CalArts World Music & Dance Festival
Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4
The annual World Music & Dance Festival—one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures of the CalArts spring performance calendar—this year moves outdoors with seven free concerts over a single weekend. Drawing on the full resources of CalArts’ renowned world music programs, the eclectic lineup includes West African drumming, song and dance, Persian, Middle Eastern and Hindustani musics, Balinese and Javanese gamelans, and crossover works that link global music traditions. In addition to the roster of internationally celebrated CalArts faculty performers and top student musicmakers, the special guest artists are drummer and dancer Sulley Imoro and kogiri virtuoso SK Kakraba, both from Ghana, the world's leading Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and Javanese dancer Baghawan Ciptoning. The three-day program concludes with the farewell CalArts performance of dancer Beatrice Lawluvi, a member of the faculty for the past 42 years.
Friday, May 2
- 4 pm - CalArts Persian Ensemble
The Persian Ensemble is a large student group guided by Houman Pourmehdi that features a mixed instrumentation of western and Persian instruments. The ensemble will perform masterworks from the Persian tradition and features special guests Yungchen Lhamo, the world's leading Tibetan singer; Pirayeh Pourafar, tar; Alireza Shahmohammadi, vocals; and the Lian Ensemble.
- 8:30 pm - Balinese Music & Dance
The island of Bali, also known as the island of thousand temples, is renowned for its rich traditions and an astonishing array of vibrant art forms, and an amazing diversity of music ensembles and dance genres. The performance will feature CalArts Balinese Gamelan Burat Wangi (Fragrant Offering), a large modern bronze gamelan orchestra called Gong Kebyar. Kebyar, which means sudden blaze or flare-up, refers to both music and dance genres. The music repertoire includes a blending of old and new within a complex musical structure known as kreasi baru (new creation). The performance will feature a new creation of Legong (the most popular Balinese dance style) namely Legong Supraba Duta, performed by 5 dancers. The concert is directed by Nyoman Wenten and Dance Director Nanik Wenten.
Saturday, May 3
- Noon - CalArts World Percussion Ensemble
The CalArts World Percussion Ensemble is an ongoing experimental forum for bringing together the percussion, drumming and world music at CalArts, bridging cultures and musical ideas, and creating an entirely new work for percussion consisting of both highly fixed compositions and extended improvisations. It was founded by John Bergamo and led by Randy Gloss and Houman Pourmehdi.
- 4:30 pm - CalArts Student North Indian Ensemble
The CalArts North Indian Ensemble, featuring top student musicians under the direction of Aashish Khan, will perform a program of exciting compositions and arrangements either within or honoring the North Indian Classical tradition.
- 8 pm - Classical North Indian Music
A concert of classical North Indian music with performances by the CalArts Tabla Ensemble under the direction of Swapan Chaudhuri and Randy Gloss. Then, two legendary musicians of international acclaim—CalArts World Music faculty members Swapan Chaudhuri, tabla, and Aashish Khan, sarode—will create a unique, transformative musical experience. Specific program content, Raag (melodic mode) and Taal (Indian rhythm cycles) will be announced by these masters from the stage.
Sunday, May 4
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Spring 2014 Series
CalArts Jazz at Capitol Studios:
25-Year Anniversary Reunion Concert
Saturday, April 19 at 4 pm
Celebrated jazz artists Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Peter Epstein, James Carney and Darek Oles reunite for a special outdoor concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the annual CalArts Jazz Program recording made at iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood. All five alumni had appeared on the inaugural “CalArts Jazz CD,” which in 1990 began the unprecedented long-term collaboration between a major label, Capitol Records, and a music school, CalArts. Opening for Coltrane, Alessi and company are students drawn from the Jazz Program’s current ranks, performing an eclectic selection of new original compositions from the 2014 edition of the CalArts Jazz CD.
What You Should Know
- Free concerts and free parking: The concerts and the parking are free, but we do encourage you to register with Eventbrite and to carpool if possible.
- Open lawn seating in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard: Bench-seating is limited and available on a first-come, first- served basis. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
- Picnics welcome: The lawn outside of The Wild Beast Music Pavilion is a perfect place for a picnic. Come an hour early and grab that prime spot on the lawn. Please leave the alcohol at home, however; open containers are not allowed on the CalArts campus.
- Family-friendly: The environment for and content of The Wild Beast Concert Series is safe and appropriate for family enjoyment.
- Dress warmly: Each concert lasts approximately 90 minutes and the evening air may get chilly.
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.
Sponsors of The Wild Beast Concert Series
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For more information about sponsorship of The Wild Beast Concert Series, please call Claudia Bloom at 661.253.7705 or email@example.com .