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Robert Koenig
 
Robert Koenig, UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Music Chair and Professor of Keyboard, will be featured on the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Beethoven @ 250 Concert on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 7 pm. The event will be streamed live from the Music Academy of the West as part of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2020/2021 digital concert season. Read more...
  • HOCKET (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff)
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Teaching Professor of Music Composition Dr. Sarah Gibson and fellow pianist and composer Thomas Kotcheff, members of the new music piano duo HOCKET, wrapped their #What2020SoundsLike project at the end of October. In June 2020, the Los Angeles-based duo set out to commission 50 composers to write miniatures for piano duo as a response to the challenges of 2020. Over the course of five months, the duo recorded each of the pieces and posted them to HOCKET’s YouTube and social media channels. I Care If You Listen (ICIYL), one of the foremost contemporary classical music blogs and a program of the American Composers Forum (ACF), recently featured a review of HOCKET’s #What2020SoundsLike. Read more...
  • Maxim Kuzin
UC Santa Barbara Lecturer Maxim Kuzin is serving as Chair of the Instrumental Division for the 13th edition of the Colibri International Arts Competition for Young Performers, which is organized by the Unity in Diversity Arts Foundation (UIDARTS) with the support of the City of West Hollywood. The competition is held annually and consists of four individual competitions—Instrumental, Vocal, Dance, and Visual Art—and runs from September to December. Read more...
 
  • Isabel Bayrakdarian (photo by Dario Acosta)
UC Santa Barbara Associate Professor of Voice Isabel Bayrakdarian collaborated with the Canadian rock band Glass Tiger on the band’s first-ever Christmas album, Songs For A Winter’s Night. For the release, Bayrakdarian joined fellow Canadian guest artists singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, violinist Natalie MacMaster, and pop vocalist Roch Voisine, as well as the Steve Sidwell Orchestra. Read more...
 
  • Andrew Tholl
UC Santa Barbara Lecturer Andrew Tholl was named the winner of the 2020 Luigi Nono International Composition Award for his piece every moment is another opportunity to shine. Organized by the Amici per la Musica di Venaria Reale, the adjudicators for the seventh edition of the competition included Andrea Portera (Italy), Alissa Firsova (England/Russia), and Anna Pidgorna (Ukraine/Canada). The 2020 competition saw applicants from 20 different countries, including Italy, China, the US, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Germany, Iran, Egypt, Mexico, and Hungary. Read more...
  • Jeremy Haladyna
UC Santa Barbara Teaching Professor Emeritus Jeremy Haladyna contributed an essay, titled “Villa-Lobos Vindicated (At Last): A Pan-American Prescription,” to the October 2020 issue of the Brazilian music journal, ORFEU. In the essay, Haladyna argues that the "New World" can lay claim to new confidence as to musical matters: it can now rival Europe, at least as to raw material. He seeks to bolster this assertion with a look into three specific areas: rhythm, tuning, and contextualization. Read more...
 
  • Rachel Short
UC Santa Barbara alumna Rachel Short ‘16 (PhD Music Theory) contributed to an Institute for Creativity article on public music theory, titled “Music Theory, Professional Conferences, and Community Engagement.” For the article, Short and her collaborators Anna Gawboy, Danny Jenkins, and Larry Zbikowski focused on the concept of bringing music theory to public spaces, allowing interested parties outside of academia access to information that would normally be reserved for scholarly presentations and discussions on university campuses or at academic conferences. Read more...
 
  • Jennifer Kloetzel
UC Santa Barbara Assistant Professor of Cello Jennifer Kloetzel was featured on the Performance Today radio program on Monday, September 28, 2020. Hosted by Fred Child, Performance Today is one of the most popular classical music radio programs in the country, broadcast on over 280 public radio stations with roughly 1.2 million listeners each week. The September 28th program featured a recording of the first movement of Kloetzel’s solo performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B.191 with the Lexington Symphony, conducted by Jonathan McPhee. The concert was originally presented  at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington, MA on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Read more...

 

  • Jack Kilgore, Professor Curtis Roads, Rodney DuPlessis
The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UC Santa Barbara  has released a new software app for sound granulation: EmissionControl2 for MacOSX, Linux, and Windows.  EmissionControl2 is a granular sound synthesizer. The theory of granular synthesis is described in the book Microsound (Curtis Roads, 2001, MIT Press). Granular synthesis is one of the most important methods of sound  design. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Charles Asche
Dr. Charles Asche, Senior Lecturer in Piano at UC Santa Barbara, was awarded the California Association of Professional Music Teachers’ Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020. With over 900 members, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers is the California state affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association, which is one of the largest music teacher associations in the United States with over 22,000 members in 50 states and over 500 local affiliate organizations. The Music Teachers National Association is dedicated to the support, growth, and development of music-teaching professionals, and was founded in 1876 by composer and publisher Theodore Presser. Read more...