The high-powered 20-piece jazz band conducted by Lauren Baba and Andrew Rowan gives a brilliantly orchestrated concert of original numbers, by turns blistering and soulful. Serving up a decidedly contemporary take on the rich, buoyant big-band sound, the compositions by Baba, Rowan, Vinny Golia and Marc Lowenstein, among others, showcase CalArts’ best jazz players, with plenty of room for solo and collective improvisations.
Massive, intricate rhythms churn joyously into the night in this celebration of the music, singing and dance of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana. Performing under the direction of Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow, the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble is joined by special guest artist Prosper Nudzor—the exceptional Ghanaian drummer and dancer—in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2013 World Music and Dance Festival.
The Wild Beast Music Pavilion and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355 
This outdoor music series—free to the community—offers afternoon/evening concerts on the lawn, spotlighting several genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
In May 2010, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts officially dedicated its new indoor/outdoor music venue, The Wild Beast and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. The pavilion opened with a festive evening under the stars that celebrated CalArts' 40th anniversary, and brought more than 500 people from across the Santa Clarita Valley together for dynamic performances by the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble and CalArts Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Building on the momentum created on that magical evening, CalArts has established The Wild Beast Concert Series.
For more information about sponsorship of The Wild Beast Concert Series, please call Claudia Bloom at 661.253.7705 or firstname.lastname@example.org .