Concert

J Dilla Ensemble at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Saturday / July 10, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Plaza & Tobacco Warehouse
26 New Dock St.
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11201-6917
J Dilla Ensemble

Berklee students and faculty are joining forces with the Brooklyn Bodega to bring a didactic focus to the Bodega's 2010 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. The nine-piece ensemble will share the stage with De La Soul, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, and other prominent artists for the festival's closing-day performances. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$15.00

Hearts on Fire Tour Featuring Micah and Alex & Janel

Friday / July 16, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Micah

Micah, a singer/songwriter originally from Rochester, New York, brings a catchy sincerity into his songs. They’re colored by his contrasting sense of dynamics and emotive lyrics. He has recently released his new album, Micah Coast to Coast, on iTunes as he tours the East Coast.

The debut recording of Alex Brumel and Janel Elizabeth, The Mill Stone, features originals by both Brumel and Elizabeth arranged for a variety of musicians, from acoustic duets with a cellist to full-band performances. Combine this recording with Brumel’s third solo release, To Bring You Home (produced by drummer/writer Eric Novod and featuring ex-Dylan multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield) and Elizabeth’s debut jazz EP, Live at Ronnie Scott's, and the two are embarking on a musical journey that is bound to turn heads and raise eyebrows. Perhaps Brumel says it best: “Really, we’re just excited about what we’ve stumbled upon here, and in our own small way, we think we have something new and important to say. We just hope people enjoy it as much as we do.”

Ryan Schmidt just completed his debut full-length album Black Sheep, Run at Q Division Studios. His music blends the lyricism and heart of '60s folk with the eclectic and conceptual stylings of contemporary indie rock. Local and national musicians have taken notice; guests on the album include producer/bassist Ed Valauskas (The Gravel Pit, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Howie Day), drummer Steve Scully (James Taylor, Lori McKenna), guitarist Aaron Tap (Matt Nathanson), and pianist Phil Aiken (Buffalo Tom, Will Dailey) among others.

Admission: 
$10/advance, $12/day of the show

Nature in the City / Laura Jorgensen

Thursday / July 15, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nature in the City

Pop/indie rock band Nature in the City has original melodies and a solid, driving back beat that create an ear-catching musical experience. The band's new EP comes out this summer. Seattle's Laura Jorgensen is releasing her debut folk album, Feathered Arms. With her vocals soaring like a bird to the backdrop of accordion and dulcimer, Jorgensen is charming and prophetic. She will be playing with a full band.

Admission: 
FREE

James Peipon Quartet / Shota Ishikawa

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The James Peipon Quartet plays contemporary, original, jazz-influenced compositions featuring vibes, piano, bass and drums. For the second half of the show, multi-instrumentalist Shota Ishikawa will play his original compositions for his performance senior recital, called the First and the Last. Some faculty members will join his band.

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Jazz Revelation Records Showcase

Wednesday / July 14, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Aditya Balani Group is a world-jazz ensemble that brings together talented musicians from countries across the globe. The group has included members from India, Spain, Serbia, Chile, Bulgaria, and the United States. The band currently features Berklee students Aaron Bahr on trumpet, Tarun Balani on drums, Will Cafaro on bass, and Sharik Hasan on piano.

Aiming for true artistic expression and drawing from their ethnic roots, each musician adds a unique color to the group's core sound—an exciting blend of the spontaneity and harmonic interplay of jazz with the sheer intensity of Indian classical/folk melodies and rhythms. Balani is one of the rare guitarists who perform microtonal music, and some of his tunes feature a unique approach to fretless guitar developed from sarod- and sitar-playing techniques. The group has been performing internationallly since 2008, and recently completed its second tour of the Indian subcontinent.

Admission: 
FREE

Goli / Sarah Rabdau / Nohow On

Saturday / July 17, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Goli

Goli is a duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music that has cut its teeth in rock bands, world folk ensembles, symphony orchestras and the occasional free improv outlet. The band can be considered chamber music for the modern era.

Sarah Rabdau is carving out a niche that transcends scenes and sub-enres. Rabdau and the Self-Employed Assassins have shared bills with Nicole Atkins and the Sea, Winterpills, and HUMANWINE. The band now looks forward to supporting its album, bringing its energetic live show to dark halls throughout the United States and beyond.

Nohow On are architects of a unique sound they describe as "garage folk," drawing upon a diverse range of traditional and contemporary influences, from Sacred Harp singing and West African griot music to Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel. The band juggles an eclectic array of instruments and vocal parts in its live show, weaving world-weary lyrics around sweet melodies, forceful harmonies, and unorthodox arrangements.

Admission: 
$8

Acoustic String Festival: Final Concert

Sunday / July 18, 2010 / 2:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Acoustic String Festival wraps up with a flourish at its final concert.

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Gregorio Uribe

Thursday / August 5, 2010 / 7:00 pm
East Boston Greenway
42 Marginal Street
Boston
MA
United States
02128
Gregorio Uribe

The wildly danceable Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 15-piece group that plays Gregorio Uribe's original songs and traditional Colombian music. With Berklee alumnus Uribe sometimes squeezing an accordion and nine horn players soaring over the percussion, the band is reminiscent of Columbian porro groups and similar to New Orleans second line bands, but with updated harmonies and arrangements.  

Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and started his musical life playing drums and guitar in traditional Colombian music and punk/rock bands. His current projects reflect the energy of his teenage years; he also plays drums in Pop Filter, rocking out on music from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. 

This show part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

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La Timbistica

Thursday / July 8, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
United States
02130
La Timbistica

La Timbistica is a contemporary all-star Latin band made up of some of the best young musicians on the East Coast, named 2008 Jazz Group of the Year in the collegiate category by Down Beat magazine. Members have performed and recorded with some of the Latin music industry's most prominent musical figures, including Paquito D'Rivera, Victor Manuelle, and Kevin Ceballo, among others.

The band's Latin jazz repertoire ranges from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian classics to modern salsa, timba, and the members' original compositions. La Timbistica is a mainstay in the Boston music scene, making regular appearances at the Havana Club, Mojito's Lounge, and Wally's Jazz Café as well as at various music festivals in the area. The band recently lit up the stage at the Duke Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals.

This event is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

This concert is presented by Berklee College of Music, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, ParkArts, and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Admission: 
Free

Through Children's Eyes

Monday / July 26, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Randy Felts and visiting vocalist/composer Ron McPhatter will present an evening of classic and modern r&b music featuring new songs written by Felts and McPhatter, a selection of new original songs by McPhatter, and a couple of classics as recorded by the Drifters (featuring McPhatter's father, Clyde McPhatter, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame). A 12-piece ensemble blending faculty and Boston-area professionals will assist. Many Berklee faculty will contribute their talents, including Darcel Wilson, George Russell Jr., Alizon Lissance, Mike Ihde, Roberta Radley, Berke McKelvey, Jerry Cecco, and Bob Pilkington.

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