Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Berkeley Finnish Hall
1970 Chestnut St.
Berkeley CA 94704  

Berkeley's Finnish Hall was built in 1932 by local immigrant families. It is still home to the Finnish Heritage society formerly Finnish Lodge #21, and is also used by local artists and community groups. Spaces are available to rent for classes, rehearsals, events, lectures, and more. The main hall has a sound system, piano and minimal stage lighting.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, June 10 2023 6:00 PM
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You are invited to join Outsound Presents in supporting the Bay Area creative music community! Our 2023 Fund Drive marks the return of our Annual Benefit Dinner Saturday June 10, @ 6:00 pm featuring Bay Area pianist composer improviser Brett Carson.

RSVP at Eventbrite OR email Rent Romus at

If you can't attend can be made here at this link: DONATIONS

All proceeds to into the pockets of performing musicians at the Outsound New Music Summit, the SIMM Series at the musicians Union Hall, nominal rental costs to keep a roof over their heads and a very small amount for technical administrative costs.

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  • Toasted Green onion slab bread and warm olive oil, assorted olives
  • Walnut and French green beans with shallots
  • Lemon basil herb chicken skewers With rice noodles
  • Veggie tofu stir fry with rice noodles and mild peanut or plum housin sauce
  • Green salad with spring lettuces, cucumber & tomato
  • House dressings, dilled ranch Or herb vinaigrette
  • Vanilla cake with maple cream and raspberries
  • Assorted Beer, Wine, coffee, hot tea, and juice

  • About the music
    Brett Carson is a composer, pianist, improviser, poet, and theater artist based in Oakland CA. His compositional work, which has been described as "fascinatingly intense" (Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Voice), explores the juxtaposition of a gleefully chaotic plurality of musical approaches. This is combined with a penchant for surreal world-building and an exploration of the bizarre and uncanny, along with a commitment to writing for the voice and the stage.
    He has worked with a wide variety of composers/performers including Bill Baird, Brian Baumbusch, Nicolas Collins, Vinny Golia, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Noertker, Zeena Parkins, Rent Romus, and William Winant. From 2019-20, he performed as the pianist for the legendary jazz unit the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
    "...the real fun comes by way of an extended solo from pianist Brett Carson. Pointillism tackles the void as Carson unspools the kind of solo that suggests a center rather than establishing one. This an impressive highlight from a player worth seeking out."
    - Steve Feeney, - review of "The Sixth Decade: From Paris to Paris" by the Art Ensemble of Chicago
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