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Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014

Friday, Sept. 12 at 6 pm

Featuring Japanese experimentalists who bring folk, pop and “naïve” influences to avant-garde music, the four-city Minor Musics Japan Tour kicks off at CalArts with a concert sure to delight audiences in search of creative adventure. The program includes the legendary folk improvisation group Ché-SHIZU, led by vocalist and erhu player Chie Mukai; the mercurial Maher Shalal Hash Baz (singer and guitarist Tori Kudo) and his naïvist ensemble; and the deconstructed romanticism of accordionist A qui avec Gabriel (a.k.a. Aki Tamura).

Organized by Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room in collaboration with CalArts, Marfa Live Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

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A Tribute to John Bergamo

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 pm

All-star musicmakers gather to celebrate the legacy of the great John Bergamo (1940–2013)—the peerless hand-drummer, composer, global music explorer and educator who was one of the most influential creative figures in CalArts history. Performing a selection of Bergamo’s most important works are members of the late maestro’s original Repercussion Unit; the Hands On’Semble with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Houman Pourmehdi; and the latest iteration of the CalArts Percussion Ensemble.

Co-presented by the CalArts Percussion and World Percussion Programs—both founded by John Bergamo.

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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.

Directions

The Wild Beast Music Pavilion and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

About

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

Official Piano of The Wild Beast

For more information about sponsorship of The Wild Beast Concert Series, please call Claudia Bloom at 661.253.7705 or cbloom@calarts.edu.

Spring 2014 Series

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, Palestinian oud andbuzuq maestro Khaled Jubran, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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