CalArts Music Showcase Shines a Spotlight on Innovation and Creativity

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On Wednesday (Jan. 17), The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, in collaboration with REDCAT, is presents the inaugural CalArts Music Showcase, featuring innovative works by graduate student creators.

With a total of 48 performers, comprising mostly students—along with a few alums and guest artists—the showcase promises an eclectic blend of musical styles, ranging from jazz to megaphone feedback noise, choral performances, experimental pop, Dominican merengue styles, improvisation, electronic music with live visuals, and more.

The showcase at REDCAT is being produced by a dedicated team of students, spearheaded by Dylan Allen Todd (Music BFA 25), Kiernan Robinson (Music MFA 24), Simone Maura (Music MFA 24), and Madeline Falcone (Music MFA 13), a faculty member of The Herb Alpert School of Music. Much of the behind-the-scenes work to bring the showcase to life was part of an official Wintersession course called Creative Producing Practicum. Led by Falcone, students collaborated on the ideation, implementation, production, and marketing of the showcase.

The showcase promises an unforgettable evening of musical exploration, where themes of longing, nostalgia, destruction, rebirth, queerness, politics of meaning, meditation, and experimentation will come to life through the power of music.

Below is the CalArts Music Showcase program:

  • UMBRA by Emma-rose Bauman (MFA 24);
  • You Could Die Just the Same on a Sunny Day by Ivan Cunningham (MFA 25);
  • Superlative by Nelle Anderson (MFA 24);
  • subDOMINANT by ++ [Matt LeVegue (MFA 25) and Daniel Newman-Lessler (MFA 22, DMA 26)];
  • Inner Wind Blows Blue by Zhu Dongchen (MFA 25);
  • Ventus by Dasol Lim (MFA 25);
  • I Can Feel by GPT [Junson Park (MFA 25), Daniel Gonzalez (MFA 25), and Arlo Tomececk (MFA 25)];
  • Winters by Alice Sandahl (MFA 24);
  • Have You Seen the Moon These Days? by Zac Burgenbauch (MFA 24);
  • Arranca by Becky G & Omega El Fuerte (performed by CalArts band ​​Tambora Desafinada);
  • La Travesía by Juan Luis Guerra & 4.40 (performed by CalArts band ​​Tambora Desafinada); and
  • Te Iré a Buscar by Sujeto Oro 24 ft. Don Omar & Farruko (performed by CalArts band ​​Tambora Desafinada)
CalArts Wild Beast | Image by California Institute of the Arts
PUBLISHED BY Elizabeth McRae

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