About the Birdfoot Festival
“… fiery, committed, intensely personal readings…the risk-taking energy was palpable…”
“Birdfoot delivered what I want from any Louisiana festival”
— Chris Waddington, Times Picayune
International quality with a local flavor
The Birdfoot Festival brings dynamic live chamber music to New Orleans each May. Named for the branching footprint of the Mississippi River Delta, Birdfoot has gained an enthusiastic local following and won glowing critical reviews for its fresh approach to presenting chamber music and its “youthful, rule-bending style.”
Live Chamber Music
Taking inspiration from the relaxed intimacy of New Orleans’s strong musical culture, Birdfoot events take place in jazz clubs as well as concert halls. They foster musical dialogue between performers and audience members, no matter how familiar or adventurous the repertoire on the program. Times–Picayune music critic Chris Waddington recognized applauded Birdfoot for “a string of glorious, unbuttoned performances of works rarely heard on local stages.”
Birdfoot fosters in-depth collaboration between emerging and established international artists who come together to study great works of chamber music and share them with the community. The result is a series of innovative live (and lively) chamber music concerts and events throughout New Orleans that engage fresh ears and experienced concert-goers alike. Since its first season in 2012, Birdfoot has included internationally acclaimed artists, including British pianist Danny Driver, Borromeo String Quartet violinist Kristopher Tong, and Israeli clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein.
Mentoring, Education and Outreach
Coached, mentored and inspired by Birdfoot’s outstanding artists, local music students experience the “communication and joy of playing with other musicians” in the festival’s three-week intensive Chamber Music Mentoring Program. Participants learn the teamwork, leadership, and ensemble skills intrinsic to chamber music. Their music teachers and parents have been enthusiastic about this program, with one 2013 parent writing that the Birdfoot’s “approach to working with students represents a new high standard for the New Orleans area.”
The Birdfoot Festival brings its music to diverse audiences through an ongoing series of outreach performances throughout New Orleans. Past locations have included Lusher Charter School, Kingsley House, and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Through live chamber music, the Birdfoot Festival inspires community and creative energy between and among audiences and musicians from around the world in unique and intimate New Orleans settings. The Birdfoot Festival is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.