Points of Contact

Points of Contact - July 15, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016 – Points of Contact
Concert at 8:00pm, pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA
Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20

Points of Contact is a concert about finding connections between disparate musical genres and textures: connections both abstract and concrete, substantial and tenuous, broken and fixed. The centerpiece of the program is Karlheinz Stockhausen's celebrated Kontakte for piano, percussion, and electronics. The concert also features music by Steve Reich (Electric Counterpoint), Julia Wolfe (Stronghold), and Colin Horrocks (The Light Gleams an Instant), with performances by Brian Head, Todd Moellenberg, Ryan Nestor, and Scott Worthington.

Guitarist and composer Brian Head performs as a soloist, chamber musician and as an orchestral guitarist with groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as soloist on the stages of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Disney Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has premiered works by Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Jeffrey Holmes, William Kraft, and Steve Reich among others, and his own compositions have been recorded on labels including Delos, Denon, GSP, and Doberman-Yppan Recordings, and have been performed on six continents and throughout the U.S. in venues including Merkin Hall in New York, the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. His homage to John McLaughlin called We Know You Know, was part of the Grammy Award-winning Guitar Heroes album by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, a group whose 2015 CD New Renaissance he also produced. His own recordings include En la Tierra, a collection of world premiere recordings of guitar concertos, and The Falcon’s Eye - the solo guitar music of Donald Crockett both on Doberman-Yppan Records, as well as performances of William Kraft’s solo Incantation on Albany Records, another with renowned clarinetist, Michele Zukofsky, on her Simon Bellison tribute recording, and the debut recording of Stephen Hartke’s Sons of Noah with Xtet on New World Records. 

Born in Washington D.C., Brian received degrees in music and mathematics at the University of Maryland and continued his studies in guitar with James Smith and composition with Stephen Hartke at the USC Thornton School of Music where he was chosen as the Outstanding Thornton School Master’s Graduate. He now has a dual appointment on the Classical Guitar and Composition faculties at the Thornton School where he chairs the Classical Guitar Department and serves as Assistant Dean for Academic Programs. He is a frequent adjudicator and masterclass clinician across the U.S. and has been recognized for his exceptional teaching having received the USC Gamma Sigma Alpha Professor of the Year Award and the Simon Ramo Faculty Award, the Thornton School’s highest faculty honor. He previously led the classical guitar program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently Artistic Director of the Guitar Foundation of America.

Colin Horrocks is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music has been described as “dramatically powerful” (Sequenza21). His compositions include works for chamber ensemble, soloist, and large ensemble and often incorporate electroacoustic and multimedia elements. Recent commissions include a work piano and electronics commissioned by Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay. His compositions were featured as part of REDHOT, an interactive art installation commission by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County during which he worked alongside McArthur Genius Grant Recipient and Guggenheim Fellow Trimpin. The installation was displayed at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and later at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose in 2014.

As an up and coming leader in the Los Angeles new music scene, Colin spearheaded artistic endeavors with numerous local ensembles and concert series. He currently holds the position of Assistant Director for Tuesdays@Monk Space, an underground new music series that presents cutting-edge music and adventurous interdisciplinary arts programming and sits on the board of directors of People Inside Electronics, a concert series devoted to the performance and promotion of live electroacoustic music. An advocate of collaboration within the community, Colin co-produced ACF-LA presents New Music Los Angeles, a county-wide festival which featured LA’s most prominent new music groups.

Colin pays an active role in music education for the next generation of composers, servicing as an instructor for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Composer’s Forum’s Making Music in Schools program and as a Teaching Apprentice at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned a Bachelors of Music from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Music Departmental Honors and received the Smith Composition Award. He is now pursuing his Masters at UCLA. His primary composition teachers include Richard Danielpour, Jeffrey Holmes, Sean Heim, Vera Ivanova, Shaun Naidoo, and Dominique Schafer.

Todd Moellenberg is a pianist and performance artist based in San Diego, currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in contemporary performance at UC San Diego, where he studies with Aleck Karis. He is an active member of UCSD's Palimpsest Ensemble, with whom he will perform as soloist in the Ligeti Piano Concerto in its next season. Todd has also performed the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, the La Jolla Symphony, the Ensemble Exchange, the What's Next? Ensemble, as principal accompanist of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, and in fellowships at Boston University and the New England Conservatory. More information can be found at toddpiano.com




Ryan Nestor (b. 1985) is currently a candidate for the Doctorate in Contemporary Music Performance at the University of California, San Diego, where he is a member of the percussion group red fish blue fish and a student of Steven Schick. Nestor has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), The Bang on a Can All­Stars, Calder Quartet, Renga, and San Diego New Music. Nestor served as Music Director for The Old Globe Theater’s recent production of Othello and principal percussionist of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Nestor has performed at the Cervantino Music Festival, La Jolla Summer Festival, The Ojai Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, The Wulf, Moore Theater, and Bang on a Can Marathon. A fellowship recipient, Nestor performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) at the Aspen Summer Music festival for two summers.

Nestor has instructed several music courses at UCSD, including one of his own design based on musical responses to the First World War, and was previously an adjunct lecturer in music at Queensborough Community College. Nestor earned his Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at Stony Brook University and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky.

Scott Worthington is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a performer, he plays in chamber ensembles, orchestras, recording studios, and as a soloist. His focus on contemporary music frequently leads to commissions and premieres of new works for solo bass. As a composer, Worthington often uses electronics and non-standard ensembles. He strives to write music that evokes a timeless, meditative state with spacious and resonant sounds. He has released two albums on Populist Records, most recently Prism, which was named one of The New Yorker’s top ten classical albums of 2015 by Alex Ross. In the past season he premiered solos by Clarence Barlow, Randy Gibson, and Michael Pisaro and is currently composing music for electric basses, string quartets, and sine tones. www.scottworthington.com