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The Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts Presents: Machines and Strings, Part I

The Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts Presents:  Machines and Strings, Part I
Machines and Strings will combine renowned performers, emerging artists, and a musical robot in a medley of artistic backgrounds and musical voices. 

On October 13 at 5:30 pm, Machines and Strings, Part I will top off CalArts Weekend, an annual event celebrating CalArts diverse community. Machines and Strings, Part II takes place at REDCAT on October 24.

Valencia, CA, September 25—California Institute of Arts (CalArts) is pleased to present Machines and Strings, an interdisciplinary concert featuring music, performance, and design. Machines and Strings, Part I, takes place on Saturday, October 13, at 5:30 pm, at the Wild Beast concert pavilion on CalArts's campus. For the event, the Isaura String Quartet and internationally acclaimed faculty artists Amy Knoles and Ajay Kapur will join students from CalArts’s schools of Music, Theater, Critical Studies, and Integrated Media for a performance spotlighting talent across disciplines.

Curated for CalArts Weekend by the Isaura String Quartet, this two-part event “highlights the innovation that has defined CalArts since its inception,” notes David Rosenboom, Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. “Machines and Strings will combine one of CalArts’s celebrated robotic instruments, an acclaimed alumni quartet and new musical compositions. Demonstrating the depth and breadth of student and faculty talent from across CalArts’s schools, the evening celebrates the Institute’s newest incarnation of creativity and experimental practice.”

For the evening, Isaura joins forces with the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, directed by Kapur, to perform with Lydia, a custom-built robotic musical instrument, in a new work by Knoles. The event also features original compositions by student and alumni musicians including Chrysanthe Tan, Stephanie Smith, Sarah Belle Reid and April Gerloff. Jules Gimbrone will conclude the evening with a dance party featuring student projects Skullmatter and Future Lover.

Hosted by the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, Machines and Strings is part of the Wild Beast Concert Series, which spotlights a diversity of genres from around the world through free outdoor music events. Held at CalArts’s highly flexible, acoustically optimized indoor/outdoor performance venue, The Wild Beast and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard, The Wild Beast Concert Series has been offering free afternoon and evening concerts to the community since 2010, featuring a variety of genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

Part I of the concert will take place on October 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Beast Music Pavilion on the CalArts campus. Admission to the outdoor concert is free.

Part II of the concert will take place at REDCAT on October 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm and will feature additional artists including CalArts faculty and Director of the Composition and Experimental Sound Practices Specialization, Ulrich Krieger, as well as students Josephine Wang, Kamyi Lee, and R.S. Buck. Click here for more information.

Machines and Strings, Part I

October 13 at 5:30 p.m.

The Wild Beast Music Pavilion on the campus of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia CA 91355

Concert admission is free, Reservations suggested.

About CalArts
Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools – Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater – CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.