Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/22/2019

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 22, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Hall, on the UC Berkeley Campus

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

Jun 22, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-saturday-possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-57436385776

Jun 22, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

Rebelution: with guests: Protoje; Durand Jones and The Indications; DJ Mackle *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Fourteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. Its members (singer/guitarist/lyricist Eric Rachmany, keyboardist Rory Carey, drummer Wesley Finley, and bassist Marley D. Williams) are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back. And they haven't lost a step since Falling Into Place, their 2016 studio album, became the band's fourth release to top the Billboard reggae chart, earning them their first ever Grammy nomination in the category of Best Reggae Album. Ever expanding and reaching wider audiences, the Rebelution phenomenon continues to spread good vibes on tour, and in the studio.

Free Rein, their sixth studio album, while still rooted in the Jamaican inspiration that Rebelution's songs and sounds have always paid homage to, takes experimental leaps and new adventures too, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike. The musicians collaborated with Jamaican artists on three of the 12 new tracks. Don Corleon (Sean Paul, Rihanna) produced "Rise On Top," a pointed reflection on celebrity and ambition; and Winta James, producer for Damian Marley and Chronixx, worked with the band on "Settle Down Easy" and "City Life," two songs that reflect a more confessional perspective.

"Celebrate," the new album's opening track, nods to the classic Rebelution sound. It has special meaning for the band too. In their long months on the road they've met fans with health struggles who've said that their music has helped them get through tough times. An energizing shout-out to one and all, the song celebrates the oneness of artist and audience.

"Patience," a reggae-R&B hybrid, is another hymn to human connection, a haunting message from the well of romantic love: "Maybe isn't good enough / I'm patient, I ain't giving up...Can I be your everything and more?"

Other tracks take a wider perspective. "City Life" is one that hits home for Rachmany. "There are moments," he says, speaking for urban dwellers everywhere, "when I just want to get out and find some solitude and find the beauty of mother nature." The uptempo groove conveys the positive energy of this universal desire.

The band remains in touch with the traditions that it builds on. Much of the style, the songwriting, and the quality of the instrumentals derive from Jamaican roots, says Rachmany, stressing what an honor it is that producers from reggae's birthplace signed on to work with Rebelution

But every great band is its own life force as well, and the musicians of Rebelution take inspiration from other genres, including soul, r&b, and folk. "A lot of this album has to do with being comfortable in your own skin," the singer notes. In "Take On Anything," for example, "what I'm trying to get across is that it's OK to be different, different is actually a beautiful thing - if you're comfortable in your own skin every single day then you really can take on anything."

Manifesting the singer's love for acoustic guitar are two quieter numbers, one of which, "Healing," takes the long view: "I wrote that song to remind people that life is always worth living, and to provide some healing energy to a person listening." Again, always making that connection with the audience.

Rebelution formed in Isla Vista in 2004 when a group of college friends discovered a mutual love for reggae. After their debut album Courage to Grow reached #4 on the Billboard reggae chart, there was no stopping them. Many more releases followed, and in 2012 Peace of Mind debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, hit #1 on both the Reggae and Independent charts, and was the #4 iTunes album overall. 2014's Count Me In made an even bigger splash than its predecessor, entering the Reggae chart at #1 and the Billboard overall chart at #14. Then came the Grammy-nominated album Falling Into Place and the Rebelution concert experience, Live At Red Rocks.

With Free Rein, Rebelution is poised to continue spreading the joy. The band boasts an impressive 85 million spins on their Top 5 Spotify tracks alone, and will continue playing sold-out shows as well as taking the coveted headlining slots at some of the nation's top festivals this year. Additionally, Rebelution continues to transcend the world of music and break barriers with their entrepreneurial prowess. They recently launched their own four-night destination event on the beach in Jamaica and released their customized cannabis oil battery pen, herb vaporizer, and oil, which are currently available in select dispensaries in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. The journey rolls on.

Jun 22, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Rock 'n' Film: Cinema's Dance with Popular Music


Illustrated Lecture
David E. James
David E. James teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His teaching and research interests focus on avant-garde cinema, East Asian cinema, film and music, and working-class culture. His recent books include Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture and The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles.

In his book Rock 'n' Film: Cinema's Dance with Popular Music, David E. James explores how rock's capacity for cultural empowerment and its usefulness as a driver of commerce and profit were reproduced in various kinds of cinema: independent documentaries and concert films including Monterey Pop and Gimme Shelter, narrative films such as King Creole and Privilege, and the experimental cinema of artists like Kenneth Anger. In his lecture James will explore the rich legacy of cinema's dance with popular music and what these films share with classic film musicals.

Jun 22, 5:30pm to 7pm, The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Barrio Manouche

Barrio Manouche is a gypsy jazz & flamenco fusion ensemble based in San Francisco, with musicians from Spain, France, Brazil, California, Quebec and beyond.

The band performs a repertoire of original musical compositions deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions: from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the flamenco & rumba of Paco de Lucía, to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.

The band is considered one of the Bay Area's biggest rising stars, mesmerizing audiences with their live musical performances that incorporate flamenco dancing and other memorable surprises.

Jun 22, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

SABOR! Fiesta Internacional with DJ José Ruíz celebrating La Peña's 44th Anniversary!

Door Cover: $4.44 in advance online / $8 at the door ($9 with credit card)
DJ José Ruíz is back! Get ready to dance to a variety of rhythms from Latin America and around the globe in celebration of La Peña's 44th Anniversary! We'll be giving free La Peña sunglasses to the first 44 people at the party!

Arrive at 8:30pm to take advantage of the FREE "Latin Rhythms Dance Class" where you will learn multiple latin dance styles with dance instructor Juliana Mendonca! She teaches Salsa Merengue, Cumbia, Samba, and Tambor Venezolano! ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
DJ Jose Ruiz will be throwing down his eclectic mix of music from Latin America and beyond from 9PM-Midnight!
Los Cilantros will be open serving refreshing drinks: aguas mexicanas, sangria, micheladas, beer and wine!
ABOUT DJ JOSE RUIZ
DJ José Ruíz, aka MundoMuzik, is a DJ, radio host, promoter, and collector of world music, vinyl, art and all cultural and music ephemera. Jose's taste in music is very eclectic, unafraid to mix traditional, experimental or folkloric elements in his sets. His confidence and impeccable taste in music is deeply rooted in the time and research he dedicates to learn about the genres he plays. His respect for the origin and tradition of music he loves can be heard in depth as a radio host and felt when he fills the dance floor.


ABOUT JULIANA MENDONCA
The class will be taught by Venezuelan dance instructor Juliana Mendonca! Juliana is a dance performer, choreographer and teacher. She graduated with a degree in dance from University Institute of Caracas, Venezuela in 2005, she also served as an instructor at the Performing Arts Department of the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela (2012-2015). Juliana co-founded Raíz de Agua, a music and dance company. Juliana currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and daughter, working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.
NOS VEMOS!! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

Jun 22, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley