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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
  • Sara Aronson (photo by Catherine Marshall)
Graduate hornist Sara Aronson will present a master's recital on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will feature pianist Dr. Natasha Kislenko (UCSB faculty member) and graduate flutist Cynthia Vong, with works by Joseph Haydn, Georges Barboteu, Lars Egebjer, Jean-Michel Damase, Jan Sandström, and Eric Ewazen. 
  1. Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
  • David Hwang
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
  • Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM). Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) will present "ALL AMERICAN AND THEN SOME!!*" on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The Ensemble blusters out in a program mostly American: with "Composer's Holiday" by Lukas Foss, Charles Ives' "Three Quarter-Tone Pieces,"  Ross Lee Finney's "Oboe Quartet," with soloist Evan Losoya and Leo Sowerby's "Clarinet Sonata" with Hiroko Sugawara. Doctoral candidate M.D. Owensby offers some new quarter-tone sounds of his own in "Vocalise," with featured flutist Cynthia Vong. There's exploration, too, of Seattle-based William Bergsma (1921-1994), in his first hearing by ECM, including music from his "Blatant Hypotheses" for trombone and percussion and his "Flute Quintet" for solo flute and strings. The "furriners" should excite comment as well, with Iannis Xenakis' "Embellie" for viola alone (M.D. Owensby) and Bojan Glavina's "Dimensions" for piano 4-hands, featuring Petra Peršolja and ECM Director Jeremy Haladyna.  
  1. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
  • Wind Ensemble. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Under the direction of Paul Bambach, the UCSB Wind Ensemble will present its annual winter concert, "Go with the Flow," on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The ensemble will perform George Frideric Handel ’s “celebratory” Water Music, Vittorio Giannini’s “dramatic” Fantasia for Band and Percy Grainger’s “masterpiece” Lincolnshire Posy. The concert will also feature graduate assistant Cynthia Vong conducting Frank Ticheli’s “joyful” Sun Dance. Rounding out the concert will be band arrangements of O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, First Essay by Samuel Barber, and Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein.  
  1. Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
  • Chamber Choir. Photo by Tony Mastres.
For their Winter 2018 concert on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State St.), the UCSB Chamber Choir, under the direction of Grey Brothers, and the UCSB Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Tyler Reece, will perform music by Latin American composers. The Women's Chorus program will feature two movements of the "Miss São Sebastião" (Mass in Honor of St. Sebastian) by Heitor Villa-Lobos and will include arrangements of folk and popular songs by Oscar Escalada and Alberto Grau. The Chamber Choir will begin with the charming "Solfa de Pedro" by Mexican Baroque composer Manuel de Sumaya and will close with three movements of Ariel Ramírez's ever popular "Misa Criolla," a piece based on the rhythms and melodies of Argentina, accompanied by percussion, guitar, bass, and piano. The centerpiece of the Chamber Choir program will be Alberto Ginastera's stunning "Lamentaciones de Jeremias Propheta" (Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet).
  1. Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
  • Middle East Ensemble. Photo by Tony Mastres.
Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present its annual winter concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The program will feature special guests Bahram Osqueezadeh (UCSB Persian music lecturer, who will lead the Ensemble in three Persian songs in celebration of Persian New Year) and Besnik Yzeiri (a first-year UCSB DMA student from Albania specializing in viola, who will present a rousing solo). The ensemble will also present a traditional suite of Arab music, vocal and instrumental, featuring Sam Khattar as solo vocalist; a Sephardic song featuring Andrea Fishman, vocals; and three Turkish songs (by Pir Sultan Abdal, c.1480-1550; Zeki Müren, 1931-1996; and a folk song from the Ankara region). As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Arab and Persian cultures, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Laurel Victoria Gray, and Shahrzad Khorsandi. Also featured will be a veil dance performed by Cris!'s beginner students.


  1. Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 7:30pm