Concert

Fall Flutes

Thursday / November 20, 2008 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's stellar Flute Choir, under the direction of Woodwind Department faculty member Wendy Rolfe, will delight the audience with music from Brazil, France, and beyond. Come and hear featured flute soloists with guitar, piano, percussion, and more.

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Murder By Death/William E. Whitmore/J-Roddy Walston and the Business

Saturday / November 15, 2008 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Murder By Death

The members of Murder By Death are emerging as true artists in the zero-boundary sense: cinematic storytellers whose albums come together in an essential whole, and players whose jaw-dropping performances make you yearn for the chance to experience their energy up close and in-person. Also appearing: William E. Whitmore, J-Roddy Walston and the Business.

Admission: 
$13 advance, $15 day of show

Contemporary Writing and Production Department Faculty Concert

Thursday / November 13, 2008 / 7:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This year’s annual concert by the Contemporary Writing and Production Department faculty will showcase CWP artist-in-residence composer/percussionist Roland Vazquez with an ensemble of Berklee faculty. Several of Vazquez’s compositions will be featured as well as new works by CWP faculty. The concert will focus on the music of the Afro-Latin diaspora as well as an eclectic mix of styles ranging from jazz to funk to world music. The concert is part of the Professional Writing Division's series featuring Latin American composers, and is led by Matthew Nicholl, chair of the CWP Department.

About Roland Vazquez: In 1979, Billboard called Vazquez's first international release "a decade ahead of its time." Moving to New York in 1981, he continued to develop his "funky-salsa-bebop" style. A former faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Vazquez developed a historical Afro-Latin jazz curriculum and wrote and performed in that style. Now back in New York, he has been touring with his quintet featuring new works with Joel Frahm (sax), Anthony Jackson (contrabass guitar), Mike Lipsey (percussion), and Mark Soskin (piano).

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T Hartman Finale

Wednesday / November 12, 2008 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An eclectic mix of groove, funk, jazz, and fusion originals and arrangements will be performed by drummer Thomas Hartman and his group including bassist Zak Croxall and guitarist Rany Runyon.

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Sandro Morales’s Sounds from Venezuela

Wednesday / July 22, 2009 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sounds from Venezuela will feature a 40-piece orchestra performing Sandro Morales's arrangements and original compositions in traditional Venezuelan styles, mixed with jazz and classical influences.

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Fall Together

Wednesday / October 29, 2008 / 8:15 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Composition Department faculty members perform in settings from small to large ensemble. Featured composers include Greg Hopkins, Ken Pullig, Marc Rossi, Bruce Thomas, and Phil Wilson. Tre Corda—the renowned trio of Eugene Friessen (cello), Hopkins (trumpet), and Tim Ray (piano)—will be special guests performing a new work by Hopkins. Pullig will feature guest vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton in his extended composition “Politickle Your Fancy" with a text based on the current presidential election. Rossi will feature his quintet. Large ensemble pieces by Thomas and Wilson (Wizard of Oz Suite) round out the evening's program.

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

Tuesday / October 21, 2008 / 8:15 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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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