Performance

Christian Lopez

Friday / October 6, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Christian Lopez
Christian Lopez
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For singer-songwriter and guitarist Christian Lopez, Nashville, Tennessee, has become a home away from home. It’s where he goes to write, where he rehearses with his band, and where he recorded his debut album and his upcoming album, Red Arrow

For those unfamiliar with Lopez, Red Arrow will introduce an artist whose singing radiates youthful infatuation with life through songs rooted in a reverence for American tradition. For those already familiar with Lopez, the album documents the next stage of a journey toward wisdom, insight, perhaps heartbreak, and a fruitful crop of great songs to come.

For Lopez, maybe it’s a ticket on that trip that will lead to faraway places yet end back home in West Virginia. Through his music we travel with him, beginning here. 

Check out Lopez's feature in Rolling Stone here.

Watch Lopez's video, "Leaving It Out":

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Joshua Davis

Monday / October 9, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Joshua Davis
Joshua Davis
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A tried and true Michigan musician, Joshua Davis is set to release a new album, The Way Back Home, in September. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, The Way Back Home is Davis’s first album since his 2015 appearance as a top-three finalist on season eight of NBC’s The Voice. The 11 original Americana songs featured on The Way Back Home reflect an honest, hardworking family man scribing scenes of life through dark, broken, hopeful, and triumphant times.

Davis was raised in the urban landscapes of Detroit, but spent summers in the wilderness on the southern tip of Lake Superior in Marquette. The Way Back Home follows a series of singular recordings (Fool Rooster, Magnolia Belles, A Miracle of Birds) by the prolific songwriter who has shared the stage with American folk icons such as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Greg Brown, and Abigail Washburn. Recorded in East Lansing by legendary engineer Glenn Brown, The Way Back Home highlights Davis’s longtime collaboration with bassist Dominic John Davis, pianist Mike Lynch, and drummer Mike Shimmin.

Already a heavily touring/recording artist with his previous band, Steppin’ In It (which released five albums), and as a solo act, getting a call from The Voice was completely out of the blue. Unfamiliar with the show, Davis initially rejected the inquiry, but producers were persistent. After being convinced by his wife and allowed to skip auditions, Davis signed up for an incredible six months in the national television spotlight. He went on to sing high-profile duets with Sheryl Crow (“Give It to Me”) and Adam Levine (“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”). He also helped break the mold—Davis was the first artist to sing an original on the show, which spawned the later segment, “This Week of Original Songs.”

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 general admission (standing room only)

Yotam Ishay New Trio

Friday / October 27, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Yotam Ishay
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Yotam Ishay is an Israeli pianist and composer. His recital will highlight his compositions and arrangements through specific and unique colors, featuring a holistic combination of Middle Eastern, folk, classical, and jazz influences.

Watch Ishay's performance of his original composition, "Reminiscing":


Admission: 
Free

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol & Whatsnext?

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Capital One Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
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Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and multi-instrumentalist, brings his genre-busting, 12-piece band Whatsnext? to the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Do not miss this unique and highly engaging concert, featuring Sanlıkol's contemporary jazz compositions with intriguing Turkish influences. The Boston Globe calls Sanlıkol's music "colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling," adding that it is "not touristy, but rather sophisticated, informed, internalized."

Admission: 
Free

Kina Zoré

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02120
Kina Zoré
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Boston-based Afropop group Kina Zoré commands the dance floor with earthy-yet-electric African rhythms that echo from frontman Helder Tsinine’s hometown of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Shortly after moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, Tsinine formed Kina Zoré—the band is named after a traditional, celebratory, Mozambican dance—to share songs and stories of life in his home country. The band has attracted international attention, including features by BBC Africa, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Agência Angola Press.

In the spirit of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Thomas Mapfumo, Kina Zoré seeks to illuminate social issues that affect communities near and abroad. Tsinine’s composition "Va Gumulelana" (They’re Still Fighting), the grand-prize winner of the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, is a plea to end war so that children can grow in peace. It was inspired by the civil war that tore apart Mozambique from 1977–1992.

Admission: 
Free

Marko Djordjevic and Sveti

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 2:30 p.m.
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Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02120
Marko Djordjevic and Sveti
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According to All About Jazz, Sveti is a group of "absolutely monster musicians," and Modern Drummer calls the band's leader, Marko Djordjevic, a "world-class drummer" and "true innovator."

Djordjevic's strong and eclectic compositions are inspired in equal parts by the music of his native Serbia and the influence of western artists such as John Coltrane to Allan Holdsworth. The group combines the emotional intensity of improvisation with the cohesion of a near-telepathic group interaction.

Admission: 
Free

Assol Garcia

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 1:15 p.m.
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Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02120
Assol Garcia
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Assol Garcia, winner of the Best New Artist Award at the 2017 Cape Verdean Music Awards, is considered by many to be the new voice of traditional Cape Verdean music (particularly in the morna and coladeira genres).

Assol’s debut album, Alma di Minino (Soul of a Child) was released to much acclaim in November 2015. The album, produced by Assol’s musical director and renowned Cape Verdean music producer Joaquim “Kim” Alves, was nominated as a finalist for album of the year, best female vocalist, best traditional song, and best new artist at the 2017 Cape Verdean Music Awards. 

In May 2017, Assol released the EP Nós Kazamentu (Our Wedding), on which her soulful and intoxicating voice is once again on display.

Admission: 
Free

Oscar Stagnaro and the Peruvian Tinge

Saturday / September 30, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Massachusetts Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02120
Oscar Stagnaro
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Oscar Stagnaro and the Peruvian Tinge present a blend of jazz and a wide variety of Peruvian music, including festejo, lando, marinera, and huayno.

Admission: 
Free

Global String Ensemble Recital

Monday / August 14, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
Bebop, 1116 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02216

Come see professor Beth Bahia Cohen's Global String Ensemble play traditional Greek and Turkish pieces that were studied during the Berklee summer semester.

Performers: 
Eunhyae Cho 
Emilie Rose 
Niah Harmon 
Taylor Baldwin 
Joanna Hyde 
Beth Bahia Cohen 

Featured guest: Oud player Amal Waqar

Two Piano Journey

Saturday / October 7, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Michelle Chen Kuo and Christopher Kuo
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Two Piano Journey is a benefit recital for Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), the largest social service provider for Asian families in the greater Boston area.

The recital features Michelle Chen Kuo and Christopher Kuo, a mother-and-son piano duo on a mission to make the world a better place. The artists will traverse the complete two-piano collection of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first half will juxtapose Russian Rhapsody, Rachmaninoff's cheeky variation on a Russian theme written when he was a conservatory student, against his final work, Symphonic Dances, a wickedly challenging study of orchestral texture and conservative style. The second half features the descriptive and lyrical Fantaisie-Tableaux suite and the intensely passionate Duo Suite No. 2.

Michelle (陳秋霞) is an award-winning pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School; Christopher works as a banker by day and pianist by night.

All proceeds support BCNC’s programs for children, youth, and families.

Admission: 
$50

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