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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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Calico Winds brings refreshing lightness to music that is too often bellowed…the quintet’s suave phrasing, lively articulation and rhythmic buoyancy are a delight!” —Gramophone


Calico Winds is a Southern California-based ensemble that blends top-notch playing, great music and an appealing atmosphere. Their performances include many musical styles and are enjoyable for the whole family, including tunes from Bach to Frank Zappa. The members of the ensemble build a natural easygoing rapport with the audience by speaking about the music. They took the name “Calico” to reflect the many colors and textures offered by the sounds of the wind quintet. When they first got together, the members of Calico Winds wanted to be a breath of fresh air in the world of chamber music. They wanted to be the antithesis of stuffy, the opposite of austere.  So they posed for publicity photos on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, shared their recipe for a potent rum- and gin-laced “Calico Tea” and distributed the “top 10 reasons to book Calico Winds,” including “These five babes will blow you away.” But they never abandoned being serious about their music.

“We had this idea that we wanted to do something to distinguish ourselves from other groups,” said Kathryn Nevin, who plays the clarinet in Calico Winds.  They look for pieces that aren’t commonly played, seek out nontraditional arrangements and commission still others.  “We work hard to make sure the arrangement works in an artful way for the instrument.”    

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