Concert

Jazz Revelation Records CD Release Concert

Thursday / April 22, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lihi Haruvi Quartet

Student-run label Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) celebrates the release of its seventh compilation CD, Birds of a Feather, with a concert featuring seven of the label's most exciting student artists: Christoph Huber, Tom Kain, Utar Dundarartun, Kazuyo Kuriya, Lihi Haruvi, Nathan Cepelinski, and Roy Guzman.

Birds of a Feather features original compositions by 11 Berklee student bandleaders. The scope of the CD is wide ranging, with artists performing styles including traditional and contemporary jazz, nu-jazz, fusion, and jazz with experimental, classical, world, electronica, ambient, and funk influences.  Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$10

Elton John and Tim Rice's <em>Aida</em>

Wednesday / April 21, 2010 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aida

Berklee students from the Berklee Musical Theater Workshop and Musical Theater Orchestra present a completely staged and costumed production of Elton John and Tim Rice's rock musical Aida, with a 24-piece orchestra. Based on Verdi's opera, Aida tells the timeless love story of a Nubian princess and her Egyptian captor. Emotions run high; there is jealousy, intrigue, and a beautiful but ill-fated love story, all told through the great rock music of Elton John and the lyrics of Tim Rice. Ashley Cook portrays Aida and Rodney Bush will fill the role of Radames, the Egyptian captain. The show will run for one night only.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Hannah and the Moose / My Own Accord

Saturday / April 10, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hannah & the Moose

Winners of Battle of the Bands will be performing their own show at Cafe 939. The battle champion Hannah and the Moose will be headlining and runner-up My Own Accord will open the night.

Hannah and the Moose met one balmy late August night, decided to jam, and the rest was, well . . . history. After spending the fall semester writing tunes and piecing together the perfect band, Hannah and the Moose was officially formed in January 2010. Featuring Hannah Avison on vocals, Moose (Marcus Bagala) on guitar, Moose's little brother Sam Bagala on keyboard, Danny Santos on the drums, and Steve Duerst on bass, the newly formed band embarked upon an epic journey that ultimately lead them to the first-ever Berklee Battle of the Bands at Cafe 939, where they took the coveted first place slot. A soulful mix of rock, alternative, world, and everything in between, the band intends to wow you with diversity and keep you wondering what could possibly come next. After having their premier at the battle, the fun-loving band is ready to show the world what they're all about.

Also playing will be Battle of the Bands runner-up, My Own Accord.

Admission: 
$5, general admission

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet and Octet

Monday / April 19, 2010 / 8:00 pm
The Blue Note
131 W. 3rd Street
New York
NY
United States
10012
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Octet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet and Octet, directed by world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, will play New York's Blue Note Jazz Club. It will be the 12th straight year a group of Berklee's top students have performed in the annual concert. Past showcases have included notable Berklee alumni Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, Kendrick Scott, Jaleel Shaw, Daniela Schaechter, Bryan Baker, and others.

The octet will play at 8:00 p.m.; the septet will play at 10:30 p.m. Earlier that day, the septet will visit WBGO 88.3 FM to give a live in-studio performance and interview from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Listen to the broadcast at wbgo.org.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature.

Admission: 
$5, bar; $10, table

Songwriter's Night

Wednesday / May 5, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Jack Perricone, Songwriter's Night celebrates the songwriter's craft by presenting the winning songs resulting from the annual Berklee Songwriting Competition. Styles and ensembles vary, with the focus on bringing out the meaning and essence of each song.

Admission: 

Julian Velard / Harper Blynn / Rachel Platten

Wednesday / May 5, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Julian Velard is that rarest of artists, a brilliant pop songwriter who is also a storyteller. He writes instantly catchy tunes while creating indelible characters that encompass the pain, humor, and joy of life.

Harper Blynn is composed of a half-Jewish state champion baseball player from Chicago named Pete Harper, a curly-haired choir boy from Philadelphia called J. Blynn, a first-generation Indian man from Long Island named Sarab Singh, and a tall Dutchman by the name of Whynot—yes, that is his name. All of Harper Blynn's four band members sing, bringing a unified and powerful emotional energy to the music. Lead vocals are shared between the two songwriters, Pete Harper and J. Blynn.

Admission: 
$10/Advance $12/Doors

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday / May 4, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Greg Hopkins, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is big band jazz featuring music written by current students. The band's repertoire contains traditional big band charts, as performed by many professional bands, and music of Berklee alumni.

Admission: 

Sonya Kitchell / Todd Thibaud

Tuesday / May 4, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sonya Kitchell

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sonya Kitchell has delivered the goods on her new album This Storm—12 timeless tunes that document her evolution from emerging artist into a sophisticated musician and songwriter with something meaningful to say about the human condition. Her lyrics are sometimes personal and often political, but all are insightful and deeply felt.

True to the title of Sonya Kitchell's 2008 album This Storm, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's life has been in constant whirlwind mode since the release of her critically acclaimed 2006 breakthrough Words Came Back to Me. While she's performed with everyone from Angelique Kidjo and Ben Harper to Jamie Cullum, India.Arie, Los Lonely Boys, and Madeleine Peyroux, her career picked up international steam when jazz legend Herbie Hancock tapped her to tour the world with him in 2007. Slowing down after an exhilarating year on the road with Hancock and later the Slip, Kitchell found a much needed quieter place to write and record the six songs on Convict of Conviction, her 6-track EP debut for 429 Records.

Admission: 
$10, general admission; $8, students

Mandolin Mashup

Monday / May 3, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The second annual Mandolin Mashup is a showcase for Berklee's finest mandolin virtuosi in a variety of settings and styles. Directed by John McGann.

Admission: 

Jesse Ruben / Rachel Antion / Zach Comtois

Saturday / May 1, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jesse Ruben

23-year-old, Philly-bred singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben freely confides that he's done a bit of "obsessing" over his second album, The Ones That Matter. Adding full-band accompaniment to his lush, soulful pop/rock, Ruben also stretches impressively as a writer on The Ones That Matter, achieving a near-novelistic sense of character and setting on finely hewn tracks like "A Lack of Armor," "Bleeker and Sixth," and "Unbreakable." His relentless attention to detail pays off handsomely. Also appearing Rachel Antion and Zach Comtois.

Admission: 
$8 in advance; $10 at the door

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