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January 5-7, 2023
7:30 p.m. each night

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
1008 Wall St., La Jolla, CA

San Diego New Music presents the 2023 edition of the annual soundON Festival
featuring ensemble-in-residence NOISE and guest artists

Christopher Adler, piano and khaen
Lisa Cella, flute
Franklin Cox, cello
Morris Palter, percussion
Robert Zelickman, clarinet and conductor

and special guest artists

Adam Borecki, guitar and composer  
Myra Hinrichs, violin 
Eric Starr, trombone
Grace Talaski, clarinet
Mark Menzies, violin (via remote link)

San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library present the 2023 soundON Festival, exploring cutting-edge contemporary music from around the world, including rising international voices Yu Kuwabara (Japan), Adrián Demoč (Slovakia), Alyssa Aska (Austria), and D. Edward Davis (USA). Entitled "Spolia", this year's festival explores the traces of the past recast into unique new expressions, just as ancient artifacts are reincorporated into newer architecture to become spolia. Inspired by Katherine Balch's Musica Spolia, this theme threads through works including Yu Kuwabara's Five Images-In nomine and Adam Greene's Memos, and works incorporating recorded sound fragments like D. Edward Davis's broad call and Kay He's On the Rime of the Fading Forest.

We are proud to prominently feature Southern California and Arizona-based composers, including some former residents and recent arrivals, among them Christopher Adler, Katherine Balch, Adam Borecki, Franklin Cox, Adam Greene, Kay He, Texu Kim, and Philippe Manoury.

Download the Concert Program (PDF)

Thursday, January 5, 7:30 p.m.

Kay He, On the Rime of a Fading Forest
Adam Borecki, Integrations
Christopher Adler, Message to a Distant Star **
Christopher Adler, Cowries
Alyssa Aska, Emergence
D. Edward Davis, broad call

Friday, January 6, 7:30 p.m.

Katherine Balch, Musica Spolia
Yan Ee Toh, iridescent shadows
Franklin Cox, Pedagogical Etude in F# minor
Linda Dusman, Flashpoint
Franklin Cox, Duet for bass flute and cello **
Adam Greene, Memos 5. Multiplicity **
Adam Borecki, S¢ø®¶πo (Scorpio)

Saturday, January 7, 7:30 p.m.

Adrián Demoč, Kvarteto
Texu Kim, Pali-Pali!!    
Miniatures: A Set of Solos Dedicated to Erika Torri

Christopher Adler, For Erika  **
Neda Nadim, An Oasis in the Moment
John S. Pratt, (Snare Drum solo  
Franklin Cox, Etude

Yu Kuwabara, Five Images - In Nomine

** world premiere performances


Purchase tickets now on the Athenaeum's website (click here!)

Festival passes: $85 General Admission / $70 Athenaeum Members / $30 Students
Single night: $30 General Admission / $25 Athenaeum Members / $12 Students


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