Concert

Fly

Thursday / April 16, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fly

In the era of individual “star” instrumentalists, the idea of a truly collective trio can be a difficult concept to fathom. Yet collectivity is what the Fly trio strives for, and collectivity is what they unabashedly and unquestionably achieve.

Ballard, Grenadier, and Turner have three rather distinct musical personalities, simultaneously complimentary and contrasting, that create a cohesive unit that expresses each part while forming an uniquely realized whole. In other words, they celebrate the group without sacrificing the individual.

Marsalis Berklee Jams is a collaboration between Marsalis Jams and Berklee College of Music. Up-and-coming jazz groups interact with Berklee students in a program of clinics, concerts, and jam sessions. Miguel Zenón and Sean Jones and their groups have been past participants.

Marsalis Jams was conceived by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis as an initiative to provide meaningful interaction between established musical ensembles and dedicated student musicians at the high school and college levels. Marsalis Jams provides a rare opportunity for students to play with working groups, and opens a window into the music's creative process for members of the audience. Since 2003, the program has been successfully presented in colleges and high schools in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas.

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

Chick Corea and John McLaughlin: Five Peace Band

Thursday / April 30, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

John McLaughlin and Chick Corea created the most explosive live bands melding rock with jazz and two of the most popular instrumental groups of all time: Return to Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This will be the first time Corea and McLaughlin join forces since they were both members of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew-era band more than 40 years ago. Playing music from then and now with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade, their new Five Peace Band is poised to elevate new audiences with another series of legendary concerts.

Admission: 
$70, $50, $35 reserved seating

Griffin House / Charlie Mars

Saturday / February 28, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Griffin House

Last August, on CBS Sunday Morning, critic Bill Flanagan raved about House’s first album, Lost and Found, putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. "Utimately, these songs are about spirituality and trying to find your place in the world,” House says of Flying Upside Down (Nettwerk, April 29).

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

Berklee and Trinity Choirs to Perform Duke Ellington

Sunday / March 8, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Church in Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

The Trinity Choirs will join with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra to perform Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts under the baton of Berklee's Greg Hopkins.  

Duke Ellington's inspiration for his Sacred Concerts began during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The work combines elements of jazz, classical, choral, spiritual, gospel, and blues music.  Ellington stated this was "the most important music he'd ever written," but because of the scale of the music and the sheer number of artists needed to execute each work, Ellington's Sacred Concerts have been performed infrequently since his death in 1974. 

Hopkins, a professor of jazz composition at Berklee, is an accomplished composer. The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is composed of 19 Berklee musicians. In addition to playing music by great jazz masters, each semester the group debuts a brand new repertoire of original compositions that bend the jazz canon and utilize the many colors of a big band in new ways.

The Trinity Choirs is composed of adults of all ages. They are known to sing a diverse repertoire in addition to having recorded extensively and toured widely.

Admission: 
$5 - $50

Rockapella

Saturday / February 21, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

"Some say the best musical instrument of all is the human voice—if you've seen Rockapella you know that's the truth," says USA TODAY. This five-man powerhouse of vocal talent sweeps through sold out venues across the country all year round. With an ever-expanding fan base, they are know as the kings of contemporary a cappella.

Admission: 
$31, $26, $21 reserved seating

We Are Hip-Hop

Thursday / March 5, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

BHHA campus chapter presents an evening showcasing diverse, conscious, live hip-hop from Berklee students and special guests.

Admission: 
FREE

An Evening with Lila Downs

Saturday / April 18, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lila Downs, photo credit: Elena Pardo

Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec cabaret singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish/English-American art professor. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology. Her musical vision is anthropological in nature, as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that inspire her. Downs is accompanied on her musical journey by her longtime band, La Misteriosa, multicultural multi-instrumentalists who include Paul Cohen, her collaborator, producer, and husband. Latin Grammy winner and Grammy nominee Downs takes listeners on a world music journey that's both intensely personal and vividly universal. Switching between Spanish and English, many new songs address the heated topics of immigration, political justice, and transformation, but Downs's compassion and humor are always present. This evening's show is a benefit for Circulo de Mujeres.

Her powerful persona and voice caught Hollywood's attention. She played a role in the Salma Hayek film about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, sang the Oscar-nominated soundtrack song "Burn It Blue," and became the first Mexican to perform on the Academy Awards telecast. She also captured a Latin Grammy for 2004's Una Sangre. At the Festival of Sacred Music at the Hollywood Bowl, Downs participated alongside luminaries including the Dalai Lama. "I sang in Mixtec, my mother's native language. There were so many Mixtec people in the audience—who wash dishes, who cultivate the fields, and we got a standing ovation. It was the most intense moment in my life. It was an honor to have that connection."

It's a connection she strives to make every moment, succeeding admirably on her newest and Grammy-nominated release, Shake Away. Downs taps into the native Mesoamerican music of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl cultures. The title track, "Shake Away (Ojos De Culebra)," (Eyes of the Snake) references symbols in the Olmec culture. "It's a metaphorical event, losing your skin. But I went to a place with Shamans who inject the venom in their body to become immune, a practice traced back to pre-Columbian times," Downs explains. "Mexico also has an important African community—in the history of music in Latin America we owe so much to our African roots, yet people in the U.S. might not know how important that is."

Admission: 
$35, $30, $20, reserved seating

Duncan Sheik

Friday / March 13, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Duncan Sheik plays with special guests and cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening, including original cast member Lauren Pritchard. They will perform songs from the musical as well as original material from their individual repertoires and hit pop albums (e.g., Barely Breathing). 

Admission: 
$35, $25 reserved seating

Dedication—Jazz Revelation Records CD Release Concert

Thursday / April 23, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Revelation Records CD release concert featuring original student artists. Directed by Kevin McCluskey.

Admission: 

Rock the Opera / Musical Theater

Friday / February 27, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is an open mic for students to come showcase their talents in the areas of music theater and opera. Accompanists will be provided.

Admission: 
FREE

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