Berkeley Arts Festival

The Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar is dedicated to the notion that in Berkeley every day is an arts festival. With the first month-long Arts Festival in 1997, we initiated this web site and realized that it could fill a need for information about the activities of all the Berkeley arts organizations year-round. So we expanded it and kept it going, as a guide for the arts-loving people of Berkeley and in appreciation of the City's continued support.

The Berkeley Arts Festival presents

We again have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival this year, 2133 University Avenue right next to Ace Hardware. We have scheduled concerts with some of the most creative people in Berkeley--the musicians, composers and writers who bring vibrant talents for all to hear and see. So come along with us on an exciting journey into their domains.
Suggested donation $10-$20 unless otherwise noted. Check for changes on our website: www.berkeleyartsfestival.com

Friday, May 27th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, May 28th 2016

John Sanborn

Fund raiser

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, May 29th 2016

Greenlief/Glenn: Etudes - Nathan Clevenger Group

8pm
Phillip Greenlief - alto and tenor saxophones
Jordan Glenn - percussion

Composed over the course of the past 8 years, Phillip Greenlief's Etudes represents a study of various harmonic and rhythmic sequences produced in traditional notation. This performance features these works for saxophone with added surprises from percussionist Jordan Glenn

9 pm
Nathan Clevenger Group
Nathan Clevenger - guitar, compositions
Kasey Knudsen - alto saxophone
Cory Wright - tenor saxophone/clarinet/flute
Rachel Condry - bass clarinet/clarinet
Sam Bevan - bass
Jon Arkin - drums/percussion
Jason Levis - drums/percussion

Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger's eponymous group has been performing an ever-expanding book of original compositions since 2003, drawing on the traditions of jazz, modern classical, and rock music, as well as the unique music of the bay area's jazz/new music scene. With the addition of a 2nd percussionist in 2015, the Group's current music has added an additional layer of rhythmic counterpoint to the already dense melodic counterpoint. The Group has released two albums (2010's The Evening Earth, on Evander Music, and Observatory, released in 2013) and plans to record and issue a 3rd release in 2016, Stateless.

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue


Monday, May 30th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, June 2nd 2016

Minsky Duo plays Violin, Piano, and Drums

Nate Bartley (violin) and Monica Chew (piano) present a a wide-ranging program inspired by folktunes to ragtime, with a side of neoclassicism and new music from Aaron Andrew Hunt. The program includes Prokofiev's rarely heard sonata for solo violin, Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Grieg's second sonata for violin and piano, and George Antheil's second sonata for violin, piano and drums.

Prokofiev, Sonata for solo violin, op. 115
Grieg, Second Sonata for violin and piano, op. 13
Aaron Andrew Hunt (2013), Preludes and Fugues for piano
Stravinsky, Suite Italienne
Antheil, Sonata for violin, piano and drums

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, June 3rd 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


New innovative Music Fundraiser for Homeless Action Center, and the SF Coalition on Homelessness..

June 3rd
07:00PMPompelly/Allen Duo
08:00PMCartoon Justice w/SciFi Authors Meg
Pontecorvo&David Gill
08:30PMPoetics of Narrative
09:00PMOa
09:30PMVacuum Tree Head

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Saturday, June 4th 2016

New innovative Music Fundraiser for Homeless Action Center, and the SF Coalition on Homelessness..

02:00 PMSHIVA X
02:30PMTrois Chapeaux w/ Jorge Bachmann
03:00PMJack Hertz
03:30PMT.D. Skatchit
04:00PMReconnaissance Fly
05:00PMLingua Incognita Session
06:30PMJeffrey Alexander Trio
07:00PMCDP
07:30PMLau Nau
08:00PMV'Maa w/NokiaLand Video
08:30PMBill Wolter Project
09:00PMEar Spray
09:30PMTri-Cornered Tent Show

2:30pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, June 5th 2016

Homeless Fundraiser

June 5th
02:00PMAlphastare
02:30PMDenny Joints
03:00PMzBug
03:30PMWill Alexander
04:00PMUnited Separatists
05:00PMColin Dyer
05:30PMMisshapened Lapdog (R Duck, Wayne
Jackson, Doug Lynner)
06:00PMJohn Shiurba/Philip Greenlief Duo
06:30PMCosmists
07:00PMJordan Glenn
07:30PM-tba-
08:00PMAmy Reed
09:00PMEbolabuddha

2pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, June 6th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, June 10th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, June 13th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, June 16th 2016

Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays

with
CONJURE!
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum
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Suggested Donation $20
Children welcome! Ages 12 and under Free admission

Free World ~ creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
A new forum for great black art and beyond: Innovative explorations from the roots to the branches of music, dance, visual art, and word. Bringing local, national and international performers, scholars, students and interested public together in a forum designed to enhance and broaden understanding and awareness of the dynamic cultural impact of African American music and art, in all its diverse expressions. Performers TBA.
Suggested donation $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

India Cooke, violinist, recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader,IndiaCooke~Redhanded (Music and Arts 1996).
Her continuing jazz and improvisational experiences include performances and recordings with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Julius Hemphill, Reggie Workman, George Sams, Abdul Wadud,Charles "Bobo" Shaw, Peter Kowald, John Lindberg, James Emery, Eddie Marshall, E.W. Wainwright, John Tchicai, Michael White, Pauline Oliveros, Donald Robinson, Lewis Jordan, and Bill Crossman, among many others.

Lewis Jordan, alto and baritone saxophones
Born in San Francisco, he grew up in Chicago, with the blues, while learning to associate creative musicians with the advancement of society as we know it. He is an international touring and recording musician, poet, actor and playwright. He was a founding member of United Front, a seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Presenting his music and words in performance, he continues to carry the torch. He has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to working with artists from a range of practice: dance, poetry, theater and music, presented in his Music At-Large series. He continues to seek out performers who strive for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that's in B-flat, fine. If it's in time, that could work too. If it's outside, it must be honest.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, June 17th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, June 20th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, June 24th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, June 27th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Today's Events - May 24

Freight Open Mic

$5 adv / $7 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


TELEGRAPH QUARTET AT BERKELEY CITY CLUB

Berkeley Chamber Performances (BCP) concludes its 23rd season of intimate chamber concerts with the brilliant TELEGRAPH QUARTET. Audience members are invited to attend a complementary wine and cheese reception following the concert with an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians.

The Telegraph Quartet, winner of the 2014 Grand Prize of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, has performed in concert halls across the United States. Formed in 2013 and composed of youthful graduates of Julliard and other top-ranked insitutitions, the quartet has appeared in Carnegie Hall and been featured as Guest Artists for the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Music Masters Series. The members of the Telegraph Quartet are Eric Chin and Joseph Maille, violins ; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; and Jeremiah Shaw, cello.

The May 24 program begins with Benjamin Britten’s Three Divertimenti, dating from in 1933 when the composer was only 22 years old. Also known as Go play, boy, play, the Divertimenti are part of an unfinished project in which Britten wrote musical potraits of school friends. Leon Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 follows the Britten. According to Kirchner himself, his first quartet, written in 1949, was srongly influenced by Bela Bartok; it won the New York Critics Circle Award that year. Kirchner won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1967 for his third string quartet.

The featured piece after intermission is Beethoveen’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, also knows as the “Razumovsky.” Composed in 1806, the three quartets that comprise Op. 59 were comissioned by the Russian Count Razumovsky who requested that the pieces express Russian themes. The darkest and most exotic of the three quartets, No. 2 also delights with its lively marches and brief tarantella.

For information about dining at the Club before the performance, call (510) 848-7800. General Admission for the concert is $30; students through high school, free; post-secondary students, $15. For additional information either call (510) 525-5211 or check the website at www.berkeleychamberperform.org. Wheelchair accessible.







8pm to 10pm, 2314 Durant Avenue


Sauce Piquant

$12. 8pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.

Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.