Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

04/14/2018

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,


Bisbee '17 Robert Greene

United States, 2018, (119 mins)
This hybrid film revisits the violent deportation of striking copper miners from Bisbee, Arizona, a century ago, tapping into the current political climate while questioning what is the "real" history.

General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

12 noon to 1pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Storytime with DANIELLE ANDERSON-CRAIG

Storytime presents special guest Danielle Anderson-Craig for a reading of her heartfelt debut picture book, The Magic of We. (Ages 3+)
A heartfelt children's tale describing the beauty of friendship. Includes unreleased music from musician and producer Ikey Owens (Mars Volta, Jack White).
"Read The Magic of We, and your heart will expand with joy." -- Juan Alderete de la Pena, The Mars Volta
"Have you ever met the missing piece to your puzzle? The Magic of We will reaffirm your faith in love." -- Cedric Bixler-Zavala, The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In
The Magic of We is a children's picture book by Danielle Anderson-Craig and illustrated by her friend and fellow teacher (they taught at same school!), Carly Dooling. It is a tender tale of blossoming friendship in which two children meet and are transported into a world where the ordinary becomes fantastic and the known becomes surreal as their shared experience creates unlimited imagination and play. The refrain "Being with you..." reverberates throughout the pages of detailed imagery, lush with color and imagination. It's a magical place that both kids and parents will recognize from their own experience of finding a kindred spirit. A first book for both Anderson-Craig and Dooling, The Magic of We combines the magic of music and the music of words to describe the amazing feeling of finding someone who "fits" you.

1pm to 2pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Celebrating 50 years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

Cal Performances honors a partnership that began a half-century ago, in 1968, with the first UC Berkeley performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now under the direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform. "The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).

Program A (4/10, 4/14 MAT)
TALLEY BEATTY Stack-Up (1982) (music: various contemporary)
JAMAR ROBERTS Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: John Coltrane)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program B (4/11, 4/12, 4/15)
ROBERT BATTLE Mass (2004) (Company West Coast Premiere) (music: John Mackey)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn)
BATTLE The Hunt (2001) (music: Les Tambours du Bronx)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program C (4/13, 4/14 EVE)
TWYLA THARP The Golden Section (1983) (music: David Byrne)
GUSTAVO RAMIREZ SANSANO Victoria (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: Michael Gordon)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

$36-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Yi-Fang Wu


An Afternoon Recital featuring Eric Chin, Ellie Kanayama, and Yi-Fang Wu

Program:
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op.56
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor, Op.108

Violinist Eric Chin, a founding member of the acclaimed Telegraph Quartet, is
equally passionate about performing and teaching. Captivated by chamber music, he founded
the award- winning Nexus String Quartet in 2007 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ellie Kanayama is a senior at Berkeley High School, and is currently studying with Eric Chin at the Precollege Division of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has received top prizes in competitions, including Youngarts, VOCE, Etude Club of Berkeley, US Open Music, American String Teacher Association, and other concerto competitions.

Yi-Fang Wu decided to pursue her love of music after graduating from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and came to Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro for Master Degree in Piano Performance.

This concert is FREE

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) Book Talk

Book Talk featuring KDP members Estella Habal, Lillian Galedo, Jeanette Gandionco Lazam, and book editor Rene Ciria Cruz.
A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) is an intimate look into the workings of the KDP, the only revolutionary organization that emerged in the Filipino American community during the politically turbulent 1970s and '80s. Overcoming cultural and class differences, members of the KDP banded together in a single national organization to mobilize their community into civil rights and antiwar movements in the United States and in the fight for democracy and national liberation in the Philippines and elsewhere.

3pm to 4pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave, Berkeley


Minding the Gap Bing Liu

United States, 2018, (98 mins)
In Rockford, Illinois, Bing Liu has been filming his friends on and off their skateboards for ten years. His film is less a documentary about skate culture than a fresh and powerful coming-of-age story.

Bing Liu In Person

General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

3pm to 4pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Lisa Harrington, piano: "Spring Bouquet"

"Spring Bouquet" - Dr. Lisa Harrington performs a solo recital of vibrant and tender piano works by Rameau, Grieg, Debussy, Clementi, Fauré, Ravel, Rorem and Gershwin. Selections include Debussy's Clair de lune and Jardins sous la pluie, and Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Oiseaux tristes. General admission seating is $20, available online or by cash at the door.

4pm to 5pm, Berkeley Piano Club 2724 Haste Street Berkeley, California 94704


Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


I Am Not a Witch --Rungano Nyoni

France, United Kingdom, 2018, (93 mins)
With this strikingly beautiful first feature, Rungano Nyoni layers magic realism, satire, and social critique in the original and unforgettable story of a girl accused of witchcraft and exiled from her village.
General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.

5:30pm to 7:03pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Chris Clarke, Norma Cole, and Kit Schluter and a night for French translations

Chris Clarke was born and raised in Western Canada, and currently lives and teaches in Paris. His translations include work by Pierre Mac Orlan (Wakefield Press), and Oulipo members Raymond Queneau (New Directions) and François Caradec (forthcoming, MIT Press). He was a recipient of a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for his translation of Marcel Schwob's Imaginary Lives (Wakefield Press), and his translation of Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano's In the Café of Lost Youth (NYRB) was shortlisted for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. Chris became a member of the Outranspo in 2014.

Norma Cole is a poet, translator and visual artist. Her books of poetry include Actualities, Where Shadows Will, and Win These Poster and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. TO BE AT MUSIC: Essays & Talks appeared in 2010. Her translations from French include Danielle Collobert's It Then, Crosscut Universe: Writing on Writing from France and Jean Daive's White Decimal. Her visual work has been shown at the Miami University Art Museum, 2nd floor projects in San Francisco and is currently in the exhibition "Way Bay," at the Berkeley Art Museum. Born in Toronto, Canada, Cole lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

Kit Schluter was born in 1989 in Boston . Among his published and forthcoming translations are books by Amandine André, Anne Kawala, Clamenç Llansana, Jaime Saenz, Michel Surya, Julio Torri, and numerous collections by Marcel Schwob. He is recipient of a translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as "Discovery"/Boston Review and Glascock prizes, and holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University . Kit co-edits O'clock Press, and lives in Mexico City.

7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Shark Punch / Code Name Rocky / Day Labor / The Big News / Flip The Switch

Another Gilman Ska Night!
Shark Punch
Code Name Rocky (LA)
Day Labor
The Big News (OKC)
Flip The Switch (Sac)
$12 +$2 Membership All Ages 924 Gilman is a safe(r) space venue No Bigots No Drugs No Alcohol

7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Film to Table: I Am Not a Witch

Join fellow cinephiles for dinner and discussion following this strikingly beautiful first feature by Rungano Nyoni, who layers magic realism, satire, and social critique in the original and unforgettable story of a girl accused of witchcraft and exiled from her village.
Film tickets must be purchased separately.

7:15pm to 8:15pm, Babette
2120 Oxford St, Berkeley


Lil' Elephant (Album Release), Pistachio, Onyx

8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Little Buffalo

Little Buffalo is the ongoing musical powwow between songwriter Eric Burkhart and a stable of talented players, singers and creative collaborators. LB's songs come from a lifetime of hearing American music in it's many incarnations...If you can imagine original tunes that fall somewhere between country, acoustic rock, folk and blues, with a nod to the sounds of Tulsa, New Orleans and Funky Kingston, then you'll be somewhere in the neighborhood. Some might call it Americana .... you can call it whatever you like.Little Buffalo has finished a debut album and is busy recording new songs, making videos, and gigging around the local music scene.

LB's current performing lineup includes:
Doug Ashcraft - drums, percussion
Eric Burkhart - guitars, vocals
Steve Epstein - pedal steel, guitar
Guy Lento - live sound mixing
Alan Novidor - bass
Melissa Phillips - vocals, percussion
John Prichard - keyboards, vocals

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Jazz Ensemble UC Berkeley Music Department

Faculty members Myra Melford (piano) and Ben Goldberg (clarinet), in collaboration with bassist Michael Formanek (ECM recording artist) and drummer Hamir Atwal (Tune Yards), present original compositions for improvising quartet. An opening set by students: The Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, features works by Goldberg, Formanek, Melford and others
Email: concerts@berkeley.edu
Price Range: $16-$5

8pm to 9pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Lewin-Cogan Duo -- Trinity Chamber Concerts

Lewin and Cogan will present music by Leclair, Bach, Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Stravinsky.

Program:
Jean-Marie Leclair
Sonata in D, for violin and piano

JS Bach
Prelude and Fugue, piano solo

Toru Takemitsu
Hika, for violin and piano

Olivier Messiaen
Theme and Variations, for violin and piano

Igor Stravinsky
Duo Concertante

Performers:
Daniel Lewin - Violinist

Dmitriy Cogan - Pianist

Email: violinyogi@yahoo.com
Price Range: $15 to $20
Tickets: 510-778-1719

8pm to 10pm, Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley


Peck Allmond & Friends: The Music of Eddie Marshall

Peck Allmond & Friends: The Music of Eddie Marshall
A tribute to the late great drummer, composer and longtime guiding spirit of the Bay Area jazz scene, Eddie Marshall! Featuring former members of his working band, the Eddie Marshall Quintet, who come together from NYC and the Bay Area every year to celebrate Eddie's brilliant, exciting music. And in the drum chair, Eddie's son, Alcide Marshall!
Band Members and Instrumentation: Peck Allmond - trumpet, tenor sax, flute; Kenny Brooks, tenor saxophone; Glen Pearson, piano; Jeff Chambers, bass; Alcide Marshall, drums
Artist Websites: peckallmond.com; jeffchambersjazz.com; kennybrooks.com; marshallentertainmentgroup.com
Artist Bio:
Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Peck Allmond has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 1993. Originally from the SF Bay Area, he was a product of Phil Hardymon's Berkeleyjazz program that also produced such luminaries as Benny Green and Joshua Redman. As a youngster, Peck was mentored and hired by many SF jazz greats: Eddie Marshall, Mark Levine, Ed Kelly, John Coppola, Vince Wallace, Smiley Winters, Donald Bailey, Bud Spangler, Faye Carol, and Chuck Clark. Working with these masters was a rich jazz education. In NYC, Peck leads and composes for his own band, the Peck Allmond Group. In addition, he is an in-demand sideman on numerous instruments: trumpet, saxophones, flute, valve trombone and many other brass and reeds. He also plays kalimba, the African-derived thumb piano, to which he brings an unusual degree of virtuosity.
His jazz recording and performance credits: Oliver Lake, John Hicks, Billy Harper, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Tom Harrell, MeShell Ndegeocello, John Stubblefield, Joe Lovano, Cindy Blackman, Madeleine Peyroux, Donny McCaslin, and Peter Apfelbaum. In the pop world: James Brown, Rickie Lee Jones, Sean Lennon, Randy Newman, Ray Lamontagne, Wyclef Jean, Allan Toussaint, Zooey Deschanel, and many others. Numerous television appearances include The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, the Conan O'Brien Show, Today, and the Mark Twain Comedy Awards. His compositions were featured by the late great Jackie McLean in Jackie's quintet. The San Francisco Examiner: Peck is "...a magnificent trumpeter-and a forceful, post-bop modern saxophonist. The music he writes for his group is conceptually brilliant and marvelously played." Allaboutjazz.com: a "formidable talent." Jackie McLean: Peck is "a true triple threat: trumpet, saxophone, and composition." Peck was the Traveling Trumpet Clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival 2005-2017, and since September 2017 has been a woodwind instructor for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He teaches extensively at the New York Jazz Academy, and privately in the New York City area.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/peck.allmond

8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Chora Roda

Chora Roda is a fun Brazilian choro jam session. Choro is an instrumental style combining classical, jazz and African elements. It definitely requires some study and practice, but there are lots of choro enthusiasts in the Bay Area. Common instruments are guitar, mandolin, flute, cavaquinho, clarinet, pandeiro; but all instruments are welcome. Whether you come to listen or to learn, a good time is guaranteed!

8pm to 10pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Celebrating 50 years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

Cal Performances honors a partnership that began a half-century ago, in 1968, with the first UC Berkeley performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now under the direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform. "The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).

Program A (4/10, 4/14 MAT)
TALLEY BEATTY Stack-Up (1982) (music: various contemporary)
JAMAR ROBERTS Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: John Coltrane)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program B (4/11, 4/12, 4/15)
ROBERT BATTLE Mass (2004) (Company West Coast Premiere) (music: John Mackey)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn)
BATTLE The Hunt (2001) (music: Les Tambours du Bronx)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program C (4/13, 4/14 EVE)
TWYLA THARP The Golden Section (1983) (music: David Byrne)
GUSTAVO RAMIREZ SANSANO Victoria (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: Michael Gordon)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

$36-$135. 642-9988. cal performances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus


Turnover, Mannequin Pussy, Summer Salt


This show is sold out but you can sign up for the waitlist here.

Turnover
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Pop punk / indie rock band from Virginia, USA formed in 2009.
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Mannequin Pussy
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Summer Salt
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Summer Salt is a rock n roll three-o from Austin, TX. They have a tropical oldies vibe, encompassing a poolside summer day. Matt Terry plays guitar and has the voice of an angel, Eugene Chung hits the sweet beats, and Phil Baier smiles while playing bass.

8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Kazemde George & Sami Stevens

Vocalist Sami Stevens and saxophonist Kaz George have been making music together since they met at The New England Conservatory in 2011. For the past two years, they have been developing music for a new project: Sami Stevens & The Man I Love, an original soul/R&B band based in Brooklyn, NY. They bring their musical ideas together for a tour of the Bay Area, accompanied by a crew of local musicians, combining their unique influences to create their own brand of jazz, R&B and soul.

http://kazemdegeorge.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


"The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars" Featuring the cast of Woody Guthrie's American Song and Special Guests (4/14/18)

The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars, Ray Bierl, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Linda Tillery, Evie Ladin, Jenner Fox, Lucina Rodriguez and Fabiola Trujillo, Sam Misner, Megan Smith, Jeff Waxman, Lisa Asher, Tony Marcus, Berwick Haynes, Robin Flower, Chuck Ervin, Harry Yaglijian

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Armenian State Chamber Choir

Robert Mlkeyan, director

Thirty voices strong, the Armenian State Chamber Choir serves up a spellbinding program that includes extraordinary music by the influential ethnomusicologist and priest Komitas, 20th-century composers Alfred Schnittke and John Tavener, and the contemporary composer David Haladijan; a selection of traditional Armenian folk tunes; and more. The choir's recording on ECM of Tigran Mansurian's Ars Poetica was praised for its superb ensemble cohesion and blend: "gorgeous, emotive, and very deeply felt a cappella choral music... fully the product of inspiration" (All Music Guide).

MASHTOTS
I Kneel Before You (A hymn for Lent)
NAREKATSI
The Bird (A hymn for Easter)
KOMITAS
Holy, Holy
Rustic Wedding Songs (Suite A, 1899-1901)
Prayer
The Bride's Farewell
To the Bridegroom's Mother
The Bridegroom's Blessing
Banter
Dance
Rise Up! (1899-1901)
O Mountains, Bring Breeze (1913-14)
Plowing Song of Lori (1902-6)
Spring
(1902, Poem by Hovhannes Hovhanisyan)
TAVENER
Song for Athene
SCHNITTKE
Three Sacred Hymns
Hail to the Virgin Mary
Lord, Have Mercy
Lord's Prayer
DAVID HALADJIAN
Missa Memoria
Kyrie
Christe
Gloria
Dies Irae
Tuba mirum
Patrem
Sanctus
DANIEL ELDER
Lullaby (from Three Nocturnes)
MORTEN LAURIDSEN
Sure on this Shining Night (Poem by James Agee)
ROBERT MLKEYAN
Armenian Folk Tunes
Gorani of Moosh
Mayram
Kheeyo
Maral
$42-$70. 642-9988. cal performances.org

8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Frankie Cosmos

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New York native songwriter and composer Greta Kline has shared a bounty of her innermost thoughts and experiences from the past six years through the almost inconceivable number of songs she has released since 2011. Like many of her peers, Kline's prolific creative output was initially born out of an era where bedroom recording and self-releasing became more possible than ever through the advent of the internet. But as she's grown as a writer and performer, playing to larger audiences and devising more complex albums, Kline has shifted from an artist who's made strides despite limitations, to an artist whose impact can be seen across modern independent music. Her newest record, Vessel, which will be out spring 2018 through Sub Pop Records, is the 52nd release from Kline and the third studio album by her indie pop outfit Frankie Cosmos. On it, Kline explores all of the changes that have come in her life as a result of the music she has shared with the world for the past half-decade, as well as the parts of her life that have remained irrevocable.

Frankie Cosmos has taken several different shapes since their first full band album, Zentropy, erupted in New York's DIY music scene in 2014. For Vessel the band's line up comprises of multi-instrumentalists David Maine, Lauren Martin, Luke Pyenson, and Kline, who each contributed their own musical sensibilities to help shape the sound of the new record. In between tours supporting their last album, Next Thing, Kline brought new songs to the band's rehearsals, and together the members collectively participated in turning them into full band arrangements. As a result, the album's staggering 18 tracks implement a range of instrumentations and recording methods unheard of on the albums preceding it, while still maintaining the succinctly sincere nature of Kline's songwriting.

The album's opening track, "Caramelize," serves as the thematic overture for Vessel, alluding to topics like dependency, growth, and love which reoccur throughout the record. The song strings together a scope of musical motifs and showcases the intense dynamics in both Kline's lyrics and the band's performance that continue on the tracks that follow. Although many of the scenarios and personalities written about on Vessel are familiar territory for Frankie Cosmos, what's really changed on the new record is Kline's nuanced point of view and her desire to constantly question the latent meaning of her experiences. In the album's first single "Jesse," Kline grapples with the startling personal epiphanies in life that stem from dreams and subconscious realizations. On another single, "Apathy," Kline confronts her own insecurities around personal change and feeling distant from the people she once had a close relationship with. Then later on the album "Accommodate," deals with the complexity of being in a community that would rather turn its nose a problem than hold its members accountable. "Being Alive" stands out as one of the few old bandcamp-era Frankie Cosmos songs the band reworked for Vessel, and shows the rhythm section quickly shifting between fast and slow tempos as Kline ponders the minutia of existence. Kline's dissonant lyrics are paired with the band's driving, jangly grooves creating several moments on the album where the bandmates' chemistry playing together is brought to the forefront.

To record Vessel, Frankie Cosmos traveled back up to Binghamton, New York to work with Hunter Davidsohn, the producer and studio engineer who helped craft the sound for Zentropy and Next Thing. The band spent 3 days upstate tracking drums, bass, guitars, and vocals, favoring the spontaneity of reel-to-reel tape over the meticulous perfectionism caused by recording digitally. Then the band and Davidsohn continued recording the album for another three days in Brooklyn with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader at their studio, Gravesend Recordings. As Frankie Cosmos started testing out new songs for Vessel on the road, the band invited members from their fellow touring bands to join them on stage to sing or play parts on tracks like "Being Alive" and "Jesse." Once in the studio, the band decided to invite those same friends and more to contribute parts to the final recorded versions including Alex Bailey (formerly of Warehouse, who has replaced David Maine as a permanent member of the live band), Vishal Narang (of Airhead DC), and singer/songwriter Anna McClellan. After six days of recording, Davidsohn continued mixing the album back upstate and eventually sent the finished album to Josh Bonati to be mastered.

Vessel's run time is exactly double the length of Frankie Cosmos' breakout record, Zentropy, and serves as enormous leap forward in the band's catalog. But ultimately, the album's unique sensibility, esoteric narratives, and reveling energy, allow it to exist as just another distinctive chapter in Kline's ongoing musical auto-biography. Through Vessel, Kline provides the listener with a spectrum of disparate anecdotes, observations, and affirmations and then tasks them with arranging the pieces in a way that they can make their own sense of. Typically albums by artists at a similar stage in their career are written with the weight of knowing that someone is on the other end listening. Yet, despite bringing attention to her audience in direct references, Kline and the rest of Frankie Cosmos have passionately written Vessel with a clarity not muddled by the fear of meeting anyone's expectation.

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Soar
Now defunct hardcore punk band from Caen, France.

9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Don Carlos

A singer whose lyrical messages echo the spiritual side of the late Bob Marley, Don Carlos has led the cause of conscious reggae for more than three decades. Born Ervin Spencer, he grew up in the impoverished Waterhouse district of Western Kingston, Jamaica, along with other future reggae greats including King Tubby, King Jammy, and Junior Reid. Carlos started popular Jamaican vocal trio Black Uhuru in 1973, then left for a solo career in the '80s and '90s that began with his solo album debut, "Suffering," along the way joining a reunion of the original members of Black Uhuru in 1992. For most of his life Carlos has been an influential singer of conscious lyrics - songs of peace, love, politics, understanding, freedom - all driven by the classic reggae sounds and dance rhythms he helped popularize in such albums as "Day to Day Living" and "Them Never Know a Natty Dread."

9:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley