Concert

String Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 13, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Welcome back with this eclectic concert presented by the String Department faculty.

Admission: 
Free

Magik*Magik

Wednesday / November 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Minna Choi, Magik*Magik
Magik*Magik

Minna Choi was born in Berkeley, California, the child of Korean American immigrants. Although she took piano lessons, a career in music was not encouraged, but she did enjoy writing vocal harmony arrangements for her high school vocal group patterned on En Vogue, TLC, and SWV. After graduating from New York University in 2003, Choi interned at a recording studio in Times Square. After returning to the Bay Area, Choi's studio experience led to the creation of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, whose services are still thriving and on demand. The sensibility she brings to the songs she composed for her eponymous debut album, Magik*Magik, was honed by her work as the music director of the group, which she started while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008. 

"Magik*Magik is a solo album and, while it features members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the music is different than anything I've done before," Choi says. She will continue running the orchestra but will soon be taking the songs from the album on tour with a full band as well.

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)

CANCELED: Moonface

Friday / November 18, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Spencer Krug, Moonface
CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Moonface is the moniker under which artist Spencer Krug currently produces, releases, and performs his music. Whether it be solo or collaborative material, Moonface could generally be described as dark, introspective, and slightly absurd, while simultaneously hopeful and hopeless. Sometimes more pop than rock, sometimes more rock than pop, each album tends to explore new instrumentation and work within parameters different from the last. Before Moonface, Krug wrote, recorded, and performed with such bands as Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, Frog Eyes, and Fifths of Seven.

Admission: 
$17 in advance / $20 general admission (standing room only)

Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 15, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.
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Copley Square
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.

The lineup for the Berklee stage will include luhx., Neo Gcabo, Stephanie James, Samuel Batista Trio featuring Yoav Eshed, Joaquina, and more.

Admission: 
Free

Graduate Studies Reception and Concert

Friday / September 2, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Join in welcoming the second class of Berklee Boston master's degree students at a concert and reception featuring student performers, led by Professor George Garzone, at the Red Room at Cafe 939. 

Admission: 
Free

Icons: The Music Lives On

Tuesday / November 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bridge The Gap is proud to present the first-ever merger show at the BPC. Icons: The Music Lives On will honor musical icons representing both Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee who have died in the past 30 years.

Admission: 
$8 Advance / $12 Day of Show

WBGO The Checkout Presents Banda Magda

Wednesday / February 8, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Banda Magda

Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality.

Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by an unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, and more.

Famed New York-area radio station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/WBGO.org, NPR Music, and Berklee present the sixth year of the Checkout – Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater. The shows are broadcast in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition and available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They will also be archived at Checkoutjazz.org

Admission: 
$10 general admission (standing room only)

Avishai Cohen's Triveni

Wednesday / September 28, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Avishai Cohen
Avishai Cohen

The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a collaboration between WBGO-FM and Berklee, presents the 10-year anniversary of trumpeter Avishai Cohen's Triveni with Ben Street on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

For four years running, Cohen '99 has been voted a Rising Star trumpeter in the DownBeat Critics Poll. Cohen arrived as an experienced professional musician when he accepted a full scholarship to study at Berklee. In 1997, the young musician established an international reputation by placing third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. He came of age as a jazz player as part of the fertile scene at the club Smalls in New York’s West Village. His most recent recording, Into the Silence, was produced by Manfred Eicher and released by ECM Edition of Contemporary Music.

Famed New York–area radio station WBGO-FM/WBGO.org, NPR Music, and Berklee present the sixth year of The CheckoutLive at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New Yorkbased Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room at Cafe 939. The shows are broadcast in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition and available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They will also be archived at Checkoutjazz.org.

Admission: 
$10 general admission / seated event

Dave Mackay / Cherry Mellow / Tighticus Finch

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Dave Mackay
Cherry Mellow
Tighticus Finch
Dave Mackay
Cherry Mellow
Tighticus Finch

Dave Mackay is a British alternative rock singer-songwriter and pianist based in New York City. Inspired by the sincere, emotive lyrics of Sting and Jeff Buckley, and the larger-than-life, gritty sonics of MuteMath and Muse, his music is the meeting point of two contrasting worlds: the intimate and epic. A deeply personal lyricist, Mackay’s writing style forges a powerful connection between creator and audience. Listeners are encouraged to reflect, to question, and to be more sincere with themselves. His self-produced debut album, Restart, is set for release in November 2016.

Cherry Mellow is a four-piece rock "heavy mellow" band from Boston whose music comes from a place of primal instinct pit against human nature. They have opened up for such acts as Stone Giant, ZILLA, and Active Bird Community, and spent a year signed with Emerson College's record label Wax On Felt Records. They have three music videos out and will release a live, in-studio video series mid-fall of 2016. Cherry Mellow has played over 150 shows in the past three years throughout the U.S.

In 2014, Emily Ronna formed Tighticus Finch with guitarist Jane Harris, who cowrote the heaviest track on their album Temperamental. Though Ronna’s lyrics could have done just fine as a moody, one sad kid show, they showcased a surging energy that practically begged for a band to back her up. They later added second guitarist CJ Rarela and bassist Cairn Tse-Lalonde, who had originally only been hired to produce the record. But when the record was done in August 2015, they had fallen too hard in love to let him go. Almost exactly a year after the recording process began, Tighticus Finch is ready to unleash Temperamental to the world.

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

Sean McConnell / Derik Hultquist

Wednesday / October 26, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Sean McConnell
Derik Hultquist
Sean McConnell
Derik Hultquist

Growing up in the coffee houses of the Boston folk scene, Sean McConnell watched his parents play songs written by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan, among others. He was soaking it all in, locking it away somewhere inside. Now an artist in his own right, McConnell travels the U.S. performing his own style of music, which he describes as “lyric-driven roots rock with soul.” A live Sean McConnell show is truly a dynamic experience. One moment is reckless rock, and the next is intimate and acoustic. While most of his performances are backed by his four-piece band, you can sometimes find him by himself on a stool with a guitar, getting back to the basics.

When Derik Hultquist declares, “my life is defined by parallel lines,” people are tempted to assume they are listening to a road-weary troubadour who is reflecting on a long musical journey of playing for tip jars. While Hultquist certainly hasn’t been exempt from these experiences, the twenty-something is sharing more of his narrative of life, than simply recounting his musical reality. An East Tennessee native, Hultquist has always been drawn to a life equal parts imagined as realized.

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

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