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:

Tuesday, November 13 2018 7:30 PM
CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
IMA | Noise music of Japanese poetry

IMA is the sound project of Nava Dunkelman x Amma Ateria, marching forth with fearless percussion, stark electronics, and filmic poetic vocals.  More...
Wednesday, November 14 2018 9:00 PM
Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Voicehandler CD release, Andrew Bernstein (Baltimore), IMA

Voicehandler's new self-released CD light from another light is a collection of improvised pieces representative of their live sets from the past couple years. The instrumentation differs from their previous album with Rivero making extensive use of modular electronics, and Heule expanding to a full drum kit.

The performance is loose and exploratory, at various times energetic and meditative. Rivero’s voice embraces noise, with the lines blurred between electronic processing and extended vocal techniques. Heule’s drumming maintains its typical ear for timbre within the context of driving percussive intensity.  More...
Saturday, December 1 2018 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series: duo B. Experimental Band + Tim DeCillis solo
Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann, Polly Moller Springhorn, Matt Ingalls, Josh Marshall, Theo Padouvas, Brendan Lai-Tong, gabby fluke-mogul, Julie Michael, Crystal Pascucci, Nava Dunkelman, John Finkbeiner, Lisa Mezzacappa, Jason Levis.  More...
Saturday, December 15 2018 8:00 PM
Stork Club [2330 Telegraph Avenue Oakland]
New Zombies, an 11-piece avant-jazz ensemble, plays the world music-inspired compositions of Dan Plonsey. Forer Effect opens the show, followed by Jordan Glenn's BEAK.  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