Concert

Ensemble Showcase: Funk, Marimba, Reggae

Monday / December 7, 2009 / 12:00 pm
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 Lennie Stallworth, Joe Lovano, Nancy Zeltsman, and Matt Jensen. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk, marimba, and reggae.

1:00 p.m.    Lennie Stallworth: Parliament, Funkadelic
2:15 p.m.    Joe Lovano: 21st Century
3:30 p.m.    Joe Lovano: 52nd Street Themes
6:30 p.m.    Nancy Zeltsman: Marimba in Mixed Chamber
8:00 p.m.    Matt Jensen: Music of Bob Marley

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 3, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's premiere vocal event offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers will be chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

Admission: 
$15, reserved seating

Jazz and Blues Guitar Showcase

Monday / November 23, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This showcase features some of Berklee's top student guitarists leading groups in the jazz and blues genres.

Admission: 
$10

Ensemble Showcase: Soul, Jazz, R&B, African

Monday / November 30, 2009 / 12:00 pm
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 Joanne Brackeen, Jetro DaSilva, and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including soul, jazz, r&b, and music from South Africa.

 

  • 1:00 p.m. Joanne Brackeen: Advanced Small Jazz Ensemble
  • 2:15 p.m. Jetro DaSilva: R&B and Smooth Jazz
  • 3:30 p.m. Jetro DaSilva: Music of Joe Zawinul
  • 6:30 p.m. Jetro DaSilva: Music of South Africa
  • 8:00 p.m. Skip Smith: Neo-Soul

 

 

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

 

Admission: 
free

Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble

Monday / March 8, 2010 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

One of Berklee's most popular groups, this funk and soul ensemble performs the music of the famed Tower of Power band, creating a wall of energy with six vocalists, eight horns, and a five-piece rhythm section.

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Tribute to John Bavicchi

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featured performers Robin Ginenthal and other Berklee faculty members present compositions by professor emeritus John Bavicchi.

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Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra

Tuesday / November 24, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02111

Under the direction of Eugene Friesen, the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra presents a special concert at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont Street, Boston.

The program will include music by Pat Metheney, Shostakovich, and Berklee faculty composer Mimi Rabson. The concert will feature Mexican vocalist Mili Bermejo in three love songs from Mexico and Argentina. Soloists from the ensemble will also be featured improvising in a variety of jazz and folk styles.

Berklee voice professor Mili Bermejo blends Latin folk music and jazz improvisation with poetic and socially aware lyrics. Critics have described her sound as “part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughn sophistication” (Boston Magazine). Included on her selections will be Dan Greenspan on bass and pianist Tim Ray, a longtime sideman with Lyle Lovett.

Pat Metheny’s “Jaco” is a tribute to the late bassist Jaco Pastorius. Arranged by legendary American fiddler Darol Anger, “Jaco” showcases powerful, rhythmic string writing and the improvisational abilities of  Berklee’s best string soloists.

“The Next Vehicle” by Mimi Rabson is a bluesy, polytonal exercise in groove, virtuosic string unisons, and contemporary jazz improvisation.

“Chamber Symphony,” by Dimitri Shostakovich, is dedicated to the victims of fascism and war. Originally composed as his eighth string quartet in July 1960, the music is austere, anguished, serenely beautiful, and violent. The piece attains new heights in the version for string orchestra by Lucas Drew.

Conductor Eugene Friesen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music. A Grammy Award–winning cellist and composer, he has been on the faculty at Berklee since 1999.

The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra is committed to the art of ensemble playing and the development of repertoire featuring improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players.

Admission: 
Free

The Loomers / The Bloodline

Wednesday / November 18, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Loomers

Tom Simons—president/creative director of the independent, full-service marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons—is a guitarist by avocation and a longtime Loomer. Along with Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns his own business, CK Environmental; PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); and Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Simons comes back for another evening of original, high octane rock and blues songs at Cafe 939. The Loomers, whose latest album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and twice made it to the final round of Fortune magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands. They are currently recording their next album. For more information, visit loomers.com.

The Bloodline is a Boston-based power trio of bass, drums, and guitar. They play rock with a heavy influence from groove-oriented music like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Band of Gypsys. Shawn Crowder has held down the drums for 11 years, since he started out in Colorado. He has made it a musical goal to draw influence from all styles and always keep an open ear. Mike Ball has taken care of the low end for 7 years. His powerful attack and stage presence set him apart from anyone you'll ever see. Elliott Klein, the Bloodline's leader, is the baby of the group, having played for only 5 years. He grew up in California; the music he writes and his guitar playing are the sum of influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Johnny Cash to Trent Reznor. Together they create the unique tone of the Bloodline. 

Admission: 
$20 general admission; free for Berklee students with valid ID

Nneka / Afro DZ ak All-Starz / Keppie Coutts

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since 2003, Nneka has been working closely with German hip-hop beatmaker DJ Farhot. She has supported artists such as Femi Kuti, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Paul, and Gnarls Barkley. In February 2008 she released her second album, which combined the personal and the political to talk about the plight of the Niger Delta and the corruption in Nneka's homeland.

The Afro DZ ak All-Starz originated as the backing band for Boston-based MC/trumpet player Afro DZ ak, but has since evolved into a well-balanced collective of singers, MCs, and instrumentalists with a smooth, unique, funky style, blending original tunes with covers of artists such as Common, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, and Jill Scott.

Keppie Coutts revels in the new wave of folk fusion—acoustic-based song that steps inside jazz, soul, and quirky pop. 

Admission: 
$10

John Funkhouser Trio CD Release Concert

Wednesday / November 18, 2009 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert celebrates the release of the John Funkhouser Trio's new CD, Time. The acoustic trio, featuring Funkhouser on piano, plays progressive original jazz influenced by '70s funk and prog rock, among many other things.

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