Concert

The Berklee ECM Ensemble

Friday / December 5, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This ensemble will feature works by Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Miguel Zenon, Chris Speed, and Kenny Wheeler under the direction of faculty bassist Bruno Raberg.

Admission: 

The Dear Hunter / 3

Saturday / December 13, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Dear Hunter is a self-dubbed "indie," now full-time project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore band the Receiving End of Sirens. The band's sound is not unlike that of Sirens, but with more alternative and progressive rock tendencies and a wider variety of instrumentation.

Crescenzo has announced that they are currently working on nine albums inspired by the colors of the visible spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), with black and white added as bookends. The albums will include many guest appearances and span many different genres of music.

3 is a band apart. Dark yet uplifting, spiritual without any connection to religion—its sound transcends the genre conformity of modern pop culture. Rapid-fire acoustic guitar infused with dynamic percussion, animated drumming, and thunderous bass culminate in a listening experience that is at once accessible and unique. Polyrhythms pulse within a symphony of driving metal guitars and melodic vocal acrobatics. 3 offers musicality without pretension.

Admission: 
General admission, $13 advance, $15 day of show

The Dear Hunter / Person L.

Thursday / December 11, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Dear Hunter is a self-dubbed "indie," now full-time project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore band the Receiving End of Sirens. The band's sound is not unlike that of Sirens, but with more alternative and progressive rock tendencies and a wider variety of instrumentation.

Crescenzo has announced that they are currently working on nine albums inspired by the colors of the visible spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), with black and white added as bookends. The albums will include many guest appearances and span many different genres of music.

Person L is the brainchild of the incomparable Kenneth Vasoli. Vasoli, 23, has spent the better part of the past decade building quite a name for himself as the singer and songwriter of the Starting Line. Despite a career that most would view as a stunning success—over 700,000 records sold worldwide, sold-out tours spanning four continents, major-label backing—Vasoli was simply not fulfilled in the melodic punk world that his band helped establish. He became enthralled by different musical genres, building an eclectic horizon that slowly brought him to the realization that it was time for him to leave all he had known and make a change.

Admission: 
General admission, $13 advance, $15 day of show

Richard Saunders's Urban Appeal / Julia Easterlin

Friday / December 12, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Richard Saunders and the Too-Cool-for-Yous

Richard Saunders is an eighteen-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, Zwe Bell Le Pere, and back-up singers Wayne Paul, Shenel Johns, and Kimberly Mayo.

In a short amount of time, Richard has conquered every jazz vocal award that exists for a human of his age. He’s been a part of the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Choir in 2007 and 2008, along with being the first vocalist ever selected to sing with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra in 2008. He won the silver award in jazz voice at the NFAA youngARTS week in 2008, and is one of 20 high school students selected by the U.S. Department of Education to be a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. These opportunities have allowed him to sing in venues such as the Kennedy Center, North Sea, and Monterey Jazz festivals.

Having mastered the fine art of scatting, he pushes that all aside and gets down to business. His no-nonsense approach to harmony and lyrics allow him to soulfully speak his mind about the destitution and weirdness of living in the suburbs. No doubt, this Berklee Songwriting Contest and Young Guns 2008 National Battle of the Bands award-winning group of musicians will have much to say as they travel up to the city of Boston this year.

Julia Easterlin may be one of the few young artists that can credit Yoko Ono for opening a major door in her artistic journey. At the age of 15, Julia was chosen to spend a day on the John Lennon Tour Bus, a mobile studio and brainchild of Yoko Ono. After Julia served as the lyricist and singer for the day, the studio engineers gave Julia's parents a life-changing command: "Mortgage your house, do anything you can to get her out there, but get her out there!"

Their first step was to enroll her in the summer program at Berklee College of Music, where she quickly won a spot in the Summer Singer/Songwriter's Showcase and also began her first foray into jazz. Julia recieved a scholarship to return the following summer and a suggestion to audtion for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble. "I had no formal training and Augusta, Georgia is not exactly a jazz town, but I studied the genre and trusted my instincts, and just before Christmas, I got my acceptance letter."
Julia travled to Los Angeles, spending 10 days performing with jazz greats such as Oscar Petersen, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Kurt Elling. It was a trip she would repeat in 2007 as she was again selected to be the lead soprano for the group.

Since that time, Julia has followed the urgings of the John Lennon crew, finding success at every turn. In 2007, she had a merit placement in Pop Vocals in the NFAA Student Competition. In 2008, she was selected as a finalist in Jazz Vocals. Down Beat Magazine also named her one of the country's top student jazz vocalists in their yearly student awards.
Julia currently attends Berklee College of Music, balancing her academic pursuits with a performing career. She has recorded two albums, Calling Out, a compilation of original songs; and Why Can't You Behave, a jazz CD with pianist Yuma Sung. Her music is available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Jordan Tarrant and Johnny Nicholson / Evelyn Brown and Ashley Root / Nathan Reich

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jordan Tarrant was born in Dallas, Texas. Having played guitar for most of his life, he first started performing in Austin around the age of 16. Though most of his music is performed on an acoustic guitar, Jordan brings an electric energy to the stage. Jordan's music is lyrically driven and performed with wild passion. His first formal guitar instruction began with studying classical guitar for four years with Klondike Steadman (graduate of Adam Holzman's acclaimed Classical Guitar Department at the University of Texas). After graduating from the McCallum School of Fine Arts he was accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he is currently studying guitar, songwriting, and music business.

Born in Geyserville, California, Johnny Nicholson picked up the violin at age five and the guitar at age seven. He also plays banjo and mandolin. He has been writing, recording, and performing for the better part of his life. Johnny is now at Berklee College of Music. He founded Monkey Rock in 2006. Monkey Rock is a community comprised of artists and friends who support each other by promoting and performing as a group.

Evelyn and Ashley began collaborating only a few months ago, but it didn’t take them long to realize their potential together as writers and singers. That’s why they have decided to make collaborating a career move. In January 2009, Evelyn and Ashley will be headed to Austin, Texas to record their first debut album with Tono Music Group, with a release date for summer 2009.

It's been said of many great musicians that they "were born with a guitar in their hand." And while singer/songwriter Nathan Reich found his guitar soon enough, his first love was a toy ukulele. Born in the musically rich San Francisco Bay Area Nathan began studying guitar in earnest at the age of 12. Growing up he had many passions in life, but after spending a year at Berklee College of Music it didn't taken long for his unique style of playing only with his fingers, and predominately with just his thumb, to gain him recognition—his peers nicknamed him "Thumb Kid" and his teachers agreed they had never seen anything like it.

Admission: 
Free

Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble

Friday / December 5, 2008 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary classical chamber music by Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, David Leiser, Pauline Oliveros, Jeno Takacs, and Berklee presidential scholar Neara Russell for piano, flutes, cello, voice, and guitar will be performed under the direction of faculty member Robin Ginenthal.

Admission: 

Rae Riot and the Smoke Animals / The Thickness / Protean Collective

Thursday / November 20, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Formed at Berklee College of Music in February 2007, Rae Riot and the Smoke Animals is putting a fresh new spin on rock in New England. People of all kinds of musical tastes can enjoy their fun and easy-to-listen-to music. Their influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Pat Benatar, Patti Smith, Le Tigre, Pearl Jam, and Tom Petty.

The Thickness joined in 2005, seeking to entertain the masses with their version of punk rock comedy. The band met at Berklee College of Music in Boston and instantly knew that their love for the punk would ostracize them from their jazz-loving hippie constituents. Inking a deal with Sidehatch Entertainment in 2006 has propelled the band to new levels, allowing them to play all the great bars in New England and down the coast. They have released three EPs in under two years Girth Control, The Kids'll Love It, and most recently a self-titled. The band is touring constantly in support of the punk. With a triangle, lead bass, and stereo drums, the Thickness will add girth and length to any crowd lucky enough to envelope the band entirely into their, uh, ears.

Also appearing: Protean Collective.

Admission: 
$8, general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Live Band Karaoke Featuring Downtown Fever

Wednesday / December 10, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Downtown Fever

Live band karaoke featuring Downtown Fever. Sign-ups at 7:30.

Admission: 
Free

Joe Stump Virtuostic Vendetta

Tuesday / July 21, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee guitar faculty member, metal guitar master, Joe Stump, performs live, playing tracks from his latest release Virtuostic Vendetta as well as other tracks from previous releases.

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Music Therapy Recital

Tuesday / July 28, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Students majoring in music therapy will perform original, improvised, and pre-composed material. Music therapy professor Kimberly Khare will emcee this event and will weave in theory and practice of music therapy between student performances.

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