Bakersfield College

Panorama Creative Music Summit

Presented by the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Programs at Bakersfield College, the inaugural Panorama Creative Music Summit will feature acclaimed visiting artists, local performers, and Bakersfield College faculty, students, and alumni performing original music and exploring a broad range of styles and creative approaches across the jazz-pop continuum.

Friday’s headliner will be SoCal composer/producer Chris Schlarb and his band Psychic Temple. Schlarb’s latest album Psychic Temple IV has been described as a modern-day Pet Sounds, and it debuted at #11 on the Billboard Americana/Folk charts. Rounding out the program will be Bakersfield College Commercial Music professor Josh Ottum with his trio, and new works presented by student songwriters from the Commercial Music Program.

Saturday’s concert will feature an engaging and transformative performance by the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. Led by master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, the 15-piece ensemble will be comprised of Bakersfield College music students trained to play Nakatani's unique set of bowed gongs. Also performing will be Los Angeles pianist and composer Cathlene Pineda with BC Jazz professor Kris Tiner on trumpet, and BC Jazz alumnus and recent CSUN graduate Andrew Morgan with his quartet.

Tickets for each concert are available at for $10 general admission and $7 for students/staff/seniors.

Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater)
Upcoming dates: 

Kern Community College District