Looking to the rich, many-striped veins of American roots and folk music, five up-and-coming bands convene at CalArts to forge exciting, often idiosyncratic, new connections between the enduring vibrancy of those traditions and contemporary expressions in pop, rock, metal and experimental. In their own altogether original ways, the groups bring uncommon musicianship, stylistic eloquence, and emotionally resonant, life-worn storytelling as they combine for a can’t-miss outdoor concert—one that places the time-burnished grain of Americana at the forefront of today’s creative musicmaking. Read more 
Featuring performances from:
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 email@example.com .
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.
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.