Ensemble Pamplemousse - April in Santa Cruz Festival of Contemporary Music

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
Music Center Studio 114 (UCSC)

One of New York’s most exciting experimental ensembles chops, dissects, reorders, and smashes together eight new commissions to form a concert-length piece.

Concert take place in the basement of the Recital Hall building.

Please enter lobby and use elevator or stairs near restrooms.


free admission

Doors open at 7:00 pm

parking $4


About the project

Composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse was founded to provide a focal point for like-minded creators with a thirst for sonic exploration. The ensemble is a close-knit group of divergent artistic personalities, emergent from training in disparate musical fields. Their collective love for the exquisite in all sonic realms leads the ensemble to persistently discover new vistas of sound at the frayed edges of dissective instrumental performance technique. Compositions aggregate each member's unique virtuosic talents into extraordinary magical moments. In the flexible moments of performance, the ensemble weaves together shapes of resonance, clusters of glitch, skitters of hyper action, and masses of absurdity into impeccable structures of unified beauty.


Ensemble Pamplemousse formed in 2002, and has since commissioned over 70 compositions. Uncompromising in its artistic values, the ensemble works to expand the realm of historically relevant music by sharing the music of compelling American and international composers with NYC and other culturally vibrant or thirsty cities.


Uniquely, each commissioned composer receives multiple performances of his/her work. Approximately one-third of the composers are female.

Pamplemousse presents on average 3 concerts within NYC every concert season; 6-10 concerts on tour; and 6-10 world premieres. Many tours include recording or teaching residencies for the ensemble. These can include lectures at community colleges; workshops for children in composition and music electronics; and readings of composition students’ work at universities.


The group has held performance/teaching residencies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY), Rensing Arts Center (Pickens SC), Southern Wesleyan University (Central SC), Diapason Gallery (NY), and Northwest Vista College (San Antonio TX). Pamplemousse‘s first CD was released in 2011 by Carrier Records, with the assistance of the American Music Center.


The 2012-13 season includes a total of 10 concerts; 16 world premieres; 2 US premieres; and 2 existing works; presented in NYC and 7 cities.