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  • AGAVE

  • Post:Ballet

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  • Friday, November 19, 7 PM

    Full: New Esterházy Quartet

    Explore the galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.

    Programmed by William Skeen

  • Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 PM

    Full: Cantata Collective

    Explore the galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.

    Programmed by William Skeen

  • Monday, September 20, 7 PM

    Full: AGAVE

    The return of live music in the museum, featuring one of the Bay Area’s premiere Baroque music ensembles in collaboration with soprano Michele Kennedy on the night of the full moon.

  • Sunday, August 22, 7PM PDT

    Livestream: Three-Point Perspective

    Period instrumentalists of the Contra Costa Trio reflect on the exhibition The Enduring Mark: Six Centuries of Drawing from the Gray Collection in a concert recorded at BAMPFA.

    Programmed by William Skeen

  • Presented Saturday, July 31, 7PM PDT

    Livestream: Ensemble PHASE

    The Korean musical group Ensemble PHASE performs excerpts from composer Edward Schocker’s new work Self_Less, along with traditional Korean music

    Programmed by Thingamajigs

  • Presented Sunday, July 25, 9 AM PDT

    Livestream: Sound of Wave in Channel

    An eleven-hour marathon experience of word and sound with poet Stephen Ratcliffe and the Thingamajigs Performance Group, followed by a live Q&A.

    Programmed by Thingamajigs

  • Presented Thursday, July 15, 7 PM PDT

    Livestream: Ensemble Pandemic Practices

    Hear from members of local ensembles who developed ways to make music together during the pandemic.

    Programmed by Thingamajigs

  • Recorded Monday, July 12, 5 PM PDT

    Livestream: Destiny Muhammad on Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Local jazz harp legend Destiny Muhammad presents her new work Rosie Lee Tompkins: Guided by Something More Powerful, an improvised sonic suite livestreamed from the gallery of Tompkins’s artwork.

  • Presented Thursday, July 8, 7 PM PDT

    Livestream: Redline Redefined

    Artists Sudhu Tewari and Theresa Wong discuss real estate redlining and equity and share from their sonic portfolios

    Programmed by Thingamajigs

  • Presented Sunday, June 27, 7 PM PDT

    Livestream: Our Stories, Our Sounds

    Recent alumni of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts program for young artists premiere their work-in-progress video opera, developed with the mentorship of writer Beth Lisick and composer Lisa Mezzacappa.

  • Recorded Saturday, June 26, 2021, 7 PM PST

    Livestream: The Electronic Lover

    We present the online premiere of two episodes of The Electronic Lover, a new “audio opera” by Bay Area composer Lisa Mezzacappa and New York writer Beth Lisick. The cast and creators join us for a conversation.

    Programmed by Sean Carson

  • Recorded Wednesday, May 26, 7 PM PDT

    Livestream: Contemporary Ballet by Women Choreographers, Part 2

    Choreographer Kathryn Roszak presents a second program of recent ballet works by local women choreographers, featuring Smuin Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Diablo Ballet, and Danse Lumière.

    Programmed by Kathryn Roszak

  • Presented Sunday, April 25, 7 PM PDT

    Livestream: Contemporary Ballet by Women Choreographers, Part 1

    Choreographer Kathryn Roszak presents recent ballet works by local women choreographers, featuring Smuin Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Diablo Ballet, and Danse Lumière.

  • Recorded Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Livestream: SPELLLING

    Berkeley’s own SPELLLING weaves rich sonic textures into dramatic compositions that are equal parts dream-state ritual and earthy funk, showing off her expressive vocal styles.

  • Recorded February 26, 2021

    Black Life: Dax Pierson

    Music producer Dax Pierson discusses his work with Black Life cocurator Ryanaustin Dennis.

  • Recorded Thursday, January 7, 7 PM PDT

    La Folia

    Post:Ballet presents the premiere of La Folia, a ballet duet, along with other works.

    Programmed by Sean Carson

  • Presented Thursday, December 3, 7 PM PST

    Destani Wolf

    Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Destani Wolf mixes live performance and multimedia in this special event.

    Programmed by Sean Carson

  • Presented Sunday, November 1

    Vote Feminist Parade

    Artist Michele Pred presents a feminist digital art parade that combines recordings of two parades performed in New York and Oakland with live music, guest speakers, sing-alongs, and more.

  • Presented Sunday, October 25, 2020

    Guta Galli and Anne Lesley Selcer, On the occasion of the cancellation of The Mouth Is Still a Wild Door

    Poet Anne Lesley Selcer and artist Guta Galli present a collaborative video and are interviewed by Alix Blevins.

    Programmed by Alix Blevins

  • Recorded Sunday, October 18, 2020

    Cosa Nostra Strings

    A livestream performance by Cosa Nostra Strings, a five-piece powerhouse crew of conservatory-trained classical musicians who bring a provocative, precise, punk-rock personality to a diversity of genres and styles.

    Programmed by Sean Carson

  • Recorded Sunday, September 20, 2020

    Zachary James Watkins

    Composer and electroacoustic musician Zachary James Watkins investigates “high vibration resonance” in this livestream performance from isolation.

    Programmed by Sean Carson

  • Recorded Friday, August 28, 2020

    Music for Hard Times

    Join us for this livestream of Music for Hard Times, a work of experimental music commissioned by The Living Earth Show as a sonic resource for comfort and calming.

  • Presented Saturday, July 25, 12 PM PDT

    Storm in Isolation

    A new dance work from inkBoat followed by a live interview and participatory exercise.

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