Ojai Music Festival

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Ojai Festival in Southern California

Q2 Music and the Ojai Music Festival are partnering to bring you on-demand audio from past seasons of the annual four-day festival of new music in Southern California, as well as a multi-part series of festival recordings hosted by percussionist and 2015 Ojai music director Steven Schick and choreographer and 2013 director Mark Morris

Founded in 1947 with an ear toward balancing the classics with more contemporary offerings, the Ojai Music Festival is now a showcase for progressive, experimental programming and adventurous music-making. The festival takes place in the verdant Ojai Valley of Ventura County and boasts a loyal audience eager for musical discovery. 

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Listen: Roomful of Teeth and ICE Premiere Caroline Shaw's "This might also be a form of dreaming"

Vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) premiered This might also be a form of dreaming on June 11 at the Ojai Music Festival. 

Listen: Roomful of Teeth and ICE Perform Claude Vivier's "Kopernikus" at Ojai Music Festival

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presented the US premiere of Claude Vivier's "ritual opera" Kopernikus at the Ojai Music Festival. 

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Listen: Tyshawn Sorey Premieres 'Josephine Baker: A Portrait' at Ojai Music Festival

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Composer and percussionist Tyshawn Sorey premiered his song cycle "Josephine Baker: A Portrait" during a late night concert on June 11 at the Ojai Music Festival. 

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Listen: Aruna Sairam Performs South Indian Vocal Music

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Padma Shri Aruna Sairam and her ensemble performed a wide variety of South Indian classical music on June 11 at the Ojai Music Festival. 

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Listen: Kaija Saariaho's Chamber Music with ICE and Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The second day of the 2016 Ojai Music Festival centered on Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, with performances from vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Listen: ICE, Roomful of Teeth and Julia Bullock Perform Kaija Saariaho’s “La Passion de Simone"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The 70th Ojai Music Festival opened with a performance of Kaija Saariaho's opera 'La Passion de Simone' performed by soprano Julia Bullock with members of ICE and Roomful of Teeth.

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Listen: Hyphenated Identities with Wu Man, Evan Ziporyn and Huiran Wang

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Listen to music of Wu Man, Evan Ziporyn and Huiran Wang from the Ojai Music Festival on June 14, 2015.

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Listen: ICE and Renga Perform Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis and Lou Harrison

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Listen to the premiere of Julia Wolfe's "Four Marys" alongside music of Iannis Xenakis and Lou Harrison, recorded at the Ojai Music Festival on June 13, 2015.

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Listen: Sacred and Profane Mysteries with Messiaen, Boulez and Ravel

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Listen to pianists Gloria Cheng and Vicki Ray perform Olivier Messiaen's "Visions de l’amen" alongside music by Boulez and Ravel live at the Ojai Music Festival on June 13, 2015. 

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Listen: Maya Beiser and Steven Schick Perform Spiritual New Works for Cello and Percussion

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Listen to Maya Beiser and Steven Schick perform works by Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Harrison and Roland Auzet, recorded live in concert at the Ojai Music Festival on June 12, 2015.

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Listen: Steven Schick Plays Solos by Lei Liang, Xenakis and Stockhausen

Monday, June 06, 2016

Listen to Steven Schick perform solos for percussion by Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lei Liang, and others recorded live at the Ojai Music Festival on June 12, 2015. 

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Steven Schick Hosts: Saariaho, Golijov, Harrison and Wolfe at Ojai Music Festival

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

For the final installment of our 2015 Ojai Music Festival recap, hosted by festival director Steven Schick, listen to performances by Maya Beiser and Renga ensemble.

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Listen: Music of Edgard Varèse and Carlos Chavez's Fiendishly Difficult 'Toccata'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This 2015 Ojai Festival performance with ICE and Red Fish Blue Fish centers on the music of American maverick composer Edgard Varèse.

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Steven Schick Hosts: Ziporyn, Harrison and Wu Man at Ojai Music Festival

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesdays at 9 pm in May, conductor and percussionist Steven Schick, the 2015 music director of California's Ojai Music Festival, highlights selections from last year's events.

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Listen: Revolutionary Classics by Edgard Varèse, Live from the Ojai Festival

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Listen to the International Contemporary Ensemble and Red Fish Blue Fish perform works by Edgard Varèse and Carlos Chavez, recorded live at the Ojai Music Festival on June 11, 2015.

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Steven Schick Hosts: Messiaen, Varèse and Boulez at Ojai Music Festival

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Tuesdays at 9 pm in May, conductor and percussionist Steven Schick, the 2015 music director of California's Ojai Music Festival, highlights selections from last year's events.

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Mark Morris Hosts: Feldman, Stockhausen and Ligeti at Ojai

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For our final Ojai Festival spotlight, guest host Mark Morris presents performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen (arranged by Caroline Shaw), Gyorgy Ligeti and Morton Feldman.

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Mark Morris Hosts: Uri Caine, Andrew Norman and Timo Andres at Ojai

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On this week's Ojai Festival spotlight, guest-host Mark Morris listens to new takes on Mahler and Mozart by jazz luminary Uri Caine and pianist-composer Timothy Andres.

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Mark Morris Hosts: American Classics of Charles Ives and Henry Cowell

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesdays at 8 pm in June, choreographer Mark Morris highlights selections from the Ojai Festival's last three years. This week: American classics by Ives, Cowell and Harrison.

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Mark Morris Hosts: Percussion Music from John Cage and Lou Harrison

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Tuesdays at 8 pm in June, choreographer Mark Morris highlights selections from the Ojai Festival's last three years. This week's show features music of John Cage and Lou Harrison.

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Listen: Late Night Performances of J.S. Bach and Morton Feldman

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

On June 14, 2014, space, form and contemplation were the focal point of a late night concert at the Ojai Music Festival featuring music of J.S. Bach and Morton Feldman. Listen now.