Concert

Sandro Morales's Sounds from Venezuela

Wednesday / March 4, 2009 / 8:00 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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

First Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival with the Bassam Saba Ensemble

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bassam Saba

Berklee welcomes world-renowned nay and flute virtuoso Bassam Saba and his ensemble for a residency as part of the college's First Annual Middle Eastern Festival. Saba will work with Berklee students on February 17 and 18, and perform with them during the first set of this night's concert. The second set will feature the Bassam Saba Ensemble. The festival aims to showcase different styles and genres of Middle Eastern music and artists, and to bring together students from different musical and cultural backgrounds in experiencing this music. This event is sponsored by the Ensemble Department and the Office for Cultural Diversity, and was founded and directed by Berklee Voice faculty member Christiane Karam.

Admission: 
$10 general public, discount with Berklee ID

Antony and the Johnsons

Sunday / February 22, 2009 / 6:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mercury prize-winning Antony and the Johnsons present emotionally charged chamber cabaret, creating music that is highly dramatic, piercing and lyrical. A veteran of artistic collaborations with such icons as Lou Reed and Björk, Antony Hegarty has been compared to everyone from Nina Simone to Brian Ferry and has a voice that is hauntingly evocative. His soulful vocals are backed by the Johnsons' graceful arrangements. After a three year hiatus, Antony and the Johnsons hit the road with a new album, The Crying Light, due to be released January 2009.

Admission: 
$35, $28, reserved seating

Railbird / Dave Smallen / Sydney Wayser

Friday / February 13, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Railbird is an all-original indie folk rock group with eclectic, lyrically driven songs from Saratoga Springs, New York. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinotti who is described by Billboard Magazine as, "a talented young singer/songwriter on the rise." In a recent Railbird review, Pedinotti's songs are compared to those of Dylan, the Band, and Patti Smith.

Pedinotti is a storyteller who finds inspiration in the fiction and poetry of writers such as George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and W.B. Yeats. Railbird's debut disc was listed as No. 8 in the Billboard editors' picks for 2008, hailed as "a great indie band set to break out." Also performing, Dave Smallen and Sydney Wayser.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Jay Clifford / Chris Koza / Jessica Yoakum

Thursday / February 19, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Jay Clifford performs in support of his debut solo album Driving Blind. The disc is full of emotionally evocative vocals and showcases the maturation of a truly gifted artist. Also performing Jessica Yoakum.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

The Blue Pages / All These Kings / Ian Walsh

Saturday / February 21, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Blue Pages

In a very short amount of time, the Blue Pages have toured extensively throughout the Northeast, sold out Boston's Paradise Rock Club, and signed with Walking City Records. Whether they’re cranking up their amps to 11 or serenading audiences with intimate acoustic shows, the Blue Pages have turned heads since they formed in October 2007.

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

Open Mic

Saturday / February 14, 2009 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

 

Admission: 
Free

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