Concert

Christian Lopez with Special Guests Elliot Taylor and Toledo

Thursday / March 30, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Christian Lopez
Elliot Taylor
Toledo
Christian Lopez
Elliot Taylor
Toledo

Steeped in the musical roots of his West Virginia upbringing, Christian Lopez epitomizes the soul of a traditional Appalachian folk musician. On his debut full-length effort, Onward, the young artist emulates the sound produced by the region’s resident pickers and strummers and tackles themes of love, perseverance, and coming of age.

Elliot Taylor's sound is unrefined, soulful, and genuine. Taylor draws his lyric inspiration from traveling the northern English countryside and has been named Sky TV's Best Unsigned Live Act, received BBC Radio 1 airplay, and been featured on indie film soundtracks along the way.

Daniel Alvarez de Toledo and Jordan Dunn-Pilz have been writing music together since 2009. Now accompanied by Harry Burr, Pedro Calloni, and Ole Kirkeng, the duo spearheads Toledo – an independent folk group based out of the Boston music scene. Blending their singer-songwriter roots with a contemporary alternative sound, this young group presents a new take on folk that is sure to make waves. 

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Roots Roadshow

Wednesday / February 22, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

The Roots Roadshow is a showcase where America's rich musical heritage is explored and celebrated. Every month, we present a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, Western swing, and more. Whether it's a faculty-led ensemble, a brand-new student project, or a band that's making its name in the Boston scene, you never know what will happen at a Roots Roadshow. Come connect with Berklee's thriving roots community and hear some of Berklee's finest rising acoustic talent as we continue to propel American roots music into the 21st century. 

Admission: 
Free

The Video Game Music Club Presents the Videri String Quartet

Saturday / February 11, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
150 Massachusetts Avenue, room B41
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Videri String Quartet is made up of current and former Boston Conservatory at Berklee students specializing in video game soundtracks arranged for string quartet. They have played all over, including GDC, the GANG Awards, and at the Nintendo World Store in New York City. They will be playing a combination of student work and their own arrangements. 

Admission: 
Free

Theo Croker

Thursday / March 2, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Theo Croker
Theo Croker

Theo Croker is an artist steeped in jazz tradition, heavily influenced by the legendary trumpeters Doc Cheatham and Donald Byrd. Well versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker's own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and groove-oriented hip-hop. It's a vital amalgam that would have pleased the forward-thinking Byrd, whose own '70s funk-jazz albums are an obvious touchstone for Croker on his hypnotically enlightened 2016 effort, Escape Velocity. He championed this sound on his 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater collaboration, Afro Physicist, and he pushes it to the limits on this follow-up. Taking the production reins from Bridgewater, who also appears here on the euphoric "Love from the Sun," Croker has crafted a set of compositions that find him bringing his funky world view into focus.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

Yifan Wu: Zambelli Piano Scholarship Concert

Tuesday / February 28, 2017 / 4:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Yifan Wu, Zambelli Piano Scholarship competition winner, will present a solo acoustic piano concert of classical material.

Admission: 
Free

Marc Rossi Group

Wednesday / March 1, 2017 / 4:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department faculty member Marc Rossi and his group will present a concert of his original music, from his critically acclaimed world-jazz CDs Hidden Mandala, Mantra Revealed, and Resonance.

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Free

Ross Ramsay

Tuesday / February 28, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department faculty member Ross Ramsay will perform with his group, featuring acoustic piano and synthesizers.

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Free

Recital: The Music of Jarrett, Hancock, and Corea

Monday / May 8, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Music of Jarrett, Hancock, and Corea class will present a recital featuring the compositions of these three great pianists and artists, performed by the students in the class, and accompanied by a student bassist and drummer. Guest appearance by class instructor and faculty pianist Tim Ray.

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Free

Maz / Michelle Willis / Riva Saputo

Friday / March 10, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Maz
Michelle Willis
Riva Saputo
Mike ‘Maz’ Maher
Michelle Willis
Riva Saputo

Mike ‘Maz’ Maher has made a name for himself as a founding member of the multi-Grammy-Award winning group Snarky Puppy. Although he functions as a trumpeter with the pups, it would be remiss to categorize Maz as a closet singer-songwriter. His songs incorporate folk, rock, soul, and jazz traditions with a seamless mastery that is only overshadowed by his ability to captivate audiences with the soulful intimacy of his voice. 

In a short period of time, Canadian Michelle Willis has made a name for herself as a singer-songwriter and keyboardist performing with some of the world's most well-loved artists (Iggy & the Stooges, Snarky Puppy, Zac Brown Band, and David Crosby, to name a few). Her debut album See Us Through was released on Snarky Puppy's GroundUP Music label, and features richly stacked vocals atop Americana, folk, and jazz harmony. Willis can now most often be heard performing in Brooklyn, New York.

Riva Saputo is a Boston-based, alternative R&B band started by Heather Rivas and Toni Saputo. Together, they are bringing a new musical dynamic to the R&B scene. All band members include Toni Saputo (bass/vocals), Heather Rivas (keys), and Mario Taddeo Jr. (drums). Riva Saputo released their first EP on March 11, 2016, and their first single on December 16, 2016. They plan on releasing their full album in 2017. 

 

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 general admission

Gabrielle Goodman—Armsted Christian Concert Series

Tuesday / January 31, 2017 / 10:50 a.m.
7 Haviland St
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Africana Studies Armsted Christian Concert/Lecture Series: Gabrielle Goodman

Africana Studies welcomes voice professor Gabrielle Goodman to perform in our Center. She is an accomplished composer, singer, and author, and we are honored to be able to witness her perform for our students and faculty in such an intimate setting.

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The Armsted Christian Concert/Lecture Series brings in artists and lecturers who aim to inspire and promote forward thinking between our students and our community. We present this series in honor of our beloved late voice department professor, colleague, and friend, Armsted Christian.

Admission: 
Free

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