| November 2007

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November 2007

  Grandmaster Flash
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

The Sovereign Bank Music Series begins this month with not one, but three concerts, featuring Brazilian singer/songwriter Rosa Passos; Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux; and Christopher Guest, of Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind fame. The eclectic series offers something for every musical taste.

A host of musicians, composers, and producers come to campus not just for concerts, but for clinics and master classes. In October, the Berklee community was treated to visits from hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash, heavy metal shredder Steve Vai, legendary bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards, acoustic guitarist Alex de Grassi, and more.

Latin music is enjoying a resurgence at Berklee—faculty and alumni were nominated for 20 Latin Grammy Awards this year alone. We salute the genre this month with our annual Latin Culture Celebration. Check out the concerts and clincs connected to it, as well as the many other performances that take place at Berklee every day. And sign up for Berklee's podcast, this month featuring Passos singing Djavan's "Obi."

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

The college's annual live music series returns, with lead sponsorship from Sovereign Bank. The 2007–2008 series promises to be the most innovative yet.

  November 8, 2007  

Rosa por Berklee

The great Brazilian singer/songwriter Rosa Passos in concert with Berklee students and faculty, performing her songs along with the music of Gilberto Gil, Jobim, Djavan, and João Bosco.

  November 11, 2007   The Fab Faux Perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  November 30, 2007   These Go to 11: Christopher Guest Meets Berklee
  December 12, 2007   Canada Comes to Berklee
  January 31, 2008   Restore Your Soul
  February 24, 2007   The Great American Songbook: Berklee on Broadway
  March 7, 2007   The SFJAZZ Collective
  April 17, 2007   Singers Showcase

Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster. For more information, check back later at the series home page.


Winds Day Concert, November 5

The Berklee Rainbow Big Band, directed by Phil Wilson, will feature special faculty guest soloists Frank Tiberi and Dino Govoni on saxophone and Ken Cervenka on trumpet. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Latin Culture Celebration, November 6–8
The Latin community at Berklee presents a series of public concerts and clinics recognizing the rich talent from Latin America. Read more...

One Blazing Glance, November 13

The world premiere of "One Blazing Glance" by Composition Department professor Beth Denisch will help fund seven groups currently producing cultural adaptations and translations of the groundbreaking women's health book Our Bodies, Ourselves. 6:00 p.m., Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway. Read more...

Jazz at the Gardner, November 15

Pianist and composer Chris Enright opens the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Jazz at the Gardner series, this year featuring Berklee students and alumni. 7:00 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway. Read more...

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, November 28

Berklee's first symphony orchestra kicks off its inaugural concert with the world premiere of Stephen Webber's piece for narrator, turntables, and orchestra along with a staged scene from the opera Hostage by Sam Headrick and Craig Wich. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  Steve Vai
  Photo by Phil Farnsworth


Grandmaster Class
Pioneering hip-hop artist Grandmaster Flash helps four students develop their turntable technique. Read more...

Berklee Freaks for Vai
Famed progressive guitarist/alumnus Steve Vai shares his tips on music and life. Read more...

A Living Legend

David "Honeyboy" Edwards talks about playing—and living—the blues.

Free Verses

Composer Richard Danielpour gives Berklee students a peek behind the curtains of Margaret Garner. Read more...

Running the Show

Phil Ramone talks about the highlights and challenges of producing Berklee's 60th anniversary concert. Read more...

Father of Invention

Don Preston shares memories of Frank Zappa, as well as tips on improvising electronic music. Read more...

A Marriage of Minds

Singer Tata Vega and her producer Alan Abrahams talk about their partnership. Read more...

Learning from the Master

Guitar virtuoso Alex de Grassi shares tools of the trade with students honing their craft. Read more...

Words of Wisdom and Wit

Susan Werner offers advice for aspiring singer/songwriters.

Universal Rhythms

Berklee alumnus Pablo Peña creates the instructional DVD New World Drumming. Read more about Berklee Press's new releases...

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.

Live at the BPC

This month, the Berklee Performance Center features a rare acoustic performance from Jonathan Davis, of Korn fame (Nobvember 12), and contemporary jazz from the Maria Schneider Orchestra (November 17).

On Sale

  • Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds — Tickets go on sale November 2 for a December 8 show.

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center website or

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

Brazilian jazz great Rosa Passos is the featured artist this month in our Sounds of Berklee podcast. Listen to her perform Djavan's "Obi," which she'll perform with students and faculty on November 8, the kickoff concert for this year's Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee.

Subscribe to the Sounds of Berklee podcast.


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