Concert

Sxip Shirey / Adam Matta

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 8:00 pm
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 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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

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

Friday / October 23, 2009 / 7:00 pm
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.

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Patrick Kunka Quartet

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 6:00 pm
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.

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An Evening with Linda Eder

Saturday / November 28, 2009 / 7:00 pm
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

Opening Our Doors

Monday / October 12, 2009 / 10:00 am
Various Fenway venues
Boston
MA
United States

The Fenway Alliance's annual Opening Our Doors event offers a busy day of free cultural experiences, featuring more than 50 arts activities in several avenues throughout Boston's Fenway neighborhood. It all begins at 10 a.m. on the Christian Science Plaza, 210 Massachusetts Avenue. Some musical groups—including Bloco AfroBrazil and Zili Misik—will feature Berklee alumni.

For more information, go to fenwayculture.org.

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The Kin / The Queen Killing Kings / Jamie McLean

Friday / October 16, 2009 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Kin

Quietly considered one of New York City's most promising independent acts, the Kin is a dynamic musical exchange between Australian brothers Isaac and Thorry Koren. These lads write their own material, play multiple instruments, and have self-produced/self-released two full albums.

 

Admission: 
$12.00

Rick DiMuzio Quintet

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 9:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Rick DiMuzio Quintet features Rick DiMuzio on saxophone with Mark Shilansky, piano; Phil Sargent, guitar; Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass; Austin McMahon, drum set.

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Tubby Love / Sugar Mama

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

It's not the size of the band, it's the size of the Love. Here to spread the message of purely positive vibrations, Tubby Love is a heady force of futuristic reggae fusion. The Boston-based five-piece has shared the stage with up-and-coming reggae greats such as Passafire and Blue King Brown, and continues to make its way into the Future Roots music scene—on the steady path of creating what some are calling a "reggae soul revolution."

Sugar Mama plays strong, original rock laced with reggae and funk vibrations straight from Boston. Since February 2008, the band has been making a name for itself in the local rock scene. With energetic, dynamic rock riffs, lock-tight grooves, and precise, intriguing melodies, Sugar Mama has evolved into a solid group that alludes strongly to its influences (STP, RHCP, RX Bandits, Incubus) while simultaneously offering a new, fresh sound uniquely its own.

Admission: 
$10

Ed Blomquist: Underwater Airport

Thursday / October 22, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Underwater Airport is an improvising multimedia ensemble combining music and projected visuals for the purpose of creating spontaneous portals into alternate space-time dimensions. U/A extends its antennae into the aether, pulling in transmissions from the Great Beyond. Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as shamanic trance musics, 1960s free jazz and psychedelia, ambient electronica, and world beat, the band's six members have practiced individual and collective improvisation in diverse settings far longer than they can remember. Propelled by the double drumming mind-meld of Peter Spellman and Russell Lane, piloted by the bass and Chapman Stick grooves of Jim Whisenant, set adrift by the floating guitar and synth loops of Ed Blomquist, carried aloft by the sax and electronic winds of Lynda Stephens, and enlightened by the projected visuals and wind synth of Marc Lisle, the ambient folk jazz of Underwater Airport creates the ultimate launch site for departure to mystical heights and depths.

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