Concert

Jazz at the Mosesian: Maggie Scott Sings from the Great American Songbook

Monday / February 13, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Maggie Scott

The ninth season of Jazz at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal) featuring Berklee faculty artists, continues with Maggie Scott and the Great American Songbook.  

In a career that has spanned seven decades, jazz vocalist and pianist Maggie Scott still draws inspiration from the music she grew up with, in an era when the big bands were in full swing. The smoky piano lounges and full Jazz orchestras may be long gone but Scott, who still performs regularly in the Boston area, has done her part to introduce the canon of standards to a new generation. At Berklee College of Music, where she has taught since 1978, Scott is something of a legend. Her own story lends an illuminating dimension to the course she teaches: The Great American Songbook.

Scott draws on her experiences to help students develop phrasing, tempos, style, and artful presentation. She is a purist who urges students to learn as many jazz standards as possible, a solid repertoire of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Berlin, and Mercer. After nearly three years of practice and a second audition, she earned a solo with the Boston Pops, playing Gershwin’s “Concerto in F.” Her job now, as she sees it, is to educate a new generation of Songbook devotees. Given the scores of young starts and high-profile students–Lalah Hathaway, Antonia Bennett, Lauren Kinhan, and Robin McKelle–who have all crooned their way through her classes, there is no doubt of her success.

Joining Scott at the concert will be John Baboian on guitar, Jeff Stout on trumpet, Marty Ballou on bass, and Jim Gwin on drums.

Admission: 
$20/ $18 Mosesian Center members/ $15 students

Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard (Alumni Discount)

Sunday / February 5, 2017 / 3:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Celebrated Grammy–winners Craig Hella Johnson and choral ensemble Conspirare will perform Johnson’s new musical masterwork, Considering Matthew Shepard.

Led from the piano by Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases the award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers paired with an instrumental chamber ensemble. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Johnson draws upon a wide range of texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi.

Throughout the work, Johnson also incorporates poignant passages from Shepard's personal journal; interviews with and writings from his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard; and newspaper reports. Johnson, who has studied with Berklee Online, and Conspirare are nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the Considering Matthew Shepard album.

Space is limited for these discounted tickets, so please register. Alumni may bring one guest, who must register separately. 

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For questions, email Alumni Affairs: alumniaffairs@berklee.edu.

Berklee Annual MLK Celebratory Event (Alumni Discount)

Friday / February 3, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Martin Luther King Jr.

Berklee will host its fourth annual MLK Celebration Series, engaging the Berklee community and the public in celebration and discussion of furthering the work of the great Martin Luther King Jr.

Join us as we embolden our inner activists and demonstrate what it means to mobilize, educate, and elevate the work celebrated through the life and legacy of Dr. King. Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Berklee trustee, Harvard professor, and prolific activist, will deliver the keynote address and share the stage with Bill Pierce, Berklee faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department, who will perform. Following the performance, the Bill Pierce MLK Scholarship will be awarded to the 2017 recipient. Our featured guest artist, India.Arie, will perform a short set of her incredible music that will both heal and empower our greater community. All of this will be supported by the talents and leadership of our incredible students.

NOTE: Tickets are normally $12 day of the show. We are offering a block of tickets to alumni for $6.

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For any questions email alumniaffairs@berklee.edu.

Raul Midón Record Release Show

Saturday / March 25, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Raul Midón

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind, A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."

Admission: 
$30 in Advance / $35 Day of Show / $20 Student

Rising: A Modern Cantata for the World to Come

Thursday / January 26, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julie Lavender

The recording of Rising is groundbreaking, jazz-influenced chamber music of the most revered collection of Jewish prayers, the Amidah. Come enjoy live elements of story-telling, dance, art, and learning.

The show will featuring the voice and guitar of Julie Lavender and the arrangements of twice Grammy-nominated jazz orchestra composer and arranger Kim Richmond, and a cast of highly acclaimed musicians from the East and West coasts. These include four-time Grammy Awarding-winning cellist Eugene Friesen and drummer and percussionist Bertram Lehman.

The event is free but you must register with Eventbrite for tickets.

 

Admission: 
Free

Bombadil / The Dingo Babies

Tuesday / April 4, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Bombadil
The Dingo Babies

Two years ago, Bombadil lost a longtime bandmate and breaking up seemed inevitable. But after a period of exploration that forced them to step out of their comfort zone, Bombadil has returned as a band reborn. Their new album, Fences, out March 3 via Ramseur Records and produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats), is their most remarkable work to date: meticulously crafted, yet accessible and unadorned. Pure, simple, beautiful.

“It’s more than just an album,” says Bombadil drummer and vocalist James Phillips. “It is a new path, a reset after several challenging years.” 

Fences features 11 new, original songs composed by the Durham, North Carolina-based trio, comprising Phillips (drums, vocals), Daniel Michalak (bass, vocals), and Stacey Harden (guitar, vocals). Recorded at Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco, California, the album is influenced by early Paul Simon and steeped in shades of Cat Stevens and the Incredible String Band.

Bombadil has made fans at NPR, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, who called them "astonishing." They've toured extensively in the past with Dr. Dog, Kishi Bashi, and Carolina Chocolate Drops and will hit the road again in 2017 in support of the new album. 

The Dingo Babies’ sound is focused on tight harmonies and arrangements to create catchy, sideways power-pop tunes. Their style rides the waves of Weezer, Kevin Devine, and the Avett Brothers. They began performing in small local venues and homeless shelters/food kitchens through Berklee's student-run service program the Movement. They have continued to stay active in service, raising over $1,000 with their music to benefit the human rights organization Calling All Crows, strongly believing in music as a vehicle for happiness and positive social change.They have opened for acts such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch, State Radio) at Boston venues such as the Sinclair, Great Scott, Middle East Nightclub, and Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton.

 

Admission: 
$13 in Advance / $15 Day of Show / Standing Room Only

Active Bird Community / Bear Salon / Twin Chameleon

Friday / February 3, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Active Bird Community
Bear Salon
Twin Chameleon

Active Bird Community is a Brooklyn band formed in 2005 by members Tom D’Agustino, Zach Slater, and Andrew Wolfson while they were in middle school. More than 10 years later, with the addition of Quinn McGovern on drums, Active Bird Community continues to enliven the stage with their sprightly slacker vibes, reminiscent of '90s indie rock. While ABC was young and experimenting with their sound, early listeners sensed something teeming beneath the surface. In the years since, they’ve released two full-length albums and played hundreds of shows to adoring fans and delighted newcomers alike. 

Opening act Bear Salon is an indie/pop band from Allston, Massachusetts.

Opening act Twin Chameleon combines smooth guitar riffs, melodic bass lines, lush electronic sounds, and rhythmic vocals to create a vibrant, enveloping atmosphere. Drawing from influences such as Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie, and Bombay Bicycle Club, Twin Chameleon presents songs that are lyrically refreshing and sonically colorful.

 

Admission: 
$10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Standing Room Only

String Noise at Berklee

Thursday / February 23, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
String Noise

Berklee's Composition Department, with assistance from the String Department, hosts violin duo String Noise.

As part of their residency at Berklee, String Noise performs a concert of newer works written for two violins by Bernhard Lang, Georg Friederich Haas, Derek Hurst, and others.

A classical, avant-punk violin duo based in New York City, married couple Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim have expanded the two-violin repertoire in more than 50 new works to include larger collaborations with electronics, projections, and dance. Their first feature album, The Book of Strange Positions (Northern Spy Records), was released in November 2015; it's a collection of original works and arrangements by Eric Lyon of punk covers by Bad Brains, Violent Femmes, Deerhoof, Radiohead, and Black Flag. Their latest EP, Covers, is now available on Northern Spy and was produced by Deerhoof drummer/composer Greg Saunier.

Admission: 
Free

Animation Universe

Thursday / March 30, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Audire Soundtrack Choir and Orchestra

The Audire Soundtrack Choir and Orchestra presents Animation Universe, a musical journey through the various worlds of the animation genre. Featuring an a cappella choir and chamber orchestra, this concert will include works from the iconic soundtracks of studios including Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Studio Ghibli, Cartoon Network, and more.

Admission: 
$8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show

Vocal Jazz Ensemble #2

Tuesday / May 9, 2017 / 4:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ned Rosenblatt's Vocal Jazz Ensembles are small groups numbering from five to 16 vocalists with a rhythm section. These contemporary vocal ensembles perform music from the jazz, Latin, funk, and contemporary/pop idioms. Typical programming includes the music of such vocal groups as the New York Voices, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6 and the Real Group. 

Admission: 
Free

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