The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered approximately 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.
The Department of Music swings on certain evenings when the Jazz Bands of UC Davis rehearse for their upcoming Nov. 29 concert. Under the direction of Jacám Manricks, the Bands have been working on music by Aretha Franklin, Latin Jazz, Jazz Funk Fusion and a premiere a new suite by Manricks. Photographer Justin Han stopped by the Ann E. Pitzer Center for a rehearsal to capture the musicians working on the concert.
The Department of Music has become a hub for contemporary and new music. During its residency the music collective Ensemble Dal Niente performed the premiere of Erin Gee’s “Mouthpiece 32″ on Nov. 3. Photographer Justin Han stopped by the Ann E. Pitzer Center for a rehearsal the afternoon of the premiere to capture the musicians working on the new piece.
After a ten-year hiatus, the UC Davis Chamber Singers are being re-established this fall under the direction of Caleb Lewis, lecturer and director of choirs. The singers are currently in rehearsal for their first performance scheduled for Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. Photographer Justin Han stopped by a recent rehearsal to capture Lewis working with the singers.
Director Matilda Hofman is currently rehearsing members of the UC Davis Empyrean Ensemble for their upcoming concert celebrating professor emeritus Ross Bauer, who founded the ensemble. Scheduled for Nov. 4 in the Ann E. Pitzer Center, the program features compositions by Bauer as well as colleagues Arlene Zallman and Yinam Leef and his former student Will Cooper. Here are some photos from a recent rehearsal. All photos by Justin Han, copyright UC Regents.
Sacramento-based composer Derek Keller calls his multi-media California Tableauxopera “a kaleidoscopic look at California’s cultural mixtures from the era of Sir Francis Drake and his alleged landing on the Marin County coast in the late 1570s, to our most contemporary era.”
Matilda Hofman, whose conducting has been described as having “a striking sense of purpose” and “taut and finely controlled” (San Francisco Gate) has a busy and varied performance schedule. She works regularly with a wide range of groups in Europe, and in California, which she has made her home. Matilda has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Holland Festival and Ruhrtriennale among others.