2017 Festival Schedule

From first light to late night, join us for an immersive experience in the beautiful setting of the Ojai Valley, from Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 11 with Music Director Vijay Iyer and friends

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Thursday, June 8

2:00-5:00pm | Ojai Valley Community Church (907 El Centro St)
Ojai Talks 
Part I: The Art of Improvisation with Vijay Iyer and Ara Guzelimian
Part II: Music in the Community with guest panelists moderated by Ara Guzelimian 

6:00-6:30pm |Libbey Park Gazebo
Free Pop-Up Concert
Claire Chase, flute| Levy Lorenzo, electronics 

7:00-7:30pm |Libbey Park Tennis Court
Concert Insights
Guest artists with Christopher Hailey 

8:00-10:00pm | Libbey Bowl
Evening Concert
VIJAY IYER: Emergence (American Premiere)                                    
Vijay Iyer, pianoStephan Crump, bassTyshawn Sorey, drums | ICE | Oberlin Contemporary Music EnsembleSteven Schick, conductor 

IYER: Trouble (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, and Boston Symphony Orchestra,, Andris Nelsons, music director.
Jennifer Koh, violinICE | Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble | Steven Schick, conductor
Special thanks to Helen and Justus Schichtling for underwriting support

A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Vijay Iyer, pianoWadada Leo Smith, trumpet

Friday, June 9

9:00-10:00am | Zalk Theatre, Besant Hill School (8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd) 
Daybreak Concert (Ojai Member Event)

JEN SHYU: Solo Rites: Seven Breaths
Jen Shyu, vocalist/composer

11:00-11:30am |Libbey Park Gazebo
Free Pop-Up Concert
ANTHONY BRAXTON: Ghost Trance Music
Erica Dicker, violin| ICE

12:00-12:30pm |Libbey Park Tennis Court
Concert Insights
Guest artists with Christopher Hailey 

1:00-3:30pm | Libbey Bowl
Afternoon Concert

Part I
Density 2036
EDGARD VARESE: Density 21.5
SUZANNE FARRIN: The Stimulus of Loss 
TYSHAWN SOREY: Bertha’s Lair
VIJAY IYER: Flute Goals for Tape
MARCOS BALTER: Pan (excerpts) 
Claire Chase, flute | Pauchi Sasaki, violin and vocals | Tyshawn Sorey, drums  

Part II 
The Inner Spectrum of Variables                  
Tyshawn Sorey, drums | Cory Smythe, piano | Chern Hwei Fung, violin | Kyle Armbrust, viola
Rubin Kodheli, cello | Chris Tordini, bass

7:00-7:45pm | Libbey Bowl
Ojai Talks 
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM): Ongoing Impact
Guest panelists TBD, moderated by Ara Guzelimian 

8:00-10pm | Libbey Bowl
Evening Concert 

GEORGE LEWIS: Afterword, an opera (West Coast Premiere)
Joelle Lamarre, soprano | Gwendolyn Brown, contralto | Julian Terrell Otis, tenor | ICE | Steven Schick, conductor | Sean Griffin, director 

10:30-11:30pm | Libbey Bowl 
Free Late Night 

Bach and Beyond
J.S.BACH: Partita in D Minor                
MISSY MAZZOLLI: Dissolve, O My Heart                                  
LUCIANO BERIO: Sequenza for solo violin                                
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: Lachen Verlernt for solo violin  
Jennifer Koh, violin 

Saturday, June 10

9:00-10:00am | Zalk Theater, Besant Hill School (8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd, Ojai)
Daybreak Concert (Ojai Member Event)

Nicole Mitchell, flute

11:00-11:30am |Libbey Park Gazebo
Free Pop-Up Concert
Claire Chase, flute| Josh Rubin, clarinet| Rebekah Heller, bassoon| Levy Lorenzo, electronics 

11:30-12:15pm |Ojai Art Center
Free Community Event
An interactive demonstration of the Festival’s BRAVO education program using song and movement featuring Ojai elementary students. Adult participation welcomed!

12:00-12:30pm |Libbey Park Tennis Court
Concert Insights
Guest artists with Christopher Hailey 

1:00-3:30pm | Libbey Bowl
Afternoon Concert 
VIJAY IYER: Mozart Effects                                                            
GYÖRGY KURTÁG: Moments Musicaux
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Quartet in Eb Major, K. 428  
Brentano Quartet 

TYSHAWN SOREY Autoschediasms for Creative Chamber Orchestra
Tyshawn Sorey, leader | ICE

7:00pm | Libbey Park Tennis Court
Concert Insights 

8:00-9:45pm | Libbey Bowl 
Evening Concert 

IGOR STRAVINSKY (arr. Cliff Colnot): Le Sacre du Printemps 
ICESteven Schick, conductor 

Film by Prashant Bhargava 
Vijay Iyer, piano | Tyshawn Sorey, percussion | ICE | Steven Schick, conductor 

10:30-11:30pm | Libbey Bowl
Free Late Night

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Art of the Fugue excerpts
Brentano Quartet 

VIJAY IYER Time, Place, Action
 Vijay Iyer, piano | Brentano Quartet | Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble 

COURTNEY BRYAN Yet Unheard (World Premiere of chamber version)
Text by Sharan Strange
Helga Davis, soprano | Joelle Lamarre, soprano | Gwendolyn Brown, contralto | Julian Otis, tenor | ICE | Oberlin Contemporary Music EnsembleSteven Schick, conductor 

Sunday, June 11

10:00-11:00am | Libbey Bowl
Free Community Concert 

The Trio featuring
Muhal Richard Abrams, piano | Roscoe Mitchell, windsGeorge Lewis, trombone and electronics 

12:00-12:30pm |Libbey Park Tennis Court
Concert Insights
Guest artists with Christopher Hailey 

1:00-3:00pm | Libbey Bowl
Afternoon Concert

Zakir Hussain, tabla | Vijay Iyer, piano | Rudresh Mahanthappa, saxophone| Aruna Sairamvocalist

5:30-7:30pm | Libbey Bowl 
Evening Concert 

Vijay Iyer, piano | Stephan Crump, bass | Tyshawn Sorey, drums | Steve Lehman, alto saxophone | Graham Haynes, cornet and flugelhorn | Mark Shim, tenor saxophone 

Festival programs, artists, and schedule are subject to change.