Corwin Chair Series

The Corwin Chair presents a series of engaging concerts and lectures each quarter, with performances and topics ranging from live experimental/improvisatory electronic music to the conversion of DNA sequences into sound. 

Winter 2018

Formalist Quartet
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall 
The Formalist Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of adventurous repertoire focusing on contemporary pieces and world premieres as well as exploring a diverse spectrum of early music and the standard repertoire. The quartet was born on the 100th birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich (September 25th, 2006) and since then has been playing frequently across the United States in concert halls, festivals, art galleries, cafes, and homes, including the Roy O. Disney Hall at CalArts; REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; the Wulf, Los Angeles; University of California, San Diego; Stanford Universit; and more.
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Transient Canvas
Monday, February 12, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall 
Hailed as "superb" by the Boston Globe, and "nothing short of fabulous" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Transient Canvas is elevating the roles of bass clarinet and marimba by commissioning new repertoire that expands the limits of their instruments and explores the seemingly limitless tapestry of color and character of their combination. TC has commissioned over 75 works by emerging and well established composers from all over the United States, and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. In August 2017, TC released their first album Sift on New Focus Recordings to rave reviews. KLANG New Music called it "one of the more refreshing things I've heard in recent years."
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Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME)
Monday, March 5, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall
As Russia’s foremost contemporary music ensemble—founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov under the patronage of famed Russian composer Edison Denisov—the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. The program will include contemporary music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Tristan Murail, Vera Ivanova, Arvo Pärt, and UCSB graduate composition students Nick Norton, Matthew Owensby, and Stewart Engart. The MCME residency is supported in part by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.
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Henrique Portovedo, saxophone
Monday, March 19, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall
The Corwin Chair and CREATE present saxophonist Henrique Portovedo on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. This concert features works that have been recorded for a new album at Studio Varèse, during Portovedo's residency at UCSB. It will also feature works for HASGS augmented saxophone composed by USCB composition students. 
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