Concert

The Marc Rossi Group and Friends

Tuesday / February 9, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Marc Rossi and his group, along with specially invited guests, deliver unique, uplifting, exuberant music that includes surprise twists, arching melodies, and vibrant polyrhythms, drawing on Rossi's influences from jazz masters, world music, Indian music, and much more.

The group—Bill Urmson, bass; Lance Van Lenten, saxophones and flute; and faculty member Bob Tamagni, drums—will perform music from the critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala and from a new album due in early 2010, Jazz Impressions of a Kriti.

In this evening's performance, Rossi will be joined by Indian vocalist Sidharth (Sid) Sriram and singer/saxophonist Stan Strickland, as well as select Berklee students.

Rossi's music combines the best of the East and the best of the West, delivering unique, uplifting, exuberant music that draws upon his influences from jazz masters, world music, Indian music, and much more. His group will perform music from its critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala and from its new CD (due in early 2010), Jazz Impressions of a Kriti.

The Marc Rossi Group has been on an exciting path in recent years and jazz critic Fred Bouchard calls the group's results a "fresh, celebratory collaboration." Joining Rossi will be Sidharth Sriram, an outstanding Berklee student who has been singing and performing Carnatic (South Indian classical) music since he was 3 years old and has now expanded his repertoire to include r&b. Sriram is double majoring in music production and engineering, and vocal performance at Berklee. Most recently, he performed at the MLK day celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has sung at Berklee's premier vocal show, Singers Night, in 2008 and 2009. He won first place in the Song for Social Change songwriting competition and has won many prestigious Carnatic vocal competitions, performing in major venues in Chennai and around the United States. Rossi has been mentoring Sriram on incorporating Indian vocal styles into contemporary jazz and r&b.

Rossi mentors students at Berklee and beyond, as does Lance Van Lenten, and Stan Strickland is also known for his work with young musicians.

"Pianist Marc Rossi is onto something here...his music is high energy, high concept, and high culture."  —Walter Kolosky, jazz.com

"On Hidden Mandala, Rossi's songs capture the rich possibilities of classical Indian music, but still stay 
true to their jazz roots..." —Jay Deshpande, All About Jazz

Admission: 
$18, $10 with Student ID

Sharon Raizer's Recital

Wednesday / April 14, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sharon Raizer will perform a collection of diverse pieces in the styles of pop, classical, folk, and jazz.

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Barefoot Truth / The Sweet Remains

Friday / February 12, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Barefoot Truth

Barefoot Truth is a five-piece roots-rock band from Mystic, Connecticut. Their upbeat live show features didgeridoo, Weissenborn lap guitar, upright bass, lead harmonica, piano, and a drummer on lead vocals. Their songs are hook-heavy, and their youthful energy makes listeners believe that, yes, maybe each of us can indeed make a positive impact on one another and on our planet. In fact, the band says the concept behind their new album Threads is nothing less than "universal consciousness." They say: "As we emerge from the wreckage of unbridled greed in America, this album aims to inspire us to reset our value meters, and to celebrate life!"

This pure, honest spirit is reflected in BFT's growing fan base. With more than 4.5 million spins on Pandora Radio, listeners of Barefoot Truth are building the kind of new media support that can spark mainstream success.

A limited number of two-show ticket packages are available.

Also appearing: The Sweet Remains.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; $20 for two-show package

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

Thursday / February 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Regina Carter

The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour brings together four geniuses in the prime of their careers: the daring, swinging violinist Regina Carter, the dangerously hip vocalist Kurt Elling, the soulful guitarist Russell Malone, and the endlessly creative master pianist Kenny Barron. When these veteran performers—each a headliner in his or her own right—take the stage, audiences are in for a no-holds-barred evening of swing, soul, and invention. 

Admission: 
$49, $43, $39, reserved seating

Trevor Jude Smith

Tuesday / February 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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Kata Kozma

Tuesday / February 2, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Second Annual Middle Eastern Festival

Monday / February 8, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's second annual Middle Eastern Festival will feature artist-in -residence Husnu Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars.

Berklee welcomes world-renowned Turkish clarinet virtuoso Husnu Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars (NYGA) for a residency that will include a master class, clinic, and concert.

Senlendirici and the NYGA will work with the students on February 7 and 8 during a master class and clinic, and  Senlendirici will then perform with them during the first set of the Berklee Performance Center concert, on Monday, February 8, at 8:15 p.m. The second set will feature Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars.

The festival aims to showcase different styles and genres of Middle Eastern music as well as artists, and to bring together students from different musical and cultural backgrounds in experiencing this music.

This event is sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity. It was founded and is directed by Berklee voice faculty member Christiane Karam.

Admission: 

Scott Tarulli

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Playing rock, funk, blues, and jazz originals from his original CDs Transitions and September in Boston:Live,

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Matt Hires / Jason Castro / Caitlin Crosby

Thursday / January 28, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matt Hires

Matt Hires's debut F-Stop/Atlantic release, Take Us to the Start, fuses the intimacy of the great singer/songwriters with indelible pop/rock hooks and propulsive rhythms. The result is a mesmerizing collection of songs that are immediately enchanting, while becoming more deeply rewarding with each listen.

Produced by Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles), Take Us to the Start is filled with delights, most notably Hires's voice, an instrument striking in its warmth, expressiveness, and ability to convey a multitude of emotions within a single song. From the first notes of "Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song," Hires's vocals envelop the listener, creating an intimate, captivating realm.

With his rich tenor voice, distinctive looks, and endearingly innocent charm, Jason Castro won over millions of viewers as a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a third-place runner-up finish. He may not have won the competition, but the 22-year-old Texan earned himself a devoted fan base eager to hear what he would do once freed to perform his own songs. Those folks will get their chance with the release of Castro's self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records.   

Raised in Hollywood, Caitlin Crosby developed a passion for writing songs about the world and human nature that she hopes will challenge and inspire her listeners. She is featured as a songwriter for the worldwide Levi's jeans ad campaign. She has written and recorded with Grammy Award–winning producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Robin Thicke, Plain White T's, Brian Wilson, William Fitzximmons, Curtis Peoples, Josh Hoge, Ty Stevens, and Track & Field (who produced Nelly Furtado's first two albums) and is currently recording with producer Marshall Altman. Crosby is also a prominent actress, appearing on many hit TV shows and filming a lead role in the upcoming Danny DeVito movie, House Broken.

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, Student Discount available at Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Jerome Kyles: Who I Am

Wednesday / January 27, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

From gospel to jazz and everything in between. Come to listen to the vocal stylings of Jerome K. with his all-star band.

Few have been able to blend so many different styles of music with authenticity and edge, yet throughout his career, Jerome Kyles has done just that. From hints of jazz, classical, r&b, and gospel, this evening will prove to be like all the others: magical.

 

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