When: Sun., June 21, 5-9 p.m. 2015
The solstice celebration at Chapel of the Chimes (4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland), one of the local experimental community’s most anticipated annual events, will feature about fifty performers from conservatory, jazz, underground, improv, and academic electronic backgrounds, all stationed throughout the beautiful Julia Morgan-designed columbarium. Attendees are encouraged to rove around, perhaps chancing upon storied guitarist Henry Kaiser in an alcove before encountering renowned local percussionist William Winant in a prayer chamber. Meanwhile, the labyrinthine structure is awash in natural light and each sonic encounter is punctuated by the sound of running water. Performers include the pianist and curator Sarah Cahill, Maggi Payne, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Moe! Staiano, among many others, and the event runs from 5 to 9 p.m., just as it has every June 21 since 1996.