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The Wild Beast

The Wild Beast

Americana Currents

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 5 pm

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:

  • Saint Parade
  • Brother, Sister
  • The Royal US
  • Fear for the Dust
  • Badlands

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The CalArts World Music and Dance Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 1-3, 2015

The CalArts World Music and Dance Festival transports musical traditions from around the globe to Southern California. Since the early 1970s, this exuberant annual festival has brought celebrated international artists to perform with faculty and students of CalArts' exceptional World Music programs. Over one bustling, artistically eclectic weekend, audiences will experience seven free outdoor concerts at the Wild Beast music pavilion. Read more

Festival schedule:

  • Friday, May 1, 8:00 pm - Balinese Music and Dance
  • Saturday, May 2, 2:00 pm - Student Indian Ensemble
  • Saturday, May 2, 5:00 pm - Aza African Ensemble
  • Saturday, May 2, 8:00 pm - Maestros of Indian Music
  • Sunday, May 3, 2:00 pm - Javanese Music and Dance
  • Sunday, May 3, 5:30 pm - Persian Ensemble
  • Sunday, May 3, 8:00 pm - World Percussion Ensemble

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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.


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

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.

Fall 2014 Series

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.

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.

Last edited by pfraser on Apr 28, 2015
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