Concert

Caleb Hawley / Barnaby Bright / Susan Cattaneo

Tuesday / January 27, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Caleb Hawley
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Harlem’s Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter, and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.

Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and brains behind Barnaby Bright, are modern-day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments, including multiple guitars, a harmonium, a floorboard bass, thumb pianos, and keyboards, among others. Because of the great number of shows they've played (as well as their unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics), this duo has mastered the original goal they set out to attain: to create a sacred, magical space for their audiences, a momentary escape from the outside world.

Susan Cattaneo has been a songwriting professor at Berklee for 13 years. She’s written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. A singer-songwriter, Cattaneo has released three albums of mostly upbeat, catchy, pop/country music: Brave and Wild in 2009, Heaven to Heartache in 2011, and Little Blue Sky in 2012. When you listen to her, you hear a blend of country, rock, and soul with sparkles of blues and folk, music that would slide into the comfort zone for fans of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, or Sheryl Crow.

Eren Başbuğ's Senior Recital with Special Guest Jordan Rudess

Thursday / December 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Keyboardist Eren Başbuğ's great journey of three years at Berklee is coming to an end. He is celebrating the closure of this wonderful chapter with a final recital, an unofficial senior recital, as he calls it. 

His personal idol and mentor, virtuoso keyboardist and composer Jordan Rudess, will join him on stage. Rudess is best known as a member of the Grammy-nominated progressive rock/metal band Dream Theater.

An extraordinarily talented rhythm section, composed of his two best friends from two different bands, Alus Doğucan Güneş on drums (Ivory) and Nazım Kemal Üre on bass (Achroma Rising), will also join him on stage. 

Come and share the excitement of the monumental closure of this chapter with him.

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Free

Patty Larkin / Dom Flemons

Wednesday / December 31, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Patty Larkin
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First Night Boston, Berklee, and WUMB-FM present guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Berklee alumna Patty Larkin and roots multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival, and it will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM and webcast worldwide on wumb.org, live from Berklee. New Year's Eve 2014 marks the fourth consecutive year that First Night Boston, WUMB-FM, and Berklee have collaborated on a live folk/roots concert broadcast.

Admission is $10 by purchase of a First Night button. VIP tickets/seating is available for $35, which includes a button. Dom Flemons performs at 8:00 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern), and Patty Larkin performs at 9:30 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern).

Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk and urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly), and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).

Larkin is a 1974 Berklee alumna who came to the college to study jazz guitar. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Berklee, presented in recognition of her many contributions to music and society. Her most recent recording is Still Green, the title track of which was inspired by the work of poet Kay Ryan.

Dom Flemons is known as the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he cofounded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

In July 2014, Flemons released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Prospect Hill finds Flemons digging deeply into multiple styles such as ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, jug band music, and ballad idioms with showmanship and humor. He was featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and his new album has received praise from the Boston GlobePaste Magazine, and Living Blues Magazine, among others.

James Knoerl's Senior Recital

Monday / May 4, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In his final recital at Berklee, drum set principal James Knoerl presents an afternoon of original music.

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Free

Kayla Zuskin

Wednesday / May 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

In her final recital at Berklee, guitarist Kayla Zuskin presents an afternoon of jazz and rock covers.

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Free

Speech & Vocal Synthesis Concert

Wednesday / December 17, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
Fenway Rm. 112
Rm. 112, 22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States
02215

EP-340 show

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Free

Robert Irving's Senior Recital

Tuesday / March 10, 2015 / 10:00 p.m.
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Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In his final recital at Berklee, drum set principal Robert Irving presents an evening of psychedelic rock, electronic music, pop, rock, and jazz.

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Free

Benny and the Jets

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Guitarist and composer Benjamin Perez-Casiano presents covers and original compositions in the jazz and blues styles.

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Free

An Afternoon with the Andrew DeNicola Project

Monday / March 2, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Andrew DeNicola Project will perform original compositions.

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Free

Zach Rapp's Senior Recital

Monday / February 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

In his final recital at Berklee, guitarist Zach Rapp presents a recital of songs by Eric Johnson, John Petrucci, Gary Moore, Steve Vai, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

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