Concert

SpokFrevo Orquestra

Sunday / October 19, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
SpokFrevo Orquestra

An astounding 17-piece big band from northeast Brazil, SpokFrevo Orquestra draws inspiration from frevo, a vibrant, old style of carnival music packed with high energy, driving rhythms, and infectious happiness. Directed by saxophonist Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, known as Maestro Spok, SpokFrevo Orquestra plays blistering new arrangements with carnivalesque abandon. Rows of trumpets, trombones, and saxophones are backed by a rhythm section of guitar, bass, kit drums, surdo (large drum usually associated with samba and samba reggae), and pandeiro (heavy tambourine).

Penelope Santana Group

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Penelope Santana

Penelope Santana is a contemporary Dominican jazz guitarist. Her quintet also features Sagit Zilberman on saxophone, Rinat Tregerman on piano, Lucy Clifford on bass, and Kazuhiro Odagiri on drums. The group will perform original compositions as well as famous tunes from some influential artists.

Admission: 
Free

Penelope Santana Group

Thursday / October 2, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Dominican jazz guitarist Penelope Santana will present an evening of original compositions and standards with her band.

Admission: 
Free

Jihyun Lim: A Letter for You

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

For her first recital at Berklee, vocalist Jihyun Lim presents originals and covers in multiple styles.

Admission: 
Free

Milton Nascimento

Sunday / November 16, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Milton Nascimento

One of Brazil’s greatest stars of all time, Milton Nascimento celebrates a 50-year career with his latest album and world tour, Uma Travessia, featuring classic songs in his repertoire. His band includes Wilson Lopes on guitar, drummer Lincoln Cheib, bassist Gastão Villeroy, Kiko Continentino on piano, and Widor Santiago on saxophone.

The New York Times writes, "Nascimento is gifted with one of the most extraordinary voices in popular music, a benevolent tenor that floats upward to a heartbreakingly pure falsetto."

Dianne Reeves

Saturday / October 18, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Four-time Grammy Award–winner Dianne Reeves is among the most prominent and influential vocalists in jazz. A glorious singer with a sumptuous sound, she has for three decades proudly carried the torch kindled by Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Steeped in tradition, her rhythmic virtuosity and improvisational ease are breathtaking.

Alumni Reunion Concert

Friday / June 13, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As Berklee holds its first-ever alumni reunion, a long list of prominent alumni artists will perform. This concert is open only to reunion attendees and members of the Berklee community. No tickets are available for the public.

If you can't make it to the show, watch it live on Ustream.

Admission: 
Event is open only to Berkee alumni and community ticketholders.

Dick Lövgren: Meshuggah Bassist Shares His Secrets

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Dick Lövgren, acclaimed bassist for the Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah, will play and share his music and playing philosophy, and demonstrate that music education is not confined to jazz and classical music. His extensive variety of musical influences and his unique method of notating his "odd-time" basslines will also be discussed.

Admission: 
Free

Drew of the Drew / Gabrielle Walter-Clay & Common Thread / Finnegan & the Family

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Drew Of The Drew

A Florida native and Berklee College of Music graduate, Drew of the Drew explores and creates a progressive sound and image. He has toured internationally with Helicopria and racked up thousands of hours in the studio as both a player and producer. He works in vocal arranging/production and puts on wild live performances in his dubstep duo with J.P. Bouvet, Drew and JP. His arsenal of effects includes a Line 6 M13 and M9, a modified DW5000 kick pedal killswitch, and the Electro-Harmonix voice box, as well as several personally designed and constructed instruments and pedals that make up the foundation of his sound. Humor and spontaneity are equally embodied in his bass performance and musicianship. 

Watch a video for "Can't Save Me" by Drew of the Drew here:

Gabrielle Walter-Clay is a soulful singer-songwriter who plays with a dynamic band, Common Thread. Hailing from five different countries, the band members share a passion for music and performing. Together, they create a fresh fusion of sounds with flavors of funk, soul, jazz, and R&B. Adding spice to both originals and covers, this group is sure to have you grooving on your feet.

Finnegan & the Family will open the show.

Admission: 
Free

The Rosebuds / Jesse Marchant

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Rosebuds

Extracting brilliance from easy collaboration is old hat to the Rosebuds, who formed in 2001 and carried out its first live shows as performance-art pieces that turned the stage into a replica of the duo’s own living room. With recent releases including collections of original Christmas and Halloween songs and a record of Sade covers, the Rosebuds’s catalog reveals the restlessness of creative appetites, shifting from the acoustic balladry of 2005’s Birds Make Good Neighbors to the dark synth-pop of 2007’s Night of the Furies to the dreamy indie-rock of 2011’s Loud Planes Fly Low. But despite the anything-goes approach, the Rosebuds invariably stay true to a melody-centric musicality driven by a singular chemistry, delicately crafted songwriting, and untamable excitement about the possibilities in making art.

Watch a music video for the Rosebuds’s “Whisper” here:

With his debut album Not Even In July released on Partisan Records in 2010, Jesse Marchant was a quiet surprise. The exquisitely crafted, timelessly warm, and deeply human album was recorded by Henry Hirsch in his 19th century church studio in Hudson, New York, produced by Marchant, and praised for its sparse yet rich and complete sound, as well as for the maturity and candor in Marchant’s performance and storytelling. Spreading by word of mouth, Marchant soon gained the passionate support of NPR, Paste, Filter, and more, which led to opening gigs and tours with artists such as St. Vincent, A.A. Bondy, Sondre Lerche, and Nathaniel Rateliff. While his debut was written partly from within the despair of his time living in Los Angeles, followed by a long period of seclusion in the Adirondacks, his follow-up was the result of an even more intense withdrawal, written and recorded in a studio that Marchant set up in a rented house in upstate New York, where he played most of the instruments himself and handled all of the recording duties.

Watch a music video for Jesse Marchant's "Only Now" here:

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