Concert

A Cappella Mixé

Tuesday / October 21, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Music of the rich a cappella tradition of the famed Fisk Jubileee Singers is performed by vocal group Jubilee Spirit, under the direction of Professor Donna McElroy. The A Cappella Ensemble, led by Professor Joey Blake, will follow.

Admission: 
Free

Dave Burrell, Garrison Fewell: Outside Music, Inside Voices Concert

Wednesday / June 4, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This day and evening of creative improvised music features renowned composer/improviser and pianist Dave Burrell, who will lead a discussion and performance with Berklee guitar professor Garrison Fewell on jazz and improvised music, and who will present Fewell's book, Outside Music, Inside Voices: Dialogues on Improvisation and the Spirit of Creative Musicwhich was supported by a Berklee Faculty Fellowship grant. 

An open performance workshop will be held in the Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall (1A) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be followed by an evening concert in David Friend Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Burrell-Fewell duo and Mimi Rabson's Strings Theory Trio with Helen Sherrah-Davies and Junko Fujiwara.

Dave Burrell received a degree in composition from Berklee in 1965 and recorded with saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Tauhid (Impulse), Marion Brown, Juba-Lee (Fontana) and Archie Shepp (Impulse). In 1968, Burrell cofounded the group 360 Degree Experience with trombonist Grachan Moncur and drummer Beaver Harris and in 1969 he recorded Live at the Pan-African Festival in Algiers with Archie Shepp for the French BYG label. In 1978, he composed a jazz opera entitled “Windward Passages” in collaboration with Swedish-born poet and lyricist Monika Larsson. Burrell has appeared on more than 115 recordings and is highly regarded for his solo piano work. His playing encompasses styles from Dixieland to free jazz. Burrell is currently composer-in-residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.

Guitarist Garrison Fewell has performed and recorded with Fred Hersch, George Cables, John Tchicai, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell, and more. He has released 15 recordings, beginning with the 1993 Boston Music Award-winning A Blue Deeper Than the Blue, and he has multiple titles ranked on Best of the Year lists in various publications. Fewell is featured on Tribal Ghosta new LP recorded live at Birdland with John Tchicai, Charlie Kohlhase, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, and he is the author of four books on improvisation. Boston Phoenix writer Jon Garelick included Fewell's large ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra (VDSO) on his best of 2009 list. Fewell's latest release, VDSO—Evolving Strategies, for Not Two Records (Poland) features John Tchicai, Roy Campbell Jr., Steve Swell, Dmitry Ishenko and Reggie Nicholson.

 

Admission: 
Free

Maggie Scott's Vocal Jazz Series

Tuesday / November 4, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Jazz vocalists studying with Voice Professor Maggie Scott perform standards accompanied by a jazz trio. Singers will be performing songs from the Great American Songbook as well as Latin composers.

Admission: 
Free

Juan Luqui: Sounds and Dreamscapes

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

An intense trip inside guitarist and composer Juan Luqui's inner world of thoughts and emotions. With a wide variety of influences from Bartok to Hiromi to Argentinean folk music, "Sounds and Dreamscapes" is the result of years of studying and writing that merge all of these ideas into his unique voice.

Admission: 
Free

Roots Roadshow

Wednesday / November 5, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Students in the newly created American Roots Music program will perform. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles, including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, Western swing, polka, and Tex-Mex, is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Among its many projects, the American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our Western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music.

The artistic director for the American Roots Music Program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years.

Admission: 
Free

Master Class/Clinic with Pandit Birju Maharaj

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A master class/clinic with the great maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, who will perform and give a lecture/demonstration on kathak, the North Indian classical style of dance.

Admission: 
Free

Five-Week Vocal Night

Monday / August 11, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

This performance features a variety of special Five-Week vocal ensembles, including the Balkan/Middle Eastern Ensemble, the Five-Week Chorus, the Five-Week Musical Theater Showcase and Ensemble, and the Five-Week Singers Showcase. 

Can't make it to the concert? Watch it live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
Free; space is limited and admission is not guaranteed.

Five-Week Performing Songwriter Concert

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

This concert will feature performances by the winners of the Five-Week Performing Songwriter Contest with a band of Berklee students, directed by Dave Weigert. Performing songwriters are coached and mentored by faculty members Darcel Wilson and Mark Simos.

Admission: 
Free; space is limited and admission is not guaranteed.

Five-Week Welcoming Concert

Sunday / July 13, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Five-Week Welcoming Concert will feature the Berklee Motown Ensemble, directed by faculty member Larry Watson.

Can't make it to the concert? Watch it live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
Free

CBC Summer Concert Meet-up

Tuesday / June 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Grab your lunch, and join the Community Building Committee for summer concert magic at the Prudential Center. Spend your lunch hour enjoying a free outdoor concert (part of Berklee's Summer in the City series) in the sun with colleagues.

In June, we'll be listening to the Western Den, which premiered its debut EP by opening for Melissa Ferrick on her national tour last summer.

No RSVP required. If you have any questions, contact communitybuilding@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

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