Concert

Patricia Elena Vlieg

Tuesday / November 10, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patricia Elena Vlieg's work is a combination of a variety of rhythms and styles rooted in the Latin American musical tradition, as well as elements of jazz and other genres. Her broad repertoire includes music in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, and Japanese, among others
 
Vlieg began her musical studies in Panama, her country of origin, and continued them at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded the degree of bachelor of music with a concentration in arrangement and performance. She also studied vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.
 
In 1991, Vlieg released her first recording, Esta noche ha nacido una estrella, featuring Christmas music. In 1996, together with her sister, Ana Lucía, she released Viviendo en mi sonrisa. In 2003, she recorded, again in company with her sister, the album Tus promesas, of original religious music focusing on the life and message of Jesus. In 2005, Patricia Elena released Origen, in which she blended various Latin American rhythms and elements of jazz in an homage to her cultural heritage, again revealing her versatility as a composer, arranger, and vocalist. This album won acclaim from, among others, Rubén Blades, who featured—and praised—her music on his website. At the end of 2007, she produced Llamados, her sister's first solo CD.
 
Vlieg has been consistently recognized and honored for her abilities from her college days, where she stood out among the most talented young performers and composers of our day. At Berklee, she received top awards in each of her areas of specialization (Quincy Jones, Professional Music Achievement, and Solo and Ensemble awards). Her musical virtuosity and high degree of professionalism have garnered her recognition from such varied institutions as the Panamanian Ministry of Education, Camara Junior International, Catholic Church, Professional and Business Women of Panama, Foundation for the Promotion of Women, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
 
Her music is rich and varied, deep and heartwarming. She has appeared in various venues in which she always exhibits the multicultural influences and elements that enrich her music: the Art and Soul Festival, organized by VSA Arts, which gathers artists from various parts of the world; the Panama Jazz Festival in 2006 and 2007; the Alma y Canción concert; and the Panamanian National Theater, among others. She has performed with renowned artist Lito Vitale and participated in projects together with important jazz musicians such as Oscar Stagnaro.

Vlieg gave life to a longstanding personal dream by creating America Multicolor, a program that covers music, songs, poetry, and dance, based on the various Latin American musical traditions. This show was presented last year in Panama, with the collaboration of many local and international artists, among them Oscar Stagnaro and Peruvian musician Manuel Miranda.

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The Pure Drop: Traditional Irish

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

On his debut solo album Far from the Hills of Donegal, Oisin McAuley embraces the opportunity to express musical ideas in a manner that reflects his highly individual and progressive style of fiddle playing.

"You'll probably hear a lot of stuff that is not very traditional, that reaches a bit beyond that," says McAuley, who has been a member of the award-winning band Danu since 2001. "Danu is known for being a traditional band, but playing music that reaches out from the traditional has been part of my life for a long time, longer than I've been with Danu."

This collection of songs shows McAuley's approach to tradition is an eclectic one. It begins with the many flavors of Donegal music, moving through Sligo to Brittany to Quebec, and back to Western Ireland. McAuley infuses his traditional musical styling with jazz, bluegrass, and classical. McAuley grew up in a quiet, rural part of Western Ireland, speaking Irish as his primary language and honing his craft in the wide-ranging and experimental style of famed fiddle player John Doherty. "You'll hear a lot of John Doherty on this record, both his music and his style," McAuley says. "He mixed up and changed things a lot, so in a way it was easier for me to mix up different types of tunes." On this project that mix includes "Port Na Bpucai (or Tune of the Fairies)," a piece that reaches back into the tradition; "Swing and Tears" from Breton composer and guitarist Gille Le Bigot; and a set including "Paddy Fahey's My Former Life,""Paidin O'Raifertaigh," and "The Rumors of a Dart." The last tune is McAuley's own composition, as are several other pieces on the disc. "The Scottish or Irish tunes that you hear on there are ones that I'd picked up along the way, that are special to me, and ones that I hadn't heard many other people play, except for the people they came from. I wanted to include some tunes that I had composed myself, too. That's something I love to do," McAuley says.

McAuley has been involved with music from an early age, starting with the fiddle when he was 9 and living in Carrick County, Donegal. "My grandfather played the fiddle, and he'd often give bed and board to fiddlers, just to hear tunes in the house," he recalled. Traditional music took a back seat to classical when McAuley moved to Belfast to earn a music degree at Queen's University, and followed that with a series of gigs (including time with Cran and Stockton's Wing), some teaching, and a year in Brittany playing with a band and learning tunes before later going on to join Danu.

McAuley is rooted and grounded in the West Ireland musical tradition, a tradition that is known for taking influences from other lands and building upon them. For McAuley, reaching beyond traditional Irish music is as much a part of preserving tradition as well as extending it. "There's no doubt that part of me comes through," he says. "And it was a great for me to get my ideas down the way I wanted to. It was very freeing for me." 

Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore—but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Monday / October 26, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York
NY
United States
10023

Innovative and acclaimed saxophonist and Berklee professor Greg Osby leads an all-star group of students he's selected to play Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola stage. The performance is part of the Lincoln Center Upstarts! program, where up-and-comers and veteran musicians jam together on one bandstand. The two sets take place at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Read the press release about this event.

Admission: 
$20, $10 w/valid student ID

The 13th Annual Women Musicians Network Concert

Thursday / March 4, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This always-exciting show has earned a reputation for quality, diversity, and originality, featuring Berklee women students and their bands performing a wide range of music. One of the most unforgettable shows of the year. Produced by the WMN student club, directed by faculty Lucy Holstedt and Christiane Karam, and sponsored in part by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 

The Twilight Hours

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With nearly 30 years of experience under their belt, John Munson (Semisonic) and Matt Wilson (Tripping Shakespeare) have come together to form the Twilight Hours.

Admission: 
$10

Julian Velard / Tim Blane

Wednesday / December 9, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Native New Yorker, London resident, former kindergarten gym teacher, and one-time Parisian street sweeper, Julian Velard is a true original—the kind of character in a Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino film you’d like to grab a drink with. He fuses effortless cool with self-deprecating humor, serving up old-school pop perfection with a raised eyebrow.

After releasing three records independently, in 2007 Velard garnered UK major label attention and was plucked from relative obscurity off Myspace. He signed a deal and promptly moved to England. Since then, he has straddled the Atlantic, writing songs for himself and others, and playing shows alongside Marc Broussard, Ben Kweller, Shelby Lynne, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, among others. His major label debut is slated for release in 2010.

 

Admission: 
$12

Locksley / Super Satellite

Saturday / November 21, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Locksley is a true rock band from Madison, Wisconsin that played Bamboozle last May and not stopping since. Their album Darling It's True is sure to win over many new fans. Also appearing: Super Satellite.

Admission: 
$10

Birds in the Woods CD Release with Ferrous Wheel

Friday / November 13, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Birds in the Woods recently released its debut full-length, Some Thing Knew?, which provides listeners with a full palette of BITW's imaginative-eclectic, often funky, always soul-searching sound. Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist George Woods brings listeners along on a journey exploring all the little pieces and moments of life. Backed by Sue Buzzard on violin, Tyreek Jackson on bass, and Massimo Buonanno on drums, together the band provides a rich atmosphere of engaging improvisational sound. The band is even known to make up full songs from scratch on stage.

Ferrous Wheel formed its neo-funk sounds out of a need for serious groove. Made up of Berklee alumni and current students, Ferrous Wheel is quickly emerging as one of Boston's top funk bands. In the spirit of the classic carnival ride, the members of Ferrous Wheel are highlighted one by one throughout the band's performance, eliminating the need for a "star child."

Admission: 
$8, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

The New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Black Kettle

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Michael Tolcher / Zach Comtois

Friday / October 23, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Growing up just south of Atlanta, Tolcher wrote his first song at five. After an injury ended his athletic pursuits, he turned his focus back to music. He has opened for such artists as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Gavin DeGraw, G. Love & Special Sauce, Everclear, and Hanson. His song "Sooner or Later" was the theme for ABC's 2004–2005 series Life As We Know It.

 

Admission: 
$10

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