Concert

Wambura Mitaru and the Maua

Thursday / July 30, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Wambura Mitaru

Wambura Mitaru is eclectic, and her music is fluid, blending funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer-songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya, her career kicked off in high school with training in classical music. Afterwards she attended the Kenya Conservatoire for further studies in music until 2011, when she came to Berklee.

Mitaru formed the Wambura Mitaru Synergy shortly after arriving at Berklee. The band has performed at the Boston Arts Festival (summer 2012) and the Close Encounters Festival in Helsinki, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia (spring 2013). Mitaru has also performed several concerts at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi. She believes that music is happiness, and it needs to be spread throughout the world. Her single “Work In Progress” has gained her a wider fan base across the world and particularly in her home country of Kenya.

The Maua (the Swahili word for flowers) is a vibrant group of musicians of African descent who perform a mix of covers and originals that tell of their roots and heritage.
 
Watch the Wambura Mitaru Synergy perform "Work in Progress":
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Free

Dorsey Minns: Exploitation

Tuesday / June 23, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Dorsey Minns, trombone principal, presents a performance about freedom from exploitation, living and growing in our own way rather than doing what we are told, and a new chapter of life and love of one another.

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Free

Jeri Sykes: Keeping It Real

Monday / October 26, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Clarinetist Jeri Sykes and pianist David McGrogy celebrate the rich history of the clarinet through original music inspired by folk traditions around the world. This performance will feature original works written by the performers and other Berklee faculty.

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Free

Songwriters Concert

Tuesday / April 12, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from Peter Eldridge's Vocal Perspectives on Songwriting class perform original compositions developed over the course of the semester.

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Free

Eldridge Songwriter's Concert

Tuesday / April 12, 2016 / 4:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from Peter Eldridge's Vocal Perspectives on Songwriting class perform original compositions developed over the course of the semester.

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Free

Songwriters Concert

Tuesday / November 24, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from Vocal Perspectives on Songwriting, a class taught by Voice Department faculty member Peter Eldridge, perform their original compositions developed over the course of the semester.

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Free

Performance Majors' Recital, Part One

Monday / December 14, 2015 / 1:30 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Second-year performance majors in the Piano Department come together to perform a solo piece of their choice. This recital is one of three recurring concerts at the end of each semester and is led by Laszlo Gardony, a professor in the Piano Department.

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Free

Performance Majors' Recital, Part Two

Tuesday / December 15, 2015 / 1:30 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Second-year performance majors in the Piano Department come together to perform a solo piece of their choice. This recital is one of three recurring concerts at the end of each semester and is led by Laszlo Gardony, a professor in the Piano Department.

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Free

Florio / Amy & the Engine / Isaac

Wednesday / July 29, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Based in Boston and soon to be a graduate of Berklee, Florio writes pop music with a purpose and a sound harkening back to the days of '80s synth pop, raw lyrics, and feelings. Amid the recent '80s pop revival, he offers a sound that is a bit less obvious but more calculated. Unlike the wailing, almost unapologetic chorus of the Duran Duran era that many current pop acts are trying to reproduce, Florio finds his way with a combo of groovier modern sounds and skillful instrumentals. 

Boston-based Amy & the Engine specializes in upbeat synth pop with a folk rock sensibility. Hailing from South Portland, Maine, singer-songwriter and frontwoman Amy Allen has been playing guitar since age nine, and now her passion for music has become her career. Vanyaland calls the band's music “quirky pop” with a “catchy, earworm style.”

Isaac is a pop singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with an infectious and intricately textured sound. His layered recording style owes much to his world-class training as a jazz musician. An alumnus of the elite Berklee Global Jazz Institute, he has toured in festivals in New York; Paris; Panama City, Panama; Siena, Italy; and Monterey, California. In addition, he has taught at New Delhi's Global Music Institute in India, where he also toured. He performed at a royal Rajasthani wedding; headlined a rock festival in the largely tribal northeastern state of Meghalaya; and played to audiences in Goa, Pune, Guragon, Mumbai, and New Delhi. Since his return to the U.S. in the spring of 2014, he has been working to create a new persona as a pop singer-songwriter.

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Free

Don Lappin / Scott Tarulli Project

Thursday / July 16, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Scott Tarulli / Don Lappin

Don Lappin is renowned for his one-of-a-kind voice on the guitar, created in part by his unorthodox two-handed tapping technique. An Ernie Ball/Music Man and Engl Amps artist, he has performed with Michael Sweet, Jonathan Mover, Steve Hunt, Chad Wackerman, and Guthrie Govan, to name a few. Lappin’s releases include his EP, Fine LinesDon Lappin's Two-Hand Technique: The Complete System DVD set; and his 2013 release, Tapped In, featuring Steve Hunt on keys, Joe Santerre on bass, and Chad Wackerman on drums. Since 1997, Lappin has been an in-demand professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music.

Scott Tarulli, who will be playing instrumental music from his latest album, Anytime, Anywhere, with very special guest Jerry Marotta, spends his time as a busy sideman, performing and recording with countless Boston-area artists; as a touring artist; and as a professor at Berklee College of Music. He has performed and recorded with players like Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, Steve Gadd, Abe Laboriel, and the Temptations, among many others. Tarulli will be joined by Ira Coleman (Herbie Hancock, Sting) on bass and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney) on drums.

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

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