Concert

Ed Blomquist: Underwater Airport

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Underwater Airport is an improvising multimedia ensemble combining music and projected visuals for the purpose of creating spontaneous portals into alternate space-time dimensions. U/A extends its antennae into the aether, pulling in transmissions from the Great Beyond. Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as shamanic trance musics, 1960s free jazz and psychedelia, ambient electronica, and world beat, the band's six members have practiced individual and collective improvisation in diverse settings far longer than they can remember. Propelled by the double drumming mind-meld of Peter Spellman and Russell Lane, piloted by the bass and Chapman Stick grooves of Jim Whisenant, set adrift by the floating guitar and synth loops of Ed Blomquist, carried aloft by the sax and electronic winds of Lynda Stephens, and enlightened by the projected visuals and wind synth of Marc Lisle, the ambient folk jazz of Underwater Airport creates the ultimate launch site for departure to mystical heights and depths.

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Harmony Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / October 6, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The faculty of the Harmony Department present original pieces and arrangements, with a band that features faculty and guest performers.

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Will Silvio Quintet

Tuesday / October 13, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Will Silvio and George Zonce lead a quintet of talented performers playing jazz originals. The quintet features faculty bassist Mark Poniatowski and talented Berklee students Isaac Haselkorn and Italo Cunha.

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Warren Miller's <i>Dynasty</i>

Friday / November 13, 2009 / 8:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Warren Miller's Dynasty, the largest action sports film on the planet, is coming to kick off your winter sports season for the 60th year! Narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley and presented in striking high-definition, Warren Miller's Dynasty showcases fresh cinematography that will get you craving vertical lines, deep powder, and epic adventure!

This year's film takes you on a breathtaking global tour of some of the world's most impressive terrain, including footage from Alaska, Norway, California, Colorado, China, British Columbia, and more! Join Chris Anthony as he treks into China's interior on a search for the birth place of skiing, and get a rare look at historic clips from Warren Miller's vault of vintage footage. Warren Miller film premiers are an experience, a party, and a phenomenon not to be missed. Check out WarrenMiller.com for more information. Come and celebrate with us . . . 60 Years of breaking trail!

Admission: 
$20.50, reserved seating

Warren Miller's <i>Dynasty</i>

Saturday / November 14, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Warren Miller's Dynasty, the largest action sports film on the planet, is coming to kick off your winter sports season for the 60th year! Narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley and presented in striking high-definition, Warren Miller's Dynasty showcases fresh cinematography that will get you craving vertical lines, deep powder, and epic adventure!

This year's film takes you on a breathtaking global tour of some of the world's most impressive terrain, including footage from Alaska, Norway, California, Colorado, China, British Columbia, and more! Join Chris Anthony as he treks into China's interior on a search for the birth place of skiing, and get a rare look at historic clips from Warren Miller's vault of vintage footage. Warren Miller film premiers are an experience, a party, and a phenomenon not to be missed. Check out WarrenMiller.com for more information. Come and celebrate with us . . . 60 Years of breaking trail!

Admission: 
$20.50, reserved seating

Warren Miller's <i>Dynasty</i>

Saturday / November 14, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Warren Miller's Dynasty, the largest action sports film on the planet, is coming to kick off your winter sports season for the 60th year! Narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley and presented in striking high-definition, Warren Miller's Dynasty showcases fresh cinematography that will get you craving vertical lines, deep powder, and epic adventure!

This year's film takes you on a breathtaking global tour of some of the world's most impressive terrain, including footage from Alaska, Norway, California, Colorado, China, British Columbia, and more! Join Chris Anthony as he treks into China's interior on a search for the birth place of skiing, and get a rare look at historic clips from Warren Miller's vault of vintage footage. Warren Miller film premiers are an experience, a party, and a phenomenon not to be missed. Check out WarrenMiller.com for more information. Come and celebrate with us . . . 60 Years of breaking trail!

Admission: 
$20.50, reserved seating

Warren Miller's <i>Dynasty</i>

Friday / November 13, 2009 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Warren Miller's Dynasty, the largest action sports film on the planet, is coming to kick off your winter sports season for the 60th year! Narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley and presented in striking high-definition, Warren Miller's Dynasty showcases fresh cinematography that will get you craving vertical lines, deep powder, and epic adventure.

This year's film takes you on a breathtaking global tour of some of the world's most impressive terrain, including footage from Alaska, Norway, California, Colorado, China, British Columbia, and more! Join Chris Anthony as he treks into China's interior on a search for the birth place of skiing, and get a rare look at historic clips from Warren Miller's vault of vintage footage. Warren Miller film premiers are an experience, a party, and a phenomenon not to be missed. Check out WarrenMiller.com for more information. Come and celebrate with us . . . 60 Years of breaking trail!

Admission: 
$20.50, reserved seating

Bruce Hornsby

Sunday / September 27, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bruce Hornsby

Since the release of his first album in April 1986, Bruce Hornsby has created a musical life that has expanded far and wide to include a broad stylistic range. Hornsby is a 13-time Grammy nominee and winner of three Grammy awards, including Best New Artist, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and Best Bluegrass Recording.

Hornsby's albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide.  The title cut from The Way It Is was the most played song on American radio in 1987, winning the ASCAP Song of the Year award.  In 1989, he cowrote the classic The End of the Innocence with Don Henley, a Top 10 record for him. Harbor Lights was the 1994 winner of the Down Beat Reader's Poll Beyond Album of the Year (meaning all music other than jazz and blues). In 1999 Tupac Shakur "cowrote" a new song over "The Way It Is" music with Bruce, using new words, called "Changes."  It was a major worldwide hit, selling 14 million copies.

Known around the music industry as a collaborator, Hornsby has been sought after by a veritable "who's who" in the music business.  He has played on over 100 records over the years, including albums by Bob Dylan; Don Henley; the Grateful Dead; Bob Seger; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Stevie Nicks; Cowboy Junkies; Squeeze; Liquid Jesus; Bonnie Raitt (piano on the classic "I Can't Make You Love Me"); Shawn Colvin; Bela Fleck; Clint Black; Ricky Skaggs; Randy Scruggs; and Willie Nelson, as well as end-title songs for two Spike Lee movies, Clockers (with Chaka Khan) and Bamboozled.

In addition, Hornsby was a part-time member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, performing over 100 concerts in America and Europe. He appears on four Dead album releases.

Through the years Hornsby has participated in several memorable events: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995 (featured on the Sony 2-CD set), Farm Aid IV and VI, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Woodstock II (1994), and Woodstock III (1999) (featured on the Epic 2-CD set).

An avid sports fan, Hornsby—solo and with Branford Marsalis—has performed the national anthem for many major events, including the NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5 (the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's all-time consecutive game streak), and the Ken Burns Baseball soundtrack.

In August 2006, Columbia/Legacy released a box set, Bruce Hornsby - Intersections 1985-2005, four CDs and a DVD chronicling his first twenty years as a major label recording artist. In 2007, he released two new albums, a bluegrass record, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, and a jazz trio record, Camp Meeting, with Jack DeJohnette and Christian McBride.

Watch a video about Bruce Hornsby's band and new music.

Admission: 
$48, $35, reserved seating

Bringing Nations Together with Gospel

Monday / December 7, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of gospel music featuring Berklee’s Reverence Gospel Ensemble, Women of Virtue, Overjoyed, and Men of Valor, under the direction of Dennis Montgomery.

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Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 24, 2009 / 11:00 a.m.
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Sierra Hull

Berklee presents five groups on the main stage at Copley Square during the Boston Book Festival, a free event open to the public with over 50 authors and presenters. Musical genres include bluegrass, folk, reggae, and blues.

Sierra Hull, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Articulate and engaging on-stage and off, Sierra Hull has already emerged as a leading light in a new generation of bluegrass musicians. Only seventeen years old as of this writing, Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. She began playing mandolin at age eight, and quickly became noted on the national festival scene for her fluid, inventive picking, winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process. Hull has also developed into an exquisite vocalist, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composes Secrets.

Hull has been exceptionally busy over the past few years, winning over a wide range of audiences via extensive festival appearances (including Merlefest and Rockygrass), performances at the IBMA conventions, as well as IBMA-sponsored workshops, teen showcases, and appearances at the 2008 Americana Music Association Conference. She was also privileged to participate in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Honors and Awards show honoring Alison Krauss. She cohosted (with Ryan Holladay) and performed at the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series held in the renowned Isaac Stern Hall, and in February 2008 joined Ron Block, Bobby McFerrin, and Edgar Meyer at the same historic venue—after which the New York Sun praised her as a "wonderfully adapt" mandolin player and "a lovely singer."

Liz Longley, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Liz Longley was recently named the grand prize winner of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriters Showcase. In addition to receiving a custom guitar, Longley will be performing next summer on the main stage of the prestigious festival. She was also honored as a finalist at Texas's 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest and New York's 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest.

This past year, Berklee awarded Longley its highest honor for songwriting, the Scott Benson Scholarship. Her song "Rush" was chosen as the no. 1 song in Berklee's 2009 Songwriting Competition. She was recently selected by Berklee to represent the school at the annual Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, D.C. In addition to regularly sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Longley has opened for acclaimed acts such as Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Kenny Rankin, and Jonathan Edwards. Music icon John Mayer, who surprised Longley and fellow students when he broke into an impromptu rendition of her song "Queen," has described her music as "Gorgeous . . . just gorgeous!"

City Music All-Stars, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

The class entitled, The Music and Life of Bob Marley, was created by assistant professor of piano, Matt Jenson, at Berklee College of Music. Students enrolled in this class take an in-depth study of Marley's life, maintaining the utmost respect for the soulfulness of his music, for his message of love and his insistence that human consciousness be raised. Besides looking at Bob Marley as a person, they also perform his music on a weekly basis in the classroom. Today they will share the good vibes of his music in a non-academic setting in the heart of Boston.

Johnny Duke and the Aces, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Johnny Duke and the Aces is a high-energy blues band. While adding a new edge to a classic style, Duke continues to impress with his showmanship, songwriting, and graceful guitar skills. In addition to sharing the stage with B.B King and David Bromberg, Duke has performed with Jimmy Buffett, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Jorma Kaukonen, Johnny Neel, and Toni Lynn Washington, among others. Duke is a recent graduate of Berklee, where he was showcased twice in their highly competitive Guitar Night. Through Berklee, he was invited to play the famous Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Admission: 
Free

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