Concert

Ole Mathisen and FFEAR: New Compositions

Wednesday / October 20, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
FFEAR

FFEAR, a cutting-edge chamber jazz ensemble, is bridging the space between contemporary classical expressions and modern creative improvisation. The group will be performing "Mirage" by Ole Mathisen, along with other new material. FFEAR is: Ole Mathisen, saxophone; Chris Washburne, trombone; Per Mathisen, bass; and Tony Moreno, drums.

"Mirage" by Ole Mathisen and FFEAR has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2009 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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An Evening with Paula Cole

Friday / September 24, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Paula Cole

Born the daughter of musicians in Rockport, Massachusetts, Paula Cole grew up singing for fun: American songbooks, traditional folk songs, Christmas carols, and a cappella harmonies. While finding kindred spirits in records, she became a fixture in her school musicals, which catapulted her toward a scholarship for Berklee, where she studied jazz singing and improvisation.

While a senior at Berklee, she was offered a deal with a jazz label but declined. In 1993, Peter Gabriel asked her to join his Secret World Tour, after Cole's Imago debut, Harbinger. Throughout 1994–1996, Cole toured America extensively, building a foundation of support that then embraced her 1997 album, This Fire. It became a breakthrough smash, yielding the hits "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want to Wait" (which was used as the theme song to the hit WB show Dawson's Creek), and the 1997 Grammy for Best New Artist. In 1999, she released her third album, the spiritual and soul-influenced Amen. After a seven-year musical hiatus,  she returned in 2007 with a powerful album produced by Bobby Colomby, aptly titled Courage, after her daily mantra. On Tuesday, September 21, Cole will be celebrating the release of her much-anticipated new album, Ithaca

Admission: 
$36, $26 reserved seating

The Chapin Sisters / Liz Longley / NEeMA

Friday / October 15, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Chapin Sisters

The Chapin Sisters have been busy touring as part of She & Him's band and opening many of their shows. They have also begun headlining their own club shows. Their forthcoming album Two will be released this fall on their own label, Lake Bottom Records (Thirty Tigers/RED).

Liz Longley has received the kinds of accolades and awards that recognize her as one of the finest new talents writing songs today. In 2010, Longley took the Overall Grand Prize in the International Acoustic Music Awards amongst 9,000 entries. Last summer she garnered three of the top honors on the acoustic music scene: 2009 cowinner of the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, finalist in the 2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition, and Grand Prize Winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriter Showcase. 

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Christian Li Trio

Saturday / September 4, 2010 / 10:30 a.m.
Detroit Jazz Festival
400 Renaissance Drive
Detoit
MI
United States
48243
Christian Li

 

Christian Li is a jazz pianist from Horseheads, New York. He has won several DownBeat Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Li was the New York State All-State Instrumental Jazz Band pianist for 2006 and 2007 and the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band Pianist in 2006. 

In 2008, Li received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee. There he studies privately with JoAnne Brackeen and Ed Bedner and has had the opportunity of working with Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Li has also worked with the Cornell University and Ithaca College big bands, and played solo piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Li and his trio will be presenting a clinic from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Pepsi Jazz Talk Tent and performing from 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. at the Absopure Waterfront Stage. This clinic and concert is part of the Detroit Jazz Festival.

 

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li Trio

Friday / September 3, 2010 / 10:30 p.m.
Detroit Jazz Festival
400 Renaissance Drive
Detoit
MI
United States
48243
Christian Li

Christian Li is a jazz pianist from Horseheads, New York. He has won several DownBeat Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Li was the New York State All-State Instrumental Jazz Band pianist for 2006 and 2007 and the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band Pianist in 2006. 

In 2008, Li received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee. There he studies privately with JoAnne Brackeen and Ed Bedner and has had the opportunity of working with Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Li has also worked with the Cornell University and Ithaca College big bands, and played solo piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

This jam session is part of the Detroit Jazz Festival.

 

Admission: 
Free

Brad Byrd / Justin Rutledge / Zac Taylor

Thursday / September 16, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brad Byrd

A wonderful evening of local, international, and Berklee bands and songwriters. Each of these artists is a “one to watch,” and each brings his polished musical styles to the 939 stage for one awesome night.

Indie-rock singer/songwriter Brad Byrd's sound is often compared to the likes of Pete Yorn, Wilco, the Wallflowers, and Snow Patrol,with a classic songwriting style à la modern-day Tom Petty or Neil Young. Byrd's songs have been featured on numerous television shows and recently on Boston's 92.5 The River.

The show also features performances by Justin Rutledge and Zac Taylor.

Admission: 
$8 general admission

Jer Coons w/ Special Guests Seth Glier and Jesse Ruben

Wednesday / September 29, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jer Coons

Armed with drop-dead catchy melodies, boyish good looks, and a charm equal to or greater than that of Paris Hilton, Jer Coons is poised for national recognition. Speak, his debut album, was released last September. You may have heard his song “Legs” when your iPod broke and you had to listen to the radio. It is also possible that you heard it while buying some fresh digs at Hollister, grabbing some fresh produce at various chain supermarkets, picking out fresh paint at Home Depot, taking a nap on a comfy mattress at Big Lots or even while eating the Endless Lunch for only $6.99 at T.G.I. Fridays. Basically, the only way you could have not heard “Legs” is if you shop at Whole Foods or Lowe's. Download Coons's cover of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."

Seth Glier will grab you—if not with his powerful falsetto or his melodic prowess, then with what Performer Magazine calls his “intoxicating groove.” The 20-year-old singer, pianist, and guitarist aims straight for the gut on his MPress Records debut, The Trouble with People.

Jesse Ruben’s story begins in the heart of a musical family. His father and grandfather were both professional musicians, performing at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate events, and other gatherings in Philadelphia and its environs. Ruben recalls watching in awe as his dad’s band rehearsed rock, pop, and r&b hits. He began taking piano lessons, but lost interest during his adolescence. “I had told myself I couldn’t play guitar because that was my dad’s instrument,” he says. “Then I realized how stupid that was.” His father bought him a cheap guitar with the promise of a better instrument if he made progress; the guitar felt right in Ruben’s hands, and by age 16 he was writing songs.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Kamora Trio

Wednesday / September 8, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan Dragon

Ryan Dragon, a jazz composition student at Berklee, has been studying music since the age of 8, focusing on trombone for the majority of his time. The Kamora Quartet features Dragon's original music as well as original compositions from other members of the group. Dragon recently started a record company called Kamora Records, a collective of young artists, primarily jazz musicians, who are constantly pursuing the dream of playing music for a living. In addition, he is collaborating on pieces with his sister Ashley to bring the arts of music and dance together to attain a freedom of expression that is so important in the arts.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Admission: 
Free

Merrily James

Wednesday / September 1, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Merrily James

Growing up in Seattle, Merrily James learned to sing by touring with the Total Experience Gospel Choir. At age 17 she was picked up by Showtime at the Apollo and had the audience singing along with her to Aretha Franklin on the national television series hosted by Sinbad. James has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Don Was, and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). She was selected as the sole performer for Google's grand opening celebration (Cambridge) in 2008 and has been featured with the New York Songwriters Circle. Last month she was the singer/songwriter winner of the Artist on the Verge Ourstage competition, and the Indie Artist Suggestion on Women of Substance Radio.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at Harvard Medical School.

 

Admission: 
Free

String Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 14, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the String Department faculty for our annual welcome-back concert. This sixth-annual concert highlights the immense musical diversity of the faculty and the department.

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