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MUSIC | Matt Kline will perform works for double bass by Catherine Lamb, Eva-Maria Houben, and Pauline Oliveros.

Blue Heron – UCSD Springfest 2019

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Date(s) - 04/10/2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conrad Prebys Music Center


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Springfest is an annual festival of experimental music presented by the graduate students from the UC San Diego Department of Music—the premier center on the West Coast for experimental and new music.

Location: Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Matt Kline will perform works for double bass by Catherine Lamb, Eva-Maria Houben, and Pauline Oliveros.

Matt Kline is equally at home as a double bassist, composer and improviser. His music often combines all three of these areas and has provided him a very diverse musical career. As a double bassist, he writes extensively for the instrument using new and original techniques. In 2010, his piece Fragments for solo bass was awarded the grand prize in the International Society of Bassist’s composition competition. Recently, he performed as principal double bassist under the conductor and composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Upon the composer’s request, Matt performed his own adaptation of Penderecki’s Capriccio for Sigfried Palm. He previously was a member of the Renew ensemble, a group that specialized in contemporary improvisation.

Catherine Lamb is a composer exploring the interaction of elemental tonal material and the variations in presence between shades and beings in a room. She has been studying and composing music since a young age. In 2003 she turned away from the conservatory in an attempt to understand the structures and intonations within Hindustani Classical Music, later finding Mani Kaul in 2006 who was directly connected to Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and whose philosophical approach to sound became important to her. She studied (experimental) composition at the California Institute of the Arts (2004-2006) under James Tenney and Michael Pisaro, who were both integral influences. It was there also that she began her work into rational Harmonic Space, which became a clear way to investigate the interaction of tones and ever-fluctuating shapes, where these interactions in and of them-selves became structural elements in her work. Since then she has written various ensemble pieces (at times with liminal electronic portions) and continues to go further into elemental territories, through various kinds of research, collaboration, and practice (herself as a violist). She received her MFA from the Milton Avery School of Fine Arts at Bard College in 2012 and is currently residing in Berlin, Germany.

Eva-Maria Houben studied at the Folkwang Academy of Music Essen Schulmusik, then organ with Gisbert Schneider. After the 2nd state examination for music and German teaching at the Gymnasium. After completing her doctorate and habilitation in musicology, she held teaching assignments at the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. In 1993 she was appointed professor at the Institute for Music and Musicology of the Technical University of Dortmund. Her research and teaching focuses on music theory and new music. A special emphasis of her work lies on the planning and realization of concerts with compositions of the students.

Pauline Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian was about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Her career spanned fifty years of boundary dissolving music making. In the ’50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. In the 1960’s she influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.

A full schedule and description of events can be found on the Springfest website.

All areas of the building are accessible.

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