Violin Futura features 17 provocative short to very short solo violin pieces commissioned by violin virtuoso Piotr Szewczyk. The commissioned composers are a mix of up-and-coming young lions and established veterans. Their music represents the multitude of modern styles and attitudes found on the new art music scene today. The titles tell the tale: "Mr. Blister," "Cirque," "Sizzle," "Left for the Dogs," "First Coast Groove," and so on. . . . On this program, Szewczyk is premiering "Red Bull #3" composed by Kari Juusela, dean of Berklee's Professional Writing Division.
Alexis makes his debut as a solo artist. His songs travel all the way from old traditional standards to modern day pop/rock, with many interesting stops in between. Ryan Schmidt blends the lyricism and heart of '60s folk with the eclectic and conceptual stylings of contemporary indie-rock. Also appearing: Zach Comtois.
$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office
Maz Jobrani has played many characters in film and television. In addition, Jobrani is a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which features some of the top Middle Eastern–American comics in the world.
With hints of a young Dylan infused with Ryan Adams, Steven Fiore isn't out to define a genre or change the way the world thinks. He's simply a folk-pop songwriter doing what he knows best. Also appearing: Nathan Reich.
The faculty of the Berklee Harmony Department present an eclectic concert of original songs and arrangements. Ethnic, country, blues, pop, Latin, rock, Broadway, r&b, and gospel styles will be included in this concert presented by Harmony faculty performers and their guests. Featured artists include Armsted Christian, Donna McElroy, and Jeff Ramsey.
Sandro Morales Santoro will conduct and perform original music as well as arrangements, all in a fusion of traditional Venezuelan styles with jazz and classical music. Instrumentation includes a rhythm section, a string orchestra, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and cuatro.
Freely improvised music falling somewhere between free jazz, progressive/experimental rock, sci-fi avant garde, deranged blues, and soundtracks for imaginary cinema. Intrepid comrades embarking on a pilgrimage through the uncharted laughing-gas swamps of outer space.
The New Music Festival showcases original arrangements or compositions performed by a variety of musical groups in different styles. The performers were chosen from over 40 applicants by a student committee. Presented by the Yo Team and Student Activities.
Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments. The Polaroid Truth has been hailed as "a unity of opposites that is sure to warm your evening and enrich your soul" (East Village Coffee Lounge). Coming from very different backgrounds, Jeff Fettig and Jeni Magana aim to do just that—combine their unique experiences to deliver an entertaining but honest message. Their music has been compared to Damien Rice and Brett Dennen, but they are quickly carving out their own niche in the acoustic genre. The duo recently spent a month on tour in California promoting their debut release, Last Day as Children. They also made a special live appearance on the CosMix 92.1 FM, where they were said to be "better than Damien [Rice]" in an interview. Their track "Mind Over Heart" is now making regular playlists on the online radio stations Sentient Radio and String-Theory, as well as on public radio station WJCT 89.9 FM, based in Jacksonville, Florida.