| November 2008

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November 2008

  An artist's rendering of Berklee Valencia

October saw the opening of new doors for Berklee, with the announcement of plans to build a college of contemporary music in Valencia, Spain, in collaboration with the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE). Berklee Valencia will welcome its first class of students in 2011. Read on to find out more about this exciting new international partnership.

Exciting things happened in October here at home, as well. Read about John Mayer's weeklong visit to Berklee; a superstar collaboration to celebrate African American Women in Rock; the launch of FUSION, Berklee's first literary magazine; and more.

The Latin Culture Celebration continues with a slew of events across campus, including concerts by Eva Allyón, La Timbistica, Leo Blanco, Antonio Sanchez, and the Edmar Castañeda Trio. Check out our events calendar for a full listing of Latin Culture Celebration events, as well as the many other shows that pack the month of November.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

Pop music chases fads; great music surprises us. The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee presents great music from Peru to Nashville; from soul to lando to jazz. Eight shows. No boundaries. Full of surprises. Read more...

November 6, 2008

Eva Ayllón

The great Afro-Peruvian singer and "Queen of Lando" performs her music with a student and faculty group led by Oscar Stagnaro. Matthew Nicholl, chair of Berklee's Contemporary Writing and Production Department, will arrange the night's selections.

November 16, 2008

Daniel Lanois

The ten-time Grammy winner will be an artist-in-residence, November 16-18, appearing with master drummer Brian Blade.

December 3, 2008 Wayner Shorter Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration
February 5, 2009 Jazz as Condition: Mint Condition
March 1, 2009

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Burt Bacharach

March 7, 2009 Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire
April 16, 2009

Singers Showcase: The 25th Anniversary

All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m., except where noted, at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. For ticket information, call 617 747-2261 or visit


Maggie Scott Trio, November 3

The Berklee Jazz series continues in Watertown with the Maggie Scott Trio performing the music of the American Songbook in the intimate, club-like setting of the Black Box Theater. 7:30 p.m., Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. $15. Read more...

KidsJam at Berklee, November 3, 10, 17, 24

This workshop, led by Berklee Music Education students and professors, will involve singing, moving, playing instruments, listening, and creating or improvising music. 11:00 a.m., Cafe 939. Free and open to the public. Read more...

Ghana: A Musical Landscape, November 3

The Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble collaborates with top Ghanaian performers including Bernard Woma, master of gyil (African xylophone), and renowned dancer Victor Nanai Agbeli. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. $10. Read more...

Fernando Brandão's Choro Democratico / La Timbistica, November 4

Fernando Brandão's Choro Democratico performs and Paulo Stagnaro leads La Timbistica in Latin jazz with a sextet and an 11-piece salsa band. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. $10. Read more...

Edmar Castañeda Trio / Las Americas Faculty Big Band Featuring Diego Urcola, November 10

Latin-jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda leads his trio; and the Las Americas Faculty Big Band, conducted by Bernardo Hernández, performs music from various Latin American countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. $10. Read more...

Contemporary Writing and Production Department Faculty Concert, November 13

This year’s annual concert will showcase CWP artist-in-residence composer/percussionist Roland Vazquez with an ensemble of Berklee faculty. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. $10. Read more...

Singers Night, November 18
Voice students are selected to perform an array of rock, r&b, gospel, folk, and original compositions. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. $10. Read more...

Leo Blanco's Africa Latina CD Release Show, November 21

A CD release show for Leo Blanco's Africa Latina, with Grammy Award–winner Antonio Sanchez. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. $10. Read more...

On Sale

  • Maz Jobrani — Tickets go on sale November 14 for a February 7 show.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  John Mayer performs at a BPC clinic.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth


Berklee Valencia Begins
The groundbreaking event features a holographic projection of the site that will result from Berklee's collaboration with SGAE to build a music school in Spain. Read more... Watch video...

John Mayer: Converting Information to Inspiration
During his weeklong residency, the Berklee alumnus offers advice on writing songs, defining expectations, and dealing with the music industry. Read more...

President Brown Goes Blue(grass)
Berklee president Roger H. Brown gives the keynote address at this year's International Bluegrass Music Association conference. Read more...

From Africa to Appalachia
Two string virtuosi bridge continents with a kora and a banjo. Read more...

Women Rock Berklee
African American women rockers get exposure during a weeklong visit. Read more... And more...

Berklee Lit Mag Launches

FUSION: A Magazine of Literature, Music, and Ideas celebrated its premiere October 29. Read more...

Berklee Names First Africa Scholar

Victor "Blue" Dogah is among 26 African musicians awarded a total of $1.4 million in scholarships. Read more...

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

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

This month, listen to "Serendipity" by Berklee faculty member Leo Blanco. The Venezuelan pianist and composer celebrates the release of his new CD Africa Latina November 21 with a concert at Berklee's Cafe 939 featuring Grammy Award–winner Antonio Sanchez.

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