Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Berkeley, CA

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Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
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Phone: 510-525-5054
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
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Halloween takes a spin around the world and around the Ashkenaz dance floor with two border-breaking Bay Area ensembles, El Radio Fantastique and Gamelan X. Perfect music for any costume you wear. San Francisco’s theatrical El Radio Fantastique is an eight-member band that views itself as “a stitched together B-movie creature - part rumba band in purgatory, part cinematic chamber group, part shipwrecked serenade.” The instrumental mix is exhilarating, with plenty of tympani (kettle-drums) to provide a deep anchor. The group is headed by the charismatic former New Orleans mime and singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Giovanni DiMorente, relocated here in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and quickly assembled his dream band in 2005, El Radio Fantastique. DiMorente pens haunting, melancholic melodies. Beyond El Radio Fantastique’s music and minstrel, however, is a man on a mission. “My vision, and my mission, is to take the haunting excitement of many old forms of music, including classical, and making them modern while giving respect to their place in history,” DiMorente says, “hopefully conjuring something new.” Along with DiMorente El Radio Fantastique is guitarist-bassist-singer Colin Schlitt, organist-singer Robin Livingston, drummer-singer Gene Fisher, kettle drummer Sharron Drake, saxophonists Loyal Tarbet and Fred Lamberson, trumpeter Brian Pearce and trombonist Jade Ismael. The on-stage mash-up of global forms borrows tunes from the band’s latest CD, the holiday-appropriate “Waking the Dead.” The 2011 winner of the Burning Man Marching Band contest, at the festival where they always stand out, the 12-person ensemble Gamelan X has been labeled “The Bay Area’s own Funkadelic of ethnomusicology” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), as it draws inspiration from Indonesian, Balkan, African, Indian, and American traditions. The dynamic, original music is a hybrid of interlocking Balinese rhythms and sinewy melodies th
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Door Time:8:30
Show Time:9:00
Ages:All Ages

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