Enjoy live hip hop from 1 A.M., Khan, and Joseph Jason Santiago Lacour out in Abbott Square.
Grab a tasty meal or delicious beverage in Abbott Square Market. Explore the interactive art and history exhibitions just a few steps away inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Run into old friends and make new ones in the plaza.
Indexical presents Hung Tzu Ni (Taiwan) in performance on an analog light sequencer, involving a step motor, prismatic refractions, and an oscillator combined with her voice. Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken (Petaluma) make music with both traditional and handmade instruments that exploit the natural overtones and sympathetic vibrations generated by highly redundant tuning systems. Daniel Allas (LA) performs new solo electronic music about the physicality of sound.
Hung Tzu Ni
Space and sound, sound and body, body and machine, machine and ritual, ritual and poetry, poetry and space. In a social landscape filled to the brim with busy work, Hung Tzu Ni seeks to create a setting or an environment where a listener or viewer might enter into a dream state, momentarily isolated from the outer world, and in that space be able to more intensely perceive one’s frame of mind & body. Her installations explore the reciprocal relation formed between light as it is constructed and sound as it is embodied in a space, as well as the environments where they are interactively engaged.
空間と音、音と身体、身体と機械、機械と儀式、儀式と詩、詩と空間。 無意味な労働が充満する現代社会の中に、Tzu Niは観衆が外部と遮断され、自身の精神や肉体性と向き合ってしまうような幻想的な環境または状態を作り出そうとしている。インスタレーションによって空間に構成された光線と音、身体は交互に絡まるような状況と環境を深く探っていく。
An analog light sequencer is triggered by a prism and step motor controlled by an Arduino microcontroller, lighting up the performance space with reflections and rainbows. With the annulus light reflected in space, the prism creates a steady oscilllator frequency, and the beat depends on the speed of the step motor. Hung combines these sounds with her voice in performance.
Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken
Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken make music with both traditional and handmade instruments that exploit the natural overtones and sympathetic vibrations generated by highly redundant tuning systems. Minimal structures and simple harmonic relationships give rise to meditative washes of sound. Each composition is constructed by considering a physical site, the materials used in the construction of the instruments, and the interplay between the two. Their performances are a mixture of the imagined and real, natural phenomena, and direct action. Ashley and Ben have been awarded collaborative residencies at the Paul Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency Center, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and EMS in Stockholm, Sweden.
Daniel Allas makes and performs instrumental and electronic music. His recent work researches performative interpretation, the physicality of sound, and the poetics of musical signifiers. Daniel has collaborated with classical music groups including wasteLAnd, the LA Philharmonic, Peter Evans and the International Contemporary Ensemble, wild Up, and the Lydian String Quartet, among others. His music has been performed at the Green Umbrella concert series, Tuesdays at Monk Space, Next on Grand Festival, and the So Percussion Summer Academy. He was born in Boston, MA and now lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Melody is one of the universal elements of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. The orchestra sings when its musicians play melodies on their instruments. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how The Orchestra Sings.
BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play along with the Symphony. Master of Ceremonies Omari Tau Williams will guide the audience through the concert, letting us know when to sing or play along with the orchestra. An overhead slide show will provide the music and other informative information to help introduce attendees to the orchestra.
The program will include the following selections:
Beethoven “Ode To Joy”
Brackett “Simple Gifts”
Copland “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Appalachian Spring
Dvorak Largo from Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
Stravinsky Finale from The Firebird Suite
Following the program we will have our INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO where children of all ages can actually try out various instruments and talk to some of the orchestra musicians.
The Santa Cruz Symphony will once again be joined by members of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Cabrillo Youth Chorus, and Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band for this production. We will also have artwork from the Kirby School art students displayed in the lobby of the Civic.
For close to fifteen years, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world. All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities. From their traditional roots, these three “high voltage musicians” (Le Guéret, France) have crafted a unique brand of neo-traditional music that combines extensive archival research, original compositions, traditional French Acadian songs and virtuosic instrumentals.
Join us in celebrating the natural world of Santa Cruz with your UCSC naturalist community!
The Natural History Symposium will feature undergrad presentations, a keynote speaker and a musical performance!
We will be supporting our students’ professional development as naturalists, educators, and researchers by showcasing their work to the local naturalist community.
The symposium will also feature renowned local naturalist, Christian Schwarz, as keynote speaker, and a special musical guest, folk singer and UCSC alum, Alisa Fineman!
Admission is free! If you are coming for dinner, please RSVP and bring $5 for students, and $10 for community members.
For more information, including a map of the Arboretum, visit the symposium webpage.
Celtic Colors features Neal Hellman, dulcimer, Deby Benton Grosjean, fiddle & Jesse Autumn, harp. Delight to the folk tunes that capture the musical imagery of the Celtic countryside. This music is a joyous celebration of life – like the gaiety of laughter with family in a crowded kitchen or the poignancy of remembrance – an emotional souvenir of time.
The artists are faculty at the Community Music School of Santa Cruz and recording artists with well-known label Gourd Music, which has been used as soundtrack music for Ken Burns documentaries as well as gaining distribution all over the world. Neal has produced more than 40 albums over 30 years. Deby is one of the foremost Celtic fiddlers in the area, with a specialty in playing for dances.
Ghost Ensemble is dedicated to new musical perspectives that explore the act of listening. The ensemble’s music creates sonic spaces that shift our attention, perception, or experience of time. Ghost Ensemble: Arctic Air presents Pauline Oliveros’s whisper-soft large-ensemble work Arctic Air alongside Wilfrido Terrazas’s Ifigenia en, Ben Richter’s Wind People, the West Coast premiere of James Ilgenfritz’s Apophenia V: Outmoded Large Crumbling Oval Lime-Green Midwestern Plastic-Frame Reading Glasses, and the world premiere of a new work by Marguerite Brown.
Ghost Ensemble’s performance is graciously sponsored by the Vincent J. Coates Foundation.
Vocalists and Baroque strings, with Vlada Moran, organ,
Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord, William Faulkner, Jalisco harp
UCSC’s Mariachi Eterno, with Russell Rodriguez
Perhaps the most fertile region of multicultural fusion within Europe was Iberia, where prior to 1492, Spanish, Jewish and Arab culture collaborated, overlapped and even melted together over the centuries of Moorish occupation. Our program features the kaleidoscope of Spanish music that was exported to the Americas from the time of Columbus forward. Organ, harp, harpsichord and violin were among the instruments that crossed over, preserving Spanish culture while also moving in new directions. In the Baroque and Classic periods, charming art music using Spanish instruments was produced by composers of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the cloistered young women of Colegio de San Miguel de Belem. Jalisco harp and Mariachi are spirited Mexican flowerings of the original Spanish roots.
The NEXTies are back!
Join Us for a Night Celebrating The Area’s Best and Brightest Doers!
Pull out the pearls & cufflinks and join us for an evening in honor of those in Santa Cruz County who inspire the community. This year’s annual award show, now in its 11th year, is sure to be the best one yet! See you on the red carpet!
Entrepreneur of the year: Jamileh Cannon & Tim Gordin from Workbench
Musician of the Year: Lindsay Wall
Band of the Year: The Carolyn Sills Combo
Artist of the Year (in memory of Doug Ross): Taylor Reinhold
Writer of the Year: Jacob Pierce
Give-back Person of the Year: Gina Orlando
Foodie of the Year: Akindele Bankole
New Business of the Year: Fruition Brewery
Athlete of the Year: Layla Ruiz
Youth of the Year: Tamarah Minami
Non-Profit of the Year: Santa Cruz Playground Project
Mentor of the Year: Alexandra Navarro
TECH Business of the Year: Joby Aviation
Green Business of the Year: Ethos
Innovative Business of the Year: Terroir in a Jar
Wildcard: GO Santa Cruz
Life Time Achievement Award: Cathy Calfo
Early Bird Tickets: just $20! There are only 60 tickets priced this low, so get them while you can.
VIP Tickets (reserved seating with NEXTies honorees in first two row ): $40
General Admission: $25
Day-of Tickets: $30
Musical guests: Lindsey Wall and more TBA soon
Sponsored by: Hotel Paradox, Off The Lip Radio Show, Yoso Wellness Spa, Housing Matters, Santa Cruz Engraving and more!
The Devil Makes Three (TDM3), whose latest album Chains Are Broken(New West Records) debuted in the Top 10 Bluegrass Charts and has spurred a successful two-year U.S. and international tour, are returning to The Catalyst on March 26.
The acclaimed bluegrass rock trio’s journey could be deemed worthy of a novel. Their self-titled 2002 debut album yielded the classic “Old Number Seven,” “Graveyard,” “The Plank,” and more as they organically attracted a diehard following through constant touring. Since then, TDM3 – which features Pete Bernhard, Cooper McBean and MorganEve Swain – has made several appearances on the Billboard Top Bluegrass charts and has received rave reviews from such press outlets as Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, and Paste magazine.