The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) presents "The Music Easel".
Thursday April 18th 2019 at 8pm, in Lotte Lehman concert hall.
The concert will feature Todd Barton, maven of the Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, in a live performance. Also featured are the CREATE Ensemble and a new work by Music PhD student Stewart Engart.
The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) presents New Music for Voice: Technologies and Practices, a lecture by Nicholas Isherwood.
Monday March 4 2019 at 5pm. Studio Xenakis (room 2215) Music Building.
Nicholas Isherwood has sung in the world's leading festivals (Salzburg, Aix, Festival d'Automne, Avignon, Almeida, Biennale di Venezia, Holland Festival, Munich Biennale, Wien Modern, Händel Festivals in Göttingen and Halle, Tanglewood, Ravinia, etc.) and opera houses (Royal Opera House, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Lyon, Châtelet, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Rome, Torino, Genova, La Fenice, La Scala, etc.), working with conductors such as Joel Cohen, William Christie, Peter Eötvös, Gabriele Ferro, Nicholas McGegan, Paul McCreesh, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Arturo Tamayo.
Isherwood has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb. Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Steve Lacy, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis.
Isherwood collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen for 23 years, singing numerous world premieres. He has improvised with Steve Lacy, Joelle Léandre, David Moss and Sainkho Namtchilak. He has made 55 compact discs for labels such as Erato and Harmonia Mundi and has appeared in three films for television.
An active pedagogue, he has taught master classes at schools such as the Paris Conservatoire, Musikhochschule Köln, Salzburg Mozarteum and Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and held positions at SUNY Buffalo, Notre Dame, Calarts and the Ecole Normale de Musique. His book Techniques of Singing, was published by Bärenreiter Verlag.
The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) presents a screening of the pioneering film Forbidden Planet (1956).
Wednesday February 6th 2019, 7pm in the Lotte Lehman Concert Hall. Free admission.
The central theme of Forbidden Planet is the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on civilizations. Forbidden Planet was the first science fiction film to depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. It was also the first to be set entirely on another planet. The Robby the Robot character is an integral supporting character in the film. The robot could analyze any substance and re-synthesize it.
Most importantly, Forbidden Planet was groundbreaking as the first film of any genre to use an entirely electronic musical soundtrack, composed by Bebe and Louis Barron.
Bebe Barron was invited to UCSB in 2000 to realize her final work, Mixed Emotions, using the Creatovox granular synthesizer developed by Professor Curtis Roads and Alberto De Campo, CREATE Research Director.
This showing is dedicated to her memory.
The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) presents "Song of the Youths and Elders".
Thursday November 15 at 8pm, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
The program will feature works by faculty, staff, and students and a historical work, "Gesang der Jünglinge (Song of the Youths)" (1956), by the celebrated German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-1979). Featured faculty include Clarence Barlow, Jeremy Haladyna, and Curtis Roads. Featured students include Yissin Chandran, Lena Mathew, Stewart Engart, and alumnus Anthony Paul Garcia. Admission is free.
A Talk by performer/composer Thea Farhadian
Thursday, March 1st 2018, at 5pm
Studio Xenakis, room 2215 Music Building
Thea Farhadian is a performer/composer based in San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin. Her projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, acoustic improvisation, solo laptop, radio art, and video. Her solo pieces for violin and electronics combine a classical music background with extended technique and digital processing using the program Max/MSP. In 2016 she released her solo CD, Tectonic Shifts, which integrates the violin with interactive electronics.
Thea's work has been seen internationally at venues which include the Issue Project Room, and Alternative Museum New York City, Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Sowieso, and Quiet Cue in Berlin, the Room Series, the Center for New Music, and Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project at Bimhaus in Amsterdam.
Thea has held residencies at Steim in the Netherlands and at Bait Makan in Jordan, and at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, and has done several university presentation's and participated in panel discussions at Columbia University in New York, and the City University of London. Thea is a former member of the Berkeley Symphony orchestra where she played under Kent Nagano for ten years. She has an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State and an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, and studied Arabic classical music with Simon Shaheen.
In 2009, she was a lecturer in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
For more information, visit: www.theafarhadian.com.
Multidimensionality in Augmented Performance
A Talk by Henrique Portovedo, Fulbright Visiting Researcher
Friday, February 23rd 2018, at 6:15pm
Studio Xenakis, room 2215 Music Building
The changing paradigm of performance practice is creating new virtuosity. This work documents performance multidimensionality, identifying processes of musical expression in the field of new music including acoustic and electronic means, including the exploration of computer-mediated interaction and the use of Augmented Instruments. New mediums are currently seen as extensions of instrumental practice and available for creative purposes during the compositional and performative processes.
International D’Addario Woodwinds and Selmer Paris artist, Silverstein Pro Artist, Henrique Portovedo has found his place in contemporary music by working with composers such as R. Barrett, P. Ferreira Lopes, P. Ablinger, P. Niblock, M. Edwards, among others. Portovedo has more than 40 works for saxophone dedicated to him. He was soloist with several orchestras and ensembles including L’Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Garde Republican, Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra, Orquestra de Sopros da Universidade de Aveiro, Sond'Art Electric Ensemble etc. Co-founder of QuadQuartet and Artistic Director of Aveiro SaxFest, he recorded for several labels including Naxos and Universal. He was artist in residency at ZKM, Karlsruhe, visiting researcher at Edinburgh University and is now visiting researcher at UC Santa Barbara supported by Fulbright Foundation. Henrique is member of the European Saxophone Comité, Tenor Sax Collective, President of the Portuguese Saxophone Association and was the artistic director of the European Saxophone Congress 2017. Henrique gave concerts and masterclasses at prestigious festivals and conservatoires as Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Mallorca SaxFest and Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe and more.