Berkeley Arts Festival

The Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar is dedicated to the notion that in Berkeley every day is an arts festival. With the first month-long Arts Festival in 1997, we initiated this web site and realized that it could fill a need for information about the activities of all the Berkeley arts organizations year-round. So we expanded it and kept it going, as a guide for the arts-loving people of Berkeley and in appreciation of the City's continued support.

The Berkeley Arts Festival presents

We again have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival this year, 2133 University Avenue right next to Ace Hardware. We have scheduled concerts with some of the most creative people in Berkeley--the musicians, composers and writers who bring vibrant talents for all to hear and see. So come along with us on an exciting journey into their domains.
Suggested donation $10-$20 unless otherwise noted. Check for changes on our website: www.berkeleyartsfestival.com

Monday, February 08th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, February 12th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, February 14th 2016

Ches Smith Trio Concert

Ches Smith Trio Concert

Matt Manieri - violin
Craig Taborn - piano
Ches Smith - drums, vibraphone

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue


Monday, February 15th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, February 16th 2016

Ben Goldberg Group plus Ryan Keberle and Catharsis

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Ryan Keberle - Trombone, Melodica
Camila Meza - Voice
Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet
Jorge Roeder - Bass
Eric Doob - Drums

Recently named the #1 Rising Star Trombonist in Downbeat's annual critics poll and hailed by the New York Times as " young trombonist of vision and composure", few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City's abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle. Since moving to New York City from Spokane in 1999, Keberle's diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up-and-coming innovators including David Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, Alicia Keys, Maria Schneider, and Sufjan Stevens.

Keberle combines that wealth of influence and experience into a bold group sound with his piano-less quintet, Catharsis. Described by the Los Angeles Times as "a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies" Keberle presents Catharsis in a performance of their one-of-a-kind indie-jazz with songs rich in deep groove, melodic invention and group interaction. The primarily word-less vocals of Camila Meza mesh seamlessly with trombone, the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez, bass of Jorge Roeder, and drums of Eric Doob to create a lush sound filled with drama and intrigue. Repertoire will be selected from their recent record release on Greenleaf Music inspired by modern-day jazz and folkloric composers from South America. The band members of Catharsis bring an impressive wealth of experience playing an integral role in many of the top jazz and Latin jazz ensembles including the bands of Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, Julian Lage, Christian Scott, Paquito D'Rivera, and Gonzalo Rubulcaba.

Ben Goldberg Group

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Thursday, February 18th 2016

Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays

with
CONJURE!
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum
~
Suggested Donation $20
Children welcome! Ages 12 and under Free admission

Free World ~ creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
A new forum for great black art and beyond: Innovative explorations from the roots to the branches of music, dance, visual art, and word. Bringing local, national and international performers, scholars, students and interested public together in a forum designed to enhance and broaden understanding and awareness of the dynamic cultural impact of African American music and art, in all its diverse expressions. Performers TBA.
Suggested donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

India Cooke, violinist, recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader,IndiaCooke~Redhanded (Music and Arts 1996).
Her continuing jazz and improvisational experiences include performances and recordings with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Julius Hemphill, Reggie Workman, George Sams, Abdul Wadud,Charles "Bobo" Shaw, Peter Kowald, John Lindberg, James Emery, Eddie Marshall, E.W. Wainwright, John Tchicai, Michael White, Pauline Oliveros, Donald Robinson, Lewis Jordan, and Bill Crossman, among many others.

Lewis Jordan, alto and baritone saxophones
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Chicago, with the blues, while learning to associate creative musicians with the advancement of society as we know it. He is an international touring and recording musician, poet, actor and playwright. He was a founding member of United Front, a seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Presenting his music and words in performance, he continues to carry the torch. He has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, February 19th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, February 20th 2016

Amy Reed and Collette McCaslin

Amy and Collette are are two women with very integrated approaches to music, especially improvisation. Their duo corresponds to a logic of magical thinking that is formed by deeper subconscious stirrings. Together, their percussive and subtle sounds wind in and out of synergy, sometimes clashing, sometimes relating in sublime synchronicity.

Collette on percussion and wind instruments (trumpet, flutes etc;) calls to mind meditations of a deliberate nature.

Amy Reed on Guitar has the delicate ringing string technique that reminds of us that a guitar can sound like many bells all sounding in quiet but determined intent.

They will play a set of freely improvised music.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, February 21st 2016

Steve Adams

Steve Adams, Ken Filiano and Tim Perkis,
Second Set:
Ross Hammond and Darren Johnston

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, February 22nd 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, February 26th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, February 28th 2016

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan & New Directions in Indian Classical Music

Carnatic @ Berkeley Arts Festival

South Indian music gets re-upped.
Original songs along traditional lines
+ improvisations backed by tambura drone lutes
& mridangam double drum.

$12 -20

[ gautamtejasganeshan.com ]
"A dream...passionate, knowledgeable, mindblowing."
- Asian Art Museum (SF)

4pm to 6pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, February 29th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, March 4th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Max Johnson

First Set:
Mezzacappa-Pascucci DUO
Crystal Pascucci - Cello
Lisa Mezzacappa - Bass

Improvisations, compositions, etc. from two Bay Area string explorers.

Second Set:
Adams, Johnson, Perkis
Steve Adams - Saxophones & Flutes
Max Johnson - Double Bass
Tim Perkis - Electronics

First Set:
Two Aerials
Mark Clifford - vibes, drums, electronics, keys
Crystal Pascucci - cello, voice, electronics, keys

Second Set:
Johnston, Johnson & Anderson
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Max Johnson - Double Bass
Vijay Anderson - Drums

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, March 6th 2016

Max Johnson

First Set:
Two Aerials
Mark Clifford - vibes, drums, electronics, keys
Crystal Pascucci - cello, voice, electronics, keys

Second Set:
Johnston, Johnson & Anderson
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Max Johnson - Double Bass
Vijay Anderson - Drums

7pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, March 7th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, March 11th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, March 13th 2016

Speaking Terms and A Russian Novel

SPEAKING TERMS -- " a performance piece for speaker and music "
A monologue
Speaker: Michael McDonagh

Music: Bach Cello Ste # 2 in BWV 1008
Misha Khalikulov -- www.stringquake.com -- cello
35-40 min.

A RUSSIAN NOVEL [ Anna and Vronsky ] " a performance piece for 4 actors and music"
A radically compressed take on Tolstoi's great novel with separate yet interlocking parts

Actors: Madison Mentz (Princess Anna Karenina), Nassim Aboufaraj (Anna's lover Count Vronsky), Michael McDonagh (Anna's husband Alexei Karenin) , Caroline Schink (Vronsky's mother Mme Vronsky)

Music; Tchaikovsky Op.19 6 morceaux pour piano --- Jim Jowdy - piano
45-50 min.

MIchael McDonagh Speaking Terms www.youtube.com
$25

5pm to 8pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, March 14th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, March 17th 2016

Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays

with
CONJURE!
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum
~
Suggested Donation $20
Children welcome! Ages 12 and under Free admission

Free World ~ creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
A new forum for great black art and beyond: Innovative explorations from the roots to the branches of music, dance, visual art, and word. Bringing local, national and international performers, scholars, students and interested public together in a forum designed to enhance and broaden understanding and awareness of the dynamic cultural impact of African American music and art, in all its diverse expressions. Performers TBA.
Suggested donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

India Cooke, violinist, recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader,IndiaCooke~Redhanded (Music and Arts 1996).
Her continuing jazz and improvisational experiences include performances and recordings with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Julius Hemphill, Reggie Workman, George Sams, Abdul Wadud,Charles "Bobo" Shaw, Peter Kowald, John Lindberg, James Emery, Eddie Marshall, E.W. Wainwright, John Tchicai, Michael White, Pauline Oliveros, Donald Robinson, Lewis Jordan, and Bill Crossman, among many others.

Lewis Jordan, alto and baritone saxophones
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Chicago, with the blues, while learning to associate creative musicians with the advancement of society as we know it. He is an international touring and recording musician, poet, actor and playwright. He was a founding member of United Front, a seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Presenting his music and words in performance, he continues to carry the torch. He has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, March 18th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, March 21st 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, March 25th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, March 28th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Today's Events - February 7

Cascada de Flores Presents Radio Flor 2016

$25 door / $27 adv. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

12 midnight to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


"Soggy Sundays" Kids' Series: Mindy Dillard, plus Heather Normandale

$6 kids/$8 adults. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

3pm to 4:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

$16. student and adv.$18. day of show. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.

Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.