Concert

Guitar Sessions: Ethan Brosh/Nili Brosh

Thursday / August 20, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ethan and Nili Brosh perform as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Workin' and Singin' with the Mark Shilansky Quintet

Wednesday / September 17, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark Shilansky is a multi-faceted keyboardist, composer, vocalist, and producer, but he is most often featured as an accompanist and arranger for vocalists. Tonight he and his band demonstrate why that is, with original compositions and arrangements featuring some of the finest vocalists in jazz (and beyond) today. Featuring vocalists David Thorne Scott (Berklee Voice Department faculty) and Julie Hardy (award-winning jazz singer and Down Beat magazine contributor), and singer/songwriter Kate Schutt (Berklee alumna and Berkleemusic poster child).

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Roots Nation/6th Degree

Friday / September 12, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

At the ripe old age of 4, Roots Nation is making remarkable strides and grabbing a rapidly growing fan base throughout New England. The band formed in November 2003 when a group of seven seasoned musicians of varying musical backgrounds and interests came together to forward the one style of music they all shared a common love and vision of—Roots Reggae.

In the winter of 2007, the group first got together to record one of Ryan Nava's demo's for a studio project but soon after continued to play regularly at this underground practice studio. It was there that 6th Degree members began really locking in with each other and feeling that the sounds the band was producing were something they wanted to pursue. Soon they began gigging regularly with laid-back beats and thoughtful lyrics while trying to bring integrity back into the forefront of the modern day industry. The talent and versatility of each 6thdegree player leads to a tight sound with influences spanning funk, hip-hop, reggae, dub, and many others.
6th Degree's ongoing goals of creating new music, evolving its sound, and performing as much as possible have kept the band popular in the music scene.

Admission: 
$12 General Admission

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.

Admission: 
$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.

Admission: 
$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.

Admission: 
Free

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