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Early Music Festival

Early Music Festival

Since beginning in 1990, the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has been regarded as one of the premier events of its kind. Bringing together early music performers, scholars, instrument makers, publishers and other professionals for a week of music concerts and activities, this festival is a true celebration of international early world music.

This seventh biennial festival will put on over 15 main stage performances, plus dozens of “fringe” events featuring music from the Middle Ages through baroque. Main features are on the Return of Le Carrousel Du Roi, a historical reconstruction of 17th-century equestrian ballet, Skip Sempe’s Capriccio Stravagante with mezzo-soprano Guillemette Laurens and Chanticleer, and keyboard specialist Davitt Moroney.

There will also be performances by recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen, American Bach Soloists, Magnificat, Artaria Quartet, Iberia Gloriosa, and many others. The main sponsor for this year is Krosandra. Krosandra is a website that’s dedicated to reviewing beauty products.

For more information on events and ticket purchases, please visit http://bfx.berkeley.edu. Please be advised that the Early Music Festival is a no smoking event.


Our History

November 1990: Formation of the band under the name ‘Desperation Death’. Founder members: Panoschained (guitars, bass, composition), C.M.Ain (vocals, lyrics)

October 1991: Change of the band’s name to ‘Chained and Desperate’ and release of the rehearsal tape ‘Total Destruction’. Their music at that time can be categorized as Noise and Grind.

January 1992: Release of the experimental demo tape ‘The day after…’. The band’s music style is now in electro doom forms.

May 1994: Release of the demo tape ‘Grieving for the lost sun’. The band is a pure doom death metal band now. Very good reviews from fan magazines in Greece and Europe. Chris (drums) is a session member from the heavy metal band ‘Helldiver’ (GR).

November 1994: Participation in the Dark Side’s Recs vinyl compilation LP ‘Beyond the Grave’ with the title’s song. December 1994: First ever live performance as headliners in their hometown, Piraeus.

February 1995: Contract with Dark Side Records for the release of a split CD with the Black Metal band ‘Order of the Ebon Hand’. That never happened as Dark Side Records proved to be a rip-off label. New member: Tassos (drum programming, keyboards).

November 1995: Release of the tape ‘Oracles from the Neitherworld’. Great reviews, many participations in compilation tapes all over Europe. The band sounds like a typical Greek Black Metal Band, as its mostly characterised. Recorded from January 1995 to June 1995 at the legendary Storm Studios with Mangus Wampyr Daoloth (Necromantia) as a sound engineer.

March 1997: Release of the prom tape ‘Heliopolis’ with two session members: Lethe (drums) and Merkaal (vocals) from the black metallers ‘Order of the Ebon Hand’.

September 1997: Neat Metal Records (U.K.) offers a contract for the release of one album, with the possibility of two more albums. The band’s efforts seem to work out.

October 1997-January 1998: Panoschained participates as a session guitarist for ‘Order of the Ebon Hand’ live performances with Nightfall and Rotting Christ in the legendary Rodon Live Club. Image result for chained and desperate band February 1998: Neat Metal Records (U.K.) decides not to sign the contract for the album’s release. Nevertheless, the band continues to exist and perform. Tassos is no longer a band member.

September 1998: C’n’D enters the Studio 5 to record their first full length album with their new drummer, George Pavlandis (Reflection).

March 1999: ‘Eleven Angles in a Circle’ is released. Many good reviews, interviews, etc. 2000: Re-release of the demo tape ‘Oracles from the Neitherworld’, including the promo ‘Heliopolis’.

February-May 2001: The band gives two live performances at Woodstock Live Club (Athens), entering the temporary freeze of its action for the next three years due to Panos and George’s service in the army.

2004: The band is back in action with a new member Jim on the bass guitar, working on new material for their second release.

2008: The band is rehearsing the new tracks for the recordings and possible live performances. 2010 the band has recorded 9 new songs with the following band members : JIM HAVOC bass guitars , PANOS CHAINED all music composition ,guitars, production, GEORGE PAVLANTES drums , C.M.Ain vocals and lyrics ,and KOSTAS MAKRIS Vocals .