Eclectic lineup makes music festival international sounds

CARLSBAD – The Carlsbad Music Festival, being held Sept. 21 through Sept. 23 at various venues throughout the Village of Carlsbad, has released its full line-up that will include some rare and unusual instruments being played by master musicians.Tickets for the event are $10 to $20 per concert or an $85 Festival Pass. Get tickets at

Sept 21:

— 5:30 to 9 p.m. Village Music Walk throughout Carlsbad Village, featuring red fish blue fish.

The day-long schedule for Sept 22 includes:

— Noon, Composer Talk with festival composers Michael Gordon, Andy Akiho, Timothy Andres and Matt McBane, St. Michael’s Episcopal Chapel, 2755 Carlsbad Blvd.

— 1:30 p.m., Timothy Andres, piano, Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St.

— 3 p.m., 
Andy Akiho & Friends, steel pan, Outdoor Stage at St. Michael’s by the Sea

— 3 p.m., Bombshell Boom Boom instrument-making workshop in St. Michael’s Courtyard, 2755 Carlsbad Blvd.

— 4 p.m., Mattson2, Outdoor Stage, St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, 2755 Carlsbad Blvd.

— 5 p.m., Sacra/Profana with the San Diego Children’s Choir, St. Michael’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, 2755 Carlsbad Blvd.

— 7 p.m., Wu Man & Friends, pipa virtuoso, Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St.

— 9 p.m., Mantra Percussion will perform Michael Gordon’s “Timber” at Harding Community Center, 3096 Harding St.

The schedule for Sept 23 includes:

— 1 p.m.Mantra Percussion plays Aaron Siegel’s “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend”

at Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave.

— 2:30 p.m., Calder Quartet, Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St.

— 4:30 p.m., Sara Watkins with MandoBasso with free lawn seating at Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave.

Wu Man is an internationally known pipa virtuoso, performing along with Mark Dresser, bass; Kjell Nordeson, percussion; and Kojiro Umezaki on the shakuhachi bamboo flute, with traditional Chinese music. The pipa is a lute-like instrument.

Michael Gordon’s work “Timber,” being done by Mantra Percussion, has been called an evening-length tour de force. The piece is scored for six graduated wooden Simantras – Greek liturgical percussion instruments used by French composer Iannis Xenakis – that look surprisingly like tuned 2-by-4s from the hardware store.




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