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A surprising, welcome sight: An informal new music festival hits L.A.

June 24, 2011 |  1:10 pm

Wild beast
An idiosyncratic, ad hoc early summer new music festival has suddenly sprung, like wildflowers, helter-skelter around Los Angeles. Tickets peak at $10, and much is free. The presenters are Angel City Arts, the Dog Star Orchestra and Microfest. Some offerings are quite odd. A few include extremely rare performances of legendary epic avant-garde works. The unusual venues are part of the intriguing strangeness of it all.

8 p.m. Saturday: New work by Brazilian composer Chico Mello for voices, refretted guitar and string quartet with John Schneider and the Eclipse Quartet. Also included will be a performance of Lou Harrison’s String Quartet Set. Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades. (310) 573-3603 or

7 p.m. Sunday: A rare performance of Morton Feldman’s four-hour-plus trio “For Philip Guston” with flutist Rachel Beetz, Dustin Donahue and pianist Martin Hiendl. The Wulf, 1026 S. Santa Fe Ave. @203, downtown Los Angeles. (213) 488-1182 or

8 p.m. June 30: Christopher Robert’s “Trios for Deep Voices,” a work for three double basses inspired by music of Papua New Guinea. Roberts will be joined by two bass players from the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 559-6300 or

1 p.m. July 3: “The Wulf at @ MOCA Sunday Studio.” A variety of new music performances around the MOCA exhibit “William Leavitt: Theater Objects,” including works by Larry Polansky, John Cage and a number of local composers. or

8 p.m. July 5: Selections from Cornelius Cardew’s epic graphic-notation score, “Treatise.” The Wild Beast, CalArts.

4 p.m. July 10: “on the hill” and 6 p.m. “in the house”: Performances on hillsides in Lincoln Heights and at Hildestate, 481½ E. Ave. 28, Los Angeles.

July 11 at 1 p.m.: “A Few Rooms Around Town,” performances in curious venues which include a closet in Los Angeles, a kitchen in Pasadena and a room in Valencia.


CalArts unleashes its Wild Beast

— Mark Swed

Photo: The Wild Beast at CalArts, one of the venues for new music throughout the Los Angeles area in late June and early July. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles TImes.