Concert

Ramzy & The Newscasters CD Release / The Boston Boys / Emily Elbert

Friday / January 22, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ramzy Suleiman is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. His music is born out of classic rhythm and blues, and motivated by extensive experience playing funk and jazz. The music is groove-heavy, soulful, and intellectually organized by Ramzy's training in jazz. Ramzy is that type of performer that physically affects his audience. The songs are complex, jazz-infused bursts written to challenge and to energize; to get down while thinking high; to shift your perceptions while you're shaking your hips. Check out his website for more information. 

The Boston Boys is a band of musicians emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene featuring Eric Robertson, Nate Leath, Sam Grisman, Stash Wyslouch, and Nick Falk. Their sound is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers, with hints of Appalachian string band music. Visit the band's website for more information. 

Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and oldies radio, singer/songwriter Emily Elbert studied piano as a child before moving on to guitar when she was 15. After releasing her debut CD, Bright Side, in 2006, Elbert was selected to perform as a vocalist in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2007. That same year, she won the Grand Prize in the 2007 Texas Music Project "Texas 10 Under 20" contest. For more information visit Elbert's website

Admission: 
$8 General Admission, Student Discount available at Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Urban Gauchos

Tuesday / February 2, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Argentine guitarist Tomas Murmis and bassist Ignacio Long present a refreshing program with their Contemporary World Music ensemble. This groundbreaking group is rooted in the traditional folk music styles of Argentina such as Chacarera, Zamba, and Milonga; Uruguayan rhythms, and contemporary Jazz influences.

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Loesser and More. . . Celebrating Frank Loesser on Broadway

Tuesday / December 15, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Loesser and More

Berklee celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Loesser, one of the most influential composers for Hollywood and Broadway. This Broadway-style musical theater production will feature a 30-piece orchestra and 30 singers, with costumes, staging, and sets. The night will include selections from The Most Happy Fella, Candide, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, and more. Vocalist and musical theater great Jo Loesser, wife of the late Frank Loesser, will perform.

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Freex 2 Geexs V

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
GASP Gallery
362-4 Boylston Street
Brookline
MA
United States
02445

Live, interactive visuals and circuit-bent sound alterations by wizards of the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee College of Music, including Jason Adams, Matthew Centrella, Joel Darling, Ricardo Kondo, Jin Ku Kim, Michael Korch, Neil Leonard, Nicolas Marinelarena, Seiya Matsumiya, and Evan Sutton. Visit the Facebook invitation for details.

Admission: 
$10 suggested donation, $6 with student ID

Piano Department Student Concert

Monday / April 5, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Piano Department features several outstanding piano students chosen by CD submissions.

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Fusion Nouveau

Tuesday / January 26, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fusion Nouveau is a nine-piece band featuring the compositions of Bob Pilkington. The band is made up of four horns and five rhythm featuring many Berklee faculty. Stylistic influences include everything from early '70s fusion and horn bands to contemporary jazz and fusion.

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Neara Russell

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Steinert Hall
162 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States

In collaboration with the Steinway Society of Massachusetts and Berklee College of Music, young composer Neara Russell will present Duets: A Steinway Recital, a concert of original contemporary classical duets.

The concert will feature an international group of musicians and will be Russell's Steinert Hall debut as pianist/vocalist/composer. The program features the composer on piano in duets with flute, cello, horn, saxophone, and voice, including the premiere of "Sonata for Flute and Piano."

Multi-departmental sponsorship from the Office of Experiential Learning, Piano Department, and Office of Cultural Diversity emphasizes the unusual breadth of vision this recital involves.

Neara Russell

Composer Neara Russell wrote her first art song at age thirteen. "Dawn" was imagined in a daydream as a fully formed work, with original text, notation, and performance vividly stored in the files of her brain.

She has since chased that inspiration from the fields of Wisconsin—where she won state honors for composition and composed works for the Madison Youth Choirs, Taliesin Chorus, and lyric soprano Wendy Rowe—to Boston, where she first appeared on National Public Radio as a featured guest on From the Top.

A prestigious ASCAPLUS Award and commissions from the Boston String Quartet, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble (with director Robin Ginenthal), and Berklee Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble (as composer-in-residence) supplement Russell's studies at Berklee College of Music, where she is a composition/performance major on a four-year full-ride Presidential Scholarship.

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Rachel Platten / Nick Howard

Thursday / December 3, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten is no stranger to the spotlight. After a life-changing experience in Trinidad performing, by fluke, in front of 100,000 screaming fans at the Trinidad Soca Monarch Finals, she returned to her native Boston and recorded her first record, Trust in Me. The songs on her debut release won her Best New Artist and Vocalist at the Harvard Advocate Music Awards and went into rotation on college radio.

Though a newcomer, she has opened for the Strokes, Rusted Root, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Marc Ford (of Black Crowes), and performed over 600 shows around the country.

British singer/songwriter Nick Howard has received and experienced tremendous accolades both in the U.S. and in his native U.K. He has been featured by MTV, Fox, Comcast, TLC, CBS, ABC, the BBC, Vogue, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lifetime and has had several of his songs featured in shows such as The Hills, Army Wives, LA Ink and Leave It to Lamas. Howard has opened for the likes of Gavin DeGraw and Jack Johnson and continues to tour extensively both in the U.S. and the U.K.

Admission: 
$10

Ensemble Showcase: Heavy Metal, Jazz, Contemporary Christian

Wednesday / December 2, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Robert Schlink, Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Lello Mollinari, and Nancy Morris. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including heavy metal, jazz, and contemporary Christian.

1:00 p.m.  Robert Schlink: Heavy Metal

2:15 p.m.  Terri Lyne Carrington: Advanced Jazz Ensemble

3:30 p.m.  Greg Osby: Advanced Small Jazz Ensemble

6:30 p.m.  Lello Molinari: Music of Dave Holland

8:00 p.m.  Nancy Morris: Contemporary Christian

Admission: 
Free

Graham Colton / Seth Glier / Mikey Wax

Saturday / December 5, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Widely named as one of last year's artists to watch, singer/songwriter Graham Colton has enjoyed breakout success with his hit single, "Best Days." The song has been all over radio airwaves and licensed for television, receiving massive exposure from American Idol as the coveted exit song in five episodes; Oprah's The Big Give; and national promo campaigns on ABC, MTV, and HBO, among others. No stranger to the road, Colton has toured with John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, the Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Gavin DeGraw, Vanessa Carlton, and more.

Seth Glier is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist from Massachusetts swiftly making a name for himself on the national scene. His debut album for MPress, The Trouble with People, is both timeless and modern and has drawn comparisons to Billy Joel, Marc Cohn, Gavin DeGraw, Elton John, and Paul McCartney.

Mikey Wax released his debut album, Change Again, last November, and since then, much has happened. Thanks to the grassroots support of fans, the Wax's album charted on the iTunes top 100 pop albums, and he did his first U.S. tour, performed live on CBS News, and has gathered 30,000+ YouTube hits for his "In Case I Go Again" music video. Wax also recently ranked #3 on the AC/Hot AC Up & Coming Artist radio chart nationwide.

Admission: 
$12 general admission, student discounts available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

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