Concert

Twain/The Great Unknown/The Spinning Leaves

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

Twain brings a wonderfully sweet, soulful, western swing to the stage with his folk and Americana influences.

The Great Unknown approaches themes like a traditional American band—nodding to Guthrie, Dylan and The Band—but developing a sound that is modern.

The Spinning Leaves is a wavy ship ride on a mystical wind! Hailing from Philadelphia with a unique blend of Americana, folk, and psychedelia, the band delivers lyrical melodies with a Southern twang.

Admission: 
$12 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Gregor Samsa/Olafur Arnalds/Arms and Sleepers

Tuesday / July 8, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Gregor Samsa returns to Boston for the first time in years after an extensive European tour in support of their recent release on Rest. This Brooklyn band, currently touring as a nine-piece, builds up songs with lilting melodies that come to a radiant glow.

Ólafur Arnalds make their second-ever trip to the United States for a brief tour before heading to the European festival circuit and dates opening for Sigur Rós. Their previous visit involved dimmed lights, lush instrumentation, and haunting string arrangements.

It was in July of 2006 that the members of Arms and Sleepers locked themselves in an old drafty apartment in Cambridge and began composing and recording. Their new material, focusing on electronic sources, creates a warm sound with ambient undercurrents.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble

Sunday / July 13, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee TOP Ensemble—six vocalists, eight horns, and five rhythm instruments—performs the music of the world-famous funk and soul group Tower of Power. The challenge for students is to perform the music as close to the recordings as possible. Since the group's creation in 2000, Berklee faculty member and ensemble director Wayne Naus has personally transcribed and arranged the music library. The group is one of Berklee's most prestigious ensembles.

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The Shills/Honest Thomas/Fly Upright Kite

Saturday / July 12, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since forming in early 2004, the Shills have cultivated a sound built from musicianship and creative flexibility. They just released their first self-titled album, a diverse and dynamic display of a young band maturing and hitting their stride. As a live act the Shills have built a solid following throughout the Boston and New York areas with their passion and precision on stage.

Honest Thomas, an up-and-coming experimental rock group from Allston, formed in late 2005 and released their first EP in the fall of 2006. They have since built quite a reputation not only with their music but with their live performances. Lightbulb-headed babies, mannequin heads on sticks, and life-size bunny rabbits are just the beginning of what you might get at an Honest Thomas show.

The Boston-based indie rock quintet Fly Upright Kite blend guitar effects and loops, plotted vocals, and driving rhythms to establish a unique musical landscape. They are currently recording much-anticipated new material for a late 2008/early 2009 release. (Acoustic set.)

Admission: 
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

McCoy Tyner with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Thursday / July 3, 2008 / 9:30 p.m.
The Montreal Jazz Festival
Montreal City Center
Montreal
QC
United States
H3A 1L4
McCoy Tyner H'05

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra performs the big band music of
McCoy Tyner, with Tyner and his trio. Star trumpeter Christian Scott, a 2005
Berklee alumnus, is the special guest.

Admission: 
$48.50 CDN

Brooke Fraser with William Fitzsimmons

Thursday / June 26, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Brooke Fraser is a New Zealand born and bred singer/songwriter now setting up home in Los Angeles as she prepares for the North American release of her album Albertine and a summer of touring. Singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons is perhaps best known for his song "Passion Play," which aired during a pivotal scene in Grey's Anatomy. He has released two full-length albums.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

City Music SYSTEM 5 Blow-Out Concert

Tuesday / August 12, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A culminating event at the end of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program featuring students who are recipients of the City Music SYSTEM 5 Scholarship. Music will range from gospel to jazz to rhythm and blues.

Admission: 

Make Music Cambridge

Saturday / June 21, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
City of Cambridge
Cambridge
MA
United States

Make Music Cambridge is a new live, free musical celebration across the city each year on the first day of summer, June 21, starting in 2008. Passers-by and music enthusiasts alike will be engaged to stop, listen, and maybe sing along or take a few dancing steps. Look for Berklee student performers at many sites throughout Cambridge.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Jelena Bracika

Thursday / July 3, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Jelena Bracika is a talented vocalist and actor from Serbia. She graduated with an acting degree from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, and has been an active performer in both the theater and music scenes. After earning a Berklee scholarship, she relocated to Boston and enrolled as a performance major. She graduated from Berklee in spring 2008, after refining her gifts as a vocalist and beginning to write songs. Bracika's original compositions are a captivating blend of world music and jazz, heavily influenced by Latin and Balkan music and featuring her evocative lyrics and sultry voice. She sings in an array of languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Serbian.

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Jelena Bracika

Thursday / July 3, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Jelena Bracika is a talented vocalist and actor from Serbia. She graduated with an acting degree from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, and has been an active performer in both the theater and music scenes. After earning a Berklee scholarship, she relocated to Boston and enrolled as a performance major. She graduated from Berklee in spring 2008, after refining her gifts as a vocalist and beginning to write songs. Bracika's original compositions are a captivating blend of world music and jazz, heavily influenced by Latin and Balkan music and featuring her evocative lyrics and sultry voice. She sings in an array of languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Serbian.

Admission: 

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