Composition alumnus Brandon J. Rolle ‘19 founds Impulse New Music Festival with conductor Vlad Vizireanu

Brandon J. RolleAfter many long months of planning with co-founder and conductor Vlad Vizireanu, UCSB Music alumnus Brandon J. Rolle (‘19, PhD Composition) has seen his concept of a new music training program for composers and performers come to life with the inaugural session of the Impulse New Music Festival, which began on August 5 on the UC Santa Barbara campus. 
INMF is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting the creation of new creative art and providing emerging artists with rigorous creative and professional training to help transition from "student-artist" to "artist." Admission to the festival was competitive, and the inaugural cohort is composed of student composers and performers from across the country.
The festival boasts a world-class roster of faculty and guest artists that includes performers and composers such as violinist Glenn Dicterow, cellist Robert deMaine, and violinist/composer Mari Kimura, as well as a number of current and former UCSB faculty including composer Joel Feigin, pianist Charles Asche, flutist Jill Felber, and clarinetist Paul Bambach. Rolle also serves as the founding Artistic Director and head of the composition program. 
The two-week festival will culminate with a final performance on Friday, August 16 at 7:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. The concert will feature seven new works written by the festival’s student composers and workshopped with festival performers under the guidance of INMF faculty. Among the inaugural composition cohort is UCSB's own Ashley Petrie (College of Creative Studies Composition), who will have a trio premiered on the program.
A brief reception will follow the performance to allow audience members the opportunity to meet the composers and performers. 
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