The Songwriting Department is proud to present our first hip-hop showcase. Songwriting faculty members Dan Cantor and Raydar Ellis will host the show, which will feature performances by Ugo, the J Dilla Ensemble, and visiting artist and world hip-hop act the Narcycist. Come check out our newest showcase event.
Proyecto Alebrije brings together bolero, Son Jarocho, canto cardenche, huapango, and many other musical styles. This project blends folkloric Mexican items with blues, rock, jazz, and a capella arrangements to spread Mexican heritage and culture at Berklee.
Clarinetist Jung Youn Ha will present her original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards along with two solo clarinet pieces by Igor Stravinsky and Manuel de Falla. The music will be presented in a quartet setting with a contemporary sound influenced by jazz, classical, R&B, and gospel. Ha will be joined by her peers Witness Matlou (piano), Changmin Jun (double bass), and Lesley Mok (drums).
Berklee in the Round (BITR) occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four or five students and one special guest (a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or other performer), and hosts an in-the-round performance. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs. The audience is seated around the performers, lending a more intimate feel to the show.
Berklee Songwriting professor Susan Cattaneo will host this month's show.
A duo out of Austin, Texas, the Wind and the Wave are Dwight Baker ("the Wind") and Patricia Lynn ("the Wave"). The two met in 2009 when Baker, a touring musician turned songwriter and producer who's worked with such artists as Bob Schneider and Brandi Carlile, was urged by his wife to actually leave his studio and go see a friend's band. Lynn's previous band was opening the show. Declaring Lynn's voice the best thing about her band, Baker expressed an interest in working with her, which led to his producing several of her projects, and a creative partnership was born.
Baker and Lynn describe themselves as being cut from the same thread. Last year, the Wind and the Wave released their debut album, From The Wreckage, with RCA Records. The album glows with a rootsy golden tone that encompasses everything from indie-folk to alt-country, from blues rock to Southern psychedelia. The raucous first single, “With Your Two Hands,” sounds like it could have been written during an impromptu back-porch jam session. Baker and Lynn have just released their second single, “It’s a Longer Road to California Than I Thought.”
The “Be-Bop” Guitars is an all-faculty guitar ensemble from Berklee College of Music. This unique group features five of Berklee’s time-honored guitar faculty performing specialized arrangements that show the diversity of the instrument and of the performers. The remainder of the band is made up of trumpet, flute, vibes, bass, and drums; these band members are also Berklee faculty. The nine members have a combined total of over 250 years of experience as Berklee jazz educators and an equal number of years in which the individuals have performed in numerous musical settings throughout the world.
The group began in 1990 by performing arrangements from Supersax and other similar ensembles. Later, they expanded their repertoire by writing new arrangements and compositions. Although rooted in the bebop tradition, the band plays a variety of materials that reflect the long history of jazz music, and they have garnered a steady following over the years. Their first CD, The “Be-Bop” Guitars…..& More!, was released in 2000 and received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the country; their second CD, Freshly Painted Blues, was released in 2007.
The Female Essence is a show crafted around five different, dynamic female artists who want to share a piece of their musical personalities. Featuring Melaner Quiroz from New Jersey, Briana Williams from Georgia, Malavika Das from Dubai, Christine Smit from California, and Jasmine Jefferson from New Jersey, the night will be filled with originals from each artist as well as covers of artists such as Janelle Monae, Beyonce, Coldplay, and Jill Scott, among others.
In conjunction with the Red Room, the Songwriting Department is proud to present this monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. If you want to play, your song must be an original composition under five minutes long. Please show up at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. to sign up. There will be 25 slots and as many as 10 alternates if others don't show up. Each act includes one song each. In the case of a small roster, you may play another song after everyone who has signed up has had a chance to perform. No covers, and no drum kits, please. For more info, please email email@example.com.