Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Imperfect Interactions

Imperfect Interactions: a lecture/workshop on improvisation-based intermedia collaboration between dancers, musicians, and technologists.
Led by Scott Rubin, with special guests TBA

This lecture-workshop is geared for dancers, musicians/improvisers, composers, and technologists. Musicians should bring their instruments, and dancers should be prepared to move. The event will consist of the analysis of a recent interdisciplinary work. Additionally, audience members will participate in guided sessions of improvisation, critique, and iteration, with the aim of inspiring participants to discover their own avenues to collaborate across disciplines.

The event will consist of 2 parts
1. An analysis of in tensions, a recent work composed at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) for dance, cello, and motion-sensitive live electronics Created in close collaboration between interdisciplinary artists, this work is an interrogation of the relationships between two humans, their environment(s), and their role(s) as performers. The analysis will cover the methods used to craft the piece, including guided improvisation, notation, choreography, and motion-sensitive live electronics.
2. A workshop exploring how different sonic and movement interaction ideas can be surveyed and evaluated through a proposed electroacoustic improvisation framework. Audience will participate in guided sessions of improvisation, critique, and iteration, with the aim of inspiring participants to discover their own avenues to collaborate across disciplines.

Scott Rubin is a composer and improvising violist whose work interrogates relationships between sound and movement through analog and digital means. His recent projects have involved interdisciplinary collaborations with musicians and dancers, often incorporating interactive acoustic/electronic improvisation, expanded performance practices, and motion-sensors. In these projects, he engages themes of perturbation, control, and the sublime. Scott is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of California-Berkeley.
This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Nov 13, 1pm to 4pm, CNMAT Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St, Berkeley

Classical Revolution

Nov 13, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Freight Open Mic

The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission! Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.
- Doors open at 7pm, lottery for performance spots is held at 7:20. The show starts promptly at 7:30.
- Admission is free for all.
- Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.
- Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.
Tune up, drop in, go on!
PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP does not enter you into the lottery drawing for a performance spot.

Nov 13, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Knudsen/Arkin/Wick Trio

CJC's Way Out West Concert Series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a Tuesday evening showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres. Join us weekly in Rendon Hall for Way Out West!

Knudsen/Arkin/Wick Trio

After nearly a decade of playing together in a variety of contexts, saxophonist Kasey Knudsen, bassist Miles Wick and drummer Jon Arkin unite as a trio to delve into the limitless possibilities of this pared down configuration. The group explores a diverse array of original compositions and freely improvised vignettes.

Kasey Knudsen - Saxophone, Electronics; Jon Arkin - Drums, Electronics, Miles Wick - Bass

Kasey Knudsen, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, has been a vital part of the bay area music community since 2002. In addition to leading a number of her own ensembles, she has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Ben Goldberg, Tune Yards and Charlie Hunter. Active as an educator, she is currently a faculty member of Sonoma State University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop, The California Jazz Conservatory and the Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program.

A graduate of the University of Miami, Jon Arkin is an in-demand freelance drummer with many notable local, national and international artists. His drumming style has been sought out as much for his versatility as for his uniqueness. A believer in the power of listening, grooving, dynamic balance, and attunement, his collaborators attest to his ability to suit the music of the moment.

Miles Wick is a creative musician and teacher with ties to the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. By trade a jazz bassist, Miles contributes to a number of different musical projects in a variety of styles from folk to rock to improvised. He can also be found singing his own songs, which have been performed on both coasts and internationally. Wick holds a B.A. in music from Sonoma State University.

Nov 13, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Mighty Mangroves Blues and Zydeco Band plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

In a debut as a band and at Ashkenaz, the Mighty Mangroves represent a new generation of musicians in the lineage of Creole, Zydeco and Cajun musicians hailing from the Bay Area. The band features an eclectic mix of electrified traditional Creole and Cajun standards, soul infused Zydeco classics, and golden era R&B and Blues. Each member has a long relationship and love for Ashkenaz and brings the influence of world and folk genres into the genre as well as their individual tastes and playing. It is appropriate they make their debut at Ashkenaz, as they are distinctly a product of the historic venue. Also appropriately, they will bill joined by many local guests from the scene including Andrew Carriere, Steve Tabak and Andre Nigoghossian.

The bands leader (and one of Ashkenaz's own) Singer and Accordionist Max Lopez, has been steeped in the Bay Area Zydeco scene for more than a decade. As weekly Sound Engineer for the Tuesday night dance,  he is deeply embedded and immersed in the local scene and has learned from all of it's torch bearers. Studying diatonic accordion with Andrew Carriere, Marc Marcin, Billy Wilson and Blair Kilpatrick, he has learned the Bays own twist on the genre directly from the players who have kept it alive. But his love for the genre has also lead him to its source. Traveling to Louisiana, Max has studied with masters like Jeffery Broussard, and has steeped himself in the music of foundational artists like Amede Ardoin, Clifton Chenier, Boisec Ardoin, Canray Fontenot, and Danny Poullard as well as the music of modern players like Geno Delfose, Keith Frank, and Ed Poullard.

The Mighty Mangroves also feature Guitarist and Piano player Aaron Hammerman, and Rub board player and percussionist Dave Eagle. Together Aaron and Dave make up local Blues, Boogie Woogie, and R&B duo the Deep Basement Shakers. As a duo they seamlessly bring the influences of that project into the band; influences which inform the Zydeco genre as a whole to begin with. The Rhythm section is rounded out by Drummer Cairo McCockran and bass player Billy Wilson. A well rounded and hard working local drummer, Cairo has held down the beat for Bay Area Swing Legends Steve Lucky and Carmen Getit as well as Bluesman Quinn Deaveaux. Cairo has also played in an eclectic list of other genres including a stint with the local Afrobeat band  Lagos Roots, and with Ashkenaz Kid's series favorites The Bug Family Band. Billy has been a fixture of the Bay Area scene from its roots. From his role as bass player for the foundational California Cajun Orchestra, to his various roles in bands including Andrew Carriere and the Zydeco Cajun Allstars, and Motor Dude Zydeco, Billy is a local Zydeco master.

As a band the Mighty Mangroves are exploring the roots of Zydeco in all of its forms and integrating other influences to blaze forward. However, they always stay true to the rhythms that delight dancers. Combining French Music of rural Louisiana, New Orleans based R&B, Delta and Chicago Blues.

Doors at 7:30; Dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $15
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Nov 13, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley