IRVINE — Varied works, each written within the past year, by three UC Irvine faculty composers revealed a broad mix of simple tonality and atonality Monday night at the Fine Arts Concert Hall on campus. The presentation provided sporadic interest mingled with more routine, unadventurous moments.
The evening's only premiere, Bernard Gilmore's "La Folia" for solo violin, juxtaposes snippets from various settings by Frescobaldi, Marais and others of the popular 17th-Century dance in the title, creating an eclectic collage. Sustained, soul-searching passages comment between the quotes, finally transforming into an engagingly grotesque dance of their own, far removed from the original theme.
A careful blend of idiomatic writing and detail, Gilmore's music never sits still stylistically, but fits together lucidly, though not always with convincing originality. Violinist Haroutune Bedelian gave the piece superb attention, seamlessly moving from one remote idea to the other.
Four green-gowned members of the Terry Lewis Dance Ensemble swooned and swayed to Paul Hodgins' electronic score "At Delphi," a generally understated, spooky setting of an ancient Greek ritual involving a virgin under the intoxicating effect of laurel leaves. Blunt choreography gives the piece a mild feminist theme, though the overall attempts to be more ecstatic than intellectual do not always achieve the pagan sensibility intended.