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 8 2024 6:00 PM
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You are invited to join Outsound Presents in supporting the Bay Area creative music community! Our 2024 Fund Drive marks the return of our multi-course Annual Benefit Dinner hosted and curated by Lori Varga expanded cinema film maker and gourmet chef! Saturday June 8, @ 6:00 pm featuring Bay Area pianist improviser and story teller Ric Louchard. Ric will be joined by reed master Matt Ingalls and the extraordinary cello of Ben Davis.
All proceeds go to into the pockets of performing musicians at the Outsound New Music Summit, the SIMM Series, and nominal rental costs to keep a roof over their heads while they perform.

Twice baked herbed cheese gratin potatoes.
Garden Salad with Cucumbers and Micro greens and choice of Dressing.
Garlic Sourdough Toast points and Green Olives.
Roast chicken Breast with Shallots white wine Baby carrots and French Green Beans.
Noodles & Seitan.
Fried Crispy Almond Chicken with Dipping Sauce and Parmesan cheese.
Olive and Artichoke Dip.
Organic Berry Ice Cream w Chocolate Chunks.

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Ric Louchard is a composer, pianist and improvisor. He made four CDs of classical piano solos for children. His favorite fan letter was from a nurse at a preemie ward at a hospital in the Midwest telling him that his first CD, G’Night Wolfgang, was regularly being played for the babies there in their incubators. Ric’s improvisations tend to be very chromatic and range from spontaneous motivic compositions to waves of noise. Ric often tells true and surprisingly personal stories in his performances. Ric has been lucky to perform with local greats like Tim Perkis, Lisa Mezzacappa, Joshua Marshall, Roberto Gonzales, Monica Scott, John Worley, Diane Grubbe and Jordan Glenn.

Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician matt ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

Ben Davis concentrates on fusing his classical, jazz and contemporary music experiences into a raw vehicle of acoustic expression. He studied cello and composition at the Guildhall, London and started to improvise while playing for the dance company Earthfall Dance, UK. His own group Basquiat Strings collaborated with Ellery Eskerlin in the BBC Electric Proms and was nominated for the Mercury Music Awards 2007. While being a member of the London-based collective "FIRE", he collaborated individually with many of its artists and groups. Following gigs with Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, Vincent Courtois and Wadada Leo Smith, he developed a freer approach to improv subsequently playing and recording extensively with Ingrid Laubrock, Simon Nabatov and Chris Brown. More recently he has been playing with Tomeka Reid, Mary Halverson, Ben Goldberg Marshall Trammell, Zeena Parkins, William Winant and performing at the Mills College festival “Music from the Fault Zone" with Roscoe Mitchell and Nichole Mitchell. He will be collaborating with Raven Chacon on American Ledger No.1 and his solo cello work "Quiver".
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