Concert

Calvin Barthel: Funky Time

Thursday / February 5, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In his final recital at Berklee, trombone principal Calvin Barthel presents an afternoon of eclectic music.

Admission: 
Free

Myeonghan Yu: Where He Leads Me

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In his final recital at Berklee, tenor saxophone principal Myeonghan Yu presents an afternoon of originals and covers.

Admission: 
Free

The Jazz Chapel

Thursday / March 26, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Saxophonist Daniel Ko and his quintet present the message of the gospel delivered through the language of jazz.

Admission: 
Free

Nando Michelin Group

Thursday / March 26, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando Michelin came to Boston to study at Berklee, where he is now an assistant professor in the Piano Department. He also has taught at Tufts University and Longy Music School and lectured in Spain, Uruguay, Brazil, South Africa, and around the United States, to name a few places. His latest CD, Juana de America, features songs to poems by Juana de Ibarbourou, the Four Corners String Quartet, and the voice of Katie Viqueira. He has performed at such renowned venues as the Wang Center, the Kimmel Center for the Arts, and the Smithsonian. As a sideman, he has played with such artists as John Pattitucci, Eddie Gomez, Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, and bossa nova great Maucha Adnet, among others.

After some time studying flamenco styles, Michelin took on the task of writing a musical connection between Arabian, flamenco, and South American cultures. Using this concept, the Nando Michelin Group will perform music featuring the following players: Layth Sidiq on violin, Naseem Alatrash on cello, Rob Taylor on bass, Tiago Michelin on drums, and Nando on piano. With a huge variety of flamenco styles to draw on, every song is a trip that unifies all the different sounds.
 

Admission: 
Free

John Cooper Clarke

Thursday / May 14, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
John Cooper Clarke
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John Cooper Clarke's career spans over five decades and makes its mark across poetry, music, TV, film, radio, literature, and fashion. Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original punk poet, and he emerged as one of the leading voices of youth culture. Thanks to his biting, satirical, political, and very funny verse delivered in a unique, rapid-fire performance style, he became a seminal influence on the punk movement.

In May 2015, Clarke is embarking on a coast-to-coast tour that includes New York, San Francisco, Boston, and LA. A retrospective Sony box set will be released to coincide with the tour, marking the first time his career has been anthologized on this level. The box set will feature previously unheard versions of his best-known material, recorded with Martin Hannet’s The Invisible Girls; rarities; and incredible archival footage from the classic to the obscure. Back in the United Kingdom, 2015 sees John headlining some of the country’s biggest venues, collaborating on a string of exciting recording projects, starring on national network TV and radio on a regular basis, and headlining major festivals, including Glastonbury and Latitude.

 

Vanessa Collier / Thaddeus Hogarth

Friday / April 24, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Vanessa Collier
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Vanessa Collier is one of the fastest rising young artists to come out of Berklee. She is a multitalented vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter. Collier spent a year and a half touring the continental United States and Turkey, honing her blues style alongside Grammy Award–winning artist and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker. She has also played alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson, and other notable artists; headlined the Red Clay Jazz Festival in Kauai, Hawaii; played live on top radio shows; and performed live on China’s equivalent of MTV. In addition, she was featured on Zhejiang TV while performing during a two-week tour in China. Most recently, Collier was honored as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition for her original song "Bad News Bears." She is returning to celebrate her debut album, heart soul & saxophone. She and her band of standout Berklee musicians deliver a high-energy blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul.

Born in the United Kingdom and raised in the West Indies, Thaddeus Hogarth is an associate professor of guitar at Berklee. A two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for R&B/blues, he has been a prominent guitarist/harmonica player/singer-songwriter on the New England music scene since the 1990s. He leads his own group, the Thaddeus Hogarth Band, featuring Winston Maccow (Berklee faculty) on bass, Tony Thunder Smith (Berklee faculty) on drums, and David Sparr on keyboards. 

RESCHEDULED: Lilin / Michael Martinez / Kyle Thornton & the Company

Thursday / February 26, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lilin
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RESCHEDULED: This event has been rescheduled to April 2, 2015.
Lilin (also known as LILIN or Lili.n) is a Berklee student from Rome, Italy who came to Boston to launch her music career. Her progressive, free pop stylings have been recognized by several publications and online magazines, and her debut single, "Euphoria," had its online radio debut on AmpedSounds.com in January, followed by a great review. 
 

Entitled Future Minds, this show features Lilin's new original music along with innovative covers. It merges the worlds of pop and trance to spread the message of living life without limiting ourselves and realizing that our strength and courage can make us whatever and whoever we want to be.  

Michael Martinez and Kyle Thornton & the Company are the featured opening acts.

Portland Cello Project

Friday / April 10, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Portland Cello Project
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Since the group's inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances everywhere from Prairie Home Companion to parties on loading docks in New York City to symphony halls to punk rock clubs. The group has built a reputation for mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.

Because their repertoire now numbers over 1,000 pieces of both traditional and nontraditional cello music, no two Portland Cello Project shows are alike. Their stage setup ranges from the very simple (four to six cellos) to the epic (12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion instruments).

The Portland Cello Project works to build bridges across musical communities through collaborations and educational outreach. They have collaborated with a diverse assortment of musicians, from high school and university music programs to the Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Trampled by Turtles to Corin Tucker, to name a few.

Admission: 
$14 in advance / $16 day of show

Justin Spicer's Senior Recital

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

This performance will be a conglomeration of fun, energetic, and eclectic vocal and instrumental rock, led by Justin Spicer on guitar and featuring Aiman Radzi on bass, Sam Morrison on saxophone, Sam Behrman on vocals, and Chuckie Greenwood on drums.

Admission: 
Free

Welcome to Night Vale

Wednesday / May 20, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the sheriff's secret police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. This special live event is based on the podcast and features Cecil Baldwin and musical guest Mary Epworth.

Admission: 
$27.50 / $32.50

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