Concert

Nini & Ben

Thursday / December 17, 2009 / 3:30 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Nini & Ben

Looking for indoor entertainment for the family in December? Current Berklee students will perform holiday-inspired concerts at the Prudential Center the week of December 13. The December 17 show features Nini & Ben. 

Nini & Ben 

Nini & Ben began as loving partnership between Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a talented vocalist with a classical background and Ben, a strong pianist and gifted music engineer has traveled the world together seeking adventure and music. The duo have spent years performing all over Europe and Australia, writing poignant songs about their adventures, and falling in love with the gypsy lifestyle. Their daily life consisted of waking up in a ragged old VW bus, doing various jobs, performing at clubs and coffee houses, writing music, and connecting with fellow musicians. This simple but unpredictable way of living has influenced them to seek out the most profound moments of life and capture them in their warm and expressive songs. 

In 2007 they settled in Boston, Massachusetts to attend Berklee College of Music and bring together their vision within the hotbed of talent of the Boston music scene. Boston has seen a large spurt of creativity in its varied musicians and artists and Nini and Ben came at just the right time to befriend some of Boston's finest musical acts and share in their creative community. Later that year they released their debut album, Rise and Shine.

Since then their musical evolution has flourished, with the influence of their experience always recreating their sound and souls. In 2009, they joined together with a group of musicians that would put definition to their music and support the songwriting. Bassist Derek McWilliams, drummer and percussionist Jake Cohen, southern guitarist Johnny Duke, and pedal steel guitarist Tommy Bohlen joined together with Nini and Ben to bring their rich textures of experience to the duo's songwriting.

McWilliams and Cohen both have played in many great acts in their time, providing a sophisticated rhythmic relationship. Johnny Duke's mentorship with blues guitarist David Bromberg is a strong influence on his virtuosic and innovative guitar playing and has given him a mature and stylish sound. The band is rounded out by the warm pedal steel playing of Tommy Bohlen, a lover of Americana music.

Meeting other up-and-coming performers in Boston, the band began to play shows with artists of a common mind, sharing in their love of art and community. Their first show as a steady lineup was to a sold-out crowd of 1,200 people at the Berklee Performance Center, and since then their shows have been piquing the interest of fans all around the world. 

This year has also seen Nini and Ben signed to Boston's Heavy Rotation Records and have just finished recording their second album at the world famed Avatar Studio in New York under the guidance of engineer and producer Rich Mendelson, who has worked with acts such as Rhianna, the Cars, and Boston.

Admission: 
Free

For You...

Tuesday / March 23, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Yui Koda performs solo pieces, original, and ensemble pieces. This is last concert for her in Berklee. Please come and share the wonderful time with her.

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Professional Writing Division Awards Concert

Thursday / April 1, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The annual Professional Writing Division Awards Concert features original music composed by award winning students, representing the six departments in the PWD, along with the annual Millicen Composition Contest winner. Ensembles vary from orchestra to rock band.

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Andrew Halchak

Tuesday / April 13, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Saxophonist Andrew Halchak will be performing a must-see senior recital with his small band. Come see some of the finest jazz musicians Berklee has to offer.

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A Winter Journey

Wednesday / March 31, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Baritone Philip Lima and pianist Tom Hojnacki will perform Franz Schubert’s Song Cylcle “Die Winterreise.”

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Guitar Night: R&B/Funk Showcase

Thursday / April 1, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty members Thaddeus Hogarth presents an evening of r&b funk with student-led bands. Featuring some of the hottest r&b funk guitarists on the campus.

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Best Inventions 2009

Wednesday / March 24, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is a concert of the best student projects from CP212 (Counterpoint 2) courses from 2009.

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Ana Moura

Saturday / April 17, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ana Moura

An outstanding voice in the new generation of fado singers, Portugal's Ana Moura transcends her youth with a maturity that speaks of the pain of separation, unrequited love and longing. She has a gorgeous contralto voice, and her soulful and riveting interpretations are both heartbreaking and uplifting. Billboard calls her "soul-stirring... superb."

Admission: 
$28, $22, reserved seating

TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming

Thursday / March 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
TAO

With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming, in its Boston debut, offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force!

Admission: 
$42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble

Tuesday / March 9, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble performs 20th century classical chamber music for instruments and voice. Works by faculty composers Rosey Lee and Rick Applin along with works by Aaron Copland and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Directed by Robin Ginenthal.

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