Graduate deadline extended to April 1, 2017
Winter 2017 Concert Series

UCSB Department of Music Events


Undergraduate Advising
Zarah Ersoff
(805) 893-5672

Graduate Advising
Carly Yartz
(805) 893-4603

UCSB Amplified

UCSB Amplified

Music takes center stage with UCSB Amplified, a new performance series featuring UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, staff and even alumni. Live-recorded mini-concerts showcase UCSB's exceptional and diverse music scene. To view the weekly concert releases and to sign up visit our Tumblr page.

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Featured Faculty

  1. February 2, 2017

Clarence Barlow is a composer and the Corwin Chair of Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While Barlow is recognized internationally for his contributions to electronic music and his pioneering work in algorithmic composition, his voluminous artistic output defies categorization, breaking boundaries of style, genre, and form. Recently, the dynamic and diverse output of Barlow’s career was celebrated by a three-day festival of his works in Cologne, Germany—a city that introduced Barlow to Bernd Alois Zimmerman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and the avant-garde music of mid-20th-century Germany from which his distinct compositional trajectory launched. This year Southern California, too, celebrates his career and music: January 28th marked the premiere of his recent major intermedia piece )ertur(  in Fullerton, CA, and February 24th will see a program of his early chamber works (from ages 14-22) here at UCSB, including a 4-channel recording of his Piano Concerto #2 as performed by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. On April 8th, REDCAT (part of the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in Los Angeles) will host a concert of Barlow’s works of the 21st century, including major ensemble, electronic and intermedia works. Read more...


  • Clarence Barlow. Photo by Eric Isaacs.
The UCSB Department of Music will present featured faculty composer Clarence Barlow in a concert of his music from 1960-68 on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will include acoustic works by Barlow, including works for strings, winds, voice, piano, and a special multi-channel rendering of his "Piano Concerto #2," as recorded by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free. The Department of Music’s event serves as a continuation of a celebration of the dynamic and diverse output of Barlow’s career, which began with a three-day festival of his works in Cologne, Germany last summer. On April 8th, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) will also host a concert of Barlow’s works, this time focusing on pieces of the 21st century, including major ensemble, electronic, and intermedia works.
  1. February 24, 2017 - 7:30pm


The UCSB Gamelan Ensemble rehearses for their March 1 performance in a communal and peaceful atmosphere. Photo by Richie DeMaria.
The Santa Barbara Independent recently previewed the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble's upcoming World Music Series performance. The Independent's Richie DeMaria spoke with Richard North, director of the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble, about the history of the ensemble at UCSB, and what makes Indonesian gamelan music so unique. Read more...

It's on us!

The UCSB Department of Music proudly announces FREE ADMISSION to UCSB students for select events from our Concert Series. Present your UCSB student ID at the door, and gain access to events ranging from classical to world music.
The following events are FREE to UCSB students:
Percussion Ensemble Concert
ECM Concert 
University Wind Ensemble
Orchestra / Chamber Players Concert
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Music of India Concert 
UCSB students with ID do not need to purchase advance tickets, but please keep in mind that free seating is limited and preference will be given to ticket holders in the event of a sold-out show.

World Music Series

The Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center have teamed up to present weekly FREE concerts of some of the best world music performers on the Central Coast. Performances happen every Wednesday during the quarter at noon in the UCSB Music Bowl (located in the Music Building courtyard).

View a current listing of World Music Series events here.