Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM)

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 5:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Tickets: general ($10), non-UCSB students with ID ($5), UCSB students with ID (FREE), children under 12 (FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the Associated Students Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at the link below, or by calling the Associated Students Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.
Youth and UCSB student tickets may be reserved in advance by visiting the Associated Students Ticket Office window on the UCSB campus (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion) or by contacting the Associated Students Ticket Office at ticketoffice@as.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-2064.


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM). Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) will present its annual spring concert on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus.
ECM's season finale is wrapped in the spirit world, with exotic traditions of Japan, Guatemala, Southwestern pueblos, and Polynesia all playing their roles. Add to that Hans Werner Henze's La mano sinistra and that mistrust of things left-handed, and you've a mix sure to intrigue. Pianist Evan Losoya plays the Henze, and director Jeremy Haladyna mans the organ bench for his new Organ Sonata offered to the mystical Mayan modern saint, Maximón. French pianist Marie-Agathe Charpagne offers the complete Mana by André Jolivet, treating the Polynesian belief in the raw spiritual and ritual power of objects. That's very close to the Japanese tradition of Netsuke, which were elaborate belt closures worn by (bygone) elite Japanese, true art miniatures in the form of magical and mythical creatures. Sara Bashore and Evan Losoya offer a selection from Stephen Hartke's collection on this title for violin and piano. Then there is graduate flutist Cynthia Vong and her presentation of Winter Spirits by Katherine Hoover for solo flute, inspired by Southwestern kachina spirits. Even the soul-plight of birds is plumbed in this unique concert:  as duo pianists Jarod Fedele and Keith Sibal offer the piano snapshots comprising William Bolcom's Bird Spirits. The Greek legend of the golden ring possessed of invisibility, and obtained by Gyges, comes alive in the work of the same name by Richard Orton. Oboist Lexie Callaway-Cole and pianist Jarod Fedele do the honors. And rounding out the concert is material by Henri Dutilleux, Alvin Lucier, and two world premieres of works by Scott Perry and M.D. Owensby.     


Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM). Photo by Eric Isaacs.