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Music Fest spotlights adventurous composers

CARLSBAD — The 11th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is set to draw over 2,000 people over this weekend.

The festival spotlights experimental classical musicians and adventurous composers.

Wu Man and Son de San Diego will be performing Friday, with stringed instruments from China and Mexico.

This will be the final performance of Man’s yearlong project, which fuses Asian and Latin American sounds.

Her project was funded by the San Diego Foundation as part of the Creative Catalyst Fund.

A free Village Music Walk will take place Sept. 20 from 4 to 10 p.m. and will feature 25 artists performing throughout the village.

Some of the venues include parks, art galleries, a record store and a chapel.

In order to support the music walk, festival organizers asked people to contribute on Kickstarter. They successfully reached their goal of raising $5,000 by Sept. 16, with hours to spare.

Pulitzer prize winning composer David Lang is debuting “darker,” a 12-string hour-long performance by Renga conducted by Steven Schick.

Festival passes can be purchased for $95 or individual concert tickets can be purchased for $20.

Violinist Matt McBane started the event, which raises $100,000 annually, to bring adventurous music to the village.

Sponsors include The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, ViaSat, Art Works, La Jolla Country Day School and Carlsbad Village Association.

The nonprofit “is committed to premiering new works, programming fresh and compelling music, and providing professional opportunities for established and emerging performers,” according to their  mission statement.