Concert

Fred Hersch

Tuesday / March 3, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has earned his place among the foremost jazz artists and creative musicians in the world today. He is widely recognized for his ability to create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire—investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas, and extraordinary technique. His many accomplishments include three Grammy nominations, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and six composition residencies at the MacDowell Colony.

After graduating from the New England Conservatory in 1977, Hersch relocated to New York City and quickly became one of the most in-demand pianists in town. He has worked extensively with such jazz masters as bassists Sam Jones and Charlie Haden; guitarist Bill Frisell; flugelhornist Art Farmer; harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans; saxophonists Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and Jane Ira Bloom; and vibraphonist Gary Burton.

Hersch was the first pianist to play an entire week solo at the Village Vanguard. His most recent recording, the trio CD Night and the Music, was released in May 2007.

His career as a performer has been greatly enhanced by his composing activities. He recently created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry; the work was presented in March 2005 in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. Hersch has collaborated with pianists Jeffrey Kahane and Christopher O'Riley; sopranos Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, and Dawn Upshaw; and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Hersch has been a passionate spokesman and fundraiser for AIDS services and education agencies, producing and performing on recordings and concerts for the charities Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS that have raised over $200,000 to date.

Hersch has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor and on a wide variety of National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360, and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. A committed educator, Hersch was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory for 10 years. He is currently a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

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New Piano Music

Tuesday / March 24, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Every year, Berklee students submit solo piano compositions to the Piano Department, and Berklee's finest pianists read through the music and pick the pieces they want to feature during Keys Fest. Directed by Stephany Tiernan

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Songwriters' Night

Monday / April 6, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is a concert of the 16 winning songs of the college-wide songwriting competition. Styles and ensembles vary according to the needs of each song. Most songs are performed by the writer, assuring authenticity and commitment.

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Berklee's SXSW Party

Friday / March 20, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Friends Bar
208 E. 6th St.
Austin
TX
United States
78701
Melissa Ferrick

Performers include Kid:Nap:Kin (HRR); Melissa Ferrick; Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers (HRR); The Volunteers; The Hollow Sound; Aaron Sinclair (of Frank Smith); SuperVolcano (HRR); The Motion Sick; Ma'ayan Castel.  

Berklee's SXSW Party is 21+, free of charge, and open to SXSW badge holders. SXSW wristband holders and the general public can RSVP to alumniaffairs@berklee.edu to attend. Giveaways include SanDisk Sansa mp3 players, a Berkleemusic.com online course, and copies of HRR's new compilation CD, Dorm Sessions 6

Read more about the party.

Keep up with the Berklee staff and faculty who are in Austin for SXSW by reading the new Berklee On Tour blog.

Admission: 
FREE

All Keys Piano Department Faculty Concert: Tribute to Dave McKenna

Tuesday / March 3, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department faculty members perform in solo, two-piano, and ensemble settings in a variety of styles. This concert is dedicated to late pianist Dave McKenna. Featured performers will be Stephany Tiernan/Joanne Brackeen, Neil Olmstead/Jennifer Elowski-Fox, Tony Germain/Dave Limina—two piano; and Leo Blanco, John Arcaro, Bob Winter, Doug Johnson, Suzanne Davis, Bruce Thomas, John Mulroy, Carmen Staff, Robert Christopherson, and Ross Ramsay.

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Electronic Percussion with Mario Decuitiis

Wednesday / April 1, 2009 / 1:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Led by faculty member Steve Wilkes, the Berklee Electronic Percussion Trio debuted in February of this year. Steve Wilkes is the former drummer for Blue Man Group and current drummer for the world-renowned Empire Brass.

With more than 26 years of professional music experience and as principal percussionist for Radio City Music Hall since 1979, Mario DeCuitiis has performed thousands of shows ranging from Christmas spectaculars and Liberace extravaganzas to silent movies and ice shows. He has performed many Broadway and off-Broadway Shows in New York and has spent his share of "road-touring" for plays, MIDI clinics, and concerts. DeCiutiis can be heard on numerous studio recordings including a Grammy Award-winning children's CD. He has produced many educational music videos for KAT Inc., developed CD-ROMs with percussion instruments for digital samplers and has performed on a wide variety of audio recordings as a drummer and percussionist session player. Since 1986, DeCiutiis fulfilled the role of vice president of KAT Inc., involved in the creation, design, manufacturing, and world-wide distribution of KAT electronic controllers. In 1996, he founded Alternate Mode Inc. to continue the KAT product line. His interests now focus on performing on the college and concert circuit, sharing his knowledge of music and technology.

Steve Wilkes began playing drum set in the sixth grade when his teacher made him stop performing drum rolls on his school desk.  His drumming pursuits have taken him across the globe, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Petronas Towers Concert Hall (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Suntory Hall (Tokyo, Japan), the Astor Place Theater (New York City), and the Charles Playhouse (Boston, Massachusetts) with artists as diverse as the Empire Brass and Blue Man Group. He is also a clinician for Pearl Drums and Zildjian Cymbals. As a Percussion Department professor at Berklee he enjoys teaching courses as diverse as Percussion for Music Therapy and Native American Drumming. He also leads technology-based classes such as Contemporary Electronic Percussion and Studio Drumming Techniques and Applications.

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Percussion Unlimited

Thursday / April 2, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dean Anderson and Richard Flanagan

This annual event features the Berklee Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dean Anderson, and the Beginning Percussion Ensemble, directed by Richard Flanagan. Today's leading, contemporary percussion composer's works will be featured, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, DavidGillingham, Joseph McIntyre, Yo Goto, Julie Spencer, and Mike Mainer. A premiere performance of Berklee Composition faculty member Yakov Gubanov's "Fugue for Percussion" will be featured.

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Bill King / Keppie Coutts

Wednesday / April 1, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bill King's recording and production credits include Live! In Session by Liberty Silver; Magnolia Nights, Moment's Notice by Bill King and the Jazz Report All-Stars; From the Heart, a tribute to piano great Oscar Peterson; and most recently, with Bill King's Saturday Nite Fish Fry, Jump Shout Rock da House, Rhythm & Soul, and Dirt Road Blues, among many others. He appeared on Sophie Berkal-Sarbit's Gypsy in My Soul and Sophie Milman's self-titled debut, which topped 100,000 sales worldwide. King was the 2003 and 2004 recipient of the National Jazz Award for Producer of the Year, as voted by the public from across Canada.

King has also been a driving force in the success of the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Recently, he added artistic duties for the Toronto International BBQ & Blues Festival to his portfolio. King was awarded a scholarship at Berklee in 1964. For more information, visit billkingmusic.com

Keppie Coutts is the Australian-born soul-folkstress, submerged and reveling in the new wave of "folk fusion," an eclectic melding of acoustic-based song that steps inside jazz and soul. After hearing her newest song, John Mayer was visibly moved, saying "Keppie's voice is just gorgeous...she's like a contemporary female Nick Drake." Keppie approaches songwriting with the fiery consequence of Ani DiFranco, and performs with the sultry eloquence of Norah Jones, eliciting the Boston Globe to write, "Coutts' songs marry folk and soul so gorgeously, you'll cheer when they get stuck on endless repeat in the jukebox in your brain."

Learn about Executive Sessions at Cafe 939.

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$10, general public, free for all students with valid college I.D.

Those Who Can Teach: Perform!

Tuesday / April 7, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students and faculty from the Music Education department will perform and demonstrate the connection between great musicianship and great teaching. Presented by Libby Allison and Cecil Adderley.

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Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday / April 29, 2009 / 9:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Every member of the Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra has the opportunity to be featured. The entire ensemble led by drummer Dan Platzman, bassist Katie Thiroux, and pianist Jordan Seigel, along with lead trumpet player Bobby Gallegos, and alto saxophonist Trevor Kellum, transcends the boundaries of big band jazz conception. This format is extremely high energy and not for the faint of heart. Don't miss the best edition of the Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra.

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