UCSB Summer Music Festival

Summer Festival event artwork for Under One Sky
 
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present the sixth annual UCSB Summer Music Festival, titled "Under One Sky," on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 2021 as a virtual event. Sponsored by the UC Santa Barbara Office of Summer Sessions and curated by Artistic Director Alexandra Jones, the festival will feature performances by UC Santa Barbara’s University Carillonist Wesley Arai; Daniel Ohara and Shashank Aswathanarayana; CRUSH Duo with dancer Ahna Lipchik; Duo Con Fuoco; Professor Scott Marcus and Shashank Aswathanarayana; and Gamelan Sinar Surya.

HOW TO WATCH

Watch each concert via the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/UCSantaBarbaraDepartmentofMusic).
 
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 this page a few days before the UCSB Summer Music Festival. View the full schedule and learn more about the artists below.
 
UCSB Summer Music Festival 2021 survey: tinyurl.com/ucsbsmfsurvey21

PROGRAM

View the UCSB Summer Music Festival program book

SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Introduction with Artistic Director Alexandra Jones
12:45 pm PDT | Virtual Event
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/tf8OcAab_ao
Artistic Director Alexandra Jones welcomes listeners to the virtual 2021 UCSB Summer Music Festival, "Under One Sky." Jones is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition at UC Santa Barbara.
 
1 pm | UCSB Storke Tower (live stream)
YouTube Live link: youtu.be/op__Vp1PcNI
The program will include arrangements of well-known classical and popular music, as well as works composed for the carillon, including pieces written specifically for UC Santa Barbara’s carillon. Listeners who would like to attend the recital in person are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass outside the tower during the recital. 
 
3 pm | Virtual Event
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/losrZKM_xFk
A performance of North Indian Classical music with Daniel Ohara on sitar and Shashank Aswathanarayana on tabla presenting Raga Malkauns. The performance will feature an alap (a solo section on the sitar without rhythmic accompaniment), followed by gat-s (small traditional compositions which serve as a foundation for ongoing improvisations) in slow and fast tempo set to a 16-beat rhythmic cycle called teental
 
5 pm | Virtual Event
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/dPoIE1O7S_Q
The program will feature classical works for two cellos, as well as original arrangements of a wide selection of short pieces. The featured composers include Astor Piazzolla, Camille Saint-Saëns, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Béla Bartók. The program will also feature performances by dancer Ahna Lipchik, a leading dancer with State Street Ballet.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

1 pm | Virtual Event
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/IUWswXUSEYs
Composed of pianists Dr. Petra Peršolja (UC Santa Barbara alumna) and Adam Gravelle, Duo Con Fuoco will present an assortment of piano favorites, including George Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue and Gioachino Rossini's Barber of Seville
 
3 pm | Virtual Event
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/aR3w0JO8WkE
A performance of North Indian Classical Music with Scott Marcus on sitar and Shashank Aswathanarayana on tabla presenting Raga Yaman. The performance will feature an alap (a solo section on the sitar without rhythmic accompaniment), followed by gat-s (small traditional compositions which serve as a foundation for ongoing improvisations) in slow, medium and fast tempo set to a 16-beat rhythmic cycle called teental
 
5 pm | Virtual Event
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/RyR4NaNTDVI
Led by UCSB Continuing Lecturer Richard North, this dynamic group of local musicians will perform a variety of styles of traditional Indonesian Gamelan music, ranging from spiritual and lyrical to lively and dynamic. The performance will include an exciting ancient Topeng mask dance, performed by Noah Malik. Gamelan Sinar Surya members include Chaye Alexander, Kemanak; Lex Benes, Saron and Kendang; Felicia Danon North, lead Saron; Ed Dorsey, Gambang; Donn Howell (UCSB Gamelan founder) Gong; Kailee Lencioni, Kenong; Noah Malik, dancer and Bonang; Richard North, Kendang and Gambang (director); Kendra Oviedo, Titil and Gong; Lucia Torres, Brong; with special guest artist Endang Rukandi on Suling.

About the Artists

Wesley Arai

Wesley Arai
Wesley Arai
 
Wesley Arai was appointed Lecturer and University Carillonist at UC Santa Barbara in 2018. He plays the 61-bell Storke Tower carillon regularly and teaches carillon to UCSB students. Arai studied carillon with Jeff Davis as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received BA degrees in Mathematics and Statistics. While earning an MA degree in Mathematics at UCLA, he continued to play the carillon and subsequently passed the Carillonneur examination of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Arai then served as Associate Carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley. An active recitalist, Arai has performed extensively across the United States and abroad. In the past few months, he performed in Australia, gave the dedicatory recital for the carillon at the University of Washington, and performed at the Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival and at the 76th Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Arai is also an annual recitalist at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington.

Daniel Ohara and Shashank Aswathanarayana

Daniel Ohara
Daniel Ohara 
 
Daniel Ohara has been learning North Indian classical music for a bit less than three years, and Middle Eastern music for a year longer, both from Professor Scott Marcus. After graduating from UCSB in the spring, he now researches cyclic behavior in the climate and economy. He loves music, and is very excited to hear everyone perform!
 
 
Shashank Aswathanarayana
Shashank Aswathanarayana
 
Shashank Aswathanarayana is a music technologist, percussionist, and researcher from Bengaluru, India. As a musician he primarily plays the North Indian drums known as the tabla. He began learning the tabla under Sri Ajay Hangal at the age of 10. He quickly progressed to learning tabla under the tutelage of Pt. Sheshagiri Hangal (Sri Ajay Hangal’s father). In 2011, he began expanding his repertoire by learning to play tabla for semi-classical music, under Sri Praveen D Rao, and since 2016 he has been pursuing his tabla education under Sri Gurumurthy Vaidya. Over the years, Shashank performed at various music festivals in India, Germany, and the USA. In 2016, he joined the Middle East Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), playing a variety of percussion instruments from the Middle East under the guidance of Sue Rudnicki and Prof. Scott Marcus. Shashank is currently pursuing a PhD in Media Arts and Technology at UCSB.

CRUSH Duo with Ahna Lipchik

CRUSH (pictured left: Katrina Agate and Chenoa Orme-Stone). Photo by Zach Mendez.

CRUSH (pictured left: Katrina Agate and Chenoa Orme-Stone). Photo by Zach Mendez.
 
CRUSH is a cello duo consisting of Chenoa Orme-Stone and Katrina Agate. Chenoa grew up in Seattle, Washington and fell in love with the cello at age four. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and her Master of Music from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. She recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara and enjoys an active career as a performer and music educator. Katrina Agate completed a double major in music and electrical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and went on to receive a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She has continued a dual career as an engineer and musician, having recently performed at the KotorArt International Music Festival in Montenegro and recorded on Coldplay’s most recent album, Coldplay: Reimagined. Chenoa and Katrina play on “sister cellos” made by the Collin-Mezin family, one of the leading French instrument makers of the 19th century. Learn more at crushcelloduo.com.

Ahna Lipchik

Ahna Lipchik

Ahna Lipchik was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received her formal training at the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has enjoyed performing leading roles in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering, George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty, and August Bournonville’s Napoli, among others.
 
During her time in school, Ahna frequently collaborated with UNCSA’s schools of Film, Music, Design and Production, and Drama. She also competed at both the Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition, earning high marks, an award for best choreography at both, and an invitation to perform in the final gala alongside principal dancers from around the world.
 
Ahna is currently a leading dancer with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California.

Duo Con Fuoco: Petra Peršolja and Adam Gravelle 

Duo Con Fuoco (pictured from left: Adam Gravelle and Petra Persolja)
Duo Con Fuoco (pictured from left: Adam Gravelle and Dr. Petra Peršolja)
 
Slovenian-born pianist Petra Peršolja was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance by the University of California, Santa Barbara last year. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Hawaii and two bachelor's degrees from Rowan University in New Jersey and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. While a student of Professor Paul Berkowitz at UC Santa Barbara, she was awarded the Graduate Division Fellowship, the second prize at the International Liszt Competition in LA, the Young Artists Fellowship by the Manchester Music Festival, and was the winner of the Chamber Music Competition. While a student of Dr. Jonathan Korth in Hawaii, she was the winner of the Concerto competition, John Young Award in the Arts, Dai Ho Chun Scholarship, Outstanding Upper Division Student Scholarship, Merit Achievement in Piano Performance, and others. Dr. Peršolja has taken masterclasses with Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Sara Davis Buechner, and others.
 
Canadian pianist Adam Gravelle has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Vienna, Prague, Scotland, and Slovenia. Born in North Bay Ontario, he began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at an early age. He holds an advanced diploma in piano performance from Cambrian College, a BM degree from Memorial University and a MM degree from Rowan University in New Jersey. His primary teachers include Dr. Charlene Biggs, Timothy Steeves, and Veda Zuponcic. Adam’s active participation in both chamber music festivals and piano masterclasses has lead him to working with some of the finest musicians of today such as Louis Lortie, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Larissa Dedova, Richard Raymond, Robert Silverman, and Gilbert Kalish. Mr. Gravelle currently has a teaching studio in Orange County, where he has produced many award winning students, and has recently had students successfully audition into the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA).

Professor Scott Marcus and Shashank Aswathanarayana

Scott Marcus
Professor Scott Marcus
 
UCSB Professor of Music (ethnomusicology), Scott Marcus started learning the sitar as a freshman at Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1970-1971, studying with Wesleyan Visiting Artist Ram Das Chakravarty and his student Krishna Sanyal. Later, on a 1973-74 University of Wisconsin year-abroad program, he began daily lessons with Ram’s teacher, Amiya Das (Amiya Babu) Bhattacharya, in Benares, India. Scott remained in Benares for 2 additional years at the end of his “year-abroad,” continuing his lessons with Amiya Babu and adding on lessons with Ram and Krishna when they returned home to Benares after ending their teaching duties at Wesleyan University.
 
Back in the U.S., he began studies in 1977 with Zia Mohiuddin Dagar on the surbahar (a bass version of the sitar). As a doctoral student at UCLA, from 1977, Scott was given the duties of teacher of sitar under the auspices of his professor, Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy.
 
In 1989, Scott came to UCSB where he founded the Music of India Ensemble, a sitar ensemble that continues to the present day. Scott takes new students each Winter quarter. Beginning classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 10:50 am, followed by advanced classes for continuing students. Everyone is especially encouraged to consider joining the next beginning class, starting this coming year on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022.
 
Shashank Aswathanarayana
Shashank Aswathanarayana
 
Shashank Aswathanarayana is a music technologist, percussionist, and researcher from Bengaluru, India. As a musician he primarily plays the North Indian drums known as the tabla. He began learning the tabla under Sri Ajay Hangal at the age of 10. He quickly progressed to learning tabla under the tutelage of Pt. Sheshagiri Hangal (Sri Ajay Hangal’s father). In 2011, he began expanding his repertoire by learning to play tabla for semi-classical music, under Sri Praveen D Rao, and since 2016 he has been pursuing his tabla education under Sri Gurumurthy Vaidya. Over the years, Shashank performed at various music festivals in India, Germany, and the USA. In 2016, he joined the Middle East Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), playing a variety of percussion instruments from the Middle East under the guidance of Sue Rudnicki and Prof. Scott Marcus. Shashank is currently pursuing a PhD in Media Arts and Technology at UC Santa Barbara.

Gamelan Sinar Surya

Richard North
Gamelan Sinar Surya Director Richard North
 
Gamelan is the enchanting orchestra of gongs, xylophones, drums and bamboo flutes from Indonesia. For the UCSB Summer Music Festival, it will be performed by Gamelan Sinar Surya, a community ensemble based in Santa Barbara since 2002, and dedicated to the preservation, teaching and performance of traditional Indonesian music and dance. The group specializes in rare music from the ancient kingdom of Cirebon, West Java. They are led by Richard North, who has also been directing the UC Santa Barbara Gamelan Ensemble since 2015.

About the Artistic Director

Alexandra Jones

Alexandra Jones
 
Alexandra Jones is a contemporary, classical composer from Evergreen, Colorado. She began learning piano at the age of four and had started violin soon after. Performance has always been a key interest, and she has participated in numerous orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles since a very young age.
 
Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2013, she has worked as a studio musician and vocalist. She had also started studying under David Koplin as part of Santa Monica College's Applied Music Program.
 
Alexandra had received her Bachelor’s degree in music composition at California State University, Northridge in 2020. She had the privilege of working under both A.J. McCaffrey and Thomas Kotcheff during this time; she has also been able to have multiple pieces performed by renowned ensembles such as Hocket, The Brightwork New Music Ensemble, and Argus.
 
Currently, she is working towards her Master's in Music Composition at The University of California, Santa Barbara. Musically, she is looking forward to blending the art of composition and performance even more.