May concerts of new work by UC Santa Cruz composers the result of residencies with leading new music artists

Pamela Z                        

(Photograph by Marion Gray)

UC Santa Cruz doctoral college students in composition will premiere various new will work this Might formulated through two unprecedented residencies with major names in the experimental new music world—pioneering composer, performer, and media artist Pamela Z and celebrated piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire.

The two prolonged residencies, which started earlier this 12 months, are a first for UCSC’s Music Department, giving the emerging composers obtain to these foremost artists above a number of months to workshop thoughts, obtain one-on-one particular mentoring, and do the job collaboratively toward a culminating efficiency.

“It’s been the highlight of my practical experience at UCSC,” suggests Seth Glickman, who was selected to take part in both residencies. “To be in immediate get hold of with artists like these who are pursuing new strategies in music and the functionality of it, and obtaining a near up view of their system, is so exceptionally useful. It’s produced me definitely extend and extend as a composer.” 

Glickman and fellow doctoral scholar Alex Wand will acquire the phase with Pamela Z May well 14 at 7pm for a live performance at the Rio Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz to debut the get the job done they developed as portion of the residency. “It’s rare for a guest artist to start the thought of developing a collaborative concert with learners in this way,” claims Affiliate Professor of Music Ben Leeds Carson who oversaw the residencies. “It’s so remarkable for them that it will be a shared phase.”

Both equally Glickman and Wand had been inspired to get the job done with textual content and voice in new means for the pieces they will current. Pamela Z, a pioneer of are living digital looping tactics, procedures her voice in actual time to generate dense, elaborate sonic layers. Her solo operates mix experimental extended vocal tactics, operatic bel canto, observed objects, textual content, and sampled concrete sounds. “I appreciate how Pamela Z draws from varied inspirations,” suggests Wand. “She really broadens the conception of what it is to be a composer.”

The concert, which is component of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences’ Surge: Explorations in Afrofuturism sequence, will feature a quantity of superb musicians who will conduct each with Pamela Z on her solo works and with the two pupils. They consist of UCSC school Kyle Bruckman and Willie Winant, each of whom are fixtures in the Bay Spot experimental audio scene. Help for the visitor performers was supplied by an fairness and innovation grant from the Arts Research Institute and by resources raised by the Music Division on UCSC’s Slide 2021 Providing Working day marketing campaign.

Glickman, alongside with doctoral pupils Nina Barzegar, Rodrigo Barriga, and Ben Dorfan, will have new get the job done carried out in a concert by Yarn/Wire May well 20 in New York, yet another initial for the UCSC Audio Section. There will be a livestream for remote audiences, 5pm Pacific.

“This is the 1st time an ensemble has made the decision to get a number of of our students’ get the job done ‘on the road’ so-to-speak, bringing their do the job to New York Metropolis, in which it can have exclusive publicity to new possible collaborations and recognition,” states Carson.

Yarn/Wire is 1 of the foremost chamber ensembles performing currently and internationally recognised for commissioning out-of-the-box thinkers in innovative tunes. The group’s residency with the UCSC students was specially revelatory, giving the emerging composers the chance to see an ensemble perform by means of their items in true time and to acquire substantial comments above lots of iterations of the compositional approach. “They are such expert performers,” states Glickman. “Sharing excerpts with them genuinely influenced how I completed the piece.”

Carson is dedicated to making sure that residencies like these carry on to be an yearly possibility for students. “It’s been a privilege to see how these uncommon interactions and the dialogue in them have led to a phenomenal development of the voices of these dynamic and developing composers.”

Kenneth Proto

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