50th Anniversary Music Festival Finale | 4.25.15 For the festival finale, UCCS's own Ensemble Peak FreQuency presents new works written in honor of the 50th Anniversary of UCCS - featuring compositions by Glen Whitehead (including the new UCCS Theme Song), Matthew Burtner and more.
Morris Palter and Rhonda Taylor | 4.23.15 Solo works by these acclaimed artists! Palter will perform pieces by Globokar, Applebaum and more, while Taylor will feature her own Nocturne for saxophone and electroacoustics.
Philip Blackburn and Friends | 4.18.15 Award-winning composer Philip Blackburn along with UCCS Music Faculty and students will present a variety of original compositions as well as a screening of his film The Sun Palace, based on the history of Cragmor Sanatorium.
Sone and Cold Reading Trio | 4.11.15 Sone is an ensemble of diverse instrumentalists dedicated to making music: spontaneous, adventurous and beauteous. Sone traverses concepts of notation, space, time and texture across each unique performative landscape. Cold Reading Trio is Christian Pincock (laptop computer, valve trombone, Seattle), John O'Brien (percussion, NYC), Evan Mazunik (accordion, keyboards Denver) The Cold Reading Trio constructs sonic environments featuring real- time electro-acoustic interactions through live sampling.
Harawi | 3.13.15 Soprano Stephanie Aston and pianist Christopher Adler present Olivier Messiaen’s last and only concert-length song cycle, Harawi: song of love and death.
Dans les arbres | 11.5.14 The Norwegian-French quartet Dans les arbres will perform with a musical trio at the University of Alabama simultaneously over the internet. Telematic concerts connect musicians (and other artists) over the internet in real-time, thereby creating new forms of collaborative art and co-joining multiple communities.
Jazz Orchestra of the Springs | 10.23.14 The performance at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities will feature a select quintet from this group, performing arrangements by Hennessy as well as Cully Joyce. Performers are Sean Schafer Hennessy – trumpet, Cully Joyce – tenor sax and flute, Colin McAllister – guitar, Andy Burtschi – bass, and Aaron Turner – drums.
The Bottesini Project | 10.4.14 The Bottesini Project, Colorado's premiere free improvisation ensemble, creates intricately woven, fully improvised compositions in a contemporary jazz-based setting.
Shackle | 4.2.14 This extraordinarily inventive duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, cutting-edge digital cueing system which operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive, the Shackle system suggests musical directions and textures to these two highly gifted performers, opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices for La Berge and Deckard to play with and against.
Jane Rigler and Maria Mandico | 3.19.14 Jane Rigler (flute and electronics) will be performing works by composers Allison Johnson, Pamela Madsen and Steve Reich. She will also be playing her own compositions with electronics and for two flutes featuring local flutist Maria Mandico.
Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten | 3.12.14 Curated and conducted by UCCS Music faculty Colin McAllister, this concert is conceived as a musical counterpart to (and will be staged on the set of) the UCCS/THEATREWORKS student production of the Georg Büchner play Woyzeck, directed by UCCS Theatre and Dance director Kevin Landis.
Stephanie Winters | 9.26.13 Speaker and cellist Stephanie Winters explores five elements that help create the magic of connection and illustrates her insights through her live performance of a Bach cello suite.
Anthony Davis | 9.17.13 With a finale concert on September 17th, Composer / Pianist Anthony Davis will begin his residency as the special guest in the Prologue Series from Theatreworks and the UCCS Theatre Program in conjunction with the Pulitzer Prize winning play Seven Guitars. During his stay, Davis will present workshops/lectures on his opera works, work with students on opera scenes and improvised / composition and will perform concert with faculty and students featuring his work.
Charles Curtis | 9.9.13 Called by ArtForum "one of the great cellists" as well as "spellbinding and minimal," Charles Curtis has woven a unique career through the worlds of classical performance and musical experimentation. Curtis is an internationally acclaimed cellist of new and experimental music, with a special emphasis on the interpretation of the post-John Cage American avant-garde.
Sanjoy Bandopadhyay | 8.23.13 Kolkata-based Pandit Bandopadhyay, a paramount sitar player and a globally renowned academician, performs mesmerizing music from North India.
Sonic Landscapes | 8.2 - 8.3.13 Sonic Landscapes, Part I features environmental compositions by Matthew Burtner and Glen Whitehead, including a world premiere collaboration by Burtner and classical guitarist Colin McAllister called Iztaccihuatl Vertex, based on McAllister's March 2013 ascent of the Iztaccihuatl volcano in central Mexico. Sonic Landscapes, Part II features a range of creative work based on environmental field recordings of the EcoAcoustic Orchestra - populated by UCCS students from across the sciences, humanities and the arts in a ground-breaking new course entitled HUM 3900 Sonic Landscapes: EcoAcoustic Art.
Pauline Oliveros | 4.10 - 4.13.13 Oliveros - a composer, performer, sound artist, electronic musician and humanitarian - is an important pioneer in American Music. Through Deep Listening Pieces and Sonic Meditations Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds into musical performance. She also incorporates various ancient martial arts like Tai Chi in her education and musical/sonic practices.
Instant Composers Pool Orchestra | 4.2.13 Amsterdam-based group is a blend of European improvised music, part jazz band, part chamber orchestra, and executed in the Dutch irreverent style known as "Dutch Swing."
Messis Autumni | 10.22.12 messis autumni/autumn harvest featuring the Veronika String Quartet and Ensemble Peak FreQuency. Pre-Concert discussion on "Medieval and Renaissance Mysticism" at 6:45pm with Dr. Roger Martinez (UCCS Professor of History).
Philip Blackburn | 9.28.12 Sound artist Philip Blackburn is in residence at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities and will present Hearing the Mesa, an exhibition of his newly installed Wind Harps.
Sonus Naturae | 8.25.12 Sonus Naturae was the opening concert of the 2012-2013 Peak FreQuency season. Presented in the sublime outdoor setting of the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities on the campus of UCCS, this concert focused on music and sound works that incorporate the environment, from the high volcanoes of central Mexico to the icy waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The concert highlighted the UCCS Music Program faculty’s engagement with acoustic ecology and sound art practices, and featured new compositions created during the 2012 EcoSono Institute Alaska Summer Residency, among others. Performers included UCCS Music faculty Jane Rigler, Curtis Smith and Colin McAllister, as well as several special guest performers.
UCCS Honors Ensemble | 10.14.11 The UCCS Honors Ensemble will provide an Ambiance and Atmospheric Soundtrack for the reception of the Intersections Film Festival.
Pamela Z | 10.1.11 Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. One of the pioneers of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers in her solo works that combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrete sounds.
Miya Masaoka | 9.24.11 Miya Masaoka — musician, composer, sound artist — has created works for koto and electronics, Laser Koto, field recordings, laptop, video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological response of plants, the human brain and her own body. Within these varied contexts her performance work investigates the interactive, collaborative aspects of sound, improvisation, nature and society.
David Wheeler "Kansuke II" | 9.19.11 The Shakuhachi is Japan's traditional vertical bamboo flute with five finger holes. It is an ancient instrument, yet due to its versatility, it has a uniquely contemporary appeal with a broad- ranging repertoire that transcends the constricts of time and space. Internationally recognized shakuhachi master David Wheeler (Kansuke II) will presenting a concert of solo pieces, introducing and performing works of secular and spiritual music spanning 400 years.
Halsey Burgund | 9.8.11 Halsey Burgund is a musician and sound artist who lives and works outside Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. He collects these voices from otherwise uninvolved individuals whom he records in various locations, from museums to street corners to rock clubs. Halsey’s band, Aesthetic Evidence, performs music publicly, often including interactive performances in which he records audience members’ voices and uses those recordings improvisationally within songs.
Scaled Dwellings: 8/20/11 Scaled Dwellings is an indoor / outdoor installation / composition using the Home as a piece of physical landscape, a placeholder for memory, a hub to our geographical relationship to the earth, where proximity and distance transcend location. Brass Quintet and various other musicians will explore the Heller Center and surroundings environment as home and hub for musical inspirations.
Ron Miles Trio | 8.13.11 Denver trumpeter Ron Miles’ resume includes time with Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, Don Byron, the Ellington Orchestra, and Fred Hess' Boulder Creative Music Ensemble. Besides being solicited all over the world for his unique sound, Ron is a staple of the Denver jazz scene and his recent releases as band leader show off his skills as a composer and arranger as well as a “phenomenally gifted trumpeter” (Bill Milkowski).