Performance

Ross Ramsay

Tuesday / February 28, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department faculty member Ross Ramsay will perform with his group, featuring acoustic piano and synthesizers.

Admission: 
Free

Recital: The Music of Jarrett, Hancock, and Corea

Monday / May 8, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Music of Jarrett, Hancock, and Corea class will present a recital featuring the compositions of these three great pianists and artists, performed by the students in the class, and accompanied by a student bassist and drummer. Guest appearance by class instructor and faculty pianist Tim Ray.

Admission: 
Free

Maz / Michelle Willis / Riva Saputo

Friday / March 10, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Maz
Michelle Willis
Riva Saputo
Mike ‘Maz’ Maher
Michelle Willis
Riva Saputo

Mike ‘Maz’ Maher has made a name for himself as a founding member of the multi-Grammy-Award winning group Snarky Puppy. Although he functions as a trumpeter with the pups, it would be remiss to categorize Maz as a closet singer-songwriter. His songs incorporate folk, rock, soul, and jazz traditions with a seamless mastery that is only overshadowed by his ability to captivate audiences with the soulful intimacy of his voice. 

In a short period of time, Canadian Michelle Willis has made a name for herself as a singer-songwriter and keyboardist performing with some of the world's most well-loved artists (Iggy & the Stooges, Snarky Puppy, Zac Brown Band, and David Crosby, to name a few). Her debut album See Us Through was released on Snarky Puppy's GroundUP Music label, and features richly stacked vocals atop Americana, folk, and jazz harmony. Willis can now most often be heard performing in Brooklyn, New York.

Riva Saputo is a Boston-based, alternative R&B band started by Heather Rivas and Toni Saputo. Together, they are bringing a new musical dynamic to the R&B scene. All band members include Toni Saputo (bass/vocals), Heather Rivas (keys), and Mario Taddeo Jr. (drums). Riva Saputo released their first EP on March 11, 2016, and their first single on December 16, 2016. They plan on releasing their full album in 2017. 

 

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 general admission

Gabrielle Goodman—Armsted Christian Concert Series

Tuesday / January 31, 2017 / 10:50 a.m.
7 Haviland St
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Africana Studies Armsted Christian Concert/Lecture Series: Gabrielle Goodman

Africana Studies welcomes voice professor Gabrielle Goodman to perform in our Center. She is an accomplished composer, singer, and author, and we are honored to be able to witness her perform for our students and faculty in such an intimate setting.

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The Armsted Christian Concert/Lecture Series brings in artists and lecturers who aim to inspire and promote forward thinking between our students and our community. We present this series in honor of our beloved late voice department professor, colleague, and friend, Armsted Christian.

Admission: 
Free

Pandit Satish Vyas Presents Music of the Santoor with Amit Kavthekar on Tabla

Tuesday / April 11, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Padmashree Pandit Satish Vyas

Padmashree Pandit Satish Vyas, a renowned santoor maestro of India, has an outstanding reputation as a soloist on the santoor. A rich and accomplished player, with his magical strokes over strings, he makes his unique melody speak. He has a dynamic approach to his performing style, creating an ineffable resonance. Pandit Vyas has performed and collaborated with many musicians. Amit Kavthekar is a highly sought-after tabla player, both as a soloist and an accompanist. He has performed in several prestigious venues and has accompanied several famous artists.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Original Open Mic Night

Monday / February 27, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The Songwriting Department, in conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939, is proud to present the monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song under five minutes long. 

Admission: 
Free / Standing Room Only

Mayah Denyelle / Jean-Luc / STAZ

Tuesday / February 21, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Mayah Denyelle
Jean-Luc
STAZ

Mayah Dyson, known by her stage name Mayah Denyelle, is currently a junior at Berklee. In May 2013, Mayah released her debut EP, Mayah The ?. This was the first time she released original music to the public. In December 2015, she was cast to be on Kelly Rowland’s television show Chasing Destiny. Mayah is currently working a new project, which is due for release in early 2017.

Jean-Luc is a pop singer, songwriter, and rapper whose music combines elements of electronic dance, R&B, and hip- hop. After releasing hit songs "Drunk," "Kaleidoscope," and "2AM," Jean-Luc has gained the recognition of numerous blogs and artists, including Solange Knowles. He fully embraces the visual medium of music videos to shape himself not only as an artist, but as a brand that encompasses music, film, and fashion. Jean-Luc combines his youthful, provocative aesthetic with iconography reminiscent of Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson to create something everyone is waiting for: the Prince of Pop. 

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, STAZ (Annahstasia Enuke) is a Nigerian-American musician whose sound takes influences from the jazz playbook of her youth and soul titans like Bill Withers, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, and Sade. She places herself among the modern sounds of Ibeyi, Solange, Camille, and Lion Babe. Her sound continues to shift and develop as she pursues her education at Tufts University, where she focuses in fine art and political theory. 

Admission: 
Free / Standing Room Only

Berklee In The Round

Monday / February 13, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Berklee In The Round (BITR) occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four to five Berklee students, and if possible, one special guest: a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or other to host the concert. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs with the audience seated around the performers, lending a more intimate feel to the show. If you're interested in playing at BITR, you may submit two mp3s and corresponding lyric sheets to the songwriting faculty member who is hosting the night you want to play, or to songwriting@berklee.edu

Featured guests for tonight's Berklee In The Round are: Ciera Fazio, Izzy Marcill, Andrew Sandoval, Danny Silberstein, and Atileo Tedoldi.

Admission: 
Free / Standing Room Only

Overcoats / Yoke Lore

Friday / April 28, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Yoke Lore
Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats
Yoke Lore

Overcoats is the New York-based female duo, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their debut album, YOUNG, captures a sound that is rich in minimalism and melody. Overcoats’s music draws strength from vulnerability, finds light in darkness, and portrays the catharsis of simple, honest songwriting. YOUNG is about a transformation: the passage into womanhood, sung through the shared experiences of two best friends.

Adrian Galvin's latest endeavor is his solo project under the name Yoke Lore, which, according to a press release, was “founded in the essence of human connection.” Yoke Lore continues to mold his folk sound, tapping into the bright, neopsychedelic of Animal Collective, and the smart, deconstructed pop of Dirty Projectors. This new and unique sound is showcased in “Safety,” the latest single off his forthcoming debut EP, Far Shore.

Admission: 
$12 in Advance / $14 Day of Show / Standing Room Only

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute 2017 Summit

Friday / March 31, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Danilo Pérez
With excitement and great reverence we celebrate the centennials of three visionary icons: Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk. This program will reveal not only their powerful unifying traits, but also the diverse ways they have influenced the evolution of jazz. Tonight's carefully selected all-star band matches their ambition and artistry. The group includes: 
 
Danilo Pérez - Artistic Director, Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI)
Joe Lovano - Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance, BGJI Faculty
Terri Lyne Carrington - Zildjian Chair in Performance, BGJI Faculty
Ben Street - Artist in Residence at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute
Jason Palmer - Assistant Professor at Berklee
Patrice Williamson - Associate Professor at Berklee
 
All of these musicians are world-class bandleaders and composers, virtuosos of their respective instruments, and some are the most recognizable descendants of tonight's Jazz 100 honorees. Together, this diverse group will offer an enlightening and original reflection of some of history's most important artists. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute 2017 summit celebrates the impact of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald in today’s global jazz era. The concert features Danilo Pérez and BGJI graduate ensembles.

 

Admission: 
$12 in Advance / $18 Day of Show

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