The University of California-Santa Barbara’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music, directed by Dr. Jeremy Haladyna, is the resident contemporary music ensemble for the UCSB Department of Music. Its members include outstanding student and faculty performers. Formed in 1992, it has performed to high acclaim both on campus and in the Santa Barbara community.
"The ECM is the place to go for new music." -Santa Barbara Independent
"When it comes to the sparse portions of contemporary music available in Santa Barbara, eager ears tend to lean toward UCSB, where its Ensemble for Contemporary Music presents several academic concerts each year." Santa Barbara News Press
"The Ensemble for Contemporary Music continues to play an important role in the musical life of Santa Barbara." -Santa Barbara Independent
"This important event (New Music Festival) has quietly worked wonders
over the past several years. Among the composers brought to town for past
festivals are Milton Babbitt, Mel Powell, Lou Harrison, and Henry Brant."
-Los Angeles Times
Jeremy Haladyna, Director of the ECM (and Associate Director of New Music Festivals II-X), holds prizes and academic qualifications from three countries. He is a diplòmè of the history-rich Schola Cantorum on Paris' Left Bank. He also holds the Master's degree with Distinction from the University of Surrey (U.K.). He has taught undergraduate composition at UCSB since 1991 and and was awarded the Ph.D. in composition in 1993. In addition to his responsibilties with ECM, he teaches orchestration and is on the faculty of the College of Creative Studies, UCSB. As pianist, composer, conductor and organist, he has long been committed to the espousal of new music. Prizes from the Friends of Lili Boulanger and Britain's MCPS Ltd. bear witness to his creativity, and his own music has recently been heard at St. John's Smith Square, London; South Bank Centre, London; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; BMIC, London; and the National Museum of Art, Mexico City. His On The Mat of The Jaquar Priest, written for Jill Felber, appears on Neuma records.
The UCSB Dance Company, directed by Delila Moseley, is a ten-member student
dance company in residence in the Division of Dance, UCSB. The company
performs throughout the year in Santa Barbara and on tour in California,
serving as a training vehicle for dance majors. Dance majors in their
senior year are invited by the dance faculty to join the company. Students
learn dance repertory by faculty and guest artists. The company is directed
in the manner of a professional dance company, where dancers are expected
to learn the repertory of different choreographers quickly and competently.
The company then performs on campus, in the Santa Barbara community, and
on tour in a variety of theatres and other venues, giving the students
a wide range of performance experiences. The goal of the Division of Dance
is to prepare students for the professional world and participation in
this student company is an invaluable part of the dance students' educational
experience. The students consistently evaluate working in the company
as one of the most challenging and valuable experiences in their career
Delila Moseley (Director, UCSB Dance Company) is a versatile choreographer, teacher, and director who works in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz and modern dance. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Dramatic Art from UCSB where she is currently on the faculty in the Division of Dance. She has performed professionally in Los Angeles, New York, and throughout the United States on tour, working with Donald McKayle's Inner City Repertory Dance Company, the American Heritage Dance Theatre, the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She appeared on television in the New Bill Cosby Show, and the special "Ailey Celebrates Ellington". While a member of these companies, she performed in works by Gus Solomons, Talley Beatty, Jaime Rogers, and... She performed for 10 years with Repertory-West Dance Company, traveling to Europe with the company three times. Choreographers worked with include Loius Falco, Lucas Hoving, Charles Moulton, Kathryn Posin, Holly Schiffer, Alan Sener, and... She has directed the UCSB Dance Company, the student company at UCSB, for seventeen years. The company performs in the Santa Barbara community and on tour throughout California. The company has traveled to Mexico twice to perform and to Washington, D.C. to perform in the Gala Performance for the American College Dance Festival. In 1997 she received the 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, for which she produced over fifty concerts, including Choreographer's Showcases, Dance Nights, solo concerts, Young Dancers Concerts, and experimental concerts. She has choreographed for the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, City College, UCSB Division of Dance, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera.
The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) serves
as a productive environment available to students, researchers, and media
artists for the realization of music and multimedia works. The Center
also serves as a laboratory for research and development of a new generation
of software and hardware tools to aid in media-based composition. Among
those who have made use of our facilities are Iannis Xenakis, Thea Musgrave,
and Bebe Barron.