Concert

The Art of the Duo

Tuesday / September 23, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty jazz guitarist Sheryl Bailey will be joined by fellow Berklee Guitar faculty members Jack Pezanelli and Garison Fewell to perform an evening of standards and original compositions. The jazz guitar duo provides a very intimate setting for improvisation and exciting interplay. All three of these guitarists are accomplished in their own right and will come together for this special presentation in this up close and personal format of the guitar duo.

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Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves/Cory Chisel

Wednesday / September 10, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

"There are singers who sing and there are singers whose sheer power of expression can knock you off your feet. Eli 'Paperboy' Reed falls firmly into the latter category ... [he] threatens to be one of the defining voices of the year"—MOJO magazine

"Mr. Reed invokes the stylish and muscular r&b of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity."—New York Times

Cory Chisel forged his first connection to the power of song through the music he heard—and made—in church. His father was a Baptist minister, his mother played piano during services, and an upbringing surrounded by sermons and spirituals instilled in Cory the passion and portent of language and melody, and a fluency in the gospel’s rich vernacular of loss and redemption.

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$15 General Admission, Student Discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Gary Hoey

Thursday / August 21, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Visiting artist rock concert with Gary Hoey.

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Tim Miller

Wednesday / August 20, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty guitarist Tim Miller performs for the Guitar Sessions summer program.

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Carrie Rodriguez / Mark Erelli / Maria DeMaio

Friday / September 5, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Carrie Rodriguez

Seven Angels on a Bicycle, Carrie Rodriguez's solo debut, puts an urbane, seductive spin on alternative country and bluegrass, with artfully minimalist production that features melancholy echoes of pedal steel, finger-plucked fiddle strings, brushed snare, a whisper of saxophone, and plenty of wide open space for Rodriguez's remarkable voice to fill. Rodriguez boasts an affecting twang and brings a wonderfully lived-in quality to her vocal performances.

On Mark Erelli's latest album, Hope & Other Casualties (Signature Sounds Recordings, March 2006), he raises the bar with an unapologetic and timeless collection of deeply personal and affecting songs. Effortlessly balancing songs of love and protest, resignation and redemption, Hope is a brave and searingly honest tour de force which cements Erelli's reputation as one of today's best young singer/songwriters.
Erelli proudly wears his heart on his sleeve, weaving tales of honest and true passion. But unlike the flotilla of "emo" currently controlling the airwaves, Erelli is not afraid to turn his eyes outward, and Hope is a committed artistic response to the questions and worries familiar to all of us today.

New Hampshire-born singer/songwriter Maria DeMaio has been performing since the age of 3, when she belted out an impromptu version of Robert Palmer's "Bad Case of Loving You" from her car seat. She has since forged a name for herself in the fierce Boston music scene, winning over audiences at such staples as the Paradise Lounge and Harper's Ferry with her one-two punch of refreshing songwriting and a powerhouse voice that has been called both "soulful" (Boston Globe) and "quietly scintillating" (SnapPop!). As frontwoman and songwriter of Maria DeMaio & the Fellas, she created in just two short years a raw and instantly recognizable sound that has set their act a head above the rest.

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$15 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Keppie Coutts/a'tris

Friday / August 22, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Keppie Coutts
Keppie Coutts (Berklee ’07, with a major in professional music and an emphasis in songwriting) has proven time and again that she is an exceptional singer/songwriter and fine guitarist. While a student at Berklee, Coutts won the Songwriters Competition and the Performer/Songwriter Showcase, the two most prestigious contests and concerts sponsored by the Songwriting Department. Keppie was also asked to perform in the Berklee Performance Center for Guitar Night, an annual concert that showcases only a handful of student guitarist in a college of more than 1,000 guitarists.

a'tris
The brainchild of vocalist/songwriter Mason Taylor and
producer/songwriter Michael Kraher, a'tris was formed in 2004 in Boston and released its debut album, appeal, in 2005 on Mark Records. The band followed this with a national tour in 2006 and released and EP, Of the Commons in 2007. The band's new album, Lensing, is set to be released this year and has already been previewed, and favorably received and charted on a number of radio stations.

The band's music has been characterized as "chardonnay and fine brie" and "full blown cinematic rock" by various critics. Its songs challenge listeners with provocative music and lyrics and productions that provide enough ear candy' to satisfy popular taste; in other words, a'tris provides a fun listen for intelligent people.

Band members and the production team, made up entirely of current Berklee students and Berklee alumni are: Nate Luek, Ben Azar, Justine Garner, Mason Taylor, Michael Kraher, and Chuck Sokol.

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Kangaralien

Thursday / August 7, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Steve Belleville and Eric Clemenzi are Kangaralien. Together, this acoustic duo performs tight pieces that are intricately arranged, but light on the ears. Their airy melodies are backed by rich accompaniments, as the two players seem to weave in out of each other's acoustic space with finesse. They possess an amazing blend of creative composition and impressive guitar technique.

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Free

Re-Up/Merrily James and the Bucket of Soul/Jennah Bell

Saturday / August 2, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Experience the effortless flow between hard-hitting hip-hop, soulful melodies, and booty-shaking grooves with Re-Up. The rhythm section lays down a rock-solid foundation while the horns add color and the DJ pours some hot sauce on top. After a few songs, you’ll swear that this band is your family.

Flooded with energy, Merrily James and the Bucket of Soul will bring you back to the days of raw, organic, old-school soul. Members have performed with Curtis Mayfield’s Group, Bobby McFerrin, Philip Bailey, Rocco Prestia, Steve Winwood, Rob Lewis, and many more.

Hailing from Northern California, Jennah Bell’s style incorporates her bohemian upbringing. She studied songwriting through the Grammy Foundation, where music business professionals (Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam, INXS) embraced her unorthodox writing style and alternative/folk/soul melodies. Now at Berklee, Bell is ready to spread sunshine, the fresh smell of laundry, and daisies to the world.

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Juan Chavez y Arco Kemao

Saturday / August 9, 2008 / 11:00 a.m.
San Jose Jazz Festival
145 West San Carlos
San Jose
CA
United States
95113-2329
Juan Chavez y Arco Kemao

Mario Castro: Tenor Sax

Castro, a Puerto Rico native, started his musical studies at the age of 12. In 2004, he was selected to perform at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival with the Berklee in Puerto Rico student big band. He has performed with a variety of artists, including the Wild Bunch, Victor Manuel, La Sonora Ponseña, Giovanni Hidalgo, Humberto Ramirez, Piro Rodriguez, Ricardo Pons y Causa Común, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Castro is a scholarship recipient at Berklee.

Daehee (Aaron) Kim: Cello

Born in Germany and raised in Seoul, Kim was classically trained beginning at age 10 and graduated from Hanyang University and Seoul Jazz Academy. As a jazz cellist, he has performed at the 2007 Latin Grammy awards, the Berklee 60th Anniversary concert, and the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival.

Gabriel Lugo: Drums/Percussion

Born in Puerto Rico, Lugo started playing percussion at the age of nine, was performing professionally by 12, and started composing by 14. Gabriel has performed with numerous salsa bands in Puerto Rico and produced songs for hip hop/reggaetón artists including Tego Calderon, Julio Voltio, and Randy. He received two scholarships to attend Berklee full-time student.

Jiri Nedoma: Piano

Nedoma started playing piano at the age of five and studied at the KJJ Conservatory in Prague. He became a member of the Czech Radio Big Band and performed with many jazz and pop artists on the Czech music scene. Currently, he studies at Berklee with acclaimed musicians including Joanne Brackeen, George Garzone, and Phil Wilson.

David Peacock: Viola

Peacock is an active performer in several orchestras, musical theater ensembles, and recording sessions. He works on transcriptions and arrangements for string quartet, salsa/merengue, musical theater, and full orchestra.

Nathan Perez: Trombone

Perez began playing the trombone at the age of eight, and was performing with his father's salsa band by age 13. He has had the privilege of performing with and learning from many prominent musicians, including Jeff Galindo, Andy Gonzalez, Greg Hopkins, Arturo O’Farrill, Tiger Okoshi, and Phil Wilson.

Yuriana Sobrino Garcia: Drums/Percussion

Sobrino Garcia became part of a children’s music group at age six in Mexico. The self-taught percussionist learned a wide range of Latin American instruments such as drums, congas, bongos, timbales, and Peruvian cajon. She also toured the United States and Canada performing Latin American folklore with her two brothers. Through the Danilo Perez Foundation, Garcia was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee.

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Hip Hop Ensemble

Wednesday / August 6, 2008 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Danielle Scott presents the Berklee Hip-Hop Ensemble in a display of hip-hop with all its dimensions and influences: old school, new school, and everything in between.

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