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CalArts Presents the California E.A.R. Unit Performing Works by Young Americans, March 21 at REDCAT

Los Angeles, March 4, 2009--REDCAT and California Institute of the Arts present The California E.A.R. Unit, Saturday, March 21 at 8:30pm.

Inspired by the classic David Bowie pop hit, The E.A.R. Unit surveys fresh new works by young American composers from across the country. The ensemble plays Daniel Wohl's driving yet oddly sentimental +ou-; Oscar Bettison's haunting Gauze Vespers, veiled with simmering sonorities from dual toy pianos and other innovative orchestrations; Ryan Brown's Our Friend Adam, a verbal play on "Our Friend Atom," a short film that introduced the atom bomb; Jamu for ensemble and electronics by Christine Southworth, which draws on gamelan melodies; Clay Chaplin's Rememories, a structured improvisation using 3-D video as a meta-structure, based on the relationship of time and memory; and an exciting new work from the Carlsbad Music Festival czar, Matt McBane.

"Triumphantly out there... The California E.A.R. Unit is known for taking left turns away from convention." Los Angeles Times

The California E.A.R. Unit performs on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 8:30pm. Ticket prices are $20-$16, with student tickets available.

REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles 90012.

Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the REDCAT box office located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, by calling 213-237-2800, or at www.redcat.org.

About the Artists


California E.A.R Unit Home Page

Daniel Wohl Home Page
Oscar Bettison Home Page
Ryan Brown MySpace Page
Christine Southworth Home Page
Clay Chaplin Home Page
Matt McBane Home Page

The California E.A.R. Unit was founded in 1981. In its twenty-eight year history, the ensemble has presented concerts of electroacoustic and live interactive computer music, music theater, and local and world premieres of over 500 works. As the only full-time ensemble for contemporary repertoire in Southern California, the E.A.R. Unit seeks to serve its home base of Los Angeles, reflecting the region's unique cultural diversity, and to represent Los Angeles and Southern California as its new music ambassadors to the world.

The ensemble has earned critical acclaim, garnering awards for its contributions to the field of contemporary American music such as the L.A. Weekly's Best Classical Ensemble 1999 and 2003, as well as receiving the prestigious Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center in 1999.

The Unit has performed at major venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. They have toured throughout the world: Brussels, Aspen, Kiev, Paris, Cologne, Tanglewood, New York, Boston, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, as well as to other domestic and international hot spots for new music. The ensemble has been featured in documentaries for the BBC and Japanese television, American and National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Danish National Radio, and WGBH's "Art of the States."

From 1987 to 2004 the E.A.R. Unit was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Since then, they have been in residence at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater). The Unit has collaborated with such artists as Elliott Carter, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Julia Wolfe, Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Michael Gordon, Charles Wuorinen, Morton Subotnick, and Alison Knowles, among others, and performed countless works by little-known young American composers. The E.A.R. Unit presents workshops to children in the Los Angeles area, particularly in at-risk and underserved areas and reaches close to 3,000 children annually.

The E.A.R. Unit has recorded for the Nonesuch, Crystal, New Albion, New World, Tzadik, O.O. Discs, Bridge, and Cambria labels. Recent releases include a three-CD series of E.A.R. Unit repertoire on the Echograph; chamber works of Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles composer Mel Powell; chamber works of Stephen "Lucky" Mosko; and hot off the press is a 3-hour recording of Morton Feldman's For Christian Wolff.

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