February 22, 2011, Valencia, CA - The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announces the arrival of the 2-Headed Beast 2011 , a two-concert new music festival on March 17 and 19 on the Institute’s Valencia campus. The concerts will take place in and around The Wild Beast pavilion and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard and showcase original compositions and installations by CalArts graduate composers and sound artists.
The Inner Beast , an evening of indoor, site-specific sound pieces, will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 8 pm. The atmosphere will be that of a musical museum, with simultaneous sound events distributed throughout the space.
The Outer Beast , an outdoor afternoon concert of acoustic and amplified music, will be held on Saturday, March 19, at 4 pm. The Wild Beast’s door will be opened, transforming the space into an open-air amphitheater. The festival-like atmosphere will expand out to The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard and surrounding area.
The first annual 2-Headed Beast festival took place in 2010, just after the Wild Beast was constructed. The concerts showcase a variety of styles, stretching from the experimental music practices and sound installations to jazz, rock, and free-improv.
The Wild Beast is a unique architectural addition to the CalArts campus, housing a highly flexible, acoustically optimized performance space.
CalArts is located at 24700 McBean Parkway in Valencia, approximately 30 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles. The concerts are free and open to the public.