Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/05/2018

Berkeley Festival-Two Baroque Girls

This program will feature music by female composers of the baroque era.
The performers will present works by Maddalena Lombardini, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Isabella Leonarda. Featured works include Maddalena Lombardini Duos no. 2 and 5; Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre Sonata No. 2; Isabella Leonardo Sonata No. 12; and Anna Amalia Sonata in F Major.
Performers: Sarah Bleile, baroque violin; Shelby Yamin, baroque violin; Eugenio Solinas, baroque cello; and Andrew Wang, harpsichord.
Directors: Corey Jamason and Elizabeth Reed
Email: jhousesteward@sfems.org
Price Range: $15/$5 from students under age 30 with ID available only at box office

Tickets: (510) 528-1725

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Jun 5, 11am to 1pm, Saint Marks Episcopal Church2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

THE MARION CONSORT & ADELFOS ENSEMBLE Not Your Father's Norton Anthology

Vocal ensembles, The Marion Consort (Chicago, IL) & Adelfos Ensemblse (Santa Barbara, CA), team up for an eclectic concert of vocal music spanning the decades - of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This concert will feature a timeline of music circa 900-1650 exploring beyond the classics of the Norton Anthology of Western Music, every music majors' favorite textbook. Selections include music from the Codex Las Huelgas, the Cantigas de Santa Maria, Guillaume Dufay, Orlando di Lasso, Ludwig Senfl, and more!
There will even be a Very Special Guest: the hurdy-gurdy!
Tickets available at the door. Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Jun 5, 11am to 1pm, PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

SE PIACE Bach to Bach

Continuing their exploration of the music of J.S. Bach and his sons, Se Piace presents a concert of sonatas and fantasies for harpsichord and violin by Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel. Works include Sonata in E minor BWV 1023, Sonata in C minor BWV 1017 and C.P.E. Bach's Sanguineus and Melancholicus H. 579, Empfindungen H.536, and Fantasia in C minor H.75.

Katherine Heater, harpsichord;
Anthony Martin, violin
Price: $15

Jun 5, 11am to 12 noon, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

9th Ward Millionaires

Jazz

Jun 5, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

ENSEMBLE VOCATRIX Songs and Hymns of Hildegard

In TWO concerts on June 5 (12:30 PM and 2:00 PM), the all-female Ensemble Vocatrix performs ecstatic songs and hymns by Hildegard von Bingen.
Along with medieval harp and vielle, this program features both solo and ensemble singing in arrangements of virtuosic medieval music, from the rapturous meditation of "O quam mirabilis est" to the theatrical story of St. Ursula in "O Ecclesia." Featuring some of Hildegard's lesser-performed works, this program is not to be missed!
Price: $20 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student

Jun 5, 12 noon to 1pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL, 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

CAROLINE JOU ARMITAGE, harpsichord

A Harpsichord Soundscape: Froberger, Bach, Couperin, and more A delightful solo harpsichord concert of toccatas, including Bach's dramatic Toccata in d minor BWV 913, and a lovely Louis Couperin suite. Special guest appearance by local favorite, violinist Anthony Martin. Caroline will also share a musical secret - her personal discovery of the origin of the theme of her chosen Bach toccata.
Price: FREE

Jun 5, 1pm to 2pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

ENSEMBLE VOCATRIX Songs and Hymns of Hildegard

In TWO concerts on June 5 (12:30 PM and 2:00 PM), the all-female Ensemble Vocatrix performs ecstatic songs and hymns by Hildegard von Bingen.
Along with medieval harp and vielle, this program features both solo and ensemble singing in arrangements of virtuosic medieval music, from the rapturous meditation of "O quam mirabilis est" to the theatrical story of St. Ursula in "O Ecclesia." Featuring some of Hildegard's lesser-performed works, this program is not to be missed!
Price: $20 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student

Jun 5, 2pm to 3pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL, 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

CORO CICONIA Praise Band

Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. Our program is organized around Du Fay's joyous late Ave Regina cælorum Mass setting, a self-parody which takes his immodest motet even a step further in mingling abject piety with a plea for his own immortal soul. Along the way, Ockeghem's rondeau D'un autre amer insists that self-subjugation to courtly love protects one's honor; Josquin writs this stance large by quoting the chanson while extolling the divine in his Tu solus qui facis mirabilia. We next pair Machaut's rarely sung, nearly textless Hoquetus (to King David) with his effusive Biauté parée de valour, an ode to the patroness the mere thought of whom sustains him. Obrecht's flamboyant setting of the Magnificat aptly renders unto all the Marian trust in the divine; Landini's isorhythmic motet, the homage-piece Sì dolce non sonò, honors the great composer de Vitry as seemingly mythological in stature. Finally, Ciconia's O felix templum conjures a stuffy fanfare to a bishop into a playful romp, while his Una Panthera shamelessly flatters a visiting noble from Lucca by depicting him as the armored leopard who cofounded that city along with, obviously, Mars.
CORO CICONIA:
Asher Davison, Director; Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, and Helen Wolfe-Visnick
Price: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 student

Jun 5, 2pm to 3pm, BERKELEY CITY CLUB— Members Lounge 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley

EUGENIO SOLINAS, baroque cello Bach Cello Suites 3 & 4

The program will feature both Cello Suite n° 3, in C major BWV 1009 and Cello Suite n° 4, in Eb major BWV 1010 in their entirety. Unlike the suites and sonatas for solo violin, often passionate and more varied, the cello suites follow a constant sobriety, which infuses the instrument, especially in the medium-serious register, with a solemn tone.
Price: $15 General Admission, $10 Student

Jun 5, 2:30pm to 3:30pm, TRINITY CHAPEL, 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley

Berkeley Festival-DAVIS SENIOR HS BAROQUE ENSEMBLE

DAVIS SENIOR HS BAROQUE ENSEMBLE, Angelo Moreno, Director
Music by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Lully, and Avison
Davis Senior High School, located just northeast of the Bay Area in Davis, CA, established the first Baroque orchestra in a public high school in the US.
They made their Berkeley Festival debut in 2014. They return to the Festival stage this year with a program of works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Charles Avison. Featuring violin soloist Caleb Young and keyboard soloist Kohlin Sekizawa.
Email: jhousesteward@sfems.org
Price Range: $15/$5 from students under age 30 with ID available only at box office
Tickets: (510) 528-1725
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Jun 5, 4pm to 6pm, Saint Marks Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Jun 5, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

LES VIOLETTES Render Unto Caesar: Music from the court of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I was a a patron of the arts, and was himself a musician. His court employed some of the top musicians in 17th-century Europe. Les Violettes presents a concert of music written under the patronage of Leopold by Antonio Bertali, Giovanni Felice Sances, Giovanni Bononcini, and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer.
Price: $20 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student, Kids are free

Jun 5, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA CHAPEL 2316 Bowditch, Berkeley

Alexandra Mattraw, Norman Fischer, and Tiff Dressen

This is a book launch and celebration for Alexandra Mattraws new book, small siren.

Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet and fourth generation native of Northern California. Her debut full-length book, small siren, was published this spring at Cultural Society. Alexandra is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017), published with Dancing Girl Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills, The Poetry Project, VOLT, The Volta, and elsewhere. In Oakland, she curates an art centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen, now in its seventh year.

About small siren:
"When good poetry hits, it animates the actual, it becomes the actual. That's small siren: a serious romp of constructive music that is what it says. Science and nature unlock their mysteries by being precise; in small siren the words - cut, spliced, compressed - form units of attention enacting the physical world so precisely that even the sun and the moon ride their arcs untroubled. Across cities and seas, Alexandra Mattraw's language isn't attached to images; it comes out of them, like a birthright. The authenticity is declarative and unmistakable: `A sign is a block, an island, a cloud, a clock.' She makes it real." - Aaron Shurin

"Though cradled by earth, Mattraw's poems wander through a new human condition. Or are the songs of spirits who won't tiptoe around their biographers. Through the unregistered versions of ourselves, we can read these poems and worry about having regular bodies later. Here is a beautiful lesson or wager that on a page you can risk your dreams." -Tongo Eisen-Martin

"In Alexandra Mattraw's much-awaited first book, small siren, we encounter a poet of extraordinary observation and inquiry. An enchantment and engagement with the world commences: "when is a voice a piano,' "repetition needs to believe,' "what grew before you could speak' build a kind of groundswell where Mattraw puts her ear to the hardscape of 21st century America and its global environs: Sao Paolo, Iceland, New Zealand. Ultimately, notions of country and categories break down. What we find is heresy, hearsay, and yes, wishes. Throughout, what survives is a relationship of love and courage, of errors and triumph. A human relationship of lovers, of family. This is a book of wonder and awe and strength. When the world goes down, I want to be in Alexandra Mattraw's boat." -Gillian Conoley

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are (poetry) any would be if (Chax, 2017) and Magnolias All At Once (Singing Horse, 2015). Forthcoming in 2018 from PURH in France is his serial poem On a Train at Night. And from Talisman the poem Untitled Series: Life As It is. His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion. He is the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), a network of Zen meditation groups and other projects. His books are distributed by Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, CA.

Tiff Dressen was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. SONGS FROM THE ASTRAL BESTIARY (lyric& Press, 2014) is their first full-length collection of poetry. They recently migrated from Oakland to the Portola neighborhood of San Francisco and work in the Office of Research at UC Berkeley. They are the author of Keeper (Woodland Editions, 2005), Because Icarus-children (WinteRed Press, December 2010) and for Aeolus: variations on the element (co-published by the g.e. collective and Poetry Flash, 2011). Their work has appeared in many journals including New American Writing, VOLT and 26: A journal of poetry and poetics, and YewJournal. They enjoy spending time at the SF Center for the Book honing their typesetting and letterpress printing skills.

Jun 5, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Time Out Quartet

Jun 5, 7pm to 9pm,

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Jun 5, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Larry Ochs )/Donald Robinson duo and John Shiurba 3-3

Larry Ochs (sax)/Donald Robinson (perc) duo
and
John Shiurba 3-3
(John Shiurba (gtr), Scott Walton (cb), Gino Robair (perc, elec))

Jun 5, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley

Ravi Abcarian Trio

Tuesdays in June are held down by local double bassist/composer/educator Ravi Abcarian, who heads up the youth group Oaktown Jazz Workshop. Ravi specializes in his own compositions, classics by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, and instrumental arrangements of Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley songs.
http://www.abcarian.com

Jun 5, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm

Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.


The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 5, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm

Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.


The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 5, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Slaid Cleaves

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Described as "terse, clear and heartfelt" (NPR Fresh Air), Slaid Cleaves' music speaks to timeless truths. The characters in his songs work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets

Jun 5, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Aterciopelados


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Aterciopelados, the pioneer Latin-American folk-rock group, returns after 8 years with their first long and live project entitled "Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado." This CD+DVD is a compilation of the most representative songs of their repertoire that celebrates over two decades of their existence as a band. It features the participation of big names, such as Macaco, León Larregui (vocals for the Mexican group Zoé), Goyo (Chocquibtown) and Catalina García (Monsieur Periné).
The group's members, Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, founded Aterciopelados in 1992 and achieved great success, both locally and internationally, thanks to a sound that was absolutely unique and innovative, free of prejudices, mixing rock with the roots of Colombian folklore and even with salsa and bossa nova.
Aterciopelados have grown and evolved with each production, making history in Latin America and the rest of the world. They have released seven studio and one compilation album, selling over ten million copies of their records. Their album Río has been mentioned by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 best Latin rock albums of all times.

They have earned two Latin Grammy awards and been nominated on multiple occasions for the Grammy. Aterciopelados are also Amnesty International ambassadors focusing on the fight against abuse of women and have been strong activists since the beginning of their journey as a group, as well as individually, with Andrea releasing three studio recordings ("Andrea Echeverri", "Dos" & "Ruiseñora") that reveal a very clear position regarding gender issues and the rights of women. The first one of said albums carries her name.
Furthermore, Hector, who is composer and producer for many up and coming artists, has always been interested in the environment and the legacy from ancestral indigenous people, and has actively participated in organizing "Canto al Agua," an intercultural network focusing on healing and caring for the water. His soloist discography consists of his albums "Conector", "Conector II" and "Niños Cristal".
Hector and Andrea are currently presenting "Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado", homage to all the songs that turned them into one of the greatest and most renowned rock bands in Colombia and worldwide. As a result of their getting together after a three-year recess and with the objective of presenting their greatest hits at the 20 years of Rock al Parque, they have created this CD+DVD. It includes songs that made the "50 most viral songs of Colombia"

This is an album filled with environmental-friendly elements, and all related videos of the group are already available on the Vevo channel on Youtube and available on all streaming and online purchasing websites. It is a summary of the greatest hits of a legendary band that has left its imprint on more than one generation for over two decades.

In the middle of their world tour "Reluciente, Rechinante 2017", in which they support the release of the live album that bears this name in different countries in Europe, Aterciopelados' pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, with its version of "He venido a pedirte Perdón".
According to Andrea and Héctor, this song is "Sound nu disco and plancha futurista", referring to the term 'iron music' that in Colombia encompasses the great songwriters of Latin music of the 70's and 80's.

Jun 5, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley