Concert

Jeremy Alvarez

Wednesday / November 9, 2016 / 12:00 p.m.
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester
MA
United States
01608
Jeremy Alvarez
An 18-year-old trumpeter from Upland, California, Jeremy Alvarez has been recognized repeatedly throughout California’s jazz community. In 2015, he was chosen to be the 19th Jimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee College of Music, receiving a four-year, full-tuition award presented in conjunction with the Monterey Jazz Festival. Alvarez joins such former Lyons winners as Jonathan Pinson (Wayne Shorter), Dayna Stephens (Kenny Barron), and Alex Hargreaves (Danilo Pérez), among others. Selected as a member of Monterey’s 2015 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Alvarez has had the great honor of playing with trumpet master Arturo Sandoval on three occasions, including being featured with him twice and playing lead trumpet in the Arturo Sandoval Institute All-Star band. He has also been awarded the nationally recognized Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Alvarez began his studies toward a Berklee degree in music performance in September 2015. He is currently performing in the world-renowned Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Greg Hopkins, jazz composition professor.
 
Admission: 
Free

Halloween Cabaret

Tuesday / October 25, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Created by Rene Pfister, assistant professor of voice and director of the Musical Theater Ensemble, the cabaret series features Broadway favorites as well as musical theater-inspired originals. Since 2012, Cabaret has been a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the main stage musical season. This month's theme is Halloween, and costumes are welcome.   

Admission: 
Free

Opening Our Doors: Boston’s Largest Free Day of Cultural Events

Monday / October 10, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Opening Our Doors is the signature event for the Fenway Alliance, of which Berklee is a member. It brings together our community partners in a wonderfully diverse day of free cultural offerings for the entire family. Member institutions and partners host activities ranging from musical and dance performances to historic tours and lectures, special “behind-the-scenes” looks at Alliance institutions, walking tours of the Fenway, and much more. This year, Berklee will present a day of performances produced by the Ensemble Department in collaboration with the Office of Community and Government Relations. 

Admission: 
Free

Opening Our Doors: Boston’s Largest Free Day of Cultural Events

Monday / October 10, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Opening Our Doors is the signature event for the Fenway Alliance, of which Berklee is a member. It brings together our community partners in a wonderfully diverse day of free cultural offerings for the entire family. Member institutions and partners host activities ranging from musical and dance performances to historic tours and lectures, special “behind-the-scenes” looks at Alliance institutions, walking tours of the Fenway, and much more. This year, Berklee will present a day of performances produced by the Ensemble Department in collaboration with the Office of Community and Government Relations. 

Admission: 
Free

Audition for This Year's Chinese New Year Concert

Saturday / October 15, 2016 / 9:00 a.m.
Photo of poster for "Chinese New Year Concert Audition"

To celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Bridge the Gap are collaborating to host this year's concert in the Berklee Performance Center. The event will be broadcast live and made available to an estimated 70,000 viewers. The Chinese New Year Concert will take place on January  31, 2017.

Auditions for the performance lineup will be held on October 15 and 16, and we ask that you prepare the following materials:

  1. If you will be auditioning as a lead vocalist, you will need to prepare two songs of different styles. We would like to see your sight-reading and improvisation skills as well, but do focus on practicing the songs you choose to sing for your audition, as they will be more important.
  2. If you will be auditioning as a backing vocalist, you need to prepare any two songs and harmonize (sing a back-up line) along with the melody (mostly the 3rd or 5th notes above the melody).
  3. If you will be auditioning as an instrumentalist, you will need to prepare three songs of different styles. Some easy sight-reading and improvisation will also be required
  4. If you will be auditioning as a dancer, you will need to prepare two sets of choreography in different styles.

The specific audition rooms are still to be determined. We will send you the room number via email ASAP (in addition, we will also post the room numbers on both CSSA and BTG's Facebook page). Please make sure that you check your emails regularly.

To sign up for your audition, please visit our online form.

Andrea Parkins Live Electronics Workshop

Wednesday / October 5, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Room 112, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA
United States

Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer and electroacoustic improviser engaging with interactive electronics as compositional/performative process, and exploring strategies related to Fluxusʼ ordered, ephemeral activities. She is an integral participant in sound art and experimental music communities in the US and Europe, especially known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach on her electronically- processed accordion, amplified objects, and self-designed virtual sound-processing instruments. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by music critic Steve Smith, Parkins creates sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift.

Parkinsʼ audio works include multi-diffusion site-based sound installations and performances; electroacoustic solo and ensemble pieces; electronic music compositions; and live sound design for contemporary dance, experimental film, and intermedia performance. Her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Mexico Cityʼs 1st International Sound Art Festival, New Ear Festival (NYC), Kunsthalle Basel, Museet for Samtidskunst (Roskilde), Musée dʼArt Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg), NEXT in Bratislava, vs. Interpretation Festival (Prague), Cyberfest (St. Petersberg), and Q-02 Workspace for Experimental Music and Sound Art (Brussels). Parkins performs as a solo artist and has collaborated with Nels Cline, Stephen Vitiello, George C. Lewis, Matthew Ostrowski, Rova Saxophone Quartet, David Watson, Tony Buck, choreographer Vera Mantero, interdisciplinary performers The Body Cartography Project, filmmaker Abigail Child, and many more. Ongoing collaborative projects include a trio with guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Tom Rainey; trio with trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer Chris Corsano, and duo with NYC- based drummer Brian Chase. Parkinsʼ primary project is a series of interactive electroacoustic performance works inspired by Rube Goldbergʼs circuitous machines.

Parkins was AIR in 2013/2014 at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in NYC and Q-02 Workspace for Experimental Music and Sound Art in Brussels, where she composed her multi-room electronic music work, Two Rooms from the Memory Palace. This work received additional support from the Media Arts Assistance Fund for NY Artists and was featured at the 2015 New York Electronic Art Festival on Governorʼs Island, NYC. Parkinsʼ multi-diffusion audio work, Faulty (Broken Orbit) was a highlight of the “With Hidden Noise” exhibition curated by sound artist Stephan Vitiello, which traveled to museums and galleries in Australia, NYC, Seattle Minneapolis, Aspen, Tampa, and Pasadena. Other recent projects include Austell 1 (2012), an 8-channel performance/installation presented by Fragmental Museum NYC, for which Parkins funneled real-time sound from the Long Island City rail yards into a reverberant warehouse space, with interventions from a walking bell-ringer and Parkinsʼ processed/diffused accordion feedback. In 2012, Parkins presented her new solo electroacoustic project in Europe, with performances in Poland, Italy, Brussels and Paris. In 2011, her “portable” audio work was part of the Lingua Franca show at Cyberfest 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in 2010 Parkins was invited by Christian Marclay to perform her interpretations of his graphic scores at the Whitney Museum of American Artʼsʼ retrospective festival of his work. From 2009 to 2012, Parkins toured her commissioned sound design and live score for choreographer Vera Manteroʼs We Are Going to Miss Everything We Donʼt Need, featuring amplified performers, objects and surfaces. Since 2010, Parkins has performed her live 12-channel sound design for Symptom, an intermedia performance work commissioned by The Body Cartography Project.

Parkinsʼ recordings are published by Important Records, Atavistic, Henceforth Records, and Creative Sources, and she can be heard as a collaborator or contributor on labels such as hatology, Clean Feed, Cryptogramophone and many more. In 2016, XI Records will release Parkinsʼ long-form electroacoustic composition, “Two Rooms from the Memory Palace”” on a double CD, and her duo with drummer Brian Chase will receive its debut release on Confront Recordings. Parkinsʼ work has received support from American Composers Forum, NYSCA, the French-American Cultural Exchange, Meet the Composer, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund for NY State Artists, Q- 02 in Brussels, and Frei und Hanseastadt Hamburg Kulturbehoerde.

Music of Andrea Parkins

 

Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Arsenal, Featuring Berklee Faculty Mili Bermejo and Dan Greenspan Duo

Wednesday / October 19, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Mili Bermejo and Dan Greenspan

The 9th season of Jazz at the Arsenal, featuring Berklee faculty artists, continues with vocalist Mili Bermejo and bassist Dan Greenspan of the Mili Bermejo/Dan Greenspan Duo. Join them as they celebrate the release of their new CD Arte Del Dúo

Bermejo, born in Buenos Aires, raised in Mexico City, and a professor at Berklee College of Music since 1984, and Greenspan, a New Haven native and classically trained cellist who became one of the Boston area’s leading freelance bassists, have created a unique body of music that applies jazz improvisation to original songs and music from throughout the Americas.  

Creativity, and the magic that ensues, remain at the heart of Mili Bermejo’s and Dan Greenspan’s music; and Arte del Dúo is their most creative and magical statement to date.

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

The Checkout—Live at Berklee: Lawrence Fields

Wednesday / November 30, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lawrence Fields '08
Lawrence Fields
Lawrence Fields '08
Lawrence Fields on piano

The Checkout—Live at Berklee, an ongoing collaboration between WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, NPR Music, and Berklee, presents Lawrence Fields '08 with Vicente Archer on bass, John Ellis on woodwinds, and Corey Fonville on drums.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Lawrence Fields is a pianist and composer who is known for a personal, melodic style. During his studies at Berklee, Fields became the first-ever recipient of the prestigious James Williams scholarship, along with other piano department awards and accolades. He has been a member of several nationally recognized groups, including the Nicholas Payton Group and the quartet led by Jeff "Tain" Watts '81. In addition, he has performed or recorded with artists such as Branford Marsalis '80, Terri Lyne Carrington '83 '03H, Christian McBride, Bob Hurst, and Delfeayo Marsalis '89.

Fields currently holds the piano chair in Joe Lovano's '72 '98H Classic Quartet (featuring George Mraz '70 and Lewis Nash), the Sax Supreme Quintet (featuring Lovano and Chris Potter), and the group led by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah '04. He can be seen performing at venues all across the world, both as a sideman and as a leader of his own ensembles.

Watch a performance of Lawrence Fields's "New Heroes" live at Berklee:

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Olivia Swann / Jonny Glenn / Box Story

Monday / October 24, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Olivia Swann
Jonny Glenn
Olivia Swann
Jonny Glenn

Olivia Swann is a pop/R&B artist hailing from London, England. Inspired by hip-hop, soul, and R&B, her sound is a harmonious blend of old and new, creating her individualistic writing style. Her main aspiration in music is for her audience to feel something when they listen to her. She draws from her personal experiences about love and life, and is particularly passionate about narrating today’s culture and bringing awareness to its issues. Her EP will be released in December 2016.

Jonny Glenn epitomizes the word artist. Melodies are always running through his head, and he often springs out of bed right before dozing off to jot down new ideas. He has made his way from Charleston to Boston and is determined to make music his life.

Box Story is a rock band from Boston. Fronted by singer-songwriter Noah Chenfeld, the group has played numerous shows in the Northeast at venues such as Union Pool in Brooklyn, and the Lilypad in Cambridge. Equipped with explosive drums, gnarly bass, heavy guitars, lush keyboards, and harmonies to soothe your soul, Box Story sets to push what's classic.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee in the Round (BITR)

Tuesday / October 11, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Noa Vlessing
Noa Vlessing

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 if possible, one special guest, and hosts a 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. The featured artists for October are Delaney Silvernell, Brendan Fisher, Julia Battsin, Sayak Das, and Noa Vlessing.

If you are 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.

For information on who is playing, please visit: facebook.com/BITRTuesday

Admission: 
Free

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