Looking Back a Half Century: composer Clarence Barlow (works from 1960-1968)

Event Date: 

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
The UCSB Department of Music will present featured faculty composer Clarence Barlow in a concert of his music from 1960-68 on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will include acoustic works by Barlow, including works for strings, winds, voice, piano, and a special multi-channel rendering of his "Piano Concerto #2," as recorded by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free. The Department of Music’s event serves as a continuation of a celebration of the dynamic and diverse output of Barlow’s career, which began with a three-day festival of his works in Cologne, Germany last summer. On April 8th, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) will also host a concert of Barlow’s works, this time focusing on pieces of the 21st century, including major ensemble, electronic, and intermedia works.
String Quartet #1 in G major (1959-65)         
Divertimento for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon (1964-65)   
String Quartet #2 (1965-66)                     
Eleven Pieces for Clarinet & Bassoon (1966)                 
Suite for Piano (1966)                              
Canonzetta for String Quartet (1967)                 
Two Songs for Mezzo Soprano & Piano (1968)      
Piano Concerto #2 (1961-98) [4-channel recording]        
Alexandra Lopez, mezzo-soprano
Petra Peršolja, piano
Lexie Callaway-Cole, oboe
Minsu Kim, clarinet
Claire Garvais, bassoon
Leslie Schlussel, horn
Emily Sommermann, violin
Kristine Pacheco, violin
Jonathan Morgan, viola
Kathryn Carlson, cello
About Clarence Barlow
Professor Clarence Barlow is the Corwin Chair of Composition. From its inception, the Corwin Chair has been an important post for promoting the creation and performance of contemporary music, for making regional, national, and international connections with other composition programs, for bringing noted composers to UCSB as guests to broaden students' horizons, and for attracting students to UCSB. Barlow's career achievements fulfill the Corwin's vision of fostering a link between continuing excellence in traditional approaches to composition while also recognizing the emerging role of music in the media arts and technology. Barlow's past and current teaching posts include twelve years as Professor of Composition and Computer Music at the renowned biennial Summer Courses of the International Music Institute at Darmstadt (1982-1994); over twenty years as Lecturer in Computer Music at Cologne Music University (1984-2005); four years as Artistic Director of the Institute of Sonology at The Hague's Royal Conservatoire (1990-1994); and twelve years as Professor of Composition and Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire (1994-2006). Other posts include Visiting Professor of Composition and Acoustic Art at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany (1990-1991), and Visiting Professor of Composition at the ESMAE School of Music and Dramatic Arts in Porto, Portugal (2005-2006).
Barlow, who studied composition under Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1968-1970) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (1971-1973), is a universally acknowledged pioneer and celebrated composer in the field of electroacoustic and computer music. He has made groundbreaking advancements in interdisciplinary composition that unite mathematics, computer science, visual arts, and literature. While he has been a driving force in interdisciplinary and technological advances, his music is nevertheless firmly grounded in tradition and thus incorporates much inherited from the past. His works, primarily for traditional instruments, feature a vocabulary that ranges from pretonal to tonal, nontonal, or microtonal idioms, and, further, may incorporate elements derived from non-western cultures. Between 1961 and 2016 Barlow has produced over 100 works of various types, 3 orchestral (2 piano concertos and a work for large orchestra); ~40 chamber works for various groups of traditional instruments, including 2 string quartets; ~30 piano pieces (including works for two pianos); 3 organ works; 2 choral pieces; 3 vocal works with accompaniment; and ~20 electroacoustic works, a few of which fall into the category of radio plays and music theater.
The works have been programmed on concerts far too numerous to list. Between 1976 and 2016, as many as 40 concerts in Europe and elsewhere have been devoted entirely to Barlow's music (Aachen, Barcelona, Bremen, Calcutta, Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt, The Hague, Hamburg, Helsinki, Karlsruhe, Kiel, Ljubljana, London, Munich, Münster, New York, Palma de Mallorca, Rotterdam, Santa Barbara, Stockholm, Trst?nice/Litomyšl, Wissembourg, Yokohama, Zurich). Several works have been recorded and released on CD.
In addition to his renown as a composer, Barlow has also attained high distinction as an interdisciplinary researcher, author, and software developer. His publications include numerous works, one of which is an extensive study on tonality and metricism, Bus Journey to Parametron (1980) and another on a variety of music-related subjects, On Musiquantics (2008, 2012). Additional publications are the software that Barlow has written as aids for composing and notating music. These include Autobusk, a modal and metric pitch and rhythm generator (2001), the notation programs ?SC (1976) and Tupletizer (1998) and numerous audio generation programs.
To learn more about Professor Clarence Barlow, please visit his personal websiteor read his Featured Faculty interview.
A newspaper article published in Calcutta’s leading English newspaper about Clarence Barlow:
Lecture-Recital By Clarence Barlow
By Our Music Critic*
Clarence Barlow, Calcutta’s newest composer, gave a lecture-recital under the auspices of Max Muller Bhavan [The Goethe Institute, German Cultural Center] to a small but distinguished audience. On this occasion he covered his own musical development as a composer and freely illustrated his recital with examples from his compositions.
Born in Calcutta in 1945, he began his musical studies at the age of three with his mother and then with several other teachers in Calcutta. He began formal studies in composition in 1965 even though he began composing at the age of 11. In 1961 it was the first Piano Sonata that characterized his thoughts and in 1963-64 it was the first Piano Concerto. Mozart’s influence is unquestionable in his early compositions, and to which is later added that of Beethoven and the Romantic composers. In the Woodwind Quartet of 1965, it is more Prokofiev than Stravinsky who influenced him. With the String Quartet of 1965 (Homage a Bartók) and the eleven pieces for clarinet and bassoon of 1966, Mr. Barlow is quite unmistakably in this century. The latter work breathes aloud with Schoenberg and Webern effects. In the Piano Suite of 1966, we see yet another facet of this young composer's development, the fugue in three voices being the highlight of the work. In the Mandolin Trio Mr. Barlow makes musical architecture the focal point.
From 1967 onwards, Mr. Barlow comes into his own as a composer with the Serenade for Wind Quartet and String Orchestra, and with the Mass of 1968 there is a distinct personal style. An unusual feature of this Mass is that it is based on Indian Ragas and can be sung with English or Bengali texts.
Currently experimenting with electronic music, pop, and Indian Ragas on the Piano (with the drone bass being played with the left hand), Mr. Barlow has travelled the whole spectrum of music.
As regards the current craze of East-West fusions in music, Mr. Barlow's views are well balanced; unlike the Westerner who uses the Ragas for exotic effects only, Mr. Barlow views them as a rich source of understructure and thematic material for 20th-century compositions. He now leaves Calcutta on a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship to study composition at the Cologne Music Academy.
* Pediatrician Dr. Adi Gazder (1930-2000)
About the performers
Alexandra Lopez, mezzo-soprano
Soprano Alexandra Lopez is a BM sophomore student in Voice, in the studio of Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian. She is a recipient of the UCSB Music Affiliates Scholarship. She sings in the Schola Choir at the Mission Santa Barbara, and sung in the chorus of Opera Santa Barbara's production of "Carmen."
Petra Peršolja, piano
Slovenian-born pianist Petra Peršolja is currently a DMA student and Graduate Assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies with Professor Paul Berkowitz. Ms. Peršolja holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Hawaii, a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Rowan University in New Jersey, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She has performed in masterclasses for pianists such as Gilbert Kalish (Stony Brook), James Giles (Northwestern), Kevin Fitz-Gerald (USC), Larissa Dedova (Maryland), Santiago Rodriguez (Miami), Sara Davis Buechner (Vancouver), Lovro Pogorelich (Croatia), Konstantin Bogino (Russia), etc. In November 2016, Petra won second prize in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She performed Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2" with the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition at UH Manoa in Hawaii. She took 3rd place in the NJMTA competition in Princeton and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in Europe, such as the Brahms Award at the International Music Competition "Francesco Forgione" in Italy, the Golden Award and Special Scarlatti Award at the Competition for Young Musicians of the Republic of Slovenia for solo piano as well as piano four-hands. In past years she studied and performed at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota and for the Exchange Program in Finland. 
Lexie Callaway-Cole, oboe
Lexie Callaway-Cole is a second year oboe performance major at UCSB. She is currently studying with Gabrielle Castriotta, who is playing oboe and english horn for the Stockton Symphony. She has previously studied with Jennifer Johnson and Laura Harrington. Lexie is a member of the UCSB Undergraduate Scholarship Woodwind Quintet, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra. She is currently applying and recording pieces to participate in summer festivals in California and Ohio. She has been on the Dean’s list for academic excellence. 
Minsu Kim, clarinet
Minsu Kim, a sophomore at UCSB, is from Pleasanton, California and is now entering his 11th year of playing the clarinet. After a 4th grade talent show, he found true passion in playing the clarinet and continued to practice and perform many repertoires ever since. Known for being a talented player since young age, he used the skills to strive for excellence. He sat as the principal clarinetist for the majority of middle and high school, where he was appointed to lead the clarinet section. His biggest accomplishment in the musical world was being a part of the California All-State honor band for six consecutive years. The years of experience at the music conferences uplifted his passion and allowed a path to pursue a music degree. He is currently taking lessons with the chair of UCSB Music Department, Paul Bambach, and is involved in music ensembles such as the Clarinet Choir, University Wind Ensemble, and the Scholarship Woodwind Quintet.
Claire Garvais, bassoon
Claire is a bassoonist in her third year at UCSB. She is pursuing a double major in Music Studies and Global Studies and is frequently on the Dean’s list. Claire is a member of the UCSB Undergraduate Scholarship Wind Quintet and plays bassoon and contrabassoon in the UCSB Wind Ensemble and the UCSB Chamber Orchestra. She studies bassoon under Professor Andy Radford, principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Claire volunteers with the SB Youth Symphony and holds a leadership position in a UCSB music club. Her appreciation for the Santa Barbara music community has led her to find employment at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. Claire enjoys doing studio recording and live-performance gigs around Santa Barbara.
Leslie Schlussel, horn
Leslie Schlussel is currently in her second year studying music performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She participates in the UCSB Undergraduate Scholarship Woodwind Quintet, as well as the UCSB Chamber Orchestra and the UCSB Jazz Ensemble. She has been on the Dean's list for academic excellence. Leslie currently studies under Dr. Steven Gross, and has previously studied with members of the San Diego Symphony. She has found employment within the UCSB Music Department, and works as a member of the stage crew. 
Emily Sommermann, violin
Emily Sommermann, violinist, received her Master of Music degree in violin performance from SUNY Stony Brook under the tutelage of Isidore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has been a member of orchestras in Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, and Germany.  In Santa Barbara, she has been a section violinist with the SB Symphony, the SB Chamber Orchestra, SB Opera, SB Civic Light Opera, and in the orchestras for many choir and theater ensembles. Ms. Sommermann is the musical director and principal violinist with the Santa Barbara String Quartet (www.santabarbarastringquartet.com), performing frequently for private events. Teaching is a passion for Emily. She has been on the faculty of Laguna Blanca School, SB Music and Arts Conservatory, and Westmont College. Ms. Sommermann maintains a private violin studio at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara mentoring the next generation of musicians.
Kristine Pacheco, violin
Violinist Kristine Pacheco, a California native, is a highly sought after performer and music educator. She appears regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale Orchestra, and local chamber groups. Kristine has performed in many great concert spaces like Carnegie Hall and Disney’s REDCAT, but also in less likely places for music: at the center of a rodeo ring, on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, and in an airplane hangar. When she is not performing, Kristine devotes much of her time to teaching young musicians. She is a principal instructor with the Santa Barbara Symphony Education Center, musical director of Mariachi Monarcas de Goleta, and a staff violin teacher at the Cate School. Kristine has three years of experience teaching in the El Sistema style and has maintained a private violin studio for over eight years. Equally at home with contemporary, classical, and early music repertoire, Kristine studied at UC Berkeley earning a bachelors in Music and Premedical Studies and holds a masters in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University.
Jonathan Morgan, viola
Jonathan Morgan is a concert violist and violinist specializing in music by living composers. As a founding member of the Now Hear Ensemble, Jonathan has performed extensively in California at venues like REDCAT, Stanford's CCRMA, UC Berkeley's CNMAT, Art Share LA, San Francisco's Center for New Music, Classical Revolution LA, the Piano Kitchen, USC's Fisher Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center, and Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The Now Hear Ensemble is the Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music, with whom Jonathan has premiered numerous commissioned works. In 2016 Jonathan gave the world premier performance of "At Any Point" for solo viola, chamber ensemble, and smartphone app by Anthony Paul Garcia. Jonathan has collaborated with many eminent composers, including Joel Feigin, Clarence Barlow, Oswaldo Golijov, Joshua Carro, Luke Taylor, David Werfelmann, Dan Miller, Nick Norton, Eoin Callery, Constantin Basica, Anders Lind, Marc Evans, Dan Vanhassel, Mica Levi, Anthony Paul Garcia, and Federico Llach. Jonathan has regularly performed with wildUp in a mix of venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hammer Museum, Santa Ana Sites, Colburn School's Zipper Hall, and LA's Regent Theater - all under the direction of Christopher Rountree.
As an active studio recording artist, Jonathan was recently signed to the Aerocade Music label and released his debut single at the end of January, 2017. He has also recorded with RAYMOND, a boutique design and animation studio, culminating in TV commercial soundtracks for the Argentine fashion house, VER. Jonathan was recently the featured soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission Santa Barbara under the direction of Roy Spicer, and can be heard on their album "My Hope is Arisen," released in 2015. With the Now Hear Ensemble, Jonathan recorded the album "Made in California," released in 2013. Other works in Jonathan's discography include the "Lament Cycle" by Joel Feigin, performed by Helen Callus, viola, released on MSR Classics, 2012.
Jonathan frequently performs as principal violist with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale. Prior to settling in Santa Barbara in 2010, Jonathan served on the violin, viola, and chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Department. Jonathan has participated in several music festivals including the Carlsbad Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Brevard, the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar, and most notably the Banff Centre where he was part of impromptu recordings later used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Jonathan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Jonathan's teachers and mentors include Helen Callus, Robert Koenig, Derek Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Peter Salaff, William Preucil, Steven Dann, Victoria Chiang, and the Cavani String Quartet.

Jonathan performs on three instruments: a viola commissioned in 2006 from New York luthier Guy Rabut, a violin of anonymous origin, and a carbon fiber viola by Mezzo Forte Strings, with bows by Bernard Walke, CodaBow, and CarBow.

Kathryn Carlson, cello
Kathryn Carlson is a cello performance major at UCSB in her senior year. She is interested in pursuing new music, which she became interested in during her sophomore year of high school after being introduced to it by a music theory teacher. She has been a member of the UCSB Ensemble of Contemporary Music (ECM) throughout her time as a music major and has performed in various other concerts presenting new works. Recently she was awarded the ECM Distinguished Performance Award for the 2015-16 school year. She hopes to apply to graduate school to continue her studies of contemporary performance.
Clarence Barlow. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Alexandra Lopez, mezzo-soprano
Petra Peršolja, piano
From left: Lexie Callaway-Cole (oboe), Minsu Kim (clarinet), Leslie Schlussel (horn), Claire Garvais (bassoon).
Clockwise from left: Emily Sommermann (violin), Kristine Pacheco (violin), Kathryn Carlson (cello), Jonathan Morgan (viola).