Since 2003, organizers of UCSB's Primavera Festival have striven to highlight the work of UCSB faculty, staff, and students in the performing, visual, and media arts. Anchored by the Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM), directed by Jeremy Haladyna, and electroacoustic music from the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE), this year's festival also features an international roster of guest artists: Elizabeth Hoffman (NYU), Marcus Schmickler (visiting professor at CalArts), Lucia Mense (Cologne, Germany), Maud Watel Kazak (Paris), the Now Hear Ensemble, and Ignition Duo.
|Monday||April 21||7:45–8 AM||UCSB Women's Carillon Compositions|
|Tuesday||April 22||8 PM||Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM)|
|Wednesday||April 23||8 PM||CREATE|
|Thursday||April 24||6–7 PM||Des Gestes Touchants|
|Thursday||April 24||8 PM||Made in California—Now Hear Ensemble|
|Friday||April 25||4 PM||La perception transamplithéâtrale.|
|Friday||April 25||8 PM||Electronic Counterpoint—Lucia Mense, Recorder|
|Saturday||April 26||7 PM||Loxodroming III, with Ignition Duo|
UCSB Women's Carillon Compositions
Carillonist Margo Halsted will perform music by Emma Lou Diemer, Margo Halsted, and Alexis Crawshaw.
Storke Tower Carillon. Free.
UCSB's Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM), directed by Jeremy Haladyna
Here is a program as rich in verbal eloquence as musical--new works by Leslie A. Hogan and Cristina Lord anchor this program, both of them informed and enriched by American poetry. Dr. Hogan's new Suite for the Senses features her pianistic responses to poetry by Californian David Shaddock. Jeff Mills, faculty in UCSB's Department of Theater and Dance, offers dramatic readings of the very poems that inspire Hogan's work.
Cristina Lord's prize-winning Songs of American Women receive their world premiere with the composer at the piano and mezzo-soprano Alice Chung delivering sensitive settings of Emily Dickinson, Louise Bogan, Sylvia Plath and others.
The program also pays tribute to two past faculty composers, with texts of the psalmist mated to Emma Lou Diemer's powerfully effective music for organ and percussion (from her Psalms: Psalms 3, 44 and 67). There are equally urbane miniatures for piano by Peter Racine Fricker, from his opus 95 set, Diversions, and as musical dessert, the new piano confection, Gooseberry Pie for Liszt and Me by director Jeremy Haladyna.
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Admission $10 general/$5 student
Creations 2014Center for Research in Electronic Arts Technology (CREATE)
CREATIONS 2014 features two esteemed guests, New York-based composer Elizabeth Hoffmann, and Cologne-based composer Markus Schmickler. A special presentation is a world premiere of a new electronic work by UCSB faculty composer Joel Feigin, in collaboration with Ron Sedgwick. UCSB's Corwin Chair of Composition, Clarence Barlow, will present a new audiovisual composition. In addition the CREATE Ensemble, a band of laptop/tablet musicians led by Matt Wright, will premiere their latest experimental interactive work live in concert.
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Free
Des Gestes Touchants
Alexis Crawshaw, vibrotactile music. Guest artist Maud Watel-Kazak, mime and dance. Featuring the CREATE ensemble, directed by Matt Wright
"Touching gestures" is an interdisciplinary, collaborative improvisational performance with the computer music of the CREATE Ensemble led by Matthew Wright, comic mime and dance performance by guest artist/actress Maud Watel-Kazak, and a vibrotactile music component by Alexis Story Crawshaw. This work will explore different rapports of "mapping" and "feedback" between the domains of theater and electroacoustic music. It will also investigate the musicality of touch using vibrotactile actuators, thereby inviting synaesthestic associations through gesture across three modalities: sonic, visual, and tactile.
Music Bowl. Free
Made in California—Now Hear Ensemble
The Made in California project is an exciting collaborative concert series with 11 composers throughout the state. Now Hear Ensemble believes that collaboration is a tremendously useful mode of creation for new music. The landscape of Californian music is rich and diverse, and as a part of this artistic realm, NHE seeks to create an accessible, uniform medium for the interchange of ideas between composers, performers and audiences. Made in California will be presented in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.
The Primavera concert will feature:Todd Lerew—The Variable Speed Machine-Wound Chorus
Members of Now Hear Ensemble are Federico Llach, Double bass/Artistic Director; Jonathan Morgan, viola; Anthony Garcia, percussion; Joel Hunt, saxophone; Amanda Kritzberg, clarinet.
Old Little Theater, Free
La perception transamplithéâtrale.
Alexis Crawshaw, Maud Watel-Kazak, Marcos Novak
This transdisciplinary installation/performance explores the ideas of fractured perception, multiphrenia (after psychologist Kenneth J.Gergen, that one personality becomes fragmented into many as a symptom of the demands of modern society and the sometimes conflicting roles that we must play within it), apophenia (the tendency of the mind to construct meaning or agency in otherwise meaningless data), and how our experience of the world is shaped by context and environment. A collaboration between Alexis Crawshaw, guest artist Maud Watel-Kazak, and Marcos Novak, this work is an investigation, through diverse modalities, into the contiguous relationship between performance/artistic gesture (by the artists), perceptual gesture (by the audience member), and contextual gesture (by the manipulation of space in the venue of performance).
Present in the work is the use of 3D-generated masks expressing multiphrenia and inviting multiple interpretations on the part of its perceiver. It will feature original poetry in "Franglish" that develops author Raymond Roussel's method of procédé and psychologist Diana Deutsch's study of "phantom words". Virtual art projections will develop how one can approach and thus perceive the same physical space in multiple ways, depending on the point of focus and the context, also as a function of accumulated memory. There will equally be a study of the psychosomatic influences of the installation on audience members through vibrotactile infrasounds, using feedback from a heart-rate sensor.
transLAB, 2615 Elings Hall. Free.
Electronic Counterpoint—Lucia Mense, Recorder
New compositions for recorder and electronics, including works by Clarence Barlow, Ori Barel (World Premiere) and Anthony Paul Garcia (World Premiere).
Karl Geiringer Hall. Free
Sponsored by the Corwin Chair in Music Composition.
Loxodroming III, with Ignition Duo
Ignition Duo, the Bay Area guitar duo (Ramon Fermin and David Gonzales), will return to Santa Barbara to perform an entire program of works from UCSB composers for the PRIMAVERA Festival. Eight new works from UCSB students and alumni were specially written for the duo and will be premiered in the festival. Ignition Duo has gained a significant experience with programs and repertory specially composed for them as their commitment to new music is very exciting and inspiring. Their project ranges from performance with acoustic classical guitars to electric guitars and also includes interaction with fixed media and live electronics. The concert will feature works from Barel, Crawshaw, Evans, Garcia, Gordon, Norton, Rolle, and Taylor.
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, Free
Sponsored by the Corwin Chair in Music Composition.