I am interested in how the wild beast lives in the jungle, not in the zoo.
– Composer Morton Feldman (1926-87)
The Wild Beast, CalArts’ new variable-use, indoor-outdoor music pavilion, is now in the final stages of construction. Named in honor of the seminal work of composer Morton Feldman—who used the term “wild beast” as a metaphor for the ineffable generative force in art—the pavilion houses a highly flexible performance and rehearsal space that will allow the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts to better serve its growing student population and present more public concerts.
Designed by the Culver City architectural firm of Hodgetts + Fung, the 3,200-square foot structure will seat about 100 when closed; its open-air band-shell configuration accommodates an audience of more than 750. The Wild Beast is scheduled to open this fall for classes with a public gala performance in spring 2010.