Sunday, July 21 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
As part of the Fiftieth Anniversary Carillon Recital Series, Jeff Davis (University Carillonist, UC Berkeley) will present a recital from the carillon in UCSB’s Storke Tower on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 3 pm. Listeners are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass outside the tower during the recital.
About the Artist
Jeff Davis was appointed University Carillonist in July of 2000. He began carillon studies in 1984 with Berkeley’s first University Carillonist Ronald Barnes. Prior to his tenure at Berkeley, Davis was University Carillonist at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Davis passed the professional examination of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 1988 and has served that organization as a juror on the Johan Franco composition committee, the Carillonneur Examination Committee, and as President of the Guild from 1996-2000, He was a Director of the Guild from 1996 to 2001. Davis has also been the GCNA representative to the Committee of Delegates of the World Carillon Federation. Davis gives recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has been a guest artist in the Ann Arbor Festival, the Barcelona International Festival, the Springfield International Carillon Festival, and has twice represented the Guild in artist recitals at congresses of the World Carillon Federation. He was awarded the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon in 1993. During his tenure at Berkeley, Davis has established one of the largest carillon instructional programs, and many of his students now perform all over the world.
About the Storke Tower Carillon
UCSB’s Storke Tower and its carillon were a gift from Thomas Storke, former publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press. The instrument consists of 61 bells cast by Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands, with the bells weighing from 18 pounds to 2.5 tons, and spanning five octaves. The UCSB carillon is a much larger modern copy of historical instruments that were invented approximately 500 years ago in the Low Countries of Europe. Tower bells had previously been used for signaling time and for additional signals such as “Close the City Gates”, “Go to church”, and “An enemy is coming.” Eventually, the number of bells was increased and were hooked up to a keyboard to facilitate the performance of music. A melody was often played to attract the attention of the townspeople before the hour bell tolled the time throughout the day. A carillon is played with the fists and feet, and the action is completely mechanical. To vary the dynamics of the music, the performer must strike the key harder or use a lighter touch, much like a piano. The UCSB carillon celebrates its 50th birthday this year.