An improvisational ensemble of including keyboards, harp, violin, cello, drum set, saxophone are arrayed across a stage for a Mills Music Now concert in Oakland, California. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

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.

2022-23 Mills Music Now Concert Series

Genevieve Feiwen Lee
Darius Milhaud Concert
Friday, October 7, 2022

Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins, William Winant 
Improvisation Concert
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Tellef Johnson
Dewing Piano Recital
Sunday, November 6, 2022

Ellen Fullman
David Tudor Composer-in-Residence
Saturday. November 19, 2022

Laetitia Sonami with SUE-C, Paul DeMarinis and James Fei
Saturday, February 4, 2023

Raven Chacon
Vaux Composer-in-Residence
Saturday, March 18, 2023

Signal Flow 2023
Friday, March 31—Sunday, April 2, 2023

Mills Performing Group
Saturday, April 8, 2023

Music of Barbara Strozzi, Venetian Virtuosa
Sunday, April 16, 2023