Stambandet is known for its accomplishments as a world music vocal group and an a cappella ensemble. Led by Allen LeVines, a professor in the Composition Department, Stambandet performs songs rarely heard outside Scandinavia. Their music spans a spectrum from an 800-year-old Icelandic Viking ode to a jazzified rendering of a Swedish folk tune transcribed from piano to voices. Expect close harmonies, surprising dance rhythms, ship's calls, love songs, the haunting voice of an evil elf queen, and more.
This concert will feature new compositions for classical guitar performed by Kim Perlak, assistant chair of the Guitar Department; classical guitar virtuoso Stephen Robinson; and other guest guitarists. Perlak and Robinson will premiere a new classical guitar duet by Kari Juusela, dean of the Professional Writing and Music Techonology Division.
Mandolinist August Watters, an associate professor in the Ear Training Department, presents an evening of original and standard compositions for classical mandolin. He is the author of Berklee Press's Exploring Classical Mandolin, an instructional method designed to introduce compositions and techniques from the 300-year history of classical mandolin to a new generation, as well as an international clinician, soloist, composer, and conductor. Watters also founded the New England Mandolin Ensemble, the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music, and Cape Cod Mandolin Camp.
This performance will include works by early 20th-century American virtuosi such as Seth Weeks, Aubrey Stauffer, and Giuseppe Pettine, along with new compositions using traditional techniques borrowed from the 18th- and 19th-century masters such as Gabriele Leone, Raffaele Calace, and Carlo Munier. The concert will spotlight America's earliest popular and virtuoso mandolin styles with emphasis on contemporary applications of traditional techniques and repertoire. David Newsam, improvising classical guitarist and assistant professor in the Guitar Department, will also perform.
Strings Theory Trio dances on the fine line between composition and improvisation. Combining idiomatic flexibility, a deep wellspring of creativity, and world-class virtuosity, violinist Mimi Rabson is a valuable musical resource for the Boston area. Her new recording with Strings Theory Trio is a uniquely compelling synthesis of classical chamber music and directed improvisation, bringing together some of Rabson's most important influences and inspirations. With Rabson and Helen Sherrah-Davies on five-string violins and Junko Fujiwara on cello, this group supercharges the intimate atmosphere of chamber music. Their surging counterpoint and crystalline instrumental sonorities gain new allure from their origin in the inspiration of the moment. Simultaneously delicate and dangerous, Strings Theory Trio is richly nuanced and deeply satisfying.
Gabrielle Goodman's Background Vocal Ensemble will perform jazz and R&B, singing the music of Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, and the Manhattan Transfer with stunning leads and lush background vocals.
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Gregory Porter is one of the most exciting male jazz vocalists on the scene today. Catch his performance with a great band and an exciting opening act, soulful singer-songwriter Avery Sunshine.
Porter has been called "the next great male jazz singer" by NPR Music, and the New York Times describes his songs as "strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good."
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Akazi Red is a female artist who bridges the gap between the pop and hip-hop worlds. With influences from an array of pop culture, she creates stories in every track. You can always expect something a little different at an Akazi Red show.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Brendan Gill (better known by his stage name, Brendan Musik) recently graduated from Berklee College of Music. From a young age, he has been passionate about singing, and with the support of his family, he decided to transform his childhood hobby into a full-time career. Influenced by the music of contemporary artists including SZA, Janelle Monae, and Frank Ocean, Gill aims to create sonic atmospheres for people to get lost in. His alternative R&B sounds reflect his love of creating a harmonic medium between the classic and the unfamiliar.
This concert will feature the music of Moacir Santos, the great Brazilian composer and arranger. While little known in the United States, Santos was a seminal musician in Brazil, and his writing influenced several generations of Brazilians. This concert celebrates the essential contributions of this great musician, featuring an ensemble of outstanding students led by Gaia Wilmer and produced by Matthew Nicholl, the chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department.
The Berklee Symphonic Winds present their annual fall concert. Planned repertoire includes the music of Sibelius, Strauss, and others.
The Berklee Symphonic Winds is the largest ensemble devoted to traditional, contemporary, and popular repertoire for classical winds, brass, and percussion. The group is active in promoting new music and has premiered works by many Berklee students and alumni.