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Ori Barel
 
Since completing his PhD in Composition at UC Santa Barbara in 2017, composer Ori Barel has been creating music and collaborating with artists and creatives across the country. His second album, Centrifugal Force, was released in October 2019 on Albany Records and features a multi-movement composition for player piano, accompanied by stunning visuals created by Barel. Most recently, a film that he wrote the score for, Mother of Chernobyl, received its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Barel took the time to answer a few questions about the inspiration behind his latest album, scoring music for film, and life as a composer. Read more...
 
  • Nick Norton (photo by Brandon J. Rolle)
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Santa Barbara alumnus Nick Norton ‘18 has created the Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of coronavirus-related event cancellations. For many freelance and contract-based musicians, these cancelations mean they are now left without any source of income. As the founder and Artistic Director of Equal Sound, Norton has positioned the 501(c)(3) to receive donations that will go straight to musicians in need. Read more...
  • Karen Yeh (photo by Jei Romanes)
Cellist and UCSB alumna Karen Yeh ‘15 recently appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show with Christina Aguilera in a performance of “Loyal Brave True” from Disney’s Mulan. Yeh, who recorded songs by Harry Gregson-Williams for the movie’s soundtrack, performed as part of a string quartet, alongside musicians performing on traditional Asian instruments such as the guzheng (Chinese plucked string instrument) and taiko (Japanese ceremonial drums). Read more...
In a continuing effort to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the community, Chancellor Henry Yang announced on Saturday, March 14th that the UC Santa Barbara campus will be transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of Winter and all of Spring Quarter. In light of this recent development, the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will be canceling all Spring Quarter events. Read more...
 
In an effort to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the community, Chancellor Henry Yang announced on Tuesday, March 10th that the UC Santa Barbara campus will be transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of Winter Quarter and the start of Spring Quarter, through the end of April at the earliest. In light of this recent development, the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will be canceling all remaining events in March. Read more...
  • Byron Mayes (photo by Zach Mendez)
On Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, UCSB faculty members Neil Garber and Jon Nathan, as well as doctoral candidates Byron Mayes and Kelly Guerra, will take the stage at the Lobero Theatre for Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Daniel Catán’s opera, Il Postino. Neil Garber will perform as Principal Bass and Jon Nathan will perform as Principal Percussion in the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra. Baritone Byron Mayes will perform in the Opera Santa Barbara Chorus and mezzo-soprano Kelly Guerra, a student of Associate Professor Isabel Bayrakdarian, will cover the role of Donna Rosa. UCSB alumnus Zach Mendez (MM Voice, Spring 2018) also serves as Opera Santa Barbara’s Director of Operations. Read more...
  • Sunaina Kale
UCSB ethnomusicology Ph.D. candidate Sunaina Kale received the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship from the Society of American Music for 2019. Intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music, the Walserp-McClary Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate at a U.S. or Canadian university who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field. Read more...
  • Joao Pedro Oliveira
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music has appointed Dr. João Pedro Oliveira as Corwin Chair of Composition beginning January 2020. A native of Portugal, Oliveira brings a varied and dynamic background in composition, music theory, organ performance, and architecture, with a 30-year teaching career that includes positions at Aveiro University and the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In his new role at UC Santa Barbara, Oliveira will serve as the Head of the Composition Program and will teach courses in composition, electroacoustic music, visual music, and contemporary techniques. Read more...