Concert

Stan Strickland: Visual Jazz

Tuesday / July 27, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Stan Strickland presents an interactive performance of cutting-edge computer-driven technology and improvisational music.

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Shotaro Kaizuka: Crepuscolo—Summer Lament

Tuesday / July 6, 2010 / 7:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Shotaro Kaizuka will lead a string quartet—three violins and one guitar—and will perform his original compositions and arrangements of Japanese music.

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Kina Grannis

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 2:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis started playing shows at the age of four in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people. It was not the quickest transition for the admittedly shy songstress. While attending college at USC, Grannis often retreated to the secluded stairwells around campus, where she could write and sing without being heard. Protected by their quiet confines, she found a safe haven for her creative expression and a private outlet for her music. Armed with a guitar and a cup of tea, she wrote in every stairwell she came across. And it was within these stairwells that she developed the confidence in her abilities as a songwriter and her poise as a performer.

In 2007, Grannis joined YouTube, made a music video, and entered herself into a contest. A few months later, her video for "Message from Your Heart" aired during the Super Bowl and its 97 million viewers (or 194 million eyeballs, depending on how you’re keeping track),and she walked away with a record deal. Since then, Grannis has regularly posted her songs on YouTube, amassing many millions of views, and toured throughout North America. Her songs have been heard on television shows such as ABC’s General Hospital and MTV’s College Life.

Grannis independently released her first full-length album, Stairwells, on February 23, 2010. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. She’d want you to know that she saves drowning honeybees from pools whenever she gets the chance.

 

 

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys / The Benjy Davis Project

Thursday / June 17, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys

The Boston Boys is a new band of musicians emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, all band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The Boston Boys sound is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music.

Lost Souls Like Us, recorded at Rivergate Studios in Hendersonville, TN, is packed with moments, both lyrical and musical, that define the band: Davis's intensely personal lyrics coupled with music that comfortably serves the needs of the story Davis is telling. Benjy Davis Project's Southern roots (they hail from Baton Rouge) are on display in gorgeous down-home rhythms and slide guitar work. "I draw a lot from my surroundings and the Southern atmosphere and attitude," Davis says. "The music comes from my daily experiences and my way of life." The record also shows a natural progression and the maturity that comes from a band on their fourth studio album.

Admission: 
$8, $5 for students

Julia Easterlin

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as "mesmerizing" and "Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp." Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide.

Easterlin was the lead soprano for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2006, 2007), performing with Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Coolio, Kurt Elling, and James Moody. In 2008 she was presented with Down Beat magazine's Young Jazz Vocalist Award.

Admission: 
Free

Craig Hlady: Six Shades of Blue / Tomo Fujita

Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar Department faculty member Craig Hlady leads his quartet of original blues-influenced music.

In the second half of the show, the Tomo Fujita Trio will perform tunes from Pure, Fujita's latest album with Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Steve Jordan, and Will Lee featuring original compositions that mix blues and funk. For Fujita, a Boston-based guitarist, music is not just about playing—it's about feeling. Throughout his extensive career, Fujita has proven that he possesses all the elements of great musicianship: astounding technical ability, flawless rhythm, and a total command of his instrument. But he has also shown a remarkable ability to inject emotion into every phrase he plays, whether the style be blues, jazz, funk, or rock.

Fujita earned a degree at Berklee and has been a faculty member since 1993. Perhaps the most famous of his former Berklee students are Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno ("Kraz") and John Mayer. Fujita is also affiliated with the major music schools in his native Japan. His articles have been published in the Japanese magazines Jazz Life and Jazz Guitar, and he is a regular contributor to the Japanese edition of Guitar magazine. His instructional materials are especially popular in Japan, where players have bought more than 100,000 copies of his videos and books. He has performed with some of the best, including Phil Collins, Ronnie Earl, and Susan Tedeschi. He also enjoyed a guitar-playing gig in a Boston production of the musical Rent.

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Monday / August 2, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Chandler Travis Philarmonic is a nine-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston with a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and valet. It's possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra, shamelessly combining disparate musical forms and using what seems to work at the moment. They perform mostly originals with obscure B-side covers from the '50s and the odd jazz standard thrown in for credibility. Must be heard to be understood.

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Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble Five-Week Welcome Concert

Sunday / July 11, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Comprised of Berklee's finest students, this 17-piece ensemble—one of the college's most prestigious—performs the funk and r&b music of Tower of Power. The group's instrumentation is five vocalists backed by seven horns and a five-piece rhythm section. The group has become famous for its high-powered performances and tight ensemble work.

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Berklee Percussion Festival Faculty Blowout Concert

Friday / June 25, 2010 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Percussion Festival Faculty Blowout Concert hosted by Dave Samuels

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Ryan Star / Matt Duke

Monday / June 21, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan Star

Ryan Star says that during his childhood, his home record collection was his "bible and education: the Doors, the Stones, Janis, Joni, the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, and countless other legends." He picked up his his brother's neglected guitar, and began learning songs by ear. Stage, a band he formed in high school, grew into New York City prominence while he attended college. Madonna signed the band to Maverick Records, and national touring followed. But Star knew that he wanted something different. He pursued a solo career, participated in the show Rock Star, and is currently signed to Atlantic Records.

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost like a teenager—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. “That’s exactly the image I am hoping to project,” says Duke, who incorporates pop, folk, jazz, and rock into his repertoire. His stadium-ready, Vedderesque voice may have mass appeal, but for now you are more likely to see him in a coffeehouse setting, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes such as Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst.

Admission: 
$10

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