January 11 — February 11, 2018

Steven Schick, Festival Curator

What is this festival about?

It’s about the rich world of rhythm. It’s about the way we hear musical time!  It’s about the myriad ways percussion music connects us to the world and to nature.  It’s about living in natural time!  It’s about listening to the sounds of the outside world, to our own heartbeats, to noises of contemporary life. It’s about time in the 21st century! Our festival is about how sound can convey emotion and deepen the connections among us all.  It’s about how time binds us to each other!  It’s about a fertile and interconnected web of musical partners—musicians, audiences and institutions—spanning all of San Diego.  It’s About Time!

For your ease and convenience, CLICK HERE to purchase a package for the “It’s About Time Festival” performances, lectures and tours. Please note: package page is hosted by San Diego Opera, one of the festival participants. You will be required to login/register @ SD Opera in order to buy a package. Revenue from ticket purchases will be distributed to the participating festival arts organization.

San Diego Union-Tribune's major preview story for "It's About Time"

Press Release for "It's About Time" Festival

The “It’s About Time” Festival is supported in part by a grant from the American Orchestra’s Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Anne & Gordon Getty Foundation.

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Mingus Dynasty: Tijuana Moods (Concert at CECUT)

Presenting Organization Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

Location Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)
Paseo de los Héroes No. 9350
Zona Urbana Río. Tijuana
Baja California, Mexico

JAN 21, 5:00PM Mingus Dynasty: Tijuana Moods (Concert at CECUT)

A seminal figure in 20th century American music, Charles Mingus is considered alongside Duke Ellington as one of the most important composers in jazz history. The Mingus Dynasty band, comprised of seven leading jazz artists from New York City, performs a revival of Charles Mingus' historic 1957 album Tijuana Moods. Mingus' music documents his lively impressions of our neighboring city of Tijuana. While based for most of his career in New York City, Mingus was born along the border in Nogales, Arizona, and was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles; and so this music reflects Mingus' early roots and his profound connection with our region. This FREE concert will take place in the late afternoon at Sala Federico Campbell inside the CECUT in Tijuana on Sunday, January 21 at 5pm.

Radio station WBGO in New York City has taken notice of the concert, publishing a blog post about the various "It's About Time" activities associated with Tijuana Moods. Festival Curator Steven Schick is interviewed as well. WBGO is New York City's only full time Jazz music station.

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Thank you to our series partners

  • art pwr
  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
  • Fresh Sound
  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
  • La Jolla Music Society
  • red fish blue fish
  • UC San Diego
  • San Diego Opera
  • Las Patronas