Concert

Chord Scale Madness: Spring 2016

Wednesday / April 13, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Each year, the best compositions from the Jazz Composition Department's Chord Scales classes are on display in Jackson Schultz's Chord Scale Madness Ensemble. Schultz, a professor in the Jazz Composition Department, and this five-horn ensemble provide a glimpse of what Chord Scales is truly about.

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Free

Musica de Ida y Vuelta

Tuesday / May 3, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pianist Nando Michelin, an assistant professor in the Piano Department, presents flamenco-infused, South American instrumental music from his new CD, which was released in January 2016 and features Antonio Serrano on harmonica.

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Free

Bill Mobley and Berklee World Strings: Black Elk's Dream

Monday / March 7, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bill Mobley

Black Elk's Dream, jazz composer/trumpeter Bill Mobley's work for jazz sextet and orchestra, will be the centerpiece of a concert also featuring Berklee World Strings. Directed by Eugene Friesen and Bill Pierce, the evening will include original works for string orchestra.

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$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Laney Jones and the Spirits / The Novel Ideas / Hayley Sabella

Friday / February 26, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Novel Ideas
Hayley Sabella
Laney Jones and the Spirits
The Novel Ideas
Hayley Sabella

Since picking up the banjo just a few years ago, songwriter and bandleader Laney Jones of Laney Jones and the Spirits has made some huge changes. From playing rural Florida watering holes, she moved to performing on PBS next to Alison Krauss and licensing music for Disney Pixar. Now, for her self-titled March release, Jones has developed a more mature sound closer to rock 'n' roll than to the roots music for which she used to be known. With the guidance of Grammy-nominated producer David Plakon (Wild Child, Young Rapids and Roadkill Ghost Choir), Jones and her band have put together a collection of "retro majestic" songs that reflect the singer-songwriters of the '60s and '70s while working in modern elements and innovations, creating a folk rock record that contains multiple sonic surprises.

The Novel Ideas are a quintet of friends from Massachusetts playing country folk music. Featuring the voices of three different songwriters, the band blends multiple types of Americana, from pastoral to plaintive. After touring nationally for a year in support of their 10" single "Lost on the Road," which featured new music and introduced the band's foray into a five-piece unit, they went to Los Angeles in 2014 to record a new full-length album. They worked with producer Rick Parker (Lord Huron) on this album, whose release is yet to be announced. The Novel Ideas have shared the stage with  Lord Huron, the Oh Hellos, and Little Green Cars, and they are currently touring nationally.

Singer-songwriter Hayley Sabella is also a local farmer and a self-described independent woman and dork. With a voice that is described as “honeyed but with a mild rasp" and a children's guitar from the '60s, she combines fingerstyle picking and rhythmic strumming with powerful lyrics.

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$10 in advance / $12 day of show

The Ensemble Pianist

Wednesday / May 4, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come enjoy beautiful and exciting classical music for piano and other instruments performed by the students of Jennifer Elowsky-Fox, a professor in the Piano Department. The students will play selections from Bach to Bartok and beyond.

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Free

Italian Classical Art Songs and Arias

Monday / May 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from the class Introduction to Italian Diction and Art Songs will present a selection of songs and arias.

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Free

The Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble with the Berklee Flute Choir

Wednesday / March 30, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble and the Berklee Flute Choir, directed by flutist Wendy Rolfe, a professor in the Woodwind Department, will present a program ranging from the Baroque to Latin to contemporary. Lively and lyrical works including originals and arrangements by Berklee composers will be featured. Enjoy the sonorities of flutes, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano played by some of Berklee's outstanding student instrumentalists.

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Free

Paula Cole Songwriters

Wednesday / March 30, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Paula Cole presents the Paula Cole Songwriters concert.

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Free

Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden

When Indianapolis, Indiana sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. Although they now find themselves with an acclaimed, full-fledged career, what got them here has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the spirit. Their goal is to release an album a year for three years, a rare feat when the trend among singer-songwriters is to space albums out by half a decade. So far, they’re on track: Fumes, the duo’s second LP, was released on October 28, 2014, 366 days after last year’s Lily & Madeleine album. The sophomore album is a leap forward for the duo, a mature sentiment of two gifted young artists who have launched from their hometown onto the world stage with speed and grace.

Cellist Shannon Hayden has been playing cello since the age of seven and has studied and competed both in the United States and abroad. In addition to the intense classical study she has done, Hayden has become an accomplished guitarist as well as cellist. She has performed and recorded with bands and used her creativity and unique skills to create cello compositions that incorporate her knowledge of electric guitar to make her own sound. 

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$12 in advance / $14 day of show

Star & Micey

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Star & Micey

According to Josh Cosby, frontman of Star & Micey, Star was (or perhaps still is) a homeless man in Memphis, Tennessee who sang a song to Cosby about his (Star's) fiancée, Micey. Star & Micey has its roots in the friendship between bassist Geoff Smith and frontman Cosby. The two Nashville, Tennesseebased musicians became good friends when they were barely teenagers and began working on songs together when they were in high school. The Memphis-based group (Cosby, Smith, Nick Redmond, Jessie Munson, Jeremy Stanfill, and Adam Woodard) makes winsome, feel-good, old-timey-tinged pop tunes that owe as much to sea shanty–spouting indie acts like the Decemberists as they do to straight-up bluegrass bands like Freakwater and Nickel Creek. 

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

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