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, 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


Per Anders Nillson

8 pm
Per Anders Nillson - electronics
Tim Perkis - electronics

9 pm
Per Anders Nillson - electronics
Gino Robair - percussion

play the music of Miles Davis

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


Saturday, March 28th 2015

"RETARD" POSTPONED TO JUNE 13

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Avenue


Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Phillip Greenlief - Zeena Parkins - Gino Robair 3

Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
Zeena Parkins - harp, effects
Gino Robair - electronics, percussion

Live Recording Session - the trio will play two sets, starting at 8 pm.

Greenlief, Parkins and Robair represent a league of musicians whose improvisations can span a wide range of musical possibilities - all three have worked with wildly diverse projects over the past five decades and bring an enormous palette of possibilities to the sonic table.

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, April 3rd 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, April 4th 2015

Furnish Your Kingdom With Exuberant Soundscapes

7:30pm: Jeffrey Young's Magical Kingdom of Dust
Jeffrey Young is a violinist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. He'll perform a quirky selection of his own music for solo violin and live electronics, including in-your-face theatrics, unabashed shredding, and oceanic soundscapes. He'll also play a short piece for speaking violinist and retuned violin by Paul Pinto, a fellow member of New York's thingNY composer-performer collective.
http://jeffrey-young.com
http://radio.lownote.net/2015/01/episode-182-with-jeffrey-young

8:15pm: Three Thirds
Los Angeles-based folk band Three Thirds combines the underdog instruments of the orchestra - bass, oboe, viola - with a just-intoned National guitar. Add some close three-part harmonies and the result is a jangly, sometimes exuberant, sometimes desolate sonic landscape of songs you never knew you grew up with.
http://threethirdsband.com

9pm: Moe! Staiano solo, and group improv
Moe! Staiano, superstar six-armed percussive legend of the Bay Area, will play a short solo set, followed by group improv involving all performers on the bill plus violinist Elżbieta Polak and guitarist/clarinetist Adam Adhiyatma.
http://www.moestaiano.com
http://elapolak.com
http://adamadhiyatma.com

7:30pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, April 5th 2015

"9 Fingers"

9Fingers with Andrew Jamieson and David Douglas.

"9 Fingers" is a translation of name of the the West African Dununba rhythm "Bolokonondo," an energetic initiation dance generated from interlocking patterns and an uneven phrasing. This keyboard/drum duo performs compositions that require the rhythmic discipline and spontaneity of Dununba drumming. They capture its energy by reinterpreting Bolokonondo and weaving together new rhythms and patterns.

Ron Heglin (voice) and Tim Perkis(electronics) will perform a "stripped-down" duo of voice with a simple monophonic synthesizer accompaniment. The intention of this music is to be quiet and contemplative, the interplay of two voices.
In other contexts, Ron Heglin is also a low-brass player (Tuba, Euphonium, Trombone) and Tim Perkis is a computer musician. Both are experienced improvisers who have played in many mixed ensemble contexts.

8pm to 10:30pm, 2133 University


Friday, April 10th 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, April 11th 2015

Osha's Not an Exhibition

Mostly he'll make large black and white, brush and ink drawings on newsprint and maybe newspaper, maybe other stuff. Maybe some will have color.

Osha will pin them to the wall, still wet and dripping.
You get to take whatever you like.

All this, in honor of the publication of his book, Doodling on the Titanic: the Making of Art in the World on the Brink, which will be available for sale, though there will be no obligation to buy.

10am to 5pm, 2133 University


Black Cedar


Black Cedar is a new kind of chamber music montage, and with their 2014 grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, they commissioned local composers Garrett Shatzer and David Smith to compose trios that explore the color palette of this unusual
combination. Also music by one of the Bay Area's most popular composers, Durwynne Hsieh, plus works by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung and Germany's Klaus Hinrich Stahmer.

With performers Kris Palmer on wood flute and alto flute, Nancy Kim on cello, and Steve Lin on guitar.

650-868-3150
kris@krispalmer.com

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Sunday, April 12th 2015

Osha's Not an Exhibition

Mostly he'll make large black and white, brush and ink drawings on newsprint and maybe newspaper, maybe other stuff. Maybe some will have color.

Osha will pin them to the wall, still wet and dripping.
You get to take whatever you like.

All this, in honor of the publication of his book, Doodling on the Titanic: the Making of Art in the World on the Brink, which will be available for sale, though there will be no obligation to buy.

10am to 5pm, 2133 University


Thursday, April 16th 2015

Andrea Pensado and Asha Sheshadri

Pensado works with sound as a performer and programer. She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland where she graduated in Composition with honors. However, her music started to gradually move from composition to improvisation. Presently, Pensado plays solos or with other improvisers mainly across the United States. She has been featured in South America and Europe as well. Pensado performs in all sorts of varied venues from regular concert halls to art galleries, clubs, lofts, basements, record stores and "house-shows"

Isolde Touch is the project of Asha Sheshadri, a multimedia artist working out of Southern California and New England. Her live performance hinges on the relationship between sonic and visual, through experimentation with computer, voice and video synthesis; harsh rhythmic elements enshrouded in layers of lush counterpoint. Like lulling a ghost out of a machine, her work illuminates the intersections between the soft and abrasive, the naturally-occurring and machine-generated.

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, April 17th 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


Phillip Greenlief - BARBED WIRE: New Graphic Scores

8 pm
BARBED WIRE - new graphic scores by Phillip Greenlief
Phillip Greenlief - reeds
Elzbieta Polak - violin
Lisa Mezzacappa - bass

BARBED WIRE is a series of 37 new graphic scores, composed in December 2014 in during a composing retreat in Coastal Maine. All scores are for trio; Berkeley Arts is proud to present these new works performed by three separate trios in March April and May 2015.

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Friday, April 24th 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


UpSurge! returns to the Berkeley Arts Festival

A potent brew of poetry, politics and any music necessary-creating a scene

A 25th Anniversary Celebration
2015!
Raymond Nat Turner, poetry/ Zigi Lowenberg, poetry/
Barbara Hunter, tenor sax, flute/ Tammy Lynne Hall, piano
Mark Heshima Williams, bass/ Leon Joyce, drums

"NO!" would have sufficed answering trumpeter-bandleader David Hardiman's question: "Does anyone else do what YOU do?" Hardiman asked this when City College of San Francisco presented UpSurge! with a Certificate of Appreciation for "Sharing demonstrated knowledge of diversity" during CCSF's Professional Development & Diversity Relations Day in 1998.

Seventeen years later, as UpSurge! prepares for its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, April 24th as part of the Berkeley Arts Festival, the answer is still "NO!"


$10-$25 Sliding Scale

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Today's Events - March 26

Osa Vocal Rush

$20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Swing in the Spring Series: Le Jazz Hot

$TBA. Swing dance lessons at 7pm and 8pm. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue


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.