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:

Saturday, July 27 2019 7:30 PM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
Spontaneous, a celebration of fiery expression and freedom
Vinny Golia Quartet
Presenting a rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions.
Rent Romus' Deciduous feat. Keith Kelly
An ongoing multi regional project by SF Bay Area saxophonist Rent Romus based on the mutual bridging of those who share a creative tenacity, history and transitory nature of improvisation.
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Saturday, August 3 2019 8:30 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do-Over Music Series #8: Winant directs John Zorn's COBRA
A super rare Zorn-authorized public performance of his seminal game piece, COBRA, performed by an all-star Bay Area band, conducted by William Winant.
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
Michiko Theurer, violin
Danielle DeGruttola, cello
Allyson Baker, guitar
John Schott, guitar
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Brett Carson, keyboard
Miles Wick, electric bass
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
Jordan Glenn, drums
Jason Levis, drums
Madalyn Merkey, electronics  More...
Sunday, September 29 2019 8:00 PM
The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Bruce Ackley & Henry Kaiser Explore The Music of Steve Lacy  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
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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