Concert

Nneka, AfroDZak, and Guests

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$10

Open Mic

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Open to all. First-come, first-serve. Two songs or 10 minutes. Signup starts at 6:30 p.m. This is the fall open mic, so come on down!

Admission: 
Free

JugendZupfOrchester NRW

Monday / October 19, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The JugendZupfOrchester NRW (JZO NRW), based out of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia, is Germany's premier mandolin and guitar orchestra. It features gifted young musicians ages 15 to 27, many of whom are prize winners at the "Jugend Musiziert," Germany's major youth musical competition.

Founded in 1977, the JZO NRW is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the German Music Council, and the German Mandolin and Guitar Association. The orchestra has been invited to many national and international festivals, such as Dundee Guitar Festival 2000 (Scotland), Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2002 (Germany), Philharmonia Gdansk (Poland, 2002), International Mandolin Festival Takamatsu (Japan, 2003), and International Conservatoire Week 2006, Rimsky-Korsakow Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Gnessin-Music Academy Moscow.

Their concert programs include music in Baroque, Romantic, Latin and Contemporary style by composers like J.S. Bach, Yasuo Kuwahara, Steve Reich, Eduardo Angulo, Raffaele Calace, Klaus Wustoff, Christopher Grafschmidt, Uwe Kunstler, Thomas Allen LeVines, John McGann, and many more. In addition, various soloists contribute to a rich and eclectic mix of instrumental sounds. The latest CD productions are, Live in Japan and Back from Russia.
The orchestra is conducted by Christian de Witt, head of the famous Folkwang Music School and professor at the Folkwang College in Essen. Moreover, he directs the Collegium Musicum Essen, various choirs, and is in charge as the head of the state commission Jugend Musiziert in NRW. De Witt performs as a pianist in chamber music recital halls all over Europe. Since 1995, he has been conducting JZO NRW.

Mandolin virtuoso and former Berklee student Annika Lückebergfeld coaches the mandolins of the JZO. She has studied mandolin in Germany with professors Caterina Lichtenberg and Marga Wilden-Hüsgen, and Gertrud Weyhofen at the College of Music Cologne (Department Wuppertal/Germany). She completed her instrumental teaching diploma and her artistic performance diploma with honors. She received a full scholarship from Berklee, where she studied music performance with teachers such as John McGann. She is a prize winner of numerous national and international music competitions, teaches and conducts at national and international master classes and festivals, and performs as a mandolin-soloist and as a member of several chamber-ensembles or orchestras all over Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States.

The manager of the JZO NRW is mandolin virtuoso Silke Lisko, who is also instructor for mandolin. She performs in concert venues all over Europe, Japan, and Russia. Valerij Kisselow coaches the octave mandolins and Rupert Gehrmann, international concert guitarist and  accompanist at the College of Cologne, instructs the guitars.

Admission: 

Lee Moretti / Emily Peal / Ali Rapetti

Friday / December 4, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Search for the line of your favorite book and the line of your favorite song, and you'll find Lee Moretti and her band. This rock quartet delivers hooks from their upcoming EP with a one-two punch, reflecting on love, loss, and the powers of fate, change, and choice. Formed in 2009 with Jordan Alegant, Sonya Perricone, and Andrew Nault, the band is driven by melodic piano and fierce guitar, bringing a new kind of force to the stage of rock songwriting.

People can't quite put their finger on what genre Emily Peal falls into. . . and that's a beautiful thing. The "quirk-rock" band formed in early 2008 when Peal brought her unique sound to friends Andrew G. Nault, Zach Comtois, and Jordan Alegant. The result was magical—smart, sexy music that stays in your head long after the show is over. The band can currently be seen playing around Boston with new songs from its upcoming EP, Stacking Dolls.

Also appearing: Ali Rapetti.

Admission: 
$10

Ali Zafar Live Masti Tour

Sunday / November 8, 2009 / 4:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ali Zafar

Pakistani pop music artist Ali Zafar comes to the Berklee Performance Center for an afternoon of musical celebration. Zafar has been awarded the Asian Bollywood Music Award, the Indus Music Award, and the Lux Style Award.

Admission: 
$100, $50, $25, reserved seating

Tripping Lily / Brian Hanlon

Saturday / November 7, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fresh, energetic, and alive, Tripping Lily’s pop/rock is cross-fertilized with folk music and cutting-edge vocal harmonies—proof of the band members' versatility. They unravel everything they’ve known to end up in a better place. Also appearing: Brian Hanlon.

Admission: 
$10

Jer Coons / Dear Havanah / Ryan LaPerle

Friday / October 30, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Armed with drop-dead catchy melodies and boyish good looks, Jer Coons is poised for national recognition during the coming year. His debut LP Speak just came out.

Soulful, young, energetic. That's Boston-based rock-infused jam quintet Dear Havanah. With melodic hooks and uninhibited live shows, the band is making waves around the Northeast.

Admission: 
$10

Kris Delmhorst / Liz Durrett

Thursday / October 29, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kris Delmhorst is a songwriter of restless curiosity whose body of work has roamed from darkly rollicking roots and vibrant Americana to the quirky borderland between indie-rock and folk. The common threads are memorable melodies, elegant and literary lyrics, and emotional honesty.

Indie songstress Liz Durrett's near dream-state writing and softly unsettling voice has gained her high praise from Pitchfork and NPR, among others. While she shares the timbre of Feist and the whimsy of Regina Spektor, Durrett creates her own entirely distinctive identity that is both hushed and confident, simple and lush.

Admission: 
$15

Lost in the Trees / Todd Thibaud / Hannah Christianson

Saturday / October 24, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Lost in the Trees is a folk orchestra from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, led by composer/songwriter Ari Picker. Local favorite son, Todd Thibaud, and his band support the bill while Berklee songstress, Hannah Christianson, rounds out this amazing bill.

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, student discounts available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

The New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Pete Walsh

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Somewhere between Pete Yorn, Counting Crows, and John Mayer lies the inspiration for Pete Walsh, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter with half a lifetime of playing already behind him. Download his brand-new first EP One Last Midnight for free at petewalshmusic.com.

Admission: 
Free

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