Concert

Akenda

Friday / March 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Akenda is influenced by post-rock, jazz, classical music, and electronic dance music. They will present a live experience that is both danceable and exciting to the ear. Their dynamic band communication brings extended improvisation highlighted by counterpoint and intriguing rhythm.

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Free

The Movement: Feed the Hungry

Sunday / April 12, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

This free event showcases some of Berklee's finest musicians competing to win the grand prize: a headlining gig for the Murdock Manor Presents. Win amazing prizes such as a brand-new guitar, restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets, and more by bringing one or more nonperishable food items—the more food you bring, the more raffle tickets you receive and the greater your chance of winning big.

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Free

Dunnery Bond

Monday / March 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Dunnery Bond, a 20-year-old vocalist from Nova Scotia, Canada, performs his favorite songs in his final recital at Berklee.

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Free

Toni "Claire" Rodriguez

Tuesday / March 24, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Toni "Claire" Rodriguez
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Vocalist Toni "Claire" Rodriguez performs covers and original arrangements of famous theme songs  from the James Bond films.

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Free

Plucky Strum: Harvey S and Sheryl B

Monday / April 13, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Plucky Strum weaves together intimate musical story lines that combine jazz, classical, Latin, and pop music. This all-acoustic guitar and bass duo explores the joy of creative improvisation through lush harmonies, beautiful melodic lines, and captivating rhythms. They are celebrating their self-titled debut release, now available from the Whaling City Sound label.

Harvey S is a veteran of the jazz and Latin music scenes. Known for his long-standing duo project with jazz vocal legend Sheila Jordan, he has recorded and toured with the cream of the crop: Dexter Gordon, Kenny Baron, John Scofield, James Weidman, and Pat Martino, among others. He is a professor of jazz bass and jazz ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Guitarist and composer Sheryl Bailey has toured worldwide with her organ trio, the Sheryl Bailey 3; her quartet, featuring Jim Ridl; and the Electric Ladyland Project, featuring Vic Juris. She is an associate professor at Berklee and was voted a rising star in both 2013 and 2014 in the DownBeat Critics Poll.

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Free

Spring Winds, Flutes, and Piano

Wednesday / April 15, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble and the Berklee Flute Choir, directed by woodwind professor Wendy Rofle, will present a concert featuring Latin, baroque, and romantic music, among other styles. Lively and lyrical classical favorites, original compositions by Berklee musicians, and music from across the globe will be performed by some of the college's finest woodwind, piano, and rhythm section players.

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Free

Jay Stolar / Matt Sucich / The Walk Off

Saturday / March 28, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jay Stolar
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Singer-songwriter Jay Stolar is a one-man tour de force, sliding effortlessly from one genre to the next. His craftsmanship is undeniable, and with his soulful debut, More Than We Think, he’s ready to take over. Buzz has built for months in anticipation of its release. Each of Stolar’s videos in 2013, which premiered on outlets like American Songwriter, Blurt, Buzznet, and Artist Direct, brought him an army of new fans. Those fans have helped him raise over $50,000 to self-release More Than We Think. Now, after being featured on the CW’s 90210, his first single, “Like You Do,” has spent two weeks on the Billboard Top 40 Indicator watch list, positioned to crack the charts and make Stolar a household name. In addition, he has proven his compositional mettle by cowriting and producing an album for The Voice contestant Caroline Pennell. 

Matt Sucich spent 2014 writing, performing, and recording the follow-up to his self-produced 2012 album, Layers, with his band and producer/engineer Paul Loren. Together they also released a single, "The Lonely Dreamer." As 2015 unfolds, new, live video sessions and studio-recorded, live-to-tape American tracks will soon be available online. Sucich has appeared at such festivals as Willie Nelson's Heartbreaker Banquet in Austin, Texas (2014); Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware (2013); and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (2012). He has supported and shared the stage with headline acts including Levon Helm, Adam Duritz and the Counting Crows, Lucius, Rachael Yamagata, and the Lone Bellow, among others.
 
The Walk Off is the result of a process as old as time itself: a few friends getting together in the same room to make some noise. As has been the case throughout the history of pop music, these three well-dressed boys with immaculate haircuts happened to enjoy the noise they made, and the Walk Off was born. Their sound falls under the wide umbrella of alternative indie rock, although they don't exactly sound like your typical indie band. The band members chose to forsake the synth-driven, ambient sound prevalent in the genre and instead bring things back to the basics, resulting in music that's stripped-down by modern standards. Characterized by beefy guitars, groovy bass lines, and heavy drums, the Walk Off operates based upon the belief that creativity is only limited by the confines of one's imagination.
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$5 with college ID / $10 in advance / $12 day of show

Guilherme Abud Quintet

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Composer and guitarist Guilherme Abud presents his original compositions influenced by jazz and Brazilian music.

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Free

P.J Duffy's Senior Recital

Wednesday / March 4, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Bass principal P.J. Duffy presents a recital of intense electric and acoustic rock and jazz fusion.

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Free

Ben Prentice's Senior Recital

Friday / March 13, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist and composer Ben Prentice presents his senior jazz composition portfolio recital.

Admission: 
Free

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