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

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

Ornettology

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 Oppenheim, 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

An evening of improvised duos, with Fred Frith (guitar), Jason Hoopes (upright bass), and Annie Lewandowski (piano and electronics).

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.


Friday, November 7th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Friday, November 14th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Friday, November 21st 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Friday, November 28th 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 - October 21

Freight Open Mic

$5 advance / $7 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Berkeley Chamber Performers: Hausmann Quartet

Opening our season is the San Diego-based Hausmann Quartet featuring what is rapidly becoming a modern classic, Credo, by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. Next comes returning clarinetist, Deborah Pittman, in a new constellation of players called MôD that includes baritone voice.
Louis Gruenberg, Kevin Puts, and Robert Schumann.

$25. High school students, free; post-high school students $12.50.
(510) 525-5211. Wheelchair accessible.
www.berkeleychamberperform.org

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley City Club. 2315 Durant 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.