Performance

The Sachal Ensemble

Sunday / October 29, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Sachal Jazz Ensemble
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Pakistan’s classical virtuosos the Sachal Jazz Ensemble emerged in 2011 with an ambitious recording covering Western jazz standards on traditional instruments. Their unusual angle on Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” went viral, earning them worldwide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to perform at Lincoln Center. In this cross-cultural, genre-bending concert, works by Mancini, Brubeck, and Grusin blend with Pakistani traditions on sitar, flute, sarangi, and tablas, capturing music as the universal language, a bridge across divides and between cultures. 

Admission: 
$28 / $32 / $37 / $42

Harold López-Nussa Trio

Saturday / October 28, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Harold López-Nussa
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Havana-based composer and pianist Harold López-Nussa travels smoothly through his classical, Cuban, and jazz inspirations to create an exceptional style of global jazz. His trio includes his younger brother, Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, a renowned musician in his own right, on percussion, and Julio César González on bass.

There will be a free, preperformance talk with Grammy-winning author and journalist Bob Blumenthal at 7:00 p.m. in the Davis Room, on the second floor of the Berklee Performance Center.

Admission: 
$28/ $32/ $37/ $42

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón

Friday / October 13, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Paco de Lucía Project
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Created by 10-time Latin Grammy-winner Javier Limón, the Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his illustrious career, including Antonio Sánchez on guitar, David de Jacoba on vocals, Alain Pérez on bass, Piraña on percussion, Antonio Serrano on harmonica, and flamenco dancer Farru. A longtime collaborator and producer of Paco de Lucía, Javier Limón brings an experience that honors the legacy of de Lucía while also paving a new path into the future of flamenco.

Admission: 
$30 / $37 / $48 / $58

Julieta Venegas: Parte Mia Tour

Thursday / September 7, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julieta Venegas
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Grammy Award winner and internationally acclaimed Latin American artist Julieta Venegas brings her tour to the Berklee Performance Center, representing a new challenge in her career. For the first time she undertakes a tour accompanied onstage by Matias Saavedra and Sergio Silva. They are all multi-instrumentalists, featuring accordions, guitars, keyboards, and percussion sounds for Venegas's greatest hits, such as "Me voy," "Limon y Sal," and “Andar Conmigo." She will perform many other songs from her repertoire that are expressed in a new approach. Venegas shows her audience a natural performance presenting a unique musical experience.

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$40 / $50 / $60

Vanessa da Mata

Sunday / September 10, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Vanessa da Mata
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Stunning Latin Grammy–winning singer-songwriter Vanessa da Mata is a huge hit in her native Brazil. Her delicate, crystalline voice blends bossa nova rhythms with R&B, pop, and reggae. A skilled composer, she got her start writing songs for Maria Bethânia, Daniela Mercury, Ana Carolina, and others. Her 2007 duet with Ben Harper catapulted her onto the international stage, and she hasn’t slowed down since, releasing four chart-topping studio albums and several no.1 hits in Brazil.

Admission: 
$58 / $48 / $37 / $30

Ben Higginbotham / Brenna Carroll

Wednesday / July 19, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Ben Higginbotham
Brenna Carroll
Ben Higginbotham
Brenna Carroll
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Ben Higginbotham is a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas. Currently in his final semester at Berklee College of Music, he lives in Boston, but splits his time between New York and Nashville cowriting and gigging. He has played venues such as the Bitter End in New York City and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as countless places in and around Boston. Although Higginbotham is capable of writing in any style, the music he releases himself could be best described as alternative folk. He is inspired by a wide range of artists including Bon Iver, the Staves, Ben Folds, Randy Newman, Kurt Elling, and Al Jarraeu. Higginbotham hopes to one day have his music on the radio, in films, and in homes all around the world.

Brenna Carroll is a passionate singer-songwriter from the Washington, D.C. area. She enjoys writing and arranging music for herself as well as for other artists in the pop, folk, and R&B genres. She has performed frequently around Boston and New York City in addition to Valencia, Spain. Currently, Carroll is living in Boston after graduating from Berklee with a degree in contemporary writing and production. Caroll has also recently released her self-titled debut EP. Her ultimate goal is to work as a performing artist in London.

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Free

Stephanie James

Tuesday / July 11, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Stephanie James
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Stephanie James, a pop and soul singer-songwriter, uses her powerful vocals and poignant lyrics to inspire and unite her audiences. Her voice manages to carry the fragility and gravity of intense feelings in a way that reaches straight to the soul of the listener. Her debut EP, Rise with the Tide, features powerful ballads that display her wide emotional and vocal range. It aims to move listeners to overcome their struggles using the power of love while exploring themes of rebirth, revival, and renewal. James has performed in numerous venues in the Greater Boston area and is currently preparing for her first tour.

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Free

MARO

Tuesday / June 20, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
MARO
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MARO is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal. She began studying music at the age of 4, receiving her conservatory piano diploma and a high school certificate in science and technologies, at the age of 19. Currently studying at Berklee College of Music, MARO is getting ready to record her first album, to be released by the end of the year. 

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Free

Francesca Crowley

Tuesday / June 20, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Francesca Crowley
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Francesca Crowley is an American folk-pop singer-songwriter. Some of the places she has performed in the Los Angeles area include the Playa Vista Farmer’s Market and the Republic of Pie as well as locations in the Boston area such as Starbucks, the Middle East Corner and the Red Room at Cafe 939. Crowley's influences include inspirational songwriters such as Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. She strives to create new and different music about her life.

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Free

2017 International Championship of A Cappella Open

Saturday / July 29, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The International Championship of A Cappella Open is an all-access a cappella tournament that encourages singers to bring together groups of any age, experience, or origin to form a cappella “dream teams” and compete for the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall for a cash prize of $25,000. The a cappella group placing first in this event will move on to the Open finals on September 23.
 
For 21 years, Varsity Vocals has promoted competitive college a cappella through the ICCA tournament, long before their starring role in Pitch Perfect and Sing It On introduced a cappella to the mainstream. The ICCA, in turn, helped propel the growth of the ICHSA and high school a cappella. The Open is now the biggest program extension in ​its​ long history, and is in keeping with ​the​founding goal of inspiring young people to sing throughout their entire lives.
Admission: 
$25 / $30 / $35

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