Concert

Rhiannon: In Performance

Wednesday / October 8, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

World-renowned vocalist, improviser, and educator Rhiannon performs with Berklee faculty.

Admission: 
Free

A&R Pitch Session with Disney Music Group A&R Director Mike Daly

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Mike Daly, Berklee alum and director of A&R at Disney Music Group, will give a short talk and demo followed by a live pitch session for the upcoming Demi Lovato record. The session is open to all Berklee students, but the pitches will feature songs from a select group of Berklee songwriters. This is a great chance to learn how to pitch a song, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want —and do not want— in songs for hit recording artists.

Admission: 
Free

Rosco Bandana / Amy & the Engine

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Rosco Bandana is a seven-piece Americana-rock band from Gulfport, Mississippi, and the first group signed to Hard Rock Records. Since releasing its debut LP Time To Begin in 2012, Rosco Bandana has been touring the United States, making appearances at Summer Camp, Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival, and others, in addition to tour dates with Cage the Elephant and Uncle Cracker. The band’s single Woe Is Me has been featured on ABC’s “Body of Lies” and the video for the single has been in rotation on Country Music Television. 

Amy & The Engine formed during the long winter of 2013 in Boston, at Berklee College of Music. Now touring in New England, Amy & The Engine has a debut single, "I Got You, "which was released to radio in mid-July alongside a highly anticipated six-song EP  due to be completed this fall. The band members of Amy & The Engine include Amy Allen (vocals/guitar), Ben Kling (mandolin/keys), Vinny Silva (lead guitar), Manuel Ruiz (drums) and Blain Crawford (bass). They count as influences The Beatles, Paul Simon, Dr. Dog, Scissor Sisters, and Fleetwood Mac. Allen has been named the Portland Phoenix's "Best Female Vocalist" in 2011 and 2013, and won the 2013 SESAC Best Young Songwriter Award.

Watch Rosco Bandana's "Woe Is Me" here:

Mozik

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Mozik

Mozik, a band featuring pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, will perform its muscular brand of Brazilian jazz. Schachnik and Zottarelli were both born in Brazil, but it wasn’t until they landed in Boston that Brazilian music seized their imagination. The band's self-titled album reflects a deep engagement with Brazilian rhythms and forms, filtered through a love of the early fusion of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Recorded in 2011, the album features Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Russian flutist Yulia Musayelyan, and Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo. “The quintet’s music is both warm and intelligent, while retaining the sort of funky playfulness,'' wrote All About Jazz. 

 
Admission: 
$20 adults/$18 members/$15 students

Multicultural Welcoming Concert: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements

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

We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements is Omar Thomas's artistic reflection on his life and, he says, "on an issue very close to my heart as both a black and gay artist."

The beauty and madness of this work is that it is a composition based on juxtaposition, promoting a social movement written in a genre (jazz) pioneered by a group that historically has an aversion to the group for which the piece is created, Thomas says. Though it is written in solidarity with the LGBT movement, it is anchored by styles and songs created by and for the African-American experience. LGBT civil rights are at the forefront of contemporary social and political discourse. The power of music to serve, inspire, and archive movements is a necessary part of that conversation.

Born to Guyanese parents in Brooklyn, New York, Thomas created his first jazz composition at the age of 16. He later obtained a master of music in jazz composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2006, and was appointed the assistant professor of harmony at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music at the impressively young age of 23. With undeniable musical talent and an impressive roster of accolades, particularly for such a young composer, it should come as no surprise that Thomas is the protégé of lauded composers and educators Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg, or that he studied under multiple Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.

In 2012, Thomas was named the Jazz Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards for the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble's debut album, I Am. He’s since been commissioned to create music across genres for diverse ensembles as the Harvard Jazz Ensemble and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has worked with a great breadth of prominent artists, including Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenny Lattimore, Marsha Ambrosious, BeBe Winans, Sheila E., Stephanie Mills, and Yolanda Adams. In addition to teaching at Berklee, Thomas also currently teaches jazz harmony at Harvard. He is an active member of the Berklee community, serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Council and acting as co-chair of the LGBT Allies faculty group.

Admission: 
Free

Oleta Adams

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Oleta Adams

Since her 1990 debut album went platinum, the Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams, a pianist and vocalist in genres including gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and pop, has garnered worldwide acclaim and sold more than 2.5 million albums. Her music has appeared in several major motion pictures, and her songs and albums have graced an array of Billboard charts, pointing to her dexterity across genres. An immensely talented artist, composer, producer, and musician, Adams consistently delivers soulful, uplifting performances.

Oleta Adams

Saturday / September 27, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Oleta Adams

Since her 1990 debut album went platinum, the Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams, a pianist and vocalist in genres including gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and pop, has garnered worldwide acclaim and sold more than 2.5 million albums. Her music has appeared in several major motion pictures, and her songs and albums have graced an array of Billboard charts, pointing to her dexterity across genres. An immensely talented artist, composer, producer, and musician, Adams consistently delivers soulful, uplifting performances.

Oleta Adams

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Oleta Adams

Since her 1990 debut album went platinum, the Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams, a pianist and vocalist in genres including gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and pop, has garnered worldwide acclaim and sold more than 2.5 million albums. Her music has appeared in several major motion pictures, and her songs and albums have graced an array of Billboard charts, pointing to her dexterity across genres. An immensely talented artist, composer, producer, and musician, Adams consistently delivers soulful, uplifting performances.

Oleta Adams

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Oleta Adams

Since her 1990 debut album went platinum, the Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams, a pianist and vocalist in genres including gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and pop, has garnered worldwide acclaim and sold more than 2.5 million albums. Her music has appeared in several major motion pictures, and her songs and albums have graced an array of Billboard charts, pointing to her dexterity across genres. An immensely talented artist, composer, producer, and musician, Adams consistently delivers soulful, uplifting performances.

Prince & Janet: The Tribute

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Delve into the catalog of pop legends Prince and Janet Jackson in engaging new ways. The night's music, dancing, and theatrics promises to deliver surprises and to showcase the celebrated and influential music from both artists, as interpreted by Berklee students. The JEvie Pop Series is produced and presented by the Live Show Production club at Berklee.

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