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"Their music, full of passion, yet with pure and beautiful tone color, intoxicated the listener." - Wen Hui, Shanghai

The Ciompi Quartet - Duke University’s resident string quartet - will present a concert in Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus, featuring flutist and Chair of the UCSB Music Department, Jill Felber, on Amy Beach's Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op. 80, and a performance of Professor Emeritus Joel Feigin's quartet, Mosaic in Two Panels for string quartet.

  1. February 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Cameron Carpenter

"No other musician of Carpenter’s generation has more adeptly fused shrewd showmanship, dazzling technique and profound thinking about his instrument and his place in the musical cosmos.” San Francisco Chronicle

The UCSB Department of Music will host a convocation with Cameron Carpenter, organist. Mr. Carpenter will answer questions about his art, his international career, and the music industry. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.

  1. February 9, 2016 - 3:30pm
  • Danish String Quartet

Presented by the Department of Music and UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Danish String Quartet will lead a master class for UCSB students in UCSB's Karl Geiringer Hall. The Danish String Quartet is in demand worldwide by concert and festival presenters alike, with its technical and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy,” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). The quartet is one of two Resident Quartets of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two.

  1. February 29, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Led by Steve Gross, the Music Department’s versatile and diverse brass groups present an informative and entertaining program of music for the instrument, from Renaissance to modern music. Bring your questions! FREE noon concert at the UCSB Music Bowl.
  1. February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
  • Phill Niblock

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films/videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time.

  1. February 10, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Photo by Larry Davanzo

UCSB's graduate scholarship quartet, the Young Artists Piano Quartet, will perform Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25. UCSB Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free.

  1. February 15, 2016 - 8:15pm
  • Nicholas Cords

UCSB viola students will perform for Nicholas Cords, violist of the Silk Road Ensemble. Karl Geiringer Hall. Co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and the UCSB Department of Music.


  1. February 17, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Jon Nathan leads the group in performances of standard material from the jazz repertoire. FREE noon concert at the UCSB Music Bowl.
  1. February 17, 2016 - 12:00pm
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, featuring dynamic drumming, lively interlocking rhythms, and the premiere of a new gamelan composition by UCSB's Cindy Shen. FREE noon concert at the UCSB Music Bowl.
  1. February 24, 2016 - 12:00pm
  • Frank Rothkamm
Frank Rothkamm (born July 2, 1965) is a German composer and conceptual artist who lives and works in the United States of America. Frank is the founder of Flux Records (est. 1994 in Brooklyn, New York) and the Lodge For Utopian Science (est. 2013 in View Park, Los Angeles). To-date he appeared on 79 albums and has composed 577 works ranging from microscopic commercials to the 24 hour macroscape of the "Wiener Process." Frank joins us for a lecture and concert.


  1. February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm


  • James Revell Carr


James Revell Carr, UCSB Department of Music alumnus and Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), was recently awarded the Alan P. Merriam Prize for Outstanding Book (2014-2015) by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Dr. Carr’s book, Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels, explores Hawaiian music aboard American and European ships and in the islands, revealing the ways both maritime commerce and imperial confrontation facilitated the circulation of Hawaiian popular music in the nineteenth century. The book, published in 2014, is Dr. Carr’s first, as well as the first publication in the University of Illinois Press’ Music in American Life series to discuss the music of Hawaiʻi.


  • Molly Clementz

Molly Clementz, DMA student in the UCSB Voice Program, and 2016 Opera SB Mosher Studio Artist (courtesy photo).

"...qualified UCSB voice students will be eligible to participate in the Mosher Studio Artist Program. Mezzo-soprano Molly Clementz, a doctoral candidate at UCSB, will be among the new program’s inaugural participants. 'This partnership will harness UCSB’s academic prestige and teaching excellence, along with Opera Santa Barbara’s professional opportunities and resources, in order to provide top-quality training for the area’s most promising young singers,' said Mr. Protopapas."

  • 'Il Tramonto' featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian

Fanfare Magazine reviewed Il Tramonto—UCSB Department of Music faculty member, Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian's, latest CD—in their January/February 2016 issue. Released in September 2015 on the ATMA label, the CD features works by Ottorino Respighi, performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval under the direction of Alain Trudel. 

Catherine Marshall, Winner Young Artist Woodwind Division

  • Philipp Richardsen

"Poetry and Passion on the Piano: world renowned pianist and UCSB alum Philipp Richardsen '07 to perform at Lotte Lehmann on Jan. 24"

UCSB alumnus, pianist Philipp Richardsen (DMA '07), is featured on the UCSB Alumni Association website.

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