Concert

Violin Futura

Monday / September 21, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

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Welcome Back Jam Session

Friday / September 18, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
Free

Alexis Babini / Ryan Schmidt / Zach Comtois

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

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.

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

Maz Jobrani

Saturday / February 7, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

Admission: 
$29.50 reserved seating

Steven Fiore / Nathan Reich

Friday / February 6, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

Admission: 
$8, general admission

Harmony Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / February 10, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

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Sandro Morales's Sounds from Venezuela

Wednesday / March 4, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

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Free Range Experiment—Escape from Freedom

Thursday / February 12, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

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New Music Festival

Wednesday / February 11, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

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The Polaroid Truth

Friday / February 13, 2009 / 4:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Jeni Magana of the Polaroid Truth

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.

Admission: 
Free with museum admission

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