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:

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.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014

Sarah Cahill and Adam Tendler Play Luciano Berio

Warming Up with Luciano Berio- The brilliant young pianist Adam Tendler, visiting from New York, joins Sarah Cahill in a warm-up concert featuring Luciano Berio's piano compositions before they perform the same program a week later at the Italian Academy in New York. Among the Berio pieces they will play are Touch (1991) for piano four-hands, Erdenklavier (1969), Cinque Variazione (1952/3, rev. 1966), Canzonetta (1991) for piano four-hands, Rounds (1967), Memory (1969/73) for electric piano and electric harpsichord, Sequenza IV (1965/66), Wasserklavier (1965), and Feuerklavier (1989). Hot beverages will be served.

Luciano Berio (1925-2003) was a pioneering composer and teacher in the European avant garde; he taught at Mills College in the early 60s, and among his students there were Steve Reich and Phil Lesh. This evening's program focuses on the piano music Berio wrote while living in New York City.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.

Thursday, December 4th 2014


Addleds and Sult are both groups founded by Jacob Felix Heule and Tony Dryer to explore concerns in acoustic noise and brutalist minimalism. This concert will be their first performance as a combined sextet.

Jacob Felix Heule: percussion
Tony Dryer: contrabass
Kanoko Nishi-Smith: koto
Kyle Bruckmann: oboe & English horn
and visiting from Oslo...
Guro Skumsnes Moe: contrabass
Håvard Skaset: acoustic guitar


Jacob Felix Heule: percussion
Guro Skumsnes Moe: contrabass
Håvard Skaset: acoustic guitar

Sult is an acoustic noise trio with members from Oslo and Oakland. Their music reflects the noise genre's concern with layers of sonic texture, though completely performed on acoustic instruments. Individual sounds run precariously aside one another as independent streams, and alternately blur into a unified mass.

The trio has been working together since 2007, and has regularly toured Europe and America. Their third album, Svimmelhed, will be released in November 2014, and a following album in collaboration with Lasse Marhaug is in progress. In 2014 the trio began working with live cinema artist Greg Pope, and was commissioned by Kunsthall Oslo to compose a new collaborative piece, Skeleton, for the Soft City festival.

ADDLEDS -- the quartet of Kyle Bruckmann , Tony Dryer, Jacob Felix Heule and Kanoko Nishi - explores timbral and textural extremes of distended instrumental technique via improvisation and open-ended compositional strategies. Their music tends towards a brutalist minimalism as informed by the noise underground as by recent developments in the field of free improvisation.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue

Friday, December 5th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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

Kaiborg | Music for Hard Times

Kaiborg is the ongoing duo project of two well known SoCal improvisers. Jeff Kaiser takes his trumpet to other worlds through a variety of electronic enhancements. And there he meets David Borgo, adept saxophonist and faculty member at UCSD. Together they shape sound waves in delightful and disturbing ways. A rare NorCal appearance.

Music for Hard Times is the far reaching duo of imported New Zealander Paul Winstanley who extends his electric bass to reach the far reaches of Tom Nunn's invented instruments. They have been making our hard times a little easier with their sonic salves.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue

Sunday, December 7th 2014

John Sanborn opening "Three by 3"

Video installation will run through December.

3pm to 6pm, 2133 University

Friday, December 12th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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

Saturday, December 13th 2014

10th Anniversary Concert for Ghost in the House

Ghost in the House
10th Anniversary Show celebration
a decade of ectoplasmic ecstasy and terror

The music of Ghost In The House is a soundtrack for the subconscious. It could suggest a murder mystery, a visitation in a dream or a cataclysmic storm. Over the years the group has expanded on occasion to include live dream readings and dance.

Karen Stackpole - Gongs, percussion
David Michalak - lap steel, percussion
Tom Nunn - inventions
Dean Santomieri - The Dreamer, vocal & Resonator Guitar
Kinji Hayashi - The Dancer
Plus special Guest

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue

Thursday, December 18th 2014

tania chen and ben kreith concert

piano and violin concert

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.

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

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.

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, December 26th 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 - November 25

Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane

$17 advance / $19 door. 644-2020.

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020.Addison Street

Tri Tip Trio

$12. 8 pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo. 525-5054.

8:30pm, 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.