Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Hertz Hall
UC Berkeley campus
Berkeley CA   

Concert hall on the campus of UC Berkeley

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, February 29 2020 8:00 PM
Eco Ensemble


Myra Melford
Homogenous Infiltration

Ken Ueno

Cindy COX
Lift-up-over sounding

Keeril MAKAN
After Forgetting

Late Bloomer

UC Berkeley's daring and accomplished ensemble-in-residence comprises contemporary music specialists from throughout the Bay Area, directed by new-music champion David Milnes. Praised by the New York Times as a "dream team of local musicians who embody a high point in the Bay Area's vibrant contemporary music scene," Eco Ensemble, in permanent residence at CNMAT and the Department of Music, was founded in 2011 and in recent seasons has performed works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, and Martin Matalon. This concert will feature music from faculty composer with Keeril MAKAN (CAL PH.D. 2004). Guest artists Marilyn Nonken and Manuel Laufer will premiere Campion's new work for piano 4-hands, Late Bloomer.

101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkeley, CA
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Friday, March 20 2020 8:00 PM
Splinter Reeds

Splinter Reeds is the West Coast's first reed quintet, comprising five innovative musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet, commissioning new works, and collaborating with fellow musicians and artists.

As a relatively new chamber music genre, the reed quintet is an evolutionary detour from the traditional woodwind quintet with the advantages of a more closely related instrument family. With approximately 20 professional reed quintets worldwide, Splinter Reeds is explicitly dedicated to cutting edge composition and expanding the existing reed quintet repertoire through the development of new works by emerging and established composers.

Splinter Reeds formed in 2013 with the coming together of five colleagues highly active in multiple facets of the Bay Area’s vibrant music scene: Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), David Wegehaupt (saxophone), Jeff Anderle (bass clarinet), and Dana Jessen (bassoon). The sum of their wide ranges of experience – in settings including free jazz, improvisation, electronic music, pop, punk and metal as well as classical – has enabled them to rapidly zero in on a distinct aesthetic identity.

Recent concert engagements have included performances at Chicago’s Constellation, the Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Berkeley Art Museum, Switchboard Music Festival, FeNAM (Sacramento), April in Santa Cruz Festival of Contemporary Music, Center for New Music (San Francisco), and the Presidio Sessions series. Additionally, they have held residencies at Stanford, Chapman, Northwestern, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The ensemble has received grant awards from Chamber Music America, New Music USA, the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University, the Zellerbach Family Foundation,and the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Splinter Reeds is fiscally sponsored through InterMusic SF.  More...