Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Nava Dunkelman
percussionist and improviser
Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein.

Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and many others.
Nava has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others.

She also formed e, as well as electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA, and improvisational duo DunkelpeK.

Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression and space.
Upcoming Events:

Friday, January 25 2019 7:30 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Arrington de Dionyso and DunkelpeK

On the latest installment of Latitudes, Arrington de Dionyso conjures utopic zones through ritual trance and the high spirits of electrified rock and roll. The iconoclastic duo DunkelpeK transmits an amalgamated soundworld through percussion and electric guitar, chopping their many influences to bits and reassembling them in a quest for new musical possibilities.  More...
Saturday, February 2 2019 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series #2: duo B. Experimental Band + Randy McKean, solo woodwinds
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Randy McKean, alto saxophone
Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
Murray Campbell, violin
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Lee Hodel, contrabass
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass
Jason Levis, drums  More...
Tuesday, February 12 2019 9:00 PM
Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
- Stone Raft
- IMA with Caroline Tigre
- Shanna Sordahl  More...
Wednesday, February 20 2019 9:30 PM
The Dildo Factory [Oakland]
Las Sucias/Dunkelman, fluke-mogul, Nishi-Smith/TONED/TDOWYK  More...
Fred Frith and Nava Dunkelman
CDs on which Nava Dunkelman appears:
Brett Carson Mysterious Descent
Artist: Brett Carson
Title: Mysterious Descent
Label: Self Produced n/a
Label page on this site: Self Produced
Self Produced n/a
Label: Edgetone Records
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records
Jason Hoopes Year of the Snake
Artist: Jason Hoopes
Title: Year of the Snake
Label: New Edge
Label page on this site: New Edge
New Edge