Graduate Composition student Federico Llach and Alumnus Dr. Jonathan Morgan perform at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

Graduate Composition student Federico Llach and violist/alumnus Dr. Jonathan Morgan will present Llach's Begin for viola and electronic performer at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in the Abrons Arts Center Playhouse. NYCEMF is the largest showcase of electroacoustic music in New York City, and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. Works are presented in high-quality multi-channel surround sound environments that include up to eight different simultaneous sound channels, often more. The festival includes music performed by acoustic music instruments, laptops, and custom electronic devices, as well as works involving digital video, and sound installations. This year's festival includes 28 concerts featuring works by composers from over 30 countries, selected by a panel of internationally renowned composers and musicians.
 
Longtime collaborators and Now Hear Ensemble members, Llach and Morgan will present Begin as part of the 12th concert on Thursday, June 22nd. Inspired by the compositional techniques and the spirit of democratization of hip-hop, Llach incorporated sampling as a core procedure in his compositional process — also present in his El libro de los flasheos ("The Book of Trippin’"), for string quartet & electronics, and other compositions. Unlike El libro de los flasheosBegin deals with the extrapolation of the conventional concept of virtuosism to the acoustic-performer-plus-electronic-performer set.
 
Federico Llach (photo by Gaby Goldberg)About Federico Llach
 
Musically raised in Buenos Aires as a jazz performer and classical composer, Federico Llach creates music that combines the intimacy of concert music with the energy of popular music. His sound palette has been forever changed as a result of his experience with modular synthesizers and electronics of all kinds, something that can also be heard in his acoustic pieces.
 
Llach has received several awards and scholarships for Composition and Research from: SADAIC for Orchestral Composition, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Borchard Foundation, Corwin Awards, UCSB Humanities and Social Sciences, UCSB Office of Summer Sessions, and Paul Sacher Stiftung. His works have been performed by Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, Compañía Oblicua, Now Hear Ensemble, PFL Traject, Cuarteto UNTREF, UCSB Orchestra, Formalist Quartet, and Ensemble Dal Niente in venues of such geographical and aesthetic diversity as Festival Internacional de Jazz Buenos Aires and Darmstadt Ferienkurse.
 
Llach’s compositional interests are enriched from the perspective of the musicologist, the music technologist, and artistic practice as research. Respectively: he has conducted a series of interviews with European composers which led him to understand how debates activated in our time – the limits of copyright and the fragmentation of the self between real and virtual – have found their way into their work by music that is not for the ears alone. Llach has created custom software for composition in the areas of spatialisation, note generation from math functions, and note generation from audio analysis. He has also performed archival studies on Mauricio Kagel’s groundbreaking yet underperformed Tremens, leading to a reposition of the work in 2018 for the composer’s death decennial.
 
Llach will receive his PhD in Composition in Summer 2017 from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he also obtained a MA, and holds a BA from Universidad del Arte and Escuela de Música Contemporánea. Llach founded and directs the Now Hear Ensemble, resident at UCSB, a quintet of classically trained musicians collaborating with composers working with electronics and intermedia.
 
Jonathan Morgan (photo by Gaby Goldberg)About Jonathan Morgan
 
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 premiere 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.
 
Photos by Gaby Goldberg.

 

Federico Llach (photo by Gaby Goldberg)