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“One of the most exquisite voices in Brazilian music” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Monte’s voice remains transcendent … next to it, nearly all instrumentation seems superfluous” - THE WASHINGTON POST
The UC Theatre was founded in 2012 by the Berkeley Music Group (BMG) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We operate The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall - an independent community-minded 1,400 capacity multi-tiered live music venue, with youth education programs.
Our mission is to present a vibrant and diverse range of live performances to advance the understanding and appreciation of music, culture, and education in the Bay Area. We provide inclusive, diverse, and culturally rich music programming including; Tinariwen, Green Day, Run The Jewels, Natalia Laforcada, CloZee, Todrick Hall, Steel Pulse, Kehlani, Mulatu Astatke, Kolohe Kai, Taj Mahal, The Story So Far, Toro y Moi and more, as well as transformative youth education programs.
Marisa Monte stormed onto the music scene in her native Brazil in the late 1980’s and has remained center stage ever since. Releasing one wildly successful project after another, Monte is recognized as the greatest Brazilian singer of her generation. Her recordings, which have netted her four Latin Grammy Awards and sold millions of copies worldwide, blend her early love of samba and classic MPB (Brazilian pop) with a deep and wide-ranging mastery of songwriting and arranging which created her own supremely modern and eclectic style.
In addition to her groundbreaking solo albums and her longtime work with the influential super group Tribalistas with Arnaldo Antunes and Carlinhos Brown, Monte has collaborated with a who’s-who of international artists including Laurie Anderson, Jorge Drexler, Julieta Venegas, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Arto Lindsay, Gilberto Gil, Seu Jorge, Caetano Veloso, Devendra Banhart and John Zorn, to name a few.
Monte’s 2022 U.S. tour celebrates the release of the singer’s newest project Portas (Phonomotor/Sony Music). Recorded across multiple continents during the pandemic, the album is Monte’s first solo release in a decade. Says Monte: “I started my life in music at the age of 19 and I've never been so long without singing live and without meeting my audience. I'm really missing it!”