Los Angeles based composer Nick Norton and violist Jonathan Morgan from Santa Barbara were both in the music department at UC Santa Barbara when the Isla Vista shootings happened in 2014. While obviously horrific, the way the community came together afterward was inspiring. Norton wrote Elegy II almost immediately, and it was premiered at a memorial concert on campus. It’s a solemn piece, but it ends on a hopeful note. As there seems to be no end to violence these days, that bit of hope is something we could all use.
Composer: Nick Norton
Performer: Jonathan Morgan, viola
Recorded by Anthony Paul Garcia and Nick Norton
Mixed and mastered by Nick Tipp
Cover photo: Gaby Goldberg