Concert

Richard Saunders / Emily Elbert / Julia Easterlin

Friday / November 6, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard Saunders will perform with his all-star band, featuring what has been characterized as "some of the most amazing vocals and uber-sophisticated musicality."

Richard Saunders is an 18-year-old who survived the Connecticut suburbs making music too soulfulicious to be ignored. Claiming influences from Donny Hathaway to Ella Fitzgerald to Björk, his musical blend of jazz, pop, and hip-hop sounds like a young Michael Bublé who spent his first few years of high school in Harlem. He plays the piano and writes songs to sing with his band, Richard Saunders and the Too-Cool-for-Yous, which consists of Jewish drumming prodigy Jake/Yakov Goldbas, bassist Andrew Grandahl, and singers Andrew Flynn, Shenel Johns, and Stephanie McAllister.

Fresh off a northeast run with G Love and Special Sauce and a showcase spot at the Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Emily Elbert is quickly growing in the national spotlight. Her lifelong passion for music from around the world and distinctive combination of jazz, folk, soul, blues, and pop creates a sound that engages the hearts, minds, and ears of listeners around the globe. Elbert blends a hip musical perspective with an in-depth knowledge of classic songs to create unique vocal and guitar arrangements.

Also appearing: Julia Easterlin.

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

Puerto Rico Conservatory meets Berklee College of Music

Tuesday / November 17, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

An exciting concert featuring students from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. The music will span from Pan-American, Latin and straight-ahead jazz.

With: Lalo Rojas (alto saxophone), Jahaziel Arrocha (tenor saxophone),
Felipe Fournier (vibraphone and percussion), Cristian Li (piano), Paulo Stagnaro (percussion), Alex Ayala (bass), and William Rodriguez (drums).

Admission: 

Ryan Adams Tribute Band

Saturday / October 31, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

"We are here to help you sing your songs," said Ryan Adams, and here's the band to play them. Zac Taylor and his fellow musicians pay tribute to Ryan Adams on Halloween—but don't worry, they won’t scare the candy corn out of you.

Admission: 
Free

Las Americas Faculty Ensemble

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rhythms of Latin American and the Caribbean. Baião, mambo, Calypso,Afro-Cuban, Afro-cha, Joropo, and tambor music from Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad, and Cuba. Original compositions and arrangements written by: Gilson Schachnick, Bertram Lehmann, Ron Reid, Brian Lewis, and Bernardo Hernandez.

Admission: 

The Angel Mattos Quartet and the Latin Faculty Big Band

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Angel David Mattos, born in 1966 in Puerto Rico, began music lessons at a very early age. In 1984, he moved to the United States to continue advanced music studies and Mattos graduated in 1988 from the University of Illinois under the influence of musical maestro Tony Caramia. That same year, Mattos began his journey into the jazz limelight, acting as sideman and recording session man for renowned musical artists such as Dave Valentín, Alex Acuña, Bob Mintzer, John Benitez, Antonio Sánchez, Mike Stern, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Eddie Gómez, among many others. In 1999, Mattos presented his first musical production Preludio, followed by his critically acclaimed production Danzzaj, which combines Puerto Rican danza with jazz harmony. Danzzaj was recognized by musical authorities such as Latin Jazz Network and Latin Beat Magazine, and earned Best Latin Jazz Production Award 2004 by the Century Music Awards. In 2008 Mattos presented his recording Traditions, continuing his journey combining other traditional Puerto Rican Music such as plena, bomba, and aguinaldos with jazz. Among the artists invited to this recording were Oscar Stagnaro, Bob Mintzer, and Paquito D´Rivera. 

Mattos keeps a busy schedule performing with his Jazz Boricua group, dedicated to the fusion of jazz and Puerto Rican folkloric music, and other musical productions. He is professor of music at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and at Rexville Elementary School, where he conducts a jazz band composed of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. 

Read more about the Latin Culture Celebration.

Admission: 

Patricia Elena Vlieg

Tuesday / November 10, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patricia Elena Vlieg's work is a combination of a variety of rhythms and styles rooted in the Latin American musical tradition, as well as elements of jazz and other genres. Her broad repertoire includes music in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, and Japanese, among others
 
Vlieg began her musical studies in Panama, her country of origin, and continued them at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded the degree of bachelor of music with a concentration in arrangement and performance. She also studied vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.
 
In 1991, Vlieg released her first recording, Esta noche ha nacido una estrella, featuring Christmas music. In 1996, together with her sister, Ana Lucía, she released Viviendo en mi sonrisa. In 2003, she recorded, again in company with her sister, the album Tus promesas, of original religious music focusing on the life and message of Jesus. In 2005, Patricia Elena released Origen, in which she blended various Latin American rhythms and elements of jazz in an homage to her cultural heritage, again revealing her versatility as a composer, arranger, and vocalist. This album won acclaim from, among others, Rubén Blades, who featured—and praised—her music on his website. At the end of 2007, she produced Llamados, her sister's first solo CD.
 
Vlieg has been consistently recognized and honored for her abilities from her college days, where she stood out among the most talented young performers and composers of our day. At Berklee, she received top awards in each of her areas of specialization (Quincy Jones, Professional Music Achievement, and Solo and Ensemble awards). Her musical virtuosity and high degree of professionalism have garnered her recognition from such varied institutions as the Panamanian Ministry of Education, Camara Junior International, Catholic Church, Professional and Business Women of Panama, Foundation for the Promotion of Women, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
 
Her music is rich and varied, deep and heartwarming. She has appeared in various venues in which she always exhibits the multicultural influences and elements that enrich her music: the Art and Soul Festival, organized by VSA Arts, which gathers artists from various parts of the world; the Panama Jazz Festival in 2006 and 2007; the Alma y Canción concert; and the Panamanian National Theater, among others. She has performed with renowned artist Lito Vitale and participated in projects together with important jazz musicians such as Oscar Stagnaro.

Vlieg gave life to a longstanding personal dream by creating America Multicolor, a program that covers music, songs, poetry, and dance, based on the various Latin American musical traditions. This show was presented last year in Panama, with the collaboration of many local and international artists, among them Oscar Stagnaro and Peruvian musician Manuel Miranda.

Admission: 

The Pure Drop: Traditional Irish

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 6:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

On his debut solo album Far from the Hills of Donegal, Oisin McAuley embraces the opportunity to express musical ideas in a manner that reflects his highly individual and progressive style of fiddle playing.

"You'll probably hear a lot of stuff that is not very traditional, that reaches a bit beyond that," says McAuley, who has been a member of the award-winning band Danu since 2001. "Danu is known for being a traditional band, but playing music that reaches out from the traditional has been part of my life for a long time, longer than I've been with Danu."

This collection of songs shows McAuley's approach to tradition is an eclectic one. It begins with the many flavors of Donegal music, moving through Sligo to Brittany to Quebec, and back to Western Ireland. McAuley infuses his traditional musical styling with jazz, bluegrass, and classical. McAuley grew up in a quiet, rural part of Western Ireland, speaking Irish as his primary language and honing his craft in the wide-ranging and experimental style of famed fiddle player John Doherty. "You'll hear a lot of John Doherty on this record, both his music and his style," McAuley says. "He mixed up and changed things a lot, so in a way it was easier for me to mix up different types of tunes." On this project that mix includes "Port Na Bpucai (or Tune of the Fairies)," a piece that reaches back into the tradition; "Swing and Tears" from Breton composer and guitarist Gille Le Bigot; and a set including "Paddy Fahey's My Former Life,""Paidin O'Raifertaigh," and "The Rumors of a Dart." The last tune is McAuley's own composition, as are several other pieces on the disc. "The Scottish or Irish tunes that you hear on there are ones that I'd picked up along the way, that are special to me, and ones that I hadn't heard many other people play, except for the people they came from. I wanted to include some tunes that I had composed myself, too. That's something I love to do," McAuley says.

McAuley has been involved with music from an early age, starting with the fiddle when he was 9 and living in Carrick County, Donegal. "My grandfather played the fiddle, and he'd often give bed and board to fiddlers, just to hear tunes in the house," he recalled. Traditional music took a back seat to classical when McAuley moved to Belfast to earn a music degree at Queen's University, and followed that with a series of gigs (including time with Cran and Stockton's Wing), some teaching, and a year in Brittany playing with a band and learning tunes before later going on to join Danu.

McAuley is rooted and grounded in the West Ireland musical tradition, a tradition that is known for taking influences from other lands and building upon them. For McAuley, reaching beyond traditional Irish music is as much a part of preserving tradition as well as extending it. "There's no doubt that part of me comes through," he says. "And it was a great for me to get my ideas down the way I wanted to. It was very freeing for me." 

Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore—but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Monday / October 26, 2009 / 7:30 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York
NY
United States
10023

Innovative and acclaimed saxophonist and Berklee professor Greg Osby leads an all-star group of students he's selected to play Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola stage. The performance is part of the Lincoln Center Upstarts! program, where up-and-comers and veteran musicians jam together on one bandstand. The two sets take place at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Read the press release about this event.

Admission: 
$20, $10 w/valid student ID

The 13th Annual Women Musicians Network Concert

Thursday / March 4, 2010 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This always-exciting show has earned a reputation for quality, diversity, and originality, featuring Berklee women students and their bands performing a wide range of music. One of the most unforgettable shows of the year. Produced by the WMN student club, directed by faculty Lucy Holstedt and Christiane Karam, and sponsored in part by the Office for Cultural Diversity.

Admission: 

The Twilight Hours

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With nearly 30 years of experience under their belt, John Munson (Semisonic) and Matt Wilson (Tripping Shakespeare) have come together to form the Twilight Hours.

Admission: 
$10

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