Concert

Musical Theater Club

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

A production of the Musical Theater Club.

Admission: 

Youngjoo Lee

Friday / February 19, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocalist Youngjoo Lee presents her senior recital featuring jazz standards and original compositions.

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John McGann / Julian Lage / Matt Glaser

Monday / March 8, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A program of swinging acoustic string music crossing the boundaries of jazz and other American indigenous folk music forms. Featuring John McGann, Julian Lage, and Matt Glaser, with guests Margaret Glaspy and John Repucci.

John McGann - octave mandolin (faculty)
Julian Lage - guitar (Boston, MA)
Matt Glaser - violin (faculty)
John Repucci - bass (faculty)
Margaret Glaspy - vocals (Boston, MA)

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Nini & Ben CD Release

Saturday / February 27, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nini & Ben

Nini & Ben celebrate the release of their new CD, The Reasons We Try. Supporting acts include the Spring Standards and Russell Lacy.

Nini & Ben began as loving partnership between two songwriters, Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a talented vocalist, and Ben, a pianist/guitarist and gifted music engineer, have traveled the world together seeking adventure and music. Celebrate their CD release with special guests the Spring Standards, hailing from NYC, and Russell Lacy.

The Reasons We Try is produced by Rich Mendelson, who has previously worked with acts such as the Cars, Boston, and Rhianna. The album has a general mellow theme that only makes the edgy, up-tempo songs stand out the way they are meant to.

Admission: 
$10, general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Write of Spring: Jazz Composition Faculty Department Concert

Wednesday / February 24, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

From small group to large ensemble, recent works by faculty teaching in the Jazz Composition Department will be featured in this annual spring-semester concert.

As in past years, this concert features original works of Jazz Composition Department faculty Scott Free, Jeff Friedman, Richard Lowell, Jackson Schultz, and Bill Scism. This year's concert will also feature invited faculty composers Winnie Dahlgren and Darrell Katz from the Harmony Department. Most of the performers in this concert have played in this series since its inception. Many are faculty but we are pleased to have some of Berklee's outstanding students players added to fill the few holes in the band. In the trumpet section we have Casey Brefka, Jeff Perry, Chris Rymes, and Linsey MacDonald. The sax section is composed of Daniel Ian Smith and Joshua Soran on alto, Dino Govoni and Chris Weller on tenor, with Ben Whiting playing baritone. Playing trombone are Bob Pilkington, Jason Camelio, Bulut Gulen, and Molly Furlong. In the (driving!) rhythm section we have Bruce Thomas on piano, Scott Free on guitar, Winnie Dahlgren on vibes, and Mark Poniatowski on bass, with Bob Tamagni playing drums. Special guests include vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton, Hiroaki Honshuku playing flute and EWI, and Greg Fritz and William Wells on tuba. This is one of Berklee's premier concerts, a not-to-be-missed event.

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Tubby Love

Wednesday / March 24, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Tubby Love

Play in the Black Box is the first series at the Arsenal Center for the Arts featuring Berklee students—an intimate and personal experience for every concertgoer. Tubby Love will be performing music tonight from new album Tubby Love and Graymation.

It's not the size of the band, its the size of the Love. Here to spread the message of purely positive vibrations, Tubby Love is a heady force of futuristic reggae fusion. With songs like "Constant Motion" and "No One's in Control," the message of the music is a clear ear-opening experience for the awakening of the masses. The five-piece Boston-based band has shared the stage with up-and-coming reggae greats such as Passafire and Blue King Brown, and continues to progress into the future-roots music scene. Outwardly expressing their love for experimental music, Tubby Love is on the steady path of creating what some are calling a reggae/soul revolution.

Admission: 
$12, $8 with Student ID

Pinchback Blues

Wednesday / March 17, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Pinch Back Blues

Play in the Black Box is the first series at the Arsenal Center for the Arts featuring Berklee students—an intimate and personal experience for every concertgoer. Minden Jones will be performing music tonight from her project Pinchback Blues.

In 2005, Dan Bowden and Bob Christopherson joined forces to explore the great pre-war piano/guitar groups, leading them to the music of Leroy Carr, Scrapper Blackwell, and Tampa Red. When vocalist Minden Jones auditioned with her repertoire of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Pinchback Blues was born.

What's a pinchback? In a "pinchback blues," the singer tells women to avoid being snowed by a handsome, fast-talking, unemployed "pinchback" and to find a decent, hard-working man with a job instead.

Admission: 
$12, $8 with Student ID

Nini & Ben

Wednesday / March 3, 2010 / 5:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Nini & Ben

Play in the Black Box is the first series at the Arsenal Center for the Arts featuring Berklee students—an intimate and personal experience for every concertgoer. 

Nini & Ben began as a loving partnership between folk/blues songwriters Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a vocalist, and Ben, a pianist/guitarist and music engineer, have traveled the world together seeking adventure and music, spending years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs about their adventures, and falling in love with the gypsy lifestyle. Their daily life consisted of waking up in a ragged old VW bus, doing various jobs, performing at clubs and coffeehouses, writing music, and connecting with fellow musicians. This simple but unpredictable way of living has influenced them to seek out the most profound moments of life and capture them in their warm and expressive songs.

In 2007 they settled in Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and bring together their vision within the hotbed of talent of the Boston music scene.

Since then their musical evolution has flourished. In 2009, they joined together with a group of musicians that added definition to their music: pedal steel guitarist Tommy Bohlen, drummer and percussionist Jake Cohen, Southern guitarist Johnny Duke, and bassist Derek McWilliams. They have become strongly connected with Boston's Monkey Rock Writer's Circle. 2009 also brought the release of their album The Reasons We Try, produced by Rich Mendelson, who has worked with the Cars, Boston, and Rihanna.

Admission: 
$12, $8 with Student ID

Air

Saturday / March 20, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Air

Air is the duo of Frenchmen Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. Their music is often called electronica; their form of electronic music is influenced by the synthesizer sounds of the 1970s such as Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, and Francis Lai. Other influences include psychedelic rock pioneers Pink Floyd; krautrockers Tangerine Dream; early pioneers of the Eurodance electronica subgenre Space; and French crooner Serge Gainsbourg.

The name Air is an acronym for Amour, Imagination, Rêve: love, imagination, dream.

AM's new album, Future Sons & Daughters, pays homage to the Tulsa-born, New Orleans-raised musician's diverse influences—which include Jorge Ben, Brian Wilson, Sergio Mendes, and Curtis Mayfield—while showcasing his own songwriting chops, intelligent lyrics, and psychedelic grooves. AM's debut, Troubled Times, was declared one of the Best Albums of the Year, by iTunes and earned him the title of Best Singer Songwriter of the Year by LA Weekly. AM's songs have been used in a dizzying array of movies and TV shows, including HBO's Big Love, MTV's The Hills, ABC's Brothers and Sisters, NBC's Friday Night Lights, and last year’s #1 film acquisition from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Ashton Kutcher's Spread. AM debuts his composing talents in the upcoming Warner Brothers release of Man Maid. For more info about the ungoogleable AM, visit amsounds.com, myspace.com/amsounds, or @amsounds on Twitter.

Admission: 
$35, reserved seating

Ryan Cabrera / Samantha Schultz

Friday / March 26, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ryan Cabrera burst into the music scene in 2004 with his hits "On the Way Down" and "True." Since then he has toured extensively and put out several other albums, most recently The Moon Under Water. Come hear the hits and some new material that Ryan is readying for his next release.

Also appearing: Samantha Schultz

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 at the door

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