Concert

Arnold Friedman: Summer Compositions

Wednesday / August 6, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Composition Majors perform their new music.

Admission: 
Free

Music Education Recital

Tuesday / April 7, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music Education director Libby Allison presents the annual Music Education Department recital.

Admission: 
Free

Brendan James

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Brendan James

Brendan James is a pianist and singer-songwriter from Derry, N.H. His ongs have been featured on many television shows, including Private Practice, American Idol, Bones, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. His first three albums climbed the iTunes Top 10 pop charts, and his touring schedule has seen him playing alongside the likes of John Mayer, Paula Cole, and Keb Mo.

James is known for lyrics that tackle issues such as gun violence and marriage equality.

In 2013, James released his fifth album, Simplify, produced by Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa). Of the album’s title track, James says, “The process of evolution, especially technological evolution, is occurring at such blinding speeds these days that we must take collective moments to breathe together, find calm together, or we will forever leave behind our real essence as animals in paradise.”

While attending college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Mikey Wax honed his skills as both a singer and songwriter and released his debut album Change Again in 2009. The album received a strong initial reaction on social media sites like Facebook and Youtube thanks in part to friends and a small group of early supporters. Shortly after, the single "In Case I Go Again" was selected by YouTube to be a featured music video on it's homepage, resulting in over half a million views and propelling the album to the top 100 on the iTunes pop chart in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Mikey has performed nation-wide sharing the stage with artists such as Howie Day, Jon McLaughlin, Andy Grammer, Tony Lucca, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, Graham Colton and Landon Pigg, among others.

Brian Jarvis will also be supporting.

Watch a music video for Brendan James’s “Simplify” here:

From the 'Hood to Carnegie Hall Tour

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

Thee Phantom combines the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, with the beautiful, sweeping sounds of live orchestration. Hailing from Philadelphia, Phantom is stalking his dream of bringing his brand of B-Boy Meets Beethoven to Carnegie Hall.

Lewis Watson

Thursday / October 30, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lewis Watson

London-based singer-songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. With an acoustic guitar and a booming, soulful voice, he began uploading original compositions to great response. Before long, he was playing in support of larger acts and releasing a series of EPs.

By 2012, the buzz was enough to bring several record labels knocking on his door, and he eventually entered into a contract with Warner Bros., which came with festival performances, Billboard chart appearances, and an ever-growing fan base. Watson has collaborated with Arctic MonkeysFlorence and the Machine, and some top songwriters and producers, including Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Mr Hudson.

Watson has now released his debut full-length album, The Morning, which also comes in a deluxe edition that contains every song he has ever released.

Watch a music video for Lewis Watson’s “Holding On” here:

 

Lisa O'Neill

Wednesday / October 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lisa O'Neill

Lisa O’Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in Ireland’s County Cavan. She moved to Dublin at age 18 to study music full time. Early on, she was welcomed into the folk and traditional scene in pubs and venues around the city, where her singular voice, witty lyrics, and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.

Her independently released debut album, aptly titled Has an Album, was launched in August 2009 and sold out throughout the country, displaying her popularity not just in Dublin but nationwide. Her second album, Same Cloth or Not, showcases her unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking approach. O’Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O’Connor.

Watch a video preview for O’Neill’s new album:

GIZMO / Common Thread

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
GIZMO
Alissia Benveniste

Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, and Victor Wooten as well as serving as music director for such acclaimed artists as Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it’s safe to say that 23-year-old bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now.

Drawing on a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, GIZMO is already creating an impressive sonic landscape.

Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for good vibes, inspiring one another, and building musicianship amongst each other. Common Thread was founded in 2013 by bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker.

Watch GIZMO’s music video for “White Walls” here:

Watch Common Thread perform "For the One Time" at Berklee here:

Goli / Rabbit Rabbit / The Wrong Shapes

Saturday / August 2, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Goli
Rabbit Rabbit

A duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music that has cut its teeth in rock bands, world-folk ensembles, symphony orchestras and the occasional free improv outlet, Goli is madly in love with tango and Bartok. It wrestles with universal subjects while playing the cello and marimba.

Rabbit Rabbit is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, this husband and wife team are founding members of the iconic bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava, and have played with Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Skeleton Key, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, Carla Bozulich, Pretty Lights and The Tiger Lillies. Between them they have written music for the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, InkBoat, the Joe Goode Performance Group, and Team Meat. But Rabbit Rabbit dares to peel back these influences, revealing an intimate and dramatic music all its own. Drawing on a love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, and rendered on a motley assortment of acoustic instruments, its songs are raw and beautiful, sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos.

Rachel and Bo Barringer are The Wrong Shapes, a darkly intriguing male/female cello/guitar/vocal duo combining acoustic and electronic sounds with minimal, compelling songwriting. Bo also plays in Future Carnivores and has, in the past, fronted MEandJOANCOLLINS and The Collisions. Rachel also plays cello in The Grownup Noise and Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Admission: 
FREE

Night Lights / Public / Cordelia and the Buffalo / Animal Flag

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Night Lights

With members from Mexico, Texas, Japan, California, and Norway, Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie, rock, and soul influenced sounds to make people dance and feel feelings. The Boston-based band met in 2012 and has since discovered a balance between profound lyrics, hook-heavy melodies, danceable music, and intriguing harmonic progressions. Their songs touch on existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. With warped soundscapes, intricate riffs, melodic bass lines, colorful rhythmic creations, and captivating melodies and other-worldly vocal effects, it all comes together to take you on an unparalleled audio adventure.

Animal Flag is the musical project of songwriter Matthew Politoski. Starting in 2011, the band has self-released two full length albums, four EPs, and toured on both East and West coasts. Being based in the Northeast, it has acquired loyal home based followings in Boston and New York with packed and energetic live shows. The band also has a growing fan bases in places like Nashville, Philadelphia, Florida, and Georgia from relentless East Coast touring. In 2013 Animal Flag played at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim.

Rock/Metal Night

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Rock/Metal Night

Buried Electric has been renewed, re-amped, and reborn. This is Boston heavy metal, music for fans of such bands as Motionless In White, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Avenged Sevenfold and Suicide Silence.

Chirality has taken on the power and edginess of modern rock with an intense melodic focus. Now with a self-titled EP released and a tour under its belt, Chirality continues to write new music and perform in the Boston area.

Slumberjack blends a variety of rock and metal influences ranging from Soundgarden to Pantera; Slumberjack created a raw and unique style that combined heavy riff-based songwriting and soaring, gritty rock vocals, while utilizing the full range of 8-string guitars in a new and refreshing format.

Admission: 
FREE

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