Concert

In the Midnight Hour

Thursday / October 16, 2014 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blues guitarist/sitarist Shwetaank Gupta collaborates yet again with musicians from around the globe on a fusion, funk, and classical repertoire with fresh, original arrangements.

Admission: 
Free

Light Bright

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 7:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Led by Dylan Vadakin, Steven Bunce, and Kyle Lankton,  Light Bright is an original seven-piece jazz, hip-hop, and funk band. With three vocalists, two saxophones, bass, drums, and vibraphone, Light Bright is a unique listening experience.

Admission: 
free

Multicultural Welcome Concert featuring Omar Thomas Large Ensemble

Thursday / September 4, 2014 / 7:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Harmony Department assistant professor Omar Thomas, recipient of a Boston Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012, performs with his ensemble. Thomas is a composer, arranger, and trombonist and is the protégé of lauded composers and educators Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg. He has also studied under multiple Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. He is the winner of the 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and has performed at the exclusive JaZzCap Showcase in New York City.

Admission: 
FREE

Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 1:10 pm
Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band
Sapporo Junior Jazz School Band

The Sapporo Junior Jazz School band consists of junior high school students from Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture and Japan’s fourth-largest city. The band’s instrumentation is made up of two alto saxophones, two tenor saxophones, five trombones, four trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and additional percussion. Students must audition and are accepted into the school and the band via a highly selective process.

Admission: 
Free

An Evening with the MArs Rising Band

Friday / November 14, 2014 / 4:00 pm
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Heavily influenced by classic rock and pop/rock artists, MArs Rising, led by Marena Segura, will play a few originals and cover tunes in both English and Spanish.

Admission: 
Free

Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute

Thursday / December 4, 2014 / 8:00 pm
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute, with Aloe Blacc, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, the Berklee Neo-Soul Ensemble, and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. Curated and produced by Revive Music. 

Emerging from a generation rooted in conformity, Marvin Gaye was a nonconformist. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, Gaye was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Over a 10-year period starting in the late 1960s, Gaye embarked on a passion project that he later described as the best stuff he ever recorded. The project became known as Vulnerable. Recording songs such as “Why Did I Choose You?”, “She Needs Me,” “Funny Not Much,” “This Will Make You Laugh,” and “The Shadow of Your Smile” with Bobby Scott and his orchestra, Vulnerable represents Gaye’s commitment to creating a successful jazz record.

In homage of this landmark recording and Gaye’s artistic contributions, Revive Music Group, in collaboration with Berklee, will present the first live performance of Vulnerable in its entirety, alongside his popular and lesser-known compositions. Performing will be special guests Aloe Blacc, who cowrote and sang on Avici’s “Wake Me Up,” which charted at No. 1 in more than 100 countries, and whose current album, Lift Your Spirit, includes the Top 10 hit “I’m the Man”; Miguel Atwood Ferguson, a musician, composer, and arranger who appears on more than 300 recordings from Ray Charles and Henry Mancini to Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus; the Berklee Neo-Soul Ensemble directed by Skip Smith; and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.

The Whirlygigs

Saturday / December 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Come celebrate the holiday season with Mr. Whirly of The Whirlygigs. Meet “The Gingerbread Man,” take off with a fleet of Rheindeer, and get busy as an elf during this hour long holiday performance. Come celebrate the CD release of his debut full-length album titled Greetings from Cloud 9, produced by Grammy award-winning Dean Jones. Mr. Whirly is a magical, groovy, get up and dance, one-man band who adeptly juggles multiple instruments and sings with passion, charm, and humor, resulting in irrepressible fun for the whole family. Greetings from Cloud 9 delivers songs filled with youthful exuberance aimed at cultivating a shared passion for music. 

 

Second Hand Rose / Dent

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Liang Long, singer and band leader of Second Hand Rose, experimented with blending the sounds from local instruments in Harbin, a city in far northeast China near Siberia. He has woven these performance styles into his music. Armed with a new sound, he traveled to Beijing, where Wu Zekun, player of a wind instrument called the suona, helped him develop a unique blend of rock and Chinese traditions. The pair joined an underground music scene just beginning to develop around small clubs and artist communities, and eventually filled out the lineup to its current six-piece. The name Second Hand Rose derives from the notion that rock in China is a secondhand and imported endeavor—as such, the band's song "Leading a Dabbling Life" devolves into a Chinese sing-along version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." The musicians themselves cite godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, Pink Floyd, and Hong Kong and Taiwanese pop acts like Beyond and Luo Dayou as influences. This month the band will appear at the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park, followed by a tour of the Northeast with other stops in New York, plus Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

Dent is an experimental hardcore band formed in Boston in 2013 consisting of lead singer Lane Shi Otayonii, guitarist Harley Cullen, bassist Patrick Alexandru Docmanov, and drummer Jack Whelan. This four-piece outfit is creating art with virtue, combining different cultures into a mindset that everyone can tap into. Dent incorporates a variety of musical and mental influences to cultivate palpable sonic aggression that serves to deconstruct traditional nonsense. The band is recording an album that expresses subconscious discomforts embedded within the human psyche, and each song in this album strives to observe and challenge the unstable personalities that lie on the fringe of conscious thought.

Vocal Jazz Festival Day 2

Tuesday / December 2, 2014 / 8:00 pm
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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, The Swingle Singers as well as original arrangements.

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.

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