When Terri Hendrix walked away from her opera scholarship in college, it was only because she found the classical music path too narrow for her free spirit. But there was just no shaking her love of music. Now, nine self-released albums later, Hendrix is still thriving—and grateful she made the fateful decision more than a dozen years ago to not only follow her own path through her music career, but to ultimately "own her own universe."
Perhaps best known as a pedal steel player, Lloyd Maines is a multi-instrumentalist who has also performed and/or recorded playing dobro, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bell tree. He toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band and has also played with Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and other Texas musicians.
Krystle Spoon is often complimented on her innocent but gutsy songs and voice. A student at Berklee, she is in the band P.S. with her roommate Michelle Peden. Peden and Spoon are working on their debut album and hope to tour after graduation this year.
Lightman was featured on VH1 and MTV, and has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and various other programs. She has performed with bands such as Carbon Leaf, Howie Day, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, OAR, Prince, Rob Thomas, and Train.
Her newest album, Let Go, is available on iTunes and other music retailers.
A Percussion Days lunchtime concert of original music from faculty member Rich Greenblatt's new album Hat Trick. With Rick DiMuzio (saxophones), Fernando Huergo (electric bass), Steve Langone (drums), and Gilson Schachnik (piano).
A little big band opens for a big big band in this annual spring concert. This concert features two large ensembles: The Chord Scale Madness 10-piece followed by Lin Biviano's big band The Urban Outreach Orchestra. This concert is an annual event featuring talented student arrangers and composers.
The repertoire, written for a 10-piece band, is chosen from music that has passed a screening process. Each student is then offered the opportunity to work with professor Jackson Schultz to edit and fine-tune his or her music for performance. From that group of writers, Schultz, along with input from the band, chooses the pieces to be performed.
A Voice Department show featuring student vocalists singing an array of styles including jazz, rock, and r&b with vocal students from first through ninth semesters. Presented by the Singers' Night Team.
Berklee alumnus Jesse Ruben released his debut album <em>Aiming for Honesty</em> in January 2008, and has been touring relentlessly. Ruben's material reflects his powerful ability to relate his own life to those around him, creating an unusually personal experience for listeners.
The album received major radio airplay on both college and commercial stations, including a live broadcast on NPR and heavy rotation on the XM station The Loft. The first single, "A Lack of Armor," was a finalist in the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest as well as the 2008 New York Songwriter’s Circle Contest.
"Cris Williamson has been a whole lot of women's heroes, including mine." — Bonnie Raitt
Folk and indie music icon Cris Williamson comes to Berklee for a three-day residency where she will conduct workshops, visit classes, and give a special free performance for students, faculty, and staff.
Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. Williamson's stellar vocals and compelling persona are regarded as legendary for good reason. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer And The Changed. Today, that record remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.
The Cris Williamson concert is open only to Berklee students, staff, and faculty. IDs are required to obtain tickets at the BPC box office.