CalArts Recitals

  1. Guitarist/composer Benjamin Hubbard presents an evening of original works and arrangements including solo guitar, the soprano/7 string nylon guitar duo Koimé, a Brazilian music group, two-part inventions, a visceral drum/guitar duo, and songs for soprano and chamber ensemble that blur the line between Jazz and Classical.

    Listed below are the pieces in the recital, followed by program notes on each piece. Enjoy!

    Clothing/Breakfast/Toothbrush

    SOLO GUITAR
    Etude No. 7

    For Difference

    ONO MONOPIA
    Albino Leopard Fish
    ‘s Not My Sneeze
    Werksah II
    Ghostriders in the Sky

    CHORO JOGO
    Noites Cariocas
    Tristeza

    Lost Woods

    Variations on Donkey Kong Country’s Main Theme


    TWO PART INVENTIONS
    Chromatic Invention
    For Music Box

    One to Three for

    G Cc bad glAD G’s
    Call to Respond

    ARRANGEMENTS FOR VOICE
    Moon River
    Looking Indoors

    KOIMÉ
    Boss of Blue

    Goodbyes Without Words
    La Folie from Plateé

    Inspiration in Berlin:

    The Berlin Philharmonic
    Calendar

    Shivers from a Sinking Sky
    Thousand Eyed Sunset
    Similar Trees

    Program Notes:

    Clothing/Breakfast/Toothbrush
    This piece represents the beginning of my time at CalArts. Getting ready for the day, the entire ensemble of musicians does their warm-up on their own. After a minute, I walk around and greet the musicians in a ten second improvisation that is comparable to passing a friend in the hallway.

    Carcassi Etude No. 7
    The only fully notated piece by another composer to be performed in this recital, it is played in the spirit of my solo noon concert from the first week of school, and the spirit of my first year as a whole. An excellent warm-up, it was important in developing my classical technique.

    For Difference
    The idea for this piece came to me around age 7. I would mess around with the piece that got me interested in music at a very early age, Für Elise, on the piano. By taking the melody and changing the notes to be very close to each other on the keyboard, I called it the “Minor Version.” Years later, I again played 2 notes very close to each other (a half step apart) and they produced a wobbling rhythm. This inspired a melody, which reminded me of my old rendition of Beethoven’s piece. The rhythms, melodies, phrases, sections, and overall form of this piece are derived from that deeply influential piano piece of my childhood.

    Albino Leopard Fish
    Most of the riffs from this piece came out of Ono Monopia’s first jam, which took place during a boisterous night in the Main Gallery at CalArts.

    ‘s Not My Sneeze
    Lee Hodel’s infamous sneeze inspired only the title of this piece. The music grew out of a high-energy jam that we countlessly revisited during my first year. Peter Bonoff, my first year roommate developed a deep connection to the piece, and will revisit the elements of a one man show he wrote that were based on this music.

    Werksah II
    Another year, another first jam of the year, and the beginning of a new piece. The process of creating new music in Ono Monopia generally went like this: jam, listen to recording, refine ideas, jam again, listen to recording… until we don’t need the recording, and the music is in our bones.

    Ghostriders in the Sky
    This was the first piece of music I ever played in a guitar and drum jam. Early on in high school, I began playing this kind of music. This version is a burst of energy that works as the ending to Werksah II, while looking back to the primal intensity that was the original source of this youthful music.

    Noites Cariocas
    This is a standard of Choro (Brazilian folk music) repertoire. My interest in this style began with Bossa Nova, led to the purchase of my 7 string nylon guitar, and found a group of others with Clarisse Cast’s (pandero player) initial creation of this ensemble last year. The seven string is the traditional instrument for this music, but tonight, there is a bass player that fills the role of the lowest instrument.

    Tristeza
    Baden Powell has inspired me more than any other guitarist. Though I can’t say he is my idol in every way, there is more in his playing that I connect to than anybody else’s playing. The Summer that I devoted my practice to nylon guitar, I had a compilation of his music that includes a version of this song. I fell in love with the sound, the rhythmic sensibility, and the message, “sorrow, please go away.”

    Link to additional program notes:
    sites.google.com/site/bjhubb/benjamin-hubbard-program-notes

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  2. This is the complete recital from Ben Hubbard and Emmett Thatcher. It has been edited in the other videos to focus on Ben or Emmett. The program follows:
    California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music Presents
    Ooarie: Ben and Emmett’s Mid-Res
    2-17-2013 at 2 P.M.
    R.O.D. Concert Hall

    Open
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Pandero – Emmett Thatcher,
    Drum Set – Evan Jiroudek, Bass – Lee Hodel, Voice – Quayla Bramble

    O Ôvo – from the Quarteto Novo’s album “Quarteto Novo”
    Ben Hubbard, Evan Jiroudek, Lee Hodel

    Tabla and Sitarπ
    Emmett and Neil

    Etude No. 1 for Guitar Harmonics in D
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Tabla – Emmett Thatcher

    The tabla plays Teentaal, a sixteen beat cycle, while the guitar ascends a scale resulting from harmonics produced on each string. This piece lays the foundation for further exploration for myself, and other interested musicians.

    Ono Monopia
    Composed by both Ben Hubbard and Emmett Thatcher
    (BFA 2 Guitar Performance) (BFA 2World Percussion)
    Red Fire and

    ‘S Not My Sneeze

    Albino Leopard Fish – the first piece we wrote

    Prapped in Tractice

    Werksah II – a recreation of our first jam this school year

    -Intermission-

    Emportant Ivent – a pastiche of Schuman’s “Important Event” from Kinderszenen
    Composer – Ben Hubbard, Piano – Kathleen Tamblyn (Emmett’s Mom)

    Anechoic Kiss
    Emmett and Yanina

    Fly
    Guitar and Voice – Ben Hubbard (Composer)

    Casual Conversation
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Piano – Clare Wang

    This piece is a recreation of a meeting between Ben Hubbard and John German concerning a rapidly approaching deadline. The words are on the third page.

    Hear Happen
    Composer – Ben Hubbard, Choreographer – Yanina Orellana
    Piccolo and Bass Clarinet – Steven Fieler, Flute- Gina Kodel*, Oboe – Bom An Alto Saxophone – Kevin Robinson, Eb Clarinet – Ryan Espinosa

    This piece is based on an experience I had this summer while weeding. I listened to the bird song around me, and decided to imitate the sounds with my motions. The instruments play transcriptions of bird song, and recreate events in wildlife from my Minnesotan home. The sounds start on land, and move across the lake in my backyard.

    Circle Atsia
    Emmett, Tony, Alex, Misera**, Dan, Brian
    guest* alumni**

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  3. Ben Hubbard's Mid-Residence recital edited to primarily Ben's pieces. The Program:

    California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music Presents
    Ooarie: Ben and Emmett’s Mid-Res
    2-17-2013 at 2 P.M.
    R.O.D. Concert Hall

    Child of the Pure Unclouded Brow – from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”
    Composer – Ben Hubbard, Piano – Clare Yeo, Voice – Quayla Bramble

    Child of the pure unclouded brow 

    And dreaming eyes of wonder!

    Though time be fleet, and I and thou

    Are half a life asunder,

    Thy loving smile will surely hail

    The love-gift of a fairy-tale.

    Come, hearken then, ere voice of dread,

    With bitter tidings laden,

    Shall summon to unwelcome bed

    A melancholy maiden!

    We are but older children, dear,

    Who fret to find our bedtime near.

    Without, the frost, the blinding snow,

    The storm-wind's moody madness -

    Within, the firelight's ruddy glow,

    And childhood's nest of gladness.

    The magic words shall hold thee fast:

    Thou shalt not heed the raving blast.

    Open
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Pandero – Emmett Thatcher,
    Drum Set – Evan Jiroudek, Bass – Lee Hodel, Voice – Quayla Bramble

    O Ôvo – from the Quarteto Novo’s album “Quarteto Novo”
    Ben Hubbard, Evan Jiroudek, Lee Hodel

    Tabla and Sitarπ
    Emmett and Neil

    Etude No. 1 for Guitar Harmonics in D
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Tabla – Emmett Thatcher

    The tabla plays Teentaal, a sixteen beat cycle, while the guitar ascends a scale resulting from harmonics produced on each string. This piece lays the foundation for further exploration for myself, and other interested musicians.

    Ono Monopia
    Composed by both Ben Hubbard and Emmett Thatcher
    (BFA 2 Guitar Performance) (BFA 2World Percussion)
    Red Fire and

    ‘S Not My Sneeze

    Albino Leopard Fish – the first piece we wrote

    Prapped in Tractice

    Werksah II – a recreation of our first jam this school year

    -Intermission-

    Emportant Ivent – a pastiche of Schuman’s “Important Event” from Kinderszenen
    Composer – Ben Hubbard, Piano – Kathleen Tamblyn (Emmett’s Mom)

    Anechoic Kiss
    Emmett and Yanina

    Fly
    Guitar and Voice – Ben Hubbard (Composer)

    Casual Conversation
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Piano – Clare Wang

    This piece is a recreation of a meeting between Ben Hubbard and John German concerning a rapidly approaching deadline. The words are on the third page.

    Hear Happen
    Composer – Ben Hubbard, Choreographer – Yanina Orellana
    Piccolo and Bass Clarinet – Steven Fieler, Flute- Gina Kodel*, Oboe – Bom An Alto Saxophone – Kevin Robinson, Eb Clarinet – Ryan Espinosa

    This piece is based on an experience I had this summer while weeding. I listened to the bird song around me, and decided to imitate the sounds with my motions. The instruments play transcriptions of bird song, and recreate events in wildlife from my Minnesotan home. The sounds start on land, and move across the lake in my backyard.

    Casual Conversation:

    Ben: (knock knock)

    John: (turn knob, open door, release knob) Hey man.

    Ben: Hey, how's it goin?

    John: Pretty good. I've been workin' on this anthology. How was your break?

    Ben: Real solid. It had a good balance of gettin' stuff done and rest. How 'bout you?

    John: It didn't feel like much of a break.

    Ben: Yeah, but you still had some relaxin right?

    John: Yeah, I didn't do much thinking about the composition.

    Ben: Same here.

    John: It's not gonna get done by Monday.

    Ben: Hah, yep. No need to rush it.

    John: I have trouble with arbitrary deadlines 'cause I'm more concerned with making
    something I care about.

    Ben: Definitely, I was thinking we could do our pieces in the Beast for the guitar concert.

    John: That could be a good venue for my idea. I thought of doing something like Queen. Have it in the classical style but with modern instrumentation. I might
    look at some Mozart Piano sonata, but present it with modern sounds. Maybe make it a noise piece.

    Ben: Well I have some effects pedals.

    John: Nice. Do you have any ideas for your piece?

    Ben: Yeah I wrote a few things down. (Unzip bag, pull out notebook) At first I thought of writing in the style of our creative voices, but I thought we should be better acquainted musically. Then I thought of playing guitaristic techniques and you mimic them on the piano call and response style. Or maybe have a dialogue that imitates casual conversation.

    John: Yeah man.

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  4. Emmett Thatcher's Mid-Residence recital edited to primarily Emmett's pieces. The Program:

    California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music Presents
    Ooarie: Ben and Emmett’s Mid-Res
    2-17-2013 at 2 P.M.
    R.O.D. Concert Hall

    Open
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Pandero – Emmett Thatcher,
    Drum Set – Evan Jiroudek, Bass – Lee Hodel, Voice – Quayla Bramble

    O Ôvo – from the Quarteto Novo’s album “Quarteto Novo”
    Ben Hubbard, Evan Jiroudek, Lee Hodel

    Tabla and Sitarπ
    Emmett and Neil

    Etude No. 1 for Guitar Harmonics in D
    Guitar – Ben Hubbard (Composer), Tabla – Emmett Thatcher

    The tabla plays Teentaal, a sixteen beat cycle, while the guitar ascends a scale resulting from harmonics produced on each string. This piece lays the foundation for further exploration for myself, and other interested musicians.

    Ono Monopia
    Composed by both Ben Hubbard and Emmett Thatcher
    (BFA 2 Guitar Performance) (BFA 2World Percussion)
    Red Fire and

    ‘S Not My Sneeze

    Albino Leopard Fish – the first piece we wrote

    Prapped in Tractice

    Werksah II – a recreation of our first jam this school year

    -Intermission-

    Emportant Ivent – a pastiche of Schuman’s “Important Event” from Kinderszenen
    Composer – Ben Hubbard, Piano – Kathleen Tamblyn (Emmett’s Mom)

    Anechoic Kiss
    Emmett and Yanina

    Circle Atsia
    Emmett, Tony, Alex, Misera**, Dan, Brian
    guest* alumni**

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  5. An excerpt from the full show:

    Ono Monopia
    Composed by both Ben Hubbard and Emmett Thatcher
    (BFA 2 Guitar Performance) (BFA 2World Percussion)

    Red Fire and

    ‘S Not My Sneeze

    Albino Leopard Fish – the first piece we wrote

    Prapped in Tractice

    Werksah II – a recreation of our first jam this school year

    # vimeo.com/61553377 Uploaded 18 Plays / / 0 Comments Watch in Couch Mode

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Currently, these are recitals from CalArts. Ben Hubbard and Emmett Thatcher's mid-residence recital are shown as both the complete show as well is broken down into material from Ben, material from Emmett, and their combined band: Ono Monopia.
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