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Lisa Cella, flutes
Robert Zelickman, clarinet
Mark Menzies, violin and composer-in-residence
Franklin Cox, cello and composer-in-residence
Colin McAllister, guitar and conductor
Morris Palter, percussion
Christopher Adler, piano and composer-in-residence

And all of it was beautiful — outstanding playing, remarkable music.
— Marcus Overton, review of soundON 2017 for the San Diego Union-Tribune

...the young musicians of the soundON Festival of Modern Music 2010 possess charm and enthusiasm in large measure, 
as well as a high degree of performance acuity that makes sense of the complexities and puzzles that abound in contemporary musical scores.

—Kenneth Herman, review of soundON 2010 for

NOISE, an ensemble of accomplished soloists committed to contemporary chamber music, presents energetic, engaging and intellectually stimulating concerts of the best chamber music written by today’s young and innovative composers from around the world. NOISE was founded in 2000 as the ensemble-in-residence with San Diego New Music, and now performs on the annual soundON Festival of Modern Music in La Jolla, California. NOISE has also performed at the International Festival of Chihuahua in Mexico, Adelphi University, Stanford University, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Virginia, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego.

NOISE is focused on three artistic trajectories, their histories, and their intersections:

• Complexism, high notation precision, threshold performative challenges, experimental notation and performative techniques. NOISE repertoire includes works by representative composers Brian Ferneyhough, Franklin Cox, James Erber, Christopher Burns, Juan Campoverde Q., Erik Ulman, Anton Webern, Elliott Carter, Evan Johnson and Stuart Saunders Smith.

• High-intensity grooves, minimalism, postminimalism. NOISE repertoire includes works by representative composers Christopher Adler, Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Tom Johnson, Bill Ryan, and Evan Ziporyn.

• Evocative aural soundscapes. NOISE repertoire includes works by representative composers John Luther Adams, Matthew Burtner, Sidney Corbett, Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Morton Feldman, Sungji Hong, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Kaija Saariaho, Linda Catlin Smith, and Toru Takemitsu.

And we have a strong committment to supporting current and former San Diego composers. We have performed works by our three composers-in-residence, as well as Adam Greene, Juan Campoverde Q., Nathan Brock, Benjamin Sabey, Derek Keller, Chinary Ung, Harvey Sollberger, and Peter Edwards.


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