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Spring 2019

Sunday, Febuary 17, 2019, 4 to 5 PM at The Tiger Garage studio in SW Berkeley

Music/poetry colloquy by the TG sextet: Gael Alcock, Nancy Beckman, Tom Bickley, John Givens, Earll Kingston, Bonnie Kwong

RSVP for reservation and location: Tel: 510 280 4296

Summer 2018

Friday, July 6, 8:00 PM

Cool Inventions: Bach, Blues, Bepop and Beyond
Yehudit, 5 String Violin
Katherine Westine, Piano
Gael Alcock, Cello

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St.
Berkeley CA 94704

Fall 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 8:00 PM

Music of Astor Piazzola
Arranged for accordion, violin, flute, mandolin, piano, cello, guitar and bass, by Steve Erquiaga, who will conduct.

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley
Admission free, dogs welcome

Summer 2017

Barkin' Dog Grill
940 11th Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Tuesday, July 11, 6:00 p.m.
Second Tuesday Reading, sponsored by Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt).

Show starts at 6:00 p.m. Open mic after two featured readers. The featured readers for July 11 are 1) Fresno poet Kenneth Chacon; 2) Clive Matson with Gael Alcock.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

A Fundraising Extravaganza for the Beat Generation

The home of Danny and Hilary Goldstine
1838 San Juan Avenue @ Santa Clara
Berkeley, CA 94707

Winter 2016-17

Friday, February 14, 2017, 5:30-10:30 pm

From 5:30-10:30 pm on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, cellist Gael Alcock performs solos and duos with guitarists Bobby G and Calvin Keys at Greens, the "... iconic award-winning vegetarian restaurant located at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco". Pam Johnson will lead her scintillating band in the main dining room.

Greens Restaurant
2 Marina Blvd.
Fort Mason Center, Building A
San Francisco

Friday, February 14, 2017, 5:30-10:30 pm

Street Scene 2087 Addison Street Berkeley

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6-7 pm

Come hear a classical sound with modern overtones. Cello, vibraphone, piano, guitars, sarod, and tabla play an entrancing raga suite this Friday night.

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street, Berkeley [Map]
6-7 pm
Preceded by stellar CJC student jazz ensemble
at 5 pm

admission: free

Fall 2016

Saturday , October 29 3-4 pm

Chamber chorus with trombone/cello accompaniment
(Angela Wellman, Gael Alcock)
Vocal students of Lauren Carley
Lauren Carley, director

Piedmont Gardens
110 41st Street Oakland
Saturday, October 29 3-4 pm

Saturday, October 22 6-8 pm
4th Street Fine Art

Reception for Valerie Sobel, Michael Sacramento, and Suzanne Beaubrun
2000 4th St @ University

Music by:

duo fanatico (Leo Nava, guitar, Gael Alcock, cello)
at 4th Street Gallery
Jazz guitar/cello duo fanatico

Thursday night October 13, from 7-9 pm

Party to celebrate publication of Siberian Iris by Lauren Carley
Uptown Body and Fender

401 26th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

with musicians Jean Robertson, Ruth Dineen, Gael Alcock

Spring/Summer 2016

Thursday, July 7 , 6:00 pm

Gael Alcock + Gusty Winds May Exist at Campovida

Campovida Wine-tasting Room
95 Linden St. (near 3rd Street)
Oakland, CA 94607

Woodwind soundscapes and cello performed by local musicians. Enjoy our beautiful space, the harmonious and sometimes haunting sound of the music, and, of course, loads of delicous wines! Free admis.

Czar's Winter Palace

Sunday, June 12 , from 7-8 pm

Lauren Carley reads from her novel set in Czarist Russia, accompanied by mysterious, romantic and folkloric music.
Studio Grand 3234 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

Lauren Carley, alto, Gael Alcock, cello, Ruth Dineen, piano, Jean Robertson, percussion, Doug Lee, contrabass

Doors open at 6:30
$10-15 suggested donation

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 5pm to 8pm, $5 to $50 suggested donation

Poetry Unbound #33
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Avenue at Ashby (close to Ashby BART)
Berkeley CA 94705, (510) 472-3170
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 5pm to 8pm, $5 to $50 suggested donation
Open reading sign-up at 5pm

Benefit for Harbin Hot Springs
Elaine Watt
Joan Gelfand
Julie Adams
John Flot
Casey Carney
*Surprise Guest*

Music accompaniment: Gael Alcock, cello, Tom Bickley, recorder, Jean Robertson, percussion and flute.

Thursday, May 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Jazz at Campovida Wine-tasting Room

Campovida Taste of Place, 95 Linden St, Oakland

Join us for summery jazz and a glass of wine, followed by a

7 pm photography showing by renown artists John Pearson and Denise Morilla Lyons, accompanied by celebrated pianists Nicole Milner and Andrew Jamieson, and cellist Toni Gross.

To learn more about the participants:

Jazz improvisations by Nelsen Hutchison, guitar, Mike Sweetland, bass, Gael Alcock, cello

Upcoming Thursdays: • June 2nd, cello and piano music by early 20th century Slavic composers , Lauren Carley reads from her new novel set during the time of the Russian revolution. • July 7th, cello and Gusty Winds ( shakuhachi, recorder )pre renaissance and contemporary music.

Thursdays: April 14 and May 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Jazz at Campovida Wine-tasting Room

On April 14 and May 26 we are returning to this special place (lovely wine, soft light, sound of rain, smooth dance floor, welcome dogs, conversation, art, and invention, and there is parking) with new offerings.

Thursday, April 14 from 6-8 pm
Bach suites for solo Cello
solo shakuhachi flute interplay
Cello, flute, recorder

Gael Alcock
Nancy Beckman
Tom Bickley

Campovida Wine-tasting Room
95 Linden St. (near 3rd Street)
Oakland, CA 94607

Thursday, May 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Jazz at Campovida Wine-tasting Room

Thursday, May 26 from 6-8 pm
Jazz cello, bass, and guitar
Visual concert interlude

Gael Alcock
Nancy Beckman
Tom Bickley
Mike Sweetland
Nelsen Hutchison
John Pearson, photographer

Campovida Wine-tasting Room
95 Linden St. (near 3rd Street)
Oakland, CA 94607

Thursday, March 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Jazz at Campovida Wine-tasting Room
Gael Alcock, Cello
Mike Sweetland, Bass
Paul Bedford, Vocalist
Caroline Alexander, Dance
Wheelchair Accessible
Free Entry

Campovida Wine-tasting Room
95 Linden St. (near 3rd Street)
Oakland, CA 94607

The site is a charming wine bar owned by Campovida Farm in Hopland, which serves wine, charcuterie, cheese and chocolates. Guests are welcome to bring food and non- alcoholic beverage.

I visited one rainy night, enjoyed the music and a delicious glass of Chardonnay ( $8).

Spring 2015

Thursday, May 28, 4:30 pm

Cello ensemble, Adult students of Gael Alcock
Perform for residents of
Chapparel House
Allston St, Berkeley, across from Corporation Yard

Sunday, May 17, 4:30 pm

Concerts at The California Jazz Conservatory

I'll be playing with the 5pm group: drums, singer, 3 guitars, cello, and bass:
John Gove ensemble plays standards from the jazz repertoire
4:30 - 4:55 PM   Guitar Duo   Erquiaga
5:00 - 5:50 PM   Jazz Repertoire Ensemble   Gove
6:00 - 6:50 PM   Latin Jazz Ensemble   Belove/Santos
7:00 - 7:50 PM   Ska & Reggae Ensemble   Levis

The California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Tickets are $10. The cafe is open; dogs are welcome!

Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 pm

Joaquin Miller Elementary School Strings Concert
Students of Gael Alcock and Jean White
5525 Ascott Drive, Oakland,CA

Saturday, April 25, 7:30 to 9 pm

Jazz from Brazil, the American Songbook, and Parisian swing
Nelsen Hutchison, guitar, Gael Alcock, cello

at C'era Una Volta Italian Restaurant
1332 Park St., Alameda, CA 94501
C'era Una Volta:

Saturday, February 21, 8 to 10 pm

Black History Month Celebration: Poetry of Jazz with Al Young, Richard Silberg, Adam David Miller, Gael Alcock and more

The conjoining of jazz to the poetic as performed by former California Poet Laureate Al Young, renowned jazz poet Adam David Miller, Bay Area's treasured wordsmith Richard Silberg, dynamic poet and performer Chinaka Hodge, Gail Alcock, Jazz Hudson and reader/M.C. George W. Davis will "trip the 'word' fantastic" in CJC's continuing celebratory concert series during Black History Month.

at the California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

February 21
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Open Seating: $18
Tickets and Info at VBOTickets

Fall 2014

Saturday, December 6, 4 to 5 pm

Holiday String Concert
Violin and cello students of Annette Swarzenski and Gael Alcock

at the Chaparral House
1309 Allston Way

Monday, December 8, 3-4 pm

Free jazz concert

Students of the California Jazz Conservatory
will perform several pieces from the jazz standard repertoire
led by John Gove

at the JazzCaffe
2087 Addison Street, Berkeley

Saturday, November 22, 5 to 8 pm

Opening reception for the art show "Little Delights" which will feature small works at bite size prices.

  • Gael Alcock, cello
  • Nelsen Hutchison, guitar

4th Street Fine Art Studio
2000 4th Street at University

Randall Museum: Brown Pelican
Randall Museum: Desert Tortoise
Lana, The Puppy

Spring 2014

Dear friends,

Here are some musical events to go with the April - May showers and flowers.

Sunday, April 20, 10:30am

BFUU Music Service

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar St. at Bonita,

Saturday, April 26

Bug Day Festival at the Randall Museum with live jazz from 10:30am to 12:30pm

The Randall Museum
199 Museum Way, San Francisco

Tuesday, April 29, 7pm

Spring String Recital
Joaquin Miller Elementary School

The multipurpose room
Joaquin Miller Elementary School
5525 Ascot Drive

Sunday, May 11, 5:30pm

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performance Series

California Jazz Conservatory
(Berkeley Jazz School)

2027 Addison St, Berkeley
Jazz School Events
Admission $5

Sunday, May 18, 4pm

Jazz in the Neighborhoods
Old First Presbyterian Church

Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento St
San Francisco
Event Information

Tickets: $17 adult
$14 seniors
$5 students

Winter 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

2nd Friday Art Walk, December 13, 6 to 9 pm

Cello music played by Gael Alcock from 6:00 to 6:30

2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland

Artists at Gray Loft Gallery:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Jazzschool Institute students take the stage for this end-of-semester performance series. Come hear exciting sets from our many ensembles.

Fall 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Randall Museum Family Halloween Day
The Kasperians
Pat and Nancy Kasper, Ruth Dineen,and Gael Alcock
October 26, 2013
10 AM to 2 PM

Randall Museum
199 Museum Way
San Francisco, CA

Here's a flyer for this Family Halloween event.

Here's some information about volunteering at the event.

Summer 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Summer Series at the Jazzschool presents:
Quintessence and Cinco-Paters
Aug. 25, 2013
4:30-6:30 pm
Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley

Cellist Gael Alcock with a quintet of strings and piano, and drummer Alex Shapiro-Romano, with his band of cinco-paters, offer a mellow first set and a sizzling second set.

Ruth Dineen, piano, Sandy Poindexter, violin, Lucy Southern, violin, Mike Sweetland, bass, Morgan Maudiere, piano, Gael Alcock, cello, Alex Shapiro-Romano, drums, Leo Nava, guitar

See link:

Spring 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fusion with cello, piano, sax, drums, bass and guitar

Jazzschool Institute at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley

8 pm Jazz Fusion
8:40 Bluegrass Ensemble
9:30 Gypsy Jazz
tickets $12.50 at the door,
$10.50 in advance

It's part of a 2 night showcase -- the Tuesday night concert will be music of Art Blakey and the Free Jazz ensemble.

Winter 2012

December 11, 2012

Music of Charles Mingus

Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street in Berkeley

9pm to 9:50 pm

This Jazzschool Institute ensemble includes piano, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone, and me on cello. Preceded by the Jazzschool Strings Ensemble at 8 pm. A rare opportunity to hear strings playing many styles of jazz.

Summer 2012

2 Free Concerts at the Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Friday, Aug 3, 2012, 6-6:45 pm
Charles Mingus ensemble directed by Jeff Denson

(Jazz Repertoire concert is at 5-5:45 pm)

Thurs, Aug. 2, 5:45 - 6:30 PM

String ensemble, directed by Mads Tolling
modern jazz arrangements by Turtle Island Quartet

(Gypsy Jazz and Jazz Fusion groups play at 3:45 and 4:45 pm)

Sat, July 21, 3 PM
Paces celebrates the Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St, Berkeley
(south of Ashby, above BART)

Lucinda Weaver, dancer and choreographer,
Alan Bern, Poet and Storyteller,
Joe Weaver, dancer,
Gael Alcock, cello,

and Matthias Oppliger, Images

A benefit for the Center for Accessible Technology

$10 suggested donation, reception follows

phone 510-684-0931, email

Fri, July 13, 6:30 PM
Berkeley Ars Festival

Storytellers Cantey Meigs, Michael Katz, and Dean Santomieri,
with Nicole Milner, piano, Ron Heglin, trombone, and Gael Alcock, cello

An offering of enchanting tales from four continents.

At 2133 University Ave, next to Ace Hardware

Freewill donations benefit CHA house, college prep intensives for Central Valley teens.

Thu, June 28, 12:30 PM
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Zamanna (Sarah Michael, Hector Bezanis, Paul Ohanesian, Gael Alcock, Charles Montague)

Performing with Dalia Marina, Palestinian-American vocalist
Arabic music old and new.
Presented by Arab Community and Cultural Center.

On Mission Street in San Francisco, between 3rd and 4th Streets

Admission Free

Spring 2012

Wed, May 9, 8 PM

Jazzschool Institute Gypsy Jazz and East Bay Funk Ensembles at Freight & Salvage.

Freight & Salvage, Wed. May 9, 8 PM

An evening of cutting-edge jazz
Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison in Berkeley
$10.50 advance / $12.50 at door
8:00 pm

Directed by guitarist Paul Mehling, the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble performs jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Hande Erdem and Bobbi Nikles on violin, cellist Gael Alcock, Craig Browning on accordion, Harrison Gold, Tristan Norton, and James Pickrel on guitar, and bassists Mike Sweetland and Rick McFarland.
Berkeley Poetry Festival, Sat. May 5, 2012

Sat, May 5, 1 - 4:30 PM

Berkeley Poetry Festival

The 10th Annual Poetry Festival will be held this year on May 5th, from 1 – 4:30 P.M., in the Auditorium at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St. (1 block from Berkeley BART station, between Milvia and Shattuck Ave.)

Clive Matson with Gael Alcock, cellist, will read at 3:50 p.m.. Clive will receive the festival's Lifetime Achievement award.

Sun, April 22, 2pm – 5pm

Virago Theatre Company presents
Madama Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
Sunday, April 22 • 2 pm

Directed by Robert Lundy-Paine Conducted by Jerry Kurderna Starring soprano Eileen Meredith

The Hillside Club, Berkeley

Wed. April 11, 7-9 PM

Zamanna plays Middle Eastern music at Le Bateau Ivre

Come for dinner, dessert, or a glass of wine, but arrive early for the best seating.

Gael Alcock, cello; Hector Bezanis, nay;

Sarah Michael, qanun; Paul Ohanesian, percussion;

Special guest vocalist DaLia Marina

Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Ave. at Carleton, Berkeley
(510) 849-1100

Winter 2011

Dear friends,

Please drop by for infusions of music in various styles.

Classical string trios:

Friday, December 9, 5-7 pm at SALA, 1746 Shattuck Ave.
510.848.1080 --

Sunday, December 11 on 4th St. near Peets, 12 -2 pm
Friday, December 17, same location, 3-5 pm

Charles Montague, viola
Toshi Takeuchi, violin
Gael Alcock, cello
joined by Sarah Michael, qanun

(Donations for the dates above benefit the String Program at Joaquin Miller Elementary School. )

Wednesday, December 14, 7-7:50 pm ( see full schedule below)

Gypsy jazz :

Wednesday, December 14, 7-7:50 pm ( see full schedule below)
at the Jazzschool, 2087 Addison ( next to Aurora Theater)
bass, drums, violin, cello, accordion, and two guitars

Classical Arabic:

Wednesday, Dec 21 , music by Zamanna , 7-9 pm

at Le Bateau Ivre, coffeehouse bar and restaurant,
2629 Telegraph Ave at Carleton
reservations: 510 849 1100

Hector Bezanis, nay
Sarah Michael, qanun
Gael Alcock, cello
Paul Ohanesian, percussion

December 14 full schedule for Jazzschool Institute recital

6 pm Jazz Repertoire Ensemble (dir. Jeff Denson)
7 pm Gypsy Jazz Ensemble (dirs. Evan Price & Paul Mehling)
8 pm Jazz String Ensemble (dir. Mads Tolling)
9 pm Jazz Orchestra (dir. Keith Johnson)

Salon Concert

Saturday, November 12, 3 pm

hosted by Gael Alcock and Adele Mendelson
5228 Miles Ave, Oakland, CA

Andrew Jamieson, piano, Claire Lavery, flute,Gael Alcock, cello
sonatas by Pietro Locatelli, and Michele Corrette
songs by Cole Porter
music and spoken word open mic,
wine and cheese

Summer 2011

July 23, 8:00 PM

Classical and contemporary pieces in diverse styles for dancers, trombone, cellos, flute, piano, voices and guitar

featuring sound recordings of Ann Kroeber, and short fiction by Summer Brenner. Dancers: Caroline Alexander and Andrew Ward

Musicians and composers: Ron Heglin, Joshua Pollack, Hugh Fox, Gael Alcock, Cello Zymbidium, Claire Lavery, Carol Reitan. Andrew Jamieson

refreshments and DJ dance to follow

$10 adults, $5 youth ( suggested donation )

produced by Gael Alcock

510 548 9050

Spring 2011

March 23-April 25
5 Weeks, Wednesday thru Sunday.

Acted by Shotgun Players
Playwright Jason Craig, Composer Dave Malloy, Artistic Director Patrick Dooley

String quartet: Jo Gray, Jessica Ling,
Charles Montague, Gael Alcock*
with Bassist Olive Mitra
*(and cellist Ari Gorman on Thu, Mar. 24)

At Ashby Stage
1901 Ashby Ave. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way)
Berkeley, CA

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Winter 2010-11

Monday, Jan. 3, 7:00 pm

Cello & Readings

Sunday, Dec. 19, 7:00 pm

Art, music, poetry, dance
Divine females making shaktified spectacle
Ava Bird, Joan Gelfand, Gael Alcock, Jeanne Lupton,
Jamie Erfurdt, Evie Mcknight, Leslene Della-Madre

Sunday, Dec. 12, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Dec. 5, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 pm

Summer 2010

Sunday, July 18, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Autumn 2009

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2:30 pm

Sunday September 20 3pm

Summer 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009 -- 7:00 PM

"Minor Excursions"

Saturday, June 27, 2009 -- 7:00 PM
"Star Spangled Summer"

Summer 2008

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008, 5:00 PM

Sunday, June 22, 2:45 PM

Sat June 7

Sunday, May 18, 3:00 PM

Saturday, May 17, 2:00PM

Sunday, May 11, 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 5, 3-5 pm

Sunday, March 30, 3:00 PM

Sunday, Mar 23, 10:30 AM

Tuesday, Mar 4, 7:30 PM

Monday, Mar 3, 7 PM

Sunday, Mar 2, 4-7 PM

Fall 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 8 pm

Saturday, November 3rd

Sunday, September 23, 10:30 AM

Tuesday, September 18, 9 AM

Thursday, October 25 6:00-7:30 pm

Summer 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:30 pm

Spring 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007 7:00 pm-10 pm

March 28, 8PM

March 18, 4 PM

March 11, 4 PM

WINTER 2006-2007

January 25, 2007

FALL 2006


October 28

October 13, 7 PM


Aug 13-20

July 23

July 17

June 10


April 22 and 30

April 3

March 26

March 24

March 22

May 17, 3-5 PM

Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 30

Monday, April 3 from 2-8 p.m.

March 25 ,9:30-12 p.m.

March 26, Sunday

March 22 8 p.m.

March 11

WINTER 2005-2006


Sunday, February 26



Dec 12 and 13

Dec 16

Dec 16 5-7PM

December 23 at 7:30 AM, featuring Rev Heng Sure with Buddhist versions of Christmas carols, piano preludes by Bach and Phillip Glass, songs by Brendan Shiobban, classical guitar, cello solos, and films of tai chi masters. Sublime vegan breakfast will be served.

Nov 27 3-5 PM