UCSB Summer Music Festival 2018

Event Date: 

Friday, August 17, 2018 to Saturday, August 18, 2018

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UC Santa Barbara campus

Event Price: 

Free (no ticket or reservation required)

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
UCSB Summer Music Festival 2018 banner (artwork by Phoebe Jin)
Artwork by Phoebe Jin (College of Creative Studies Art Major)
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present the third annual UCSB Summer Music Festival on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2018 on the UCSB campus. Sponsored by the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions, the festival will feature performances by the Grammy Award-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, composer/guitarist Nick Norton,* Gamelan Sinar Surya, Adelfos Ensemble, Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara, UCSB Carillonist Margo Halsted, and UCSB Music graduate students. Other festival highlights include an Interactive Multimedia Exhibition presented by graduate students from the Media Arts and Technology program and the Department of Music, a Children’s Concert featuring Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara, and world premiere performances by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet of works by UCSB graduate composers. The events will be presented free of charge at several venues across the UCSB campus including the Music Department’s Karl Geiringer Hall and Music Bowl, the Multicultural Center Theater, Storke Tower, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts’ Digital Arts and Humanities Commons, and the Art, Design & Architecture Museum.
Sponsored by the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions and co-presented by the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Department of Music, Division of Humanities & Fine Arts (HFA), and MultiCultural Center.
Read previews of the festival in VOICE Magazine (page 20), Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, and UCSB's The Current
*PLEASE NOTE: due to unforeseen circumstances, violist Jonathan Morgan will no longer be performing during this year's festival. UCSB graduate composer/guitarist Nick Norton will perform his original work for guitar and electronics, Music for Art Galleries, during Mr. Morgan's time slot: Friday, August 17th at 3:30 pm in the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum. 
CLICK HERE for a map of all UCSB Summer Music Festival locations!
CLICK HERE to view the festival program book.


Friday, August 17th

Interactive Multimedia Exhibition
12-7 pm | Digital Arts & Humanities Commons
Nick Norton presents Music for Art Galleries (PROGRAMMING CHANGE)
3:30 pm | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara
5:30 pm | Multicultural Center Theater
Graduate Student Showcase Concert
7:30 pm | Karl Geiringer Hall

Saturday, August 18th

Carillon Concert 1
10:30-11 am | Storke Plaza
Children's Concert featuring Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara
11 am | Music Bowl
Interactive Multimedia Exhibition 
12-7 pm | Digital Arts & Humanities Commons
Carillon Concert 2
3-3:30 pm | Storke Plaza
Adelfos Ensemble
3:30 pm | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Gamelan Sinar Surya
5:30 pm | Music Bowl
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
7:30 pm | Karl Geiringer Hall


Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ)

“The entire color-spectrum of global percussion instruments intelligently and with great competency.” – Neue Musikzeitung
Since 2009, the GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) has forged a distinct identity as a world-class contemporary chamber music ensemble that is dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works for percussion quartet. Originally, members Nick Terry, Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, and Cory Hills joined together to create a classical percussion ensemble that would champion the important contributions of 20th century West Coast composers while collaborating with local artists to continue the tradition of innovation and exploration. Today, the group continues their mission while broadening creative output through recordings, performances, and educational outreach.
LAPQ’s performances range in scope from living room salons, art museums, and warehouses, to appearances in distinguished concert series, including Festival Mozaic, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention showcases, Southern California Marimba Competition, Monday Evening Concerts, Music and Conversations, People Inside Electronics, Morrison Artists, Fullerton Friends of Music, April in Santa Cruz, L.A. Composers Project, and a concerto with the South Dakota Black Hills Symphony Orchestra. Equally committed to outreach and education, the quartet currently presents workshops and masterclasses to young musicians at middle schools, high schools, and universities, such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, Chapman University, Stanford University, CSU Sacramento/Bakersfield/East Bay/Long Beach, and Occidental College.
The members of Los Angeles Percussion Quartet are proud Yamaha Performing Artists and endorsers of Innovative Percussion, REMO, Black Swamp Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.
Learn more at www.lapq.org.

Nick Norton

Nick Norton is—like you—made from materials forged in the cores of stars. He lives in Los Angeles and makes music everywhere.
Learn more at nickwritesmusic.com.

Margo Halsted

Margo Halsted has been active in the American and international carillon world for many decades. She has performed in all countries with an established carillon tradition and has taught over 100 students to play (she loves to teach the carillon).
Her degrees are from Stanford and UC, Riverside and she has a diploma from the Netherlands Carillon School. The University of Michigan School of Music granted her Professor Emerita status when she retired from there, and she has been teaching part time at UCSB for ten years.

Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara

Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barabara is a local mariachi founded in Santa Barbara on May 1, 2012. The group focuses on the original form of mariachi, or an "old-time" version and the music that accompanied this era gone by, with an adaptation of the more popular or contemporary style of this musical genre to its repertoire, including and not limited to marimba, flute, and accordion, for example. The group was founded and is under the direction of Juan Zaragoza. A venture of the group is to delve into other genres and styles of music using mariachi instruments and genres.

Adelfos Ensemble

Founded in 2004, The Adelfos Ensemble came under the artistic direction of Temmo Korisheli in 2008, and transitioned from a male chorus to a mixed-voice ensemble in 2010. The ensemble’s mission is to offer the best of a cappella and other choral music to audiences in the wider Santa Barbara area. Adelfos Ensemble programs a broad repertoire of music spanning more than a millennium, from ancient chant and Renaissance motets to folksong arrangements and contemporary works—as the Santa Barbara News-Press observed, to “move right and left of center in the choral tradition.”
Learn more at adelfosensemble.org

Gamelan Sinar Surya

Gamelan Sinar Surya is a Santa Barbara community music ensemble devoted since 2002 to teaching, recording, and performing Gamelan, the enchantingly beautiful gong ensemble of Indonesia and Malaysia. Directed by UC Santa Barbara music lecturer Richard North, the music ranges from spiritual and lyrical to lively and dynamic.
Learn more at www.gamelansb.com


Rodney DuPlessis

Rodney DuPlessis is a composer currently making noise in Santa Barbara, California. He is pursuing a PhD in Composition at UCSB, studying with Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, and Andrew Tholl. His music has been performed in Canada, USA, Korea and in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. In addition to composing, DuPlessis is Technical Coordinator at the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE), maintaining its three electronic music studios and working with Curtis Roads to present concerts and talks relating to electronic music. His current research and composition interests intersect microtonality, spectralism, algorithmic composition, and granular synthesis.

Stewart Engart

Stewart Engart is a second year PhD Student in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studies with Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, and Andrew Tholl. He has a Masters of Music in Music Composition from the University of Georgia where he was a Graduate Research Assistant for ICE (Ideas for Creative Exploration), an interdisciplinary initiative for the advanced research in the arts, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Thelma Thompson Award for Composition and the Andy Griffith Music Scholarship.

Juan Manuel Escalante

Juan Manuel's work has been shown in the US, France, the UK, Korea, Spain, and Mexico. He has been twice a recipient for the “Young creators” grant by the National Fund for the Arts (2010 and 2013). In 2017, he received a 1st Prize Corwin Award in Electronic-Acoustic Music Composition (2017). He is a former member of the master and PhD program in Architecture (National Autonomous University of Mexico) where he taught and directed its Media Lab. He is currently a PhD candidate in Media Arts & Technology at UCSB.
Learn more at realitat.com.

Marc Evans

Marc Evans is a composer currently residing in the Santa Barbara area. He has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Contest, and has collaborated with artists such as Ignition Duo, Hocket Duo, and Now Hear Ensemble. A musician and composer since a young age, he chose to pursue his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where he studied with Jaros?aw Kapu?ci?ski. Following up on his strong interest in computers and interactivity, he then continued on at Stanford with a master's degree in Music, Science and Technology. Marc is currently the recipient of a Chancellor's graduate fellowship at UC Santa Barbara, where he is working on his PhD dissertation and studying composition with Professors Clarence Barlow, Joel Feigin, and Curtis Roads. In addition to composing, Marc is also a pianist, and has been fortunate to study with Thomas Schultz at Stanford and Charles Asche at UC Santa Barbara. He would like to extend profound gratitude to all of the above-mentioned teachers, who have contributed immeasurably to his musical thought and understanding.

Mark Gutiérrez

Pianist Mark Gutiérrez is currently pursuing a doctorate in musical arts in piano performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara under Dr. Charles Asche. A native of the Central Valley, Mark received his MA in piano performance from California State University, Fresno under Professor Andreas Werz. Mark has been actively playing chamber music including performances with the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music. In 2012 Mark was a featured artist with the Central Valley chamber group Orpheus. Mark has performed with the contemporary music ensemble Now Hear at REDCAT, featuring the North American premiere of works by composer Clarence Barlow.

Elizabeth J. Hambleton

Elizabeth J. Hambleton is a doctoral candidate in Music Theory at UCSB. Her dissertation examines score study of non-traditional notation in multimedia electroacoustic works. She has presented at conferences across the globe on topics ranging from alternate notation to video game music theory. Her RPG-styled sound installation Eric, Turn Off the Nintendo (2018) is an exercise in virtual interactive soundscapes, familiarly known as “walking simulators” or “games without gameplay.” In Eric, every movement the player makes may trigger a sound effect or sound loop on or off, thus “playing” the soundscape.

Mason Hock

Mason Hock is a composer and guitarist. He is currently pursuing an MA/PhD in composition at UC Santa Barbara, where he has studied with Clarence Barlow and Joel Feigin. Prior to that, he studied composition and mathematics at Chapman University, where he studied with Jeffrey Holmes, Dominique Schafer, Vera Ivanova, Sean Heim, and Shaun Naidoo, in addition to studying classical guitar under Jeff Cogan. In 2015 He participated in The Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France, where he studied with Franck Bedrossian and worked with Nicholas Isherwood and the ECCE ensemble. Since 2015 he has worked as Assistant Director for MicroFest.
Learn more at www.masonhock.com

Nick Norton

Nick Norton is—like you—made from materials forged in the cores of stars. He lives in Los Angeles and makes music everywhere.
Learn more at nickwritesmusic.com.

Scott Perry

Born in 1978, Scott Perry loves to compose music. He is a Doctoral Candidate at UCSB. He holds a BA from UCSB (CCS), a MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a MA from UC Davis. His teachers include Beverly Grigsby, Jeremy Haladyna, Kurt Rohde, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ulrich Krieger, Pablo Ortiz, Mika Pelo, David Rosenboom, Curtis Roads, and Clarence Barlow. He has also had lessons and seminars with Mario Davidovsky, Julio Estrada, and Pauline Oliveros. Scott also has a deep interest in practicing Tibetan Buddhism. 


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