Concert

The SongCircle

Thursday / October 7, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the SongCircle for an amazing night of original music from some of today's best songwriters featuring the talents of Lucius, Suzie Brown, Tubby Love, AJ, Left on Red, and Grammy winner Marcus Hummon.

Admission: 
$10

Jonathan Joubert

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Jonathan Joubert

Jonathan Joubert, who plays both contemporary jazz and gypsy traditional swing, is playing a free concert in the Steve Heck Room.

Joubert was born in Paris in 1980 and studied at the American School of Modern Music before obtaining a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. He plays both contemporary jazz and gypsy traditional swing and has performed in many famous Parisian venues, including the Sunset-Sunside, Salle Gaveau, and Le Caveau des Oubliettes. Joubert has also been featured at the Brooklyn Django Fest as well as on the noted NPR talk show "Says You," and he has studied with Mick Goodrick, Richie Hart, Tim Miller, Bruce Saunders, and Dave Santoro.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Sweet Plantain String Quartet

Tuesday / October 19, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Nobody bridges the gap between generations or musical genres like Sweet Plantain, a refreshingly new string quartet. Artfully fusing the Western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip-hop, jazz improv, and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, their original writing and live shows educate and entertain. Separately hailing from the South Bronx, New Jersey, and Venezuela, together these musicians give voice to a sound that is contemporary, multicultural, and very New York.

The group's mission is to give voice to a contemporary, urban, Latino sound, and so much of the group's repertoire is rooted in improvisation. The art of improvisation, once an integral part of western classical music, has all but been abandoned in the training and performance of classical artists, although it continues to occupy an important role in nearly every other musical genre. Sweet Plantain therefore works to weave the possibilities of improvisation into classical music by arranging existing pieces and writing original compositions that contain improvised sections. The group also makes use of extended percussive techniques, some of them original creations, to best achieve and showcase the rhythmic vitality characteristic of Latin music.

Highlights of their 2009-2010 seasons include collaborations with renowned cellist Borislav Strulev in a tour of Russia that will include a performance in Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow; European engagements with virtuoso pianist/composer Matt Herskowitz, who was featured on the Grammy-nominated album The Swing of Christmas by Barry Manilow and whose playing can be heard on the acclaimed Grammy-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville; and numerous performances in North America, including Northeastern University; the University of Maryland; the Reston Center in Reston Virginia; the Craver Center in San Antonio, Texas; the 92nd Street Y, Tribecca; and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley Idaho.

Past musical projects include recording with renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on his score for the major motion picture Silk (starring Keira Knightly and Alfred Molina) and on the debut album of Sakamoto-produced Kotoringo, a pop/jazz singer/songwriter on the rise in Japan. Sweet Plantain collaborated with celebrated dance choreographer Bill T. Jones, and the Afro beat vanguards Antibalas to present a workshop for the genesis of the Broadway musical Fela! Sweet Plantain also had the privilege of presenting a concert in collaboration with Composers Concordance, debuting nine world premieres from such notable composers as Margaret Brouwer, Daron Hagen, Andy Brick, and Gene Pritsker. 2008 included performances as featured artists at the Columbia Festival of the Arts (Columbia, Maryland), the Endless Mountain Music Festival (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania), Utah State University, the Newburgh Jazz Series, and the Harrisburg Symphony Stroll (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), as well as regular performances in venues throughout New York, including Joe's Pub, Drom, the Brooklyn Library, and the Harlem Stage.

The group's special commitment to the musical education of NYC youth has additionally found Sweet Plantain designing and running a new string program at the St. Ignatius School in the South Bronx, a neighborhood with one of the highest poverty rates in all of the United States. Also, in partnership with the legendary Tony Bennett's nonprofit organization Exploring the Arts, Sweet Plantain has been hosting public high school music student interns, or "apprentices," who regularly rehearse with the group and perform alongside the quartet at the end of each semester. Continuing its education work, the quartet performed their original music in the Chocolate Chip Chamber Music series, an engaging and interactive mini-concert for children (age range: toddlers to 6 year olds) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Parents Weekend Concert: Pitch Slapped / Rhiannon

Friday / October 8, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rhiannon

Pitch Slapped is the premiere coed a capella group representing Berklee College of Music.  Founded in 2006, Pitch Slapped has spent the past four years perfroming in and around the Boston area, earning a distinguished reputation. Their repertoire consists of a variety of styles ranging from pop, to rock, to r&b. Since first competing in 2008, Pitch Slapped has earned the second place title at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  This talented student-run group looks forward to sharing their passion of music throughout the country for years to come.

Pitch Slapped features San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose, a vocal performance major at Berklee. Since his arrival in fall of 2008, he has been performing all over Boston. He has performed in Maggie Scott’s Vocal Jazz Series , Berklee’s New Music Festival, Berklee’s Pop/Rock Showcase, and several senior recitals. He will be performing in this fall's Singers Showcase: The Other Side of Abbey Road. Jose will be joined by a large acoustic ensemble, performing a mix of pop, r&b, and soul for the Parent's Weekend Showcase.

Bowl Full of Sound: Body and Sound fit together by improvisation.
Shizuno Nasu of Japan and Big Island of Hawaii joins Rhiannon and Joey Blake, both associate professors in Berklee's Vocal Department in a joyous and unexpected journey of musical and movement collaboration. Featuring Rhiannon, voice and stories; Shizuno Nasu, dance; Joey Blake, vocal bass and voice.

Admission: 
Free

Ron Carter with the Berklee World Strings

Thursday / October 14, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ron Carter

Legendary bassist Ron Carter joins forces with the Berklee World String Orchestra to play the music of Oscar Pettiford.

One of the most-recorded jazz bassists, Carter has played on more than 2,000 albums with a variety of superstars, including James Brown, Lena Horne, Thelonious Monk, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, and A Tribe Called Quest. From 1963-1968, Carter was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet. As a bandleader, Carter released more than a dozen albums-the most recent was Jazz and Bossa (2008). Carter served as artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies and was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus at City College of New York.

The Berklee World Strings, directed by Eugene Friesen, is a 27-student ensemble devoted to performing music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. The quartet will include Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, bassist Leon "Boone" Maleson, and pianist and arranger Eric Gould. When he's not performing, Gould also serves as Carter's manager and as director of Berklee City Music network's site at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.

Read the press release.

Admission: 
$20, $15 reserved seating

Shin Iikura Jazz Composition Portfolio Recital

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

8:15 - Shin Iikura, winner of the Jazz Performance Award in spring 2009 and the Herb Pomeroy Award in spring 2010, will present his compositions and arrangements in a big band format. This concert will be his jazz composition portfolio recital.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Metal Guitar Night

Tuesday / October 12, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Some of Berklee's top metal guitar students showcase their amazing abilities in an evening guaranteed to be filled with jawdropping guitar pyrotechnics.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Ear Training Department Concert

Monday / October 18, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Ear Training Department presents many of its faculty performing original compositions and arrangements spanning a wide variety of styles from jazz to world music to a cappella to pop, in ensembles ranging from duets to large ensembles, all featuring musical interaction and using the ear. Featured composers/arrangers include Yumiko Matsuoka, Paul Stiller, Mark Shilansky, August Watters, Giovanni Moltoni, and Scott DeOgburn, with special guest artists Natalie Dietrich, Brad Hatfield, Sara Caswell, and new faculty Catherine Bent.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Mario Carrillo: Improvised Creations / Spain the Lighter

Thursday / October 14, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bass player Mario Carrillo presents in his senior recital two of his many musical sides. Using improvisation as the tool to create music in the moment, he will team up with his teacher and Berklee faculty member Bruno Råberg and with a quartet of fellow students to further explore the sonic possibilities of improvised music. The second half of the concert will feature Spain the Lighter, a group of extremely talented musicians from Spain that dive into the best of their country's rich musical heritage to present it to the audience with a fresh and surprising yet powerful and modern vision.

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Fresh Prospects: Sam Schultz and Jen Hoyt

Friday / October 1, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best up-and-coming Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This month's artists are Sam Schultz and Jen Hoyt.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Samantha Schultz is 19 years old and graduated in June 2009 from the Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. She began singing at the age of 3 and has playing the guitar since she was 11. Samantha writes her own lyrics and music and has a subject range far exceeding her years. Samantha was a featured performer at the Vancouver Island Musicfest and was also honored to be asked to perform as a "Tweener" at the 2005 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, as well as in 2007, where she was included in the U-22. Schultz has now performed twice at the Calgary Parkland Summer Solstice Festival, once at the 2009 Kelowna Arts and Music Festival, as well as the 2009 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, where she was featured in the Sirius Satellite "Six Pack," including artists such as Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, Bedouin Soundclash, Sierra Noble, and Elliott Brood.

Also playing will be Jen Hoyt.

 

Admission: 
FREE

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