Today and tomorrow (Oct. 18-19) marks the third annual CalArts Weekend—a celebration of the CalArts experience in which parents, relatives and friends immerse themselves in the Institute’s culture through specially designed workshops and classes, cutting-edge art exhibitions and performances, and through meetings with administration and faculty.
The events culminate with a CalArts Dance Party on Saturday night, an outdoor performance that’s part of The Wild Beast Concert Series. On the program are three bands that all have CalArts connections.
- Headliner Orkestar MÉZÉ, a Balkan brass band, was founded by CalArts alumnus Milen Kirov (Music BFA 02). The band’s sound fuses electo-acoustic brass, American funk, soul and jazz with traditional Bulgarian and Balkan music. (Video above).
- The Sogo Takeover is an Afrobeat band led by CalArts alumnus Greg Zilboorg (Music MFA 11):
- John Macy & the Heavy Hand, a collaboration between John Macy Mullen (Music MFA 09) and Mischa Mandel (Music 10) updates the classic styles of Motown and soul and mixes them with dance grooves:
While there is a fee for CalArts Weekend, the concert at the Wild Beast is free and open to the public.
CalArts Dance Party
The Wild Beast Concert Series
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia
Oct. 19 at 6 pm