Concert

Second Annual Middle Eastern Festival

Monday / February 8, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's second annual Middle Eastern Festival will feature artist-in -residence Husnu Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars.

Berklee welcomes world-renowned Turkish clarinet virtuoso Husnu Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars (NYGA) for a residency that will include a master class, clinic, and concert.

Senlendirici and the NYGA will work with the students on February 7 and 8 during a master class and clinic, and  Senlendirici will then perform with them during the first set of the Berklee Performance Center concert, on Monday, February 8, at 8:15 p.m. The second set will feature Senlendirici and the New York Gypsy All-Stars.

The festival aims to showcase different styles and genres of Middle Eastern music as well as artists, and to bring together students from different musical and cultural backgrounds in experiencing this music.

This event is sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity. It was founded and is directed by Berklee voice faculty member Christiane Karam.

Admission: 

Scott Tarulli

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Playing rock, funk, blues, and jazz originals from his original CDs Transitions and September in Boston:Live,

Admission: 

Matt Hires / Jason Castro / Caitlin Crosby

Thursday / January 28, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matt Hires

Matt Hires's debut F-Stop/Atlantic release, Take Us to the Start, fuses the intimacy of the great singer/songwriters with indelible pop/rock hooks and propulsive rhythms. The result is a mesmerizing collection of songs that are immediately enchanting, while becoming more deeply rewarding with each listen.

Produced by Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles), Take Us to the Start is filled with delights, most notably Hires's voice, an instrument striking in its warmth, expressiveness, and ability to convey a multitude of emotions within a single song. From the first notes of "Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song," Hires's vocals envelop the listener, creating an intimate, captivating realm.

With his rich tenor voice, distinctive looks, and endearingly innocent charm, Jason Castro won over millions of viewers as a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, parlaying his substantial singer-songwriter appeal into a third-place runner-up finish. He may not have won the competition, but the 22-year-old Texan earned himself a devoted fan base eager to hear what he would do once freed to perform his own songs. Those folks will get their chance with the release of Castro's self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records.   

Raised in Hollywood, Caitlin Crosby developed a passion for writing songs about the world and human nature that she hopes will challenge and inspire her listeners. She is featured as a songwriter for the worldwide Levi's jeans ad campaign. She has written and recorded with Grammy Award–winning producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Robin Thicke, Plain White T's, Brian Wilson, William Fitzximmons, Curtis Peoples, Josh Hoge, Ty Stevens, and Track & Field (who produced Nelly Furtado's first two albums) and is currently recording with producer Marshall Altman. Crosby is also a prominent actress, appearing on many hit TV shows and filming a lead role in the upcoming Danny DeVito movie, House Broken.

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

Jerome Kyles: Who I Am

Wednesday / January 27, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

From gospel to jazz and everything in between. Come to listen to the vocal stylings of Jerome K. with his all-star band.

Few have been able to blend so many different styles of music with authenticity and edge, yet throughout his career, Jerome Kyles has done just that. From hints of jazz, classical, r&b, and gospel, this evening will prove to be like all the others: magical.

 

Admission: 

Klezmer Conservatory Band

Saturday / March 6, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Klezmer Conservatory Band

Since its formation in 1980 the Klezmer Conservatory Band has performed concerts from coast to coast. In April of 1990, the KCB made its debut tour abroad, performing several concerts in Germany and giving a remarkable performance at the first-ever International Yiddish Festival in Krakow, Poland. The band has toured Europe regularly, and has also appeared at Australia's Adelaide Festival, New Zealand's International Festival of the Arts, and Womad.

The band has made numerous appearances on Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor. In 1994 the band performed with Joel Grey in his recreation of Mickey Katz's Borscht Capades and appeared in a PBS special with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman called In the Fiddler's House, filmed in Krakow, Poland and New York. The program traced the Klezmer roots of Perlman's artistry and featured the soulful sounds of the KCB. A joint recording on EMI was released in the fall of 1995 (live version was released in the fall of 1996), and "In the Fiddler's House" concerts were performed in major venues, including Wolftrap, Great Woods, Radio City Music Hall, the Ravinia Festival, the Saratoga Music Festival, and the Mann Music Center (Philadelphia). In December 2002 the Klezmer Conservatory Band performed a concert of orchestral arrangements of klezmer and Yiddish vocal music with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

KCB has the following recordings: Yiddishe RenaissanceKlez, and A Touch of Klezon the Vanguard label; Oy Chanukah, A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden, Old World Beat, Live! The Thirteenth Anniversary Album, Dancing in the Aisles and the highly acclaimed Dance Me to the End of Love on Rounder Records. Their 10th album, A Taste of Paradise was released in November 2003. The band was featured in the 1988 documentary film, A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden and was also featured in the film Enemies, A Love Story. The KCB filmed a children's video for Rabbit Ears Productions The Fool and the Flying Ship, with narration by Robin Williams and an original score composed by Hankus Netsky, which aired nationwide on Showtime Cable Network.

Admission: 
$90, $54, $36, $25, $18, reserved seating

Barefoot Truth / Naia Kete

Saturday / February 13, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Barefoot Truth

Barefoot Truth is a five-piece roots-rock band from Mystic, Connecticut. Their upbeat live show features didgeridoo, Weissenborn lap guitar, upright bass, lead harmonica, piano, and a drummer on lead vocals. Their songs are hook-heavy, and their youthful energy makes listeners believe that, yes, maybe each of us can indeed make a positive impact on one another and on our planet. In fact, the band says the concept behind their new album Threads is nothing less than "universal consciousness." They say: "As we emerge from the wreckage of unbridled greed in America, this album aims to inspire us to reset our value meters, and to celebrate life!"

This pure, honest spirit is reflected in BFT's growing fan base. With over 4.5 million spins on Pandora Radio, listeners of Barefoot Truth are building the kind of new media support that can spark mainstream success.

A limited number of two-show ticket packages are available.

Also appearing: Naia Kete.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; $12 with student ID at the BPC box office; $20 for a two-show package

Michael Greenberg / Jennah Bell / Nikolas Metaxas

Thursday / January 21, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Michael Greenberg

Noted for a soothing sound, catchy melodies, and unruffled stage presence, Michael Greenberg is beginning to create a pre-game buzz for audiences throughout the northeast. Greenberg brings a new twist to the traditional acoustic pop style with diverse inspirations, ranging from rock to folk to bossa nova, and bringing listeners to a standstill. You too will find yourself uncontrollably hitting the repeat button to his songs, humming the choruses for weeks. He has performed for many artists, including Blue Öyster Cult, Ryan Cabrera, Braddigan and Pete Francis (Dispatch), Jeffrey Gaines, Ben Taylor, Livingston Taylor, and Keller Williams. Greenberg will be touring with his band in support of his new album, Blue, to be released in January 2010.

Also appearing: Jennah Bell and Nikolas Metaxas.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $5 with student ID

Bushwalla / Bronze Radio Return

Friday / February 19, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bushwalla

Bushwalla plays a unique blend of funk, rock, freestyle, and acoustic hip-hop with a soul deeply rooted in authenticity and optimism. His writing talents came to notice after he cowrote Jason Mraz's debut platinum album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, and sophomore release. Bushwalla's debut EP, Ghetto Blaster (produced by Spooner Oldham), has fans worldwide and is highly acclaimed in the Southern California media circuit. He released his full-length album Autodidactical Freestyle & Radical in 2008. Live, Bushwalla and his 1-2-3 Band experiment with an improvisational party atmosphere, captivating audiences week after week. 

Like listening to old bluesmen on your iPod, Bronze Radio Return is about the juxtaposition of the old and the new. The band members share a love for old records and attribute their sound to music that came long before their childhoods, which they studied in college. The way they modernize this traditional American style of music makes them truly unique. Myspace Records brought Bronze Radio Return into their stable of "Friends and Family," the best unsigned bands on the popular portal.

Doug Derryberry (Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds Five) produced their first EP. More recently, the northeastern band's collaboration with midwestern producer Chad Copelin brought them to a Southern studio. The resulting full-length, Old Time Speaker, has what it takes to please lovers of all kinds of rock 'n' roll.

Admission: 
$13 general admission

HUMANWINE / Mighty Tiny / Laura Jorgensen

Saturday / January 23, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
HUMANWINE

HUMANWINE reminds us that we are all a stone's throw away from shedding our self-imposed chains. Their latest full-length album, Mass Exodus, is a tall glass of inspired allegorical song stories stripping away a few more veils that have been covering their elusive Vinland, a land filled with riddles and keys in the form of a cliffhanger poised for a sequel that we won't have to wait two more years for.

Mighty Tiny: Imagine, if you will, an evening of performance that journeys into the depths of musical madness. A journey guided by six masked lunatics playing tunes dating back to the golden days of Tin Pan Alley, those days where songwriting meant more than a weepy man with a guitar at your local coffeehouse. When you see Mighty Tiny, you're part of an entire experience, and not simply a concert. Join the masquerade and find out for yourself, won't you?

Laura Jorgensen and her accordion hail from Seattle, bringing a wide variety of literary and musical influences together to create a unique form of folk singer/storyteller chaos. Beware the apocalypse!

 

Admission: 
$10

Greg Laswell

Tuesday / February 9, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Greg Laswell

Greg Laswell returns to the Red Room for a February residency. Laswell's music has been described as densely lyrical, deeply melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability. His songs have been featured in a number of television shows, including Grey's Anatomy (four placements last season alone, including an original song called "Off I Go" recorded specifically for the season finale), True Blood, The Hills, 90210, and Smallville. He's also had some success in the film arena, with songs in Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister’s Keeper.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

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