Artists


FEDERICO LLACH
Artistic Dir. & Double Bass

Composer, double bassist, and electronic musician Federico Llach was musically raised in Buenos Aires as a jazz performer and classical composer and creates music that combines the intimacy of concert music with the energy of popular music. His sound palette has been forever changed as a result his experience with modular synthesizers and electronics of all kinds, something that can also be heard in his acoustic pieces. Llach has received several awards and scholarships for Composition and Research from: SADAIC for Orchestral Composition, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Borchard Foundation, Corwin Awards, UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences, UCSB Office of Summer Sessions and Paul Sacher Stiftung. His works have been performed by Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, Compañía Oblicua, Now Hear Ensemble, PFL Traject, Cuarteto UNTREF, UCSB Orchestra, Formalist Quartet and Ensemble Dal Niente in at venues of such geographical and aesthetic diversity as Festival Internacional de Jazz Buenos Aires and Darmstadt Ferienkurse. Llach’s compositional interests are enriched from the perspective of the musicologist, the music technologist and artistic practice as research. Respectively he has conducted a series of interviews with composers which led him to understand how debates activated in our time – the limits of copyright and the fragmentation of the self between real and virtual – have found their way into their work by music that is not for the ears alone. Llach has created custom software for composition in the areas of spatialization, note generation from math functions, and note generation from audio analysis. He has also performed archival studies on Mauricio Kagel’s groundbreaking yet underperformed Tremens, leading to a reposition of the work in 2020-21. Llach has completed a Phd in Composition at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he also obtained a MA, and holds BA from Universidad del Arte and Escuela de Música Contemporánea. Llach has founded and directs Now Hear Ensemble, resident at UCSB, a group of classically trained musicians collaborating with composers working with electronics and intermedia. He currently serves on the faculties of Portland City College and Chaffey College.

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AMANDA KRITZBERG
Operations Dir. & Clarinet

Clarinetist Amanda Kritzberg grew up in Los Angeles County and began playing the clarinet at the age of eleven under the direction of her father. She studied with clarinetist Paul Bambach for six years, where she gained experience in the performance of a variety of genres and styles of music. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in music (clarinet performance) in 2011 from UC Santa Barbara, and her master’s degree (clarinet performance) in 2013 from UC Santa Barbara as well. She has been involved in a number of diverse music performance ensembles over the years including symphonies, chamber orchestras, wind ensembles, clarinet choirs, and contemporary music ensembles. Amanda has also worked in collaboration and performed with numerous musicians and composers as a recording artist for mixed-media projects, including film. In March of 2011, she played in a master class lead by Matthias Schorn of the Vienna Philharmonic, and in 2012 performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto for a master class with Fred Ormand. In July 2012 Amanda was featured as a chamber musician in the “Fiati a Palazzo Rucellai”, a wind chamber music festival in Florence, Italy. Amanda specializes in music of the contemporary era, and enjoys participating in the compositions of current and emerging composers. As a member of Now Hear Ensemble, she has debuted numerous new works in renowned and diverse venues such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, REDCAT, the Silver Lake Lounge in Los Angeles, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. In 2013-14, Amanda toured with the Now Hear Ensemble to perform works by emerging composers at distinguished institutions, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, USC, Mills College, and CalArts as part of the "Made in California" project, which included the release of the “Made in California” album. In September of 2016, Amanda was awarded a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where she worked in residence with the Now Hear Ensemble on various pieces and projects, and was recently a featured soloist at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex in Los Angeles. Amanda is also a visual artist.

Visit AmandaKritzberg.com and DaylongDaydreams.com to learn more.

TREVOR ANDERIES
Percussion

Resolve, innovation, and passion define Trevor Anderies’ musical direction. Based in Los Angeles, California, he performs locally and on the international scene with many groups including, Slumgum, The Walsh Set Trio, The Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra, Dan Rosenboom, Joe Anderies Generations Project, Neelamjit Dhillon, The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble, and The Trevor Anderies Quintet. Amongst his many teachers have been Joe LaBarbara, Bennie Maupin, Art Lande, Randy Gloss, Paul Romaine, and Larry Koonse. In addition, Trevor has studied Ewe music from Ghanian Master Drummer Alfred Ladzekpo, and Tabla from North Indian Master Swapan Chaudhuri. Trevor has performed and recorded with a wide array of artists including Bennie Maupin, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Dwight Trible, Hugh Ragin, Ron Miles, Greg Gisbert, Pat Coil, Larry Coryell, Eric Gunnison, and Shunzo Ohno. In addition to being a performer Trevor has given workshops at various universities including CU Boulder, Denver University, Reed College, Sacramento State, Metro State, Mesa State College, George Mason University, and the University of Reno, Nevada. Trevor has performed his music all around the United States as well as in Italy, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Brussels and Taiwan. Anderies released his debut album, Shades of Truth, in 2013 on Nine Winds Records, his second album Promise of a Tree on Orenda Records, and his latest album Samsara on Personality Records.

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JONATHAN MORGAN
Executive Dir. & Viola

Violist Jonathan Morgan specializes in the music of living composers and is a founding member and Executive Director of the Now Hear Ensemble, the Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. Jonathan has been recently appointed to the viola faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is on the artist roster of the San Francisco-based record label Aerocade Music on which he released a recording of Nick Norton's Elegy II and is donating all proceeds from the recording to the ACLU. This season, Jonathan is giving world premiere performances of newly-commissioned music for solo viola at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Los Angeles City College, and has performed recitals - often as part of his CONGRUENCY series -  at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST), Synchromy, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eureka Musical Minds of California Conference, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the UCSB Summer Music Festival, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Jonathan is a member of the Opera Santa Barbara orchestra, and has served as principal violist of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale since 2015. In the recording studio, Jonathan has worked with RAYMOND, a boutique studio based in Buenos Aires and Santa Barbara, performing violin and viola tracks to TV commercials for the Argentine fashion house, VER. Jonathan is the featured soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish, at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on their recent album My Hope is Arisen, released in 2015. Other works in Jonathan's discography include Made in California - the debut album of the Now Hear Ensemble - released in 2013, the Lament Cycle by Joel Feigin - performed by Helen Callus and the UC Santa Barbara Viola Studio - released on MSR Classics, 2012. Jonathan performs regularly with wildUp, as well as various orchestras throughout southern California. Prior to settling in Santa Barbara in 2010, Jonathan served on the violin, viola, and chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory and Continuing Education Department. Jonathan has participated in several music festivals, 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 from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. His principal teachers and mentors include Helen Callus, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Victoria Chiang, Richard Field, William Preucil, Peter Salaff, and the Cavani Quartet. Jonathan performs on two instruments: a viola commissioned in 2006 from New York luthier Guy Rabut and a violin of anonymous origin, with bows by Bernard Walke, CodaBow, and CarBow. When appropriate, his instruments are generally amplified using a DPA 4061 microphone.

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JENNIFER BEWERSE
Cello

Jennifer Bewerse is an award-winning cellist and specialist in contemporary music. As a result, she has premiered over 100 works including Peter Ablinger’s WEISS / WEISSLICH 17k (2015), and Carolyn Chen’s other forests (2016), and has worked with many composers including Laurence Crane, Chaya Czernowin, Jonathan Harvey, Augusta Read Thomas, and Christian Wolff. She has performed as a guest soloist for the wasteLAnd Concert Series, Robert Helps Festival, and Without Walls Festival, was a Performance Prizewinner at the soundSCAPE Festival (Italy), is a Myrna Loy Center Artists Award and New Music Project Grant recipient, and was recently in residence at the Women’s International Study Center.

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MAIANI DA SILVA
Violin

 

Los Angeles-based violinist Maiani da Silva enjoys a varied career as a freelancer, feeling equally at home playing in concert halls, recording studios, breweries, and parked cars. She enjoys exploring contemporary works as much as classical masterpieces, and can occasionally be found interpretive dancing during measures of rest, or in a Latin band playing some percussive instrument. Always in pursuit of new collaborations, including working with composers and other artists, Maiani is the Co-Founder of Merge Collaborative, a new salon-style interdisciplinary series in Los Angeles; Summa piano trio, with forthcoming recordings under the Naxos umbrella (Parma); and a newly formed duo, The Furies, promoting works by feminist composers. She is also the curator of a new series, New Music Hollywood, at Urban First Aid, promoting new music from various genres. Maiani is dedicated to working with cutting edge contemporary ensembles, most notably wildUp , with whom she’s performed during Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight—a 12-hour marathon celebrating L.A.’s top new-music ensembles—both in 2016 and 2017. Other groups include Aperture Duo, the Boston Conservatory's ensemble-in-residence Ludovico Ensemble, One Found Sound, White Rabbit Ensemble, New Music Brandeis, Juventas New Music Ensemble. As a Bang On a Can fellow, Maiani worked directly with George Lewis and Louis Andriessen, as well as BOAC All-Stars at Mass Moca for another marathon. There, she performed an abridged version of Andy Akiho’s Ping Pong Concerto with David Cossin, and also dabbled in composition while performing on a 9-foot banjo. Having played across the country from Juneau to New York, and internationally from Western Europe to Eastern Asia, Maiani has orchestral performance experience working with ensembles like the Los Angeles Ballet Orchestra, Pacific Opera Project, Pasadena Opera, L’Orchestre Lamoureux (Paris), St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, and has toured with the Philharmonie Leipzig in China, among others. Aside from her classical and experimental work, she is active in the session scene, and as a live-pop performer. With performance artist Taylor Mac she premiered the 24-Decade History of Popular Music in Brooklyn in 2016 (you guessed it, another marathon!) and rejoined the band for a portion of the  tour. Maiani has also collaborated with  Nan Schwartz, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Anoushka Shankar, Childish Gambino, Parisian electro-rock band Satine, Trans Chorus of L.A., New York cabaret singer Joey Arias, and Rod Stewart, with whom she danced on stage to “If you think I’m sexy” while playing in a tragically flat-ridden key. She has also recorded soundtracks for movies and TV shows such as the indie-feature film Stella, various shows on The Disney Channel, Netflix's Dear White People, and the TV show For The People which airs on ABC/Disney. Maiani holds a B.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied under Magdalena Richter and Irina Muresanu as a scholarship recipient, an Artist Diploma with Honors from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and she also studied under the tutelage of Mela Tenenbaum in Brooklyn. She is looking forward to spending a couple of weeks this summer as a 2018 fellow of the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab.

Visit MaianiDaSilva.com and MergeCollaborative.com to learn more.


ADRIANE HILL
Marketing and PR Dir., & Flute

Flutist Adriane Hill is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, where she studied performance with Jill Felber and received a Master of Music degree. She has been recognized in state and regional competitions, such as Third Prize in the 2013 Florida Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition and winner of the 2012 Mid-South Flute Festival Master Class Competition. In 2010, Adriane performed as soloist with the University of Central Florida Wind Ensemble as the winner of the University of Central Florida Concerto Competition. As a member of the Now Hear Ensemble, Adriane has toured throughout much of California, including appearances at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, Art Share L.A., and the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in Los Angeles. She has also performed with the group as a part of Classical Revolution: LA and at the Carlsbad Music Festival, and in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Festival (2016). Adriane has performed in master classes across the country for artists such as Walter Auer, Jill Felber, Linda Chesis, Jean Ferrandis, Marianne Gedigian, Aaron Goldman, Leone Buyse, Carol Wincenc, Gary Schocker, Tadeu Coelho, and the Danish String Quartet. In the summer of 2014, she was selected as a Fellow for the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington. She served as principal flute in the Festival Orchestra and Fellowship Chamber Orchestra, and worked under Maestros Gerard Schwarz, Dale Clevenger, Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, and Ryan Dudenbostel. As a fellowship recipient, she performed with the Fellowship Wind Quintet and on the faculty chamber music recital. While at Marrowstone, she worked with artist-faculty members Jill Felber, Jeff Zook, Kenneth Grant, and Roger Cole. Adriane holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Florida, where she studied with Dr. Nora Lee Garcia. While at UCF, Adriane performed with the UCF Knight Winds at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. During her time at UCF, Adriane and three of her fellow studio members formed a flute quartet, the Aurelia Flutes. The group performed often throughout the state of Florida, with major performances including the Florida premiere of Charles Griffin’s Emergence for flute quartet and electronics at the Timucua White House. As students of Powell Artist Dr. Nora Lee Garcia, the Aurelia Flutes were invited to perform at the Powell Flutes factory in Maynard, Massachusetts in the spring of 2012. While completing her masters at UCSB, Adriane served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Wind Ensemble (under the direction of Paul Bambach), and directed the Flute Choir. Adriane began studying flute in high school, under the guidance of Bootsie K. Mayfield.

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KATIE EIKAM

 

Percussion

 

Katie Eikam is a percussionist specializing in contemporary classical music holding degrees from Chapman University and California Institute of the Arts.

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EMILY CALL
Violin

Emily Call is a violinist and performer of contemporary music, with a special interest in cultivating collaborative relationships with composers. Emily is a founding member of the Isaura String Quartet and has performed with various groups across Los Angeles, including Equal Sound, wild Up, the Dog Star Orchestra, Wordless Music, and Synchromy, where she was a featured soloist. She holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and Bennington College.

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LOGAN HONE
Saxophone

Logan Hone is a musician based in Los Angeles from Salt Lake City. He plays saxophone, drums, fretless banjo, portable pump organ, guitar, keyboards, bass, and flute. Hone's many projects include the avant-rollercoaster quartet Similar Fashion; weirdo pop trio Bright Whistles; FunCoffin; the celestial folk band Desert Magic; and his own solo work—songs, compositions, videos, and performances. Logan has played with the Jerry Paper Band, Molly Lewis, Joshua Payne Orchestra, Vinny Golia, The Lucky Devils, The Industry, and more. He also directs a Community Band which meets on Saturdays at 10am at Arroyo Seco Park in Los Angeles (everyone is invited!).

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ANTHONY GARCIA
Production Dir. & Sound

Multimedia specialist and composer Anthony Paul Garcia is a native of Chandler, Arizona and has been composing since the age of 15. An avid lover of both pop and academic music, his work falls somewhere in between the two while often incorporating electronics and speech with traditional instruments. His works have been performed throughout the country and he is fortunate to have received premieres and commissions from numerous wonderful performers and ensembles. Most recently, many of his works have been premiered by the Now Hear Ensemble in which he is a performer and helped found in early 2012. His newest work, At Any Point (2016) - an interactive piece for viola, chamber ensemble, and live video and electronics - was commissioned by and written for Dr. Jonathan Morgan and will premier by the Now Hear Ensemble on a concert of Anthony's works in early March 2016. Renowned recorder player and lover of new music Lucia Mense premiered his piece Slow Burn for recorders and live electronics in 2014. In the same year, his piece Smack The Wrist Good for guitar duo and live speech was premiered by new music titans the Ignition Duo. Revised in 2015, his eclectic work, If It Stops, for chamber ensemble and electronics was premiered in 2013 by the Now Hear Ensemble. In 2011, his work The Trellstio Rag, commissioned by Tyler Stell, received the first prize in the "Percussion" category in the Sherrill C. Corwin awards. In the same competition, Anthony was also awarded second place in the "Electroacoustic" category for his piece Carte Blanche. Anthony also received regular commissions from choir director Bill Bruce in the years of 2006-2009, the resulting three works were premiered in Michigan by one of Mr. Bruce's top choirs. In 2007, his work String Theory received its first performance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In the following year he was commissioned by Dr. JB Smith and Sam Pilafian, resulting in his work Soul'd Out which was premiered in the same year by the duo. Anthony has had the privilege of working with many excellent composition instructors. In his schooling he has studied both composition and various computer programming languages with Joel Feigin, Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, Matt Wright, Jeremy Haladyna, Jody Rockmaker, Glen Hackbarth, and James DeMars. A passionate teacher and composer for younger musicians, Anthony has been closely involved with various high school and junior high music programs since 2004 throughout Arizona and California. Performances of his arrangements for band, percussion ensemble, and drumline have been awarded throughout the years, including a state championship for Casa Grande Union Highs School Percussion Ensemble in 2015. He currently teaches drumline and percussion ensemble at La Colina Jr. High in Santa Barbara California. In addition to composing, Anthony performs electronics with and is the Production Manager of the Now Hear Ensemble. The ensemble released their premier album of new works, Made in California, in 2013. He also appears on the album Mayan Time Mayan Tales, an album of works by Jeremy Haldyna. Anthony holds a bachelor's degree in theory and music composition from Arizona State University as well as a Master's degree and PhD in music composition from UC Santa Barbara.

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JORDAN CURCURUTO
Percussion

Jordan Curcuruto is a percussionist specializing in contemporary solo and chamber percussion music, speaking percussion, and world music. She has performed with Monday Evening Concerts, Tuesdays at Monkspace, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and Left Edge Percussion. Jordan is an alumnus of the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention All-Star Ensemble, and three-time alumnus of the nief-norf summer festival. Jordan performed at the 2015 Transplanted Roots International Percussion Symposium and composed and premiered an original work at the 2017 New Music Gathering. She can be heard on the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble’s CD, Electric Rebel Poetry, and on the Innova record release, 30, by Mark Applebaum. Jordan earned her B.M. at Chapman University with Nick Terry and Justin DeHart, and her M.M. at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University with Terry Longshore. She is currently on faculty at Fullerton College.

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