Astral Mixtape is a multifaceted band of LA-based musicians who blend classical instrumental virtuosity with the sounds of their generation. They collaboratively create and perform original compositions and arrangements using a unique line-up of two violins, cello, piano, synthesizer, and electronics. Combining the spectacle of pop, the spontaneity of jazz, and the experimentation of contemporary music, they perform everywhere from the Banff Centre for the Arts, to local music venues like The 1905 in Portland or The Mint in Los Angeles, outdoor festivals, parks and movie theaters. Avid collaborators, Astral Mixtape has scored soundtracks for several prize-winning short films. The band recently released their name-inspiring visual album titled Astral Plains, produced in collaboration with the Santa Monica College Film Department and support from the Banff Centre. Through partnerships with Salastina and Project: Music Heals Us, Astral Mixtape has performed virtually each week for hundreds of patients in local hospitals for the past two years. In 2022, Astral Mixtape began presenting at Idyllwild Arts Academy, USC, Pasadena City College, and Santa Monica College. This summer, they will perform as resident artists of both the Meadowlark Music Festival and Benefic Chamber Music Camp and will open for Time For Three as part of the Vancouver Symphony’s USA Music and Arts Festival. Astral Mixtape is a winner of the 2023 Astral National Competition.