Now Hear Ensemble presents "Mirrors"

Event Date: 

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
UC Santa Barbara’s Resident Ensemble, the Now Hear Ensemble, presents “Mirrors,” an evening of music based on symmetries and reflections, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The program includes Michael Beil’s Karaoke Rebranng!, Edo Frenkel’s &, &, &, &... for solo piano, Marc Evans’ Counter-flow, as well as three world premieres—an arrangement of Guillaume de Machaut's Ma fin est mon commencement for amplified instruments and electronics, Joshua Carro’s [[[a nation defiled]]], and Dan VanHassel’s Invective. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
Looking back to the tradition of bands from the 80’s and 90’s, the programming for this concert takes inspiration from artists who included hidden messages in their music—messages that were only revealed when the tape was played backwards. “Mirrors” delves into the notions of symmetry and reflection in music by exploring works ranging from the medieval era to the present day. Some of the pieces were created with the concept of symmetry in mind, while others were conceived specifically for this concert series, such as Dan VanHassel’s Invective and Joshua Carro’s [[[a nation defiled]]], which were commissioned during the Now Hear Ensemble’s residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in September of 2016.
Guillaume de Machaut’s Ma fin est mon commencement (mvt. 1; arr. Now Hear Ensemble)
Dan VanHassel’s Invective (mvt. 1)
Marc Evans’ Counter-flow
Edo Frenkel’s &, &, &, &...
Michael Beil’s Karaoke Rebranng!
Joshua Carro’s [[[a nation defiled]]]
Dan VanHassel’s Invective (mvt. 2)
Guillaume de Machaut’s Ma fin est mon commencement (mvt. 2; arr. Now Hear Ensemble)
Program Notes
Guillaume de Machaut's Ma fin est mon commencement (composed 14th century; arr. Garcia/Llach 2016) *World Premiere*
The Now Hear Ensemble presents their own electroacoustic reimagining of Guillaume de Machaut's three voice rondeau, Ma fin est mon commencement. The text, form, and themes of the rondeau are reflective and circular in nature as embodied by the first line of the text which translates to "my end is my beginning". We hope to capture the spirit of the piece with our arrangement which sources and samples material from the original while placing it in an entirely new sound world.
Dan VanHassel’s Invective (composed 2016)
*World Premiere*
Primarily composed in the last two months of 2016, Invective begins in a manic, wild manner that eventually gives way to an intense lament. The second movement begins with the ensemble playing along to a recording of the first movement played backwards. The ensemble gradually takes over with a precise reversal of the first movement’s trajectory.
Marc Evans’ Counter-flow (composed 2015)
Counter-flow was inspired by the braided rivers of Denali National Park in Alaska. Braided rivers result when the water is very high in sedimentation. As the water flows, the deposit and buildup of sediment forces it to constantly change path. This results in a wide riverbed with many small channels whose appearance changes constantly. The continuously evolving interaction of the channels reminded the composer of the voices of a compound melody, so he set about to sonify the image, extracting a few of its main paths and using them to generate a compound melody. The result was the opening material of the vibraphone part. From there, he treated the material freely, keeping always in mind the image of a constantly shifting flow of melodic lines. From there, he treated the material somewhat in the manner of a three-part invention, reflecting and inverting the melody and its accompanying lines, always keeping in mind the image of a constantly shifting flow of melody.
Edo Frenkel’s &, &, &, &...
Guest artist Marc Evans will perform New York-based composer Edo Frenkel’s piece for solo piano.
Michael Beil’s Karaoke Rebranng! (composed 2006; revised 2013)
Michael Beil’s Karaoke Rebranng! is a piece for four instruments with live-video and pre-produced audio. Beil is Professor of Electronic Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
Joshua Carro’s [[[a nation defiled]]] (composed 2016)
*World Premiere*
[[[a nation defiled]]] for electro-acoustic quintet and live-video is a death and birth of sound, a progression from the void to clarity. A metaphor for a hope that we will progress together.
Adriane Hill, flute
Amanda Kritzberg, clarinet
Jonathan Morgan, viola
Federico Llach, bass and electronics
Anthony Paul Garcia, percussion and electronics
with special guest Marc Evans (piano)
About the Now Hear Ensemble
The Now Hear Ensemble’s goal is to combine the intimacy of the classical concert experience with contemporary theater, video art, electronic music, and installation art. The members of the ensemble embrace contemporary music and pop culture, as they believe a cross-genre approach leads to new territory for creativity.
The ensemble has performed at renowned venues such as the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley, the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Past projects have included a collaboration with California-based composers that resulted in the ensemble’s 2013 debut album and tour, Made in California, as well as commissions of  installations and concert music made with bicycle wheels, paper shredders, ping-pong tables, megaphones, and custom-made instruments. In 2013, the ensemble’s recording of Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine—from Made in California—was featured on the BBC Radio 3 show “Late Junction.”
This past September, the ensemble was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where they collaborated with composers Florent Ghys and Dan VanHassel on various projects, including VanHassel’s Invective. Upcoming projects include a collaboration with University of California, Irvine composers, as well as a performance of Clarence Barlow’s music at REDCAT.
The Now Hear Ensemble (Adriane Hill, flute/piccolo; Amanda Kritzberg, clarinets; Jonathan Morgan, viola/violin; Federico Llach, double bass/electronics; Anthony Paul Garcia, percussion/electronics) is Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. The ensemble has received generous support from the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).
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Artwork by Gaby Goldberg.