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, August 07th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Diego Villasenor--Videcoic One

8 pm Opening Solo:
Shanna Sordhal, cello

8:30
Diego Villasenor--Videcoic One
Diego Villasenor, Voice, Samples & "Composition"
Danishta Rivero, Voice
Andrew Jamieson, Piano
Jakob Pek, Guitar
Nava Dunkelman, Percussion
Jeanie-Aprille Tang, Electronics
Aaron Oppenheim, Electronics

Five different and independent compositions superposed over each other and played as a single song cycle. This different musics are weaved in a dramatic narrative, in which they interact and combine transforming each other's meanings and creating new ones. A sort of surrealistic quasi-operatic arrangement on the theme of love (Eros, Philia and Agape).

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, August 08th 2015

Santomieri-Farhadian Duo CD Release Concert for RedBlue, with Gusty Winds May Exist

Santomieri-Farhadian Duo CD Release Concert for RedBlue, with Gusty Winds May Exist

Santomeri-Farhadian Duo is an avant-garde chamber music group, whose structured and free improvisations for violin and guitar draw from the vocabulary of Contemporary Classical Music, with influences from their collective backgrounds in rock, classical, and Middle Eastern musics.
http://about.me/theafarhadian

Dean Santomieri (USA), guitarist and spoken word artist, composes using resonator guitars in non-standard tunings. He is active in the SanFrancisco Bay Area free improvisation music scene and has been associated with the groups, Donkey Boy, Malcolm Mooney and the 10th Planet, The Cornelius Cardew Choir, and Ghost in the House. His CD, "Facebook, the Opera," for three singers and piano, was released in 2013.
http://www.deansantomieri.com

Thea Farhadian (USA/Berlin), violinist/composer, comes from the background of new contemporary music and has worked with a number of multi-disciplinary projects including composing music for video. Her solo work with the violin and interactive electronics integrates extended techniques with tonal structures and sound-based material. She has performed with Amy X Neuburg, Korhan Erel, Gerhard Uebele, Daniel Schorno, Daphna Naphtali, and S.F. Sound. http://www.theafarhadian.com/

http://www.blackcopper.com

Gusty Winds May Exist:
(Nancy Beckman, shakuhachi; Tom Bickley, recorders and electronics) was formed at the 1999 Deep Listening Retreat led by Pauline Oliveros. Their initial focus on sonic connections between shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and recorder has expanded to include compositional play with elements of ritual practice and electronic sound.

https://soundcloud.com/tom-bickley/sets/gusty-winds-may-exist-ambience

Nancy Beckman received her license to teach shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) from Myoan-ji temple in Kyoto. She combines her love of the unexpected and light-hearted social activism in site-specfic events called "Ear to the Earth." She is a member of the ensembles Cardew Choir, Gusty Winds May Exist, Dream Down Duvet (with Viv Corringham) and the Sisters of the Sound Continuum.
http://about.me/nancybeckman

Tom Bickley enjoys listening to the world soundscape. He composes electro-acoustic music, plays and teaches recorder, performs with Gusty Winds May Exist, Dream Down Duvet and Three Trapped Tigers (with recorder player David Barnett), co-founded and directs the Cornelius Cardew Choir, and is on the Library Faculty at CSU East Bay, and the music faculty of the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. He studied recorder with Scott Reiss, plainchant with Ruth Steiner, and Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros.
http://about.me/tombickley

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, August 10th 2015

Open Jam with Herb and Matt

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave.


Friday, August 14th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, August 15th 2015

Green Huse and Friends

Sing the Songs of
Joni Mitchell

Longstanding East Bay songwriter Green Huse heads up a night of Joni Mitchell songs. She will utilize the concert grand, as well as her third arm, her Martin 28 guitar to interpret and celebrate songs from Blue, Ladies of the Canyon, Court and Spark and For the Roses. She will be joined by Friends Shelly Doty, Maggie Forti, Eileen Hazel and Helen Chaya from Portland offering their own favorite songs. Green is celebrating one her her most profound influences in Joni, influences that can be heard in the duo Green and Root (www.greenandroot.com), her main songwriting vehicle. Green and Root's songwriting has been called intimate, unique and especially perceptive. Their upcoming recording Rise' will be released soon. Green is also an accomplished improvisation ensemble singer. Her group The Elements has been lauded as a leader in Bay Area Improvisation.

www.theelementsmusic.org
For more information, contact, greenhuse@mac.com.
$20

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, August 17th 2015

Open Jam with Herb and Matt

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave.


Thursday, August 20th 2015

Free World Forum- Third Thursdays

Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
August 20, September 17
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 Avenue


Friday, August 21st 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Saturday, August 22nd 2015

Nebula Force, Go!

Nebula Force, Go
plus special guests

Sonic-powered interstellar superheroes, Nebula Force, Go! shatter your feeble grip on reality and transport you to a world of talking spaceships and existential crisis.

Benjamin Huffman (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, back up vocals, accordion, back up kazoo)
Simon Miller (drums, back up vocals, back up kazoo)
Nora Merecicky (lead vocals, harmonica, back up vocals, lead kazoo)
Jordan Kamin (lead guitar, lead vocals, back up vocals, bass guitar, back up kazoo)
Dane Vincent Fox-McGraw (tuba, trumpet, back up vocals, back up kazoo)
Colin Babcock (bass guitar, ukelele, back up vocals, back up kazoo)

7pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Monday, August 24th 2015

Open Jam with Herb and Matt

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, August 28th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, August 31st 2015

Open Jam with Herb and Matt

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, September 4th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Logan Hone & Greg Uhlmann

"Logan Hone is one of the most interesting, original, and creative musicians that I know. He always makes me smile, makes me think, and surprises me with his wide ranging talents (composition, woodwinds, guitar, singing, dancing...). Out of over thirty years of amazing people that we have worked with at CalArts, Logan is on the shortest list of the most outstanding!" -David Roitstein, Jazz Program Director, CalArts

"Greg Uhlmann is an outstanding young guitarist, who plays and composes with a maturity that far exceeds his modest years. He has a bright future in music ahead...I look forward to sitting back and watching the fireworks." -Jeff Parker, guitarist with Tortoise, Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Brian Blade Fellowship, AACM.

8pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, September 7th 2015

Open Jam with Herb and Matt

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, September 11th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


Sunday, September 13th 2015

Wobbly Solo - Skeleton Wire

8 pm
Wobbly Solo

9 pm
Skeleton Wire
Phillip Greenlief - reeds
GE Stinson - electric guitars, beats, effects
Steuart Liebig - electric bass, beats, effects

more info soon

8pm to 9pm, Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue


Monday, September 14th 2015

Open Jam with Herb and Matt

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, September 17th 2015

Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays


Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone
June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17
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 Avenue


Friday, September 18th 2015

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

12 noon to 1:30pm, 2133 University Ave


"Play that Thing or Throw It Away" Larry Ochs - Darren Johnston - Gino Robair

Larry Ochs and Darren Johnston perform and record together in a trio with Chicago altoist Dave Rempis.) It made sense to see where their ESP will have evolved to because of their recent long tour in USA. Adding Gino Robair in June to a trio show in San Francisco caused sparks to fly... Thus the beginning of another beautiful trio friendship in music... Should be another beautiful set of awesome free improvisation on 9-18.

Gino Robair is one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld) and has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, and Eugene Chadbourne, among many others. Robair is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the prog-rock group, Pink Mountain. In addition, he runs Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music.

Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer/songwriter Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists, yet always finds ways to be true to his own unique voice in each context. From straight-ahead jazz luminaries such as bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, to experimental icons like ROVA, Fred Frith and Myra Melford, rising star in the singer/songwriter world like Meklit Hadero, or traditional Balkan brass band giants Brass Menazeri. As a bandleader he has made his mark with the award winning The Nice Guy Trio, The Darren Johnston Quintet, the category defying Broken Shadows, and more. Johnston was featured as one of Downbeat Magazine's "25 Trumpeters for the Future," and has been listed multiple times in the critic's polls. His debut quintet recording, "The Edge of the Forest" received four stars by four very different critics in the Downbeat "Critics Polls," and was given an honorable mention by the Village Voice for the top 10 CDs of the year. Johnston has a BA from the Cincinnati Conservatory of music, and an MFA in composition from Mills College. www.DarrenJohnstonMusic.com

In his thirty-plus years in Rova, Larry Ochs has created roughly two dozen compositions for saxophone quartet as well as other pieces for Rova in extended ensembles, many of which are recorded, and some of which were commissioned by Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation and Meet the Composer. He has been acting executive director of Rova:Arts since 1987. In addition Ochs currently composes for and leads Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core (with Scott Amendola, Don Robinson, Satoko Fujii, and Natsuki Tamura [Stone Shift, CD]) and Kihnoua with vocalist Dohee Lee, Scott Amendola and special guests [the Sybil's Whisper, 2012 CD]). He is performing in collective bands: East-West Ensemble (with Didier Petit, Sylvain Kassap, Miya Masaoka, Xu Fengxia), Jones Jones (with Mark Dresser and Vladimir Tarasov), Maybe Monday (with Masaoka and Fred Frith), Shelton-Ochs Quartet (with Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson and Scott Walton). Details on tours and recordings, and several interviews at www.ochs.cc.



8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Avenue


Friday, September 25th 2015

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 - August 4

Funky Gators

8pm Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo. $12. 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.