Concert

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.

Leo Blanco / Jason Anick and Jason Yeager

Tuesday / September 30, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee assistant professor of piano Leo Blanco kicks off this faculty showcase night with original compositions blending contemporary South American music, modern harmonies, and improvisation. Next, Berklee instructors Jason Anick and Jason Yeager join forces as the United Jasons to present a dynamic program of modern jazz infused with classical, rock, Latin, bluegrass, and other influences.

One of the leading creative and virtuosic forces on the violin and mandolin, string department faculty member Jason Anick released his second album, Tipping Point (featuring Yeager on piano), earlier this year. A highly original pianist and composer, piano faculty member Jason Yeager is releasing his second album, Affirmation, this fall. Together, the United Jasons will present a program consisting of original compositions, exciting covers spanning multiple musical worlds, and collaborative improvisation.

 

 

Meitar Forkosh

Thursday / October 23, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Violinist Meitar Forkosh presents a recital of covers and original music.

Admission: 
Free

Barcelona/ Bel Heir

Tuesday / September 30, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Barcelona

Barcelona is a band from Seattle. The band's sound is harmonious and piano-based with elements of rock. Formed in 2005, the band cites U2, Coldplay, Copeland, Death Cab for Cutie, and Lovedrug as its influences.

Barcelona independently released its debut album, Absolutes, in September 2007. The band also created its own label, NBD Music, in order to be able to focus on songwriting. In December 2008, the band announced that it had signed with Universal Records, which later remixed Absolutes. Barcelona released a new version of the album in April 2009, which has four new songs. The band parted ways with the label in early 2010.

The Doyle Brothers / The Interlopers / The Black Moons

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Todd Doyle and Ryan Jacob Doyle grew up in a household that was constantly filled with music, so it was only natural that the brothers have found their path in musical expression together, honing their sound with spirited songs that feature accessible but often uncommon arrangements, as evidenced on the duo’s new EP, New Synapse. The Doyle Brothers frequently play throughout New York City, where the duo is based, and on independent nationwide tours of the college circuit.

The Interlopers began as a few high school kids making music in a basement but has evolved into a joy-inducing musical force that wallops listeners with its unique amalgamation of classic R&B/soul, ‘60s- and ‘70s-era rock, funk, hip-hop, jazz, and pop music. The band consists of drummer/lead vocalist Curtis Kelley, guitarist Nicholas Veinoglou, Jakob Rabitsch on keyboard, Nick Frenay on bass, Ariel Shrum on trumpet, and Diego Huaman on saxophone. Together, the band commands the stage with deep pocket grooves, rich and smooth harmonies, inspiring and powerful lyrics, and a fat, lively horn section. The result is a rich sonic experience executed with a boundless enthusiasm for improvisation.

The Black Moons are a five-piece, Boston-based rock band formed in 2013. Its first album release, Half-Hearted & Climbing, was recorded before the band’s first live performance, resulting in a summer full of shows promoting it. Counting several Berklee students among its members, the band aims at a modern take on classic folk, rock, and soul music.

 

Auguster / Rich People Food / Kristen Olsson

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Auguster

Formed in early 2013, Auguster has built a successful reputation around the Boston area. Started by singer-songwriter Jimmy Marino, the six-piece band seamlessly blends rock, pop-punk, and electronic music, producing songs reminiscent of Say Anything, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Yellowcard. Using memorable lyrics, arena-style choruses, and a huge dynamic range, Auguster aims to create emotionally powerful music and stunning live shows. Despite going through multiple member changes since the beginning of 2014, the band has since solidified its lineup, and its new EP, Fragments, is slated for a fall 2014 release.

Rich People Food began in 2011 and has happily morphed into the band it is today. Steve Weston (lead guitar) and Lisa Hickox (synthesizer/keyboard/bass) anchor Rich People Food with strong, melodic alt-pop sensibilities, while Brian Bernhard (vocals and rhythm guitar) brings with him a raw and honest lyrical sentiment, and Brendan Reza (drums) provides the band’s diverse and dynamic backbone. Armed with an ever-expanding catalog of unique sounds, Rich People Food can be seen all around Boston and the coastal Northeast. The group released a new five-song EP in early 2014.

Kristen Olsson delivers raw, emotional indie pop with a twist of jazz; a debut EP is slated for release this September.

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