Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office presents Ken Waldman, Alaskan fiddler and poet, as the newest guest artist in residency with over 10 events in six days in Carlsbad. Waldman has drawn on his 30 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. A former college professor, poet and writer, recording artist, touring fiddler and teaching artist, Waldman brings his artistry to Carlsbad through a variety of programs throughout the city. This residency is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Ansel Adams: Early Works, exhibiting at the William D. Cannon Gallery Sept. 22 through Dec. 1.
“I'm honored to be the inaugural solo performing artist in residence for the City of Carlsbad. I've come through previously to play at the Museum of Making Music, so I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Every event during the week will be fun, inspiring, surprising and different,” says Waldman.
Waldman has released nine CDs that mix oldtime Appalachian style string band music with original poetry. Since 1995 he’s toured fulltime, performing at some of the nation’s leading universities, festivals, arts centers and clubs. Accompanists include California State University at San Marcos Music Professor, Bill Bradbury.
The Guest Artist in Residency program is part of the city’s Arts & Culture Master Plan, which serves as a road map to fulfill the vision and continue the growth of arts and culture in the community.