Concert

Ensemble Showcase: Fusion, Soul, Neo-Soul

Wednesday / April 21, 2010 / 3:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Abigail Aronson and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including folk, soul, and neo-soul.

3:30 p.m. Tiger Okoshi: Original Fusion

6:30 p.m. Skip Smith: Aretha, Stevie, Chaka, Marvin

8:00 p.m. Skip Smith: Neo-Soul

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice. 

Admission: 

Perfect Pitch

Thursday / April 22, 2010 / 7:00 pm
The Middle East
472 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge
MA
United States
02139

Top Berklee songwriters team up with top Berklee singers. The concert is a community effort from all corners of Berklee: performance and professional music students in several styles auditioned to perform, songwriting and contemporary writing and production majors submitted their best songs, and music production and engineering students will be offering recording services. Out of hundreds of submitted songs, the top 14 are being performed live—and the crowd-voted best will win a professional demo recording of their song! Come vote for your favorites.

Admission: 
Free

Matthew Perryman Jones / Joshua James / Ryan LaPerle

Friday / April 16, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matthew Perryman Jones

Berklee's Cafe 939 announces the return of Matthew Perryman Jones, who previously played at Cafe 939 with the Ten Out of Tenn tour. His latest album, Swallow the Sea, was released in August, and several singles have been featured on Private Practice, Kyle XY, One Tree Hill, and other shows.

Joshua James has been writing and singing songs for only six short years, but the 25-year-old heartland poet has the perspective of a wise, old soul. On his second album, Build Me This, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed The Sun Is Always Brighter, produced by industry veteran Shannon Edgar, James expands his musical palette to foreboding, doom-laden hard rock. His music progresses from folkish harmonies to country twang, world beats, and Southern-home rock while further exploring themes of spiritual searching.

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

Break the Pew Part 2

Monday / April 26, 2010 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of great gospel music from prominent gospel composers, featuring the groups Reverence Gospel Ensemble under the direction of student conductor Michael Bradley, Women of Virtue, Men of Valor, and Overjoyed under the direction of Dennis Montgomery III. This will be a pew-breaking experience—you won't leave the way you came.

Admission: 

The Blood Mountain Brothers Featuring Berklee President Roger H. Brown

Monday / April 12, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Blood Mountain Brothers perform unique arrangements of classic American music—from Stephen Foster to Little Feat—with an acoustic, front-porch, sweet-tea vibe. Come see Berklee's very own president Roger H. Brown on drums and percussion, together with Mark Caddell, bass and vocals; Richard Curzi, piano and vocals; Jim Wooster, guitar; and Paul Judge, guitar and vocals, plus some special guests. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$10

The Cringe

Thursday / April 15, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Cringe

Driven by the gutsy lead vocals and savvy songwriting of John Cusimano, the Cringe has been bringing their blend of politicized power pop and big-belt-buckle blare to fans across the country since 2004. Members include lead guitarist James Rotondi (ex-Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (ex-Crash Moderns), and drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band, Bruce Springsteen). Also performing: The Hush Now, Jenn Bostic.

Admission: 
$10

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

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