Concert

Spiritual Rez

Friday / July 18, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Spiritual Rez is a seven-piece reggae-horn-funk-dance-party that has been tirelessly touring the country, while commanding an extremely unique and high-energy sound. Their EP, Rising in the East, was released independently in 2006 and the band plans to release a live album later this summer.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A., Student Discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

HUMANWINE/Luminescent Orchestrii and Julia Easterlin

Saturday / June 21, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Luminescent Orechestrii is filled with Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats, and Appalachian fiddle, all devoured and spit out by two violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica, and bass. The band has toured the United States East Coast, England, Scotland, and Germany, and has traveled to Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, and Serbia for inspiration. The band most recently returned from Serbia's Dragacevo Trumpet Festival, a 47-year-old event in the small town of Guca, where hordes of competing gypsy brass bands take to the streets and restaurants.

Since 2002 HUMANWINE, has been using the imagery of bones, dirt, blood and rust to share their allegorical tales. Holly Brewer and M@ McNiss organize a 'new band' for every HUMANWINE performance, pulling from the wealth of musicians in any particular area they find themselves in, gathering a completely different group of people/instruments. This results in each song taking on a different light and so they "shine differently."

A native of Georgia, Berklee student Julia Easterlin is already making waves in Boston’s music scene. Her charming sound of alternative jazz/acoustic songs captures the attention of many as she accompanies herself with a loop-delay board on her lap. While feeding it layers of vocal and percussion rhythms, Julia tells a story with her heartfelt lyrics and smooth melodies.

Admission: 
$15 General Admission Student Discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Danielia Cotton with Madi Diaz, Liz Lonley

Friday / June 20, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The sheer joy and pain in Danielia Cotton's songs instantly draw the listener in. Like male counterparts Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone or crossover icon Tina Turner, Cotton has not only embraced the notion of black rock—she has redefined it.

Madi Diaz's powerful voice, both uniquely engaging and steeped in tradition, has made her a presence on the roots-rock scene.

Ani DiFranco called Liz Lonley’s music "gorgeous,” adding “I love it!” Internet listeners agreed: Lonley was voted the No. 1 all-time female vocalist in garageband.com’s acoustic category in May 2006.

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

The New Frontiers, Denison Witmer

Saturday / June 14, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The New Frontiers have a quiet sense of majesty but still manage to pack a colossal emotional footprint. They combine alternative country, Brit rock, and indie pop (among other influences), and are sure to win over sets of ears for years to come. Denison Witmer applies confessional sensitivity to his newest album as he ponders dreams and hopes. His gentle guitar and soothing voice are deceptively powerful, enough to put even the most jaded indie rockers in touch with their inner James Taylor.

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

Berklee Monterey Quartet

Wednesday / August 27, 2008 / 5:30 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

Each fall, Berklee chooses four of its finest students to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where they play for standing-room-only audiences. The group featured here performed at the festival in 2007. The members of the Berklee Monterey Quartet—Dan Carpel on bass, Jeff Miles on guitar, Mike Nishimura on piano, and Ryo Shibata on drums—are already highly sought-after, with dozens of professional credits, major awards, and concerts. Leader Nishimura, from Tokyo, held the coveted piano chair in the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Quintet and was chosen to perform at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Miles is a semifinalist in the 2008 Montreux International Guitar Competition.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Gregorio Uribe y su Orquesta

Thursday / July 10, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Gregorio Uribe

Since he began his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he won several scholarship awards, Gregorio Uribe has become a leader in Colombian music throughout the eastern United States. His unusual big band format (15 musicians on stage from all parts of the world) provides an explosion of energy including guitar, accordion, and drum set.

One of the main musicians featured by the Colombian consulates and embassy in the United States, Uribe has performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the John Hancock Auditorium (Boston), and the Rhode Island State House. For more information, visit Gregorio Uribe's website.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Hey Rim Jeon & Friends

Wednesday / July 16, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Korean born pianist Hey Rim Jeon '01, along with special guest vocalist Laura Brunner '06, leads a dynamic group of seasoned musicians, all of whom have a wide range of experience with numerous genre’s of jazz, funk, Latin, and classical music; thus making this a truly eclectic ensemble. Jeon’s original compositions and contemporary arrangements of well-known standards create the dominant atmospheres indicative of her experience playing to festival audiences both here and abroad. Bandmates, Greg Holt on bass; Tim Mayer on saxophones and flute; Sa Davis on percussion; and J. Curtis Warner Jr. '76 on drums, bring to the equation high energy grooves. Their Latin and Afro-Cuban flavors, as well as passionate ballads reflect their collective experiences with noteworthy ensembles ranging from the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Eguie Castrillo, Ran Blake, and Jimmy Smith, to the spirited Boston Pops.

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Carolyn Wilkins

Wednesday / July 9, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
Carolyn Wilkins

Jazz pianist and vocalist Carolyn Wilkins has been an active participant in the Boston music scene for over 20 years as a performer, educator, and composer. Her performance experience includes radio and television appearances with her group SpiritJazz, a concert tour of South America as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. State Department, performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony under André Previn, and shows featuring Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson, and the Fifth Dimension.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, Wilkins is currently an associate professor at Berklee College of Music. A swinging pianist/vocalist in the tradition of Diana Krall, Shirley Horn, and Nina Simone, Wilkins treats subjects as diverse as sex, satire, and spirituality with warmth and humor in her fresh and memorable songs. She has released four critically acclaimed albums of her original compositions on Tiphareth Records: SpiritJazz I, SpiritJazz II, Healin' Time and Praise Song.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Yuki Ito Quartet

Wednesday / July 16, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
Yuki Ito

Yuki Ito, from Sapporo, Japan, started playing the acoustic bass at 12. In 2004, she performed at the International Association of Jazz Education conference in New York City as a member of the Jazz Month in Asahikawa Junior Jazz Orchestra. Ito was awarded the Lawrence and Alma Berk Scholarship to attend Berklee, where she currently studies with faculty members Hal Crook, Bruce Gertz, Joanne Brackeen, David Santoro, and Greg Hopkins.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Dan Pugach Quartet

Monday / July 7, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original jazz will be performed by drummer Dan Pugach and his band. Check out Check out Dan's site

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