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

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY; IBIM LAB

Italian Surf Academy makes an unannounced pitstop in Berkeley on its international tour in a double bill with the Bay Area's own IBIM LAB

Set 1
NYC guitarist Marco Cappelli (originally from Naples, Italy) leads a trio of whizbang Italian instrumentalists, plus VJ, in a set of freewheeling and irreverent arrangements of '60s Italian film music - spaghetti western, noir, horror and crime film scores by Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Carlo Rustichelli, Riz Ortolani, Piero Umiliani and Armando Trovajoli. Cappelli and his bandmates are the kind of 21st Century musicians who devour intricately composed material in all kinds of genres, and can also improvise, and shred, like the world is ending. Midway through a tour that has brought them to China, Japan and both coasts of the US, the trio+ visits Berkeley for special unannounced show in between tour dates.

Marco Cappelli, electric guitar
Luca Lo Bianco, electric bass
Francesco Cusa, drums
Andrea Pennisi , video projections

Set 2
The IBIM LAB:

For over a year master drummer Donald Robinson has led a weekly jam session/cabal called The Institute for Beautiful Improvised Music, dedicated to pure free jazz improv. After spinning out a number of superb duos/trios in 2013-2014, the jam has given birth to a new sextet, IBIM LAB: featuring jazz "percussion dervish" (Coda Magazine), Donald Robinson; the elliptically interdimensional experimental vocalist, trombonist and tuba-wallah, Ron Heglin; technogriot neogaku laptopist & pianist, Joe Lasqo; the bold trumpeter & electro-noisician with that beautiful haunting sound, Collette McCaslin; the Godfather of Avant Soul... saxist Rent Romus; and saxist/flautist/kalimbist/poet/painter/shaman, Jim Ryan, computer scientist and VJ super-freak Bill Thibault.

Join this elite research team, whose previous breakthroughs included collaborations with everyone from Steve Lacy to Cecil Taylor to Glen Spearman, in their latest experiments with musical truth, and hear rarefied energies which have not been experienced since nanoseconds after the Big Bang.

Berkeley Arts Festival Space
2133 University Avenue, Berkeley CA
$10-20 admission (all proceeds go to the traveling musicians)

Video:
http://vimeo.com/47933217
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiTNZshgfr0

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, October 3rd 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, October 5th 2014

Amy X Neuburg solo - John Shiurba's 5 X 5

8 pm
Amy X Neuburg solo

9 pm
John Shiurba's 5 X 5

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Wednesday, October 8th 2014

Molly Holm Improvisations and Trio

8 pm
Solo improvisations & a new collaboration w/ invited guests
Julie Moon-piano
Tim Kim-violin & voice
Melecio Magdaluyo-saxophones & flute

9 pm
Molly Holm Trio
Larry Dunlap-piano
Jeff Chambers-acoustic bass
Melecio Magdaluyo-saxophones & flute

Vocalist/composer Molly Holm continues to explore "any-kind-of-tonal" and free-form improvisation in solo and small group formats. She also plays with the idea of weaving experimental vocals and "outside" musical material within the set of her own compositions and "lesser-known" jazz repertoire.

Molly Holm is a long-time Bay Area singer, vocal ensemble director, and teacher in jazz and multi-cultural performance art. Her 2013 debut CD, PERMISSION--with Holm wearing the hat of bandleader and composer--received enthusiastic reviews, touting a musical sensibility beyond the usual fare of jazz vocalists. Holm acknowledges the important influences in her own music, long-derived from her work with a wide-range of creative artists and ensembles, including: Bobby McFerrin's original Voicestra; Terry Riley and Khayal; Zakir Hussain's Rapt, No Strings; June Watanabe's E.O. 9066; and George Coates Performance Works' Actual Shō. She also composed the music for Marcus Gardley's plays Love is A Dream House in Lorin and This World In a Woman's Hands. Earning a BA in Music and an MA in Composition from Mills College, Holm developed a long-standing student relationship with master North Indian vocalist, Pandit Pran Nath and Terry Riley. Additionally, she studied with Lou Harrison and W. A. Mathieu; and voice teachers, Faith Winthrop and Jane Sharp.

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Friday, October 10th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Metropolitan Butoh; Envisions Ensemble; Viv Corringham and Friends and Friends

Metropolitan Butoh | Envision Ensemble | Viv Corringham and Friends"


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- Set 0, 8:00pm: Metropolitan Butoh

After the acclaimed Aug show where we used the large bay windows as go-go cages for avant-dance in a ½-set prelude, another dance opener w Metropolitan Butoh, a group of veteran Bay Area butoh performers of the Tamano school who've worked together since 2004: Ronnie Baker, Molly Barrons, and Martha Matsuda.

"Mission Fu is the title of our ongoing exploration of images from the urban landscape, in the Mission District, Oakland, Detroit and other cities where have lived... For the Berkeley Arts Festival, we'll engage with the local landscape to create time-based art; a Berkeley Fu."

- Set 1, 8:25pm: Henry Kuntz & Envision Ensemble

Following a triumphant "down from the mountain" August performance at Berkeley Arts Festival, a return appearance by the daring pioneer of joyously unbounded, infinitely free jazz.

Henry Kuntz has blazed many trails in realizing the intersection of world musics (esp. from Latin America and Indonesia) with a ritualistic & shamanistic quest for joy and sonic freedom in a "festival time" outside of clock time. His new Envision Ensemble (an outgrowth of the earlier Opeye Orchestra) moves toward an advanced improvisational archetype, one in which multiple independent events may occur while the musicians simultaneously create an experiential musical whole.

Line-up:

- Henry Kuntz: sax, violins, gamelan, percussion, ringleader
- Brian Godchaux: violin, viola, mandolin
- John Kuntz: ukulele, guitar, mandolin, percussion
- Esten Lindgren: contrabass, pocket trumpet
- The mathematically impossible Dan Plonsey: saxes

- Set 2, 9:10pm: Viv Corringham tour

NY-based British vocalist, composer & electronic sound artist Viv Corringham plays Berkeley Arts Festival as part of her NorCal tour, joined by a Transbay multimedia consort of Deep Listening practitioners & neogaku kaiju.

Program may include various types of improv games based on sonic grammars, deviant sample-melting, mnemo-narrative field recordings, and intermedia moiré of words, utterance, sound, motion, memory, image & music.

Line-up:

- Viv Corringham: voice, electronics
- Joe Lasqo: laptop, keyboards, objects
- Jennifer Wilsey: percussion
- Wind choir: Nancy Beckman: shakuhachi & Ron Heglin: tuba / trombone
- Video artist: Bill Thibault.

Viv Corringham has worked internationally since the early 80s, creating music performances, audio installations & soundwalks. She's interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to an interior landscape of personal history, memory and association. Her ongoing project Shadow-walks has been presented in gallery shows from New York to Istanbul to Hong Kong.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, October 11th 2014

NegativeWobblyLand - Davis / Frith / Greenlief

8 pm
Negativewobblyland

Jon Leidecker - electronics
Peter Conheim - electronics

Negativwobblyland is a collaboration between Peter Conheim of the sampling art collective Negativland and Jon Leidecker of Wobbly (with frequent satellite members from Negativland expanding the duo into a trio). The duo eschews the cut-and-paste mass media collage of their previous work to celebrate the unpredictable magic of the Booper, an analog feedback device created from salvaged radio and amplifier parts. The original device, invented in 1975 by Negativland's David Wills (aka The Weatherman), has been joined by others based on the original schematic, although each instrument inevitably forms its own personality. When linked together, they suggest a chorus of electronic voices all speaking through the same organic throat, singing and chanting in recognizably modern ways. They are less instruments than collaborators.

9 pm
Evelyn Davis - piano
Fred Frith - guitar
Phillip Greenlief - saxophones

Originally organized to record a drone album, this trio has continued to blaze new trails by implementing improvisation that focuses on sound, texture manipulation, memory, and deep listening.

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Sunday, October 12th 2014

the lost trio - nathan clevenger group

8 pm
The Lost Trio

9 pm
Nathan Clevenger Group

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Wednesday, October 15th 2014

Moe Staiano Solo - Dapplegray

8 pm
Moe! Staiano, solo
Moe! - percussion

9 pm
Dapplegray

Nava Dunkelman - percussion
Jeannie Aprille Tang - electronics, percussion
Tara

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley


Friday, October 17th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Jerry Kuderna and friends

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Saturday, October 18th 2014

Dean Santomieri - Theresa Wong

Theresa Wong and Dean Santomieri will be playing solo pieces and duets

Theresa will perform a set of solo pieces on cello. Her performance asks a bewildering question: "how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?" Expect pure energy: a relentless digging to unearth the raw, wild vibrations of her materials.

www.theresawong.org

Dean will perform selections from his currently developing repertoire of Partch Songs, for voice and guitar. Inspired by Harry Partch's idiosyncratic use of voice and microtonality, the songs are sung, intoned, or spoken, against an often dissonant accompaniment. Song subjects range from Freud's visit to the US, and the waitressing career of financial advisor Suze Orman to Werner Herzog's jungle diatribe from the film Burden of Dreams.

www.deansantomieri.com/

8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Sunday, October 19th 2014

Dan Plonsey - Daniel Popsicle

Daniel Popsicle

3pm to 5pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Sonic Body Series

8 pm
Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
Leyya Tawil - movement

8:45 pm
Sonic Body Series

Local and international artists (musicians and dancers) meet to perform an evening of improvisation, creating spatial interaction and sonic abstraction in between the different bodies (body of sound and human body).

Improvisation Group with:
Phoebe Osborn, Sophia Wang, Rosemary Hannon and Christine Bonansea - movement

Tom Djll - trumpet
Jacob Felix Heule - percussion
Kanoko Nishi - koto
Suki O'Kane - percussion
Kyle Bruckman - oboe, english horn
Tim Perkis - electronics
Zachary James Watkins - electronics

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

Host Family - Ape Like Impact

8 pm
Ape Like Impact

Britt Ciampa: drums
Jake Leckie: bass
Ryan Pate: guitar

https://soundcloud.com/ape-like-impact

Comprised of guitarist Ryan Pate, bassist Jake Leckie, and drummer Britt Ciampa, Ape Like Impact was founded around the core principle of utilizing simple form composition as source material devoted to the construction of complex musical worlds and sound environments. The trio draws from a myriad of sources in regards to composition and improvisation. From the sounds of a favorite shade of crayon to the saga of a drug addicted penguin and his road to recovery, Leckie's gravitational pulse, Pate's subtle flourishes, and Ciampa's tumbling drum and cymbal work combine to create a moody, understated, and brooding entity: a creature that sometimes stomps and sometimes kisses, but always dances.

9 pm
Host Family
Karl Evangelista & Nathan Clevenger - guitar
Jason Hoopes - electric bass
Jordan Glenn - drums

A long-dormant collaboration between three Mills College alums (and formerly featuring crack guitarist Andrew Conklin), Host Family explores the interstitial territory that abuts free improvisation, contemporary jazz, and chamber rock. Joining Host Family for this show will be Bay Area composer Nathan Clevenger, whose wiry, energetic guitarisms are a welcome addition to the household.

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


Friday, October 24th 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Saturday, October 25th 2014

ornettology

Ornetteology

Steve Adams - alto saxophone
Myles Boisen - guitar
John Finkbeiner - guitar
Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
John Hanes - drums
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Lisa Mezzacappa - bass

Ornettology is the brainchild of guitarist Myles Boisen, presenting unique arrangements of compositions by Ornette Coleman and realized by a crack squad of players that can romp and ramble in the myriad of directions posed by Mr Coleman's music. Expect tight realizations of the iconoclast's work, free ranging jazz landscapes, funky grooves, and harmolodic improvisation.

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Sunday, October 26th 2014

John Krausbauer - Eli Wallace 3

8 pm
John Krausbauer - harmonium
Agnes Szelag - cello

"music for accordion(s)/harmonium(s)" is composed for live and multi-tracked accordion and harmonium. the composition is constructed from a simple systems-music structure and involves a phasing/detuning from a fundamental tone over the course of 20+ minutes. the resulting music contains sound textures that generate a multitude of beating tones, audibly active harmonic movement, and complex overtone patterns, as well as other psychoacoustic phenomena.

9 pm
Aaron Oppenheimer, laptop
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Eli Wallace, piano

These three musicians will meet - with excited anticipation - for the first time in a performance setting for an improvised night of music. All three musicians have a knack for turning musical corners with alacrity, not afraid to shy away from any territory or any spontaneous development whether it's a rhythmic ostinato or a peculiar texture. Timbral compatibility between these instruments also informs their interactive sensibilities, playing with the subtle similarities and dissimilarities between the sounds produced.

8pm to 10:30pm, Berkeley Arts 2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford


Wednesday, October 29th 2014

John Schott Concert

An evening with John Schott and friends

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University


Thursday, October 30th 2014

Lewandowski, Frith/Hoopes Concert

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, October 31st 2014

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Today's Events - September 30

Political poetry night

Josh Healey

Spoken word poet and creative activist, Josh Healey, will be joined by current students and other guests for a reading of political poetry. Healey is the former director of the Youth Speaks program, and the winner of the 2011 Mario Savio Young Activist Award.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library) 350 University Drive


ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY; IBIM LAB

Italian Surf Academy makes an unannounced pitstop in Berkeley on its international tour in a double bill with the Bay Area's own IBIM LAB

Set 1
NYC guitarist Marco Cappelli (originally from Naples, Italy) leads a trio of whizbang Italian instrumentalists, plus VJ, in a set of freewheeling and irreverent arrangements of '60s Italian film music - spaghetti western, noir, horror and crime film scores by Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Carlo Rustichelli, Riz Ortolani, Piero Umiliani and Armando Trovajoli. Cappelli and his bandmates are the kind of 21st Century musicians who devour intricately composed material in all kinds of genres, and can also improvise, and shred, like the world is ending. Midway through a tour that has brought them to China, Japan and both coasts of the US, the trio+ visits Berkeley for special unannounced show in between tour dates.

Marco Cappelli, electric guitar
Luca Lo Bianco, electric bass
Francesco Cusa, drums
Andrea Pennisi , video projections

Set 2
The IBIM LAB:

For over a year master drummer Donald Robinson has led a weekly jam session/cabal called The Institute for Beautiful Improvised Music, dedicated to pure free jazz improv. After spinning out a number of superb duos/trios in 2013-2014, the jam has given birth to a new sextet, IBIM LAB: featuring jazz "percussion dervish" (Coda Magazine), Donald Robinson; the elliptically interdimensional experimental vocalist, trombonist and tuba-wallah, Ron Heglin; technogriot neogaku laptopist & pianist, Joe Lasqo; the bold trumpeter & electro-noisician with that beautiful haunting sound, Collette McCaslin; the Godfather of Avant Soul... saxist Rent Romus; and saxist/flautist/kalimbist/poet/painter/shaman, Jim Ryan, computer scientist and VJ super-freak Bill Thibault.

Join this elite research team, whose previous breakthroughs included collaborations with everyone from Steve Lacy to Cecil Taylor to Glen Spearman, in their latest experiments with musical truth, and hear rarefied energies which have not been experienced since nanoseconds after the Big Bang.

Berkeley Arts Festival Space
2133 University Avenue, Berkeley CA
$10-20 admission (all proceeds go to the traveling musicians)

Video:
http://vimeo.com/47933217
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiTNZshgfr0

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


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.