Concert

Cole Andrade and Davis Coleman: Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday / December 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Percussionists Cole Andrade and Davis Coleman perform the music of Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," arranged for marimba and vibraphone.

Admission: 
Free

Jaehun Kang: Portrait

Tuesday / August 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pianist Jaehun Kang performs his senior recital with a program of covers and original music.

Admission: 
Free

Mirel Wagner

Saturday / December 6, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mirel Wagner's songs are like a smooth, polished pebbles thrown into a bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling. Her acoustic balladry is as far as you’ll get from clichéd coffeehouse folk, having more to do with the primeval darkness of Swans than Bob Dylan. Raised in a quiet suburb of Helsinki, her background couldn't be more conventional. But the nine songs of her self-titled debut distill the very essence of darkness, the hollowed-out bones of the blues. They seem ancient, worn, and honest. When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is a cohesive set of songs, written in a log cabin on the peninsula of Hailuoto in northern Finland. It traces the melody absentmindedly—at times playful, at other times chilling, they are difficult to pin down.

Wagner's video of "Oak Tree" from her upcoming album, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day:

 

BITR

Tuesday / September 16, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

BITR, short for Berklee In the Round, occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four or five students and one special guest (a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or other performer), and hosts an in-the-round performance. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs. The audience is seated around the performers, lending a more intimate feel to the show. 

Admission: 
Free

Snarky Puppy / Kneebody

Sunday / September 28, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The once Texan, now New York-based Grammy Award-winning quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from a best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still underground in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village VoiceGuardian, and Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.

The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and maintains a more intense tour schedule than many bands. Over the course of 2013, Snarky Puppy gave almost 200 performances and workshops on four continents. It played at several festivals, including North Sea Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, Blue Note Tokyo, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

It's most recent album, Family Dinner—Volume Onewith featured guest Lalah Hathaway, earned a Grammy for Best R&B Performance and charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Kneebody's sound is a combination of explosive rock energy, high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of the band's sound this way: “Personally, I think calling Kneebody 'jazz' or 'electric jazz' is fantastic because then we can move on from that hang up and play our music—and alter expectations of what jazz is.”

Seonho Song

Wednesday / November 5, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Seonho presents a set of jazz standards and original compositions in a quartet setting.  

Admission: 
free

Gabrielle Goodman: Background and Beyond

Monday / December 15, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Gabrielle Goodman's Background Vocal Ensemble will perform jazz and R&B, singing the music of Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, and Manhattan Transfer, with stunning leads and lush background vocals.

Admission: 
Free

Gaia Wilmer Octet

Wednesday / October 8, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Brazilian composer and saxophonist Gaia Petrelli Wilmer combines her influences from Brazilian harmony, rhythms, and melodies with modern jazz. In this concert, she presents some of the original compositions she has been working on with her octet.

Admission: 
Free

Rehearsal Techniques Ensemble

Wednesday / December 17, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocal students in the Rehearsal Techniques Ensemble perform various styles with a killer rhythm section.

Admission: 
Free

Susana Baca Meets Berklee

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

Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration will present a concert featuring world-renowned Peruvian singer Susana Baca. A 30-piece band of Berklee students, playing arrangements by contemporary writing and production majors, will perform a selection of Baca's songs specially chosen for this concert. The show will be produced by Grammy-winning bassist Oscar Stagnaro and directed by Matthew Nicholl, chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department and executive director of the Mediterranean Music Institute.

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