The Now Hear Ensemble. Photo by Gaby Goldberg.
The Now Hear Ensemble’s goal is to combine the intimacy of the classical concert experience with contemporary theater, video art, electronic music, and installation art. The members of the ensemble embrace contemporary music and pop culture, as they believe a cross-genre approach leads to new territory for creativity.
The ensemble has performed at renowned venues such as the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley, the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Past projects have included a collaboration with California-based composers that resulted in their 2013 debut album and tour, "Made in California," as well as commissions of installations and concert music made with bicycle wheels, paper shredders, ping-pong tables, megaphones, and custom-made instruments. In 2013, the ensemble’s recording of Dan VanHassel’s "Ghost in the Machine"—from "Made in California"—was featured on the BBC Radio 3 show “Late Junction.” This past September, the ensemble was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where they collaborated with composers Florent Ghys and Dan VanHassel on various projects, including VanHassel’s "Invective." Upcoming projects include a collaboration with University of California, Irvine composers, as well as a performance of Clarence Barlow’s music at REDCAT this April.
The Now Hear Ensemble (Adriane Hill, flute/piccolo; Amanda Kritzberg, clarinets; Jonathan Morgan, viola/violin; Federico Llach, double bass/electronics; Anthony Paul Garcia, percussion/electronics) is Resident Ensemble at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. The ensemble has received generous support from the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).
Now Hear Ensemble’s “Made in California” album is now available for download on Amazon, iTunes, and cdBaby.
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