A clarinet player and pianist perform a multimedia piece before a projection screen for the Signal Flow Festival, a key program of the Mills Music Now series.

Mills Music Now

Hailed as one of the “gems of Bay Area culture,” the Mills Music Now Concert Series is a celebration of the College’s rich tradition of experimentation and a glimpse into the future of a broad range of musical practices.

Mills College has been a center of musical creativity and innovation for the past century. Through the annual Mills Music Now series, faculty, students, and visiting artists come together to define the cutting edge of music, from electronic to classical performance to jazz improvisation.

A strong lineup of concerts forms the heart of the Mills Music Now series, with additional programming including the highly anticipated Signal Flow and X Sound festivals showcasing new works by graduating music students, and lectures, workshops, residencies, and master classes from invited artists. Recent Mills Music Now performers include Laetitia Sonami, Alvin Curran, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, William Winant, Joanna MacGregor, Rumbaché, the Eclipse Quartet, and the Rara Tou Limen Haitian Music and Dance Troupe.

All Mills Music Now events are open to the public. Most, but not all, events are held in our historic Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall. Check individual event listings to confirm the venue.

2019-20 Mills Music Now Concert Series

The Del Sol Quartet, Darius Mihaud Concert
Friday, September 20, 2019

Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Wilfrido Terrazas
Friday, October 4, 2019

Mills Performing Group, Anthony Braxton 75th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Du Yun (Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence)
Sunday, February 1, 2020

Brian Connelly, Dewing Piano Recital
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Signal Flow Festival
Thursday–Sunday, March 5–8, 2020

Center for Contemporary Music Concert
Saturday, March 14, 2020

X Sound Festival
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Thomas Lehn and Tiziana Bertoncini
Wednesday, April 8, 2020