• Born in 1940, Julius Eastman was a post-minimalist composer, pianist, and Grammy-nominated vocalist. Though he forged a place in New York’s experimental music scene of the 1970s and ‘80s as a distinctive composer and riveting performer, for decades his music was largely forgotten and his name faded to obscurity. In recent years, his catalog has experienced an extraordinary resurgence through the younger generations of various musical collectives.

  • Terri Lyne Carrington, Linda May Han Oh, and Lakecia Benjamin, are part of a bold, nuanced, and diverse expression in jazz that is as beautiful, complex, and provocative as women themselves.

  • Iris Nemani (Image credit: Dahlia Katz)

    The interdisciplinary arts and culture leader joins in April 2024.

  • Starting in late 1950s and early 1960s Japan, butoh emerged as an avant-garde dance style whose creation can be credited to Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ôno. The form, with its characteristic intensity, was influenced by the emergence of postmodernism and the atomic bombings of Japan. Since then, butoh has spread across the globe.

  • With the vital support of our K-12 Programs Fund donors, Stanford Live met the needs of our community’s schools in 2022–23 in multiple ways.

  • Stanford Live’s 2023–24 season spotlights work by artists engaged in conversations around reflection and reinvention. At the core of this season are stories we know well – Frankenstein, Moby Dick, Romeo and Juliet, and The Jungle Book. In each case, artists have reinvented these tales in ways that may challenge your memories of them. What if Romeo and Juliet survived the poison and now found themselves facing a midlife crisis? How would the tales of The Jungle Book be retold against the backdrop of a climate crisis? What happened in the life of Mary Shelley that led her to create the world’s most famous monster?

  • This summer, Frost Amphitheater will spring to life once again with a celebration of music and dance. July marks the return of Stanford Live's five-week arts festival featuring Bay Area partners SFJAZZ, San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco Ballet.

  • On February 10, the Bing Concert Hall audience will become immersed in an unprecedented re-creation of 11th century Christian ritual and belief. Through music, poetry, art, architecture, light, computer simulation, and other portals to the heart and senses, we will re-experience the power of chant, faith, and place to animate the spirit of Ste. Foy—Santa Fides in Latin / Saint Faith in English—a 12-year girl who was tortured and martyred for her faith.

  • A growing unease about humans’ tenuous relationship with nature settles in as storms ravaged the Bay Area in the past week. We are faced with the task of reckoning with the damage that humans have wreaked on the environment and finding a symbiosis between ourselves and nature. Two upcoming performances at Stanford Live, EDEN and The Lost Birds, celebrate the power of human voices to strengthen our connection to nature and to each other. Art addressing environmental issues runs the risk of ringing empty, but these two performances take advantage of music’s emotive resonance to mourn all that we have lost and awaken audiences to hope within.

  • The Circa production celebrates circus artistry and the power of interdependence and collaboration in two performances at Memorial Auditorium.

    By Chiara Giovanni