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A leading international music festival reveals its plans for 2023

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Ojai Music Festival
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Rhiannon Giddens will be musical director for the 2023 festival

The Ojai Music Festival has announced plans for their 77th festival next year.

It brings some of the world’s leading classical and jazz musicians to Ventura County, and the Ojai Music Festival has revealed the music director taking the helm for next year will be Rhiannon Giddens.

"She's one of these musicians who lives across every genre and boundary that I know of," the festival's artistic director Ara Guzelimian told KCLU.

He said next year’s festival is going to "one of the widest ranging" festivals.

"As always there will be a number of pop-up and planned free community events," said Guzelimian.

Giddens co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. She most recently won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for They’re Calling Me Home, and was also nominated for Best American Roots Song for Avalon from They’re Calling Me Home, which she made with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi.

The 77th Ojai Music Festival runs June 8 -11, 2023.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.