Music Academy of the West’s 67th Season

The Music Academy of the West will inaugurate an unprecedented partnership with the world-renowned New York Philharmonic and present a new production of Georges Bizet’s popular opera Carmen in honor of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday as…Read more

Music Academy of the West’s 67th Season
Music Academy of the West’s 67th Season
Sarah McLachlan Shines On

by Brett Leigh Dicks Sarah McLachlan needs little introduction. The Canadian singer-songwriter has forged a career born as from her die hard dedication as it  was from the marriage of emotive ballads and her gorgeous mezzo-soprano…Read more

Sarah McLachlan Shines On
Sarah McLachlan Shines On
The Cowboy Junkies Quietly Turn Things Up

by Brett Leigh Dicks You never quite know what to expect from the Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band, Cowboy Junkies. We mean that in the best possible way. Few bands have the capacity to keep fans…Read more

The Cowboy Junkies Quietly Turn Things Up
The Cowboy Junkies Quietly Turn Things Up
Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants’ Down Home Return

by Brett Leigh Dicks Few Santa Barbara musicians have reached the heights that Chris Shiflett has. In 1999 he left the ranks of his former band, the Bay Area-based punk rock collective No Use for a…Read more

Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants’ Down Home Return
Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants’ Down Home Return
A Conversation with Branford Marsalis

by Brett Leigh Dicks Few cities in the world have as deep of a connection with jazz music as does have New Orleans. And just as renown as the city itself are some of the greats…Read more

A Conversation with Branford Marsalis
A Conversation with Branford Marsalis
Abigail Washburn’s Cultural Crusading

by Brett Leigh Dicks The last thing Abigail Washburn thought she would be doing for a living would be picking at a banjo. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Washburn spent her early schooling in Washington, D.C. before…Read more

Abigail Washburn’s Cultural Crusading
Abigail Washburn’s Cultural Crusading
The Haden Triplets – When Stars Align

by Brett Leigh Dicks The Hadens are another one of those families with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to musical wealth. Charlie Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, and raised in a musical family,…Read more

The Haden Triplets – When Stars Align
The Haden Triplets – When Stars Align
Regina Carter’s Southern Comforts

by Brett Leigh Dicks Violinist Regina Carter has long been considered one of the foremost jazz violinists of her generation. It is accolade that is bestowed not just because of her immense instrumental prowess, but also…Read more

Regina Carter’s Southern Comforts
Regina Carter’s Southern Comforts
The Assad Brothers make music a family affair

by Brett Leigh Dicks Brazilian brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have been often been hailed as the greatest guitar duo of their time – something their multi Grammy Awards firmly a test to. The pair’s sister,…Read more

The Assad Brothers make music a family affair
The Assad Brothers make music a family affair
Danny Schmidt – Austin’s rising son

by Brett Leigh Dicks Austin, Texas is often hailed as America’s new music capitol. So when the opportunity arises to speak with a musician who was actually born and raised there, you grab it will open…Read more

Danny Schmidt – Austin’s rising son
Danny Schmidt – Austin’s rising son

Welcome!

We invite you to explore and celebrate the treasure trove of music that we have right here in Santa Barbara! Whether you’re looking for classical, jazz, R&B, blues, improvisational, pop, rock or world music, you’ll find…Read more

MAW Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen 8/1 – 8/3
Music Academy of the West to Present ‘Carmen’ in Honor of Opera Great Marilyn Horne Performances will take place August 1 and 3 at the Granada Theatre. Tickets start at $15. Production includes a chorus with...Read more

Santa Barbara is fortunate to have some of the hardest working musicians on the scene today! The following musicians are some of the folks who are out every week filling our lives with those sweet sounds. …Read more

New York Philharmonic and Music Academy of the West forge multi-year partnership
The New York Philharmonic and the Music Academy of the West have entered into a four-year partnership that will create unique and intensive opportunities for selected Music Academy Fellows to train with New York Philharmonic musicians...Read more

by Brett Leigh Dicks After forty-something years of music making, you would expect John Hiatt to be able to shift seamlessly between musical gears. Having been out on the road in rock mode with his touring…Read more

By Brett Leigh Dicks There has never been any questioning Wanda Jackson’s credentials for coolness. If standing alongside the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music…Read more

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