Concert

Mirel Wagner

Saturday / December 6, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Mirel Wagner's songs are like a smooth, polished pebbles thrown into a bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling. Her acoustic balladry is as far as you’ll get from clichéd coffee house folk, having more to do with the primeval darkness of Swans than the folksy bonhomie of Bob Dylan. Her background couldn’t be more normal: a relatively sheltered childhood in the suburbs of Helsinki. Her self-titled debut is still causing ripples today. Its nine songs distill the very essence of darkness, the hollowed-out bones of the blues. They seem ancient, worn, and frank in their brutal honesty. When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is uniform and cohesive set of songs. Wagner wrote most of these songs in a log cabin on the peninsula of Hailuoto in northern Finland. It traces the melody absentmindedly, like you’d trace the outline of the back of a sleeping lover, humming as it ambles along. At times playful, at other times chillingly emotionless, Wagner is difficult to pin down. Her vocals are louder than ever on this new record, with the whisper of yesteryear drawing each breath.

Enjoy Wagner's official video of Oak Tree from her upcoming album When The Cellar Children See the Light of Day here:

 

BITR

Tuesday / September 16, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

BITR, short for Berklee In the Round, occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four or five students and one special guest (a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or other performer), and hosts an in-the-round performance. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs. The audience is seated around the performers, lending a more intimate feel to the show. 

Admission: 
Free

Snarky Puppy / Kneebody

Sunday / September 28, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The once Texan, now New York-based Grammy Award-winning quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from a best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still underground in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village VoiceGuardian, and Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.

The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and maintains a more intense tour schedule than many bands. Over the course of 2013, Snarky Puppy gave almost 200 performances and workshops on four continents. It played at several festivals, including North Sea Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, Blue Note Tokyo, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

It's most recent album, Family Dinner—Volume Onewith featured guest Lalah Hathaway, earned a Grammy for Best R&B Performance and charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

Kneebody's sound is a combination of explosive rock energy, high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of the band's sound this way: “Personally, I think calling Kneebody 'jazz' or 'electric jazz' is fantastic because then we can move on from that hang up and play our music—and alter expectations of what jazz is.”

Seonho Song

Wednesday / November 5, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Seonho presents a set of jazz standards and original compositions in a quartet setting.  

Admission: 
free

Gabrielle Goodman: Background and Beyond

Monday / December 15, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Gabrielle Goodman's Background Vocal Ensemble will perform jazz and R&B, singing the music of Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, and Manhattan Transfer, with stunning leads and lush background vocals.

Admission: 
Free

Gaia Wilmer Octet

Wednesday / October 8, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Brazilian composer and saxophonist Gaia Petrelli Wilmer combines her influences from Brazilian harmony, rhythms, and melodies with modern jazz. In this concert, she presents some of the original compositions she has been working on with her octet.

Admission: 
Free

Rehearsal Techniques Ensemble

Wednesday / December 17, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vocal students in the Rehearsal Techniques Ensemble perform various styles with a killer rhythm section.

Admission: 
Free

Susana Baca Meets Berklee

Thursday / November 13, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration will present a concert featuring world-renowned Peruvian singer Susana Baca. A 30-piece band of Berklee students, playing arrangements by contemporary writing and production majors, will perform a selection of Baca's songs specially chosen for this concert. The show will be produced by Grammy-winning bassist Oscar Stagnaro and directed by Matthew Nicholl, chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department and executive director of the Mediterranean Music Institute.

The Women's Choir

Wednesday / December 17, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Women's Choir, directed by Sharon Brown, is primarily based in the traditional classical idiom. Program to be determined at the beginning of the semester.

Admission: 
Free

A Cappella Mixé Spring

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's contemporary a cappella ensemble will present works directed by Joey Blake.

Also performing is the Jubilee Spirit Ensemble. Director Donna McElroy, a former member of the world-renowned Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, has brought the heritage, faith, and beauty of the American spiritual to Berklee.

 

Admission: 
Free

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