Concert

Ryley Walker / Circuit Des Yeux

Tuesday / November 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Ryley Walker
Circuit Des Yeux
Ryley Walker
Haley Fohr

Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. He lived a mundane life, raised on the banks of the Rock River in northern Illinois, but things started to pick up for him when he moved to Chicago in 2007 and briefly attempted a collegiate lifestyle. After a few years of wasted, finger-bleeding basement shows under the names "Heatdeath" and "Wyoming," Walker firmly established his name locally. Hardship, setbacks, and dilapidated housing only seem to spur Walker in a creative direction. With each of his records, he risks limiting his access to personal disaster by flirting with success. But his short lifetime of practice and discipline has resulted in a masterpiece of an album. 

Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, while using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community: Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That in the Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent. Extensive touring after Circuit des Yeux’s acclaimed 2013 album Overdue influenced the making of the album in several ways.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $14 day of show (standing room only)

Max Brandenburg

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 9:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A classically trained pianist, singer and songwriter combining those three qualities in his original music - a mix of catchy and heartfelt Pop, Jazz and R&B.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Bright Dog Red

Saturday / June 4, 2016 / 9:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Bright Dog Red

Friday / June 3, 2016 / 4:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Kat Reinhert

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 3:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Kat Reinhert has taught general music, chorus, and modern band in primary and secondary schools and has been an adjunct professor at several universities. Ms. Reinhert is certified in Somatic Voicework™ and is sought out to give masterclasses in voice, songwriting, and performing.  She holds a BM in Jazz/Commercial Voice, an MM in Jazz Pedagogy, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education, specializing in popular music performance and pedagogy at the tertiary level.

As a performer, Kat is an intriguing singer with sterling vocals, a passion for nuance, and a vision toward the future who delights listeners with her ability to convey a lyric, re-invent standards, and breathe new life into today's music with her signature style and insightful storytelling. Her sophomore album, Spark, released in August 2015, has garnered much press and has been touted as, “a work of great subtly and nuance,” and, “Thirteen top notch jazz melodies that shine with dexterity and diversity.
 

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Sleeping Lion

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Boston-based band Sleeping Lion is a downtempo electronic duo comprising Berklee College of Music students, Nate Flaks and Noah Longworth McGuire. The band blends mellow vibes and vocal layers with futuristic elements to create their unique sound. With their tracks spreading through Spotify playlists and music blogs, Sleeping Lions is becoming a group that will be hard to sleep on.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Kyle Thornton & Company

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kyle Thornton & The Company is a seven piece “soul-hop” group whose sound samples influences from several genres while still remaining grounded in the passionate and honest style that is the blues. Currently based in Boston, the band is made up of members from around the United States. Kyle Thornton & The Company's classic grooves and thought-provoking lyrics will move your heart and your body.

Radio personality, Sterling Golden, described Kyle Thornton & The Company’s live performance as “a celebration of music and life, led by the group and fed by the screaming faithful around me. I felt the connection and let me tell you, family, it was a rush.”

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Mad Beatz Music

Saturday / June 4, 2016 / 11:40 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Mad Beatz was founded in 2013 amongst upper classmen and alumni of the Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia.  The ensemble is a fusion of drumline  and drum sets that improvise over and accompany HipHop instrumentals and EDM tracks.  Between April and September, Mad Beatz performs around Philadelphia on street corners, festivals, and concert parking lots.  The performance format is based mainly on improvisation, which can turn into "the battle" - a term indigenous to east coast hiphop that describes two MCs trading verses, or in this case, percussionists trading four and eight bar solos.  The full marching percussion contingent also plays unified drops - written and rehearsed 8 bar phrases in the style of a particular genre of music to which they are applied (trap drop, hiphop drop, etc).  The drops precede and conclude solo sections, similar to the head of a jazz tune.
 All curriculum is designed and authored by director Jesse Mell, and will be available this summer through Mad Beatz Music, his percussion publications company.

 www.madbeatzmusic.com

madbeatzphilly@gmail.com

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Sarah Kervin

Friday / June 3, 2016 / 2:40 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Sarah Kervin has received international recognition as a soloist, guest artist, composer, and bandleader, including six Downbeat Student Music Awards, the Jazz Education Network Composition Award, and research grants in Vocal Pedagogy from the Magellan Foundation. She has performed with great artists such as Jon Hendricks, the Manhattan Transfer, Ben Folds, the Fort Worth Symphony, and Afro Blue. Sarah also teaches voice both in the New York area and as a member of the voice faculty at the renowned Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

The Perennials

Saturday / June 4, 2016 / 10:40 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Interlochen Arts Academy started a songwriting program four years ago. Being the first high school program of it's kind, they have been adding new components each year and this will be the second year the program has taken students on a short tour. Giving students a multitude of experiences (music venues, soup kitchens, elementary and high schools, and teaming up with seasoned musicians) helps the students see how far their music can reach. Five 2016 graduated students, appearing as 'The Perennials,'  will be performing original music.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

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