Music and Arts Festival

Los Texmaniacs, Making Movies, Renee Goust, Ameri’Kana All Stars and friends

Founded by the Latin Grammy-nominated band Making Movies, Celebrate AMERI’KANA is a traveling festival celebrating the diverse colors of American music.

The collective AMERI’KANA All-Stars presents a high-energy show that blends the folkloric with the cutting edge and features a rotating cast of incredible leaders in their respective genres. Looking to redefine “Americana,” highlighting the crossroads of the languages and rhythms that make American music.

Making Movies is a band based in the United States with a sound Rolling Stone describes as “an eclectic blend of rumbero percussions, delicate organs, and grungy fuzz rock.” Led by Panamanian singer/guitarist Enrique Chi, on electric guitar, Mexican-American percussionist and keyboardist Juan-Carlos Chaurand, and drummer Duncan Burnett, the band rose to acclaim through a decade of relentless touring in the US and Latin America.

The band collaborated with Rubén Blades on the single “No Te Calles,” which NPR included in their Best of 2019 list and became the opening track of his album Paraiso Road Gang nominated for 2019 Latin Grammy Album of the Year. They have also toured alongside Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Thievery Corporation, and many more.

Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs are the Past, Present, And Future of Conjunto Music. Combine a hefty helping of Tex-Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, and add a daring dash of well-cured blues and R&B riffs, and you’ve cooked up the tasty Grammy-winning LosTexmaniacs groove.

The band has a wide-ranging experience touring and recording with Flaco Jimenez of Texas Tornados fame, Los Super Seven, and even the Rolling Stones. While Max Baca has participated in eleven Grammy-winning projects, the band themselves won their first Grammy in 2010 and a nomination for their last Smithsonian Folkways recording in 2019, Borders y Bailes – featuring Lyle Lovett and Rick Trevino.

Renee Goust is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter seeking to make historically underrepresented groups visible in Mexican music. Her songs “La cumbia feminazi” and “Querida muerte (No nos maten)” are well-established gender equality hymns in Latin America. Her music has been featured in Billboard, Rolling Stone, and El País, to name a few. Renee has performed at renowned venues like Lincoln Center and the Guggenheim Museum in New York and El Zócalo in Mexico City. She has collaborated with the United Nations, Amnesty International, and LGBTQ+ marches in New York, Mexico City, and La Paz, Bolivia.

Anthony Braxton

The legendary avant garde modern jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton makes a rare visit to San Diego via a solo performance at UC San Diego. Recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years, Anthony Braxton has been widely celebrated for his revolutionary work, drawing from sources as disparate as John Coltrane, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen.


Irvine Arditti & Roger Reynolds

English violinist, Irvine Arditti, founder of the celebrated Arditti Quartet, has been a guiding influence on the string quartet medium, itself perhaps the most substantive thread in the weave of Western music tradition. His four-decade friendship with Pulitzer Prize–winning UC San Diego composer Roger Reynolds has elicited four quartets, a solo work and a chamber concerto. Now Reynolds and Arditti are collaborating on a new, large-scale work—a duo for solo violin and real-time algorithms controlled in performance by computer musician Paul Hembree. Their collaboration will be presented in a workshop where they will demonstrate the musical sources and the algorithmic strategies before giving what will be the work’s world premiere performance!


Over the course of five albums, French artist Colleen’s (aka Cécile Schott) musical repertoire has featured baroque instruments like the viola de gamba as well as modified music boxes and wind chimes, as she has pushed the boundaries of their playability. Using effects pedals and dub influences, Colleen powerfully blends the mythic, organic, and internal to weave and create intricate music about the human mind and heart.

Dublin Guitar Quartet

They might play traditional Spanish-style classical guitars, but they’re not your standard guitar ensemble. Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet entirely devoted to new music. Since their formation, the quartet has worked to expand the genre’s limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces. With the help of 8- and 11-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, and György Ligeti. Expect a dynamic, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience at their San Diego debut with ArtPower.


Bryce Dessner: Aheym; Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet; Rachel Grimes: Book of Leaves; William Kanengiser: Gongan; Nikita Koshkin: Changing the Guard; György Ligeti: Inaktelki Nóták and Mátraszentimrei Dalok; Marc Mellits: Quartet; Urmas Sisask: Songs in Honour of the Virgin Mary

Maarja Nuut

Hailing from Northern Estonia, fiddler/singer Maarja Nuut combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of prewar Europe. Having received the 2015 Tallinn Music Week Prize and showcased at the 2014 Womex festival, Nuut is now bringing her unique renditions of Baltic folk music to her San Diego debut at ArtPower.

“Estonian fiddler Maarja Nuut takes her country’s folkloric tunes on a stunning personal journey. Her voice’s unusual pitches and repetitive phrasing form gradually shifting soundscapes.”—Chicago Tribune