Concert

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Thursday / October 15, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene. One of the greatest horn bands in popular music, BS&T's alumni roster reads like a Who's Who of the world's best jazz and rock musicians. 100% of ticket sales go to the Elsie Monica Colomby Scholarship at Berklee. Expect big songs and a few big surprises. Featuring original member Steve Katz.

Admission: 
$50, $42, $34, reserved seating

Ray Davies

Tuesday / November 17, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ray Davies

Ray Davies is the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion rock groups of the 1960s. During the '90s, the Kinks gradually became inactive and Davies pursued other projects, such as his semi-fictional 1995 memoir, X-Ray, which he then followed with a series of concerts subtitled Storyteller, during which he performed classic Kinks tunes, read from the book, told stories, and showcased new songs. Most recently, in late 2005, he released the benefit EP Thanksgiving Day, for which all the proceeds went to New Orleans music education programs. A year later the full-length Other People's Lives appeared, followed by Working Man's Café in 2008. This show promises to be one you won't want to miss.

 

Admission: 
$85, $60, $50, $40, reserved seating

Tyrone Wells—Intimate Acoustic Show

Friday / October 2, 2009 / 6:15 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tyrone Wells's songs have been featured in television shows (Rescue Me, One Tree Hill, North Shore, What About Brian, Numb3rs, The Mountain, Windfall, Wildfire, Ghost Whisperer, The Bedford Diaries, Three Moons Over Milford, Meet the Barkers) and film (Everyone's Hero).

Wells set a record in 2006 at the National Association for Campus Activities for the most college and university bookings in the history of the convention from a single showcase.

He was born in Seattle and raised in Spokane, Washington, though he has admitted in several interviews that he was not inspired to begin songwriting until his move to California. While attending Hope International University in Southern California, Wells joined the band Skypark. Skypark worked with producers Ed Stasium and Thom Roy.

In 2000 Wells launched his solo career, playing regular acoustic shows in Orange County, California, where he and a small movement of folk, pop, and urban folk artists including Mike Barnet, Danny Vasquez, and Jaycob Van Auken formed a loose coalition called True American Records.

In 2006 Wells signed a recording contract with Universal Records. They rereleased his independent album Hold On on the internet in 2006, and released it in stores in 2007.

In his solo project, Wells has worked with producers Chris Karn and Marc Ford.

Wells released his new solo album, Remain, on January 27, 2009.

Admission: 
$15

Nature's Gift: Marimba Quartet Group

Wednesday / October 28, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Yui Koda and her friends are presenting a Marimba Quartet Concert. There will be a variety of styles of music with rich sounds of marimba!! Please come and share the wonderful moment

Admission: 

Erin McCarley / Landon Pigg

Saturday / October 10, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Erin McCarley album Love, Save the Empty successfully does heavy philosophical lifting with a lightness that boosts the spirit. The elegantly crafted, deeply melodic music has echoes of the Beatles, Aimee Mann, and Alanis Morissette.

Also appearing: Landon Pigg.

 

 

Admission: 
$16

Sxip Shirey / Adam Matta

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sxip Shirey

Composer, curator, circus orchestrator—touring the globe performing the most amazing music imaginable—Brooklyn's Sxip Shirey creates ecstatic melody sounds and deep sexy beats on industrial flutes, bullhorn harmonica, regurgitated music box, triple extended pennywhistles, miniature hand bell choir, obnoxiophone, glass bowls with red marbles, and a clutch of curious objects. A confusion of novelty, experimental and electronic, wild and entertaining.

Adam Matta is a beatboxer and vocal performance artist influenced by artists such as Rahzel, Mike Patton, and Meredith Monk. With an arsenal of vocal instrumentals including brass, beats, vocal scratches/turntablism, mechanical and other sound effects, Matta performs hip-hop, rock, drum 'n' bass, jazz, and Middle Eastern, sometimes all in the same composition.

Admission: 
$12 general admission, $15 day of show

Leo Blanco Ensemble

Tuesday / October 6, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The group performs both all-original compositions and some Latin American standards.

Admission: 

Dancing in the Street: Motown, Music and Politics with Suzanne Smith

Friday / October 23, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dancing in the Street: Motown, Music, and Politics. A lecture by Suzanne Smith followed by a performance by the Motown Ensemble.

Admission: 

Patrick Kunka Quartet

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Blitz Cafe
Nancy, France
United States
Patrick Kunka Quartet

Each year, Berklee and Berklee International Network partner MAI select a top student group to travel for a week to Nancy, France to perform at Nancy Jazz Pulsations. While there, they'll also give workshops and clinics at local music schools.

This year's featured group is the Patrick Kunka Quartet.

Created at Berklee, the Patrick Kunka Quartet brings together some of Scotland’s most promising young jazz musicians in an explosive and highly creative new project. Led by drummer and composer Patrick Kunka, their music combines a youthful energy and fire with a fully grown musical sensitivity and highly developed instrumental facility all round.

Patrick Kunka is a drummer and composer from Aberdeen, Scotland who was awarded a scholarship to Berklee at the age of 18. While at Berklee, Kunka was awarded the Keith Copeland/Sabian Award for Outstanding Musicianship from the Percussion Department, as well as the Professional Music Award for Outstanding Musical Achievement. Kunka also was runner-up in the Best Drummer category of the inaugural Scottish Jazz Awards in 2009. He has studied with Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Davis, Bob Kaufman, and Jon Hazilla, among others.

Leah Gough-Cooper is an alto saxophone player from Dumfries, Scotland who was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee at the age of 16. Gough-Cooper studied with Berklee alumna Laura MacDonald in Scotland and now studies with master saxophonist George Garzone in Boston. In 2007 she was a finalist for BBC Scotland's Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award. Gough-Cooper also leads her own fusion group, Human Equivalent.

Alan Benzie is a piano player from Glasgow, Scotland. Originally a classical violinist, he only switched to piano during his last year at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh. Despite this, at the age of 17, Benzie won BBC Scotland's Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award, and was then awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee in 2007. He was also runner-up in the Best Pianist category of the inaugural Scottish Jazz Awards in 2009. Benzie has studied with Steve Hamilton and Chick Lyall in Scotland, and JoAnne Brackeen and Laszlo Gardony in Boston.

Dylan Coleman is a bass player from Townsend, MA. He grew up playing classical piano from a young age, but decided to switch to bass when he became interested in improvised music. Coleman was the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Bassist from 2005 to 2006, and now attends Berklee on scholarship, where he received the Norm Nathan Award for Outstanding Musicianship in 2009. At Berklee, he has studied with John Lockwood, Bruno Raberg, and Oscar Stagnaro.

Admission: 

An Evening with Linda Eder

Saturday / November 28, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Linda Eder

Linda Eder, who possesses one of the great contemporary voices of our time, celebrates the release of her new album. Golden Circle tickets include a special meet-and-greet with the artist after the show.

Admission: 
$75 Golden Circle, $50, $40, $30, reserved seating

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