Performance

Mili Bermejo and Sofia Rei in Concert

Wednesday / February 19, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Mili Bermejo (left) & Sofia Rei (right)

Mili Bermejo and Sofia Rei, two generations of singers who come from the soulful and passionate Latin American vocal tradition, join forces to present an intimate set of new originals.

Bermejo carries forward the Mexican and Argentine music inherited from her parents, giving "each song a reading so strikingly personal that it sounds as though she has actually lived the tales painted in the tunes' lyrics," according to Latino Magazine. Boston Magazine calls her music "part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughan sophistication." She performs with bassist Dan Greenspan, pianist Jiri Nedoma, and drummer Bertram Lehman.

Rei, one of the most charismatic and inventive vocalists on the New York music scene, brings her worldly sensibility and hauntingly melodic voice to the concert's second half. "Sofía's vocal prowess contains an emotional impact that leaves an audience gasping for air and begging for more," according to Latin Jazz Corner. She will be joined by JC Maillard on guitar, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Tupac Mantilla on percussion. 

Watch a video of Sofia Rei performing at this concert:

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

Musical Odyssey II Featuring the Greek Music Ensemble

Monday / March 24, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

In Greek, nostos stands for the unappeased yearning to return to the home country; it is Odysseus’ eternal longing to touch the soil of Ithaca. Nostos has been a distinct and rich source of inspiration and artistic creation for Greeks. The Greek Music Ensemble is bringing the concepts of nostos and xenitia (living as a stranger in a foreign land) to the Berklee Performance Center in a concert of Greek music from the last two centuries. In genres ranging from folk and rembetika to urban songs and contemporary art songs, the music will convey nostalgia for the homeland, the joys and sorrows of life in a foreign land, the grief of separation, and the emotional ingredients that make up the fabric of the immigrant psyche.

In this concert, the Greek Music Ensemble is honored to collaborate with highly acclaimed guest performers, members of the world music scene, and talented Berklee faculty and students that specialize in traditional performance practices with traditional Greek and Middle Eastern musical instruments. The ensemble’s approach to the performance is based on a critical exploration and interpretation of the unique stylistic and technical aspects of the music, and on a highly skilled, elaborate, and inspired presentation of it.

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

Roots Roadshow

Monday / March 31, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Students, faculty, and recent alumni of the American Roots Music Program play blues, early gospel, spirituals, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and Western swing as well as contemporary music inspired by these genres. The concert features special guests Andy Statman, Bruce Molsky, Paul Rishell, and Annie Raines, and also celebrates the anniversary of J.S. Bach's birthday.

Berklee has become the epicenter of an amazing scene of virtuosic young players in these folk idioms, and this will be the first Berklee Performance Center show to celebrate them and the American Roots Music Program since its inception. The performance will also include a tribute to Pete Seeger and the great singer Jo Stafford, featuring selections from her seminal album, American Folk Songs.

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

Women Musicians Network Concert

Wednesday / March 5, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Women Musicians Network's (WMN) 17th annual concert features more than 10 original acts, highlighting compositions and performances by Berklee women students and their bands from around the world—plus special faculty guests.

This eclectic program of styles and cultures is always an exciting and popular event. Genres include jazz, rock, third stream, choral, pop/R&B, and more. 

Linda Chase, with her multimedia composition Grand Canyon Sketches, and Christiane Karam, with her Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, will be presenting this year's faculty artists. The concert is produced with the WMN student club and directed by Berklee professors Karam and Lucy Holstedt.

Watch Zahili Gonzalez Zamora perform her original "Lighthouse" live at the Berklee Performance Center as part of the Women Musicians Network Concert:

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

Professional Writing and Music Technology Division Awards Concert

Tuesday / April 8, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
PW/MTD Composers, 2013

This eclectic concert will feature compositions from award-winning students in the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division. Artists will perform music for orchestra; film; jazz, rock/pop, electronica, and mixed ensembles.

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

The Fourth Berklee Global Jazz Summit: Global Report

Tuesday / April 29, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents the fourth annual Berklee Global Jazz Summit: Global Report, which will feature BGJI artistic director and UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Perez and several BGJI faculty members, including master saxophonist George Garzone, world renowned bassist John Patitucci, and highly acclaimed percussionist Roman Diaz. Together, they will celebrate BGJI’s humanitarian mission through music outreach on a global scale.

The concert will present music from recent BGJI trips to Panama, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Valencia, Spain. The Berklee Global Jazz Summit is also a celebration of International Jazz Day (April 30), a UNESCO-designated day of recognition for jazz as a vehicle for peace, unity, and dialogue between people.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment in which students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

The concert will feature the same ensembles that traveled to each country and will present a mixture of original music that will include works from Danilo Perez’s latest release, Panama 500. The ensembles feature students from Israel, South Africa, Brazil and the U.S., among others. BGJI managing director Marco Pignataro and drummer/percussionist Jorge Perez-Albela will also perform.

An Evening with Theo Bikel

Saturday / March 1, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Theo Bikel

Theodore Bikel is a folk singer, radio host, political activist, Jewish spokesman, author, the president of Actors’ Equity, and a theater, film and television actor. He’s an icon, a beacon of Yiddishkeit and humanitarianism. Celebrate him with us. The concert will feature special guests Hankus Netsky, Merima Kljuco, Rosalie Gerut, Frank London, Daniel Kahn, Josh "Socalled” Dolgin, and the Workmen's Circle Besere Velt Chorus.

Admission: 
$58, $45, and $32; $200 sponsor ticket includes post-concert champagne reception with the artists.

Qantara Berklee World Fusion

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Qantara Berklee Ensemble

The Qantara Berklee Ensemble's performances fuse Arab musical traditions with the contemporary sensibilities of postmodern jazz. The music of Qantara Berklee allows different styles of performance and improvisation to stand out while providing a musical structure that goes beyond stylistic boundaries. Musicians in the ensemble work on challenging musical arrangements and various styles of improvisational skills that are based on harmonic progression, free style, and maqam microtonal expression. Qantara Berklee is a distinctive example of cross-cultural world jazz. 

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

Peter Quirsfeld: Jackie Molasses

Monday / November 25, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drummer Peter Quirsfeld presents an evening of originals and free improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Bret's Frets

Monday / May 5, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bret’s Frets features some of the best student performers at Berklee. The ensemble’s instrumentation includes several guitars with bass and drums. The program presents a variety of styles, including contemporary jazz, Latin, and odd-meter compositions that feature unique arrangements using unconventional techniques. Each selection provides the background for these talented student performers’ improvisational interpretations.

Admission: 
Free

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