Concert

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ensemble Showcase: Funk and Soul

Friday / April 27, 2012 / 4:30 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 Lenny Stallworth. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including the funk and soul.

4:30 p.m. - Lenny Stallworth: P-Funk
6:30 p.m. - Lenny Stallworth: Funk and Soul Review

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

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Yesberger Band

Thursday / August 30, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Yesberger Band

Like a palm tree in a Russian winter, the Yesberger Band is bringing its shine to the music scene, inspiring audiences one by one with a jazzy approach to poetry and pop. Its unique musical vision, earthly in its ideals and thick with danceability, has taken the group cross-country and internationally, sharing bills with acts such as Bobby McFerrin, Jamie Cullum, the Temptations, and the Yellowjackets.

Fascinated by the world, Devon Yesberger writes songs that channel joy and light-heartedness, spinning the usual themes of life and love into unique sonic worlds with unusual interpretations. On stage, positivity comes to life with a presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep connection between the performers and audience.

Admission: 
Free

Carly Tefft

Sunday / August 26, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Fox Point
100 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester
MA
United States
02125
Carly Tefft

Carly Tefft is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Cape Cod, Massachusetts with inspirations including the Police, Carol King, Gavin DeGraw Jason Mraz, and Colbie Calliat. Tefft, a Berklee student, puts a contemporary and alternative spin on the singer-songwriter genre.

A guitarist since she was 13, Tefft began writing songs in high school, and at end of her senior year, released her self-produced EP, Carly Tefft, on which she played all of the instruments (drums, bass, guitar, piano, and vocals) on ten originals.

Tefft has performed alongside Canary, Hannah Christianson, Entrain, and Emily Elbert, among others, at locations throughout Massachusetts, including the Cape Cod Melody Tent. She has also performed on several Massachusetts radio stations.

She plans to release a five-song EP, Loud and Clear, in 2012.

Admission: 
Free

Hannah Christianson

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hannah Christianson

Hannah Christianson was born smiling, or so her mother says. Growing up in a lively family of seven in rural Minnesota, the young Christianson learned to perceive art and the world around her in a unique way. Even at a very early age, she became enamored with the piano and immersed herself in jazz and pop music. Years later, she developed into an accomplished songwriter and found herself playing various clubs around the upper Midwest and New England, a performance at the 2008 Winnipeg Folk Festival, a featured performance at the 2011 Minneapolis Aquatennial, and direct support for Quebec’s Cœur de Pirate.

Christianson is now a Music Therapy major at Berklee College of Music, where her songs have won the Perfect Pitch and Performing Songwriter contests, and she has performed in the Best of Berklee's Songwriters Showcase. This April, her song "A Hundred Hearts" will be featured in Berklee's 2012 Songwriter's Night at the Berklee Performance Center.

Her thoughtful writing encompasses the human condition with honesty, charisma, and hope. "A good mix of sweetness and pop sensibility, with an engaging voice that sounds like fine wine," Peter Swenson, Director of Social Media, CD Baby. Her song "Let's Be Frisbees" was recently featured on a compilation CD for the Raising the Blues Foundation, which distributed uplifting music to children's hospitals around New England.

 

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Jazz and Fusion

Friday / April 27, 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 Ken Cervenka, John Pierce, and Tiger Okoshi. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including jazz and fusion.

2:00 p.m. - Ken Cervenka: Miles Davis Electric
3:15 p.m. - John Pierce: Big Band Jazz
4:30 p.m. - Tiger Okoshi: Original Fusion

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

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Ensemble Showcase: Rock, R&B, Gospel, and Jazz

Thursday / April 26, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members George Russell, Jon Finn, and Greg Wardson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including rock, R&B, gospel, and jazz.

2:00 p.m. - George Russell: R&B/Gospel Jazz
3:15 p.m. - Jon Finn: Prog. Rock Instrumental
4:30 p.m. - Greg Wardson: Rock of the '70s

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

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