ensemble - UCSB Old Little Theater
7:30 p.m. / Formalist Quartet - UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall