Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/21/2019

Summersong

Our season concludes with a week of free performances on the First Church campus, ranging from folk music to gospel and beyond. More details to come!

Jun 21, 12 midnight, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Maurice Tani

San Francisco native, Maurice Tani, is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.

Tani uses the term, "Supercalifornigraphic" to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. "Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast."

Jun 21, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session (Community Event)

FREE - Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.


Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican. It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music. The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork). Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instruments such as quijada, pandero, marimbol or cajón, with the latter two instruments being contemporary additions.

On a communal level, the son jarocho is used to celebrate various life occasions and often speaks of love (including courtship), happiness and the beauties of life as well as the hardships including sadness, loss and death. Hundreds of years old, the son jarocho is a living, contemporary art form that continues to evolve with time and under the influences of trans-cultural exchange and inter-generational dialogue.

Jun 21, 8pm to 11pm,

Brahms - A German Requiem

Brahms gave his 1868 Requiem the title "A German Requiem" because the texts that he chose are in German, from the Luther Bible, not from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass. Brahms himself said that he would happily call his Requiem a "human" Requiem. It is a stunning work that focuses on comfort for the living - "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." Combining Brahms's beautiful writing and well-crafted structure, it's become one of the most popular symphonic choral works in the literature. Our concerts will open with Brahms' Tragic Overture.

Concert soloists:
Ellen Leslie, soprano
Andrew Pardini, baritone
The soloists are winners of BCCO's Vocal Soloist Competition.

Our concerts are free; donations are always welcome.

Jun 21, 8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, on the UC Berkeley Campus