6/26/21, 9:00 PM
Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031, USA
Are you longing to hear live music without going inside? Could your endless outdoor meet-ups use a little more pizazz? If so, glide and hop over to Urban Birds, an afternoon of musical performances for kids and adults. Urban Birds takes place at the Children’s Garden in Northeast LA’s Ernest Debs Park. It is co-presented by the Audubon Society and Synchromy, a Los Angeles-based composer’s collective dedicated to making new music accessible. For this event, Synchromy commissioned 10 local composers to create works inspired by birds common to Southern California. The day’s 10 world premieres include Dante De Silva’s Heat Thrasher and Jen Wang’s Monster, an homage to the mourning dove.
Urban Birds offers many ways to engage. The performances are nestled throughout the trees of the Children’s Garden at the Audubon Visitors Center, and you’re welcome to wander through the musical oasis the way you’d wander through the park looking for birds, stopping to listen for a spell and moving along as you please. For adventurous listeners, Deb’s Park offers trails, gardens, and a turtle pond to explore. Our field guide to the featured birds is available as a free booklet in both English and Spanish for birders and the bird-curious alike. Posters throughout the site offer context for the music, and composers will hold a question-and-answer session at the close of the event. For kids inspired by the sounds and sights, we offer take-home activities, such as instructions for DIY binoculars and bird calls made from common household objects.
The event also celebrates the renovation and re-opening of the Audubon Center, a hub of habitat restoration and environmental justice whose primary goal is renewing the connection between people and the land in Los Angeles. Synchromy supports this mission with music, bringing free live performances to Deb’s Park with following wide-winged local line-up:
Heat Thrasher - Dante De Silva
Monster - Jen Wang
Ash Throated Flycatcher - Christopher Adler
Crow Language - Jason Barabba
Mockingbird Hopscotch - Vera Ivanova
California Towhee - Veronika Krausas
Owl’s Breath - Pamela Madsen
Red Shouldered Hawk - Kenji Oh
Call and Echo - Brandon Rolle
Synchopomp - Diana Wade
Performers include Sean Barela (Bassoon), Rachel Beetz (Flute), Luc Kleiner (Voice), Christopher Adler (Khaen), Xenia Deviatkina-Loh (Violin), Brian Walsh (Clarinet), Scott Worthington (Contrabass), Theodosia Roussos (Oboe), Cassia Streb (Viola), and Jennifer Bewerse (Cello). Concert Design by Cassia Streb and Jennifer Bewerse.
This performance was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.
Eureka! Musical Minds Conference
Time & Location
Eureka! is a one-day conference organized by music graduate students that will take place at the University of California, Santa Cruz on May 9, 2015. The conference aims to create an unprecedented environment to showcase the diverse work created in Californian graduate music institutions, and forge lasting connections between graduate scholars within the state. Eureka! will conclude with a keynote address and discussion by composer Sean Friar and a session with ensemble-in-residence, Amaranth String Quartet.
Jennifer Bewerse will present Liveness: Concert Music Outside the Economy of Repetition, a lecture recital at 10:30am in room 131.
The nineteenth and twentieth century redefined music as a musical object, emphasizing the score and situating performance as a repeatable object transparent to the score. The dominance of audio/video recordings in the music economy is a natural progression of this object-based value system and is further reflected in the current trend to document all live performances. But, reflexively translating live performance into a recorded medium privileges static structures and erases performing bodies. Helmut Lachenmann’s Pression and Tom Johnson’s Failing represent works resistant to this economy of repetition by engaging with indeterminacy and embodiment. Critically examining these characteristics is crucial to performance practice in order to maintain a diverse repertoire that enacts varied viewpoints through their appropriate mediums.
For more information, visit eurekagraduatemusicconference.sites.ucsc.edu