Springfest: IMMERSION

Where Music, Science, and Art Come Together For an Amazing Night 

6p.m.-8p.m. (PST)

You've never seen or heard the aquarium quite like this! Birch Aquarium teams up with UC San Diego's Department of Music to present Springfest: IMMERSION, an evening of live music and experimental sounds spread throughout the aquarium. Join us for a unique offering of works conceived and performed by graduate students and inspired by the sea. 


Birch Aquarium Members: $9

Public: $12

UC San Diego Students and Professors: $9

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Featured Performances

  • Voices of Our City Choir, which gained recognition for giving a voice to San Diego’s homeless, will perform in the Galleria
  • Jacob Sundstrom will perform ambient electronic music and video that changes in harmony with the sunset on Tidepool Plaza
  • Lyndsay Bloom's triptych film AXALAPAZCOS features 16mm footage of rapidly evaporating volcanic crater lakes in Central Mexico in the Expedition at Sea: R/V Sally Ride Gallery
  • Barbara Byers, Jonathan Nussman, Hillary Jean Young, and Lauren Jones sing soothing overtones with glass harp in the Galleria
  • Double bassist Jordan Morton weaves together vocal notes and resonant bowed bass at the Giant Kelp Tank
  • Tank Daniel Fishkin and guest instrument-builder Pete Blasser will lead a choir of handheld tocante "touch-synthesizers”
  • Madison Greenstone, Sean Dowgray, and James Beauton will play the ethereal music of Morton Feldman, ‪Jürg ‬Frey, and Martin Rane Bauck creating a transcendent and meditative experience in front of a forest of swaying kelp at the Giant Kelp Tank‬‬‬
  • Cellist Jen Bewerse will perform with a special curved bow in TIDE by James Weeks Bassist Kyle Motl will improvise with jellies and wolf eels in the Hall of Fishes
  • Michael Matsuno and Matt Kline host the "sea symphony" instrument building workshop and performance specifically for children

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