Concert

Heavy Metal/Hardcore Meets Neo-Soul

Monday / February 1, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert featuring two of the college's most creative ensembles: Heavy Metal/Hardcore and Neo-Soul.

Admission: 

Mike Clark Concert

Wednesday / February 17, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Visiting artist Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock's group in the early 1970s. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock's Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following.

Mike has performed with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Chris Potter, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown Jr., Bill Doggett, Mose Allison, Maxine Brown, and Gil Evans and his orchestra, and did a stint with Brand X, the acclaimed British fusion band founded by Phil Collins. He has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz venues and festivals.

Featured in DownbeatMusicianInternational Musician & Recording WorldModern DrummerJazz TimesGuitar PlayerJazz Is, and numerous jazz history and method books, Mike is a former faculty member of Drummers Collective, and is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts was published by Hal Leonard and is a bestseller.

Called "the most sampled drummer in hip hop" Mike's beats have been used on tracks by musicians as diverse as NWA, Grandmaster Flash, Britney Spears, Prince, and many others.

His numerous recording credits include albums with Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Brand X, Eddie Henderson, Jack Wilkins, Marc Puricelli, Mike Wolff, and Alien Army, a group led by guitar great Jack Wilkins. As a bandleader, his release Give the Drummer Some was very enthusiastically received, earning a rare four and a half stars inDownbeat, as was The Funk Stops Here, a joint effort with Hancock alumni Paul Jackson. In 2001, his solo CD Actual Proof met with critical acclaim, as did the 2003 acoustic jazz release Summertime, featuring Chris Potter and Billy Childs, which spent many weeks in the top ten charts.

Other efforts included a compilation of his legendary, innovative funk beat samples, Mike Clark: The Headhunter; a re-release of the widely acclaimed Thrust album; and, in 1998, The Return of the Headhunters, featuring Herbie Hancock. Next came Herbie Hancock's Box Set, featuring Headhunters classics "Actual Proof" and "Butterfly," from Thrust, a few choice cuts from Manchild, and also some historical tracks from the classic Flood, previously only available in Japan. Evolution/Revolution featured the latest Headhunter configuration, with original founding members Mike, Bill Summers, and Paul Jackson joined by Donald Harrison, Victor Atkins (Los Hombres Caliente), and Nicholas Payton.

His band Prescription Renewal debuted in the winter of 2000 and electrified audiences across the country with an eclectic core of cross-generational multi-talents such as Charlie Hunter, Fred Wesley, Skerik, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic, and always featured stellar special guests such as George Porter Jr. of Funky Meters' fame, Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, Les Claypool, Will Bernard, Larry Goldings, and fellow Headhunters alumnus Bill Summers. It proved a hit on the thriving young jam band scene. Touring concurrently that year and the next was the Roots Funk All Stars, another hot ad hoc association that married Mike with James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley, former Headhunter cohort and funk bassist legend Paul Jackson, Lonnie Smith, and Robben Ford. In 2004 he teamed up for a series of gigs with fellow drumming legend Lenny White in a two-drummer powerhouse band called New Brew, featuring music inspired by Miles Davis's landmark recording Bitches Brew.

Mike is currently busy touring with his own Prescription Organ Trio/Duo, featuring Jerry Z, doing clinics and performing at clubs and concerts nationwide. He's also a regular in pianist Mike Wolf's band, Impure Thoughts, and continues to do Headhunters projects around the world.

Admission: 

Christopher Barnes

Thursday / February 4, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Haitian Relief Open Mic

Saturday / February 6, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sign up in the coffee house. The list will start to form at 6:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Jaggery / Sxip Shirey

Friday / February 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jaggery

Jaggery is a Boston-based collective that works the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz?). They bring to mind a more classical, organic, avant-jazz oriented Cocteau Twins, or a "white witch" counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas. Special guest Sxip Shirey.

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10

The Zodiac Trio Plays Bartók, Stravinsky, and List

Wednesday / February 24, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featured in the London-based international MUSO magazine as one of the leading chamber groups of its generation, the Zodiac Trio has been praised by critics for their "truly exceptional talent" (Nice-Matin, France) and "musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune de Lyon, France), and been declared "excellent, talented and committed" by the New York Concert Review and "awe-inspiring" by NYC.com. Formed at the Manhattan School of Music in 2005, the Zodiac Trio was the protégé of the famed Ysaye Quartet at the Paris Superior Conservatory.

The young ensemble has been welcomed on many leading stages throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. Since its formation, the Zodiac Trio has been awarded prizes at a number of national and international competitions, including the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (OH), FNAPEC Ensemble Competition (Paris), International Chamber Music Competition of Duchi D'Aqcuaviva (Italy), Val Tidone International Music Competition (Italy), the Cziffra Foundation (France), Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts (New York), International Peninsula Young Artist Festival in California and the ProMusica Ensemble Competition (France), among others. The ensemble has also received a Recording Grant and Commission Grant from Co-Op press, is a laureate of the 6th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and was recently awarded the Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum to support the collaboration with composer Andrew List.

Individually, the trio members have performed throughout the United States, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. As soloists, members of the Zodiac Trio have appeared with the Ghent Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Symphony, Marseille Symphony Orchestra, Cannes Philharmonic Orchestra, Couer d'Alene Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, and others, collaborating with such legendary musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kurt Masur, and many others. The ensemble's debut commercial recording continues to receive airplay throughout the U.S. 

As strong advocates of new music, the trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strives to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Their debut commercial recording included two works written for the ensemble. Currently the Zodiac Trio is involved in a number of collaborative projects with emerging composers both in the United States and France.

In 2007, the Zodiac Trio made Paris their headquarters, where they are on the artist roster of the Cziffra Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Europe's top young artists. The ensemble was chosen by Culture France to receive moral and financial support from the Declic Program, partner with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Mecenat Musical Societe General. The Zodiac Trio also enjoys the generous support of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, and is represented in Canada by Kanon Artists. 

For further information, visit ZodiacTrio.com or KanonArtists.com.

Admission: 

Brad Byrd / Ben Karis-Nix / Casey Sullivan

Thursday / February 25, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since singer/songwriter Brad Byrd rereleased his debut album The Ever Changing Picture in 2003 and his EP Release Me in 2007, a number of his songs have been featured on over 20 television shows, independent films, and national ad campaigns. The single "Never Came Back" topped the singer/songwriter charts on Artistdirect.com as the number 1 downloaded song, ahead of artists such as Jewel, Jason Mraz, and Damien Rice. 

Songwriter and multimedia artist Ben Karis-Nix has fortified his reflections on life, love, and the natural world across many miles and media. This year Ben K-N is on the road once again, performing with new sounds-an ensemble of stringed instruments backed by beats, blips, and spacey synths-all emanating from an entourage of his musician pals and a heap of electronic beat-generating gizmos. His music has been featured on the CW show One Tree Hill, MTV'sRoad Rules and Real World, NPR's Weekend Edition, and MySpace Compilation Vol. 1. Over the course of his career Ben has toured or shared the stage with Elliott Smith, Hello Goodbye, Coheed and Cambria, the Roots, and They Might Be Giants.

Casey Sullivan has been writing music since her preteen years. She is now 18 years old and has played in many different venues around Boston, from living rooms to coffeehouses to nightclubs. Her indie folk style derives from many influences, such as Bob Dylan, Regina Spektor, and Conor Oberst. She is now finishing her first semester at Berklee and is working on her first full-length album.

Admission: 
$10, general admission, student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Greg Laswell / David Ryan Harris

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

David Ryan Harris is searching for the truth in music. He hopes that it is his devotion to the truth that connects him to an audience. Raised in Atlanta, he heard music, melodies, and stories in his head as a child. After experimenting with drums, piano, and other instruments in his teens, he began his love/hate affair with the guitar. David has worked with many great artists, including Dave Matthews, Santana, and Marc Broussard, and is getting ready to head out on tour with John Mayer's band.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Dear Havanah / Elise Hayes / Tom Howie

Saturday / February 20, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dear Havanah

Soulful, young, and energetic are three defining words for Boston-based, rock-infused, jam quintet Dear Havanah. With their melodic hooks and honest, uninhibited live shows, the band is making waves around the northeast. Dear Havanah will be teaming up with Soulive drummer Alan Evans to record their second album. Evans will be producing the new Dear Havanah album, to be released spring 2010, at Play on Brother Studios.

2009 proved to be a successful year for the band. With their Veggie Co. Records debut on iTunes, Dear Havanah has been touring clubs and college campuses from the Northeast to the Midwest, making new friends and fans at every stop. Dear Havanah is known for their candid, energetic live shows, which stem from the tight-knit friendships within the band. The group has been tirelessly promoting their album, Chasing Butterflies, while writing material for a new record. Visit dearhavanah.com for free downloads of Dear Havanahs live shows, and find out for yourself what audiences are buzzing about.

Elise Hayes likes to describe herself as a pop artist with an r&b/soul sensibility. With influences ranging from James Taylor to Gladys Knight, Elise effectively blends thoughtful songwriting with a soulful punch. She began her musical endeavors in the quaint New England town of Keene, NH. Now a city girl, Elise lives in Boston, MA, where she attended Berklee College of Music. There, she was given the opportunity to perform with and for several music industry giants, such as Barry Eastmond, Steve Winwood, Philip Bailey, Rosa Passos, Howard Shore, and many more. In 2008, she formed the neo-soul group Sutra, and they collectively performed all over New England and the Boston bar circuit (Harper's Ferry, Middle East Upstairs and Downstairs, Harp, Cask and Flagon, Bill's Bar, Church of Boston, Polcari's, Mt. Snow, Henesseys, and the Green Dragon). She was the recipient of an award for Outstanding Achievement in Vocal Performance in 2009.

Tom Howie is a talented 21-year-old singing songs that seem wise beyond his years. His honest lyrics and haunting voice are awakening a deep response in his fans, who are starting to flock to his shows on the East Coast. The young Canadian came to Boston when he was awarded a songwriting scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. Now Tom is using Boston as home base for playing live shows as well as for his writing and recording projects.Tom recently released an EP called The Chester Sessions with fellow Berklee students. Over the summer he was invited to perform at a music festival in St Barths, and spent a week in the Caribbean playing music there. Back in Canada, he had a production deal with Ashwin Sood, husband to, and drummer for, acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, who appears on several of the tracks from the EP Song Is the Lifeblood. Tom then attracted the interest of some terrific labels, managers and agents and had some radio and TV appearances while playing gigs throughout Western Canada.

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

Break the Silence: A Benefit Concert

Friday / February 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
The Chapel
264 Commonwealth Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A celebration of women in music to raise money for Elizabeth Stone House, a local organization that supports survivors of sexual violence and their families. 

The Elizabeth Stone House is committed to countering the effects of trauma and breaking the cycles of violence and abuse-one family at a time. Through residential and community support services, the Stone House helps families heal and women reclaim control over their lives.

Please join us for this special evening, featuring five awesome Berklee songstresses-Shea Rose, Julia Easterlin, Katerina Polemi, Lijie, and Ann Driscoll-who will help us break the silence surrounding sexual violence at Berklee and beyond.

 

 

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