California E.A.R. Unit

California E.A.R. Unit


“Los Angeles’ premier new music ensemble.” —Los Angeles Times


Visually, theatrically and electrically charged compositions form the latest evening from the California E.A.R. Unit, Los Angeles’ adventurous new music ensemble. Highlighting internationally renowned Portuguese composer Miguel Azguime, the Unit performs the pre-composed electronic sounds and live electronic strategies that fill the gap between words and music in his theatrically driven On Music: Literally Speaking. Chris Tonkin’s Widdop, Phaetons, Relic draws on three poems by Ted Hughes to inform compositional features such as gesture, timbre and organization for each of its three movements. Live electro-acoustic manipulations of the sounds of teacups, playing cards, pocket watches and children’s songs entwine with projections informed by lesser-known iterations of Alice in Wonderland in David Dvorin’s haunting new work As Alice. And rounding out the program, Shaun Naidoo’s stark Nothing Left to Burn twists and warps the sounds of the trio, and added melodica, to evoke the devastating fire that consumed the mountains above Los Angeles.

Funded in part with generous support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, BMI Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Amphion Foundation.

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SUN 4/10
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff