Carlsbad Music Festival

September 19-21 Artists

David Lang • Dawn of Midi • Steven Schick conducts Renga • Wu Man and Son de San Diego • Art of Elan with Susan Narucki • Sacra/Profana • Donald Crockett conducts USC Thornton Edge • Matt McBane • Freako Suave • G Burns Jug Band • Gayle Skidmore • Giacomo Fiore • The Gift Machine • Jennifer Bewerse • Justin Helland • Kuhn/Motl/Hubbard Trio • Kyle Motl • MandoBasso • Murray Hidary • Now Hear Ensemble • Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed • Opus Orange • Paper Days • Peter Sprague • PGK Dance • The Red Fox Tails • Scott Nielsen • Scott Paulson • Sean Friar • Sir Henry • Swarmius • Trouble in the Wind • Zaub Nasty • Zimbeat



11 March 2015

Tin Hat Farewell Concert and Call for Musicians


    photo credit Kimberly Warner   Tin Hat Kicks Off Farewell Tour This Thursday Highly regarded as pioneers in the ongoing exploration of new pathways in acoustic music, Tin Hat can count Tom Waits and Willie Nelson among their collaborators. Since their inception in 1997, their captivating live performances have combined “Old World Europe with […]

11 November 2014

Jeffrey Zeigler in Concert and CMF is Hiring


Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler Plays UCSD Nov 20 Zeigler performed with the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons, and the New York Times calls him an “excellent” cellist who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone.” With collaborators such as Norah Jones, Hauschka, and Laurie Anderson (to name a few), Zeigler is able to […]

15 September 2014

Last Chance for Kickstarter


34… Wait, 33 hours and counting to reach our Kickstarter goal of $5000 by Tuesday at 11:59pm or the Fest will get $0 cause Kickstarter is tough like that We need your help to make this Kickstarter count We can reach our goal: If 160 people donate $10 If 64 people donate $25 If 16 […]

15 September 2014

CMF in the News! Union Tribune Article out Now.


“Founder Matt McBane is a true believer… New classical music doesn’t have to be intimidating or dull — it doesn’t even have to be classical music” …read the whole article here Thanks to Jim Chute for his great coverage on the Fest!

12 September 2014

Wow. And Double Wow.


    “hauntingly beautiful” “Wow. And double Wow” -San Diego City Beat Chamber music that draws a crowd – that’s Art of Élan, directed by San Diego Symphony violinist Kate Hatmaker and Seattle Symphony lead flutist Demarre McGill. Art of Élan will present a program titled “David Lang: Influences,” featuring the US premiere of Lang’s […]


  • Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise

    “A starry array of new-music specialists…”

    - Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise
  • Alan Rich, Bloomberg News

    “Carlsbad exemplifies the way a young generation of composers rethink accepted musical pigeonholes — classical versus pop, chamber versus orchestral, harmony versus noise — that fogeys like me once held sacred.”

    - Alan Rich, Bloomberg News
  • Los Angeles Times

    “Founded and nimbly run by young composer-violinist Matt McBane, the festival provides a fresh West Coast forum for new music, commissioned, performed and served up with seriousness as well as audience accessibility.”

    - Los Angeles Times