Concert

Berklee Celebrates 50 Years of the Bossa Nova, Featuring Oscar Castro-Neves

Tuesday / October 21, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The bossa nova was ultimately defined by the guitar playing and singing style of João Gilberto. His unique interpretation contrasted with the predominating nostalgic, romantic, and often dramatic ballads, boleros and samba-canções of the late 50s. His nearly vibrato-free vocals, syncopated samba rhythms, and smooth voicings on guitar created an immediate impact on many of the young musicians of his time.

But it was the music of another young composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, that would infuse the bossa nova movement with sophisticated harmonies, melodies, and form. Together with poet Vinícius de Moraes, Jobim would write the most famous tunes that soon would be performed and recorded around the world. The movement would attract a new wave of young musicians and composers, including Carlos Lyra, Billy Blanco, Baden Powell, Sylvia Telles, Nara Leão, Newton Mendonça, Toquinho, Marcos Valle, Roberto Menescal, and many others.

Oscar Castro-Neves, then only 16 years old, was among these musicians, and his first recorded song, "Chora Tua Tristeza," became a national hit in Brazil and generated more than 50 cover versions. Along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and others, he emerged in the early 1960s as one of the founding figures of Bossa Nova. He helped lead the bossa nova invasion in the U.S., playing a central role as a performer and accompanist for other noted Brazilian musicians at the historic presentation of Brazil's new music at Carnegie Hall.

Living in the U.S. since 1971, Mr. Castro-Neves has a distinguished career as a composer, arranger and producer, and he has collaborated with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis Regina, Flora Purim, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Stan Getz, Eliane Elias, João Gilberto, Lee Ritenour, Airto Moreira, Edu Lobo, Toots Thielemans, Paul Winter, Diane Schuur, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Ottmar Liebert, Lisa Ono and countless other Brazilian, jazz, and pop music stars.

Read more about Berklee's celebration of the bossa nova's 50th anniversary.

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Locksley/Hymns

Sunday / October 5, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Adapted from a letter on the Locksley myspace page:

We’re Locksley. We listen to just about any music we can. Our first album, Don’t Make Me Wait, has been compared to the music from the 1960s quite a bit, especially the Beatles, a generous compliment by any measure and not inaccurate in our initial aims. The Sixties are definitely a jumping-off point for us. We like good songs, songs that you can just sing while you’re walking around or showering or driving. Songs that you can sing along with. But we also like music that’s a little bit fast and/or exciting, which is why we love the Ramones and the Stooges and Richard Hell and the Strokes and the Rapture and Dr. Dre and Wham and "Miss Independent," by Kelly Clarkson. So, there it is.

Hymns' debut LP, Brother/Sister, is an 11-song collection of country rock/folk/pop that garnered critical praise. Its sophomore effort, Travel In Herds, has an exciting and fresh sound, blending horns, pump organs, saxophones, and harmonies, while remaining faithful to the original Hymns sound.

Admission: 
$10 General Admission

Tyrone Wells/Jason Reeves

Thursday / October 9, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tyrone Wells

A pulsing rocker fueled by a love for r&b, Tyrone Wells blends organic acoustic guitar, choir vocals, and chiming organ in his songs. His infectious, soulful voice and songs are being introduced to people all over the country.

Growing up a skinny preacher’s kid in Spokane, Wells was discouraged from listening to pop music and only exposed to gospel. Little did he know that a decade later the roots of soul would become a key element of his passionate, irresistible, and utterly unique songs. Combining pop, soul, and rock, Wells sings about true love, war, and heartbreak with equal power and sincerity, coming across as a voice for a generation that’s both idealistic and confused.

When a teenage Jason Reeves encountered the works of Bob Dylan and James Taylor, it set off a chain of events. First he began working on his own songwriting, combining the classic singer/songwriter style with more modern influences like Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens. He then dropped out of college and moved from his native Iowa, eventually landing in California. The second person he met upon arrival was future pop star Colbie Caillat. The two hit it off immediately. It didn't take long for their friendship to turn into a songwriting partnership, one that would create the foundation for Caillat's hit album Coco.

Admission: 
$15 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Composition Department Faculty Concert

Monday / October 6, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will feature contemporary classical music by Berklee Composition Department faculty, including Larry Bell, Alla Elana Cohen, Marti Epstein, Arnold Friedman, Andrew List, Armand Qualliotine, James Reyes, and Writing Division dean Kari Juusela. The concert will feature guest performers Kristie Born, piano; John McDonald; Stephen Ng, tenor; and Demetrius Spaneas. Jonathan Holland coordinates the night.

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Warren Miller's Children of Winter

Friday / November 14, 2008 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Warren Miller's Children of Winter, the largest action sports film on the planet, is back for the 59th year! Presented in high definition, Children of Winter takes you on a global adventure to locations like Japan, Austria, Iceland, and more.

Tickets go on sale September 17, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Admission: 
$20.50, reserved seating

Susan Tedeschi

Tuesday / November 11, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In the years since she captured the public's musical imagination with her 1998 breakthrough album Just Won't Burn, the multi-talented musician has established a formidable reputation as a deeply expressive singer, a prodigiously talented guitarist, and a distinctive songwriter. Hope and Desire, Tedeschi's fourth album and her first for Verve Forecast, marks a substantial departure for the versatile artist, presenting her in the role of interpretive vocal stylist.

With supporting artist James Hunter.

Admission: 
$37.50, reserved seating

Idina Menzel

Saturday / November 8, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Idina Menzel's debut album, I Stand is a powerful collection of exquisite new songs written by the Tony Award-winning actress/singer/songwriter. With Idina's one-of-a-kind soaring voice and the talent of legendary Grammy-winning producer Glen Ballard, the final outcome is an album filled with pop tunes and heartfelt ballads--intimate yet universal stories of life, its challenges, relationships, and, of course, love.

Tickets on sale September 13, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Admission: 
$45, $39.50, reserved seating

Lindsey Buckingham

Friday / October 17, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fleetwood Mac's lead guitarist, vocalist, visionary leader, and bold sonic architect, Lindsey Buckingham is a multiplatinum enigma—massively successful and still somehow an enduring, intriguing mystery.

Tickets go on sale on July 26, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

Admission: 
$61.50, $46.50, reserved seating

The Fab Faux Presents Psychedelia! '66-'68

Saturday / October 4, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Fab Faux celebrates its 10th anniversary with Psychedelia!—a performance of music from the Beatles's psychedelic years. The band has put on this show only once before, at New York's historic Radio City Music Hall.

Critics have described the Fab Faux as nothing less than "brilliant" (Associated Press), tackling the Beatles's "most complex studio work without breaking a sweat" (New York Times), and re-creating albums "few would dare play live" (New York Post).

Tickets go on sale August 8, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

Admission: 
$100, $55, $40, reserved seating. $100 tickets include post show meet & greet with the band.

Bringing in the Fall with Musiq Soulchild

Tuesday / September 23, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Philadelphia-born Taalib Johnson is burgeoning r&b artist Musiq Soulchild, whose influences include James Brown, Patti LaBelle, Billie Holiday, and Sly and the Family Stone. The son of a die-hard '70s soul music fan, Musiq performed at Philly showcases, and management team Mama's Boys (Jerome Hipps and Michael mcArthur) brought him to Def Jam Records' attention. Musiq's first single, "Just Friends (Sunny )," appeared on the soundtrack to Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Two years later Musiq released his second album, the spiritual and personal Juslisen, which debuted at number one on the Billboard r&b/hip-hop charts. The following year brought the widely acclaimed Soulstar, and in 2007, after moving to Atlantic, Musiq released the more mature Luvanmusiq.

Admission: 
$58, $48, reserved seating

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