URSA: an interstellar cantata


Program Note

An imagined night sky of words and music: LA Signal Lab presents URSA, an interstellar cantata. Featuring new music by Erika Oba, Nick DePinna, Dan Marschak, Noah Meites, and Hitomi Oba, with a libretto by Sarah Thompson, URSA is a suite of fourteen works linked by the enigmatic mythos of the Ursa Major/Minor constellation. Over the course of this continuous evening length work, audiences follow a path of interrelated musical and literary reference points ranging from Greek mythology, chamber music, and Mark Twain, to Inuit legend, jazz improvisation, and NASA technical data.

About LA Signal Lab

Founded in 2015 by composer/performers Dan Marschak, Hitomi Oba, Nick DePinna, and Noah Meites, L.A. Signal Lab is a creative music collective dedicated to commissioning, premiering, and recording stylistically diverse…