Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Roundtable Reading: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Galileo. Newton. Curie. Science can change the world. But can it go too far? Eleven-year-old Ellie wonders about the strange and bossy new boy who, weirdly enough, looks a lot like her grandfather, a scientist who's always been a bit obsessed with immortality. Has Grandpa finally found the secret to eternal youth? Join us as we read this story that celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life, family, friendship, and possibility.

About Roundtable Reading
Young readers are invited to read the beginning of a good book aloud in BAMPFA's convivial Reading Room, and pick up a copy to continue reading at home. No advance sign-up needed; just show up at 3 o'clock, ready to read!

Mar 9, 3pm to 4pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

2nd and 4th Saturday's:
October 13th, October 27th,
November 10th, November 24th,
and December 8th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class
Location: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
RSVPs greatly appreciated.

Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.

In this mixed level drum workshop you'll glimpse into the true spirit of Africa, from the energetic rhythms to Lamine's heartfelt appreciation for this ancient instrument as a tool for human connection and language.

Join us!!!

Bring your drum if you have one! If you need a drum to use for class please message in advance. Drum rental fee = $5/class

Mar 9, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Benefit Performances of "Our Monologues": 2019 The Nature of Power *Note: actual end time may vary.*

"Our Monologues" is a production featuring the real stories of students at UC Berkeley. The show centers the voices of femme, non-binary, and students of color and their relationships to gender, race, sexuality, and other intersections of their identity.
Our mission is to end gender-based violence and promote gender equity on our campus and in our world. All proceeds of the show go to organizations around the Bay Area that align with our values.

Mar 9, 7pm to 8pm, Wheeler Auditorium

Jenny Q Chai

Pianist Jenny Q Chai in Sonorous Brushes
A Multi-Sensory Concert Featuring Works by Debussy, Durieux, Ravel, Messiaen, and a California Premiere by JarosÅ,aw KapuÅ>ciÅ,,ski using Antescofo Software

CNMAT presents contemporary Chinese-American pianist Jenny Q Chai in Sonorous Brushes, a multi-sensory program employing Chai's unique form of synesthesia. The program explores repertoire that lives at the intersection of color and sound, exploring this meeting of the senses through important works of the colorful Impressionistic era paired with new works created using Artificial Intelligence technology. In order to fully realize this concept, Chai completed a six-month residency at Cité des Arts in Paris, where she worked simultaneously on the musical performance and the paintings associated with each score. Sonorous Brushes was designed and premiered at Wigmore Hall in London on June 26, 2018.

The program features Debussy Etudes Pour les huit doigts and Pour les quartes, Les tierces alternée and Feux d'artifice from Debussy's Prelude Book 2 No.11, Frédéric Durieux's Pour tous ceux qui tombent - Hommage à Ravel, Ravel's Oiseux tristes, and Messiaen's Cantéyodjayâ. The evening ends with two audio-visual works by Polish composer and Stanford University Music Department Chair, JarosÅ,aw KapuÅ>ciÅ,,ski: Side Effects and the California premiere of Calligraphies for Ziqi.

Chai explains, "To begin our journey of synesthesia, we open with Frédéric Durieux's Pour tous ceux qui tombent-Hommage à Ravel, a tribute to the melancholy often found in Ravel's music, as so beautifully represented by Ravel's Oiseux tristes. Messiaen's Cantéyodjayâ, based on Indonesian rhythms, demonstrates the synesthetic composer's use of sound palette in his own strong and expressionistic way. As we jump forward to the 21st century, Artificial Intelligence technologies such as the highly advanced Antescofo program allow computers to act as intelligent and attentive co-performers. As the performer plays, the computer listens and anticipates their actions. It can then play its own visual and audio parts as live electronics and visual artists would in real time. Using these techniques, KapuÅ>ciÅ,,ski created Calligraphies for Ziqi with a companion video that demonstrates a hyper-real view of calligraphy. Her speed of strokes and the layering of papers is directed and manipulated by the tempo and rubato choices of pianist's playing in real time."

Chai is a champion of KapuÅ>ciÅ,,ski's music and has collaborated with him to test early versions of the groundbreaking synchronous score-following software program, Antescofo. Developed at IRCAM by scientist Arshia Cont and composer Marco Stroppa, the software offers a real-time computer response to live performance elements, enabling performers to create multimedia presentations of sophisticated and expressive fluency. Chai explored and helped hone Antescofo in residence at IRCAM alongside KapuÅ>ciÅ,,ski, and has since toured internationally with the software, offering multimedia performances in Shanghai, New York, Havana, and elsewhere.

Mar 9, 8pm to 10pm, CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley, CA

Strike Iron with Orchestra Gold @ The Starry Plough Pub

Strike Iron are making their Starry Plough debut with support from Orchestra Gold

After a period of metamorphosis, Strike Iron has re-emerged in full force with its unique blend of Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz Fusion, and Avant Garde sensibilities. The band will feature a suite of brand new original music by musical director and all around mad scientist Bello (of Ernest Ranglin, Phil Lesh and Friends). Consisting of a six piece horn section, two percussionists, two guitars, electric bass, and a drummer, all of which are top Oakland and San Francisco session players, Strike Iron brings original dance music and electric energy to any stage they play. Be prepared for face melting, booty shaking, and the thickest of grooves all night long.

Fronted by the charismatic Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité, Orchestra Gold (OG) plays an original stew of African - inspired rock and soul music. Drawing deeply on Mali's musical history, OG blends analog, rhythmic dance music together with elements of psychedelic soul. With roots Malian drumming and the deep wisdom of Mariam's vocals, OG moves audiences from the inside out.

Mar 9, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94