Concert

Kangaralien

Thursday / August 7, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Steve Belleville and Eric Clemenzi are Kangaralien. Together, this acoustic duo performs tight pieces that are intricately arranged, but light on the ears. Their airy melodies are backed by rich accompaniments, as the two players seem to weave in out of each other's acoustic space with finesse. They possess an amazing blend of creative composition and impressive guitar technique.

Admission: 
Free

Re-Up/Merrily James and the Bucket of Soul/Jennah Bell

Saturday / August 2, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Experience the effortless flow between hard-hitting hip-hop, soulful melodies, and booty-shaking grooves with Re-Up. The rhythm section lays down a rock-solid foundation while the horns add color and the DJ pours some hot sauce on top. After a few songs, you’ll swear that this band is your family.

Flooded with energy, Merrily James and the Bucket of Soul will bring you back to the days of raw, organic, old-school soul. Members have performed with Curtis Mayfield’s Group, Bobby McFerrin, Philip Bailey, Rocco Prestia, Steve Winwood, Rob Lewis, and many more.

Hailing from Northern California, Jennah Bell’s style incorporates her bohemian upbringing. She studied songwriting through the Grammy Foundation, where music business professionals (Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam, INXS) embraced her unorthodox writing style and alternative/folk/soul melodies. Now at Berklee, Bell is ready to spread sunshine, the fresh smell of laundry, and daisies to the world.

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Juan Chavez y Arco Kemao

Saturday / August 9, 2008 / 11:00 a.m.
San Jose Jazz Festival
145 West San Carlos
San Jose
CA
United States
95113-2329
Juan Chavez y Arco Kemao

Mario Castro: Tenor Sax

Castro, a Puerto Rico native, started his musical studies at the age of 12. In 2004, he was selected to perform at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with the Berklee in Puerto Rico student big band. He has performed with a variety of artists, including the Wild Bunch, Victor Manuel, La Sonora Ponseña, Giovanni Hidalgo, Humberto Ramirez, Piro Rodriguez, Ricardo Pons y Causa Común, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Castro is a scholarship recipient at Berklee.

Daehee (Aaron) Kim: Cello

Born in Germany and raised in Seoul, Kim was classically trained beginning at age 10 and graduated from Hanyang University and Seoul Jazz Academy. As a jazz cellist, he has performed at the 2007 Latin Grammy awards, the Berklee 60th Anniversary concert, and the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival.

Gabriel Lugo: Drums/Percussion

Born in Puerto Rico, Lugo started playing percussion at the age of nine, was performing professionally by 12, and started composing by 14. Gabriel has performed with numerous salsa bands in Puerto Rico and produced songs for hip hop/reggaetón artists including Tego Calderon, Julio Voltio, and Randy. He received two scholarships to attend Berklee full-time student.

Jiri Nedoma: Piano

Nedoma started playing piano at the age of five and studied at the KJJ Conservatory in Prague. He became a member of the Czech Radio Big Band and performed with many jazz and pop artists on the Czech music scene. Currently, he studies at Berklee with acclaimed musicians including Joanne Brackeen, George Garzone, and Phil Wilson.

David Peacock: Viola

Peacock is an active performer in several orchestras, musical theater ensembles, and recording sessions. He works on transcriptions and arrangements for string quartet, salsa/merengue, musical theater, and full orchestra.

Nathan Perez: Trombone

Perez began playing the trombone at the age of eight, and was performing with his father's salsa band by age 13. He has had the privilege of performing with and learning from many prominent musicians, including Jeff Galindo, Andy Gonzalez, Greg Hopkins, Arturo O’Farrill, Tiger Okoshi, and Phil Wilson.

Yuriana Sobrino Garcia: Drums/Percussion

Sobrino Garcia became part of a children’s music group at age six in Mexico. The self-taught percussionist learned a wide range of Latin American instruments such as drums, congas, bongos, timbales, and Peruvian cajon. She also toured the United States and Canada performing Latin American folklore with her two brothers. Through the Danilo Perez Foundation, Garcia was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee.

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Hip Hop Ensemble

Wednesday / August 6, 2008 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Danielle Scott presents the Berklee Hip-Hop Ensemble in a display of hip-hop with all its dimensions and influences: old school, new school, and everything in between.

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Brazilian Instrumental Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday / August 6, 2008 / 2:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music by Caetano Veloso, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, and Fernando Brandao will be performed by this Berklee student ensemble under the direction of Brandao.

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Lura

Sunday / October 12, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lura is a captivating performer steeped in traditional Cape Verdean styles but also influenced by a vast range of international pop sounds. With a sultry, honeyed voice, Lura and her tight six-piece band draw on many Cape Verdean rhythms—mazurka, coladeira, batuku, funana, and morna—to create an infectious, contemporary sound.

"Gently crooning lullabies one moment, exulting in buoyant dance rhythms the next, Lura made plain why listeners around the world consider her heir to Césaria Évora." - Chicago Tribune

Admission: 
$ 37, $32, $28, reserved seating

Jamie McLean Band CD Release / The Spring Standards / Liz Longley

Saturday / September 13, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jamie McLean’s music is rich with rock and roll, dirty blues, and beautifully crafted original songwriting. Over the past year and a half, McLean's songwriting—filled with catchy hooks, beautiful lyrics, and scorching guitar work—has mingled with the soulful gumbo of the deep South. While the Jamie McLean Band is based in New York City, the influences of southern rock, blues, r&b, and funk is unmistakable.

The Spring Standards (formerly Old Springs Pike) are an energetic force of three-part harmony circling over a rock 'n' roll sound with an old country aftertaste. From small towns to big cities, they explode on stage with spirit, spontaneity, and a style all their own.

Cited as one of the Top Ten Moments in 2005 for her performance on NBC’s 10! TV show, Liz Longley is a captivating performer who bonds an audience to her music. Ani DiFranco has praised Liz’s music as “gorgeous,” adding “I love it!” Internet listeners agree. Liz was voted the No. 1 all-time female vocalist in Garageband.com’s acoustic category in May 2006.

Admission: 
$12 General Admission, Student Discount at Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Antje Duvekot

Wednesday / August 13, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of America’s top emerging singer songwriters with Big Dream Boulevard her debut studio release. The CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS. The project was released on acclaimed songwriter Ellis Paul’s label, Black Wolf Records and has quickly attracted international attention for Duvekot. This release was voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and was named to the Top 10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio’s Folk Alley.

Duvekot has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious, Kerrville (TX) “Best New Folk Award” and in one of the nation’s top music markets, she won the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world.

Duvekot has extensive touring experience, criss-crossing the United States and Europe several times. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including the Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she's headlined the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

In December 2007, the Bank of America featured Duvekot’s song “Merry Go Round” in a national TV advertising campaign seen by millions, including a Super Bowl audience. Duvekot’s fast growing fan base, the viral spreading of her music and a track record of sold-out shows are a testament to her growing popularity. Neil Dorfsman, the producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting says, "When I first heard Antje I knew I was witnessing something very special. She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should. In an unpoetic and 'in your face' world, she is lyrical and subtle."

Admission: 
$18 General Admission, Student Discount at Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Ladies Of Jazz

Saturday / August 9, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Nadia Washington is a current Berklee student, accomplished jazz vocalist, and recipient of the prestigious Bill Cosby Presidential Scholarship.
Claudia Eliaza is a recent Berklee alumna and celebrated jazz and blues vocalist who has been repeatedly featured in Maggie Scott’s Jazz Vocal Series during her time at Berklee.
Aubrey Logan is a current Berklee student, Singers Showcase participant and newest member of the jazz vocal group Syncopation.

Admission: 
$10 General Admission

Pat Carroll Quartet

Wednesday / August 6, 2008 / 5:30 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

Pat Carroll, a saxophonist from Pleasanton, California, has been focused on music since age 12, when he began studying with noted San Francisco musician Dann Zinn. In his junior year of high school, Carroll was awarded the Jimmy Lion’s scholarship at the 2004 Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2005, he was commissioned to write and perform original music as a member of the SFJAZZ Young Composers Project, a group that rehearsed with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Vijay Iyer, and Maria Schneider. Currently in his final year at Berklee, Carroll has studied with Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, and Joe Lovano.

Admission: 
Free Admission

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