Brooke Waggoner takes a natural and logical approach to letting her music stand on its own and not forcing anything to be different for the sake of being different. "Let it be, and let it become whatever it can potentially be," is Brooke's opinion on creating music, as well as performing. To see her performance at the piano and witness her string arrangements come to life on stage often leaves audiences silent in amazement.
Denison Witmer captures the lyrical honesty and serene, poignant tone crafted by earlier songwriters, transforming it into something entirely personal and entirely his own.
Also appearing, Autumn.
$10, general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office
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.