Scott Ellis 5:30 a.m., Nov. 26
UCSD Music Springfest 2014
Springfest 2014 is the annual showcase of UC San Diego Department of Music's emerging composers, instrumentalists, and electronic musicians. From April 6-15, concerts will take place nearly every afternoon and night at the Birch Aquarium, Luce Loft (Downtown), The Loft (UCSD) Experimental Drawing Studio, and the Conrad Prebys Music Center.
Since its founding in the late 1960s, the UCSD Department of Music has been a world leader in experimental music of all stripes, boldly charting the future of jazz, classical, multimedia, and electronic music genres. These sounds are not only new, they’re good for you.
SpringFest 2014 will feature masterworks of the late 20th century concert repertoire by Messiaen, Carter, and Feldman, small group improvisation at the aggressive fringe of jazz and popular music, and unprecedented alloys of performance art, sound, and media, including investigations of feminism (4/15), memory and intimacy (4/14) and the graphic score (4/10). On April 11, an interactive “synthesizer petting zoo,” featuring a plethora of home-built electronic instruments serves as a prelude to the California Electronic Music Exchange, featuring cutting edge technology from across the state.
Reprising last year’s spotlight event, an immersive walk-through concert/installation at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, April 13 will feature live performers spread throughout the aquarium responding to the sea life, and headphone soundscapes designed for the tanks by students from A Reason to Survive (ARTS). $10 cover includes steeply discounted admission to the entire aquarium.
New this year, Springfest comes Downtown to Luce Loft (1037 J St) for a screening of classic avant-garde silent films, accompanied by a quintet of live musicians. Films being screened include The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) and Samuel Beckett’s one and only Film (1965), featuring Buster Keaton. ($10 suggested donation)
Admission to all Springfest events on campus are free.
- Cost: Free