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

Thursday, December 18th 2014

Frozen States, Moving Sounds, Tania Chen and Ben Kreith Concert

Piano & Violin music performed by Tania Chen, piano and Benjamin Kreith, violin

The evening includes a performance of Morton Feldman's multi-perspective and glacial solo piano composition "Palais de Mari", 1982, a selection of Violin pieces performed by Kreith, and a premiere of Chen's "Frozen States, Moving Sounds" for Violin and Piano, 2014.

Benjamin Kreith
Violinist Benjamin Kreith has performed as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestra player throughout the US and Europe. He has premiered solo works at the Strasbourg and Marseille festivals and performed as a guest artist with the Ying and Muir Quartets. Ben helped to found the Ensemble CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, and has also performed with sfSound, Barcelona 216, and the Harvard Group for New Music. Recently he spent several years in Montana as a member of the Cascade Quartet and concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony. He has had the privilege of working directly with composers including Francisco Guerrero, Gunther Schuller, and Magnus Lindberg. His live recording of Christian Lauba's Kwintus for violin solo is available on the Accord/Universal CD Morphing, and Luciano Chessa's Preludio e Siciliana (1987/2013) on Stradivarius records. Ben also plays the harmonica and experienced a brief moment of renown when his improvisations with Leonard Bernstein were broadcast on international television. He has taught at the Escola de Música de Barcelona, and served as artist-in-residence at the University of California, Davis.

Tania Chen
www.taniachen.com
Pianist, free improviser, sound artist, and composer, Tania Chen performs with pianos, keyboards, found objects, toys and vintage and lo-fi electronics.

She regularly performs avant jazz, free improvisation and composed music in Europe, USA and Japan. Composers she particularly focuses on are the American and British experimentalists and their influences, such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Michael Parsons, Chris Newman and Laurence Crane, along with Schoenberg, Webern, Satie and Scriabin.

She has given concerts, toured and recorded with UK improvising musicians Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Lol Coxhill, Alan Tomlinson, Roger Turner, John Butcher, Rhodri Davies and Terry Day and has recently worked and recorded with musicians such as Bryan Day, Tom Djll, Gino Robair, David Samas, Kyle Bruckmann, Oliver Steinberg, Ben Salomon, Michael Mersereau, Jaroba, Kevin Corcoran in the USA.

Her recordings "Ointment" with Steve Beresford, solo piano pieces by Cornelius Cardew and Michael Parsons, John Cage's "Music of Changes" and "Indeterminacy" are available on the Knitted Records label: knittedrecords.com and on iTunes and Amazon.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Friday, December 19th 2014

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


Karate Mountain CD Release show

Karate Mountain is an instrumental indie rock band that plays all-original, emotionally charged music with equal parts honesty, passion, and irreverence. Borrowing influence from artists like The Bad Plus, Bjork, and Vampire Weekend, Karate Mountain's second full-length album, entitled "More than Ever Before", fearlessly traverses a wide range of emotion with intensity and simplicity. On Friday, December 19th, the band performs all the music from this new album and a little more.

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, December 21st 2014

Ben Bennett | The Visitor and the Architect

8pm:
Ben Bennett is currently based in Philadelphia and frequently tours the country with a readily portable and seemingly unassuming collection of objects from which he conjures up a delightful and alarming array of sounds/moods/ideas. This acoustic set will fully utilizes the resonant space of the East Room of the Berkeley Arts Festival building.

9pm:
Bob Marsh will make another journey as the Visitor, this time exploring the sonic landscapes provided by Nava Dunkleman and her vast array of percussive devices.

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


Friday, January 2nd 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, January 9th 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, January 16th 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


NextNow: A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art

NextNow presents Hardly Strictly Personal - A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art -
a festival to benefit the good works of Earth Justice and the Coalition On
Homelessness.

25 projects/86 musicians from the new/experimental music community come
together over two days to celebrate creative art and the inspiration of Don
Van Vliet (AKA Captain Beefheart) and to give to the larger community..

Friday Jan 16th from 7pm 'til 11pm and Saturday Jan 17th from 1pm 'til 11pm
Berkeley will see a broad range of inspired and inspiring performances.

Projects Represented:
Friday -
Quantum Fog - Bill Noertker/Mark Oi Duo
Lords Of Outland
Qualia
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Religious Phase
Seth Augustus (solo)
Robert Lopez/Shanna Sordahl Duo

7pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, January 17th 2015

Next Now

Continuing a festival to benefit the good works of Earth Justice and the Coalition On
Homelessness.

Saturday-
Jaroba Trio - Jaroba, Tania Chen, Kevin Corcoran
Oppenheim/Withrow Duo
Loren Steele
RTD3 - Heglin-Nunn-Carrol
Crystal Pascucci Duo
Collette McCaslin-Sheila Bosco
Pachuco Cadaver
Henry Kaiser
Cartoon Justice w/Gretchen Jude & Strings
Shiner - Ross Hammond/Jon Bafus Duo
Forward Energy (Jim Ryan's last bayarea performance)
Tri-Cornered Tent Show
Dialectical Imagination - Eli Wallace/Rob Pumpelly
Cloud Shepherd
Biif Aashiiki - Aaron Levin, Nick Obando, et al
Beauty School - Ton Djill,Matt Chandler, Jacob Felix Heule
Instagon - Lob and friends
Eric Glick Rieman

1pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, January 18th 2015

Jerry Kuderna in Concert

A concert of 20th and 21st Century pieces for piano of the highest quality: Elliot Carter's final works for piano; the formidable "Quartet" by Robert Helps; Judith Shatin's "To Keep the Dark Away"; and other works TBA. Jerry Kuderna's dedication to new music has earned him the respect of not only our local community but of admirers world-wide.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, January 23rd 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, January 30th 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 - December 17

Big River Trading Co.

With members of The Eleven. $13. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8pm, 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.


Three by 3

a video installation by videographer John Sanborn can be seen in the East room of the Berkeley Arts Festival space. It can be viewed on the weekends in December from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.