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DIY in Berkeley, with pianist Caili O’Doherty Trio and The Miscreants

Caili O’Doherty’s trio performs Friday at Jupiter and Sunday afternoon at the California Jazz Conservatory New York City pianist Caili O’Doherty has found cool blue waters in the Bay Area, while Berkeley clarinetist Ben Goldberg has plunged into the roiling New York rapids. What these two very different musicians share is a commitment to making […]

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The utopian vision of the Ben Goldberg School

Ben Goldberg and the Ben Goldberg School play Saturday night at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Photo: Adam Goldberg Interviewing choreographer Twyla Tharp for an upcoming story about her 50th anniversary tour I was struck by her description of her new dance “Preludes and Fugues” set to J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier as belonging to a utopian […]

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Out in Berkeley: Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine

The best educators don’t just impart information, they provide intellectual tools that can be applied far from whatever topic they’re ostensibly teaching. For clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg, the experience of taking several undergraduate courses at Brandeis with poet and essayist Allen Grossman in the early 1980s has continued to reverberate, gaining amplitude rather than fading through […]