Concert

The Berklee A&R Showcase

Thursday / April 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

They've discovered Berklee's top talent, and now they're bringing them to you live. This concert will feature the top artists and bands from the Berklee A&R/Artist Development Group's first round of auditions. Performers include: Melanie Lynx, Byron Manchest, Brooke Villanyi, Franka Batelic, Tim Coakley, Charles Johnson, Alexey Sokolov, and Raven Katz.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Hill and Deep Creek / Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack / Bell & the Bees

Saturday / June 2, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jake Hill

Jake Hill is a singer-songwriter from Plymouth, Massachusetts, from across the country, and from down the street. He has miles on his voice, blisters on his fingers, and stories to tell. Hill's band, Deep Creek, has been playing together for a number of years. Deep Creek is composed of Kit Carlyle on lead guitar and banjo, Dave Robertson on upright bass, and Larry Anzuoni on percussion. These are a group of full-timers who transform Hill's midwestern romanticism and northeastern work ethic into a blue collar bible of Americana songs that will break your back and your heart.

L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jim Hanft's songs carry both the comfort of familiarity and the excitement of discovery—and they're gaining him a stream of praise from fans, tastemakers, and even Hollywood film executives seduced by his honestly told stories of life's quiet moments and turning points, relations and temptations, loves, and losses. Accompanied by musical partner Samantha Yonack's pure harmonies, Hanft creates a modern musical landscape rooted in the raw, yet nuanced strength of his words and performance. 

Also featuring Bell $ the Bees.

Admission: 
$10, General Admission

Jussi Reijonen Quartet

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Jussi Reijonen

Bringing together four seasoned musicians from Finland, Sweden, Palestine, and Spain, the Jussi Reijonen Quartet traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its search for new sounds and textures.

Reijonen's music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered growing up on four different continents. In both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic. Formed at the renowned Berklee College of Music in late 2009, the group is preparing for the release of its first album, Un, due out later in 2012.

Admission: 

The Olive Trees

Tuesday / July 31, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
The Olive Trees

The Olive Trees are a four-piece rock 'n' roll band. Guitar player Jerry Wilson and bass player Dan Bernfeld are the songwriters and singers and are joined by guitar player Jon Monroe and drummer John Farquharson.

Admission: 
Free

Jaggery / Foolish Ida / Heather Christian & the Arbornatus

Saturday / May 19, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jaggery

"Torture chamber pop." "Darkwave jazz." "Siren rock." These are a few of the many attempts to describe the sound of Jaggery, an art-rock collective that weaves harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit into a universe of its own, setting the scene for "one of the most beautiful voices in modern music." Powerful enough to harness the fiery churnings beneath a volcano as well as the ethereal light of a dying star, frontwoman Singer Mali's voice regularly leaves listeners viscerally stunned and with goosebumps. She is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation, including Daniel Schubmehl's West African approach to the drum kit with jazz influences, Tony Leva's funky upright bass, Rachel Jayson's avant-classical viola, and Petaluma Vale's glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

Rethink Showcase: The Lumineers / Kopecky Family Band

Friday / April 20, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Impact Weekend, part of the Rethink Music conference, will take place on the evenings of Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, when Boston will be a music epicenter of band showcases. Rethink Music has partnered with us to provide an intimate showcase of the Lumineers and Kopecky Family Band. Mark your calendars—this is going to be a great show. 

The Lumineers sound took shape in Denver as an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk. The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music, the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics. It will all be on display soon, on the band's first full-length album, due in March. Born out of sorrow, powered by passion, ripened by hard work, the Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most.

The Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood, like all families. The family began creating music together in Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 2007. What began as late-night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has led to numerous tours, including adventures to CMJ, SXSW, and Bonnaroo; three EP releases; and friendships across the country. Back again in the studio, the band is writing and recording new tracks, so ready yourself for a new release later in the year. Anyone who encounters the Kopeckys will testify there is never a dull moment in this family of six.

Admission: 
Sold out

Ensemble Showcase: Soul

Thursday / May 3, 2012 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Kenwood Dennard and Jetro Da Silva. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including the music of James Brown, George Duke, and George Benson.

1:30 p.m. - Kenwood Dennard: Music of James Brown
4:30 p.m. - Jetro Da Silva: Divas Ensemble
6:30 p.m. - Jetro Da Silva: George Duke, George Benson

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Music of Jimi Hendrix, Soulive, and Otis Redding

Tuesday / May 1, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Kenwood Dennard, Jeff Lockhart, and Dennis Cecere. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including the music of Jimi Hendrix, Soulive, and Otis Redding.

2:00 p.m. - Kenwood Dennard: Jimi Hendrix Ensemble
3:15 p.m. - Jeff Lockhart: Lettuce/Soulive Ensemble
4:30 p.m. - Dennis Cecere: S. Cooke, T. Turner, O. Redding Ensemble

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 

Berklee World Strings

Monday / April 30, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
First Church of Boston
66 Marlborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

Berklee World Strings, directed by Eugene Friesen, will present “As Swam Two Birds,” an evening of new work for strings and improvising soloists in special tribute to the late and beloved Berklee professor John McGann (1959-2012). Admission is free, though donations will be accepted for a special memorial fund.

The concert will feature two acclaimed soloists, Bruce Molsky on guitar, fiddle, and vocals along and Darol Anger on fiddle. Molsky and Anger will be featured on three original arrangements, "Man of Constant Sorrow," "Richmond," and Billy Taylor's "Feel to Be Free."

The program will feature the premiere of a work by John McGann, "As Swam Two Birds," for strings, mandolin, and percussion. Two other pieces will be also heard for the first time: "African Violet" by Berklee composer Jimmy Kachulis and "Cryphon" by Bruce Thomas. Also on the program is Piazzolla's "Night Club 1960" in a new arrangement by BWS harpist Smadar Levy and "Fiddle Suite for String Orchestra," a multi-meter, rollicking concerto for strings utilizing fiddle techniques old and new by Berklee alumnus Andy Reiner.

Bruce Molsky stands today as the premier old-time fiddler in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia's timeless folk music traditions. Molsky was born in the Bronx in 1955 and fell in love with old-time music as a teenager. He moved to Virginia in the '70s, learning directly from old masters like Tommy Jarrell and seeing how the music fit into people's lives. Calling him "the Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle," Linda Ronstadt added, "There's an incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals."

Darol Anger has spent the last 30 years opening connections between violin styles of the world. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger's style and rhythmic innovations have changed fiddling all over the globe. Anger's career began in 1975 with the legendary David Grisman Quintet, featuring guitarist Tony Rice. In 1985 Anger founded the Turtle Island String Quartet with composer/violinist David Balakrishnan. Turtle Island blazed a new frontier for the venerable string quartet form, teaching and performing their original music and swinging jazz arrangements all over the world.

Featured improvising soloists from the ensemble will include violinists Maria Kowalski, Eli Bishop, Tanner Johnson, and Caitlyn Offerman; violist Alex Gallefrom; cellist Eric Law; mandolinist Bryce Milano; and others.

The Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical styles, the ensemble presents original programs that include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world's music. The group features Berklee's finest string players from countries around the world and the U.S.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Shocase: Alternative and Heavy Metal

Monday / April 30, 2012 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty member Robert Schlink. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including alternative and heavy metal.

1:30 p.m. - Robert Schlink: Radiohead
4:30 p.m. - Robert Schlink: Heavy Metal
6:30 p.m. - Robert Schlink: Heavy Metal

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 

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