Relive the 2015 Festival through our photo gallery

Thank you for joining us for an incredibly memorable week of adventurous music making and community. Relive the moments with our 2015 Festival photo galleries of concerts and scenes from around Libbey Bowl.

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2016 Festival



2016 Music Director Peter Sellars
frames programming for 70th Ojai Music Festival
June 9-12, 2016

The Ojai Music Festival marks its 70th year in 2016 and to curate this milestone, Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris has invited opera and theater director Peter Sellars to serve as Music Director. For the 2016 Festival, Peter Sellars is shaping a program deeply rooted in the cultures of Ojai, starting new traditions and setting out fresh agendas for the 70 years to come. The Festival will take place June 9-12, 2016.

As the 69th Ojai Music Festival opens this week (June 10-14, 2015) with Music Director Steven Schick, the Festival’s 2016 Music Director Peter Sellars shares thoughts on his distinctive approach to programming the Festival:

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Ojai Music Festival and WQXR’s Q2 Music Launch Partnership

Q2_400x400Q2 Music and the Ojai Music Festival are partnering to bring you on-demand audio from past Festivals, as well as a five-part series of festival concert audio hosted by noted choreographer and 2013 Ojai music director Mark Morris.

Listen to episodes from the series, hosted by Mark Morris, below and hear full recordings from the Festival here >>

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Listen to KUSC’s 2015 Festival Preview with Gail Eichenthal & Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris


With only days to go before the Festival begins, get ready by listening to the Festival Preview podcast from KUSC. Featuring host Gail Eichenthal and Festival Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris, learn about the Festival’s very first percussionist Music Director and what he has in store for audiences. Read More

John Luther Adams on “Sila: The Breath of the World”

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John Luther Adams at the 2013 performance of ‘Strange and Sacred Noise’ at Besant Hill School.

Composer John Luther Adams is no stranger to Ojai, with performances of his works in 2012 and 2013, including the ‘Inuksuit‘, featuring musicians placed throughout Libbey Park. Adams returns to Ojai this year for the West Coast Premiere of his new work ‘Sila: The Breath of the World’. Here he discusses the genesis of the piece and the significant differences in pieces written to be performed and heard outdoors.

“Songs are thoughts which are sung out with the breath when people let
themselves be moved by a great force…”
– Orpingalik, a Netsilik elder

In Inuit tradition the spirit that animates all things is sila, the breath of
the world. Sila is the wind and the weather, the forces of nature. But
it’s also something more. Sila is intelligence. It’s consciousness. It’s
our awareness of the world around us, and the world’s awareness of

Over the past four decades most of my music has been inspired by the
outdoors, but heard indoors. With Inuksuit – for nine to ninety-nine
percussionists – I finally composed music intended from the start to be
performed and heard outdoors. In Sila: The Breath of the World, I
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Ojai & Site-Determination by Ross Karre, ICE percussionist and Director of Production


ICE’s Phyllis Chen and Ross Karre organized a site-determined version of Alvin Lucier’s Opera for Objects against the backdrop of the arctic horizon near Ilulissat, Greenland. The metronomic rhythm served as an arresting reminder of the ticking timer of arctic glaciers, currently melting at unprecedented rates.

Site-specificity is a common term in art production circles. I think most artists and audiences have a basic understanding of what it means. But I find site-specificity to be a glorification of a process which is required of all good art. Nothing is created in a vacuum. Nothing is presented in a vacuum. The site/context matters. All works are site specific by default but the process of creatively optimizing a work via its context can be the difference between a good realization and a bad one. A performance can either attempt to beat its head against the boundaries of a context or it can ask a simple question, “What changes do I make to this piece to transcribe it for this place?”

It’s a question we’ve been asking from the very first brainstorming sessions for the Ojai Festival programming and production. Whether it’s the Libbey Bowl presentations of intricate sequences of Boulez, Varèse, and Xenakis or the works of John Luther Adams in the park, every program must ask the question.

The answers aren’t always obvious. And some works lend themselves to subtle (or drastic) changes to create a symbiotic relationship between piece and place. In Pauline Oliveros’ works, space and sound are codependent variables. The scores are open and flexible enough to allow extemporaneous performance decisions which are guided by the space: its reverberations, its noise floor, and its general ambiance. From one interpretation to the next, a space may have a more profound impact on a performance than the instrumentation itself! (Note the radical differences in each performance of George Lewis’ Artificial Life on, ICE’s digital media library.) Read More

Happy Anniversary HumanArts!

The Ojai Music Festival is fortunate to be part of a strong community of residents and businesses supporting the arts in the Ojai Valley. One of our longtime friends is HumanArts Gallery located in the downtown Arcade. Owners Hallie and Stan Katz share their story of how intertwined the Festival is with their move to Ojai.

Running_Ridge_GroupIt was May 30, 1975 and most of the action was in Libbey Park where Michael Tilson Thomas was preparing to conduct the Ojai Music Festival. In a much smaller venue across the street there was another buzz happening — a new gallery in town was hosting its grand opening –- it was one of the only galleries in town at that time! Three couples, fairly new to town, decided to show an eclectic mix of pottery, jewelry, paintings, and sculpture, some of which they themselves made.

Truly one of the first places dedicated to contemporary fine craft in Southern California, it was known then as Running Ridge Gallery. The original partners were Bob and Barbara Grabowski, Bob’s sister Ruth Farnham and her husband John, and Jett and Sharon Spencer. Bob, Jett, and Sharon made jewelry; Ruth was a painter; and John was a sculptor. Barbara was the business manager.

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Happy 90th Birthday Pierre Boulez!

Boulez 2003 by Frank Bott

Boulez in Ojai (2003). Photo credit: Frank Bott


Happy 90th Birthday to Pierre Boulez! We’re kicking off our celebrations by unveiling our Boulez In Ojai timeline – it’s a work in progress and we’ll be adding new photos and material in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Wednesday, June 10th Boulez At 90 event, featuring the West Coast Premiere of Beyond the Score® A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez.

View the Boulez in Ojai timeline here >>

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OVB_PixieMonthLogo_2014Final_WebApril is Ojai Pixie Month – one of our favorite times of the year! Years ago, over 40 local farmers collaborated to form the Ojai Pixie Growers Association.  Ojai’s unique micro-climate offers optimal growing conditions for our petite, ultra-sweet tangerines, so we decided to honor them annually in April with Ojai Pixie Month.  It’s a short harvest season though, usually March through May, so the whole community comes together and celebrates by offering Pixie-centric hotel packages, libation and culinary specials, spa treatments, retail discounts, outdoor activities and much more. Ojai offers a variety of lodging accommodations to fit your family’s needs.  Check out some of the specials below, and have fun deciding which activities you’d like to participate in!  Or, if you’d rather just quietly enjoy Ojai Pixies on your own, pick up a few at a local grocer or Farmer’s Market on Sunday, discover one of Ojai’s great hiking spots, and see, smell, feel and taste what all the fuss is about!

The Ojai Music Festival is celebrating with Pixie Passes: get up to 20% off of your ticket order!

Discount Details     Discount Code       
Reserve seats to 2 concerts, receive 10% off total order OjaiPixie10
Reserve seats to 4 concerts, receive 15% off total order OjaiPixie15
Reserve seats to 6 concerts, receive 20% off total order OjaiPixie20

Buy online and use a promo code, valid April 1 – April 30, not valid for previously purchased tickets

Pixie Month Specials – Dine, Shop, Explore and Relax

HOTEL PACKAGES:   There’s so much to do, you’ll want to stay a few days and soak in all the Ojai sunshine.  Take advantage of some of the great lodging offers below:

The Oaks: With any lodging package, enjoy a complimentary Ojai Pixie Scrub or a Pixie Pedicure. Give The Oaks a call to learn about all their healthful and fun Pixie offers.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa: Ojai’s five diamond resort celebrates Pixies around every turn of their lovely 220 acres! The Spring Pixies 2017 package includes a Pixie massage at Spa Ojai, two Pixie-inspired cocktails, breakfast for two at The Oak, and a special Pixie Tangerine Welcome Amenity!

The Lavender Inn team loves Pixie Month and celebrates with culinary specials all month.  Guests are treated to a fresh, Pixie-inspired breakfast every day outside on the veranda. Explore the beauty of Ojai during the day, and return to the Inn each night for complimentary tapas and house-crafted Pixie cocktails.

Emerald and Blue Iguana Inns celebrate Ojai’s famed Pixie Tangerine season with the Pixie Pamper Me Package & Gourmet Gift Basket. Relax, be pampered and celebrate this Pixie season with the all-inclusive, Pixie inspired gourmet gift basket, massage, and dinner package at East End Restaurant & Bar! 

Su Nido and Casa Ojai: Enjoy the Pixie season with a 25% discount Sunday through Thursday, and 15% on Friday and Saturday nights!  The sweet taste and smell of complimentary Pixies are yours throughout your stay!


Agave Maria’s Pixie Margarita anyone? Try this fresh squeezed Pixie cocktail on the patio!

Azu features refreshing cocktails and culinary specials all month long – Try a Pixie Drop Martini or a Pixie Blossom Margarita! The White Pixie Ale is available at Ojai Valley Brewery‘s new taproom, located at Azu. How about a great, messy burger paired with a cold White Pixie Ale? 

Bliss Frozen Yogurt:  Pixie frozen yogurt and sorbet … what’s your pleasure?  Best enjoyed while people watching in front! 

East End Restaurant & Bar: Enjoy a Pixie old fashioned, a specialty salmon entrée glazed with a pomegranate, pixie salsa over pesto quinoa and seasoned vegetables.

Food Harmonics: Nutritious and delicious! Ojai’s 100% organic and gluten-free restaurant serving Vegan, Vegetarian, and Paleo dishes has created a probiotic Pixie Chutney to accompany their dosas and toasts, and will be serving Iced Pixie Kefir on the patio courtyard.

Knead Baking Company:  Knead’s Citrus Syrup Cake is just too good for words – imagine a delicious cake soaked in Pixie syrup!  Knead is serving up lots of sweet and savory special surprises.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa: Irresistible crème brulee, sorbet, and chocolate Pixie-infused desserts will be served resort-wide.  Incomparable views paired with a hand-crafted Pixie cocktail just might be the highlight of your Ojai getaway!

Ojai Coffee Roasting Company: Relax with a fresh squeezed Pixie Tangerine Mocha, topped with whipped cream and Pixie zest, or try a Pixie Tangerine Salad with grilled chicken, fresh strawberries, stilton cheese tossed wtih mixed greens and a Pixie tangerine dressing. 

Osteria Monte Grappa: Enjoy a fresh squeezed, Ojai Pixie Margarita on the patio!

Ojai Cafe Emporium: Try the Ojai Pixie Salad, featuring greens, with pixies, roasted beets, and goat cheese.

Revel: Ojai’s new Jun Kombucha Brewery & Tasting Room, releases the first ever, freshly juiced Pixie tangerines in sparkling probiotic goodness, served cold and on-tap!

Suzanne’s:  Longtime favorite Pixie Cosmo is offered, along with tasty Pixie-centric culinary surprises all month long!

Tipple & Ramble: Location … location … Step out onto a lovely patio and enjoy housemade Pixie marmalade served with the cheese boards, and on the weekends, Pixie Aperol Spritz served with a Pixie ginger ricotta tart under lovely shade trees.  Ojai at its finest!


The Oaks:  Relax, and let the knowledgeable spa team at The Oaks offer you their seasonal Ojai Pixie Scrub treatment or a Pixie Pedicure.

The Day Spa of Ojai: Exfoliate in pixie essential oils and pure sea salts with the Ojai Salt Glow body treatment, or the Anti-Aging Vitamin C Pixie Facial to rejuvenate, moisturize, and tone your skin.

Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa: Luxuriate in the uplifting Ojai Pixie Tangerine Body Polish treatment, and as an extra bonus, this treatment is offered at 20% discount.  Seasonal manicures and pedicures are also available for your rejuvenating spa experience.

Enhanced Day Spa: You’ll be exhilarated and energized by the Pixie scents in the spa! Enjoy the Ojai Pixie Custard Foot & Calf Treatment, Ojai Dreamsicle Massage, or Pixie Facial!

EarthTonics Botanical Spa: Brighten, balance, and even out your skin tone with a Pixie-infused facial, full of antioxidants! Holistic esthetician Daron Hope has created this rejuvenating facial with her signature botanical tonics.


Treasures of Ojai:  Hunt for the tangerine-colored price tags, and enjoy those items at 20% off!

The Oaks Spa:  Be sure to head over to The Nest for 10% discount on any tangerine-colored items.

Ojai Clothing:  There is a distinct Ojai style – Come check out all orange-colored merchandise storewide; it will be offered at 20% discount.

Summer Camp: The popular Ojai Pixie and Citrus Vibes soy candles, infused with high-grade essential oils, are available all month. Both are offered at a 10% discount all month long. Receive a 15% discount on any custom picture frame.

Carolina Gramm Extra Virgin Olive Oil Products: Visit Carolina’s eclectic shop and enjoy an exclusive taste of Pixie-infused olive oil! 

GloWest:  The new salon in town offers 10% discount on Ojai Pixie pedicures and 15% discount on all Ojai Pixie Candles and Happy Trail Bath Soak.  Come be pixi-fied!

Ojai Baby: Don’t forget about your little ones during Pixie Month – Baby organic Pixie onesies and T’s are a must during our celebratory Month!

Azu: Purchase a Hippie Care Package filled with Ojai specialties such as local wine, Palo Santo incense bundle, citrus soy wax candle, Pixie Tangerine Moon Valley Marmalde and, of course, Ojai’s sweet Pixies (if picked up locally)!  Makes a great gift for a special someone, and be sure to treat yourself too!


The MOB Shop and Porch Gallery Ojai partner to present Curated Rides for the cultured, curious, and adventurous! Riders will enjoy a two-hour guided tour featuring eight iconic Ojai landmarks. Rides are offered morning, afternoon, and early evening! Teams receive water bottles, signature glass from Porch Gallery and Ojai Pixies!

Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours:  Explore birds-eye views of the beautiful patchwork of Ojai’s celebrated citrus groves in a custom, open-air Jeep driven by a professional guide. The tour includes a stop at Ojai Olive Oil where you can sample citrus-flavored vinegars and local, award-winning olive oils.

Friends Ranch Orchard Tours:  Learn what all the fuss is about! The Pixie story is warmly shared by the Friends family.  Kids and adults are treated to samples and picking your own fruit.  April tour dates are the 1st, 5th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.  Be sure to book in advance! 

Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company: Enjoy Ojai’s wide open spaces, and take a scenic horseback ride during Ojai Pixie Month! Guests will enjoy fresh Pixies and $10 discount on all rides during April!

Ojai Valley Brewery Party at Azu Restaurant & Bar: Come taste the White Pixie Ale, enjoy Pixie cocktails and mimosas, live entertainment, and complimentary Pixie-centric food 4:00 – 9:00 p.m on Sunday, April 9, 2017!

Ojai Music Festival: Here’s your chance to purchase tickets to Ojai’s famed annual Music Festival! Classical music lovers from all over the world converge in Ojai in June, and if you purchase tickets during Pixie Month, you’ll receive a discount – the more you purchase the greater the discount!

Ojai Farmers Market: Locals and visitors gather at this favorite spot on Sunday mornings from 9am-1pm. Fresh pixies are featured by some of the local growers. Stop by, introduce yourself, and enjoy the Farmers Market vibe! The freshest fruits and vegetables, friendly people, hand-crafted wares and live music await you!

Pixie Open House at Enhanced Day Spa: Come celebrate everything Pixie at Enhanced Day Spa on April 8th, 1 – 4pm! Enjoy a Pixie-inspired, mini spa treatment and complimentary Ojai Pixie cocktails and appetizers. Shop the boutique for pixie special discounts!

Ojai Pixie Tangerine Cooking Class:  In an idyllic setting, Chef Robin Goldstein, will create and enjoy tasty dishes such as citrus marinated whitefish crudo, roast organic chicken with Pixies and much more!  Book the class, and stay for the night with a $10 discount on your room on April 9, 2017 at the Lavender Inn. 

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

  • “Pixology” Class:  The Inn’s award-winning bartending team gives participants a guided demonstration and sampling of two cocktails with Pixie-inspired recipes.  Fridays, from 4:30 to 5pm. $25 
  • Pixie Pool Party:  Hotel guests can splash the day away during the Inn’s Pixie pool celebration on April 8th & 15th! Fun for the whole family – activities counselors will be leading fun games and offering complimentary Pixie popsicles!
  • Pixie Golf: Think you’re seeing orange?  Look twice when you see something orange on the golf course.  Not only do you get to play on a historic course but you’ll enjoy the Inn’s limited edition Pixie season golf balls!

The Ojai:117th Annual Tennis Tournament: A longtime Ojai tradition, treat yourself to exciting tennis matches on April 26 – 30, 2017.

All season, fresh Pixies are sold Tuesday and Friday mornings at the Friends Ranch Packing House, and daily at Rainbow Bridge Natural Foods Market, and Westridge Markets.

Christina McPhee: How Ojai Inspires Me As An Artist

The audience members of the Ojai Music Festival are as eclectic, imaginative and passionate as the music performed and the artists who are engaged in the creative process. Once such patron is Christina McPhee, visual artist from the Central Coast, who shared her work with us inspired by the 2014 Festival. 

Naphthol Red - Tree of Fire

Christina McPhee, Naphthol Red – Tree of Fire, 2014, 65 x 39 x 2.5 inches. Image courtesy the artist

The Muslin-Drum // Ligeti Iterations :
As a child, I found sanctuary in piano practice. Each evening the required hour came with the delight of the fall of the keys, the fascination of synaesthesia’s colors with chromatic chords, and escape from external pressures. For no audience but my own brain, my ears connected with digits, and with structures of flight. Later I sought to materialize this experience in painting.

With my partner I built canvasses in translucent muslin, coated in clear, slightly crystalline rabbit skin glue, with taut surface like a drum. From the first the support and surface conditions set up a performance situation around color-shapes, linear thresholds and tensions of the stretched canvas. Interacting with these constraints set me into a graphic predictive process, to ramify lines from sound. The delicate surfaces pinged as the graphite slides across the rabbit skin. Dyes threw across the slightly glittering crystals of rabbit-skin embedded in the glue ground. The soft swish of liner brush extended murmur and glissando. Tcherepnin, Varese, Cage and Harrison crossed through this matrix. None stayed as long as Ligeti. Hundreds of repeats, listening to the cd of György Ligeti’s Piano Etudes, Books 1 and 2, as performed by Jeremy Denk in a Nonesuch recording of 2012, cast the studies into iterative material abstractions. Then I heard Denk play them live in concert at the Ojai Music Festival, in June 2014. An indelible impression, almost, a neurologic imprint…Elements of surprise, hurling passages, glissandos, rushes and stillnesses, darknesses leaching into light, shapes tumbling and subsisting in secret rhythms— these formal and performance incidents translate a code for a kinetic action through the instrument of the body onto the radiant surface. Read More

10 Questions with John Luther Adams

Written by M. Sean Ryan with permission from BMI.


John Luther Adams. Photo by Kris Serafin

In writing or analyzing a piece of music, the notion of space is both multifaceted and unavoidable. For John Luther Adams, it is the root. His environmentally-minded compositions aren’t just inspired by geography and places he finds meaningful. Sometimes their performance demands musicians forgo the stage, scattering strategically instead around vast indoor and outdoor venues.

In this way, Adams has garnered a reputation for highlighting how we fit in to the world around us, musical or not. Pieces like “Inuksuit,” or, more recently, “Sila,” continue to redefine the immediate environment in which they’re performed, while his titanic opus “Become Ocean” has earned him two GRAMMY nominations as well as last year’s Pulitzer Prize in music. In addition to these prestigious honors, Columbia University’s School of the Arts recently announced that Adams will be awarded their $50,000 William Schuman Award this fall. The award recognizes “the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance.”

On a recent call from New York City, the 62-year-old Adams opened up about the road that’s led him to his current standing as a world-renowned composer.

How did your relationship with BMI begin?
It would go back to the 1980s. I was a young composer thinking about affiliating with a performing rights organization, and ultimately what persuaded me — what did it was Ralph Jackson. A couple of years ago I wrote a piece on Ralph’s retirement singing his praises and talking about who he is and the difference he has made, not only in my life but in the lives of so many other composers.

In the larger musical landscape of new music, classical music, contemporary concert music — whatever you call this stuff that I’m involved with — Ralph is truly a force of nature. Now Deirdre Chadwick has taken over and like Ralph she’s an oboist. And like Ralph she’s a strong personality who cares passionately about this music. I feel really lucky to be working with her now.

In that stage of your career, when you moved to Alaska in the late ‘70s, your focus was political. Was music on the backburner?
Nothing took a backseat to anything else. I thought I could do it all: I thought I could be a full time environmental crusader; I thought I could live like Henry David Thoreau in the woods; I thought I could be a working composer, and I thought I could have a serious personal relationship and also play in the Fairbank Symphony. It took me a decade or so to realize that I had to make some choices. It was a very heady time. To be young and idealistic in Alaska in the late ‘70s and then into the early ‘80s — I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Read More

2015 Festival Inside Look With Steven Schick

Last June, Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris and 2015 Music Director Steven Schick sat down with American Public Media’s Performance Today host Fred Child to discuss the upcoming Festival and their approach to creating a playful and provocative program.

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Q & A With Festival Producer Elaine Martone

Elaine and Grammy

Elaine Martone with Michael Bishop at the 2010 Grammy Award Show, winning for Best Surround Sound Album for “Transmigration.”

Congratulations to Festival Producer Elaine Martone for her Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year in the classical music category!

Elaine was brought on as the Festival producer in 2012. Prior to joining us, she was executive vice president of production at Telarc Records for 29 years. As a key executive in planning and creative decision-making, she managed more than 1,500 projects and was accountable for more than $6 million annually in production costs. A world-class producer, she is a five-time Grammy Award winner in both Classical and Jazz.

Born in Rochester, New York, Elaine moved to Cleveland to study oboe with aspirations of playing with a symphony orchestra. A graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music degree, she was taught the basics of the industry by Telarc founders Robert Woods and Jack Renner, quickly grasping what determined the famed Telarc sound and becoming an accomplished editor and an integral part of the management team. Elaine has served as producer on more than 200 recordings, both classical and jazz, including those by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano and Robert Shaw, The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Ben Zander and jazz greats Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Tierney Sutton, and McCoy Tyner to name a few.

Elaine was executive director of Spring for Music produced at Carnegie Hall with founding directors Thomas W. Morris, David V. Foster and Mary Lou Falcone, music industry legends.

With her husband, Robert Woods, she has formed a music enterprise, Sonarc Music, and is pursuing her passion, producing great music and musicians, as well as working with talented young people. She was a founding board member of Red {An Orchestra}, which completed seven seasons in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

Meet The 2014 Holiday Home Look In Designers

Each year, a different local designer takes charge of each of the houses on the Holiday Home Look In Tour. This year’s designers are Jodi Brandt (Curly Willow), Lynn Malone (Digs), and the team of Chad and Ann Carper (Chad Carper Construction and Down Home Furnishings) and Karen Hesli (Ojai’s own ‘Wreath Lady’). Read about each of the designer’s below and get a sneak peek at their inspirations and design ethos:

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Floral Design: Jodi Brandt (Curly Willow)

Jodi Brandt of Curly Willow 2Jodi Brandt has spent the last 30 years designing beautiful flower arrangements for every event imaginable including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, corporate events, and end of life celebrations.

Jodi opened her flower shop, Curly Willow, in the fall of 2001 in Meiners Oaks.  Six years later she relocated her shop to downtown Ojai where she ran her business until 2012 when she met her fiancé. She now creates her unique and inspired designs for delivery from the ranch where they reside in the beautiful Ojai Valley.

Designing for celebrities and residents alike, her work has gained national notice and has been featured in numerous national wedding magazines.

A true artist at heart and no longer restricted by the limits of a bricks and mortar store, she has branched out into other artistic mediums including interior design consultation services. She has provided transforming insight to homeowners, renters, and small businesses and received such positive results and reviews she is now offering interior designs as an extension of Curly Willow.

“When I walk into a space I can actually see the unrealized potential. Often times it’s as simple as changing around what people already have to achieve remarkable results.“

Jodi is flattered and honored to be invited back to design floral arrangements for the 2014 Holiday Home Look In, this time with Allen and Dawn Shook’s home.

Jodi Brandt
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A Design Preview by Digs Floral Designer, Lynn Malone

Lynn Malone, floral designer and owner of Digs Floral and Botanic Design in Ojai, will be making her 2014 Holiday Home Look In debut at the Schmidt home in Rancho Matilija. Lynn sat down to write us a blog about her plans and inspirations for the decor.

With the excitement of fall color in full bloom it was tempting to style the Schmidt home for Thanksgiving this year, but as a floral designer, I’m equally excited about holiday cheer and winter whites. When the homeowner and I met to plan the floral décor within this beautiful palette  of a home, we decided that it would be fun to use floral designs that could be versatile for both holidays so that they could be used for the entire season. In designing the florals, we agreed upon a few priorities. While a few pieces will be works of art, designed to compliment the exquisite art collection in the home, we wanted to keep many of the floral designs simple, so that guests could easily replicate them in their own homes.

Entering the home through the massive front doors, guests will be greeted with warm traditional holiday looks designed to inspire a holiday mood. Inside, fresh, contemporary holiday designs will be showcased, along with a bit of the unexpected, and a touch of whimsy here and there for fun. Floral colors have been chosen to accent the magnificent collection of artwork displayed throughout the home. Read More

2015 Music Director Steven Schick shared with us a story of how he walked from San Diego at the Mexican border to San Francisco to propose to his wife Brenda. Walking the length of the coast, Steve says, he was “constantly engaged in this world of noise….through your ears you know where we are, what we’re thinking, where we are in the world.”

In that vein, we recently asked Steve if he would make a curated playlist – a list of pieces to listen to in anticipation of the 2015 Festival. He enthusiastically responded with an annotated “Ojai Themes Listening List,” which we have put into audio and video playlists below. While we were able to find most of what was on Steve’s list online, there were some that eluded us…if you happen to stumble across them, let us know and we’ll add them in! Read More


Robert Spano conducts the performance of The Rothko Chapel by the Ojai Festival Singers

Robert Spano conducts the performance of “Rothko Chapel ” by the Ojai Festival Singers at the Saturday Late Night concert.

“Earlier this year, 2014, a very dear friend of mine, Annat Provo, invited me to share her series tickets to the Ojai Music Festival. Although I have heard of the Festival for years, I had not attended before. I was delighted to accept her generosity!

The quantity, quality and variety of experience offered by the Festival surprised me. I loved going up to Meditation Mount in the early morning, and staying up late in the balmy evening to be transported by Rothko Chapel – my new favorite music.

Another delightful surprise was the interesting conversation we had with those seated around us. One handsome fellow sitting just in front of me told us about the Rothko Chapel in Houston, about the large canvases hung on the four walls of the spacious room. About the natural light built into the design of the building so that the canvases constantly change as the sun and clouds move across the sky. If I go to Houston, I won’t miss it! And I’ll have the music on my iPod…

Another delightful man, and long-time Festival friend of my friend, was so knowledgeable about the music, the musicians and the composers, and shared so graciously, he brought a greater depth to our appreciation and enjoyment of the excellently executed performances.

I was struck by the community atmosphere I felt everywhere I went. It was such a friendly, warm and welcoming experience. I felt embraced by the music, the town, the weather, and everyone I encountered.

So I now have my own series season ticket and seat — sitting right next to my good friend!”

– submitted by Candida Condor

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7.11.13Percussionists are different. Their musical world has no fixed boundaries; there is no limit to the instruments they play and the sounds they make. There are no pretentious barriers between nature and artifice, no strictures on performing indoors or out. Their precursors reach back to the dawn of time and members of their guild are found in every culture. Hand a percussionist a random rock or the most exquisitely forged gong and he or she will make it speak, sometimes with breathtaking virtuosity born of the simplest gestures by which we interact, though touch, with our material world. So what does it mean that Ojai’s 2015 music director is a percussionist? Quite a lot if that percussionist is Steven Schick.

No one has done more to champion, interpret, and expand the repertory of contemporary percussion music than Steven Schick. Not only has he mastered the entire solo repertory – and more than doubled its size through commissions – but as a conductor, educator, and author he has deepened our understanding of the role of percussion in music’s past, present, and future. More importantly, as an artist of broad interests and deep convictions he has explored cultural issues well beyond the already boundless frontiers of his chosen specialization. Read More

D Nygren

The Ojai Music Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of David Nygren as president of the board of directors, effective August 2014. David, who has served on the Ojai board since 2011, is the founder and CEO of Nygren Consulting LLC, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, board effectiveness, organizational strategy, and executive competency assessment. His company balances Fortune 500 for-profit businesses with the non-profit sector where he works extensively with health systems and arts institutions including the New York Philharmonic and New World Symphony.

David was also the executive vice president at DePaul University, where he was awarded rank and tenure in the department of Psychology, teaching organizational theory and design, leadership, and corporate governance.

He assumes leadership of the board after Stephen (Mike) J.M. Morris, who served an extraordinary year of service as president. Mike will continue to serve on the Festival’s executive committee for a smooth transition.

Recently, David spoke with us about coming on the Ojai board, as well as his favorite Ojai moments.

OMF: What are some of your most memorable moments from past Festivals?

DN: My favorite moments are in the splendor of what we experience only here. I marvel at [artistic director] Tom Morris’ brilliance in convening artists from around the world in this beautiful setting and at the spell of their performances.

These have included the toy piano concert in the Libbey Park playground, the surprise appearance of the marching band last year, and early morning concerts at Meditation Mount. What strikes me over and over is the profound humility of the musicians when they take their bow, show their delight, and rejoice in the intimacy of the audience. Read More


The “hot” ensemble heading to Ojai next year will be ICE (International Chamber Ensemble).

Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris and Music Director Steven Schick have a lot to share about the 2015 Ojai Music Festival these next 11 months. Plans are underway and we thought we’d give you a glimpse of 5 things to get you started.

1. Performances of works by 19 living composers new to Ojai. Read more about it here >>

2. The West Coast premiere of John Luther Adam’s Sila: The Breath of the World. Learn more about his new outdoor work which makes its world premiere at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Click here >>

3. Festival debuts by ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), pipa virtuoso Wu Man,  cellist Maya Beiser, and San Diego based chamber ensemble Renga

4. Schick Machine directed by Paul Dresher performed by Steven Schick – a visually compelling world of mechanical devices, invented instruments, and seemingly infinite sonic possibilities. Watch here >>

5. A special pre-Festival event on Wednesday, June 10 of Pierre Boulez: A Portrait, a spectacular multi-media kaleidoscope production with narration, archive films clips, live music, and stage set by Frank Gehry, part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score series.

There is so much more to share. Stay tuned as more details are in the works!


68th Ojai Music Festival - Libbey Bowl - June 13, 2014

Led by Artistic Director Tom Morris and Music Director Jeremy Denk, the 68th Ojai Music Festival will be remembered for its amazing concerts and witty, thought-provoking programs.

This record breaking year was marked by sold out performances, the world premiere of Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s comic opera, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts), a substantial increase in impact thanks to the residency of American Public Media’s Fred Child (Performance Today), and enhanced live video streaming, which has already attracted over 7,000 views from 43 countries. All Libbey Bowl concerts and Ojai Talks are now available to view on our website for free.

This is just the beginning. The Festival’s creative spirit and commitment to nurturing the musicians of today is stronger than ever. Led by Music Director Steven Schick, the 2015 Ojai Music Festival will include works by 20 living composers. With future Music Directors, Peter Sellars in 2016 and Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2017, Steve will open the door to 70 more years of adventurous programming.

We invite you to join us by making a donation by fiscal year end (July 31) and ensure a vibrant future. We support new music, new ideas, new love, and learning. It is our commitment and investment in collective creativity that sets the Ojai Music Festival apart.

Your support is important to us, to the musicians and to the Ojai community.

Make a donation here >>


Thank you for being a part of our Festival lawn area! The lawn is a special experience for Festival patrons – it’s the place to enjoy a picnic before the concert; meet with a group of friends or family; and lie down to stargaze while enjoying the Festival’s music.

To help you enjoy the lawn, here are some things to know:

  • The right side of the lawn is designated for taller chairs and the left side for low-rise chairs.  (A low-rise, beach-style chair is a chair with legs of 10 inches or shorter and an overall height limit of 28 inches.) Patrons with higher-rise chairs, such as camping or deck chairs, will be asked to move to the right side or rear of the lawn so as not to hinder the views of others.
  • Line up early! Lawn lines start as early as two hours before a concert begins. There are two lines for lawn patrons – the left is designated for lawn series subscribers with an access pass and the right for single pass holders.
  • Save your place! Lawn series pass subscribers have the opportunity to save their spot on the lawn between the morning and evening concerts; please use the “Save My Spot” card mailed with your passes.
  • Store it! If you are attending two concerts in one day, you can also place your lawn chairs and blankets near the lawn entrance gate between concerts.  Please do not leave personal belongings as Festival staff cannot be responsible for items left unattended.
  • The Libbey Bowl and Park is a no-smoking and alcohol-free zone designated by the City of Ojai.
  • Ojai weather can be quite unpredictable! During the evening concerts we highly recommend bringing a warm blanket and for the day bringing sunscreen and wearing a hat in case it gets too hot.
  • At the Festival there are food vendors who will have a variety of light food options and beverages. For a greater variety, you can head to the various eateries within walking distance from the Bowl. Visit for suggestions.
  • We’re happy to have children enjoy concerts; however, we know they can become restless! If your child needs to stretch their legs, please take them outside the Bowl so as not to disrupt the concert experience for other lawn patrons.


Thank you and enjoy!


Each June for four days, Ojai is bustling with music lovers from all across the country, east to west and north to south. Curious and deeply committed patrons gather to experience provocative, unusual, and sometimes, challenging programs of music that encourage stretching musical expectations. As one patron explained, it’s “an eye opening (and ear opening) revelation.” 

In fact, the number of Festival series subscribers has steadily increased in the last four years, almost 30% each year.

As one patron said in a recent survey: “Continue with bold decisions in modern music and keep the Ojai ambiance exactly as it is.”

To each his or her own. Everyone comes away with something different, something special about Ojai. Recently, we asked several of our patrons, “What Does Ojai Mean to You?” And in our usual, Ojai Festival fashion, they had a lot to say. Watch the video below:

Share your comments – what does Ojai mean to you?

Music Director Jeremy Denk invited artists, who share his passion for music and love for adventure, to join him on Thursday, June 12, the opening night of the Festival. Pianist and composer Uri Caine, who Jeremy describes as an “unbelievable genius,” will make his Ojai debut performing his own interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

In April, Uri toured the Libbey Bowl and shared his impressions about Ojai and how his interest in Mahler was born.

Relax and Visit Porch Gallery

Porch Gallery

by Lisa Casoni

The first Saturday after Heather and I moved to Ojai from Los Angeles we saw two horses parked outside the local coffee shop on our way to breakfast.  We then had lunch at the Deer Lodge, a slightly off the beaten path, roadside bar/restaurant that is as much a part of the fabric of the community as the Ojai Valley Inn. By the time we sat down for dinner at Feast Bistro, the owners were introducing us to the other patrons as the “new girls in town.” That night, I was struck by two things, first, we weren’t in Los AngePorch2les anymore and, second, we needed to finish construction on our kitchen.

We moved to Ojai four years ago because we wanted to live in a “cosmopolitan small town” where we could walk everywhere. We weren’t asking for much. As long was no one screamed obscenities at us as we shuffled out to dinner, we were content. But, shortly, as humans often do, we wanted more. We wanted friends, community, artistic stimulation and a front porch. Read More