UCSB Summer Music Festival

Event Date: 

Saturday, August 22, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event (tinyurl.com/ucsbmusicyoutube)

Event Price: 


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
UCSB Summer Music Festival
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present the fifth annual UCSB Summer Music Festival on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2020 as a virtual event. Sponsored by the UC Santa Barbara Office of Summer Sessions, the virtual festival will feature performances by the Los Angeles-based new music piano duo HOCKET, multi-percussionist and vocalist Miguelito León, UC Santa Barbara Composition alumnus and pianist Marc Evanstein, the Nesta Steel Drum Band, University Carillonist Wesley Arai, and Gamelan Sinar Surya, under the direction of UC Santa Barbara faculty member Richard North. The festival will also feature a children’s concert led by pianist and UC Santa Barbara alumna Petra Peršolja, as well as a demonstration of a variety of Medieval and Renaissance instruments by UC Santa Barbara graduate Composition student Matthew Owensby.


Watch each concert via the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music’s YouTube channel (tinyurl.com/ucsbmusicyoutube). Each concert will premiere on the day/time listed on the UCSB Summer Music Festival Schedule (see below). YouTube links to each individual concert will be added to music.ucsb.edu/summerfestival a few days before the UCSB Summer Music Festival. View the full schedule and learn more about the artists at music.ucsb.edu/summerfestival.


View the full program online at tinyurl.com/ucsbsmfprogram20.


We value your feedback! If you watched any of our UCSB Summer Music Festival events this year, please help us make next year’s festival even better by filling out the UCSB Summer Music Festival 2020 survey! Please visit tinyurl.com/ucsbsmfsurvey20 to access the survey.


Saturday, August 22, 2020

1:00 pm | Introduction with Artistic Director Raphael Radna
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=AqDSSZrB8MM
Video available on Saturday, August 22nd at 1:00 pm
Artistic Director Raphael Radna welcomes listeners to the virtual 2020 UCSB Summer Music Festival. Radna is a PhD Composition student at UC Santa Barbara.
1:15 pm | Miguelito León
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=NZwzw6iC6rU
Video available on Saturday, August 22nd at 1:15 pm
Miguel "Miguelito" León is a 25-year-old multi-percussionist/vocalist, producer, educator, and Director of Cuba cultural exchange CALI2CUBA. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, León grew up playing a diverse range of world music such as Latin, Afro-Cuban, West-African, Brazilian "MPB,” Balkan, Flamenco, and Jazz. León has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Band, Michael McDonald, Ozomatli, and Los Hermanos Herrera, and has also recorded for FOX Network’s Glee.
2:30 pm | Marc Evanstein 
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=zwQ7CcHxnIc 
Video available on Saturday, August 22nd at 2:30 pm
UC Santa Barbara Composition alumnus Marc Evanstein will present a range of compositions featuring the computer as a creative partner. From acoustic music composed with the aid of custom computer programs, to interactive piano pieces in which the computer responds live to the actions of the performer, this program will feature a variety of pieces in which the computer, and computer programming, plays a central role in the compositional process. Evanstein will also offer a brief introduction to his new Python-based computer-assisted composition framework, SCAMP, and some of the exciting new music that has been composed using it.
3:45 pm | Matthew Owensby
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=Nqxz3OSGxuQ
Video available on Saturday, August 22nd at 3:45 pm
UC Santa Barbara graduate student composer and violinist Matthew Owensby will present an introductory sample from a variety of medieval and renaissance instruments with a brief description and performance of each. Owensby's presentation will include recorders, viols, crumhorns, cornetti, cornamuse, kortholt, dulcian, rebec, harp, and a hurdy-gurdy. 
5:00 pm | HOCKET
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=XMsDVNVxSRg
Video available on Saturday, August 22nd at 5 pm
Los Angeles-based new music piano duo HOCKET will share excerpts from their new project, #What2020SoundsLike, an endeavor that includes performing 50+ composers' varying and moving musical responses to the year 2020. Participating composers include Vicki Ray, Veronika Krausas, Ted Moore, Ian Dicke, Linda Dallimore, Derek Tywoniuk, Richard An, Noah Meites, and UC Santa Barbara Composition alumnus Nick Norton, among others. HOCKET includes UC Santa Barbara faculty member Dr. Sarah Gibson and composer Thomas Kotcheff.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

10:45 am | Children's Concert featuring Petra Peršolja
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=RuBbC7Q5Dr4
Video available on Sunday, August 23rd at 10:45 am
Slovenian-born pianist and UC Santa Barbara alumna Dr. Petra Peršolja will host a Children’s Concert featuring performances of beloved piano pieces for children, starting with the simple “ABC” song and “Happy Birthday.” The musical pace will quickly progress to compositions of Béla Bartók, Edvard Grieg, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Album for the Youth) and Robert Schumann (Album for the Young). Petra will also approach selections from classical music favorites, such as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Alla Turca, and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies. Through these piano pieces, the audience will explore what music is: sound, pitch, rhythm, melody, and harmony. Petra will also disassemble her upright piano to show our future musicians what is going on inside the instrument, including the strings, hammers, and the pedals. This event is designed for children ages five and up. To keep them attentive, Petra will have students use boxes to learn simple rhythm patterns, have them conduct as she plays from home, and participate in a “painting studio,” where their imaginations can run wild as they draw their own story to music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frédéric Chopin. And the best part? Parents can stop the video at any point if their child needs a break, or if they would like to continue the next day. Have a few boxes at hand (a shoe box will work!), paper and crayons, and you will be ready to attend the Children’s Concert!
12:00 pm | Wesley Arai
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=PmrUORS8p9U
Video available on Sunday, August 23rd at 12:00 pm
UC Santa Barbara University Carillonist Wesley Arai will present arrangements of well-known classical and popular music, as well as works composed for the carillon, including two pieces written specifically in celebration of the Storke Tower carillon’s 50th anniversary.
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=UDqxsIeJOvs
Video available on Sunday, August 23rd at 1:15 pm
Steelpan (or steel drums, as they are known in the US) are the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Though they are a relatively young and misunderstood instrument family, they have had a significant impact on music. This intimate concert and discussion will be led by professional musicians Abby and Dan Savell, a husband and wife team. The discussion will include more about this family of instruments, including their history and cultural significance, as well as an overview of Caribbean music styles, improvisation, and basic principles and nuances of playing steelpan.
YouTube Premiere link: youtube.com/watch?v=IF90KhE-qmc
Video available on Sunday, August 23rd at 2:30 pm
Directed by UC Santa Barbara faculty member Richard North, Gamelan Sinar Surya will perform music from Indonesia on an enchanting orchestra of gongs, xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. The ensemble is dedicated to the preservation, teaching, and performance of traditional Indonesian music and dance, and specializes in rare music from the ancient kingdom of Cirebon, West Java.
UCSB Summer Music Festival 2020