Concert

Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Friday / September 26, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's Big Band Evolutionary Big Band is composed of many talented composer/instrumentalists—faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students—who share a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the creative opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting, and the importance of the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Wyc Grousbeck with French Lick

Saturday / October 4, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Boston's premier classic rock cover band. The six piece band covers
all your favorite dance/rock hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Featuring Wyc Grousbeck, co-owner of the Boston Celtics. Student discount available at Berklee Box Office.

Admission: 
$10 General Admission

Tim Miller / Norm Zocher Trio

Wednesday / October 1, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Tim Miller Trio will perform original compositions in a contemporary jazz style under the direction of faculty guitarist Tim Miller.

Then the Norm Zocher Trio will perform Zocher's guitar-oriented jazz and fusion compositions.

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Toby Lightman/Lucy Woodward/Rachel Platten

Tuesday / October 7, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Toby Lightman

Toby Lightman's new independently released album, Let Go follows her two Atlantic Records releases, 2004's Little Things and 2006's Bird on a Wire. She's toured the country extensively, having appeared with such artists as James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, Rob Thomas, and on one memorable evening, Prince. USA Today wrote: "No small talent, Toby Lightman continues to shine a light on her knack for making rich, soulful pop." tobylightman.com.

Lucy Woodward is... hot and bothered, and that's the name of her sensational new album out now exclusively at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Billboard said the award-winning songwriter "boasts staggering versatility—a sonic turnstile that flips through dreamy pop, jazz, and bluesy bebop." lucywoodward.com.

Say hello to Boston native Rachel Platten. The Boston Globe called Rachel's first release "breathtaking, brilliant, [with] beautifully crafted lyrics," and the Village Voice praised a recent show, claiming "Rachel's got it all—she'll fill your indie sweet tooth and top it off with a heaping dose of blue-eyed soul." myspace.com/rachelplattenband.

Admission: 
$15 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Shearwater/Hospital Ships

Sunday / October 19, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Shearwater

Hailed as "almost impossibly majestic and beautiful" (NPR), Shearwater's Palo Santo (2007, Matador), a suite of ethereal but oddly disquieting art-rock songs loosely centered around the life and death of singer Christa Paffgen (a.k.a. Nico), marked the Texan quartet's debut on the national stage. The New York Times named the album one of the year's very best, and the band's singular combination of sonic abandon and restraint, spun around the soaring, otherworldly voice of part-time ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg, drew comparisons to late-period Talk Talk and both the lovely and anxious moments of Eno's early solo work.

This year's much-anticipated Rook takes the band into realms both richer and stranger. Though a similarly haunted, elegiac mood pervades the album, Rook is its own animal, at once more accessible and more accomplished than its predecessor, with a depth and grandeur that seem improbably packed into the album's tidy 35 minutes.

Admission: 
$15 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Fall Flutes

Thursday / November 20, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's stellar Flute Choir, under the direction of Woodwind Department faculty member Wendy Rolfe, will delight the audience with music from Brazil, France, and beyond. Come and hear featured flute soloists with guitar, piano, percussion, and more.

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Murder By Death/William E. Whitmore/J-Roddy Walston and the Business

Saturday / November 15, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Murder By Death

The members of Murder By Death are emerging as true artists in the zero-boundary sense: cinematic storytellers whose albums come together in an essential whole, and players whose jaw-dropping performances make you yearn for the chance to experience their energy up close and in-person. Also appearing: William E. Whitmore, J-Roddy Walston and the Business.

Admission: 
$13 advance, $15 day of show

Contemporary Writing and Production Department Faculty Concert

Thursday / November 13, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This year’s annual concert by the Contemporary Writing and Production Department faculty will showcase CWP artist-in-residence composer/percussionist Roland Vazquez with an ensemble of Berklee faculty. Several of Vazquez’s compositions will be featured as well as new works by CWP faculty. The concert will focus on the music of the Afro-Latin diaspora as well as an eclectic mix of styles ranging from jazz to funk to world music. The concert is part of the Professional Writing Division's series featuring Latin American composers, and is led by Matthew Nicholl, chair of the CWP Department.

About Roland Vazquez: In 1979, Billboard called Vazquez's first international release "a decade ahead of its time." Moving to New York in 1981, he continued to develop his "funky-salsa-bebop" style. A former faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Vazquez developed a historical Afro-Latin jazz curriculum and wrote and performed in that style. Now back in New York, he has been touring with his quintet featuring new works with Joel Frahm (sax), Anthony Jackson (contrabass guitar), Mike Lipsey (percussion), and Mark Soskin (piano).

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T Hartman Finale

Wednesday / November 12, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An eclectic mix of groove, funk, jazz, and fusion originals and arrangements will be performed by drummer Thomas Hartman and his group including bassist Zak Croxall and guitarist Rany Runyon.

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Sandro Morales’s Sounds from Venezuela

Wednesday / July 22, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sounds from Venezuela will feature a 40-piece orchestra performing Sandro Morales's arrangements and original compositions in traditional Venezuelan styles, mixed with jazz and classical influences.

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