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2020–21 SEASON

Our 2020-21 Season has come to a close, and you catch watch all the archived videos of our concerts below. Check back later this summer for news about the 2021-22 season.


Digital Dose #4 Special Livestream Edition
Eric Starr | Sarah Skuster | Batya MacAdam-Somer | Christopher Adler |
Varun Rangaswamy
, May 21, 2021| 7:30 PM PDT

Our final concert of the 2020-21 on-line season will be a special livestream performance. Performing from their home in Ocean Beach, San Diego New Music Executive Director Eric Starr will perform with Sarah Skuster, principal oboe of the San Diego Symphony. Then we will move to the living room of composer and performer Christopher Adler, who will be joined by violinist Batya MacAdam-Somer. Eric Starr will present the world premiere of a new piece by Varun Rangaswamy, commissioned by San Diego New Music with the support of Julia S. Falk, Ph.D. Sarah Skuster will present Sequenza for oboe, by Luciano Berio, a tour-de-force of the modern oboe literature. And the two together will perform Christopher Adler's Mirror/Fall, a composition premiered by the duo ten years ago. Christopher Adler will then perform on the khaen, the bamboo free-reed mouth organ of Laos and Northeast Thailand, with Batya MacAdam-Somer on violin, two of his own compositions and arrangements of Swedish folk melodies.

Erratic Peaks (2021), by Varun Rangaswamy * Falk Commission
Sequenza VII (1969), by Luciano Berio
Mirror/Fall (2011), by Christopher Adler
K's Crossing (2019), by Christopher Adler
Polska efter Axel Edfors
The Serpent's Dance (2021), by Christopher Adler
Sommarvalsen, by Ale Möller

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Digital Dose #3
Robert Zelickman | Lisa Cella | Ryan Nestor
aturday, April 17, 2021| 7:30 PM PST

This performance features the performance of Sagitta, by Zane Shrem-Besnoy, winner of the 2021 Falk Prize, San Diego New Music's call for scores from San Diego-area young composers. The work will be performed by NOISE clarinettist Robert Zelickman, who will also play Togaku by Los Angeles composer Jack Van Zandt. NOISE flutist Lisa Cella will present two selections from her Low Flutes Project, and percussionist Ryan Nestor will present an original work entitled RATTLE watch, an assemblage of video footage and the sounds of ratchets, bass drums and an artillery shell. More details about the program will be added soon!

Sagitta, by Zane Shrem-Besnoy
Togaku, by Jack Van Zandt
Desert Places, by Florence Anna Maunders
a escada estreita, by João Pedro Oliveira
RATTLE watch, by Ryan Nestor

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Digital Dose #2
Mark Menzies | Christopher Adler | Colin McAllister
aturday, February 20, 2021| 7:30 PM PST
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Three members of NOISE present solo works for our next installment of the Digital Dose series, along with a special appearance by students from the Students of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, for the premiere performance of a new composition by violinist Mark Menzies. Colin McAllister presents two works that explore the immense sound world of the electric guitar through playing techniques such as bowing. Christopher Adler revisits a composition for solo harpsichord from his earliest days as a composer, and Mark Menzies presents a gripping solo by New Zealand composers Chirs Cree Brown.

Faultlines (2009), by Chris Cree Brown
Black Flowers (2018), by Chaya Czernowin
things that flow (1996), by Christopher Adler
Weft Sutra (2020), by Philip Blackburn
...ginGer... (2020), by Mark Menzies

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Digital Dose #1
achel Allen / Nathan Hubbard / Tasha Smith Godinez
aturday, November 21, 2020 | 7:30 PM
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Harpist Tasha Smith Godinez performs the world premiere of Obsessive Imagery, by Michael Vincent Waller, and Mobile Active Simulated Humanoids by Jose Gurria-Cardenas, with video by Jonathan Bewley. Percussionist Nathan Hubbard presents a solo performance focusing on original pieces for tuned percussion, resonant metals and subtle electronics. Trumpet player Rachel Allen performs Look Little Low Heavens by Hilary Tann, Fanfare for the Women by Libby Larsen, and a layered improvisation.

Digital Dose #1 is underwritten by a generous donation from Julia S. Falk, Ph.D.

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February 13, 2021

I Sing the Body Eclectic, presented by Colin McAllister, classical and electric guitar

I Sing the Body Eclectic celebrates the diversity of practices and new approaches to modern repertoire for classical and electric guitar. Since my earliest formative days as a musician, I have been drawn to composers and repertoire that have taken the path less-traveled. In this concert, I present works that have formed a crucial part of my perception and experience as a musician. The repertoire—some of which is newly commissioned— celebrates the creativity and contributions of traditionally underrepresented and marginalised groups. This special San Diego New Music presentation includes the world premiere of Letters by Stuart Saunders Smith.

Five Bagatelles (1972), by William Walton
The Dying of the Sun, op. 73 (1969), by Elizabeth Lutyens
Solo for Guitar (2006), by Raven Chacon    
Letters (2020), by Stuart Saunders Smith



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  • Seating is general admission. The venue is small but be there when doors open (approximately 30 minutes before the show) to have your choice of the best seats.
  • Dress is California casual. Come as you are and stay for the wine-and-cheese reception after the concert where you will have a chance to chat with the artists and other concertgoers.
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