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

Friday, April 29th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, May 1st 2016

May Day - Songs of the World

Celebrate International Workers' Day with a community sing featuring Marcus Duskin on guitar and vocals and Michael Slaughter on grand piano. Includes songs from Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Nigeria, Poland, Spain and the United States.

Suggested donation $10 includes your very own little red song book!

For more info call 415-431-8485 or e-mail folk_this@yahoo.com.

4pm to 6pm, 2133 University Avenue


The Cornelius Cardew Choir

15 Years of Vocal Experimentation

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first rehearsal of the Cornelius Cardew Choir! Paragrah 7 of the Great Learning by Cardew, Wind Horse by Pauline Oliveros, Frog Haiku by Brenda Hutchinson, Tuning Fork Mosquitos by Tom Bickley, Transmission Conduction by Bob Marsh.

Eric Theise
Katherine Setar
Dean Santomieri
David Samas
Jaime Robles
Laurie Polster
Suki O'Kane
Kalonica McQuesten
Bob Marsh (co-founder)
Joe Kuta
Brenda Hutchinson
Cathryn Hrudicka
Brad Fischer
Derek Drudge
Rae Diamond
Patti Deuter
Diane Caudillo
Tom Bickley (co-founder/director)
Nancy Beckman

The Cornelius Cardew Choir is a SF Bay Area-based vocal performance ensemble. Situated at the intersection of community & experimental music, these professional, amateur, & novice singers work collectively to turn ideas into sonic action. We recognize our music-making as enacting healthy political economy, with respect for individual contributions and high regard for the community as a whole. The choir is named in honor of Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981), an English composer and political activist. Please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cardewchoir

$10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, May 2nd 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Butoh Class

Human Body as an Art Material.
There is an Inner Universe and Outer Universe.
Sensation is the language.
But,,,oh !
Why " me ! " taking this Journey ?!

The Class is led by Koichi Tamano
Method Butoh study group.

sliding scale $10 - $20, no one turned away.

every Tuesday except April 19

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, May 6th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Saturday, May 7th 2016

David Seaborg's Cuba Trip

David Seaborg will give a free lecture and power point slide show on his
trip to Cuba of March, 2016.

Free

7pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, May 9th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, May 10th 2016

Butoh Class

Human Body as an Art Material.
There is an Inner Universe and Outer Universe.
Sensation is the language.
But,,,oh !
Why " me ! " taking this Journey ?!

The Class is led by Koichi Tamano
Method Butoh study group.

sliding scale $10 - $20, no one turned away.

every Tuesday except April 19

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, May 13th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, May 15th 2016

Briony's Student Recital

2pm to 4pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, May 16th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, May 17th 2016

Butoh Class

Human Body as an Art Material.
There is an Inner Universe and Outer Universe.
Sensation is the language.
But,,,oh !
Why " me ! " taking this Journey ?!

The Class is led by Koichi Tamano
Method Butoh study group.

sliding scale $10 - $20, no one turned away.

every Tuesday except April 19

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Thursday, May 19th 2016

Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays

with
CONJURE!
conĀ· 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, May 20th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Play or Die 2016: Concert #4

opening: Larry Ochs - Jason Hoopes (bass) - Jordan Glenn (drums)
2nd set: Satoko Fujii (piano) - Kappa Maki (trumpet) - Gino Robair drums, electronics
3rd shorter set = one extended sextet piece

"Play or Die": a call to action by Anthony Braxton in the seventies. We're still in agreement. Improvised music has to be heard live to be best appreciated! AND musicians practicing this rugged discipline must perform to a live audience as often as possible in order to evolve, in order to feed the mind.

This will be the first concert of the the 2016 Play or Die series to take place in the East Bay. Celebrating the return to the Bay Area of the historically important Japanese improvisers Satoko Fujii and Kappa Maki, who will be joined by local great Gino Robair. Opening for them: Larry Ochs hooks up for the first time ever with the Bay Area rhythm and noise section of Jason Hoopes and Jordan Glenn. Following those two 30-minute sets, the trios will join together to perform one extended sextet piece "designed" by Ochs, who has played and recorded with Fujii and Maki since 2009 when sat in with and then joined "Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core".

Cosponsored by Center for New Music San Francisco

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, May 22nd 2016

Carnatic at the Berkeley Arts Festival

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan & New Directions in Indian Classical Music

Gautam breathes new life into an old tradition. His concerts reflect a traditional aesthetic, embracing a classical style instantly recognizable to aficionados worldwide, and transforming it through the creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and understanding of Carnatic music.

He has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Playhouse, ODC Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, Yoshi's, Freight & Salvage, Julia Morgan Theatre, UC Botanical Garden, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and more.

$10 online at gautamtejasganeshan.com
$15 - 20 at the door

6:30pm to 8:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Monday, May 23rd 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Butoh Class

Human Body as an Art Material.
There is an Inner Universe and Outer Universe.
Sensation is the language.
But,,,oh !
Why " me ! " taking this Journey ?!

The Class is led by Koichi Tamano
Method Butoh study group.

sliding scale $10 - $20, no one turned away.

every Tuesday except April 19

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, May 27th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, May 29th 2016

Greenlief/Glenn: Etudes - Nathan Clevenger Group

8pm
Phillip Greenlief - alto and tenor saxophones
Jordan Glenn - percussion

Composed over the course of the past 8 years, Phillip Greenlief's Etudes represents a study of various harmonic and rhythmic sequences produced in traditional notation. This performance features these works for saxophone with added surprises from percussionist Jordan Glenn

9 pm
Nathan Clevenger Group
Nathan Clevenger - guitar, compositions
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Cory Wright - tenor saxophone/clarinet/flute
Rachel Condry - bass clarinet/clarinet
Sam Bevan - bass
Jon Arkin - drums/percussion
Jason Levis - drums/percussion

Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger's eponymous group has been performing an ever-expanding book of original compositions since 2003, drawing on the traditions of jazz, modern classical, and rock music, as well as the unique music of the bay area's jazz/new music scene. With the addition of a 2nd percussionist in 2015, the Group's current music has added an additional layer of rhythmic counterpoint to the already dense melodic counterpoint. The Group has released two albums (2010's The Evening Earth, on Evander Music, and Observatory, released in 2013) and plans to record and issue a 3rd release in 2016, Stateless.

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


Monday, May 30th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Butoh Class

Human Body as an Art Material.
There is an Inner Universe and Outer Universe.
Sensation is the language.
But,,,oh !
Why " me ! " taking this Journey ?!

The Class is led by Koichi Tamano
Method Butoh study group.

sliding scale $10 - $20, no one turned away.

every Tuesday except April 19

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Today's Events - April 29

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Barefoot Chamber Concerts presents:

'Infinite Geste': The French music that Refused to Quit

Barefoot Chamber Concerts ("an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality" - San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events. Kids are very welcome if quiet, and admission is free if you're under 18. Snacks are available before, during, and after the concert.

Hallifax & Jeffrey (Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey, viols) join with Andrew Canepa (harpsichord) in "Infinite Geste" a program of dramatic music from the 18th century French court.

The program explores the music and the musical legacy of Marin Marais, the director of chamber music for the court. He himself wrote operas, and even his chamber music is full of the programmatic wildness and gestural abandon that characterizes later French dramatic music. The program also includes parts of a rare arrangement of a Rameau opera for two viols and continuo, and other highly flavored delicacies from the court. There will be snacks.

For more details, and to order tickets online, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com

Email: info@barefootchamberconcerts.com
Phone: 510-220-1195
Contact: Peter Hallifax

6pm to 7pm, Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way


FivePlay with special guest Celia Malheiros

Jazz meets Brazil when percussionist/guitarist/ vocalist/ composer Celia Malheiros joins forces with FivePlay in this special night of Brazilian flavored jazz.

Celia, a native of Rio de Janeiro, is a dynamic, joyous performer and adds her unique talents in to the music of FivePlay.

Come join us for a magical evening of original music, from samba and bossa nova to free improv and beyond!

Advance tickets highly recommended-limited seating!

When: Friday April 29th, 8PM
Phone: (510)-845-5373
Information/ tickets: https://cjc.edu/concerts/?eid=13047

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison Street,


Capitol Steps

$48 adv / $52 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Pasto Seco

$10 advance/$15 day of show. 8pm Cumbia dance lesson. 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.