Concert

Alexz Johnson / Hannah Christianson / Adrianne Lenker

Saturday / July 28, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alexz Johnson

Alexz Johnson's crystal clean, operatic voice roams in styles from Johnny Cash-era country, to 40's style ballads, to seductive, smoky world-beats. Over the years, this Canadian singer-songwriter has built a supportive following which has allowed her to pursue her passion for creating a unique pop/soul/folk sound. She is now on tour to promote her latest EP, Skipping Stone which was released last April.

Currently staying in Brooklyn, New York City, she’s actually an entertainment veteran with fifteen years in the industry and a Gemini Award under her belt. Eight years ago she landed the lead role on Instant Star, a hit Canadian TV show which gave her a platform for her music. Johnson and her brother Brendan wrote the celebrated pop songs that her character, Jude Harrison, sang on the show. “I’m so grateful for my time on the show,” says Johnson who still acts and enjoys it, “and for giving me this loyal audience,” she says. “They've kept me going at times. At this point I know in my bones that there is an audience for what I do.

Hannah Christianson is a Music Therapy and Songwriting major at Berklee College of Music. Her thoughtful writing encompasses the human condition with honesty, charisma, and hope. She has performed in the Best of Berklee's Songwriters Showcase and received Honorable Mention in Berklee's Prestigious Performer/Songwriter Contest. Her song "Let's Be Frisbees" won Berklee's 2010 Perfect Pitch content and was recently featured on a compilation CD for the Raising the Blues Foundation, which distributed uplifting music to children's hospitals around New England. Her album, The Part That Knows, was just released last spring. 

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages Of The Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Adrianne was only 14. The title cut was a top five finalist for song of the year in the 2005 Independent Music Awards in the singer-songwriter category. The Lenker song, "My Bliss," was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008. She is currently working on her next album.

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Admission: 
$15 GA, $30 VIP (VIP tix includes early access to venue and a pre-show at 7PM meet and greet with Alexz)

Ryan David Green / Owen Plant

Thursday / September 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryan David Green

Ryan David Green is best known as one half of acoustic duo Ryanhood. Winner of numerous Tucson Area Music Awards including "Best Guitarist" and "Best Multi-Instrumentalist," Green has spent the better part of the last six years performing more than 130 dates a year to audiences coast to coast, sharing stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and more. He is currently preparing to release his first solo album. Visit his website

Owen Plant’s strong vocals evoke the emotional depth of Cat Stevens and the soulful passion of Bob Marley. On the other hand, one can even hear Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen in his guitar work.This Jamaican-born troubadour lives in San Francisco, where he writes and performs his music and from whence he tours and peers out at the world. His writing style is reminiscent of introspective singer-songwriters from the ’70s but also incorporates his Caribbean-ness on the regular. Visit his website.

Admission: 
$12

Hallelujah the Hills / St. Helena / Dan HL

Saturday / July 14, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hallelujah the Hills

Hallelujah the Hills, an independent rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, has been hailed by the Boston Phoenix as "one of Boston's most prized pop possessions." Their current line-up consists of Ryan Walsh, David Bentley, Dave Bryson, Ryan Connelly, Brian Rutledge, and Nicholas Ward. Pitchfork calls them the band that has a "knack for crafting fist-pumping anthems from absurdist word clusters," they've just released their third album, No One Knows What Happens Next, in May 2012.

St. Helena features founder and primary writer Patrick Teahan on guitar and vocals, Magen Tracy on keyboards and vocals, Mike Ward on guitar, Keith Wales on bass and vocals, and James Willetts on drums. They have just released their newest album, Modern Tan, that highlight the band's intelligent lyricism and broad dynamic range; brought to life with their signature dueling male and female vocals, lush harmonies and arrangements, and blistering guitar lines.

Dan HL, a Berklee alumnus, is most noted for his crisp, soulful, unique voice, and his ability to write songs that are both honest and singable. He also plays guitar and harmonica, so you can call him a multi-instrumentalist of sorts if, in your opinion, the harmonica is actually counted as an instrument.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of

The Yesberger Band

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
The Yesberger Band

The Yesberger Band, an East Coast college band founded in early 2010 at  Berklee, is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop.

Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden among the stars and spread throughout daily life, Yesberger writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feelings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.

The Yesberger Band's diversity and originality is the product of the rich musical community they have grown up in. Yesberger, Smith, and Stewart were all active jazz musicians throughout high school and continue to study the idiom. However, it wasn't until attending Berklee College of Music—where they were surrounded by so many songwriters, composers, and music styles from every corner of the world—that they began branching out of their jazz comfort zone, forming a band with a distinct sound and appeal.

The Yesberger Band has completed a successful summer tour that took them cross-country, opening for acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Along the way they played 22 dates, sold over 500 CDs, met hundreds of new fans, and had the incredible opportunity to share their music with many open ears: just a small glimpse of their bright future. Their debut album, The Bad Weather EP, features six catchy original tracks and one original cover of the popular Beatles tune, "Blackbird."  The CD is an independent release featuring the talents of many Berklee students making appearances on most tracks, as well as behind the scenes engineering and mixing.

 

Admission: 
Free

Faculty Blowout Concert Hosted by Dave Samuels

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dave Samuels is one of today’s most established mallet players. A pro on both vibraphone and marimba, he has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Chick Correa, and more. He has received numerous Grammy nominations, and was voted Best Vibes Player by multiple magazines.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Dave Samuels and Friends

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dave Samuels has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile and innovative vibraphonists in contemporary jazz over the past three decades. Since first gaining international regard in 1974 as a member of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet, he has performed and recorded with such musicians as Chet Baker, Double Image, Paquito D'Rivera, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, Oscar Peterson, Spyro Gyra, and Frank Zappa. In 1993, he founded his own band, the Caribbean Jazz Project, which has recorded five albums: Caribbean Jazz Project, Island Stories, New Horizons, Paraiso, and the 2003 Grammy Award–winning The Gathering. His four solo recordings—Living Colors, Ten Degrees North, Natural Selection, and Del Sol—further demonstrate Samuels’s talent as a composer, performer, and producer.

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Gato Preto and Jerry Leake

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jerry Leake

Gato Preto's primary focus is on the research and study of a traditional repertoire of choro music. Berklee graduate Jerry Leake is a master of hand percussion and jazz vibraphone, a solo instrument, which, as far as we know, has never been used before in such musical style in a systematic way. The group relies on the already granted formation of tambourine, cavaquinho, and the seven-string guitar as well.

The band performs in theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, radio and TV programs, parks, and other public areas. It is currently formed by Euclides Marques (seven-string guitar), Léo Rodrigues (tambourine), Henrique Araújo (cavaquinho), and André Juarez (vibraphone).  Gato Preto has recently been on TV Cultura broadcasting appearance with a participation in a program called Ensaio, which has brought positive feedback from the audience and critic reviews.  In 2010, Gato Preto won the award PREMIO SESI OF MUSIC and traveled around several cities in the countryside of São Paulo. In that same year, they were nominated for the award PREMIO APCA (São Paulo Art Reviwers Association), under the instrumental music category.  The group's first CD will be released on June 21, during the Berklee Percussion Festival, which is sponsored by Berklee College of Music.

Jerry Leake Solo and Duo
Jerry Leake is cofounder of the acclaimed world music ensemble Natraj, whose four recordings feature his diverse percussion talents. He also cofounded and performs with Club d'Elf, R.A.R.E, Moksha, BodyGrooves, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society. He is featured on dozens of CDs and has released several CDs of his own music. On tabla, he has accompanied Ali Akbar Khan, Steve Gorn, Sharafat Ali Khan, Kumkum Sanyal, Chitravena Ravikiran, Peter Row, Purnima Sen, Shyamdas, and kathak dancer Gretchen Hayden. He has toured with Persian masters, Shahram and Hafez Nazeri, with features on CNN Live; and has ongoing performances and tours with flamenco virtuoso Juanito Pascual. Leake graduated from Berklee, where he studied jazz vibraphone with Gary Burton and hand percussion with Pablo Landrum. He studied tabla in Pune, India with Rajiv Devasthali, and studies in Boston with Todd Nardin and Koashal Anand. In Chennai, India, Leake studied Carnatic rhythm theory and mridangam with T. K. Ramakrishnan. He continues to study African music with Dolsi-Naa Abubakari Luna of the Dagomba tradition (northern Ghana) and has studied Ewe music (southern Ghana) with Godwin Agbeli and David Locke, and balafon/djembe with the Coulibaly family in Burkina Faso. He has written eight widely used texts on North Indian, West African, Latin American percussion, and rhythm theory. Leake is former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and has been a composer and member of the Portland Symphony Kinder Koncert percussion ensemble since 1984. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Fidel Morales and Eguie Castrillo and Friends

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fidel Morales

Fidel Morales is a Cuban drummer, percussionist, arranger, and composer. He has composed many Cuban dance classics, and performed as a percussionist with the Panama National Conservatory for over 10 years.

Morales began his formal music education at the age of 12, having previously studied music reading and theory with the great Cuban clarinetist Amado Valdés. He graduated in 1981 from the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, Cuba.

As a drummer, he has played with musicians such as Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicolás Reynoso, Eddie Gómez, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Mike Orta, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller, Vic Juris, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Eddie "Guagua" Rivera, Carlos Garnett, Carli Muñoz, Charlie Sepúlveda, Víctor Boa, Mauricio Smith, and the Hologram Quartet, among others. He has also accompanied soloists such as Omara Portuondo, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Elena Burke, Malena, Celeste Mendoza, Bárbara Wilson, Roberto Roena, Albita, María Martha Serra Lima, Basilio, Chichí Peralta, and Noriko.  He has toured extensively around the world, having traveled on music engagements through Austria, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United States.

In 1990, he directed the salsa and timba group Orquesta Layé, creating the music and appearing in public performances with important Cuban choreographers such as Tomás Morales, Alberto Concepción and Andrés Gutiérrez, from the famous nightclubs Tropicana and Parisién. He is considered one of the creators of the timba genre in Cuba. Morales is the composer of Cuban dance classics "La Expresiva" and "Mamina," among others. Artists from Cuba, the United States, and Puerto Rico have recorded his compositions. He contributed as well in the CD Bajando Gervasio, by Amadito Valdés, nominated for 2004 Grammy Awards. The documentary Seguir a Través de los Años (To Follow Through the Years), by Daniel Diez, is inspired in his music. His album Salsa Son Timba was released in 2005, and reissued in 2010.  He performed as percussionist with the Panama Symphonic Orchestra for 10 years. On several occasions he recorded with the Cuban Radio Television and the Symphonic Orchestras of Cuba and Panama.  Fidel has worked as Lecturer of Percussion in Panama's National Conservatory. He has taught drum clinics and workshops in Europe, Panama, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, and the United States, for students from Berklee, the New England Conservatory, the Drummers Collective, the University of Miami, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and the University of Puerto Rico.

At present, Morales is professor of drum set for the Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music Department at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He also offers private lessons, and is, as well, an active clinician. Morales is director of his own bands: Proyecto Nega, the Fidel Morales Trio, and Fidel Morales and the Modern Latin Quartet. He also performs with José Ramírez's Tambores Batá.  He endorses the companies Vic Firth, Latin Percussion (LP), and Paiste. Morales resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his wife Rosalía and his son Julio.

Eguie Castrillo is a Latin percussion professor at Berklee. He has an impressive career in Latin music, including performances with Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, KC and the Sunshine Band, and tours with the Arturo Sandoval Band.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Modern Impressionism: The Ron Savage Trio

Tuesday / June 19, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Chair of the Ensemble Department, Ron Savage, has been drumming in funk and R&B bands since his teenage years. He is an alumnus of Berklee who has performed with jazz legends Johnny Griffin, Joe Zawinul, Albert King, and many more. He has recorded with Christopher Hollyday, Cecilia Smith, and Patrice Williamson; appearances with Gary Bartz, Don Braden, Don Byron, Cyrus Chestnut, Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Art Farmer, Nnenna Freelon, Christian McBride, Marian McPartland, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Pierce, Vanessa Rubin, Mark Whitfield, James Williams, Phil Woods, and Joe Zawinul and the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra Brno; toured with Mulgrew Miller and Gary Bartz; and performances with Johnny Griffin, Joe Zawinul, Albert King, Art Farmer, Nnenna Freelon, James Williams, Bill Pierce, James Moody, and many other contemporaries.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Caribbean Jazz Opening Concert Ron Reid and Band

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ron Reid and Band with an introduction by John Ramsay and Yoron Israel. Ron Reid is multi-instrumental artist with an overwhelming passion for creating music, especially music that celebrates his rich Caribbean heritage.

 This Trinidadian-born bassist, steel drummer, and composer/educator has for the past 30 years has been a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music. 

Reid began his career as a bassist in the late Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Revue Tent in 1978 and has recorded and performed with an honor roll of calypso and soca artists, including the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Lord Relator, Ella Andall, and David Rudder. He has also composed music for several television programs in Trinidad and Tobago including Who the Cap Fits, Morral, Caribbean Eye, The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, and most notably the theme for Gayelle TV. He has also been musical director for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s productions of Derek Walcott’s Joker of Seville, and Dream on Monkey Mountain as well as a performer for the production premiere of Steel at Boston’s Hasty Pudding Theatre.

His steelpan infused sextet Sunsteel performs an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, afro-Caribbean, and jazz compositions and includes some of Boston’s finest musicians. Reid shares his pan playing talents with David Williams’ J’ouvert and Calabash of Toronto, Canada, and as a steel drummer has recorded with diverse artists as Myanna, Grace Kelly, and Bill Harley. As a jazz bassist, Reid has performed with Randy Weston, Carmen Lundy, Lenora Helm, and Antonio Hart.

An associate professor of contemporary writing and production at Berklee, Reid teaches several arranging classes as well as steelpan and Afro-pop ensembles.

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