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ICE at Ojai at Berkeley 2016

  • University of California, Berkeley 101 Zellerbach Hall Berkeley, CA (map)

(via Cal Performances)

Ojai at Berkeley 2016 is the brainchild of Ojai festival music director, iconoclast stage director, and brilliant creator Peter Sellars—a force of nature in the arts, renowned for the ambitious scale and deep humanity of his innovative productions. Sellars' program, created in collaboration with Cal Performances, highlights the bold artistic and cultural contributions of women thinkers, artists, and activists of the past and present. Now in its sixth year, Ojai at Berkeley continues a fertile artistic partnership between the 70-year-old Ojai Music Festival and Cal Performances, two of the West Coast's leading presenters of transformative musical experiences.

Thursday, June 16
6 pm, Zellerbach Playhouse Terrace

Pre-performance Talk

Join for a free pre-performance talk on the Zellerbach Playhouse Terrace. Free and open to the public. 

8 pm, Zellerbach Playhouse
Kaija Saariaho
La Passion de Simone

text: Amin Maalouf

Roomful of Teeth
Julia Bullock, soprano
Joana Carneiro, conductor
Peter Sellars, director

The transcendent musical vision of Kaija Saariaho returns to Cal Performances, with a chamber version of the Finnish composer's powerful oratorio created in tribute to the radical 20th-century French philosopher, Simone Weil. Saariaho's "magically seductive" (Gramophone), meditative score is performed by ICE and the accomplished vocal group Roomful of Teeth in a new restaging by Peter Sellars; the role of Weil, initially created for Dawn Upshaw, is here portrayed by Upshaw's one-time student, the extraordinary young soprano, Julia Bullock. 

Friday, June 17
8 pm, Zellerbach Hall

Dina El Wedidi and Band:
The Sounds of Tahrir Square, Cairo

Direct from Cairo, the phenomenal young Egyptian vocalist, songwriter, and activist Dina El Wedidi performs a song cycle depicting the struggles and aspirations of the Egyptian revolution. El Wedidi appeared at Cal Performances last season as part of the Nile Project, and the charismatic singer's international career has been on the rise since winning an apprenticeship with Brazilian star, Gilberto Gil. She returns to Berkeley with her genre-defying band, along with three elder women who sing in the centuries old zār trance music tradition. 

Saturday, June 18
6 pm, Zellerbach Playhouse Terrace

Pre-Performance Talk

Join for a free pre-performance talk on the Zellerbach Playhouse Terrace. Free and open to the public.

8 pm, Zellerbach Playhouse
Josephine Baker: A Portrait (commissioned by ICE ) 

Tyshawn Sorey, compositions and arrangements/drum set
Julia Bullock, soprano ICE

The "ravishingly visceral" (The New York Times) voice of soprano Julia Bullock is at the center of an evening of music and writings honoring the life and legacy of legendary performer Josephine Baker. Inventive jazz composer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey collaborates with ICE in a poignant, intimate presentation that celebrates Baker's courage and daring—and profound personal sacrifice—as a trailblazing African-American cultural icon.