Concert

Zili Misik

Thursday / June 26, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Zili Misik—led by Kera Washington and featuring Joanna Maria; Berklee student Hinako Sato; and alumnae Rajdulari, Krystal Johnson, Joy Roster, Lexi Havlin, and Jobeth Umali—creates music that bridges cultures, generations, and continents. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian, and West African rhythms infuse Zili's original and traditional folk songs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, jazz, roots reggae, samba, Cuban son, and neo-soul, Zili honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. Zili's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective, and positive, with lyrics that glide seamlessly from English to Creole to Portuguese to Spanish.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Juan Chavez

Thursday / July 17, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Born in Dallas, Berklee student violinist Juan Pablo Chavez is widely recognized for his knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and has taught many classes and performed throughout the country including such venues as the Kennedy Center, Disney’s Epcot Center, and the San Jose Jazz Festival. At Berklee he is studying with violinist Rob Thomas (Mahavishnu Project, String Trio of New York). He is currently working on his first album, Salsa for Strings, and writing a book on contemporary Afro-Cuban violin.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Tantanakuy

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Marcelo Woloski (percussionist) and Andres Rot (bassist) have gone through a long musical journey together. After playing with core artists in the Argentina folk field, they both went to Boston to attend Berklee. It's not surprising, then, that they named their band Tantanakuy—"to become brothers" in the indigenous Coya language. This fairly new group is already playing the most important venues in Boston and New York. Rot and Woloski have performed with artists including Leo Blanco, Fernando Brandão, Paquito D'Rivera, Jamey Haddad, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Carmen Spada

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

Carmen Spada, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, started playing piano at 7 but didn’t discover jazz until he started singing with a vocal jazz ensemble in high school. After studying at the Humber College Community Music School in Toronto, Spada was accepted at Berklee, where he studied with Danilo Perez, Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Greg Hopkins, and Scott Free. He was a recipient of the 2007 Herb Pomeroy Award in Jazz Composition; his music was performed in the Best of Jazz Composition 1 concert and the Jazz Co-Operative Big Band concert. In 2007, Spada was chosen to have his music critiqued in a master class by visiting composer Maria Schneider. Spada’s tune “Lullaby” appears on the new Jazz Revelation Records CD Common Ground.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Wednesday / June 11, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, six top scholarship students at the college, came to Berklee from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythm and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band by Down Beat magazine, under the name La Timbistica, and recently performed as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival in Monterey, California. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include trumpeter Niv Toar, flutist Enrique Trinidad, pianist Abraham Olivo, bassist Juan Maldonado, and timbalero Marcos Lopez. They will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston this summer, and also perform at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

Admission: 

Soul Summer's Evening with Jaheim

Monday / June 2, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jaheim is the forerunner of today's soul-originated r&b and a vocalist in the tradition of such greats as Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. Jaheim has released three albums over the past five years, platinum status Ghetto Love, Still Ghetto, and Ghetto Classics. Now he returns with his chart-topping hit The Makings of a Man on Atlantic Records.
Tickets on sale 5/03/08 at 10:00am

Admission: 
$58, $48 Reserved Seating

My Brightest Diamond

Friday / June 20, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Matt Wignall

With special guests Clare and the Reasons.

My Brightest Diamond is spearheaded by Shara Worden, granddaughter of an Epiphone-playing traveling evangelist and daughter of a national accordion champion father and a classical organist mother. Shara’s Mancini-esque string arrangements laced with dramatic guitars and punk rock drums define the Diamond sound. On stage she channels the vocal theatrics of Jeff Buckley, the soulful seductiveness of Nina Simone, and the gothic pop of Portishead. The band will release its second album in June on Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Admission: 
$20, reserved seating, $10 Berklee students with valid ID (at box office only, limit 2 per ID)

Marié Digby and Eric Hutchinson

Friday / May 30, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marié Digby is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist best known for her acoustic version of Rihanna's No. 1 hit, "Umbrella," which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was featured on the third-season-opening episode of the MTV show The Hills, and landed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late-night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly in August 2007. Digby released her first official single, "Say It Again," to radio stations in January 2008 and her debut album Unfold in April.

Eric Hutchinson is an American singer/songwriter born in Washington, DC. Currently living in New York City, Hutchinson plays venues across the United States and Canada and has toured with Joe Jackson and G. Love. He has opened shows for such artists as Blind Melon, Jonatha Brooke, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Francis, Ari Hest, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, David Mead, Jason Mraz, OneRepublic, Bob Schneider, and Rachael Yamagata. In September 2007, recognition from Perez Hilton catapulted Hutchinson's album Sounds Like This onto the iTunes list of top 10 sellers.

This event is standing room only.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

Matt Wertz

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

Matt Wertz is a handsome Missouri-born soulful rocker who has been splitting his past six years between his home in Nashville and hundreds of stages around the world. His latest offering, Everything In Between, displays a patina that prompts an even deeper appreciation of his music than initially deemed possible.

This event is standing room only.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

The Brakes, Carney, George Stanford

Wednesday / June 4, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Brakes are a genuine rock and roll band at first glance, but given a closer look, elements of folk, jazz and even post-rock reveal themselves, making their sound a distinct intertwining of American music held together by insightful lyrics and memorable songs. Carney is a 4-piece Los Angeles musical phenomenon, who despite their young age (all 4 members are in their early 20's), have years of musical experience behind them. George Stanford's EP shows a songwriter following in the tradition of such greats as Paul Simon to Chris Martin. It also displays his immense range of talent--Stanford plays all instruments except drums on the EP. Purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/9002

Admission: 
$12 Adult G.A.

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