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Music and Stories from Composing in the Wilderness Arctic Adventure

Faulkner Gallery, Central Library, SB Public Library System
40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara CA
Friday, September 20. 2019
7:00 PM
Admission is free

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On Friday, September 20, 2019, at 7:00 PM, L.A.-based Now Hear Ensemble will present the west coast premieres of seven works written by the participants of the 2018 Composing in the Wilderness Arctic Adventure. The seven composers spent an adventurous week canoeing the North Fork of the Koyukuk River in Gates of the Arctic National Park, and the works were all inspired by that immersive experience. Come hear the composers' stories through words, pictures, and music. The concert, presented in a partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library with additional support from UCSB’s College of Creative Studies, will take place in the Faulkner Gallery of the Central Library, SB Public Library System, 40 E. Anapamu St. Admission is free.

Program (order TBD)

Simon Eastwood Where the River Flows….
Stephen Hennessy Remembered Blindly Intermittent
Brian Hoes Arctic Baptism
Leslie Hogan Chasing Rainbows
Alex Nohai-Seaman Beyond the Ends of the Earth
Kayla Roth Terra Borealis
Cody Westheimer A River’s Odyssey

The Ensemble

The Now Hear Ensemble combines the intimacy of the classical concert experience with electronic music, video art, installation art, and contemporary theater, embracing both contemporary music and pop culture, as they believe a cross-genre approach leads to new territory for creativity. Since their founding in 2012, the Los Angeles-based ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 25 new works, with performances at REDCAT, Stanford University’s CCRMA, UC Berkeley’s CNMAT, UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center, San Francisco’s Center for New Music, USC’s Fisher Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. Learn more at

Performing on this concert….

Adriane Hill - flutes (
Brian Walsh - clarinets (
Katie Eikam - percussion (
Madeline Falcone - violin and viola (
Betsy Rettig - cello (