Concert

Animal Flag / Jesse Denaro / I/Ø / The Sulk Scouts

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Animal Flag is the solo-project of 20-year-old singer-songwriter and producer Matthew Politoski. Matthew is from Westtown, N.Y. and is studying Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music. He blends elements of folk, electronic, and indie rock. and since 2007 has self-released numerous albums and EPs with Animal Flag.

Jesse Denaro adapts a DIY approach to his music, writing all of his own songs and playing all the parts, save for a bit of electric guitar, for his studio recordings. He does draw from the collaboration of some close friends on the arrangements but otherwise holds his song tight to his chest. Additionally, he dives into the background of the work, engaging in the engineering and mixing and mastering of his songs, not to mention the design work. 

Based in Boston,  I/Ø has been playing together since fall of 2012. Drawing heavy influence from bands like Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, and Hammock, I/Ø finished their first instrumental full-length album over the summer of 2013. Based on open textures, nuanced melody, and heavy artillery dynamic, the I/Ø sound allows the audience to form their own subjective aesthetic intention for the music, free from the confines of language and clarity. The songwriting process is organic, similar to the ebb and flow of the emotional states that fuel the final product, difficult to observe and often impossible to define. I/Ø believes human experience can be too beautiful and grotesque, inspiring and abhorrent, heartwarming and traumatic, to put into words.

Animal Flag will also have support from the Sulk Scouts

Tiny Festival of Huge Proportions: The Grownup Noise / The Impulse Powers / The Wrong Shapes

Sunday / October 19, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

This showcase of haunting, beautiful music by one of Boston’s finest acts, the Grownup Noise, along with support from the Impulse Powers and the Wrong Shapes, is also a fundraiser for the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center music therapy program. All three bands have had recent releases, so expect to hear lots of excellent new music while supporting this important cause.

Jeremy Cohen's Senior Recital

Tuesday / February 17, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

In his final recital at Berklee, electric bass principal Jeremy Cohen will present a snapshot of songs and artists who have influenced him over the years.

Admission: 
Free

MultiCello: A Night with Steph Dye

Monday / December 1, 2014 / 10:00 p.m.
Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cellist Steph Dye presents her one-woman cello choir. Using multiple layers, she will perform the music of pop and rock artists, as well as original music.

Admission: 
Free

Javier Sanchez Perez's Senior Recital

Tuesday / November 18, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In his final recital at Berklee, bassist Javier Sanchez Perez will present a performance of his arrangements and original compositions.

Admission: 
Free

The American Songbook: The JAZZ View- Remembering Billie Holiday

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The American Songbook:  The JAZZ View, extremely well received in past years, returns for another season of stellar entertainment at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as concerts frequently sell out.  

For the past three years, each concert has featured the songs of a single composer. This year, the series changes direction with tributes to the legendary singers who made these works famous: Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughan.  This shift allows the band to examine many lesser known composers whose output was less prolific,yet highly influential to the songwriting genre and the standard song repertoire.   

September 20:  Remembering Billie Holiday, with "God Bless the Child," "Good Morning Heartache," "These Foolish Things" and many more of her hits.  

October 18:  The Legacy of Ella Fitzgerald
November 22:  Louis Armstrong, The Founding Father
February 14, 2015:  The Divine Sarah Vaughan
June 6, 2015:  The Unforgettable Nat King Cole

A sextet of some of the area’s finest jazz musicians performs, including Donna McElroy, vocals; Larry Monroe, saxophone; Russell Hoffmann, piano; John Repucci, bass; John Ramsay, drums; and Jeff Stout, trumpet.

Conceived by renowned composer/saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy, longtime Berklee College faculty members, this series explores the interplay of two great art forms: jazz and the American Songbook.  Each concert features the work of a single performer or composer with Monroe providing background information on the songs and the artists. Performances are held in the intimate Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Tickets are $24; $22 for students and Arsenal Center members (plus ticketing fees).  For tickets or more information call 617-923-8487 or visit http://www.arsenalarts.org/music.    

 

Vocal Jazz Festival Day 1

Monday / December 1, 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, and The Swingle Singers as well as original arrangements. Featuring David Scott's vintage vocals and special guest Jeff Ramsey.

Sarah McKenzie Quintet

Monday / October 13, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York
NY
United States
10023
Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice," according to DownBeat magazine. Her second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album in 2012, the same year she won a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and performed at Umbria Jazz's Winter and Summer festivals. Her third release, with producer Brian Bacchus, will feature Warren Wolf and Ingrid Jensen.

Josh Plotner: Because We Can

Monday / December 15, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Alto saxophonist Josh Plotner presents a collection of original pieces in the styles of jazz, rock, Latin, and others.

Admission: 
Free

Lacroix: Electronic Duo

Monday / September 29, 2014 / 9:00 p.m.
Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Gonzalez and live-looping guitarist Hector Hellion join forces to create a new way of music performance. This show will feature an eclectic electronic set with live loop improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

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