Concert

New Piano Music

Monday / February 1, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of students' piano compositions performed by student pianists.

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Tom Kain Double Trio

Monday / April 12, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come join Tom Kain as he leads two keyboard trios (Piano and B-3 Organ) and special guests through various jazz favorites. Among others, the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tower of Power, George Shearing, and Chick Corea will be on the bill.

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Spring Winds

Thursday / April 1, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Flute Choir, the Spring Winds Ensemble, and outstanding flute soloists will present a global music potpourri under the direction of professor Wendy Rolfe.

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Composition Student Awards Concert

Thursday / March 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original chamber music compositions will be featured by three selected Berklee student composers.

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Danny Mo's Family Reunion 2010

Wednesday / March 10, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This annual event celebrates the gift of music and features the 2010 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipient, along with the Danny Mo All-Stars.

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Maggie Scott's Jazz Vocal Series

Wednesday / March 3, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Vocal students performing the repertoire of the Great American Songbook masters with trio accompaniment.

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David Gilmore

Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Over the past decade guitarist and composer David Gilmore has recorded and performed with some of the most highly influential and innovative artists in modern music today including Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker, and David Sanborn.

Gilmore has appeared on more than 50 recordings and been a major presence on the international touring scene. In the spring of 2001 he released his first recording as a leader, Ritualism, which received major international critical appraise and was nominated for Debut CD of the Year in 2001 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Gilmore was recently voted into the Rising Stars category in Down Beat Magazine's Critic's Poll.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gilmore sought out music at a young age experimenting with piano, drums, and percussion before discovering the guitar at the age of 15. After a few years of private study with Boston local guitar gurus John Baboian and Randy Roos, Gilmore moved to New York to attend New York University, where he studied under the tutelage of sax titan Joe Lovano and pianist Jim McNeely. Shortly after his graduation in 1987, Gilmore began touring and recording in earnest with many of the members of the fledging M-Base Collective, and soon after began to find himself in many other diverse musical situations, recording and/ or touring with Ronald Shannon Jackson, Trilok Gurtu, Graham Haynes, Robin Eubanks, and Lonnie Plaxico. In the early 1990s he became an active member of the popular jazz/fusion group Lost Tribe, coproducing their first two recordings for the Windham Hill Label. Over the years he has also lent his skills to a variety of pop/ comme! rcial acts including Japan’s Monday Michiru, Meshell Ndegeocello, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne, Mavis Staples, Isaac Hayes, Boz Scaggs, Tommy Lang of Austria, Rise Robots Rise, and toured extensively with multiplatinum-selling artist Joss Stone. In 1995 Gilmore got the call to join sax legend Wayne Shorter’s group, and appears on Shorter’s Grammy Award winning album, High Life on Verve. He can be found on recordings by Christian McBride, Carolyn Leonhart, Don Byron, Ron Blake, and Uri Caine.

As a composer, improviser, and guitarist, Gilmore is committed to pushing the boundaries of improvisational music, at the same time without alienating the uninitiated listener. His music reflects the diverse musical influences and experiences he has assimilated throughout his career. The exploration of rhythm is a major component of his music, utilizing many non-Western approaches and integrating them into a modern framework. Gilmore was a recipient of the Chamber Music America New Works Composer Grant, enabling him to compose a commisioned work entitled "African Continuum," which was performed in public in the spring and fall of 2003. His playing has been compared to guitarists with styles as diverse as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, and Leo Nocentelli. Unified Presence features Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ravi Coltrane, and Claudia Acuna.

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Ensemble Showcase: Bluegrass, Soul, Hip-Hop

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis, Dave Hollender, John McGann, Mark Simos, and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including bluegrass, soul, and hip-hop. 

1:00 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip-Hop
2:15 p.m. Skip Smith: Aretha, Stevie, Chaka, Marvin
3:30 p.m. John McGann: Bluegrass
6:30 p.m. Mark Simos: Bluegrass
8:00 p.m. Dave Hollender: Bluegrass

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

 

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Free

Battle of the Bands

Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Battle of the Bands

Berklee ends its third season of Executive Sessions, a concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives, with a Battle of the Executive Sessions Bands. The roar of the battle opens with a VIP reception, hosted by Berklee president Roger H. Brown, at 7:00 p.m. at Berklee's Cafe 939 on Boylston Street. This is an invitation-only event; for limited number of VIP tickets or more information call the Executive Sessions producer, Mirek Vana, at 617 747-2941. The series is hosted by PARTNERS+simons.

A panel of judges includes auto czar Ernie Boch Jr., a Berklee alumnus and board of trustees member; Boston drummer Sib Hashian; Berklee VP of special programs Rob Rose; and a local media celebrity. The prize package includes a recording session at Berklee studios with a Grammy-winning producer; the opportunity to perform at Berklee's Encore Gala; Berklee Concert Club membership for one year; private lessons with award-winning Berklee faculty; a selection of BerkleeMusic.com online classes; and more.

The Competitors

House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz (Mingus and Parker) and rock ranging from the classic (the Doors) to the contemporary (3 Doors Down). The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. The performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band supplements its musician income with other gigs: Caruso is VP of Enterprise Services at Data Intensity; Goodermote is chairman and CEO of Double-Take Software; Rule is Director, Fuel Cell Development, at Lilliputian Systems; and Skelly is partner at Nixon Peabody.
 
The Loomers: Tom Simons, CEO/chief creative officer of the marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons, is a guitarist by avocation and a long-time Loomer. Along with Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); and Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns CK Environmental, Simons has just finished recording the band's brand new songs. The Loomers, whose album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have twice been finalists in Fortune Magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands, and they have also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information, visit loomers.com
 
Six:  Playing "classic rock that doesn't get old, even if we do," Six covers songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other popular groups. The members of Six—Stephen Cole (vocals, harmonica, percussion), Scott Gilmour (drums, percussion), Bruce Lauterwasser (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Walter Ogier (guitar, vocals), Steve Brat (keyboard), and John Swartz (bass, vocals)—also hold day gigs as senior vice president, senior manager, president, CEO, and lead systems engineer at companies such as Raytheon, Arbios Systems Inc, Genetix Pharmaceuticals Inc., Eligix, the MITRE Corporation, and the World Wide Web Foundation. For more information, visit ilikesix.com.
 
7 at Danny's: Watch out for the underdog, as these guys bring their jets to the stage. Javier Marín, principal at Hispanic News Press, on drums and lead vocals; Paul Richards on guitar; and two JetBlue pilots, Daniel Genis (lead guitar and voice) and Tim Townsend (bass and voice), take off with their favorite tunes to the land of classic rock 'n' roll.

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Ben Powell

Thursday / December 31, 2009 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Virtuoso jazz violinist Ben Powell, a 2009 Berklee graduate, leads a group that includes Tim Ray on piano, Bruno Raberg on bass, and Bob Tamagni on drums. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.

Admission is $18 by purchase of a First Night button. Ben Powell performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by Anat Cohen's two performances 8:00 p.m. (WGBH 89.7 broadcast), and 9:30 p.m.  

The Hynes Auditorium Garage will provide a $7 discounted parking rate if the garage's ticket is presented with BPC parking validation stamp after the concert. The Hynes Auditorium Garage is located at 50 Dalton Street, Boston. The discounted rate applies to cars entering the garage after 5:00 p.m.

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$18 by purchase of First Night Button

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