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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. The repertoire of 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, Christopher Burns, Juan Campoverde Q., Erik Ulman, Anton Webern, Elliot Carter, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Sidney Boquiren, among many others.

• 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, Morton Feldman, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Kaija Saariaho, and Toru Takemitsu.

And the performances? First class, throughout the night. These performers take their commitment to the music of our time extremely seriously. Doing this festival is a labor of love, and the concern and passion is always evident in everything they play.
—Christian Hertzog, review of soundON 2011 for sequenza21.com

...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 sandiego.com, June 18, 2010

One is utterly disarmed by their charm, their seriousness, and total lack of pretension. ...
A more dedicated or more talented group would be hard to imagine.

—David Gregson, review of soundON 2007 for sandiego.com, June 17, 2007

...they are a skilled, devoted crew of younger performers with evident passion for this repertory.
—Kenneth Herman, review of soundON 2009 for sandiego.com, June 18, 2009

Founded in 2000 as the ensemble-in-residence with San Diego New Music, NOISE presents an annual festival, the soundON Festival of Modern Music at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, California. NOISE has also performed at 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 active in commissioning and premiering works by emerging composers, including Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Nathan Brock, Christopher Burns, Matthew Burtner, Derek Keller, David Lipten, Erik Ulman, Rosalind Page, and Abigail Richardson. With the inauguration of the soundON Festival of Modern Music, NOISE began an annual international call for scores the winners of which are featured on each festival.

Tonight, NOISE has given us technical perfection and the passion that every composer craves.
—Cathy Robbins, live blog from soundON 2007 for voiceofsandiego.org, June 17, 2007

Review of soundON 2011 by Kenneth Herman for sandiego.com

NOISE appears on Christopher Adler's 2008 CD Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze (Innova), on Derek Keller's 2007 CD, Impositions and Consequences (Tzadik), on Matthew Burtner's NOISE Plays Burtner (Innova) and on David Loeb's A Forest of Verses (Vienna Modern Masters).

NOISE has performed with many guest artists, including Franklin Cox, Mark Menzies, Felix Fan, Jackie Leclair, John Fonville, Harvey Sollberger, Kathleen Gallagher, Robert Zelickman, Päivikki Nykter, Aiyun Huang, Rob Esler, Don Nichols, Alan Lechusza, Luciane Cardassi, Jane Rigler, Carol Plantamura, Ivan Manzanilla, Greg Stuart, Rand Steiger, Christopher Williams, Lois Martin, Martha Renner, Lorie Kirkell, Derek Keller, Aleck Karis, Sandra Brown, Reiko Manabe, Carolyn Lechusza, Joscha Oetz, founding member cellist Reynard Rott, and former member cellist Geoffrey Gartner.

Advisory Board

Mark Dresser
Orlando Jacinto García
Celin Romero
Stuart Saunders Smith
Harvey Sollberger
Evan Ziporyn

"performing with high energy and dedication" —Stephen Eddins,
from a review of Derek Keller's Impositions and Consequences (Tzadik, 2007)

"a young group of extremely brilliant performers" —Paul Bergen,
quoted in the La Jolla Light, October 13, 2005

"played with energetic precision" / "brilliant ensemble moments"
from a review of NOISE at the Library Jan. 28, 2007 concert, by Kenneth Herman, sandiego.com, Jan. 29, 2007


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musical excerpt:
Illuminaciones, by Juan Campoverde Q.
photos by Supeena Insee Adler