"NATURE'S BOUNTY". New Century Voices, Katherine Saxon, Director. Free admission.
New Century Voices presents a cornucopia of new choral music written by composers at UCSB. Music of beginnings, ends, and renewals by Jack Fischer, David Gordon, Kyle Leone, Cristina Lord, Amanda Probst, Christine Rogers and Katherine Saxon.
CREATE: COSMIC KLANG. Curtis Roads and Matt Wright, concert directors.Admission $15 general/$7 students. Tickets available at the door.
The 24 April 2013 CREATE concert will feature the Santa Barbara premiere of Havona (2007) by Karlheinz Stockhausen for bass baritone and 8 channels of electronic sound, featuring Stockhausen's chosen vocalist, the internationally renowned baritone Nicholas Isherwood of Berlin. Havona is the 14th hour of Stockhausen's final set: KLANG - The 24 Hours of the Day. According to the cosmology described in the Book of Urantia, Havona is the last galaxy before Paradise, consisting of a billion planets.
Echoing the cosmic theme, the concert will also feature the Santa Barbara premiere of Archimedes by Rome-based composer James Dashow, who will project this four-channel work. The mathematician-astronomer Archimedes is considered one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. One of his greatest achievements was to apply the method of summation of an infinite series to achieve an unprecedented approximation of pi.
2000 years after Archimedes, UCSB's own Clarence Barlow projects the infinite series of Approximating pi, a sonification of Archimedes method, in a special new version for saxophone (Joel Hunt) and 8 channels of electronic sound.
"OURSELVES and OUTSIDE". ECM (Ensemble for Contemporary Music), Jeremy Haladyna, Director. Admission $15 general/$7 students. Tickets available at the door.
ECM plays UCSB creators and then celebrates them with an African twist in this PRIMAVERA festival event. Dr. Leslie A. Hogan, of the composition faculty, plays and authenticates newly minted piano work, fresh from the Spoleto Festival in Italy. UCSB graduate Michael Zasadzinski's rollicking and ingenious work for modern player piano merits another whole set. Director Jeremy Haladyna adds footwork in organ pieces by former Corwin Chair Peter Racine Fricker. At the intermission, Ruth Hellier-Tinoco offers "pre/now/post: La Trilogía Mexicana" - an interdisciplinary performative exploration (see below). And then—everything goes African in a 3-movement celebration from Uganda: "Ekivvulu Ky'Endere" for joyful ensemble by Ugandan composer and professor, Justinian Tamusuza. Flutist Abigail Sten is featured.
LOXODROMING II. UCSB Composers Concert Series Fernando Rincon-Estrada, producer. Free admission.
For this version of PRIMAVERA 2013, the UCSB Composers Concert Series features works by David Gordon, Joel V. Hunt, Nick Norton, Fernando Rincon Estrada, Juliana Russell, and Jake Goldman. New works for player piano, visuals and electronics and live performances for piano and percussion will comprise only some of the substance of this stimulating evening.