Amazing Weekend of Music

Carlsbad Music Festival preview video

The 10th annual Carlsbad Music Festival will be held Friday-Sunday, September 20-22, 2013. The Carlsbad Music Festival is an annual event that features world-class adventurous performers and composers in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival has been praised by local and national media including the Los Angeles Times, which called the Festival “magnificently enlightening.” In 2010, the Festival won the national ASCAP Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming at an award ceremony in New York. This year, the Festival was awarded a prestigious Artworks Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

This year’s eclectic and adventurous Festival will feature some of the most interesting musicians working across genres including classical, folk, Jazz, pop and world music. All events will take place in the charming Village of Carlsbad, within a short walking distance of the train, beach, hotels, and restaurants.

The Festival was founded in 2003 by composer Matt McBane for its first festival in the spring of 2004. It has since received critical acclaim and drawn enthusiastic audiences to its concerts in the coastal California city of Carlsbad.

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Highlights of this year’s Festival include:

•The California debut of NY vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.
•Roomful of Teeth performing ensemble member Caroline Shaw‘s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition “Partita”
•Sean and Sara Watkins on the Magee Park Main Stage.
•The first-ever duo performance by longtime collaborators percussionist (and La Jolla Symphony conductor) Steven Schick and 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant winner and flutist (and Leucadia native) Claire Chase.
•The Calder Quartet performing “Physical Property” with guitarist/composer Steven Mackey
•A performance by Peter Sprague‘s Bop Moderno featuring fellow San Diego jazz luminary Gilbert Castellanos.
•Performances by local bands including Trouble in the Wind and The Mattson 2
•Performances by musicians from the Center for World Music including Mexican folkloric group Son de San Diego; and cross-genre musicians such as Nathan Hubbard/Passengers

Matt McBane: Founder and Director

What people are saying about the Festival:
“It may be too soon and too hyperbolic to declare Carlsbad as a new hotbed of contemporary classical music action. But as the sixth annual Carlsbad Music Festival unfolds this weekend featuring new music notables the Calder String Quartet, the California E.A.R. Unit and guitarist-composer-conceptualist Fred Frith, clearly something is abuzz in the seaside town, at least for one weekend each year…

Founded and nimbly run by young composer-violinist Matt McBane, the festival provides a fresh West Coast forum for new music, commissioned, performed and served up with seriousness as well as audience accessibility.”
–LA Times

“Carlsbad exemplifies the way a young generation of composers rethink accepted musical pigeonholes — classical versus pop, chamber versus orchestral, harmony versus noise — that fogeys like me once held sacred.”
–Alan Rich, Bloomberg News

Founding Ensemble-in-Residence, the Calder Quartet:

“I’ve written before that every time I hear the Calder, the ensemble seems to have reached a new level. That remains true, and now only the stars are the limit, as the Calder takes its place as one of America’s most satisfying — and most enterprising — quartets.”
–Mark Swed, LA Times

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