Concert

The Jerry Reed/Chet Atkins Fingerstyle Instrumental Show

Tuesday / March 7, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This show will highlight guitar techniques pioneered by Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and will feature solo and group performances.

Admission: 
Free

The Regrettes / Active Bird Community

Tuesday / March 28, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Regrettes
Active Bird Community
The Regrettes
Active Bird Community

Based out of LA, The Regrettes create infectious, punk-driven tracks with a ’50s and ’60s pop aesthetic. Led by outspoken frontwoman Lydia Night, and comprising Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass, and drummer Maxx Morando, the group has left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deap Vally, and more. 

Active Bird Community is a Brooklyn band formed in 2005 by members Tom D’Agustino, Zach Slater, and Andrew Wolfson. More than 10 years later, with the addition of Quinn McGovern on drums, Active Bird Community continues to enliven the stage with their sprightly slacker vibes reminiscent of '90s indie rock. ABC has released two full-length albums and played hundreds of shows to adoring fans and delighted newcomers alike. As the members matured, the lyrics and arrangements of each song reflected both the harmony and discord that comes with growing up in New York. 

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

Divas Latinas

Thursday / April 20, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tania Balcazar Antonio

The Divas Latinas show is a tribute to the most influential pop and pop-rock female Hispanic singers that have made a great impact in Latin America, including Shakira, Laura Pausini, Natalia Lafourcade, Ana Torroja, and many others. Divas Latinas is an opportunity to bring together our global community to celebrate this side of Hispanic music.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Flamenco Orígenes Concert

Saturday / February 11, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street
New York
NY 10023
Javier Limón

Javier Limón Mediterranean Music Institute artistic director, producer, composer, and guitarist presents Flamenco Orígenes, a journey back in time exploring the sounds that created the musical universe of flamenco. 

Flamenco music's roots are diverse, including Sephardic music, Arabic music, an essential part of the history of the Iberian Peninsula and undisputed pillar of the melodic and rhythmic legacy of Andalusian music, and gypsy flamenco, directly linking the Indian origins of art where the music has lived for centuries.
 
Javier Limón's classical background and his knowledge of jazz and Occidental classics make this concert a meeting point of vanguard music where emotion sets the pace for a sophisticated yet natural and intimate repertoire.
 
This project features extraordinary musicians representing these different musical traditions, including student singer Tonina Saputo and percussionist Negah Santos, singer and associate professor Christiane Karam, and alumni: recorder player and singer Tali Rubinstein ‘14, violin player Layth Sidiq ’14, and singer Shilpa Ananth ’14. 
 

The Lord of the Rings Symphony

Wednesday / April 19, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Symphony Hall, Boston
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Composer and Berklee alumnus Howard Shore ’69, ‘08H created his epic The Lord of the Rings Symphony in six movements to express J. R. R. Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's films as an immense symphonic work. The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, featuring top Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee musicians and vocalists, will perform this monumental work at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Wednesday, April 19, at 8:00 p.m.

After four years of writing, The Lord of the Rings Symphony for orchestra, chorus, and soloists was realized. Together with conductor John Mauceri, Shore adapted the form and transitions from his longer film scores to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, molding them into a series of tone poems free of the specific visual linkage to the films. The resulting symphony adheres less to the demands of a film score and more to the traditional orchestral works of influences such as Strauss, Liszt, Smetana, and Sibelius.

“It is very gratifying to see the music from The Lord of the Rings trilogy find a new life on the concert stage,” Shore says. “The music was conceived in Wellington through collaboration with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, and it is only fitting that the piece had its premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, which is the home of Middle-earth. Since the premiere, the symphony has played in sold-out performances in North America, Europe, the Far East, and Australia. We are thrilled that we are able to bring the symphony project to Symphony Hall.”

The symphony will be conducted by Markus Huber and will feature soloist Maureen McMullan, assistant chair of Berklee's Voice Department.

Heavy Rotations/BPMI 17th Annual "Epic" Event

Thursday / February 16, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
The Sinclair
52 Church Street
Cambridge
Massachusetts
United States
02138

Join Heavy Rotation Records and BPMI for the release of Dorm Sessions 12, our new album featuring six of the most unique acts at Berklee: Lady Pills, Jack Martini, Flakes, dwill, Aversed, and Olivia Swann.

All attendees will receive a copy of Dorm Sessions 12 and a free merch from Vans.

There will be buses departing from 160 Massachusetts Avenue that will take people to and from the show.

Lady Pills is a Boston-based garage rock trio comprising Berklee students Ella Boisonnault, Alison Dooley, and Claire Duhring. Taking inspiration from bands such as the Pixies and the Raincoats, Lady Pills combines elements of loud, fuzz-filled rock and a raw, stripped-down sound with intimate and relatable lyrics. Since forming in October 2015, Lady Pills has released an EP and full-length album, titled Despite, and appeared at festivals including Boston Calling and SXSW.

Jack Martini, an Italian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, cooks up songs with the finest flavors from around the world. Collecting places to call home, Berklee student Martini has lived in Rome, New York, Paris, London, and Boston. His eccentric sound and eerie melodies are complemented with simple yet thought-provoking lyrics sung in English, Italian, and French. The self-taught guitarist also accompanies on piano, bass, and the occasional clarinet.

Flakes, staying true to his namesake, hails from the small ski town of Park City, Utah. He got his start in music as a jazz pianist, performing in various ensembles, culminating in performances at the Telluride Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall. In 2014, Flakes began studying at Berklee as an electronic production and design major. Since then, his style has developed into an eclectic and organic yet uncompromising electronic sound.

dwill, David Wilson, a.k.a. “dwill," is a Boston-based producer/DJ specializing in urban and EDM music. Wilson began classical piano and orchestral drums at age 5. At 16, he was exposed to audio engineering and began sequencing small productions in Pro Tools and Ableton. His musical knowledge can be heard through his fluid understanding of chord progressions and tight rhythmic pocket. Growing up on Skrillex, Getter, and Flume to urban and pop influences ranging from Max Martin to Metro Boomin, Wilson is continuing to create with artists around the country, producing for national acts like Marty Grimes.

Aversed was formed in 2009 by guitarist and vocalist Sungwoo Jeong and bassist Martin Epstein. They began composing original music in 2010 and recorded their first demo. Guitarist Alden Marchand joined in 2011 and the band began writing and performing again with the addition of drummer Jeff Saltzman (ex-Buried Electric) in 2014. Multifaceted vocalist Haydee Irizarry completes the lineup. Aversed has performed with Ensiferum, Exhumed, Korpiklaani, Sonata Arctica, Tengger Cavalry, Incite, and Soul Remnants, among others. In 2016, the group released its debut EP, Renewal.

Olivia Swann – Olivia Swann is a pop/soul artist from London, England. Inspired by hip-hop, R&B, and jazz, her sound is a harmonious blend of old and new. Swann, a Berklee student, aims to have an intimate musical conversation with her audience at every performance. Her main aspiration with music is for her audience to feel something when they listen to her. She draws from personal experience about love and life and is passionate about narrating today’s culture and bringing awareness to its issues. Swann’s debut EP is set to be released in 2017.

Admission: 
$10

Live Bird: A One-Man Show on Jazz Legend Charlie Parker

Tuesday / February 14, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Charlie Parker

Berklee alumnus Jeff Robinson '84 will perform a one-person show on jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. Please join us to learn more about the legend and his music.

Admission: 
Free

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.
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

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