Arts & Events

Berkeley Arts Festival Concerts The Final Week

By Bonnie Hughes
Monday August 08, 2011 - 02:59:00 PM

Dylan Mattingly and Friends

Tuesday August 9, 8 pm 

Composer, conductor, cellist, pianist, bassist, guitarist, and singer from Berkeley. His music draws from a diverse range of styles and musicians, and he himself says that he "is influenced alike by John Coolidge Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Magnus Lindberg, Joni Mitchell, and the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes." 


"Gravity and Grace" by Dylan Mattingly
I. Before Planetary Twirlings (Dylan Mattingly: solo piano)
II. I Used to Know Her Name (Dylan Mattingly: piano; Alex Fager and Eli Wirtschafter: violins)  


Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch + Octet 

Wednesday August 10, 8 pm 

Playing original music inspired by adventurous jazz masters like Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Eric Dolphy. The music funnels improvisational collectivity into finely honed compositions steeped in free jazz abandon, avant-Caribbean groove and garage rock attitude 

For this special Berkeley Arts Festival performance, Bait & Switch is joined by members of the band Cylinder, plus local electronics hero Tim Perkis, to form a new dream octet, featuring larger-group music by Mezzacappa and others in the band. 


Adam Tendler, piano concert 

Thursday, August 11, 8 pm 

Adam Tendler first made national headlines with America 88x50, a fiftystate tour conducted out of his Hyundai that offered free piano recitals of American music to underserved communities while functioning with no outside funding, only money saved from working construction, substitute teaching, and giving piano lessons. He’s gone on to perform internationally, direct new music nonprofit initiatives across the country, and serve as an announcer and new music liaison for NPR and Pacifica radio stations nationwide.  

The Lost Trio Collaboration Project 

Friday August 12, 8 pm 

Continuing with their 17th anniversary celebrations The Lost Trio will perform at the Berkeley Arts Festival with several of the SF Bay Area's finest musicians. 


The Lost Trio: 

Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone 

Dan Seamans - bass 

Tom Hassett - drums 


with special guests 

Sasha Dobson (NYC) - voice 

Darren Johnston - trumpet 

Tim Perkis - electronics 

John Schott – guitar 

Cory Wright - soprano saxophone 

Dean Santomieri 


Saturday, August 13 

IndiaCooke and Bill Crossman 

August 14, 4 pm 

The India Cooke/Bill Crossman Duo, with India on violin and Bill on piano, plays beautiful, passionate improvised music. Within each piece, the Duo weaves in elements of various world musics yet maintains an overall sound based in African-rooted musics (jazz and blues).  

Jerry Kuderna, Piano Concert and Berkeley Arts Festival Finale 

Monday, August 15, 8 pm  


BerkeleyArts Festival 

2133 University Avenue 

Berkeley, California