Concert

Chris Ayer / Jesse Ruben / Emma White

Wednesday / February 24, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chris Ayer

Chris Ayer is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who won the 2006 Lennon Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, folk category. His album Don't Go Back to Sleep was released in August 2009.

While he was still a full-time student, Jesse Ruben toured relentlessly across the Northeast, building a strong and dedicated following. Since graduating in May 2008, he has promoted Aiming for Honesty from coast to coast in both the United States and Canada. Combining influences from pop, rock, jazz, and folk, Ruben's straight-from-the-heart songs and hilarious storytelling make for an unforgettable live experience for his listeners.

Emma White is a singer/songwriter from Baltimore, Maryland. White has sung at venues large and small, including the Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland. In 2008, she was invited to perform for BMI's pop/rock showcase in Atlanta, where one listener said, "Emma White's pop-savvy vocals and sugary groove ooze unabashed hope and undeniable promise."

Admission: 
$8

Concert for Haiti

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This evening concert produced by Rob Rose and Ken Zambello will feature the Berklee Reggae Ensemble directed by Matt Jenson, Pitch Slapped, Women of the World, faculty member Donna McElroy, the Open Access to Music for Children Ensemble directed by Ron Reid, faculty member Livingston Taylor, the Music of the Dominican Republic, and the Brandon Maclin/Darek Cobbs Tribute Band. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

A Time for Haiti

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sara Regan and Matthew Nicholl present an afternoon of performances for Haiti. Contemporary writing and production faculty member Bill Elliott and violinist Melissa Bull will perform the music of Bruno Valverde, a Berklee student who lost his mother in the earthquake. Other acts include poetry by Berklee students Jennifer Ayala, Sarah Bonneville, Garrett Frierson, Scott Kapelman, Jazmin McCray, and Neara Russell; Global Jazz Institute student Christian Li (piano) and faculty member Darcel Wilson (voice); and closing remarks from Berklee president Roger H. Brown. 

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An Evening with David Choi

Monday / February 22, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Choi

David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer/songwriter/producer whose songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, VH1, MTV, E!, Travel Channel, PBS, and Food Network, as well as in national commercials overseas. On YouTube, he has more than 150,000 subscribers and more than 40,000,000 total video views.

Admission: 
$10

Berklee Party at SXSW

Thursday / March 18, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Lucky Lounge
209A W. 5th St.
Austin
TX
United States
78701
Melissa Ferrick

Berklee's Party at the Lucky Lounge during SXSW features alumni and students performing folk, pop, rock, and country. Artists include Melissa Ferrick, A House A Home, Ann Driscoll (HRR), Merry Go Round, Nini & Ben (HRR), and Jordan Tarrant (HRR).

Read more about Berklee's SXSW events here.

Admission: 
Free

Chord Scale Madness / The Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra

Thursday / April 29, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This annual joint concert pairs the high-energy big band music of the Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra with Chord Scale Madness, a 10-piece group playing the music of talented student arrangers and composers.

The Urban Outreach program is a mainstay of Berklee College, and the Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra, led by faculty member Liv Biviano, has provided an extremely active outlet for the inner-city community as well as for the members of the orchestra. This year's concert features the most impressive edition of the Outreach Orchestra in 13 years. The entire ensemble, led by drummer Dan Platzman, pianist Jordan Seigel, and bassist Katie Thiroux along with lead trumpet player Bobby Gallegos and alto saxophonist Trevor Kellum, transcends the boundaries of big-band jazz conception—extremely high-energy and not for the faint of heart. 

The Chord Scale Madness concert features the writings of very talented student arrangers and composers. After a screening process, students are offered the opportunity to work with professor Jackson Schultz to fine-tune their music for performance. From that group, Schultz, with input from the 10-piece band, chooses the evening's selections.

 

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Musical Theater Club

Tuesday / March 30, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A production of the Musical Theater Club.

Admission: 

Youngjoo Lee

Friday / February 19, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocalist Youngjoo Lee presents her senior recital featuring jazz standards and original compositions.

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John McGann / Julian Lage / Matt Glaser

Monday / March 8, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A program of swinging acoustic string music crossing the boundaries of jazz and other American indigenous folk music forms. Featuring John McGann, Julian Lage, and Matt Glaser, with guests Margaret Glaspy and John Repucci.

John McGann - octave mandolin (faculty)
Julian Lage - guitar (Boston, MA)
Matt Glaser - violin (faculty)
John Repucci - bass (faculty)
Margaret Glaspy - vocals (Boston, MA)

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Nini & Ben CD Release

Saturday / February 27, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nini & Ben

Nini & Ben celebrate the release of their new CD, The Reasons We Try. Supporting acts include the Spring Standards and Russell Lacy.

Nini & Ben began as loving partnership between two songwriters, Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert. Nini, a talented vocalist, and Ben, a pianist/guitarist and gifted music engineer, have traveled the world together seeking adventure and music. Celebrate their CD release with special guests the Spring Standards, hailing from NYC, and Russell Lacy.

The Reasons We Try is produced by Rich Mendelson, who has previously worked with acts such as the Cars, Boston, and Rhianna. The album has a general mellow theme that only makes the edgy, up-tempo songs stand out the way they are meant to.

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

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