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 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.
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.