Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM)

 
UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music
Members of the Spring 2017 Ensemble for Contemporary Music
 
Fall 2020: MUS A 40, 140, 240
Class time: see course catalog
Class location: this course will be offered online for Winter 2021

Winter 2021 ECM Description:

Contemporary Chamber works and Music for Silent Film
Project Weeks 1-4: Contemporary Chamber Works & Solos
  • Small Ensemble Chamber Works including open instrumentation pieces by Julius Eastman, John Cage, and others
  • Any student is invited to learn a Contemporary Solo Work selected by Dr. Gibson & Performer
  • We will record/rehearse using Jamulus, Zoom, and other methods
Project Weeks 5-10: Music for Silent Film
  • Learning to play with film using click-track is one of the most useful tools as a professional musician—especially for musicians in the SoCal area. This quarter, we will form small chamber groups that will accompany scenes from silent films using music written by your UCSB composer colleagues!
  • Performers will also set a scene from the silent film using selections from their current repertoire. Dr. Gibson will coach you through picking selections of your own repertoire or improvisations that could accompany the scene you are given in the way pianists/organists would accompany silent films in the ‘20s through improvisation and/or any selections of sheet music they had at their fingertips.
The final concert will be performances of Contemporary Chamber Works followed by a viewing of scenes from the chosen silent film accompanied by our class’ newly composed score!
 
*Composers will have composition lessons on their silent film score in the first four weeks, the final scores will be due beginning of week 5. Performers will be coached as a group and individually each week. Composers will be encouraged to perform in the silent film recordings.
 
If you are a music performance major, you can email the undergraduate advisor at hdinnogen@music.ucsb.edu to receive an add code. All other students must receive approval to register from Dr. Gibson. Please email her to receive an approval code at sarahgibson@ucsb.edu. An audition may be required.
 

Audition Information 

All instruments/voice types welcome and encouraged!

If you are a music performance major or music composition major, you can email the undergraduate advisor at hdinnogen@music.ucsb.edu to receive an add code. 

All other students must receive approval to register from Dr. Gibson. Please email her to receive an approval code at sarahgibson@ucsb.edu. If you are outside the music department, an audition may be required.