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Sunday, November 5th, 2017 1:46 PM PST

<<<< Record Release Shows for "Reverberant: Poems & Music"
Sat. November 2, 8 p.m.
The Back Room, Berkeley, Calif. - $18/$20
Sat. November 16, 7:30p.m.
Bird & Beckett, San Francisco - $20/$10 limited income, students, musicians


The Cupping Room Cafe, Singers Showcase, Soho, NYC: 8/5/18
Lisa B and Gary Fisher at The Cupping Room Cafe, Soho, NYC


The Fenix, San Rafael, Calif.: 7/22/18
Fred Randolph, Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), and Deszon Claiborne


Nineteen800, Cupertino, Calif. (near Apple), Summer ResidencySix dates 7/18 

Cafe Pink House, Saratoga, Calif.: 3/3/18 

The Back Room, Berkeley, Calif.: 2/10/18
Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) at a gig with Frank Martin and Fred Randolph
Fred Randolph, Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), and Kelly Fasman
Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) with Frank Martin, piano, Fred Randolph, bass, and Kelly Fasman, drums

(All content available through private coaching - contact Lisa B for more information)

Most singers and musicians were first inspired by the music of someone else. This workshop will help you shape a project (recital or recording) presenting the music of another musical artist. Whether you’re drawn to Sarah Vaughan or Adele, Rodgers & Hammerstein or “Hamilton,” Miles Davis or Marvin Gaye, through a tribute project you can pay homage, find inspiration, stretch your musical vision and abilities, and create a frame for new work. Get your feet wet through this fun workshop. First Lisa B will present some seminal tribute projects. Then she will help you shape a project of your own: explore your attraction to a particular artist; sketch out your vision of mood, era, and songs; and start to define instrumentation, arrangements, and tasks.   

* Reconnect with your initial enthusiasm about creating music
* Release invalidation and judgment from your creative, performance, and career activities  
* Own your body and personal energy space as a performer
* Handle nerves and anxiety
* Re-envision what success means to you
* Plan and execute short- and long-term steps in your career 
Specific tools we will learn and practice:
* Grounding
* Centering yourself in the "driver's seat"
* Protecting your personal space
* Harnessing the the information in your seven major chakras
* Envisioning specific outcomes you want
* Keeping your energy flowing
* Finding your enthusiasm 
Past participants had this to say:
Mind-Body-Spirit Tools for Performers and Creators_Workshop by Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)

"The information presented helped me to connect with my spirit and improved my confidence. I would recommend this workshop to all singers." - M.G.


"The workshop covered a wide range of topics and techniques that I can apply to my singing. The information was understandable from every level, beginning to advanced, and adaptable." - J.B.


"I really enjoyed the combination of energy and vocal work." - C.R.

"What a wonderful workshop today! What I appreciated most was that it was not your typical workshop — exercises, sing a song. It truly was a complete overview — mind, body, and spirit." - O.J.

"The workshop was amazing. I really enjoyed the guided meditations and learning about the chakras. Still thinking about it all!" - J.T.

"Great start to discovering the artist in myself." - T.H.

"Thanks for reconnecting me to my spirit self. I forgot the little girl who just loves to sing."

"I thoroughly enjoyed it and greatly appreciate the marrying of technique and spiritual/emotional awareness." - L.W.


Saturday, March 29th, 2014 10:33 PM PDT
Previous Gigs

  • 2nd Annual Bay Area JazzPoetry Festival, BerkeleyLisa B (Lisa Bernstein) tux with hair up

  • 21 Grand, Oakland, Calif.

  • Above Paradise Lounge, San Francisco

  • The Albion, San Francisco

  • Angelica's, Redwood City, Calif.

  • Anna’s Jazz Island, Berkeley

  • Armando's, Martinez, Calif.

  • At Seventeenth, Oakland, Calif.

  • Avonova, Oakland, Calif.

  • The Back Room, Berkeley, Calif.

  • Bartlett Hall, Union Square, San Francisco

  • Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

  • Berkeley Art Center, Rhythm & Muse Series

  • Bison Brewery, Berkeley

  • Blondie's, San Francisco

  • The Blue Lamp, San Francisco

  • The Blue Monkey Cafe, San Francisco

  • Borders Books and Music,  many stores, Northern Calif.

  • Beyond Baroque, Venice, Calif.

  • Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco

  • Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, Port Townsend, Washington

  • Cafe Gianlucca, New York City

  • Cafe Pink House, Saratoga, Calif.

  • California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the JazzSchool), Berkeley, Calif.

  • Cava 555, San Francisco

  • The Clarion Cafe, San Francisco

  • Club Muse, Albany, Calif.

  • Coco Club, San FranciscoLisa B (Lisa Bernstein) in tux

  • The Coffee Mill, Oakland

  • The Coffee Society, Cupertino, Calif.

  • Das Klub/1055 Howard, San Francisco

  • The Donnell Library, New York City

  • E3 Playhouse, Santa Cruz, Calif.

  • East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey, Calif.

  • The Elbo Room, San Francisco

  • Expressions Gallery, Berkeley

  • First St. Cafe, Benicia, Calif.

  • Folcrom, San Francisco

  • Foothill Community College, Los Altos, Calif.

  • Hanno's in the Alley, San Francisco

  • Harmony Festival, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif.

  • The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito

  • HEAR Music Store, Berkeley

  • The Hotel Utah, San Francisco

  • Hyatt on Union Square, San Francisco, and Hyatt Regency, Oakland

  • Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco

  • Jazz & Blues Company, Carmel, Calif.

  • The Jazz House, Berkeley

  • Jewish Community Center, Marin County, Calif.

  • Kelly’s, Alameda, Calif.

  • Kimball's Carnival, Oakland (Commissioned Poem and Performance, Memorial for Jazz Activist/KPFA-DJ Doug Edwards)

  • The Lab Theatre, San Francisco

  • La Mama Theatre (La Galleria), New York City

  • La Pena, Berkeley

  • Lake Chalet on Lake Merritt, Oakland, Calif.

  • The Lobby, Oakland, Calif.

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) with mic
  • The Luggage Store, San Francisco

  • Mason Street Wine Bar, San Francisco

  • Max's Diner & Bar, Downtown Oakland, Calif.

  • MIck's, San Francisco

  • Montclair Jazz Festival, Oakland, Calif.

  • Musically Minded Academy, Oakland, Calif.

  • New College of California, San Francisco

  • New Delhi Restaurant, San Francisco

  • New George’s, San Rafael, Calif.

  • New Performance Gallery (ODC), San Francisco

  • Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga, Calif.

  • Paradise Lounge, San Francisco

  • Pasand, San Francisco

  • Pearl’s, North Beach, San Francisco

  • Piaf’s, San Francisco

  • Picante, Berkeley

  • The Poetry Center, San Francisco

  • Quiet Storm, San Francisco

  • Rasputin’s Records, Berkeley

  • Rasselas, San Francisco

  • Redwood City Summer Concert Series, Calif.

  • Rising Spirits Cafe, San Francisco

  • Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Calif.

  • San Francisco Socialist School

  • San Francisco State University

  • Santa Cruz Poetry Festival

  • Savanna Jazz Club, San FranciscoLisa B (Lisa Bernstein) near mic

  • Shanghai 1930, San Francisco

  • Short on Attitude, San Francisco

  • Skyline Community College, Pacifica, Calif.

  • Small Press Traffic, San Francisco

  • The Sound Room, Oakland, Calif.

  • Spike's Speak, San Francisco

  • Stanford University

  • Tattoo Rose Cafe, San Francisco

  • Tropical Haight, San Francisco

  • Union Hotel, Benicia

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Voulez-Vous, Berkeley, Calif.

  • WomenROCK 5th Anniverary Concert, The Box Factory, San Francisco

  • The WOW Cafe Theatre, New York City

  • The Writer’s Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Zebulon’s, Petaluma, Calif. 


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    Here's a pensive shot of me listening hard to playback in the studio with drummer Jeff Marrs as we were recording this new release.

    The Sound Room uptown Oakland showcasing Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)

    Sign for fun gig at The Sound Room in Uptown Oakland, Calif.
    last summer

    She totally captivated the audience. She is an originator, her arrangements are mesmerizing, and her band is great!
    Gary Hamada, Jazz and Blues Company/KRML-FM, Concert Manager

    Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) at a gig

     Fresh, very interesting, impressive: Lisa B is a brand-new Somebody. And the writing...I was lifted up...gorgeous."
    Jackie McLean, saxophone master

     Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) with Ben Flint, Fred Randolph, and Alan Hall at Musically Minded Academy

    “An iconoclastic singer-songwriter…a poet, vocalist, and tunesmith who can work a room with energy…Like Joni Mitchell, she knows the value of lyrics that summon visions instead of cliches…” 

    - Michael Ross (msnbc.com, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly)

    Adam Shulman, Lisa B, Jeremy Cohen, Paul van Wageningen at Berkeley JazzPoetry Festival


    Saturday, March 29th, 2014 10:24 PM PDT
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    Workshops and Classes - Previous 

    • "A Creative Life/Mind-Body-Spirit Tools," Campolindo High School, Moraga, Calif., Winter 2019

    • "Imagining Your First Tribute Project": JazzSchool/California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, Summer 2018 

    • "The Complete Singer: Spiritual, Practical, and Technical Tools to Help You Realize Your Musical Dreams (aka Mind-Body-Spirit Tools for Singers)": co-taught with Daria: Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, Feb. 2015; GuitarWorks, Novato, Calif., August 2014; and Lisa's Home, Oakland, Calif., May 2014

    • "The Singer's Life: Where to Start (and How to Keep Going)"The Jazzschool, Berkeley, Calif., October 2011

    • Poetry Writing Teacher: Anna Yates Elementary School, Emeryville, Calif., 2nd/3rd/4th Grades, Fall 2007 - Spring 2012, Fall 2014 - present

    • Poetry Writing Workshop Leader: Mercy Housing After-School Program, Peanut Butter and Jamm Music Session for Kids, Spring 2010Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) with kids at Mercy Housing, San Francisco

    • Poetry Writing & Performance with Musicians, Workshop Leader: Allendale Recreation Center, Oakland, Calif., Kids Ages 6 - 12 (including Final Performance w/ Paul van Wageningen, drums, and Aaron Shaul, bass), Summer 2008 

    • "Vocal & Energetic Techniques for Self-Healing & Finding Your Creative Path," Workshop Leader: Blue Bear School of Music, San Francisco, Workshop for Adults, co-taught w/ Vicki Burns, January 2008

    • Program and Outreach Coordinator: Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, 2003-2004

    • Guest Poet: Skyline Community College, San Francisco State University, Galileo High School (San Francisco), Soquel High School (Santa Cruz County)

    • Workshop Leader/Poet & Performer: Foothill College Writers Conference, Summer 1995 and 1990

    • Associate Director of The Poetry Center and Lecturer in Creative Writing: San Francisco State UniversityTwo-year term, Fall 1989 - Spring 1991


    Saturday, August 8th, 2009 11:29 PM PDT
    Bookstore Performances 

    Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) at Barnes & Noble, Emeryville

    • Barnes & Noble, Emeryville

    • Bonanza Books, Walnut Creek, California

    • Bound Together Bookstore, San Francisco

    • Cody’s Books, Berkeley

    • Diesel Books, Emeryville, California

    • Different Light Bookstore, San Francisco

    • Grand Piano Bookstore, San Francisco

    • Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco

    • Talking Leaves Bookstore, San Francisco

    Saturday, August 8th, 2009 3:24 PM PDT



    • Grants and/or residencies from the Puffin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

    • Master's and bachelor's degrees in creative writing/English literature

    • 6 CDS with airplay and charting on trade-reporter radio and web stations

    • Author of The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (Five Fingers Poetry)

    • Poems published in more than 60 literary magazines