Concert

Aloud: I Just Want to Witness

Tuesday / November 18, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aloud: I Just Want to Witness

Rock 'n' rollers Aloud are proud to announce their multimedia stage show debut, I Just Want to Witness, premiering at Berklee College of Music’s first-class new venue Cafe 939. I Just Want to Witness is a live production that re-imagines Aloud’s new CD Fan the Fury. The show is currently being developed by Aloud and young filmmaker Johnathan Carr.

The CD Fan the Fury was released on the band’s own Lemon Merchant Records label in March of this year. The album is a dynamic collection of rock songs, an emotionally charged dichotomy of passionate rebellion and contemplative acceptance, with a common thread running through all 13 tracks. For Aloud, I Just Want to Witness is an opportunity to increase the visceral value of Fan the Fury. The collaborators are embellishing on the CD’s themes of struggle, perseverance, injustice, and love by pairing live performance of the CD with video projections and theatrical lighting.

Johnathan Carr, a recent Emerson graduate, is designing and overseeing the creation of projected video for the piece, and is excited to have Boston-based animator Timothy Scholl and NYC-based filmmaker Erin Bowser on his team. Carr is exploiting the dynamic nature of this seemingly simple rock album with his team's dramatic visualizations.

I Just Want to Witness is Aloud’s first-ever live show collaboration, and the up-and-coming rock outfit hopes to tour the work to black-box theatres and performance art venues around the U.S. in 2009.

For more information, visit: www.allthingsALOUD.com/witness.

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

Edmar Castañeda Trio / Las Americas Faculty Big Band Featuring Diego Urcola

Monday / November 10, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Las Americas Faculty Big Band, conducted by Bernardo Hernández, will perform music from various Latin American countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Compositions and arrangements by Diego Urcola (alumnus), Victor Mendoza (faculty), Oscar Stagnaro (faculty), Leo Blanco (faculty), Bernardo Hernández (faculty), and Tito Puente. Produced by Rebecca Cline, Oscar Stagnaro, and Bernardo Hernandez.

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Student Ensembles: Latin Music Showcase

Wednesday / November 5, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Three Latin ensembles will perform as part of Berklee's Latin Culture Celebration: Latin Recording Ensemble and Berklee Salsa Ensemble under the direction of Bernardo Hernandez and the South American Music Ensemble under the direction of Leo Blanco.

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Devin Collins Idiolect presents The Numerology Suite / Ruby BC and the Band

Wednesday / November 5, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer Devin Collins performs original compositions and free improvisations with his band including Greg Albert, bass; Tom Dowd, guitar; and Jeremy Vovosko, alto sax.

After that, pianist Ruby Biloskirka-Conley will lead an eight-piece band of Berklee's finest young musicians performing jazz funk fusion repertoire from Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, and Randy Brecker.

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Beautiful Lies Weezer Cover Show/ Reel Big Fish Tribute Band

Friday / October 31, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Beautiful Lies will perform Halloween night in a cover show paying tribute to Weezer's Blue Album. Also appearing: Reel Big Fish Tribute Band.

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Lights Resolve / Ionia / No Casino

Saturday / October 25, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lights Resolve. Credit: Santiago Felipe

Some dwell on the past; others get caught up in the future. Lights Resolve is a musical venture that draws upon both and lives in the now. Matthew Reich (vocals, guitar), Neal Saini (drums), and Sherman (bass, piano, vocals) were all members of a former band. After experiencing the high and low points of a group dynamic that lasted more than eight years, the three tight-knit musicians have built their new band around friendship, respect, loyalty, and partnership. Lights Resolve just ended a national tour with the Used.

The bullet points on No Casino start with bold hooks that have been colored a bit by its pile of discs from Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Interpol, and the Killers (and a few other bands with "the" before their name). The rest of what blows out of the speakers when they plug in might be their only connection with those slot warehouses: just rolling the dice.

Upon first listen to Ionia, you immediately feel the mood: emotionally driven and intense vocals blended with fierce yet melodically crafted guitar and fervent drum grooves. The songs open a window into Ionia’s world.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Little Dragon / Pearl and the Beard / Earth People Orchestra

Tuesday / December 2, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Little Dragon Credit: Seek

Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed of diverse and escalating musical talent. From the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives to idiosyncratic songsmiths José González and Jens Lekman, through to the unpredictable pop styles from the likes of Love is All and Audrey, not to mention the infamous black metal scene, Gothenburg now boasts the dynamic, organically soulful pop sounds of Little Dragon.
Featuring radiant vocalist Yukimi Nagano and her close high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrick Källgren (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards), Little Dragon stepped into the spotlight with the release of their first double A-side single on Peacefrog (home to José and Findlay Brown), ‘Twice’/’Test’. A former Rough Trade ‘Single of the Week’ and “universally hailed as a masterpiece of free thinking soul”, according to One Week To Live.
Little Dragon takes tired musical traces and styles, gives them a shot in the arm to leave us with something fresh and positive.
It is a debut full of subtle touches, capturing fleeting emotional moments, twinned with gnawingly memorable pop flourishes and hooks.

Pearl and the Beard formed in September of 2007 in that little town which sits quaintly upon the shores of New York. It was kismet that brought its first two members Jocelyn Mackenzie and Jeremy Styles together in a local watering hole, where they vented frustrations with the solo artist scene over some loudmouth soup. After finding they were both insane enough to put all of their eggs into one proverbial basket, they decided to musically elope, abandoning any hopes of living normal, quiet lives waiting for arthritis to course through their once musically-infused bones and dust to collect on their vocal chords.
And so, with food in their pockets and money in their bellies, they sat down to write. Jeremy’s robust guitar chords were peanut butter to Jocelyn’s melodic and lyrical jelly. Their voices climbed and plummeted gracefully side by side and ploughed through the crystal air like cannon balls. Jeff Buckley and Johnny Cash were brought back from the dead and Neko Case served them red wine.
Since then, they have self-produced their first EP “At Home with Pearl and the Beard,” relentlessly booked shows in New York and Great Cities beyond, have added the lovely and talented cellist Emily Hope Price to their marriage (which has matured and honeyed their sound tremendously), and are currently working on recording their first full-length album.

Earth People Orchestra is a band made up of around 12 people based in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. With their instrumentation of a keyboard, harmonium, melodicas, recorders, autoharp, various hand percussion, a dobro, buckets, lap steel, a balalaika, viola, glockenspiel, cuica and more; Earth People Orchestra is an unique and captivating expression of life and music. They have fun and would love to play songs for you!

Admission: 
$12 General Admission, Student Discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

A Roll of Quarters and a Pedal Steel featuring Chip Rives

Wednesday / November 5, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Chip Rives, an alt-country songwriter when he's not administering major corporate sponsorships for some of the biggest corporations in the country, will play his original music with Berklee students.

Admission: 
$10 General Admission

Leo Blanco's Africa Latina CD Release Show

Friday / November 21, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A CD release show by Leo Blanco's Africa Latina.

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

The Szekely-Schene Duo Plays Music of Composer Andrew List

Thursday / November 20, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The celebrated ensemble the Szekely-Schene Duo will play the music of Berklee composer Andrew List. Included in the program will be the world premiere of "Rhapsody for Violin and Piano."

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