Concert

Matthew Perryman Jones / Matthew Mayfield / Callaghan

Friday / September 21, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones  is a product of the '80s, and his musical taste is shaped largely by bands like the Pixies, REM, U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other underground bands of that time. Jones was born near Philadelphia and relocated to Atlanta at the age of 11. He began writing songs in high school, where he also formed his first band, and was 15 when they recorded their first five-song demo (produced by Indigo Girls producer Don McCollister). His songs have been featured on TV shows such as Kyle XY and the Grey's Anatomy.

Matthew Mayfield says "Sometimes I write quiet, folky ballads. Those songs rip my heart out. The truth is that it's 2012 and everything has changed. I've signed a big record deal. I've been wined and dined by the big wigs. And none of it matters. The only thing that ever lasts is the song. If you truly believe the guy who's coming through your speakers, then something beautiful and truly miraculous is happening"

Born in Boston, Lincolnshire to a musical family, Callaghan was classically trained on flute from age 6, then gravitated toward singing and playing piano. By 14 she was writing songs, and started trekking to London to record with various producers. At 18 Callaghan relocated to London permanently to live with her sister (whose flat was so tiny, the singer slept under the kitchen table), while recording a number of independent EPs and playing all over the city, at spots like the Bedford, Regal Room, Royal National Theatre, and 100 Club. A long-time Mullins fan, Callaghan contacted him in 2009 through MySpace while seeking a producer, and he agreed to a rare collaboration. An initial recording trip to Atlanta yielded three songs, prompting her life-changing relocation there in 2010 to finish the full-length.

Admission: 
$12

Thieving Irons / Strange Changes / Bear Language

Saturday / September 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Thieving Irons

Brooklyn dream rockers Thieving Irons are proud to announce the release of their second LP, Behold, This Dreamer!, an ethereal, lyrical exploration of texture and sound from a group of seasoned and acclaimed musicians. The songs and themes of Behold, This Dreamer! are a nuanced study in perspective; offering, at once, a bird’s-eye-view and telescopic lens. Rarely are the songs outright declarations, but rather multi-layered awakenings; true sonic translations of a sense of awe. Nate Martinez started Thieving Irons in late 2009. The first album, This Midnight Hum, released in 2010, was met with critical acclaim, named a “blissed-out alt-country epic” by Gothamist and an album of “beautifully textured indie folk, highlighted by Martinez’s distinctive voice” by KEXP. There is a sense of relief about Behold, This Dreamer!, a musical departure discovered in repositioning toward a new, directed path to joy. Daytrotter says, “Nate Martinez, the man behind the lush and beautiful Thieving Irons, has made a record of rustic gorgeousness that makes one feel as if they were stooping down with those hands cupped, reaching for that fresh body of mountain water—not tainted or tampered with—and drawing it up to the mouth, feeling quenched as you’ve never been quenched before.”

Strange Changes is an eclectic eight piece rock band comprised of musicians from the Boston music scene. Residing in Allston, they mix elements of American popular music with classical, jazz, metal, and more, in the tradition of the great American pop composers Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus.

In September of 2011 Bear Language released its self-titled debut EP, the first step in what will be a long journey. Always writing new material and playing to new audiences, word continues to spread, along with the question: “Are you speaking Bear Language yet?”

 

Admission: 
$8 Advance, $10 Day Of General

Grant Richards

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Grant Richards

Boston-based pianist and composer Grant Richards strives to cultivate an original sound in his music that is organic and honest, bound by the melodies of his experience. Inspired by his sister, Richards began playing piano and composing at age 8. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Richards was able to thrive in a vibrant and supportive musical atmosphere, aided especially by the guidance of his father and teachers. At age 14, he produced and recorded his first album as a leader, comprised mostly of his own pieces and arrangements. Before entering college, DownBeat Magazine honored him with four prestigious student music awards, including Best Solo Instrumentalist ('04), Best Jazz Arrangement ('05/'06), and Best High School Ensemble ('07).

In 2009, Richards enrolled in Berklee College of Music where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of their outstanding talent. Since coming to Berklee, he has had the opportunity to study under many leading teachers and performers, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Kevin Harris, Doug Johnson, Alain Mallet, and Danilo Pérez. In his short career, Richards has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Ben Wolfe, and Damian Erskine. Now, at age 21, Richards is a formidable performer, composer, and teacher in his own right, able to adapt to a wide range of settings, styles, and genres.

Looking to the future, Richards's foremost ambition is to perform and teach across the globe, learning from the vast, diverse cultures he is eager to encounter and assimilate into his own compositions and musical ideas. Above all, he is guided by his passion to learn and driven by his desire to grow, as he humbly remains a student of life and all its music.

Admission: 
Free

Deepak Gopinath's Senior Percussion Recital

Thursday / November 29, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Deepak Gopinath presents his senior percussion recital.

Admission: 
Free

The Ensemble Pianist

Wednesday / December 19, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Classical music for piano duet, involving a second piano, instrumentalists, and singers. Early music through the modern age. 

Admission: 
Free

Women's Choir Concert

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A selection of women's choral music from classical to contemporary.

Admission: 
Free

Brass Showcase

Monday / November 26, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of brass music performed by Berklee student and faculty brass ensembles. Featuring the Berklee Faculty Brass Quintet and student groups led by Charles Lewis and Greg Fritze.

Admission: 
Free

Jimi Hendrix Celebration, featuring Ernie Isley

Tuesday / November 27, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ernie Isley

Ernie Isley performs with Berklee faculty members in a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, on what would have been Hendrix's 70th birthday. Isley—guitarist and songwriter for the hit-making Isley Brothers—will perform classic songs of Hendrix and the Isleys with several Berklee faculty members, including Bill Banfield, guitar and vocals; Kenwood Dennard, drums, Thaddeus Hogarth, guitar and vocals; David Fiuczynski, guitar; George Russell, Jr., piano and keys; and Lenny Stallworth, bass and vocals.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Monterey Sextet

Friday / September 21, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
9699 Blue Larkspur Lane #204
Monterey
CA
United States
93940
Berklee Monterey Sextet

The Berklee Monterey Sextet brings the college's finest current students to the Monterey Jazz Festival.  The group promises surprising new compositions, fluid interplay, and youthful virtuosity. 

The first college to offer an education based on the aesthetic and ethos of jazz, Berklee is proud to bring the eleventh edition of the Berklee Monterey Sextet to perform on the festival grounds. Each fall, the college selects Berklee's finest students to perform at Monterey. This year, the college has chosen Matt Savage, Erena Terakubo, Nick Frenay, John Egizi, Hoo Kim, and Anthony Fung.

Admission: 
$66

Wambura Mitaru

Sunday / September 9, 2012 / 5:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Wambura Mitura

Wambura Mitaru is Kenyan a vocalist presently studying Music Education at a Berklee College of Music. Before attending Berklee in 2011, she attained a Bachelor’s degree in communication at Daystar University in Kenya. While she was there, she was able to join a 9 part-singing group that toured the United States for 3 months to raise money for the scholarship fund for the University that she was attending at the time. In 2009 in her third year at Daystar, she was able to audition to Berklee College of Music and in June that year she was selected as the first female to receive the Berklee African Scholar scholarship. She is a part of Joey Blake’s singing tribe, and is Music director for the Berklee African Club, which performed at last year’s International Folk Festival. Wambura is passionate about education and her dream is to see excellent education structures and better accessibility to study Arts in the continent of Africa. She loves to listen and dance to lingala, reggae music, rap, soukus, afropop music and her favorite artist is Juliani a rapper from Kenya. She is currently in the second year of her undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music and loving every moment of it.

Admission: 
Free

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