Reading/Concert

Global FUSION: Found in Translation

Tuesday / April 1, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA

Get at taste of the musical and literary offerings of Berklee's vibrant international community. Join FUSION for a tour of the globe as students share the music and poetry of Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Come check out Berklee students as they deliver the world to Berklee's doorstep.  FUSION:  not just a type of jazz. 

Check out the flyer or email Deborah Bennett for more information. 
 
Admission: 
Free

Mary Lambert / Caroline Harvey

Saturday / October 5, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Mary Lambert
Photo by Deborah Spencer

Mary Lambert is good at two things: crying and singing. As a performer, Lambert resembles the subdued softness of artists like Feist and Bon Iver. She has carved out a niche for herself thanks to her winding and profound lyrics and her breathy, haunting melodies. Performing live alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, VH1 and The Colbert Report, the trio garnered more than 80 million views on YouTube and platinum status for the song “Same Love.” Lambert is also Seattle’s 2011 Grand Poetry Slam champion and the 2012 Northwest Regional Slam winner. Earlier this year, her EP, Letters Don’t Talk, helped establish her as one of the most talked-about unsigned artists. Watch Lambert perform “Same Love” with Macklemore and Lewis here:

Poet, educator, and activist Caroline Harvey, an assistant professor of liberal arts at Berklee, performs and teaches internationally. Harvey was a member and coach of multiple award-winning poetry slam teams, was featured on season five of HBO’s Def Poetry, and has shared stages with Melissa Ferrick, Livingston Taylor, Alicia Keys, and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), among others. Her poetry is equal parts folk and punk, sacred and irreverent, and it tracks her belief that every moment is an extraordinary opportunity for healing, beauty, and illumination.

Admission: 
$15 in advance, $20 day of show

2013 National Poetry Slam Finals

Saturday / August 17, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The final round of the world's largest poetry slam returns to the Berklee Performance Center! The top poets from the week-long National Poetry Slam will compete for the championship title. Plus, enjoy a showcase of performances by world, local, and tournament champions. The National Poetry Slam is the largest team poetry slam in the world and the definitive showcase for competitive performance poetry. This year’s event will welcome more than 300 of the world’s best spoken word artists – representing more than 70 teams from around North America – to five days of competition in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. 

The tournament culminates on Saturday night with the finals competition. The top four teams from the week’s competition will slam off for the national championship, performing individually or in “group pieces” to impress judges selected from the audience. Showcase performers will include local poetry celebrities, national and international champions, and crowd favorites from the tournament, including the poet-selected “underground” champ.

The 2013 National Poetry Slam is produced by Poetry Slam, Inc. and the Boston Poetry Slam. Visit nationalpoetryslam.com for more information about the event.

 

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Andrea Gibson / Shira E

Saturday / March 23, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Andrea Gibson
Shira E

 

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement—the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam—Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
 
Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV, and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.
 
Now, on her fifth full-length album Flower Boy and her second book The Madness Vase, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room.

Shira E's award-winning music has appeared on NPR, national TV, and multiple independent films and she has shared stages with Coco Rosie and TuNe-YaRdS. Her experimental soul music is a magic trick turning all ears into doves. The songs are guttural experiments in redefining how we dance. All sweat and sincerity and shaking asses. Over thick muscular beats, the clink and jangle of toy pianos, and a radiant wash of angelic wails, her powerful voice soars. She is turning a sonic key to find the room where Kate Bush and Michael Jackson are kissing underwater. Generous and uplifting, her heartfelt performances sway crowds toward joy and discovery. 

 
Admission: 
$12 advance, $14 day of show

Armsted Christian's Peaceful Flight

Tuesday / November 20, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

 

Armsted Christian presents an evening of jazz and poetry, featuring members of his Flo'Ology Spoken Word Experience and his contemporary Latin jazz ensemble Peaceful Flight.

Admission: 
Free

The Life and Work of Marvin Gaye

Monday / November 19, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

 

Amy Merrill presents a reading from an original script about the life and work of Marvin Gaye, accompanied by a musical ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Chinese Melodies and Poetry: An Ancient to Modern Counterpoint of Chinese Words and Music

Monday / December 5, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In exile or retirement from centers of political power, Tang dynasty poets examined enduring values of friendship, imagination, and nature.  Their poetry still speaks to our creative spirit and surmounts the thousands of years, miles, and cultural differences that separate us.  Speaking with the ancients through music, David Fiuczynski and the Planet MicroJam Institute welcome you to a dialogue of words and melodies between the tang dynasty and the present day.

Featuring: David Fiuczynski on fretted and fretless guitar; Steve Chiuh on erhu and violin; Sam Mengsteab on microtonal keyboards and sounds; Justin Schornstein on bass; Jharis Yokley on drums; D.J. Hatfield on poetry and commentary; and Joseph Coroniti, moderator and poetry.

 

 

Admission: 
FREE

James Joyce: Words and Music

Thursday / February 2, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Professor Henry Tate presents a night of James Joyce.

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Sean Patrick Conlon: Live!

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A talented writer and compelling performer, Sean Patrick Conlon is a dedicated student of the page and a firm believer in the power of spoken word.

As a poet, his constant devotion to both the craft of writing and live showmanship has fast earned him a reputation as being one of the hardest working and most original artists in the spoken word community today. As slam master of the Hampshire College Slam Collective, Conlon founded the first nationally certified spoken word venue based on a college campus, and has coached teams in two national competitions. As a competitor at the 2008 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational and the 2008 National Poetry Slam, Conlon is the first person asked to read an opening poem on the final night of competition for both tournaments in a single year.

Conlon will be joined on stage by other poets and musicians.
This event is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department and is part of Liberal Arts' Spoken Word Series. For more information, contact ccolatosti@berklee.edu.

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Esterhazy Student Composition Readings

Monday / October 18, 2010 / 6:15 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Esterhazy String Quartet will read several student compositions for performance and discussion.

The quartet is Eva Szekely and Susan Jensen, violinists; Leslie Perna, violist; and Darry Dolezal, cellist. Throughout its distinguished career, the Esterhazy Quartet has delighted audiences on three continents, including performances at the Haydn Festspiele in Austria, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the Beethoven Society in Santiago de Chile. Critics have praised the group for its intelligence, refinement, and warmth of sound, described as a "velvety palette of tonal colors" (La Nacion, Buenos Aires). 

National Public Radio has frequently featured the Esterhazy Quartet on its broadcasts. During the quartet's last tour to the Boston area, they performed live on WGBH. The group has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-Columbia since its inception four decades ago. As a musical ambassador for the University, the quartet performs concerts around the world and seeks to promote the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes and workshops with young performers, and collaborations with respected modern composers. 

Though the quartet is well-respected for its discerning interpretations of the standard classical repertoire, it is also widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas. The group recently completed world-premiere recordings by Houston composer Michael Horvit and New York composer James Willey.

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