Concert

GoGo Penguin

Tuesday / April 26, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
GoGo Penguin

Acoustic band GoGo Penguin has had an amazing year. Their last album, v2.0, ended up on the Mercury shortlist, and they’ve been touring the world to increasingly large, enthusiastic audiences at a wide range of venues in England, France, Germany, and Croatia, among other places. They've sold out shows in Canada; played to standing ovations in New York; provided a live soundtrack for Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi in Manchester, England; and collaborated with noted choreographer Lynn Page at the London Jazz Festival. During this whirlwind, they signed a multi-album deal with Blue Note Records.

GoGo Penguin's new album, called Man Made Object, springs from pianist Chris Illingworth's interest in robotics, transhumanism, and human augmentation. The band's music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music, at times including arcade game bleeps, glitchy breakbeats, hypnotic Aphex-style melodies, grinding basslines, and a rumbling low end. 

Admission: 
$17 in advance / $20 day of show

Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar Symposium: Faculty and Visiting Artist Concert II

Thursday / April 7, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This guitar symposium presents two days of performance, clinics, panels, master classes, and private lessons exploring classical and fingerstyle traditions in modern practice. In this concert, visiting artists will share the stage with Berklee Guitar Department faculty to present new compositions in these styles.

Berta Rojas has been honored as a Fellow of the Americas by the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. A three-time Latin Grammy nominee, Rojas is recognized as a classical guitarist of the highest level for her solo playing and her collaborations with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera. 

Andrew York is a celebrated classical guitarist-composer. He is a Grammy-winning artist with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Atlanta Symphony. His music crosses stylistic boundaries, expressing his background in jazz, which includes studies with Lenny Breau. His works have been recorded by John Williams, Sharon Isbin, and Jason Vieux.

Admission: 
Free

Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar Symposium: Faculty and Visiting Artist Concert I

Wednesday / April 6, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This guitar symposium presents two days of performance, clinics, panels, master classes, and private lessons exploring classical and fingerstyle traditions in modern practice. In this concert, visiting artists will share the stage with Berklee Guitar Department faculty and highlight aspects of these styles through performance.

Berta Rojas has been honored as a Fellow of the Americas by the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. A three-time Latin Grammy nominee, Rojas is recognized as a classical guitarist of the highest level for her solo playing and her collaborations with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera.

Andrew York is a celebrated classical guitarist and composer. He is a Grammy-winning artist with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Atlanta Symphony. His music crosses stylistic boundaries, expressing his background in jazz, which includes studies with Lenny Breau. His works have been recorded by John Williams, Sharon Isbin, and Jason Vieux.

Admission: 
Free

The Glory Project Concert Featuring Trap Music Orchestra

Friday / February 5, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Boston Latin School Auditorium, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Glory Project has teamed up with BLACK, a student organization at Boston Latin School, to present a Black Lives Matter concert featuring Trap Music Orchestra. Come experience the music of Ny Ony, Common Cense, Rude, and the Trap Music Orchestra, all while celebrating the music and culture of Black lives. 

Admission: 
Free

Mary Lorson / Eszter Balint

Thursday / March 31, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Mary Lorson
Eszter Balint
Mary Lorson
Eszter Balint

Alternative rock artist Mary Lorson has released 10 studio albums to date with the groups Madder Rose, Saint Low, the Soubrettes, and the Piano Creeps. Her songs and voice have appeared in over 30 films and television shows including The Sopranos and Alias. She has created live, original music for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, the Cornell University Dance Department, poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, and author Bill Thomas. With Billy Coté, Lorson created the original score for HBO's What Remains: The Life and Art of Sally Mann. Lorson is the composer for Becky Lane's webseries, The Chanticleer. She is also a dramatic writer, penning four feature screenplays and a musical performance memoir, Signals, which was performed in small theaters in New York and Los Angeles in 2015. Her 2016 plans include a brand-new Madder Rose single, more Signals performances, and the June release of her 11th studio album, Themes from Whatever.

Eszter Balint released her new album, Airless Midnight, in late 2015. It was recorded at New York City’s Brooklyn Recording and Richmond, Virginia’s Montrose Recording and produced by JD Foster. In 2014 Balint was gathering material for the new album when out of the blue, after a long hiatus from acting, she was offered a part she could not refuse. She ended up starring in a six-episode arc of the fourth season of Louis C.K.’s F/X series Louie, a performance which earned her considerable critical praise. For her role, Balint also improvised compositions, sang, and played violin, and she returned to working on her album as soon as filming wrapped up.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show

BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

Monday / March 28, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

In conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939, the Songwriting Department is proud to present their monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song under five minutes in length. If you are interested, please arrive at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. for sign-ups. They will accept 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates who will play in place of anybody who cancels at the last minute. Artists are allowed one song each, and no covers or drum kits are allowed. There will be opportunities for a second round of performances should there be a low number of sign-ups.

For more information, please email Songwriting@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

Roots Roadshow

Monday / February 22, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Roots Roadshow is a showcase where America's rich musical heritage is explored and celebrated. Every month, we present a variety show comprising student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, and Celtic, among many others. Whether it is a faculty-led ensemble, a brand-new student project, or a band that is making its name in the Boston scene, you never know what you'll hear 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.

At this performance, Octopladd, Colescott, and Thorleif will perform a new project, playing standards from the Great American Songbook arranged for the classic duo setting of diatonic harmonica and upright bass.

Admission: 
Free

The Humble / Dead Beggars / Low Key

Wednesday / February 17, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Humble
Dead Beggars
Low Key
The Humble
Dead Beggars
Low Key

The Humble is a three-piece indie-rock group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band has created a unique musical style combining various genres ranging from garage rock to jazz fusion and characterized by soulful vocals, a larger-than-life rhythm section, and intense live performances. Deli Magazine and WMMR-FM have awarded them artist of the month. They performed their first fan favorite, "Runaway," at a HotBox Session on YouTube. Amped Sounds Magazine called Curse the Weather 2013's album of the year, and the highly respected Philadelphia radio show Preston and Steve hosted them on air for a live performance in June 2014.

Dead Beggars is a four-piece rock 'n' roll band formed in Boston in the fall of 2014. Combining influences that include the warmth and sensibilities of blues rock, the heaviness of hardcore, and the songwriting styles of pop and R&B, Dead Beggars has quickly developed a style and sound that is uniquely its own. Having just released their debut single, "Until You Get It," as well as a live video released with Ugly Duck Studios, the band is gearing up to release their debut EP in March of 2016.

Low Key is an indie-rock band from Boston with musical stylings meandering between genres with elements of funk, folk, and spacey rock. Singer Kelsey Crawford, a Berklee alumna, brings sultry vocals to the forefront, supported by additional vocal harmonies and interwoven guitars. After two years of writing and recording, their debut EP entitled Ship without an Anchor is available now on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and elsewhere.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series and Jam Sessions

Saturday / April 30, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will feature an original repertoire as well as arranged standards in this concert. This particular performance will feature the BGJI Graduate Ensemble and the BGJI Big Band.

The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series and Jam Sessions

Tuesday / April 26, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) will feature an original repertoire as well as arranged standards in this concert. This particular performance will feature the Red and Green Ensembles.

The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
Free

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