Concert

KR & the Future / Ebony Joi / The Phix

Friday / March 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hip-hop group KR & the Future, fronted by Berklee alumnus Kevin "KR" Dorsey, have been electrifying audiences and building a strong following in the Boston area with riveting performances at venues like the BPC, the Middle East, and the Paradise. The Future consists of six excellent musicians: Chad Selph (keyboard, musical director), Josh Connelly (guitar), Omitchell Henry (keyboard), Joe Conner (percussion), Coran Henley (drums), and Kyle Miles (bass). KR & the Future were one of nine artists/bands selected out of over 300 submissions to be featured on Heavy Rotation Records's Dorm Sessions 7 compilation.

Ebony Joi is a vibrant singer with qualities comparable to such dynamic artists as Billie Holiday and Kim Burrell. This Northern Philadelphia singer/songwriter has been performing for nearly her entire life, and inherited her musical character from her mother, a gospel singer/songwriter. She has been a background vocalist for various artists such as Leah Smith and Rich Wilson, and was selected to contribute background vocals for New Kids on the Block during tour dates in Boston and Connecticut.

Also appearing: The Phix.

Admission: 
$8 general admission, $5 students

Liz Longley

Monday / March 8, 2010 / 5:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Liz Longley

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. Folk singer/songwriter Liz Longley will perform music from her new album Somewhere in the Middle.

Longley is rapidly racking up the accolades. In 2009, she won the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival's Songwriters Showcase, and was a finalist in both the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge folk festivals' up-and-coming artist competitions. At Berklee, her song "Rush" won the 2009 Songwriting Competition; the year before, she had placed second. She was selected to represent Berklee at the annual Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, D.C. To top it off, this past year, Berklee awarded Longley its highest honor for songwriting, the Scott Benson Scholarship.

Admission: 
$12, $8 with student ID

Ayal Tsubery's Group

Thursday / March 11, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Led by electric bassist Ayal Tsubery, this group is a sextet that has been playing together for the past year. During that time they've been mixing up Middle Eastern and Latin rhythms and melodies with modern jazz, compositional approaches, and an electric/acoustic setup that results in sophisticated, yet accessible and hard-grooving instrumental music that leaves enough room for improvisation and exciting tension between the players.

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Musical Theater Showcase

Wednesday / March 3, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Musical Theater Open Mic

Come see an original musical theater show written and performed by Berklee alumni! Admission is free, general admission.

Admission: 
FREE

Pop/Rock Live! Featuring Marlon Saunders

Tuesday / March 2, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The 23rd annual Pop/Rock Live! showcase highlights the best music written and performed by some of Berklee's most talented student songwriters, arrangers, singers, and instrumentalists. The concert will present a variety of original compositions as well as new arrangements of standard pop/rock and r&b repertoire, directed by Mirek Kocandrle. This year we proudly feature Marlon Saunders.

Saunders, former professor and alumnus of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, appeared as the calypso singer in the popular Disney film Enchanted, singing the Academy Award–nominated song “That’s How You Know” with Amy Adams. He has recorded/toured with artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Sting, Nine Inch Nails, Shania Twain, and Michael Jackson. He has two solo recordings on his independent label, and plans to release a new album in the summer of 2010. Saunders has sung on over 100 radio and television commercials, including spots for Oscar Mayer, Pizza Hut, Bud Lite, Diet Coke, and most recently Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.

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Piano Monday Presents Laszlo Gardony

Monday / March 1, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Laszlo Gardony performs as part of a trio with Yoron Israel (drums) and Ron Mahdi (bass). They will perform original compositions and arrangements of standards from Laszlo's more recent CDs, Ever Before Ever After, Natural Instinct and Dig Deep (Sunnyside Records).

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Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra

Tuesday / April 27, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra, directed by Eugene Friesen, presents an evening of diverse new works for strings.

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Berklee's Fifth Annual SXSW Party

Friday / March 19, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Friends Bar
208 E. 6th St.
Austin
TX
United States
78701
The Young Republic

Berklee's official SXSW party features alumni and students from all over the United States performing rock, indie pop, hip-hop, folk, and country. Artists include Audible Mainframe from Long Beach, California; The Young Republic from Nashville; Heavy Rotation Records artists Nini & Ben from Boston; Austinites Stefan Wm and Jordan Tarrant (HRR); Ann Driscoll (HRR) from Cincinnati; Love Like Fire from San Francisco; and Shayna Zaid & the Catch from New York. Alumna Sarah Sharp hosts the event.

The party is 21-plus and open to SXSW badge holders; SXSW wristband holders and the general public can RSVP to sxswrsvp@berklee.edu to attend free of charge. Giveaways include SanDisk Sansa mp3 players, a Berkleemusic online course, and copies of HRR's Dorm Sessions 7 CD, featuring students Ann Driscoll and Jordan Tarrant. Learn more about Berklee's SXSW events.

Admission: 
FREE

Ryanhood / Daphne Willis / Nikolas Metaxas

Saturday / March 6, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryanhood

In between classes at Berklee College of Music, Ryan Green found his calling with childhood friend Cameron Hood. One part comedic exchange and one part music ensemble, Ryanhood has built a reputation around the country as one of the most entertaining and engaging acoustic duos today. 

In the little more than three years since she grabbed her acoustic guitar and took the stage for the first time, Chicago-based Daphne Willis has grown from a feisty neophyte into a self-assured, marvelously expressive artist with a bracingly seductive sound. The 22-year-old's Vanguard Records debut album, What to Say, documents Willis's voyage of self-discovery and is a captivating introduction to a remarkably fresh voice—one that both reflects and scrutinizes the social patterns of her generation. She will perform an acoustic trio set.

Nikolas Metaxas is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter/composer born in the United States who grew up on the island of Cyprus. He has won numerous awards for songwriting, and placed second in the televised singing competition X Factor, the British equivalent of American Idol.

Admission: 
$10

All Keys—Piano Department Faculty Concert

Monday / March 1, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department faculty perform in a variety of settings and styles.

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