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Clarence Barlow: Los Angeles premieres
Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Clarence Barlow: Los Angeles premieres

  • REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)

The Now Hear Ensemble presents premieres and performances of recent major ensemble works, multimedia compositions, electronic and solo works by Clarence Barlow. Preceded by a screening of Barlow's films. 

Mirrors @ UCSB
Feb
17
7:30 pm19:30

Mirrors @ UCSB

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (Music Building)

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! and 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.

UCSB Summer Festival
Sep
1
6:15 pm18:15

UCSB Summer Festival

  • UCSB College of Creative Studies

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music presents its first-ever Summer Festival on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4-9 p.m. Presented in partnership with the UCSB College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Multicultural Center, the Festival will focus on diversity by combining world-class contemporary music ensembles with Afro-Cuban and indie artists. The artists will perform at venues all over the UCSB campus, with no admission fees. This event is made possible by the generous support of the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions.

The Department of Music’s Resident Ensemble, the Now Hear Ensemble, will present a sampling of the boundary-defying works they have been performing over the last two years. The ensemble embraces “contemporary music and pop culture because [they] believe cross-genre approaches lead to new territories for creativity.”

The Formalist Quartet—a world-class string quartet from Los Angeles specialized in contemporary music—will present music by their own members (Mark Menzies, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Tholl) and by composer Erik Ullman, as well as a premiere of a new microtonal work by Santa Barbara-based composer Federico Llach.

The local musician-run non-profit organization Cali2Cuba—whose mission is to promote the cultural exchange between California and Cuba—will present their group Los Rumberos de Cali. Los Rumberos de Cali believes that “music in the U.S. has been heavily influenced by Caribbean music” and seeks to bridge this neglected cultural link by “teaching and engaging our community with workshops, concerts, and outreach events.” The group's leader, Miguelito León, will present a workshop entitled, “The evolution of Afro-Cuban music,” followed by a concert of traditional Cuban folklore at the UCSB Multicultural Center.

Artists such as folk & blues slide guitar player Christina Apostolopoulos, violist Jonathan Morgan, cellist Kathryn Carlson, and emerging electro-acoustic composer Graham Bunce will also present original solo sets in the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater and the UCSB Multicultural Center. 

Carlsbad Music Festival
Aug
27
1:00 pm13:00

Carlsbad Music Festival

  • Carlsbad Music Festival

We're performing at the Carlsbad Music Festival. Come check out our set Saturday afternoon!

Program:

"Passages" by David Gordon
performed by Amanda Kritzberg (clarinet) and Adriane Hill (flute)

"Slow Burn" by Anthony Paul Garcia
performed by Amanda Kritzberg (clarinet)

"Bridge II" by Heena Yoon
performed by Jonathan Morgan (viola) and Adriane Hill (flute)

"...in radiis solaris" by Mason Hock
performed by Kyra Folk-Farber (soprano, guest artist), Jonathan Morgan (viola), and Anthony Paul Garcia (percussion)

Music by UCSB Composers
Jun
5
8:00 pm20:00

Music by UCSB Composers

  • Karl Geiringer Hall

The UCSB Department of Music's Resident Ensemble, the Now Hear Ensemble, performs music by UCSB graduate composition students, written for the group.

Works by Mason Hock, Brandon Rolle, Heena Yoon, Marc Evans, and David Gordon, with special guest Kyra Folk-Farber (soprano).

Admission is free.

Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Department. 8:00pm, June 5, 2016.

 

Not for the Ears Alone at Art Share LA
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

Not for the Ears Alone at Art Share LA

  • Art Share LA

The Now Hear Ensemble presents a concert at Art Share LA. The fourth installment of the Not for the Ears Alone series, the program features music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, the ensemble will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.

The title of this concert series is a quote from Björn Heile, who used it to describe the music of Mauricio Kagel during the 1960’s—found in The Music of Mauricio Kagel. The ensemble finds a connection between those works by Kagel, usually referred to as “instrumental theater”, and the spirit of the works included in this series.

Basica presents a futurist tale showcasing an eSport music competition. Shlomowitz combines gestures and sounds in a sampler-inspired work. Llach and Goldberg depict life cycles by exploring contrasts in audio and visuals. Jacob TV and Nas delve into the connection between language and music by manipulating voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners and unveiling confessions that cool-headedly dissect and expose human morality.

 

Constantin Basica: Championship
flute, clarinet, viola, performer, commentator and video

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: Letter Piece No. 8
3 performers

 

Jacob TV: Grab it!
electric guitar and boombox

 

Federico Llach & Gaby Goldberg: This Time Around
viola, flute, video and electronics

 

Mayke Nas: I Delayed People's Flights by Walking Slowly in Narrow Hallways
4 performers, blackboards and chalk + electronics

 

Jonathan Morgan, viola/violin
Adriane Hill, flute
Amanda Kritzberg, clarinet
Anthony Paul Garcia, percussion/electronics
Rob Moreno, guitar

 

Not for the Ears Alone at Art Share LA. Friday, May 20, 2016. 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please click here.

 

Not for the Ears Alone at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Not for the Ears Alone at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

The Now Hear Ensemble presents a concert at the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. The third installment of the Not for the Ears Alone series, the program features music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, the ensemble will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.

The title of this concert series is a quote from Björn Heile, who used it to describe the music of Mauricio Kagel during the 1960’s—found in The Music of Mauricio Kagel. The ensemble finds a connection between those works by Kagel, usually referred to as “instrumental theater”, and the spirit of the works included in this series.

Basica presents a futurist tale showcasing an eSport music competition. Shlomowitz combines gestures and sounds in a sampler-inspired work. Llach and Goldberg depict life cycles by exploring contrasts in audio and visuals. Jacob TV and Nas delve into the connection between language and music by manipulating voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners and unveiling confessions that cool-headedly dissect and expose human morality.

 

Constantin Basica: Championship
flute, clarinet, viola, performer, commentator and video

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: Letter Piece No. 8
3 performers

 

Jacob TV: Grab it!
electric guitar and boombox

 

Federico Llach & Gaby Goldberg: This Time Around
viola, flute, video and electronics

 

Mayke Nas: I Delayed People's Flights by Walking Slowly in Narrow Hallways
4 performers, blackboards and chalk + electronics

 

Jonathan Morgan, viola/violin
Adriane Hill, flute
Amanda Kritzberg, clarinet
Anthony Paul Garcia, percussion/electronics
Rob Moreno, guitar

 

Not for the Ears Alone at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. Thursday, May 19, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please click here.

 

 

Not for the Ears Alone at CCRMA
Apr
30
7:30 pm19:30

Not for the Ears Alone at CCRMA

The Now Hear Ensemble presents a concert at CCRMA. The second installment of the Not for the Ears Alone series, the program features music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, the ensemble will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.

The title of this concert series is a quote from Björn Heile, who used it to describe the music of Mauricio Kagel during the 1960’s—found in The Music of Mauricio Kagel. The ensemble finds a connection between those works by Kagel, usually referred to as “instrumental theater”, and the spirit of the works included in this series.

Basica presents a futurist tale showcasing an eSport music competition. Shlomowitz and Diels combine gestures and sounds in their sampler-inspired works. Llach and Goldberg depict life cycles by exploring contrasts in audio and visuals. Jacob TV and Nas delve into the connection between language and music by manipulating voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners and unveiling confessions that cool-headedly dissect and expose human morality.

 

Constantin Basica: Championship

flute, clarinet, viola, performer, commentator and video

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: Letter Piece No. 8

3 performers

 

Jacob TV: Grab it!

electric guitar and boombox

 

Natacha Diels: second nightmare for KIKU

violin and two assistants

 

Federico Llach & Gaby Goldberg: This Time Around

viola, flute, video and electronics

 

Mayke Nas: I Delayed People's Flights by Walking Slowly in Narrow Hallways

4 performers, blackboards and chalk + electronics

 

Not for the Ears Alone at CCRMA. Saturday, April 30, 2016. 7:30 p.m. CCRMA Stage. Admission is free. For more information, please click here.

 

 

 

Not for the Ears Alone at C4NM
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Not for the Ears Alone at C4NM

  • Center for New Music

The Now Hear Ensemble presents a concert at the Center for New Music. The first installment of the Not for the Ears Alone series, the program features music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, the ensemble will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.

The title of this concert series is a quote from Björn Heile, who used it to describe the music of Mauricio Kagel during the 1960’s—found in The Music of Mauricio Kagel. The ensemble finds a connection between those works by Kagel, usually referred to as “instrumental theater”, and the spirit of the works included in this series.

Basica presents a futurist tale showcasing an eSport music competition. Shlomowitz and Diels combine gestures and sounds in their sampler-inspired works. Llach and Goldberg depict life cycles by exploring contrasts in audio and visuals. Jacob TV and Nas delve into the connection between language and music by manipulating voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners and unveiling confessions that cool-headedly dissect and expose human morality.

Constantin Basica: Championship

flute, clarinet, viola, performer, commentator and video

 

Matthew Shlomowitz: Letter Piece No. 8

3 performers

 

Jacob TV: Grab it!

electric guitar and boombox

 

Natacha Diels: second nightmare for KIKU

violin and two assistants

 

Federico Llach & Gaby Goldberg: This Time Around

viola, flute, video and electronics

 

Mayke Nas: I Delayed People's Flights by Walking Slowly in Narrow Hallways

4 performers, blackboards and chalk + electronics


Not for the Ears Alone at C4NM. Thursday, April 28, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Center for New Music. $15 general / $10 members. Tickets available at the door only. For more information, please click here.

 

Points in Time: NHE presents works by Anthony Paul Garcia
Mar
5
2:00 pm14:00

Points in Time: NHE presents works by Anthony Paul Garcia

  • UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum

"Points in Time" is a retrospective look at the music of PhD candidate Anthony Paul Garcia. Members of UCSB's resident musical group, Now Hear Ensemble, will perform pieces which explore and exploit the use of time, electronics, speech, visualization, and the fine line between pop and concert music. This performance is centered on the world premiere of his new interactive viola concerto, "At Any Point," for violist Dr. Jonathan Morgan in which the audience has a chance to shape the piece through the use of their smartphones. UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Admission is free. 

Carlsbad Music Festival
Aug
29
2:00 pm14:00

Carlsbad Music Festival

Program:

This Time Around - Federico Llach // Adriane Hill - flute, Jonathan Morgan - viola

Wait. - Anthony Paul Garcia // Jonathan Morgan - viola

Cycles - Dan VanHassel // Amanda Kritzberg - clarinet, Jonathan Morgan - viola, Anthony Garcia - wheels, Adriane Hill - wheels