The Songwriting Department in conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939 is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song under five minutes in length. If you are interested, please arrive at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 p.m. for sign-ups. We'll take 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates, who will play if others do not show up. One song each, no covers, and no drum kits, please! Should there be low sign-ups, there will be opportunities for a second performance.
Declan O’Rourke is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. Jon Pareles of the New York Times has said there's virtuosity in his guitar playing, with "intricately contrapuntal picking and meticulous dynamics," and that his calling is as a balladeer. Paul Weller said of O’Rourke’s song "Galileo" that it’s possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.
Daby Touré is a child of many worlds. Touré spent his childhood in Mauritania, Western Africa, where he was an avid listener to the radio and was influenced by the Police, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. He taught himself the basics of guitar and from an early age felt instinctively that his destiny was to become a musician. A musical and linguistic polyglot, Touré creates an elegant sonic mixture that merges the linguistic inflections of the six languages he speaks. His music is a puzzle whose pieces, once assembled, form a comprehensive map of the world. It builds bridges between cultures, crosses borders, and gives life to a poetic language and a universal sound.
$20 in advance / $22 day of show, general admission
Shahkar Bineshpajooh was born in Tehran, Iran on December 13, 1972. Even before his birth, his parents had decided to name him Shahkar, equating him with a masterpiece. When he was fifteen, he found solace in writing poetry and, eventually, in music. Without having any formal instruction, Bineshpajooh learned to play the guitar, piano, drums, and percussion. His family strongly opposed his interest in music, always scorning him for following his passion. As a result, he found sanctuary in studying political geography and urban planning as well as music composition. He immersed himself in these academic fields while producing several music albums and poetry.
In 2002, Bineshpajooh received his doctoral degree in urban planning with high honors. He was officially announced by the Iranian Department of Education as the youngest student in the program. All of his hard work has been in an effort to live up to the meaning of his name.