Concert

Agora Trio

Wednesday / July 30, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Agora Trio is a jazz group featuring three esteemed musicians and Berklee faculty members: bassist Bruce Gertz, pianist Steve Hunt, and drummer Henrique De Almeida. Gertz has toured with Maynard Ferguson, Marlena Shaw, Gary Burton, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Bergonzi, and others. Hunt has spent time on the road and around the world with the likes of Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, Angela Bofill, Tom Brown, and Allan Holdsworth. De Almeida leads his own groups, the Brazilian Jazz Project, and the jazz fusion group World News and is an in-demand producer/composer, a frequently published author, and a clinician for many percussion-related companies. He has worked with Nat Adderley, Leo Blanco, Bill Cosby, Gloria Estefan, and Danilo Perez, among many others. Join this world-class trio for a set of improvisational exploration.

Admission: 
Free

Dylan Vadakin's Senior Recital

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Vibraphonist Dylan Vadakin presents his senior recital in a performance with his six-piece hip-hop/jazz group, Light Bright.

Admission: 
Free

An Evening with Preston Reed and Special Guest Usman Riaz

Tuesday / November 4, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Preston Reed's audacious re-invention of acoustic guitar playing has influenced a generation of young guitarists, including Pakistani multi-instrumental composer Usman Riaz. They will be reunited for one night only for the first time since their hit performance at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. Using the two-handed integrated percussive acoustic technique he pioneered in 1980s and ‘90s, Preston Reed fuses chord-based grooves, soaring melodic runs, and polyrhythmic percussion that integrates the breathtaking potential of the guitar body.  

Usman Riaz began playing classical piano at the age of six and taught himself to play a variety of instruments, using the internet as his teacher. A composer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, and filmmaker, Riaz has spoken and performed on the TED main stage as a TED fellow and has been traveling all over the world, sharing his artwork and music with audiences, to emphasize how all of us can use multimedia around us to further our talents. Riaz is now a senior TED fellow and attends Berklee College of Music.

Judah & The Lion / Morningsiders / Nick Stevenson

Friday / October 10, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Judah & the Lion

Judah & the Lion is an Americana pop trio with roots in Nashville. Drawing on many influences, the band's folk instrumentation showcases fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The band got its start in 2011 and exists to create honest and relatable music. Lead singer Judah Akers, banjo player Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist Brian Macdonald present the kind of vocal harmonies that make the heart ache. The group has released two successful EPs, First Fruits and Sweet Tennessee. The latter blasted onto the Billboard charts, hitting the Top 20 in a variety of genres.

Morningsiders are a folk/pop duo featuring the songwriting pair of Magnus Ferguson (vocals/guitar) and Reid Jenkins (vocals/fiddle). Appearing as both a duo and full band, Morningsiders draw on an Americana folk foundation while also veering into the worlds of pop, rock, and jazz. Based in New York City, Magnus and Reid formed the group in 2012 as sophomores at Columbia University. The band's debut live music video, "Empress," quickly went viral around campus, and soon after, Morningsiders opened for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Columbia's 2013 spring concert.

Influenced by a multitude of artists ranging from Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Rolling Stones, Nick Stevenson performs in a range of musical genres. Nick hit the performance scene when he was 12 years old, playing 45-minute blues and folk sets in bars. Armed with a guitar, harmonica, and voice, he is backed by a drummer and a bass player. Nick has been performing for nine years, and is ready to play any show he can throw together. 

Watch a music video for Judah & the Lion's "Sweet Tennessee" here:


Hyerin Jacquelyn Kim: Hyerin Plays Clazzic Piano

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist Hyerin Jacquelyn Kim performs solo classical piano in her senior recital.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield: To the Fourth Dimension!

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Davis Whitfield

Pianist Davis Whitfield and band perform original compositions and covers.

As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina. Whitfield also received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee College of Music to pursue his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Inspired by Muddy and Monroe: Featuring the Del McCoury Band and Catherine Russell

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Del McCoury Band
Catherine Russell

Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe are two American music titans who each helped create and define a blues-based genre: bluegrass, in the case of Bill Monroe, and Chicago blues, in the case of Muddy Waters.

Special guests the Del McCoury Band, a renowned representation of the best in contemporary bluegrass, and Catherine Russell, a vocalist who brings vibrant new life to the Chicago blues sound, will perform with students and faculty to re-envision the music of these two titans.

This program is produced by Matt Glaser and Rob Rose.

Learn more about the Inspired by Muddy and Monroe concert.

 

Nojae Kangwan Kim's Recital

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist Nojae Kangwan Kim performs original compositions.

Admission: 
Free

Christopher Donoyan's Senior Recital

Wednesday / December 17, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Christopher Donoyan will present a concert of original jazz and R&B with his combo.

Admission: 
Free

Byrne and Kelly

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly will be making a return to Boston with an acoustic show featuring music from their album Acoustically Irish, fan favorites, and original tunes from their solo albums.

 

 

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