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.

Venue map

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Mingus Dynasty: Tijuana Moods (Concert)

Presenting Organization Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Location Auditorium at TSRI
10620 John J Hopkins Dr, San Diego, CA 92121

JAN 22, 7:30PM Mingus Dynasty: Tijuana Moods (Concert)

Mingus Dynasty is an ensemble of leading jazz artists dedicated to playing the music of composer Charles Mingus each Monday night at New York City’s Jazz Standard. The band features Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, tenor sax; Brandon Wright, alto sax and flute; Ku-umba Frank Lacy, trombone & vocals; Theo Hill, piano; Boris Kozlov, bass; and Adam Cruz, drums. A seminal figure in American music, Charles Mingus is considered alongside Duke Ellington as one of the most important composers in jazz history. While counted as one of Mingus' masterworks, the Tijuana Moods album has not been performed in its entirety since shortly after Mingus’ death in 1979. This music documents Mingus’ impressions of a visit to our neighboring city of Tijuana. Mingus wrote, “…with the sting of tequila, salt and lime in my mouth and burning my nostrils, I set out to compose and re-create what I felt and saw around me.” This concert is presented with support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI series.

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