Concert

Parkington Sisters

Thursday / July 16, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Violins, cello, piano, mandolin, and guitar are the core of the Parkington Sisters.  The sisters share lead vocals, with up to five-part harmonies.  All are songwriters, influenced by a wide range of musicians: Stravinsky to Edgar Meyer, Joni Mitchell to Stéphane Grappelli, the Pixies to Aretha Franklin.  These tastes, filtered through their classical training, have produced a sound that is undeniably their own: songs with vibrant string arrangements, warm, interwoven harmonies, improvisation and voices that blend like only sisters can.  Renditions of Radiohead's "High and Dry" or Piazzolla's "Libertango" show an exceptional talent for rich, dynamic arrangements.  

Anyone who hears these women instantly recognizes that this is a special expression of sisterhood: born to each other and a band raised from the beginning.  Lydia, Rose, Nora, Sarah, and Ariel, ages 17-29, come from a generation of musicians.  They all started their instruments at an early age, and as a band, found their first stage in the streets of Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Since then, the Parkington Sisters have played extensively in theaters, libraries, and halls where they deliver performances that have proved irresistibly magnetic. These five sisters envelop the audience, sharing their personal chemistry and creating an experience that is powerful and unforgettable. 

Admission: 
$10.00

Re-Up / SuperVolcano / Nini & Ben

Wednesday / July 22, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Re-Up: The effortless flow between hard-hitting hip-hop, soulful melodies, and booty shaking grooves. With songs that are a collision of sophisticated composition and raw energy, Re-Up will leave its mark on any audience. The rhythm section lays down a rock solid foundation while the horns add colorful riffs and rhythmic punches. The DJ pours some hot sauce on top using textural effects and wel-placed scratches, and Spliff's unique presence ties it all together. The sound connects with listeners in a way that only an elite tier of bands can, and the live show is proof of this. After a few songs, you'll swear that this band is your family. And you'll be right.

Supervolcano: This band's eponymous debut LP fully demonstrates the raw energy and groovy vibes of its spellbinding live performances as well as showcases its burgeoning songwriting prowess. With pieces ranging from the anthemic to the ethereal, this profound, self-titled effort is a sonic testament to the depths of emotion, the freedom of youth, and to true artistic expression. For fans of aggressive and thought-provoking progressive indie/alternative, prepare yourself to count Supervolcano among the new crop of great, up-and-coming rock bands.

Nini & Ben: The music of Nini & Ben is characterized by the rich textures of innocence and experience. The duo has spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs, and falling in love with the gypsy life style. With gritty slide guitar and graceful pedal steel accentuating an acoustic sound, the music comes alive through delicate songwriting and masterful musicianship. Having been cowriters since their teenage years, Nini & Ben came to Berklee to study with some of the industry greats, and are featured on the latest disc from Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation Records. The group has just finished recording its first full length album at Avatar Studios, in New York,  to be released in the summer of 2009. The band is: Nini Fabi, Ben Gebert, Derek McWilliams, Tommy Bohlen, Jake Cohen, and Johnny Duke.

 

 

 

Admission: 
FREE

Bob Stanton: Fingerstyle Guitar

Thursday / August 6, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Five-Week Summer Performance Program faculty member Bobby Stanton plays and explains a variety of fingerstyle approaches.

Admission: 
Free

Christiane Karam: Presenting Traditional and Contemporary Middle Eastern Music

Tuesday / August 4, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This presentation will feature traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern classical and folk tunes. Concepts of Arabic/Middle Eastern and Balkan music will be demonstrated, including microtonal modes and complex rhythmic cycles.

Admission: 
Free

German Schauss: Guitar Master Class

Tuesday / July 28, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featuring three note per string scales; alternate picking; outside/inside picking; string skipping; sweeping techniques; modal, whole tone, and symmetrical diminished scales, and much more.

Admission: 
Free

Berke McKelvey: Preparing for Your College Audition

Thursday / July 23, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tips, tricks, insights, and game plans for those preparing music to audition for college. Have an informal discussion with a Berklee faculty member who has auditioned hundreds of students.

Admission: 
Free

The Bridgebuilders

Wednesday / July 29, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Bridgebuilders will perform at Cafe 939. Also appearing: Tri.

Admission: 
$10.00

Hayley Jane and the Primates

Saturday / January 24, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
Hayley Jane of Hayley Jane and the Primates

Bringing a mix of pop, soul, vaudeville, and Americana, Hayley Jane and the Primates hail from Boston and take pride in their off-color, emotional lyrics rife with irony and humor. The group draws inspiration such artists as the Beatles, Tom Waits, and Fiona Apple. They will perform at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Admission: 
$15; $10 with Berklee ID

The Distinguished Berklee Professors: Decades of Great Jazz Educators

Monday / February 2, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Phil Wilson

The inaugural Berklee jazz series was so successful that Berklee and the Arsenal Center for the Arts are presenting a new series for the winter and spring. The Distinguished Berklee Professors: Decades of Great Jazz Educators features Phil Wilson (trombone), Paul Schmeling (piano), John Repucci (bass), and John Ramsay (drums). [details]

Admission: 
$15, $10 for students

Ryan Cabrera / Jesse Ruben / Zach Hexum

Thursday / January 22, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The time has come for everyone to become reacquainted with Ryan Cabrera, whose new album The Moon Under Water is backed by his unshakable faith in what he has to offer. As Rolling Stone predicted, "The young Texan seems intent on transcending his Diesel-wearing, mall-kid status and being taken seriously as a musician." And that's just what he's done by putting his money where his music is—to finance his latest album, make his music as he wants to, and release it on his new independent Frolic Room Records label.

Even as a full-time student, Jesse Ruben toured relentlessly across the Northeast, building a strong and dedicated following. Since graduating in May of 2008, he has promoted Aiming for Honesty from coast to coast in both the United States and Canada. Combining influences from pop, rock, jazz, and folk, Jesse’s straight-from-the-heart songs and hilarious storytelling make for an unforgettable live experience for his listeners.

Also appearing: Zach Hexum.

Admission: 
$12, general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

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