UCSB Summer Music Festival 2017

Date(s) and Time of Event: 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 3:30pm


UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Old Little Theater, UCSB College of Creative Studies; and Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
Artwork by Gaby Goldberg
The second annual UCSB Summer Music Festival will take place Thursday, August 17th through Saturday, August 19th on the UCSB campus. The festival will feature contemporary, world, classical, and folk music, with performances by Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo (violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell); drummer Ziyad Marcus and friends; violist Jonathan Morgan; violinist and UCSB faculty member Andrew Tholl and friends; the Celtic fusion band, Dannsair; as well as a number of UCSB graduate students and alumni. The event will be free and open to the public, and will take advantage of UC Santa Barbara’s many performance venues, including the Multicultural Center Theater; the Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Karl Geiringer Hall; and the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater.
Among the exciting new developments of this year's festival are the world premieres of five newly composed works by UCSB composers Marc Evans, Scott Perry, Mason Hock, Federico Llach, Rodney Duplessis, and Heena Yoon, as well as a Saturday morning concert and workshop for children with appearances by festival artists.
The UCSB Summer Music Festival is made possible by generous funding from the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions, and is presented in collaboration with the UCSB Art, Design, & Architecture Museum, the Multicultural Center, and the College of Creative Studies.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum
LA-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Tholl and his friends present a concert of experimental, improvised music.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Old Little Theater, UCSB College of Creative Studies
Santa Barbara-based Dannsair presents an invigorating concert combining jazz, classical, and traditional Irish music.
7:30 - 9 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
Music Department Showcase, featuring performances by UCSB graduate and alumni music students, and world premiers of new works by graduate composers Rodney Duplessis, Scott Perry, and Heena Yoon.

Friday, August 18, 2017

4 - 5 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
Violist and UCSB Alumnus Jonathan Morgan presents a program of music for unaccompanied viola, viola and piano, and viola and electronics.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | UCSB Multicultural Center Theater
UCSB affiliate Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks present a concert of Middle Eastern Music.
7:30 - 9 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
World class LA-based ensemble APERTURE DUO performs works for violin / viola duet, including world premieres of new works by graduate composers Marc Evans, Federico Llach, and Mason Hock.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Music Bowl, UCSB Music Building
Children’s Concert, featuring performances and interactive activities with Aperture Duo and Ziyad Marcus.

About the Artists

Aperture Duo. Photo by Laura Ford.
Aperture Duo (violist Linnea Powell and violinist Adrianne Pope). Photo by Laura Ford.

Aperture Duo

Aperture Duo brings violin and viola chamber music into focus in the Los Angeles area. Violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell met in 2014 while performing in the LA-based modern music collective wild Up. After discovering a shared alma mater and a mutual hunger for rarely performed chamber music, they began exploring violin and viola repertoire and formed Aperture Duo in early 2015. With programs ranging in style from baroque to new complexity, Aperture Duo aims to curate concert experiences that juxtapose the old and the new, foster musical connections, and jump-start conversations. Committed to exploring new sounds and pushing the limits of the violin and viola, Aperture Duo actively commissions new works to expand the already existing duo repertoire.
Dedicated to education through music, Aperture Duo has designed educational outreach concerts with wild Up and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for hundreds of students in the LA area. Aperture Duo has given workshops in Los Angeles County public schools and was the ensemble in residence for the 2016 Young Musician’s Foundation Composer Workshop. In 2017, Aperture Duo was the ensemble in residence at Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Student Conference at Cal State University Fullerton.
Aperture Duo’s 2016/17 season includes six commissions, a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and performances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Tuesdays At Monk Space, LA’s Downtown Art Walk, Pasadena’s Boston Court, and Home Audio Concert Series in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Morgan. Photo by Gaby Goldberg.
Violist Jonathan Morgan. Photo by Gaby Goldberg. 

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 concertized 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 with RAYMOND, Jonathan has performed violin and viola for 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 the 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 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. Jonathan amplifies his instruments with a DPA 4061 condenser microphone.
Andrew Tholl. Photo by Chris Votek.
Violinist, composer, drummer, and improvisor Andrew Tholl. Photo by Chris Votek.

Andrew Tholl

Dr. Andrew Tholl is a Los Angeles based violinist, composer, drummer, and improvisor. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed as “vigorously virtuosic,” his performances and compositions have been heard across the United States and Europe.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he is dedicated to the performance of new music and the collaborative process between composer and performer. He has premiered over two hundred new works and has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Christian Wolff, David Rosenboom, Wadada Leo Smith, Arthur Jarvinen, Roger Reynolds, Harold Budd, and George Crumb.
Tholl is a member and co-founder of the “superb” (Los Angeles Times) Formalist Quartet, which has established itself as the preeminent new music string quartet of Southern California. The quartet has held residencies at Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - San Diego, and Villa Aurora, as well as having performed in numerous festivals and concerts series including sound ON (San Diego), MOSA (New York), Reykjavik Arts Festival (Iceland), Unruly Music at University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and more. The group's recordings can be heard on Innova, Lakefire, Cold Blue, and Populist Records, which Andrew co-owns and operates with fellow Formalist Quartet member Andrew McIntosh.
As a composer, Tholl’s interest lies in the exploration of the passage of time, the physicality of making music, noise, nostalgia, memory, and the merging of diverse musical styles. He has been commissioned by wild Up, the New Century Players, Machine Project, Danny Holt, and more. His works have been heard at REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Dartington International Summer Festival (England), Complice (Berlin), Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles), Princeton University (New Jersey), Listen/Space (New York), Gridlock (Vancouver), CNMAT (Berkeley), and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).
Aside from his work as a “classical” musician and composer, Andrew maintains a second musical life performing pop, rock, punk, noise and improvisational music as a violinist, drummer, and guitarist.  His performing activities have included him playing with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Busta Rhymes, Scott Weiland, Diana Krall, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Vinny Golia, and more. Currently, he performs with the ensembles TempWerks, Paper Tiger Trio, and touchy-feely. Additionally, Andrew has worked extensively in scoring for film, dance, and theater as both a performer and composer.
Tholl holds degrees from Arizona State University, University of Michigan, and the California Institute of the Arts. He has served on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Moorpark College, Ventura College, The Kadima Conservatory of Music, and Harmony Project. He lives in Los Angeles where he is currently working on his first solo album and continues to be involved with music for concert halls, art galleries, films, puppet shows, bars, garages, bedrooms, and coat closets. 
Learn more: andrewtholl.com


Dannsair has achieved a depth and clarity in Irish music few expect from these centuries-old tunes. By combining jazz, classical and traditional Irish sensibilities, they push the envelope of the sound into completely new territory. The various members of Dannsair have been performing together on and off for seven years. Their styles are incredibly well suited to each other with the emotional Irish melodies melding into jazzy undertones, classical phrasing, and danceable rhythms. The orchestrated arrangements, emotional fiddle & flute playing along with the percussion and bass bring a complete and essential sound to this traditional folk music.
Learn more: dannsair.com
Ziyad Marcus. Photo by Jasmine Leong.
Ziyad Marcus. Photo by Jasmine Leong.

Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks

Santa Barbara-based musicians perform a variety of music from around the Middle East on traditional instruments. Repertoire will include classical, folk, and popular pieces, ranging from high energy to soulful solo improvisations. They are grateful for this opportunity as this is their first time participating in this festival. Featuring Ziyad Marcus (oud), Daniel Moltke (violin), Sam Khattar (drum and vocals), Scott Marcus (nay and vocals), and Jim Grippo (qanun and vocals).