UCSB Summer Music Festival 2017

Event Date: 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 to Saturday, August 19, 2017

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall
  • CCS Old Little Theater
  • Multicultural Center

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Summer Festival 2017
Artwork by Gaby Goldberg.
The second annual UCSB Summer Music Festival will take place Thursday, August 17th through Saturday, August 19th on the UCSB campus. The festival will feature contemporary, world, classical, and folk music, with performances by Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo (violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell); Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks; violist Jonathan Morgan; violinist and UCSB faculty member Andrew Tholl and friends; the Celtic fusion band, Dannsair; as well as a number of UCSB graduate students and alumni. The event will be free and open to the public, and will take advantage of UC Santa Barbara’s many performance venues, including the Multicultural Center Theater; the Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Karl Geiringer Hall; and the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater.
Among the exciting new developments of this year's festival are the world premieres of five newly composed works by UCSB composers Marc Evans, Scott Perry, Mason Hock, Federico Llach, Rodney Duplessis, and Heena Yoon, as well as a Saturday morning concert and workshop for children with appearances by festival artists.
The UCSB Summer Music Festival is made possible by generous funding from the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions, and is presented in collaboration with the UCSB Art, Design, & Architecture Museum, the Multicultural Center, and the College of Creative Studies.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum
LA-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Tholl and his friends present a concert of experimental, improvised music.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Old Little Theater, UCSB College of Creative Studies
Santa Barbara-based Dannsair presents an invigorating concert combining jazz, classical, and traditional Irish music.
7:30 - 9 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
Music Department Showcase, featuring performances by UCSB graduate and alumni music students, and world premieres of new works by graduate composers Rodney Duplessis, Scott Perry, and Heena Yoon.

Friday, August 18, 2017

4 - 5 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
Violist and UCSB Alumnus Jonathan Morgan presents a program of music for unaccompanied viola, viola and piano, and viola and electronics.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | UCSB Multicultural Center Theater
UCSB affiliate Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks present a concert of Middle Eastern Music. Featuring Ziyad Marcus (oud), Daniel Moltke (violin), Sam Khattar (drum and vocals), Scott Marcus (nay and vocals), and Jim Grippo (qanun and vocals).
7:30 - 9 p.m. | Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building
World class LA-based ensemble APERTURE DUO performs works for violin / viola duet, including world premieres of new works by graduate composers Marc Evans, Federico Llach, and Mason Hock.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Music Bowl, UCSB Music Building
Children’s Concert, featuring performances and interactive activities with Aperture Duo and Ziyad Marcus.

About the Artists

Aperture Duo. Photo by Laura Ford.Aperture Duo (violist Linnea Powell and violinist Adrianne Pope). Photo by Laura Ford.

Aperture Duo

Aperture Duo curates fearless programs that explore new sounds, voices, and techniques through the lens of violin and viola chamber music. Founded in 2015 by violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell, Aperture Duo has quickly become a mainstay of the Los Angeles new music scene. Equally at home interpreting old and new music, Aperture Duo has commissioned over thirteen new works as part of a repertoire that spans W.A. Mozart to Salvatore Sciarrino. Aperture Duo’s performance credits include Tuesdays @ Monk Space, the main stage at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Music at Boston Court, L.A. Signal Lab, Synchromy, LA Downtown Art Walk, Brooklyn's Home Audio Concert Series, Craft in America Center’s Window Concert Series, and the Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Student Conference. Aperture Duo has designed educational outreach concerts with wild Up and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and has been in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and California Institute of the Arts.
Jonathan Morgan. Photo by Gaby Goldberg.Violist Jonathan Morgan. Photo by Gaby Goldberg. 

Jonathan Morgan, viola

Jonathan Morgan - violist, specializes in the music of living composers. He’s a founding member of the Now Hear Ensemble. Jonathan is on the artist roster of the Aerocade Music label, on which he released a recording of Nick Norton's "Elegy II" and is donating all proceeds from the recording to the ACLU. This season, Jonathan is giving world premiere performances of newly-commissioned music at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eureka! Musical Minds of California Conference, Synchromy, the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), and the UCSB Summer Music Festival. Jonathan has performed as principal violist of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, and as soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish. He can be heard on three albums: "My Hope is Arisen," "Made in California," and "The Lament Cycle." Jonathan holds a B.M. from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a D.M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is former faculty of violin, viola, and chamber music at the Preparatory and Continuing Education Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Watch Jonathan's music video of Elegy II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0O6R-3W898
Andrew Tholl. Photo by Chris Votek.Violinist, composer, drummer, and improvisor Andrew Tholl. Photo by Chris Votek.

Andrew Tholl

Dr. Andrew Tholl is a Los Angeles based violinist, composer, drummer, and improvisor. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed as “vigorously virtuosic,” his performances and compositions have been heard across the United States and Europe.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he is dedicated to the performance of new music and the collaborative process between composer and performer. He has premiered over two hundred new works and has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Christian Wolff, David Rosenboom, Wadada Leo Smith, Arthur Jarvinen, Roger Reynolds, Harold Budd, and George Crumb.
Tholl is a member and co-founder of the “superb” (Los Angeles Times) Formalist Quartet, which has established itself as the preeminent new music string quartet of Southern California. The quartet has held residencies at Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - San Diego, and Villa Aurora, as well as having performed in numerous festivals and concerts series including sound ON (San Diego), MOSA (New York), Reykjavik Arts Festival (Iceland), Unruly Music at University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and more. The group's recordings can be heard on Innova, Lakefire, Cold Blue, and Populist Records, which Andrew co-owns and operates with fellow Formalist Quartet member Andrew McIntosh.
As a composer, Tholl’s interest lies in the exploration of the passage of time, the physicality of making music, noise, nostalgia, memory, and the merging of diverse musical styles. He has been commissioned by wild Up, the New Century Players, Machine Project, Danny Holt, and more. His works have been heard at REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Dartington International Summer Festival (England), Complice (Berlin), Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles), Princeton University (New Jersey), Listen/Space (New York), Gridlock (Vancouver), CNMAT (Berkeley), and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).
Aside from his work as a “classical” musician and composer, Andrew maintains a second musical life performing pop, rock, punk, noise and improvisational music as a violinist, drummer, and guitarist.  His performing activities have included him playing with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Busta Rhymes, Scott Weiland, Diana Krall, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Vinny Golia, and more. Currently, he performs with the ensembles TempWerks, Paper Tiger Trio, and touchy-feely. Additionally, Andrew has worked extensively in scoring for film, dance, and theater as both a performer and composer.
Tholl holds degrees from Arizona State University, University of Michigan, and the California Institute of the Arts. He has served on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, Moorpark College, Ventura College, The Kadima Conservatory of Music, and Harmony Project. He lives in Los Angeles where he is currently working on his first solo album and continues to be involved with music for concert halls, art galleries, films, puppet shows, bars, garages, bedrooms, and coat closets. 
Learn more: andrewtholl.com


Dannsair has achieved a depth and clarity in Irish music few expect from these centuries-old tunes. By combining jazz, classical and traditional Irish sensibilities, they push the envelope of the sound into completely new territory. The various members of Dannsair have been performing together on and off for seven years. Their styles are incredibly well suited to each other with the emotional Irish melodies melding into jazzy undertones, classical phrasing, and danceable rhythms. The orchestrated arrangements, emotional fiddle & flute playing along with the percussion and bass bring a complete and essential sound to this traditional folk music.
Learn more: dannsair.com
Ziyad Marcus. Photo by Jasmine Leong.Ziyad Marcus. Photo by Jasmine Leong.

Ziyad Marcus and the Sfinks

Santa Barbara-based musicians perform a variety of music from around the Middle East on traditional instruments. Repertoire will include classical, folk, and popular pieces, ranging from high energy to soulful solo improvisations. They are grateful for this opportunity as this is their first time participating in this festival. Featuring Ziyad Marcus (oud), Daniel Moltke (violin), Sam Khattar (drum and vocals), Scott Marcus (nay and vocals), and Jim Grippo (qanun and vocals).