The Los Angeles-based Formalist Quartet will present world premieres of works by UCSB graduate composers Brandon Rolle, Marc Evans, Mason Hock, Rodney DuPlessis, Heena Yoon, and Nick Norton on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall.
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. 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 in concert halls, festivals, art galleries, cafes, and homes, including the Roy O. Disney Hall at CalArts; REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; the Wulf, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; Stanford University; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; the Flatfile Galleries, Chicago; University of Nevada, Reno; Cornelia Street Cafe, New York; MOSA Concert Series, New York; Princeton University; the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts; the Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; LISTEN/SPACE, New York; Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC; ArtSpace Herndon, Virginia; Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades; and the Et Cetera New Music Festival. In 2010 the quartet appeared at the Reykjavík Arts Festival, Iceland. Their recordings include the epic 100 Cadences of Arthur Jarvinen, music for several small films and pop records, and Kristian Ireland’s "Clearing" on the <541> series through Innova records. This season the quartet is looking forward to performances throughout Southern CA as they celebrate their 5th anniversary.
Andrew Tholl violin (UCSB faculty member)
Mark Menzies violin/viola
Andrew McIntosh violin/viola
Ashley Walters cello
Learn more about the Formalist Quartet at www.formalistquartet.com
UCSB Graduate Composers
Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, composer Brandon J. Rolle
’s music embodies a spirit of innovation: Fueled by curiosity but informed by classical and experimental musical traditions, his works employ a singular language that investigates points of connection between old and new, structure and chaos, perception and deception. His diverse output has been performed across the United States and Europe and includes orchestral, electro-acoustic and acousmatic music, as well as original interactive computer instruments, intermedia works and installations. Outside of his compositional work, Rolle is an active conductor, orchestrator and copyist/ editor, and audio programmer.
Rolle started his musical career as a jazz guitarist, a background that influenced his experimental and collaborative approach to music-making. His interdisciplinary research interests led him to pursue dual degrees in music and rhetoric (B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) and then onto graduate study in composition at the experimental music program at Mills College. While at Mills, Rolle’s artistic voice was deeply influenced by his work with maverick composers Roscoe Mitchell and Pauline Oliveros, as well as by his exploration of computer programming, audio synthesis, and the American Experimental tradition. Today, Rolle is based out of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a PhD candidate in music composition, the 2017-2018 Composition Associate, and a student of Clarence Barlow and Joel Feigin. Rolle's musical scores are published by Precious Noise Music. Learn more at www.brandonjrolle.com
is a composer currently residing in the Santa Barbara area. He has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Contest, and has collaborated with artists such as Ignition Duo, Hocket Duo, and Now Hear Ensemble. A musician and composer since a young age, he chose to pursue his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where he studied with Jarosław Kapuściński. Following up on his strong interest in computers and interactivity, he then continued on at Stanford with a master's degree in Music, Science and Technology. Marc is currently the recipient of a Chancellor's graduate fellowship at UC Santa Barbara, where he is working on his PhD dissertation and studying composition with Professors Clarence Barlow, Joel Feigin, and Curtis Roads. In addition to composing, Marc is also a pianist, and has been fortunate to study with Thomas Schultz at Stanford and Charles Asche at UC Santa Barbara. He would like to extend profound gratitude to all of the above-mentioned teachers, who have contributed immeasurably to his musical thought and understanding. Marc is serving as the Artistic Director of this year's UCSB Summer Music Festival. Learn more at www.marcevansmusic.com
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is a composer and guitarist. He is currently pursuing an MA/PhD in composition at UC Santa Barbara, where he has studied with Clarence Barlow and Joel Feigin. Prior to that, he studied composition and mathematics at Chapman University, where he studied with Jeffrey Holmes, Dominique Schafer, Vera Ivanova, Sean Heim, and Shaun Naidoo, in addition to studying classical guitar under Jeff Cogan. In 2015, he participated in The Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France, where he studied with Franck Bedrossian and worked with Nicholas Isherwood and the ECCE ensemble. Since 2015, he has worked as Assistant Director for MicroFest. Learn more at www.masonhock.com
Rodney DuPlessis is a Canadian-born composer currently making noise at UC Santa Barbara, where he is studying with Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, and Andrew Tholl. Previously, he studied music and psychology at St. Thomas University (New Brunswick, Canada) under the mentorship of Argentinian composer Martín Kutnowski. Rodney’s background is in incidental music for theatre, progressive metal, and video game music. Currently, his main research and composition interests are microtonality, spectralism, and granular synthesis.
The meaning of her name, Boundless Brilliant Beauty, is the reason why [Muwon] Heena Yoon composes. To realize her artistic goal, she bridges between dots through her composition: "Ho’oponopono" is a bridge of memories, sound, and dance movement; "B" dance or spoken word and piano; "From Your Old Bookshelves" theater, dance, and literature quotes; "Pathya Vat" Cambodian folk songs and contemporary choir-writing; "Have Fun!" Balinese gamelan music materials and western instruments; "Bridge II" flute and nay (middle Eastern wood flute); "Prayer" poem, folk-like vocal melody, and non-folk-like accompaniment, to name a few. As a researcher of music and dance, she is developing interdisciplinary teaching for composers and choreographers.
is – like you – made from materials forged in the cores of stars. The composer/guitarist/concert- producer was born in Los Angeles approximately 13.6 billion years after the universe and has been making music ever since. He is deeply interested in the colorful grey areas between genres, creating new experiences for listeners, and destroying social barriers to enjoying music. Nick really enjoys craft beer, sci fi, and being near or in the ocean, and holds degrees from UC San Diego and King’s College London. He is currently pursuing his PhD in composition from UC Santa Barbara. Learn more at nickwritesmusic.com
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