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, September 21st 2014

Pascucci Brztwa Duo - Wild Hen

8 pm
Maryclare Brzytwa - flute
Crystal Pascucci - cello

9 pm
Wild Hen
Rachel Condry, clarinet
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Mark Clifford, vibes
Britt Ciampa, drums

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Avenue


Wednesday, September 24th 2014

IMAGES - the music of sun ra

Sets at 8 and 9 pm

IMAGES: The Music of Sun Ra
Dan Clucas - trumpet
Clifford Childers - trombone
David Boyce - tenor saxophone
Phillip Greenlief - alto saxophone
Karl Evangelista - guitar
Dominique Leone - keyboard, piano
Jordan Glenn - drums

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Friday, September 26th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, September 28th 2014

Social Stutter 4tet - Ultralash

8 pm
The Social Stutter Quartet

Elizabeth Schenck - alto saxophone, composer
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
Cory Wright - tenor saxophone

The music of the Social Stutter Quartet deftly walks the line between chamber music and jazz, with solos emerging from the natural order of intricately written lines. This newly-formed ensemble was created to realize the musical vision of composer Beth Schenck. Unlike traditional saxophone quartets, the pieces are composed for 2 alto and 2 tenor saxophones.

9 pm
Ultralash
The Hollywood Laundrette

Karry Walker (Ultralash) and Myles Boisen (Club Foot Orchestra / Orchestra Nostalgico) revisit the days of Tin Pan Alley and Hawaiian kitsch as The Hollywood Laundrette. Backed by Boisen's acoustic slide guitar and her own ukelele, Walker croons toe-tappin' tunes of a simpler time while addressing modern topics such as pregnancy tests, punk rock squats, alienation, and criminal proclivities. They'll be playing songs from their debut album "The Hollywood Laundrette" and tossing in a few new ditties to spare.

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


Friday, October 3rd 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, October 5th 2014

Amy X Neuburg solo - John Shiurba's 5 X 5

8 pm
Amy X Neuburg solo

9 pm
John Shiurba's 5 X 5

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Wednesday, October 8th 2014

Molly Holm Improvisations and Trio

8 pm
Solo improvisations & a new collaboration w/ invited guests
Julie Moon-piano
Tim Kim-violin & voice
Melecio Magdaluyo-saxophones & flute

9 pm
Molly Holm Trio
Larry Dunlap-piano
Jeff Chambers-acoustic bass
Melecio Magdaluyo-saxophones & flute

Vocalist/composer Molly Holm continues to explore "any-kind-of-tonal" and free-form improvisation in solo and small group formats. She also plays with the idea of weaving experimental vocals and "outside" musical material within the set of her own compositions and "lesser-known" jazz repertoire.

Molly Holm is a long-time Bay Area singer, vocal ensemble director, and teacher in jazz and multi-cultural performance art. Her 2013 debut CD, PERMISSION--with Holm wearing the hat of bandleader and composer--received enthusiastic reviews, touting a musical sensibility beyond the usual fare of jazz vocalists. Holm acknowledges the important influences in her own music, long-derived from her work with a wide-range of creative artists and ensembles, including: Bobby McFerrin's original Voicestra; Terry Riley and Khayal; Zakir Hussain's Rapt, No Strings; June Watanabe's E.O. 9066; and George Coates Performance Works' Actual Shō. She also composed the music for Marcus Gardley's plays Love is A Dream House in Lorin and This World In a Woman's Hands. Earning a BA in Music and an MA in Composition from Mills College, Holm developed a long-standing student relationship with master North Indian vocalist, Pandit Pran Nath and Terry Riley. Additionally, she studied with Lou Harrison and W. A. Mathieu; and voice teachers, Faith Winthrop and Jane Sharp.

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


Friday, October 10th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Metropolitan Butoh; Envisions Ensemble; Viv Corringham and Friends and Friends

Metropolitan Butoh | Envision Ensemble | Viv Corringham and Friends"


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- Set 0, 8:00pm: Metropolitan Butoh

After the acclaimed Aug show where we used the large bay windows as go-go cages for avant-dance in a ½-set prelude, another dance opener w Metropolitan Butoh, a group of veteran Bay Area butoh performers of the Tamano school who've worked together since 2004: Ronnie Baker, Molly Barrons, and Martha Matsuda.

"Mission Fu is the title of our ongoing exploration of images from the urban landscape, in the Mission District, Oakland, Detroit and other cities where have lived... For the Berkeley Arts Festival, we'll engage with the local landscape to create time-based art; a Berkeley Fu."

- Set 1, 8:25pm: Henry Kuntz & Envision Ensemble

Following a triumphant "down from the mountain" August performance at Berkeley Arts Festival, a return appearance by the daring pioneer of joyously unbounded, infinitely free jazz.

Henry Kuntz has blazed many trails in realizing the intersection of world musics (esp. from Latin America and Indonesia) with a ritualistic & shamanistic quest for joy and sonic freedom in a "festival time" outside of clock time. His new Envision Ensemble (an outgrowth of the earlier Opeye Orchestra) moves toward an advanced improvisational archetype, one in which multiple independent events may occur while the musicians simultaneously create an experiential musical whole.

Line-up:

- Henry Kuntz: sax, violins, gamelan, percussion, ringleader
- Brian Godchaux: violin, viola, mandolin
- John Kuntz: ukulele, guitar, mandolin, percussion
- Esten Lindgren: contrabass, pocket trumpet
- The mathematically impossible Dan Plonsey: saxes

- Set 2, 9:10pm: Viv Corringham tour

NY-based British vocalist, composer & electronic sound artist Viv Corringham plays Berkeley Arts Festival as part of her NorCal tour, joined by a Transbay multimedia consort of Deep Listening practitioners & neogaku kaiju.

Program may include various types of improv games based on sonic grammars, deviant sample-melting, mnemo-narrative field recordings, and intermedia moiré of words, utterance, sound, motion, memory, image & music.

Line-up:

- Viv Corringham: voice, electronics
- Joe Lasqo: laptop, keyboards, objects
- Jennifer Wilsey: percussion
- Wind choir: Nancy Beckman: shakuhachi & Ron Heglin: tuba / trombone
- Video artist: Bill Thibault.

Viv Corringham has worked internationally since the early 80s, creating music performances, audio installations & soundwalks. She's interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to an interior landscape of personal history, memory and association. Her ongoing project Shadow-walks has been presented in gallery shows from New York to Istanbul to Hong Kong.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, October 11th 2014

NegativeWobblyLand - Davis / Frith / Greenlief

8 pm
Negativewobblyland

Jon Leidecker - electronics
Peter Conheim - electronics

Negativwobblyland is a collaboration between Peter Conheim of the sampling
art collective Negativland and Jon Leidecker of Wobbly (with frequent
satellite members from Negativland expanding the duo into a trio). The
duo eschews the cut-and-paste mass media collage of their previous work to
celebrate the unpredictable magic of the Booper, an analog feedback device
created from salvaged radio and amplifier parts. The original device,
invented in 1975 by Negativland's David Wills (aka The Weatherman), has
been joined by others based on the original schematic, although each
instrument inevitably forms its own personality. When linked together,
they suggest a chorus of electronic voices all speaking through the same
organic throat, singing and chanting in recognizably modern ways. They
are less instruments than collaborators.

9 pm
Evelyn Davis - piano
Fred Frith - guitar
Phillip Greenlief - saxophones

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Sunday, October 12th 2014

the lost trio - nathan clevenger group

8 pm
The Lost Trio

9 pm
Nathan Clevenger Group

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


Wednesday, October 15th 2014

Moe Staiano Solo - Dapplegray

8 pm
Moe! Staiano, solo
Moe! - percussion

9 pm
Dapplegray

Nava Dunkelman - percussion
Jeannie Aprille Tang - electronics, percussion
Tara

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley


Friday, October 17th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Saturday, October 18th 2014

Dean Santomieri - Theresa Wong

Theresa Wong and Dean Santomieri will be playing solo pieces and duets

Theresa will perform a set of solo pieces on cello. Her performance asks a bewildering question: "how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?" Expect pure energy: a relentless digging to unearth the raw, wild vibrations of her materials.

www.theresawong.org

Dean will perform selections from his currently developing repertoire of Partch Songs, for voice and guitar. Inspired by Harry Partch's idiosyncratic use of voice and microtonality, the songs are sung, intoned, or spoken, against an often dissonant accompaniment. Song subjects range from Freud's visit to the US, and the waitressing career of financial advisor Suze Orman to Werner Herzog's jungle diatribe from the film Burden of Dreams.

www.deansantomieri.com/

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Sunday, October 19th 2014

Dan Plonsey - Daniel Popsicle

Daniel Popsicle

3pm to 5pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Sonic Body Series

8 pm
Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
Leyya Tawil - movement

8:45 pm
Sonic Body Series

Local and international artists (musicians and dancers) meet to perform an evening of improvisation, creating spatial interaction and sonic abstraction in between the different bodies (body of sound and human body).

Improvisation Group with:
Phoebe Osborn, Sophia Wang, Rosemary Hannon and Christine Bonansea - movement

Tom Djll - trumpet
Jacob Felix Heule - percussion
Kanoko Nishi - koto
Suki O'Kane - percussion
Kyle Bruckman - oboe, english horn
Tim Perkis - electronics
Zachary James Watkins - electronics

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


Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

Host Family - Ape Like Impact

8 pm
Ape Like Impact

Britt Ciampa: drums
Jake Leckie: bass
Ryan Pate: guitar

https://soundcloud.com/ape-like-impact

Comprised of guitarist Ryan Pate, bassist Jake Leckie, and drummer Britt Ciampa, Ape Like Impact was founded around the core principle of utilizing simple form composition as source material devoted to the construction of complex musical worlds and sound environments. The trio draws from a myriad of sources in regards to composition and improvisation. From the sounds of a favorite shade of crayon to the saga of a drug addicted penguin and his road to recovery, Leckie's gravitational pulse, Pate's subtle flourishes, and Ciampa's tumbling drum and cymbal work combine to create a moody, understated, and brooding entity: a creature that sometimes stomps and sometimes kisses, but always dances.

9 pm
Host Family
Karl Evangelista & Nathan Clevenger - guitar
Jason Hoopes - electric bass
Jordan Glenn - drums

A long-dormant collaboration between three Mills College alums (and formerly featuring crack guitarist Andrew Conklin), Host Family explores the interstitial territory that abuts free improvisation, contemporary jazz, and chamber rock. Joining Host Family for this show will be Bay Area composer Nathan Clevenger, whose wiry, energetic guitarisms are a welcome addition to the household.

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


Friday, October 24th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Saturday, October 25th 2014

ornettology

Ornetteology

Steve Adams - alto saxophone
Myles Boisen - guitar
John Finkbeiner - guitar
Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
John Hanes - drums
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Lisa Mezzacappa - bass

Ornettology is the brainchild of guitarist Myles Boisen, presenting unique arrangements of compositions by Ornette Coleman and realized by a crack squad of players that can romp and ramble in the myriad of directions posed by Mr Coleman's music. Expect tight realizations of the iconoclast's work, free ranging jazz landscapes, funky grooves, and harmolodic improvisation.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Sunday, October 26th 2014

John Krausbauer - Eli Wallace 3

8 pm
John Krausbauer - harmonium
Agnes Szelag - cello

"music for accordion(s)/harmonium(s)" is composed for live and multi-tracked accordion and harmonium. the composition is constructed from a simple systems-music structure and involves a phasing/detuning from a fundamental tone over the course of 20+ minutes. the resulting music contains sound textures that generate a multitude of beating tones, audibly active harmonic movement, and complex overtone patterns, as well as other psychoacoustic phenomena.

9 pm
Aaron Oppenheimer, laptop
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Eli Wallace, piano

These three musicians will meet - with excited anticipation - for the first time in a performance setting for an improvised night of music. All three musicians have a knack for turning musical corners with alacrity, not afraid to shy away from any territory or any spontaneous development whether it's a rhythmic ostinato or a peculiar texture. Timbral compatibility between these instruments also informs their interactive sensibilities, playing with the subtle similarities and dissimilarities between the sounds produced.

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Wednesday, October 29th 2014

John Schott Concert

An evening with John Schott and friends

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Thursday, October 30th 2014

Lewandowski, Frith/Hoopes Concert

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, October 31st 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Today's Events - September 20

Berkeley Farmers Market String Band Contest

Kickoff by the Manning Music Fiddlers
Open jamming hosted by Judy Stavely
FREE ADMISSION

11am to 3pm, Civic Center Park


Catie Curtis

$22 advance / $24 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Square Dance!

Earl White Band, The Cliffhangers, Joseph Decosimo & the Bucking Mules with caller Evie Ladin and Tony Mates.
8:00pm Clogging Workshop dance lesson with Evie Ladin; 8:30 jamming and an instrument check in the dance studio, led by Kim Johnson and Frank George. $15~$5 ages 5-18 free under age 5. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com


8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue


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.