Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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

Oct 12, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Festival of Choro 2019 The Brass Edition!

check our festival website for more info:

Gileno Santana and Henrique Neto, trumpet and guitar

François de Lima, trombone, with Marcos Silva, piano and Brian Rice, percussion

Opening act: Oakland Public Schools Wind Collective, directed by Zack Pitt-Smith

Tickets Purchase in advance and save: Admission: General $25; Door $30

Born in 1987 in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil), trumpeter and composer Gileno Santana began his musical studies in Brazil, and moved to Portugal in 2006 to study at the Hot Club Portugal and the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts. He performs as lead trumpet in the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, a big band in Porto, and has recorded four albums with OJM and participated in jazz festivals in Portugal, France and Spain. He performed at the Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria) and. Birdland, Jazz Standard and Blue Note in New York, and recorded with Hermeto Pascoal and Hamilton de Holanda. He is currently a professor of jazz trumpet at the Music Conservatory of Oporto. , Gileno performs as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music 2019 at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York City.

From Brasilia, guitarist Henrique Neto has been an instructor at the Escola Brasileira de Choro Raphael Rabello in Brasilia since 2006 and has served as its Deputy Director since 2012. Henrique has been a member of the traditional Choro Livre group for 10 years and accompanies guest artists at Clube do Choro in Brasília. In that capacity and others he has worked with some of the biggest names in Brazilian música popular: Dominguinhos, Sivuca, Hamilton de Holanda, Paulinho da Viola, Danilo Caymmi, Sebastião Tapajós, and Hermeto Pascoal. He has performed in more than fifteen countries in four continents and won the Geração Musical national award granted by Furnas in 2009 together with the group, Trio Cai Dentro.

From Rio de Janeiro, Grammy-nominated valve-trombonist François de Lima is one of the founders of the Banda Mantiqueira. He is well-known all over the world as a Brazilian trombonist with great swing and a wonderfully creative improvisational style. François has toured with world-renowned Brazilian artists including Djavan, Jorge Benjor, Ney Matogrosso, Flora Plurim and Gal Costa. With Gal Costa he performed at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Randy Brecker, George Benson, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, César Camargo Mariano, Hermeto Pascoal, Paulo Moura, Wagner Tiso, Amilson Godoy, Nelson Ayres, Laércio de Freitas, Leny Andrade, Leila Pinheiro, Hermeto Pascoal, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Maestro Branco, and Dominguinhos.

He has recorded on albums by artists including Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Ney Motogrosso, Julio Iglesias, Milton Nascimento, and Guinga.

Oct 12, 7pm to 9pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley