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The Wild Beast

The Wild Beast Concert Series

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, Film at 7 pm, followed by a concert at 8 pm

We Are Birds: An Evening of Bird Singing from Native Southern California

Increasingly recognized as one of the most sublime legacies in world music, the Bird Singing tradition of Cahuilla and other Southern California Native cultures is the subject of this revelatory program. CalArts is honored to welcome Elders Wally Antone and Walter Holmes Jr., the foremost practitioners of a repertoire that includes nearly 400 songs. The Elders are followed by Derek Duro and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, who represent the younger generation fueling the resurgence of Native art forms across Southern California. The program opens with an outdoor presentation of the documentary We Are Birds: A California Indian Story by its director, Albert Chacon.


Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, Concert at 7 pm

African Beats: From Ghana to L.A., A Tribute to Steven Lavine

The African Music and Dance Program has been a CalArts hallmark since the Institute first opened in 1970, informing not only generations of musicmakers but the community as a whole. This special concert pays tribute to the program’s most ardent champion, outgoing President Steven Lavine, through the artistry of three CalArts African groups. The alumni quartet Kidi Band opens the show with polyrhythmic dance grooves and tight harmonies before a second alumni ensemble, Azoli, offers a contemporary take on a popular Ghanaian crossover genre called Highlife. The evening concludes with what is sure to be rousing performance by Aza, the Institute’s resident African music and dance ensemble, as it salutes President Lavine, who is stepping down this spring after a 29-year tenure. Optional catered global cuisine dinner tickets available.

RSVP for free concert only

Tickets free concert + catered dinner

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.

Last edited by eolivares on Sep 26, 2016
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