UCSB Summer Music Festival 2017

Event Date: 

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
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 six newly composed works by UCSB composers Marc Evans, Scott Perry, Mason Hock, Federico Llach, Rodney DuPlessis, and Heena Yoon, and the West Coast premiere of a piece by Nick Norton. Saturday's lineup will also include a 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, as well as the West Coast premiere of a piece by Nick Norton.

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.

Featured 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. This season, Aperture Duo will be in residence at the California Institute of the Arts.
Learn more: apertureduo.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).
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


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
Andrew Tholl. Photo by Chris Votek.Violinist, composer, drummer, and improvisor Andrew Tholl. Photo by Chris Votek.

Andrew Tholl

Andrew Tholl is a Los Angeles based composer, violinist, and improviser. Hailed by the LA Times as "vigorously virtuosic," his performances and compositions have been heard throughout 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. 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 synthesis of diverse musical styles. Tholl also maintains a second musical life performing pop, punk, noise, and improvisational music. Tholl is on faculty at UC Santa Barbara, Moorpark College, Ventura College, and the Pasadena Waldorf High School. He lives in Los Angeles where he continues to be involved with music for concert halls, art galleries, films, puppet shows, bars, garages, bedrooms, and coat closets. 
Learn more: andrewtholl.com

UCSB Graduate Composers

Rodney DuPlessis (courtesy photo)Rodney DuPlessis (courtesy photo)

Rodney DuPlessis

Rodney DuPlessis is a Canadian-born composer currently making noise at UC Santa Barbara, where he is studying with Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, and Andrew Tholl. Previously, he studied music and psychology at St. Thomas University (New Brunswick, Canada) under the mentorship of Argentinian composer Martín Kutnowski. Rodney’s background is in incidental music for theatre, progressive metal, and video game music. Currently, his main research and composition interests are microtonality, spectralism, and granular synthesis.
Marc Evans (photo by Francesca Hilditch)Marc Evans (photo by Francesca Hilditch)

Marc Evans

Marc Evans is a composer currently residing in the Santa Barbara area. He has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Contest, and has collaborated with artists such as Ignition Duo, Hocket Duo, and Now Hear Ensemble. A musician and composer since a young age, he chose to pursue his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where he studied with Jaros?aw Kapu?ci?ski. Following up on his strong interest in computers and interactivity, he then continued on at Stanford with a master's degree in Music, Science and Technology. Marc is currently the recipient of a Chancellor's graduate fellowship at UC Santa Barbara, where he is working on his PhD dissertation and studying composition with Professors Clarence Barlow, Joel Feigin, and Curtis Roads. In addition to composing, Marc is also a pianist, and has been fortunate to study with Thomas Schultz at Stanford and Charles Asche at UC Santa Barbara. He would like to extend profound gratitude to all of the above-mentioned teachers, who have contributed immeasurably to his musical thought and understanding. Marc is serving as the Artistic Director of this year's UCSB Summer Music Festival.


Mason HockMason Hock (illustration courtesy of the artist)

Mason Hock

Mason Hock is a composer and guitarist. He is currently pursuing an MA/PhD in composition at UC Santa Barbara, where he has studied with Clarence Barlow and Joel Feigin. Prior to that, he studied composition and mathematics at Chapman University, where he studied with Jeffrey Holmes, Dominique Schafer, Vera Ivanova, Sean Heim, and Shaun Naidoo, in addition to studying classical guitar under Jeff Cogan. In 2015, he participated in The Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France, where he studied with Franck Bedrossian and worked with Nicholas Isherwood and the ECCE ensemble. Since 2015, he has worked as Assistant Director for MicroFest.


Federico Llach (photo by Gaby Goldberg)Federico Llach (photo by Gaby Goldberg)

Federico Llach

Musically raised in Buenos Aires as a jazz performer and classical composer, Federico has created music and installations that deal with the inherent fragility of instrumental performance. His recent work seeks to combine the intimacy of concert music with the energy of popular music. Federico will soon receive a PhD in Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has founded and directs resident ensemble Now Hear, a quintet of classically trained musicians collaborating with composers working with electronics and intermedia. Federico’s music has been presented at venues of such geographical and aesthetic diversity as Darmstadt Ferienkurse and Festival Internacional de Jazz Buenos Aires.


Nick Norton (photo by Lindsey Best)Nick Norton (photo by Lindsey Best)

Nick Norton

Nick Norton is – like you – made from materials forged in the cores of stars. The composer/guitarist/concert- producer was born in Los Angeles approximately 13.6 billion years after the universe and has been making music ever since. He is deeply interested in the colorful grey areas between genres, creating new experiences for listeners, and destroying social barriers to enjoying music. Nick really enjoys craft beer, sci fi, and being near or in the ocean, and holds degrees from UC San Diego and King’s College London. He is currently pursuing his PhD in composition from UC Santa Barbara.
Scott PerryScott Perry (courtesy photo)

Scott Perry

Scott Perry has been composing music since 2001. He holds a BA from UCSB (CCS), a MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and a MA from UC Davis. His teachers include Beverly Grigsby, Jeremy Haladyna, Kurt Rohde, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ulrich Krieger, Pablo Ortiz, Mika Pelo, David Rosenboom, Clarence Barlow, and Curtis Roads. He was a participant in a master class with Roger Reynolds. He attended the 2006 Wellesley Composer's Conference where he premiered "Three Pieces for Oboe and Nine Strings." He has also had lessons and seminars with Mario Davidovsky, Julio Estrada, and Pauline Oliveros.


[Muwon] Heena Yoon[Muwon] Heena Yoon (courtesy photo)

[Muwon] Heena Yoon

The meaning of her name, Boundless Brilliant Beauty, is the reason why she composes. To realize her artistic goal, she bridges between dots through her composition: "Ho’oponopono" is a bridge of memories, sound, and dance movement; "B" dance or spoken word and piano; "From Your Old Bookshelves" theater, dance, and literature quotes; "Pathya Vat" Cambodian folk songs and contemporary choir-writing; "Have Fun!" Balinese gamelan music materials and western instruments; "Bridge II" flute and nay (middle Eastern wood flute); "Prayer" poem, folk-like vocal melody, and non-folk-like accompaniment, to name a few. As a researcher of music and dance, she is developing interdisciplinary teaching for composers and choreographers.