Concert

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.

Admission: 
$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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Eclipse Master Class

Thursday / March 26, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
Trinity Church in Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Peter Gregson

Award-winning Scottish cello virtuoso Peter Gregson will perform a program of works with live interactive electronics and the incredible, 10-speaker Eclipse TD 712z system, all managed (in real time) by Milton Mermikides, professor of music technology at the Royal Academy of Music in London in one of Boston's most beautiful acoustic settings, Trinity Church.

The program will include US premieres by six leading UK composers and feature a 40-cello arrangement of Thomas Tallis's Renaissance masterpiece Spem in Alium, reproduced with incredible clarity by the Eclipse TD system. Following the program Peter Gregson will lead a short master class in performing with electronics.

To reserve a seat, visit the Eclipse Master Class webpage and register using the email address provided. You will receive a preregistration number via email shortly after.

Admission: 
free

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