Concert

Singers Showcase: A Tribute to Muscle Shoals

Thursday / December 11, 2014 / 8:00 pm
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert. The theme of this concert is the music of Muscle Shoals. Many great songs in music history have been recorded in this small town in Alabama by such legendary performers as: Etta James, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon, Aretha Frankln, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, the Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson, and others.

Ani DiFranco

Thursday / November 20, 2014 / 8:00 pm
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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 / 7:00 pm
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 less than 5 minutes in length.

  • Sign up at Café 939 any time after 6 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.

 
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Free

Kiri Tse: Boundaries

Tuesday / November 25, 2014 / 4:00 pm
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

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

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Free

Cordelia & the Buffalo / Andrea Charls / Mike Caprarola

Thursday / October 23, 2014 / 8:00 pm
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 joined forces with Berklee students Yusuke Sato (guitar), Dag Hanken (synthesizers/percussion), Rodrigo Gramitto (guitar), Diego Diaz (drums), and Daniel McCallum (bass). The band's sound fuses explosive beats, exotic instruments, powerful lyrics, and soothing melodies, incorporating influences from band members hailing from Alaska, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Venezuela. Together, the group forged the soul of an indie rock/electronic sound.

Andrea Charls was born in Limassol on the island of Cyprus. She graduated from Berklee in 2013. In 2012 she was nominated by Hollywood Music in Media awards for her single “What Ya Wanna Do.” She has worked with the flamenco singer Jose Merce and was featured on his album, which was nominated for two Latin Grammy awards. Andrea is working on her debut album, due out in 2016.

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.

 

 

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Free

Mark O'Connor & Friends: An Appalachian Christmas

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

This is the 30th annual fall concert presented by the Jazz Composition Department. The concert features stylistically diverse compositions by department faculty, performed by a faculty jazz orchestra. This year's composers include Scott Free, Eric Gould, Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Marc Rossi, and Bruce Thomas.

Singer's Night

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

Singer's Night features some of the Voice Department's most outstanding performers.  This diverse program will present group numbers and soloists performing the music of such artists as Christina Aguilera, Jessie J, Esperanza Spalding, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Gloria Estefan, and Paramore, as well as original compositions by members of the cast.

Leo Blanco / Jason Anick and Jason Yeager

Tuesday / September 30, 2014 / 8:00 pm
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 pm
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

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