Concert

The Whirlygigs

Saturday / December 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Come celebrate the holiday season with Mr. Whirly of The Whirlygigs. Meet “The Gingerbread Man,” take off with a fleet of Rheindeer, and get busy as an elf during this hour long holiday performance. Come celebrate the CD release of his debut full-length album titled Greetings from Cloud 9, produced by Grammy award-winning Dean Jones. Mr. Whirly is a magical, groovy, get up and dance, one-man band who adeptly juggles multiple instruments and sings with passion, charm, and humor, resulting in irrepressible fun for the whole family. Greetings from Cloud 9 delivers songs filled with youthful exuberance aimed at cultivating a shared passion for music. 

 

Second Hand Rose

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Liang Long, singer and band leader of Second Hand Rose, experimented with blending local instruments from Harbin, a city in far northeast China near Siberia. He has woven these performance styles into his music. Armed with a new sound, he travelled to Beijing, where suona (a wind instrument) player Wu Zekun helped him develop a unique blend of rock and Chinese traditions. The pair joined an underground music scene just beginning to develop around small clubs and artist communities, and eventually filled out the lineup to its current six-piece. The name Second Hand Rose derives from the notion that rock in China is a secondhand and imported endeavor—as such the band's song "Leading a Dabbling Life" devolves into a Chinese sing-along version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal. The musicians themselves cite godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, Pink Floyd, and Hong Kong and Taiwanese pop acts like Beyond and Luo Dayou as influences. This October, the band will appear at the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park, followed by a tour of the American northeast, with stops in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

Vocal Jazz Festival Day 2

Tuesday / December 2, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Vocal Jazz Ensembles perform music in the styles of such groups as The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Take 6, The Real Group, The Andrew Sisters, The Swingle Singers as well as original arrangements.

Ani DiFranco

Thursday / November 20, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After 20 years in the music biz, self-described “Little Folksinger” Ani DiFranco is still technically little, although her influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. She still proudly identifies as a folksinger, too, but her understanding of that term has always been far more expansive than a bin at the record store or a category on iTunes, with ample room for soul, funk, jazz, electronic music, spoken word, and a marching band or two. Over the course of more than 20 albums, including the live double CD Living in Clip (1997) and the two-disc career retrospective Canon (2007), as well as the latest one, Which Side Are You On? (2012), Ani has never stopped evolving, experimenting, and testing the limits of what can be said and sung.

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BOOM: Open Mic for Berklee Songwriters

Monday / September 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Songwriting Department chair Bonnie Hayes

Berklee’s Songwriting Department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. The open mic is held on the last Monday of every month. Here are the rules of the road:

  • To play, you must be a current Berklee student.
  • Your song must be an original composition that is less than five minutes in length.
  • Sign up at Café 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. on the day of the event.
  • There will be openings for 25 writers (and as many as 10 alternates, who will play if others don’t show up).
  • Each person will play only one song (although in some instances, there may be an opportunity to play again, once everyone who has signed up has played, depending on total number of participants).
  • No covers.
  • No drum kits, please.

For more info, please email the Songwriting Department.

Bonnie Hayes, chair of Berklee’s Songwriting Department, is a songwriter perhaps best known for penning “Have A Heart” and “Love Letter,” which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning album Nick of Time. Her best-loved song might be her ‘80s pop-punk anthem and college radio hit, “Shelly’s Boyfriend.” Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs that one critic described as “sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency to do the unexpected.” Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a musician, recording artist, and producer, recording with artists at her Icehouse Studio facilities.

 
Admission: 
Free

Kiri Tse: Boundaries

Wednesday / November 12, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Influenced by the likes of pianists such as Taylor Eigsti and Aaron Parks, electronic acts like Flying Lotus and Underground Resistance, and EDM producers such as Zedd and 3LAU, Kiri presents a taste of her acoustic voice across the landscape of synthesized instruments and beats.

Admission: 
free

Cordelia & the Buffalo / The Western Den / Mike Caprarola

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Cordelia & the Buffalo

The story of Cordelia & the Buffalo begins with Cordelia, a Mexican/American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer who draws inspiration from the Mexican Indian and Native American cultures. In 2011, she set out to find the perfect combination of musicians to give life to a fresh sound. Singing and playing keyboards and synthesizers, she became the founder of a band with Berklee College of Music students Yusuke Sato (guitar), Dag Hanken (synthesizers/percussion), Rodrigo Gramitto (guitar), Diego Diaz (drums), and Daniel McCallum (bass). The band’s vibrant sound developed from a fusion of explosive beats, exotic instruments, powerful lyrics and soothing melodies, incorporating influences from band members hailing from Alaska, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Venezuela. Together, these members forged the soul of an indie rock/electronic sound and the Buffalo was born.

Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, Battle Hymns, in May 2013 and premiered themselves to the public, opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour, in the summer of the same year. The Western Den is currently based in Boston, performing, and working on a full-length album.

Mike Caprarola is a Boston-based musician from New Jersey. He combines raw and emotional storytelling with pop-punk and folk influences. Backed by drummer Taylor Palusky and bassist Avery Miller (The Hazmats), he hopes to help his audience get a little more in touch with its feelings while also having a good time rockin’ out.

 

 

Mark O'Connor & Friends: An Appalachian Christmas

Friday / December 5, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Violinist and composer Mark O'Connor presents a program of Appalachian music. "Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country, featuring more diverse styles of American music than just about anywhere,'' O'Connor says. "This theme makes for what is a trilogy of my Appalachia recordings now: Appalachia Waltz, Appalachian Journey, and An Appalachian Christmas. My new album features 11 Christmas tracks, as well as several Appalachian-themed songs about a beloved hunting dog, passing a fiddle down through the generations, and offering a new version of 'Appalachia Waltz' itself with classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, one of my most well-known pieces. A few of my favorite Christmas centerpieces for the album include Renee Fleming’s soprano embraced by a mountain orchestra and fiddle solo, as well as the jazzy style of Jane Monheit with an all-acoustic string band.

Fall Together

Wednesday / October 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Jazz Composition department faculty present a concert of original music.

Singers Night

Tuesday / October 28, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 Enjoy an evening of original songs and cover material sung by some of Berklee's finest vocalists.

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