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 06th 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 07th 2016

David Seaborg's Cuba Trip

David Seaborg will give a free lecture and power point slide show on his
trip to Cuba of March, 2016.

Free

7pm to 9pm, 2133 University Ave


Monday, May 09th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Friday, May 13th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Sunday, May 15th 2016

Briony's Student Recital

2pm to 4pm, 2133 University Ave.


Monday, May 16th 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


Thursday, May 19th 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
~
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, May 20th 2016

Jerry Kuderna Lunch Concert

Pianist Jerry Kuderna plays from classics to the newest compositions.

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


Play or Die 2016: Concert #4

opening: Larry Ochs - Jason Hoopes (bass) - Jordan Glenn (drums)
2nd set: Satoko Fujii (piano) - Kappa Maki (trumpet) - Gino Robair drums, electronics
3rd shorter set = one extended sextet piece

"Play or Die": a call to action by Anthony Braxton in the seventies. We're still in agreement. Improvised music has to be heard live to be best appreciated! AND musicians practicing this rugged discipline must perform to a live audience as often as possible in order to evolve, in order to feed the mind.

This will be the first concert of the the 2016 Play or Die series to take place in the East Bay. Celebrating the return to the Bay Area of the historically important Japanese improvisers Satoko Fujii and Kappa Maki, who will be joined by local great Gino Robair. Opening for them: Larry Ochs hooks up for the first time ever with the Bay Area rhythm and noise section of Jason Hoopes and Jordan Glenn. Following those two 30-minute sets, the trios will join together to perform one extended sextet piece "designed" by Ochs, who has played and recorded with Fujii and Maki since 2009 when sat in with and then joined "Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core".

Cosponsored by Center for New Music San Francisco

8pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave.


Sunday, May 22nd 2016

Carnatic at the Berkeley Arts Festival

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan & New Directions in Indian Classical Music

Gautam breathes new life into an old tradition. His concerts reflect a traditional aesthetic, embracing a classical style instantly recognizable to aficionados worldwide, and transforming it through the creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and understanding of Carnatic music.

He has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Playhouse, ODC Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, Yoshi's, Freight & Salvage, Julia Morgan Theatre, UC Botanical Garden, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and more.

$10 online at gautamtejasganeshan.com
$15 - 20 at the door

6:30pm to 8:30pm, 2133 University Avenue


Monday, May 23rd 2016

Open Jam with Herb and Matthew

9pm to 11pm, 2133 University Ave


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.


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

Monica Chew and Nate Barkley

Nate is a Canadian violinist who's been here for 2 years and is really
terrific. The tentative program is mostly 20th and 21st century.

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.


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
~
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 4

The Moth StorySLAM

Tickets on sale Wed. 4/27 at 12:00 pm. $10. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Balkan Folk Dance

$7. 7 pm Balkan dance lesson. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8pm, 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.