Concert

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, and Greg Leisz

Sunday / January 31, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Charles Lloyd

Iconic, innovative saxophonist Charles Lloyd H'15 is one of jazz’s living legends. His improvisational talent for cross-pollinating jazz with rock and non-Western styles of music established him as one of the key figures in the development of fusion during the ‘60s and ‘70s. This very special performance also features the guitar wizardry of Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, Eric Harland on drums, and Reuben Rogers on bass.

Admission: 
$30 / $37 / $42 / $48

The Berklee Anglo-Celtic Vocal Ensemble: The Holly Bears the Crown

Friday / December 4, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Zero Gravity Room
1260 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Holly Bears the Crown is the first concert by Berklee's all-new Anglo-Celtic Vocal Ensemble, directed by Didi Stewart, an associate professor in the Voice Department. Eleven wonderful student vocalists perform a spirited evening of songs from the British Isles and Ireland, made famous by such artists as Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, the Chieftains, Dolores Keane, and the Pogues. Featured vocalists include Nicole Kwan, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Lydia Renold, Caden Grey, Carlotta Amato, Olivia West, Jocelyn Santelli, Faisel Qazi, Annagh Clark, Lillian Seibert, and Sheila Dilley. The vocalists will be accompanied by a six-piece Celtic band.

The show is free and open to the public, but please note that, due to security, the elevator will only be available to those without a Berklee ID between 6:30 p.m. and the start of the show. The stairs are accessible at all times.
Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Arsenal: A Jazzy Christmas with the John Baboian Quartet

Monday / December 21, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
John Baboian

John Baboian, Berklee faculty member and Jazz at the Arsenal’s artistic director, brings his quartet to the Arsenal for a performance inspired by the Christmas season. A guitarist and composer, Baboian has been a Berklee faculty member for 35 years and has organized the Jazz at the Arsenal series since its inception eight years ago. This concert will feature unique compositions and arrangements of standard holiday fare. The band will consist of Baboian on guitar, Daniel Ian Smith on woodwinds, Bruce Gertz on double bass, and Larry Finn on drums. Come and celebrate the season with some fun, entertaining, and jazzy Christmas tunes.

Admission: 
$20 / $18 for members / $15 for students

New England Ringers Winter Solstice

Sunday / December 13, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

New England Ringers is a 15-member handbell ensemble of highly energetic musicians playing the most advanced handbell literature. New England Ringers amazes listeners of all ages with a blend of lively and beautiful musical moods and styles showcasing unique arrangements of seasonal favorites.

Admission: 
$18 / $20

BITR: Berklee in the Round

Tuesday / December 8, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Berklee in the Round (BITR) occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month, a different faculty member selects four to five students and one special guest (usually a visiting artist or a touring songwriter) and hosts a concert. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs with the audience seated around them, lending a more intimate feel to the show.

This month's BITR will feature Jacob Allen, Adlaine Harris, Sam Goryeb, Mel Hart, and Jack O'Brien, with host Sarah Brindell.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra: Spring Concert

Monday / May 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Stop by to hear some inspired original jazz composition and arrangements by some of the most creative writers on campus, played by some of the most talented young performers in the country today. Hailing from all parts of the globe, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is an international group that exemplifies the great melting pot that music can create, especially here at Berklee. Come out and hear these young lions of the jazz world as they celebrate the spirit of creativity in jazz under the direction of trumpeter/composer Greg Hopkins, a professor in the Jazz Composition Department.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Sean Trischka / BEARD / Jenine Irabagon

Saturday / February 6, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
BEARD
Jenine Irabagon
Sean Trischka
BEARD
Jenine Irabagon

Sean Trischka grew up with a banjo as his soundtrack while smashing the drums and writing catchy tunes that stick in your head.

On his first record as a band leader, The Shuffle, Trischka stirs up a melting pot of brilliant musicians and creates a groovy, dancing sound with soulful vocals and lyrics, pulsing rhythm guitar, and soaring melodies and harmonies.

Watch Trischka perform "Right at Me" live at Berklee:

BEARD is a six-piece group from Berklee College of Music who play folksy singer-songwriter tunes inspired by jazz harmony, world rhythms, and lyrics by greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. The primary purpose of their music is to impact the audience on an emotional level and allow listeners to better understand themselves and the world around them. BEARD's sound is unique and genre-bending. The band members' musical backgrounds run the gamut from gospel, bluegrass, and R&B to singer-songwriter, Americana, and classical. They strive to create a sound that is new and sincere.

Jenine Irabagon is an emerging folk artist currently based in Boston. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, she began her career as a jazz and classical instrumentalist before discovering her passion for songwriting. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s and Bob Dylan, Irabagon developed a captivating collection of folk songs unique to her name, discussing topics that leave a big impression on the first-time listener.

Admission: 
Free

Penny and Sparrow with Secret Special Guest

Saturday / April 23, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Penny & Sparrow
Penny and Sparrow

Based in Austin, Texas, Penny and Sparrow is the American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke. They formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, where they began their musical endeavor as both a hobby and a creative outlet. Their first tune, “Creature,” was recorded in a small apartment with one microphone and a laptop. Throughout the years, Penny and Sparrow has steadily grown both in discography and audience. While the instrumentation in each of the three released albums—Creature (2011), Tenboom (2013), and Struggle Pretty (2014)may differ, Penny and Sparrow has garnered a reputation of blending sincere lyrics with haunting melodies and harmonies in every song. The raw and emotive quality of their music has been known to push crowds to near silence for an entire set. 

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 day of show

An Evening with Kenny Werner and Friends

Tuesday / February 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kenny Werner

Kenny Werner, the artistic director of the Effortless Mastery Institute, believes that mastery is available to everyone. An accomplished jazz pianist in his own right, he uses his life story and experiences to explore the barriers to creativity and mastery of music. His book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within is one of the most widely read books on music and improvisation, and has helped thousands of musicians around the world unlock their talent and potential.

Werner frequently presents a lecture and workshop series and leads small-group lessons on effortless mastery. He teaches the classes Effortless Mastery I and II based on the four steps of his book, and his presentations and the effortless mastery forums are open to all students, faculty, and staff who wish to attend. Werner also teaches effortless mastery ensembles and composition classes.

In this performance, Werner will play with a group.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney: Celtic Crossings

Saturday / March 12, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Celtic Crossings

A magical evening of Celtic tranquility awaits as the powerful and much-loved songs of Phil Coulter from Derry, Northern Ireland, and the magnificent voice of Andy Cooney from New York are woven together in a tapestry of Irish warmth, spirit, and culture. This Boston concert event, the highlight of a rare North American tour, joins two major forces in contemporary Irish music, bringing forth the finest of different yet beautifully interconnected worlds.

Watch Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney perform "Noreen":

Admission: 
$29 / $49 / $59 / $99

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