Concert

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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The Marc Rossi Group and Friends

Tuesday / February 9, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134

Marc Rossi and his group, along with specially invited guests, deliver unique, uplifting, exuberant music that includes surprise twists, arching melodies, and vibrant polyrhythms, drawing on Rossi's influences from jazz masters, world music, Indian music, and much more.

The group—Bill Urmson, bass; Lance Van Lenten, saxophones and flute; and faculty member Bob Tamagni, drums—will perform music from the critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala and from a new album due in early 2010, Jazz Impressions of a Kriti.

In this evening's performance, Rossi will be joined by Indian vocalist Sidharth (Sid) Sriram and singer/saxophonist Stan Strickland, as well as select Berklee students.

Rossi's music combines the best of the East and the best of the West, delivering unique, uplifting, exuberant music that draws upon his influences from jazz masters, world music, Indian music, and much more. His group will perform music from its critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala and from its new CD (due in early 2010), Jazz Impressions of a Kriti.

The Marc Rossi Group has been on an exciting path in recent years and jazz critic Fred Bouchard calls the group's results a "fresh, celebratory collaboration." Joining Rossi will be Sidharth Sriram, an outstanding Berklee student who has been singing and performing Carnatic (South Indian classical) music since he was 3 years old and has now expanded his repertoire to include r&b. Sriram is double majoring in music production and engineering, and vocal performance at Berklee. Most recently, he performed at the MLK day celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has sung at Berklee's premier vocal show, Singers Night, in 2008 and 2009. He won first place in the Song for Social Change songwriting competition and has won many prestigious Carnatic vocal competitions, performing in major venues in Chennai and around the United States. Rossi has been mentoring Sriram on incorporating Indian vocal styles into contemporary jazz and r&b.

Rossi mentors students at Berklee and beyond, as does Lance Van Lenten, and Stan Strickland is also known for his work with young musicians.

"Pianist Marc Rossi is onto something here...his music is high energy, high concept, and high culture."  —Walter Kolosky, jazz.com

"On Hidden Mandala, Rossi's songs capture the rich possibilities of classical Indian music, but still stay 
true to their jazz roots..." —Jay Deshpande, All About Jazz

Admission: 
$18, $10 with Student ID

Sharon Raizer's Recital

Wednesday / April 14, 2010 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sharon Raizer will perform a collection of diverse pieces in the styles of pop, classical, folk, and jazz.

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Barefoot Truth / The Sweet Remains

Friday / February 12, 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 more than 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: The Sweet Remains.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; $20 for two-show package

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

Thursday / February 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Regina Carter

The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour brings together four geniuses in the prime of their careers: the daring, swinging violinist Regina Carter, the dangerously hip vocalist Kurt Elling, the soulful guitarist Russell Malone, and the endlessly creative master pianist Kenny Barron. When these veteran performers—each a headliner in his or her own right—take the stage, audiences are in for a no-holds-barred evening of swing, soul, and invention. 

Admission: 
$49, $43, $39, reserved seating

Trevor Jude Smith

Tuesday / February 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 

Kata Kozma

Tuesday / February 2, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

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.

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