Concert

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Sharin Toribio

Tuesday / November 2, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sharin Toribio

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul. Today's featured artist is Sharin Toribio.

Sharin Maribel Toribio, a Tampa, Florida native, began singing solos in church and playing the piano at the age of six. She has earned countless awards and accolades over the years and has performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts. 

At the end of her freshman year of college, her yearning to dedicate her life to music full-time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work had to put on hold. At the age 20, she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system. She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams.

Sharin continues to compose and perform her music. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages in country music, but her greatest vocal icons consists of Gary Lavox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauren Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more. 

She hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of trueness, positivity, and survival. 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Heavy Metal / Hardcore Night

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featuring the Berklee Heavy Metal/Hardcore ensembles. Material by Opeth, Pantera, Protest the Hero, and Gojira, as well as original compositions.

Admission: 

PVT / The Beauvilles / Sonnymoon

Saturday / October 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
PVT

Australian trio PVT (formally known as Pivot) just released Church with No Magic on Warp Records. As said by CMJ, "If Church with No Magic was to represent some kind of religious institution, it would be an ethereal, electronic temple where David Bowie would regularly deliver sermons." Also appearing are the Beauvilles and Sonnymoon.

Dark experimental instrumental post-rock band Pivot were formed in 1999 by brothers Laurenz Pike (drums, percussion) and Richard Pike (guitar, production), but soon ballooned to a five-piece band with the additions of Adrian Klumpes (keyboard), Neal Sutherland (bass), and Dave Bowman (turntables). It may be de rigueur to compare instrumental music to film soundtracks, but partly inspired by Vangelis, that was exactly the sound PVT were aiming for.

What originated as a house band for underground warehouse art parties in sweaty, swampy Florida has become one of the Southeast's most recognized independent D.I.Y. touring artists. Known for their incendiary and inspired live shows and led by a singer-guitarist evocative of dead '70s icons, the Beauvilles have traveled far and wide across the 48 states, playing hundreds of shows, dozens of festivals, throwing guitars haphazardly across stages, tossing wine at audiences and whisky on themselves.

Sonnymoon
has been in the process of floating down to Earth over the past few months; they're ready to hit the ground running. Smooth, colorful vocals run down their often-atmospheric canvas, resulting in pleasantly psychedelic imagery. Be on the lookout for the wildest sounds you've never heard.

Admission: 
$12

Ensemble Zen Featuring Kevin Eubanks

Friday / October 22, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kevin Eubanks

Alumnus Kevin Eubanks presents a performance ensemble of original music and movement.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

The SongCircle

Thursday / October 7, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the SongCircle for an amazing night of original music from some of today's best songwriters featuring the talents of Lucius, Suzie Brown, Tubby Love, AJ, Left on Red, and Grammy winner Marcus Hummon.

Admission: 
$10

Jonathan Joubert

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Jonathan Joubert

Jonathan Joubert, who plays both contemporary jazz and gypsy traditional swing, is playing a free concert in the Steve Heck Room.

Joubert was born in Paris in 1980 and studied at the American School of Modern Music before obtaining a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. He plays both contemporary jazz and gypsy traditional swing and has performed in many famous Parisian venues, including the Sunset-Sunside, Salle Gaveau, and Le Caveau des Oubliettes. Joubert has also been featured at the Brooklyn Django Fest as well as on the noted NPR talk show "Says You," and he has studied with Mick Goodrick, Richie Hart, Tim Miller, Bruce Saunders, and Dave Santoro.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Sweet Plantain String Quartet

Tuesday / October 19, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Nobody bridges the gap between generations or musical genres like Sweet Plantain, a refreshingly new string quartet. Artfully fusing the Western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip-hop, jazz improv, and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, their original writing and live shows educate and entertain. Separately hailing from the South Bronx, New Jersey, and Venezuela, together these musicians give voice to a sound that is contemporary, multicultural, and very New York.

The group's mission is to give voice to a contemporary, urban, Latino sound, and so much of the group's repertoire is rooted in improvisation. The art of improvisation, once an integral part of western classical music, has all but been abandoned in the training and performance of classical artists, although it continues to occupy an important role in nearly every other musical genre. Sweet Plantain therefore works to weave the possibilities of improvisation into classical music by arranging existing pieces and writing original compositions that contain improvised sections. The group also makes use of extended percussive techniques, some of them original creations, to best achieve and showcase the rhythmic vitality characteristic of Latin music.

Highlights of their 2009-2010 seasons include collaborations with renowned cellist Borislav Strulev in a tour of Russia that will include a performance in Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow; European engagements with virtuoso pianist/composer Matt Herskowitz, who was featured on the Grammy-nominated album The Swing of Christmas by Barry Manilow and whose playing can be heard on the acclaimed Grammy-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville; and numerous performances in North America, including Northeastern University; the University of Maryland; the Reston Center in Reston Virginia; the Craver Center in San Antonio, Texas; the 92nd Street Y, Tribecca; and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley Idaho.

Past musical projects include recording with renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on his score for the major motion picture Silk (starring Keira Knightly and Alfred Molina) and on the debut album of Sakamoto-produced Kotoringo, a pop/jazz singer/songwriter on the rise in Japan. Sweet Plantain collaborated with celebrated dance choreographer Bill T. Jones, and the Afro beat vanguards Antibalas to present a workshop for the genesis of the Broadway musical Fela! Sweet Plantain also had the privilege of presenting a concert in collaboration with Composers Concordance, debuting nine world premieres from such notable composers as Margaret Brouwer, Daron Hagen, Andy Brick, and Gene Pritsker. 2008 included performances as featured artists at the Columbia Festival of the Arts (Columbia, Maryland), the Endless Mountain Music Festival (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania), Utah State University, the Newburgh Jazz Series, and the Harrisburg Symphony Stroll (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), as well as regular performances in venues throughout New York, including Joe's Pub, Drom, the Brooklyn Library, and the Harlem Stage.

The group's special commitment to the musical education of NYC youth has additionally found Sweet Plantain designing and running a new string program at the St. Ignatius School in the South Bronx, a neighborhood with one of the highest poverty rates in all of the United States. Also, in partnership with the legendary Tony Bennett's nonprofit organization Exploring the Arts, Sweet Plantain has been hosting public high school music student interns, or "apprentices," who regularly rehearse with the group and perform alongside the quartet at the end of each semester. Continuing its education work, the quartet performed their original music in the Chocolate Chip Chamber Music series, an engaging and interactive mini-concert for children (age range: toddlers to 6 year olds) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Admission: 

Parents Weekend Concert: Pitch Slapped / Rhiannon

Friday / October 8, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rhiannon

Pitch Slapped is the premiere coed a capella group representing Berklee College of Music.  Founded in 2006, Pitch Slapped has spent the past four years perfroming in and around the Boston area, earning a distinguished reputation. Their repertoire consists of a variety of styles ranging from pop, to rock, to r&b. Since first competing in 2008, Pitch Slapped has earned the second place title at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  This talented student-run group looks forward to sharing their passion of music throughout the country for years to come.

Pitch Slapped features San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose, a vocal performance major at Berklee. Since his arrival in fall of 2008, he has been performing all over Boston. He has performed in Maggie Scott’s Vocal Jazz Series , Berklee’s New Music Festival, Berklee’s Pop/Rock Showcase, and several senior recitals. He will be performing in this fall's Singers Showcase: The Other Side of Abbey Road. Jose will be joined by a large acoustic ensemble, performing a mix of pop, r&b, and soul for the Parent's Weekend Showcase.

Bowl Full of Sound: Body and Sound fit together by improvisation.
Shizuno Nasu of Japan and Big Island of Hawaii joins Rhiannon and Joey Blake, both associate professors in Berklee's Vocal Department in a joyous and unexpected journey of musical and movement collaboration. Featuring Rhiannon, voice and stories; Shizuno Nasu, dance; Joey Blake, vocal bass and voice.

Admission: 
Free

Ron Carter with the Berklee World Strings

Thursday / October 14, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ron Carter

Legendary bassist Ron Carter joins forces with the Berklee World String Orchestra to play the music of Oscar Pettiford.

One of the most-recorded jazz bassists, Carter has played on more than 2,000 albums with a variety of superstars, including James Brown, Lena Horne, Thelonious Monk, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, and A Tribe Called Quest. From 1963-1968, Carter was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet. As a bandleader, Carter released more than a dozen albums-the most recent was Jazz and Bossa (2008). Carter served as artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies and was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus at City College of New York.

The Berklee World Strings, directed by Eugene Friesen, is a 27-student ensemble devoted to performing music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. The quartet will include Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, bassist Leon "Boone" Maleson, and pianist and arranger Eric Gould. When he's not performing, Gould also serves as Carter's manager and as director of Berklee City Music network's site at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.

Read the press release.

Admission: 
$20, $15 reserved seating

Shin Iikura Jazz Composition Portfolio Recital

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

8:15 - Shin Iikura, winner of the Jazz Performance Award in spring 2009 and the Herb Pomeroy Award in spring 2010, will present his compositions and arrangements in a big band format. This concert will be his jazz composition portfolio recital.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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