Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

02/23/2019

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

Feb 23, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ashley Broder Trio


The Ashley Broder Trio carves out a unique sound within the "chamber folk" genre. Re-nowned instrumentalists Ashley Broder, Ben Schreiber, and Aria DiSalvio join forces to perform Broder's originals and some traditional fiddle favorites. Mandolin, electric mandolin, fiddle, and cello weave melodies, textures, and harmonies to create a sound that has been described as "cinematic and transportive." Hailed as a `mandolin phenomenon' by the San Diego Tribune, Ashley's compositions are the main staple of the trio. She crafts melodies and haunting harmonies that distinguish her works easily from the norm. Her other projects include an accordion/mandolin duo featured on the podcast "Welcome to Night Vale," as well as the classical/folk trio Fire and Grace and Ash. Schreiber on fiddle and cellist DiSalvio bring their refined technique and cool harmonies to the show. Although the trio is new on the scene, they're each at the top of their game and eager to create a reputation for the ensemble. Here''s a comment about Ashley's album: "...so soft and subtle that many folks may not even realize how intricate and beautiful the music is...at a time when some musicians focus on volume, technology, and speed...these tracks come across as inspired and very, very focused." Here's a video of one tune, and you can see more of Ashley at ashbroder.com

Feb 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street Berkeley

University Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, music director
George Taylor, viola
WILSON Viola Concerto
DEBUSSY La Mer
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances


Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their musical talents, while at the same time presenting outstanding musical programs to the campus and wider Bay Area communities. Past conductors have included Modeste Alloo, Albert Elkus, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Michael Senturia, and Jung Ho-Pak. David Milnes, who is also Music Director for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, has served as the University Symphony Orchestra's Music Director since 1996. Rehearsing and performing works of faculty and graduate student composers has long been a core mission for the orchestra; the Symphony's program regularly feature the world premiere of a major new work by a Berkeley composer. In addition, the orchestra has premiered several works of established composers. The University Symphony Orchestra now performs several evening and noon concerts each semester, supports a chamber orchestra, and continues during the summer months as the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. An annual concerto competition results in concerto performances by the orchestra's leading soloists, and regular coaching for each section are given by a number of Bay Area professional musicians.

Feb 23, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers

Joe Goode, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies\
Choreographers: Joe Goode, TDPS, Joe Goode Performance Group; Cherie Hill, IrieDance, UC Berkeley Alumna; Rulan Tangen, DANCING EARTH; Latanya Tigner, TDPS, Dimensions Dance Theater; Katie O'Connor, UC Berkeley Alumna

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley's dance program, Berkeley Dance Project 2019: <em>the body remembers</em> will feature an all-student cast performing pieces by professional choreographers Joe Goode, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and Cherie Hill, as well as recent dance program alumna Katie O'Connor.

From a "haunting" solo to a multi-dancer "mosaic," the dance pieces in BDP 2019 represent a wide range of sources and styles: Goode incorporates spoken word and song into a piece based on the buddhist concept of "the undefended heart;" Tangen presents an organic creative response to a "re-mapping" and "re-storying" of campus based on Ohlone histories and perspectives; Tigner honors researcher, instructor and choreographer Ruth Beckford, recognized as the mother of African diasporic dance in the Bay Area; Hill draws from supernatural elements of her Jamaican Maroon ancestry; and O'Connor explores the tenderness, anguish, healing and transformation inherent in caretaking.

Professor Emerita Marni Thomas Wood, co-founder of the dance program, will be on campus for a short residency, including a discussion of the dance program's history on February 21.

Feb 23, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

The 7 Fingers: Reversible

The 7 Fingers, Cal Performances

Montreal's award-winning contemporary circus troupe presents its latest creation, an exploration of the role ancestors play in the shaping of modern identities. For Reversible, each of the company's cast members researched generations of family history, interviewing grandparents and great-grand-parents about their aspirations, struggles, and secrets. Through acrobatics, aerial stunts, and dance movement, the artists build an intergenerational bridge between past and present, then and now.

Feb 23, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall