Birdfoot Festival

Violinist and Grammy Award-winner Karen Kim, warming up backstage prior to a Birdfoot Festival concert at Café Istanbul. Photo Credit: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee (

As one audience member put it, the Birdfoot Festival is “not your grandma’s chamber music festival.” This international festival draws artists and audiences from around the world with its fresh approach and its “youthful, rule-bending style.” You won’t want to miss Birdfoot’s year-round programming which—drawing inspiration from New Orleans’ musical traditions—features dynamic chamber music, adventurous repertoire, and unforgettable performances. For a taste, check out this video of Birdfoot’s Waterlines collaboration with spoken word poet Kataalyst Alcindor.