Reading/Concert

NY Songwriters Circle

Thursday / April 8, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The New York Songwriters Circle returns to the Red Room at Cafe 939 to showcase the talents of six seasoned songwriters: Julia Easterlin, Jim Wolf, Erin Barra, Pam Autuori, Roger Salloom, and their 2009 Songwriting Contest Grand Prize winner Reed Waddle. Come enjoy an intimate "in the round"-style show where the artists share the inspirations and stories behind their songs.

 

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Berklee Jazz: The Rebecca Cline Trio

Monday / March 22, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Rebecca Cline

Frequent travels to Brazil and the Spanish Caribbean keep Latin jazz pianist Rebecca Cline in touch with the root of her inspiration: groove. Cline displays a mastery of harmonic devices, and her improvisations radiate the rhythmic power of world music and the lyrical grace of jazz. Joining her is Will Slater on acoustic bass and Karina Colison on drums.

Admission: 
$15

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Tuesday / April 13, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
First Church of Boston
66 Marlborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra will perform an exciting concert featuring selections from Patrice Rushen’s Martin Luther King Suite, with the composer in attendance. The concert will also present premieres by the winners of the BCSO Composition Competition: Sonya Belousova’s "By the Pike’s Wish," and Simone Scazzocchi’s "Toys (Chapter 3)."

Violinist and Presidential Scholar Ada Pasternak will be performing the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Pasternak was born in Moscow and emigrated to the United States at the age of 6, where she began taking violin lessons with her aunt, violinist Asya Meshberg. A year later at the age of 7 she was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of the notable violin teacher Albert Markov.

She continued on with her training in classical music for 10 years, winning numerous competitions and receiving awards. Pasternak performs regularly and has participated in several festivals, including Arcandor in Bennington, Vermont and Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians at the Rich Forum in Stamford, Connecticut. As a Grand Prize Winner of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Competition, she was featured as a soloist with the orchestra in 2002. In 2004, Pasternack placed first in the prestigious Carlson-Horn Competition for Young Instrumentalists.

Over time, Pasternak developed an interest in playing other styles of music. After being accepted to Berklee with a Presidential Scholarship, she was able to pursue her interests in contemporary music. For the past two years, she has recorded with numerous singer/songwriters, exploring genres such as pop, blues, and country. Her plan and desire is to form her own band that incorporates many different styles of music and performs internationally, with Pasternak improvising and cowriting with her band members.  
   
The First Church of Boston is at on the corner of Berkeley and Marlborough Streets in Back Bay.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Boston University Medical Campus Band, Carley Tanchon

Wednesday / February 17, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Carley Tanchon

The Boston University Medical Campus Band is a diverse ensemble composed of medical students, faculty and staff whose mission is to foster interpersonal relation at the medical center through the enjoyment of music from every tradition. During the past year, physicians, researchers, residents, nurses, and students on the medical campus have met almost weekly for "jam sessions," sharing the fun of improvising and playing music together while getting to know each other. The BUMC Band members from across the medical campus gather in Bakst Auditorium and transform the lecture space into a hip South End musical venue as, act by act, the musicians wow the audience with their performances of rock, jazz, salsa, and reggae.

Special guest: Carley Tanchon

Carley Tanchon will be performing songs from her debut album Peridot. Evoking a sense of urgency, Peridot intertwines explorative songwriting and powerful performances from incredible musicians with the creative production of Blaze McKenzie. A mixture of subject matter—reflective of relationships, challenges, and some of those wonderful moments when you realize there's no going back.

Admission: 
$10, general admission, free for Berklee students

Lauren Passarelli and Kate Chadbourne

Tuesday / February 23, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Accomplished musician, Lauren Passarellii is a guitar professor at Berklee College of Music.

Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore—but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland. 

Spark, inspiration, follow through = songs, poems, stories, arrangements, mixes.

Come by, hear new music, and join the conversation.

Admission: 
Free

Visiting Artist: Lenelle Moise

Tuesday / January 26, 2010 / 5:30 p.m.
Room F12, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States

Lenelle Moïse is a "culturally hyphenated pomosexual poet" who creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about Haitian-American identity and the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and resistance. She will perform her piece "Speaking Intersections."

Fierce performance poetry and thoughtful prose, "Speaking Intersections" transverses the intersection of race, class, gender, spirit, and sexuality.

Admission: 

Royal Hartigan Clinic

Friday / February 12, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Royal Hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer who has studied and performed the music of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas, including indigenous West African drumming, dance, song, and highlife; Turkish bendir frame drum; Japanese taiko drumming; Philippine kulintang gong and drum ensembles; Chinese Beijing, Cantonese, and Kunqu opera percussion; South Indian solkattu rhythms; Korean pungmul drum and gong ensemble; Javanese and Sumatran gamelan; Gaelic bodhran; Native American drumming; Dominican merengue; Brazilian samba; Cambodian sampho drums; Vietnamese clapper percussion; European symphony; and African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz traditions.

He performs, gives workshops, and records internationally with his own blood drum spirit ensemble and master artists. He has released a documentary and artistic video of his work in West Africa and its relation to the African American music cultures.

Hartigan is involved in ongoing research on the music, culture, and meaning of the music, dance, and expressions of the world’s people. He has received many awards for global research, performance, and teaching including an Asian Cultural Council Research Grant for the Philippines (2009), a J. William Fulbright Lecture/Research Award through the U.S. State Department for the Philippines (2006), a New School University Dean’s Resident Master Artist Award (2005-06), and research awards from San Jose State University for Ghana, West Africa (1994-97) and China (1999), and the National Endowment for the Arts (for study with Edward Blackwell, 1986).

Hartigan's publications include Blood Drum Spirit: Drum Languages of West Africa, African America, Native America, Central Java, and South India, a 1,700-page analysis of world drumming traditions (UMI/ProQuest); articles in Percussive Notes, World of Music, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Music in China, and the African American Review. He has given lectures and clinics on world music and jazz in Africa, China, the Philippines, Europe, and North America. He travels to West Africa most summers to teach, perform, and do research, collaborating with master artists and the people of various villages.

Hartigan received an A.B. in philosophy from St. Michael's College in 1968, specializing in medieval metaphysics and the existentialism of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. He received a B.A. degree in African American music with honors at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1981, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in world music and ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in 1983 and 1986.

Hartigan has taught ethnomusicology, African drumming, and world music ensemble at the New School University (formerly the New School for Social Research) in New York and the graduate liberal studies program at Wesleyan University. He helped develop and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in world music, large and small jazz ensembles, experimental music ensemble, Asian music ensembles (Philippine kulintang and Javanese gamelan), African American music history, and West African drumming and dance at San Jose State University before assuming a position as professor in world music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has taught music theory and fundamentals, Western music history, and introduction to world music at UMass Dartmouth, and currently teaches music of the African diaspora, area studies, and world music survey there. 

Admission: 

Ben Whiting

Saturday / April 24, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A concert of some original big band music as well as some unique non-original music played by an all-star big band.

Admission: 

Nick Flynn

Wednesday / January 20, 2010 / 8:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nick Flynn

Acclaimed author Nick Flynn reads from his new book, The Ticking Is the Bomb. The evening will include musical performances by Bill Janovitz and Chris Colbourn of Buffalo Tom, as well as Franc Graham.

In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in The Ticking Is the Bomb passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession-a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery-of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again. 
 
Nick Flynn grew up on in Scituate and attended New York University. He spent six years working at Pine  Street Inn. He has published two books of poetry, Some EtherBlind Huber; a how-to-teach poetry book, A Note Slipped Under the Door (with Shirley Phillips); and a memoir,Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Nation, the Paris Review, NPR's This American Life and the New York Time Book Review. He has also received a number of prestigious fellowships. He was a member of the Columbia University Writing Project, which trained teachers and taught writing to young people. He currently teaches one semester a year at University of Houston and lives in upstate New York. 
 
The Ticking Is the Bomb will be available for purchase at the show, and Flynn will be signing copies. 
 
Though Berklee's Café 939 is an all-ages venue, material in this program is probably not suitable for children. 

Admission: 
$5

Nick Flynn

Wednesday / January 20, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nick Flynn

Acclaimed author Nick Flynn reads from his new book The Ticking Is the Bomb. The evening will include musical performances by Eric Martin (of the Neats and Illyrians) and Drew O'Doherty.

In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in The Ticking Is the Bomb passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession—a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery—of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.
 
Nick Flynn grew up on in Scituate and attended New York University. He spent six years working at Pine  Street Inn. He has published two books of poetry, Some Ether, Blind Huber; a how-to-teach poetry book, A Note Slipped Under the Door (with Shirley Phillips); and a memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Nation, the Paris Review, NPR's This American Life and the New York Time Book Review. He has also received a number of prestigious fellowships. He was a member of the Columbia University Writing Project, which trained teachers and taught writing to young people. He currently teaches one semester a year at University of Houston and lives in upstate New York.
 
The Ticking Is the Bomb will be available for purchase at the show, and Flynn will be signing copies.
 
Though Berklee's Café 939 is an all ages venue, material in this program is probably not suitable for children.   

Admission: 
$5 general admission

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