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

Sunday, February 01st 2015

Pianist Arkadi Serper

Arkadi will perform Russian Music of the 20th Century. Music by Rachmaninoff, Skriabin, Prokofiev, Schedrin, and others.

Arkadi Serper, Pianist and Composer received his music education in Russia at the Gnesin State Musical College and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He continues a distinguished career as a pianist, composer and music educator. Arkadi teaches Piano, Composition & Music Theory at The Crowden School, and at the San Francisco Conservatory in the Pre-College Department. He has written many choral compositions for Kairos Youth Choir, some of which have been published through the Henry Leck choral series. And his symphonic and chamber compositions have been produced by several major orchestras. As a pianist, he continues to perform concerts, both as a soloist and a chamber musician performing not only in the Bay Area and US, but also in Austria, Britain, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Thailand.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 Univeristy Avenue


Friday, February 06th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Sunday, February 08th 2015

Don AlbertsTrio

Don Alberts is a piano stylist in the finest and most classical tradition of Jazz. He grew up in the Bay Area and learned his skills playing the San Francisco clubs in the 60's which exposed him to the challenging music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Bud Powell, a style rooted deeply in bebop and the blues. The romantic side of his playing shows the influence of Bill Evans. Notable among his many CD releases are Local Hero (2002), Intuition the Don Alberts Trio (2003), Rejuvenation (2005), Avende Miles (2006), Bad Boys (2007), and the latest, Three Chord Molly came out in 2011.

He has received the prestigious 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 ASCAP Jazz Composers Awards for his Volumes of Original Jazz Compositions (published by Chill House Music). Don is also an author with a number of books to his credit. Recent publications include: "The Rushing -Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time" (2010), a novel about a Jazz Musician's life set in the 1960's San Francisco and "A Diary of the Underdogs" a book on Jazz History in San Francisco in the 1960's with 31 interviews of local musicians. These are also available at www.lulu.com/donalberts also Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Book Baby, Ingram and Books Inc.

Don will be playing mostly original tunes. CDs and books will be available at the concert. With Aaron Cohn, bass; Art Lewis, drums

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Thursday, February 12th 2015

Phillip Greenlief - Joëlle Léandre Duo

8 pm
Mazen Kerbaj

mazen kerbaj is a trumpet player, improviser and festival organiser from beirut, lebanon.
he has many regular groups, some of them focusing only on the trumpet, like his trio with franz hautzinger and axel dörner, or his new project, the mazen kerbaj's ariha trumpet ensemble (w/ hautzinger, dörner, nate wooley, peter evans, greg kelley and liz allbee).
his playing ranges from minimalistic improv to what have been described as textural free jazz.
his solo work is based on a heavy use of circular breathing and the "preparation" of the trumpet. very familiar with all the extended techniques for the trumpet, from bill dixon's to axel dörner's, kerbaj pushed the concept further with some unique prepared trumpet techniques. the end result is close to electronic music, played acoustically.

9 pm
Joëlle Léandre (France) - contrabass
Phillip Greenlief - woodwinds

Joëlle Léandre and Phillip Greenlief will present their long-standing duo at Berkeley Arts! The duo has been working together since 2005, and recorded THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT, a series of improvised duets and solo pieces for the Relative Pitch label in 2009. This is their first performance since 2011.

Contra-bassist and improviser Joëlle Léandre counts John Cage among her close mentors and has remained under-acknowledged for the amount -- and quality -- of her work since she began recording in 1981. Léandre has performed and recorded with many of the best, and most interesting, musicians in improvised music, including German bassist Peter Kowald, American reedsman and composer Anthony Braxton, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, Australian violinist Jon Rose, vocalist Lauren Newton, and British guitarist Fred Frith, among others.

8pm to 9pm, berkeley arts festival 2133 university avenue


Friday, February 13th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, February 14th 2015

Eclectic Electric Emergency String (X)tet. --- Page/Marshall

Special St. Valentine's Day Massacre 86th Anniversary Concert

Eclectic Electric Emergency String (X)tet
Bob Marsh - electric chairllo and violin
David Michalack - lap steel guitar
Doug Carroll - amplified cello

Page/Marshall
Ryan Page - modular synthesizers
Joshua Marshall - saxophones

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, February 15th 2015

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski multi media

The multi-dimensional artist Jaroslaw Kapuscinski was first trained as a pianist and composer at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, and expanded into multimedia at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada (1988) and during doctoral studies at U.C. San Diego (1992-97). He is Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Intermedia Performance Lab at Stanford University. His work has been presented at New York's MOMA, the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany, at the "Palais de Tokyo" in Paris, and a great many other places. Among his works are "Pointing Twice" for Gramaphone, Dancer, Conductor, and Chamber Ensemble (2014), "Linked Verse" for Japanese Shô, Cello, multichannel sound, and 3D Stereoscopic Projection (2013); "Possible Bird", for Japanese Hichiriki, Multichannel sound and 3-screen projection; "Yours" for piano and projected body (2000). More info and examples at http://www.jaroslawkapuscinski.com

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, February 16th 2015

STRINGS!!!!!! India Cooke ~ Joëlle Léandre duo

STRINGS!!!!!!

India Cooke, violin ~ Joëlle Léandre, contrabass

India and Joelle have toured and performed together nationally and internationally producing two recording projects, Fire Dance (Red Toucan 2005) and
Journey (NoBusiness Records, 2010)

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.
Joelle Léandre, Contra-bassist and improviser counts John Cage among her close mentors and has remained under-acknowledged for the amount -- and quality -- of her work since she began recording in 1981. Léandre has performed and recorded with many of the best, and most interesting, musicians in improvised music, including German bassist Peter Kowald, American reedsman and composer Anthony Braxton, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, Australian violinist Jon Rose, vocalist Lauren Newton, and British guitarist Fred Frith, among others.

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


Friday, February 20th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Peace Symbol Birthday Sing-Along


The Berkeley Arts Festival and Peace for Keeps will celebrate Berkeley's 8th annual Peace Symbol Birthday (its 57th) with a sing-along of inspiring peace and protest songs led by beloved Bay Area troubadour Marcus Duskin.

Inspired by Spain's greatest painting, Francisco Goya's The Shootings of the 3rd of May, 1808, and developed into the British semaphore signals for N (nuclear) and D (disarmament), The Peace Symbol was created on February 21,1958 by conscientious objector Gerald Holtom for the 1st Ban-the-Bomb march Easter weekend from
London to England's Aldermarston nuclear facility.

suggested donation $10-20.

7:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Saturday, February 21st 2015

Talking with Spirituals by Andrew Jamieson

Solo piano arrangements that bring melodies of African American spirituals and rhythms and harmonies of black worship traditions into dialogue with avant-garde piano harmonies and passionate free improvisation. The dialogue is meant to highlight the perspectives and struggles of both the African American and experimental musical communities, and highlight any common ground and tension that emerge in bringing the two together.

Andrew Jamieson is a pianist, composer and arranger dedicated to black gospel music, experimental improvisation and the integration of the two.

andrewbarnesjamieson.com/talking-with-spirituals.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, February 22nd 2015

Teed Rockwell and Prasant Radhakrishnan.

Western-instrument crossover in North & South Indian classical music.

The phenomenon of Western-instrument crossover in North & South Indian classical music during the 20th century is a fascinating and beautiful one, and this concert showcases two of the foremost Bay Area musicians working in this area.

Set 1, 8pm:
North Indian Jugalbandi: Teed Rockwell, Peter van Gelder, and Samrat Kakker
Western instrument: Chapman Stick neo-guitar, modified into a "Touch-Style Veena"

Jugalbandi expands the solo format of classical Hindustani (North Indian) music to combine two melody instruments playing together with tabla drums. However, it can't be seen as a step in the direction of a band or orchestra. It is instead a completely different perspective altogether: two soloists in interactive conversation with each other. This form was invented by Indian music greats Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Kahn, and for this concert it will be expanded even further by two of Ali Akbar Kahn's most dedicated disciples.

Line-up:

- Teed Rockwell is the only person in the world to play Indian music on the touchstyle veena- a guitar-like instrument which is played by tapping the strings with the fingertips, making it possible to play a separate part with each hand. He took over a hundred classes with Ali Akbar Khan, and also studied extensively with sitarist Shahid Parvez. His group Australian Bebop Ragas, which combines Indian ragas and rhythms with the playing of didjeridu master Stephen Kent, has received extensive air play and has performed in concerts throughout the United States. He frequently performs in the festival of harps concert series with harpist Diana Stork, and is featured on the Polygram album Harpestry, which has sold over 200,000 copies.

- Peter van Gelder - (sitar) first appeared on the San Francisco music scene playing bass guitar & soprano sax in the seminal Great Society rock band with Grace Slick. He was one of the first American disciples of India's great Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, and one of the very few people to have studied with the great Annapurna Devi, sister of Ali Akbar Khan and wife of Ravi Shankar. He has performed with world superstars of Indian music, including Zakir Hussain, Chitresh Das, and Lalgudi Krishnan. His lucid sitar style has won praise from audiences around the world, from Europe to the Fiji Islands as well as India and China.

- Samrat Kakkeri (tabla) comes from a long line of musicians. He inherited his talent from his father Pandit Mohan Rao Kakkeri, professor of tabla at Thyagaraja School of Music & Dance, who was his first tabla guru. He was a child prodigy who received acclaim as an accomplished tabla player from an early age and has performed both as a solo artist and accompanying artist all over India. Samrat is additionally skilled in the unique genre of tabla playing for Kathak style of classical dance from North India. He's accompanied many prominent Kathak dancers including Urmila Nagar and Nilima Devi and master musicians such as Vishwa Mohan Bhat, Kankana Banerjee, Irshad Khan, and Satish Vyas.

Ragas Puriya Dhanashri and Jog will be performed.

Set 2 9pm:
Classic South Indian format: Prasant Radhakrishnan & co.
Western instrument: saxophone.

Due to the pioneering virtuosity of "Padmashri" Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, the Western saxophone has joined the violin and mandolin as a prominent cross-over instrument in Karnatic (South Indian) classical music.

- Prasant Radhakrishnan is the foremost disciple of "Padmashri" Kadri Gopalnath, with whom he studied in the traditional gurukulam format for about a decade, and whom he accompanied in hundreds of concerts. He has had the privilege of performing with luminaries such as M.S. Anantharaman, Guruvayur Dorai, Mannargudi Easwaran, Srimushnam Raja Rao, Poovalur Srinivasan, V. Suresh, B. Rajashekar, as well as superstars of the younger generation such as B.U. Ganeshprasad, P. Satishkumar, Embar S. Kannan and Delhi P. Sunderrajan, among others. In parallel with his meteoric development as Karnatic artist, Prasant immersed himself in jazz at the U. of Southern California, and after moving to the Bay Area, founded the acclaimed Indo-jazz band VidyA, as well as performing in Sameer Gupta's Indo-jazz band Namaskar and with Indo-jazz musician George Brooks. Prasant has been commissioned by the de Young Museum Cultural Encounters Initiative and Intersection for the Arts, as well as being awarded with grants and fellowships such as a Zellerbach grant and the prestigious AIIS Senior Performing Arts fellowship to study in Chennai.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Monday, February 23rd 2015

Ben Goldberg and Friends

An exceptional evening of improvised music with
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Kirk Knuffke - cornet
Smith Dobson Jr. - drums
Hamir Atwal - drums

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Probosci: Gyan Riley and Timba Harris

Probosci is a collaboration between France-based violinist Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3, Estradasphere) and New York guitarist Gyan Riley (Eviyan, Terry Riley). Both composers, whose work is featured in John Zorn's Tzadik Records Composers' Series, contribute to the interplay between composition and improvisation, steeped with intricacy, subtlety, and shape-shifting energy. On Probosci's debut album, Time to Feed (Mimicry Records), they adventurously explore the sonic landscape, from purely acoustic music to unfamiliar electroacoustic textures, dancing between delicacy and aggression. Having performed throughout Europe, South America, and North America in concert halls, outdoor festivals, wineries, museums, and house concerts, Probosci is the next evolution of these two musicians' years-long musical partnership. âe¨

Timba Harris, violinist/violist, trumpet player, and composer, is a core member of Secret Chiefs 3 and one half of the electroacoustic chamber duo Probosci (with Gyan Riley). He has performed at many of the world's most renown symphony halls, theaters, rock clubs, and festivals in over 40 countries, sharing the stage with many of today's avant-garde luminaries in numerous configurations. A founding member of the genre- bending band Estradasphere, he has also regularly performed with Al-Madar (w/ Bassam Saba), the New York Arabic Orchestra, and the Gyan Riley Trio (w/ Gyan and Scott Amendola/Ches Smith). Harris has been fortunate to collaborate with many of his favorite musicians; his playing and arrangements can be heard on recordings of composers' work such as John Zorn and Eyvind Kang and bands including Grails, Wolves in the Throne Room, MMoB, and Sunn O))). Recordings of his compositions for large and small ensembles can be found on Tzadik Record's Composers Series and Trey Spruance's Mimicry Records.

Gyan Riley has spent the 15 years following his tenure as the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory touring as a classical guitar soloist and in various ensembles throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, Mike Marshall, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. He has composed works commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival. Gyan's diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire. Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican Theatre, the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Moogfest, and soloing with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Current ensemble projects include the duo Pluck with Wu Fei (guzheng and voice), the duo SuperBalls with David Cossin (percussion), the quintet Al-Madar, fronted by Bassam Saba (oud, ney, flutes), a duo with Terry Riley (piano, synth, voice), and Eviyan, with Iva Bittová (voice, violin) and Evan Ziporyn (clarinets). Gyan has four solo CD titles and several other ensemble/ collaborative appearances, most recently recording for the Tzadik Records label in New York.

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University


Friday, February 27th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


CABBAGES, CAPTAIN, & KING

CD RELEASE CONCERT!!!

Jon Arkin, drums
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions

with special guests:
Joshua Marshall, sax
Theo Padouvas, trumpet

Come join this boisterous yet purposeful free-jazz trio as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album. This group has made music together since 2013, and the album was recorded in 2014. With the assistance of Mark Allen-Piccolo (who engineered, mixed, and mastered the date) and Edgetone Records this music is ready to be available to the world - and for those who want to party with us on this night too. For this concert they will be playing repertoire from the CD, new tunes by Eli Wallace, and selections by guests Josh Marshall and Theo Padouvas. CABBAGES, CAPTAIN, & KING is elated to be joined by Josh and Theo, we'll see what occurs with this collaboration.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, March 1st 2015

Stephanie Bruce Concert

Singer/composer/lyricist/arranger/pianist Stephanie Bruce has a repertoire that is very personal. Starting out as a folk style singer/songwriter, she took a long detour through the musical labyrinth of jazz, and discovered its rich vocabulary. The result is a collection of original songs and arrangements that draw on the sophisticated harmonic and melodic sensibility of jazz, and the attention to detail in the lyric that is the centerpiece of contemporary singer/songwriter material. She will be performing several new, soon to be recorded tunes, and a few from her previous three CDs. In addition to her own tunes, she will be singing a few arrangements of tunes by some favorite familiar songwriters.

"...She writes. Harmony like a piano player, melodies like a horn player, imagery and lyrics that tell stories" Glenn Cronkhite

"Stephanie resonates her sincerity, passion, and intelligence" Art Lande

Stephanie will be appearing with a trio of Bay Area musicians:

Jonathan Alford - piano
Peter Barshay - bass
Alan Hall - drums

4pm to 6:30pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Friday, March 6th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Friday, March 13th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, March 14th 2015

Bad Jazz / Worse Jazz / Worst Jazz

Bad Jazz
Bryan Day - invented instruments
Ben Solomon - invented instruments, feedback, percussion
Tania Chen - electronic toys, bells, piano

Worse Jazz
Bob Marsh - piano
Joshua Marshall - saxophones
Sandra Yolles - electronic percussion

Worst Jazz
Raub Roy - invented instruments
tba - guitar

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Friday, March 20th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, March 21st 2015

Dan Plonsey Museum: Songs of Self-Pity and the Commonplace and "On His Shoulders Stands No One"



7pm, 2133 University


Sunday, March 22nd 2015

Dan Plonsey Musuem: Music for String Trio + guests and "Rafting Season"

Performers: Mantra Plonsey, voice; Masha Albrecht, violin; Sarah Willner, viola; Mary Artmann, cello; Dan Plonsey, Randy McKean, and Cory Wright: saxophones and clarinets (McKean on banjo, as well); Lynn Murdock, piano; John Schott and John Shiurba, guitars; Steve Lew, bass; Suki O'Kane, drums.

3pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, March 27th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Today's Events - February 1

Kodo

$22-$58. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

7pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus


Guinean Music Festival: Ibro Diabate with Djetadi Saran

$15. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

7:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue


Pianist Arkadi Serper

Arkadi will perform Russian Music of the 20th Century. Music by Rachmaninoff, Skriabin, Prokofiev, Schedrin, and others.

Arkadi Serper, Pianist and Composer received his music education in Russia at the Gnesin State Musical College and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He continues a distinguished career as a pianist, composer and music educator. Arkadi teaches Piano, Composition & Music Theory at The Crowden School, and at the San Francisco Conservatory in the Pre-College Department. He has written many choral compositions for Kairos Youth Choir, some of which have been published through the Henry Leck choral series. And his symphonic and chamber compositions have been produced by several major orchestras. As a pianist, he continues to perform concerts, both as a soloist and a chamber musician performing not only in the Bay Area and US, but also in Austria, Britain, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Thailand.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 Univeristy Avenue


Marcelle Davies-Lashley with Vicki Randle, Shelley Doty, Julie Wolf, Kofy Brown

$20 adv / $24 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


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.