Concert

Women of the World Present Koloro

Monday / February 25, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Women of the World was born from a dream to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform, women who not only work and perform together, but who learn from each other, exploring each other’s culture, language, food, and traditions by interacting closely on a daily basis.

Currently a 10-piece all-female ensemble, Women of the World performs a vast and varied repertoire of folk and traditional music in more than 17 of the world's languages. Since its beginnings in 2008, the ensemble has received accolades and collaborated with many industry bigwigs, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo. With performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, TEDxBoston, and United Nations events, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music. 
 
For its spring concert, Women of the World will present Koloro, a multi-art production paying tribute to the myriad colors in nature, culture, and life. The word "koloro" (meaning color) was specifically chosen from the language Esperanto, which was created in the late 1800s to foster international peace and understanding as a common language for all. The concert will also showcase a World Peace Choir consisting of more than 50 women musicians from different countries. From lush choral arrangements, to body and mouth percussion, to experimental a cappella works, Koloro promises to be an evening of celebration. 
 

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

Ensemble Department Funk Festival

Thursday / February 28, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Led by Ensemble Department faculty, students and faculty pay tribute to heroes of funk, R&B, and soul music.

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

Women Musicians Network Concert

Thursday / March 7, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Quality, originality, and diversity take center stage at the BPC with 13 acts ranging from big band and acoustic jazz to Balkan folk, rock, poetry, and 1950s Italian doo-wop. The focus is on Berklee women students and their bands from around the world. Featuring a Berklee City Music ensemble directed by alumna Annette Philip and special guest, poet, and social activist CD Collins. Produced and directed by Lucy Holstedt, Christiane Karam, and the WMN student club. "Once a year, a once-in-a-lifetime show!"

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

Nona Hendryx Re-Wired

Tuesday / March 26, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert is a collaboration between Nona Hendryx and the Electronic Production and Design Department. The concert will feature new pieces utilizing the latest trends in music technology composed and performed by Nona Hendryx and EPD students and faculty.

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

Songwriters Night

Tuesday / April 2, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The winning songs of the annual Songwriters Competition are presented. The songs are written in a wide variety of styles and are usually performed by the writers themselves. The songs are presented in ways that show them in their best setting, whether it be a solo instrument and voice, or voice plus rhythm section, or more elaborate ensembles. 

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Admission: 
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Professional Writing and Music Technology Awards Concert

Tuesday / April 9, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features compositions by professional writing and music technology student award winers. It is an eclectic night of music featuring the best student compositions for orchestra, jazz ensemble, electronica, and songwriting.

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

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 18, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both dates will be honored. For refunds, please contact the box office at bpc@berklee.edu or 617 747-2261.

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

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Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Ragam, Talam, Natyam: The Language of Indian Music and Dance

Tuesday / April 23, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee faculty, visiting artists, and students representing different countries will present the language of Indian classical dance and music. The performance will focus on nritta (footwork/movements) and nritya (facial expression) to narrate the beautiful language of Indian classical dance tradition, accompanied by the Contemporary Indian Ensemble. The ensemble will explore the music from India, lush vocal arrangements, and an eclectic blend of traditional (carnatic and Hindustani classical music), folk songs, qawwali (Sufi tradition), and contemporary Indian music as well as Western instrumentation. Through original choreography and compositions the performance strives to showcase the rich diversity of Indian music and dance. 

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BGJI Jazz Summit with Brian Blade

Monday / April 29, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Blade

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its third annual BGJI Summit, featuring master drummer Brian Blade with BGJI all-stars Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci.

Blade—who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana—established himself as a versatile, accomplished drummer early in his career, appearing on the albums of Joni Mitchell, Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman, and Bob Dylan, among others. In 1998, when he was 27, Blade released his first album, The Brian Blade Fellowship, on Blue Note, which was highly acclaimed and solidified his standing as one of the most sought-after jazz drummers of the era. Since 2000, Blade has been a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, described by the New York Times as  "a band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, [one that] has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the 21st century."

The first part of the concert will feature the BGJI Red and Green student ensembles playing original compositions. The ensembles feature students from Spain, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Following the first set, Brian Blade will join artist-in-residence saxophonist Joe Lovano, world renowned bassist John Patitucci and BGJI artistic director and pianist Danilo Pérez.

UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez says the concert is scheduled for the end of April to honor International Jazz Day and the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent. In November of 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight the virtues of jazz as vehicle for peace, unity, and dialogue between people. The year 2013 also marks the beginning of UNESCO’s International Decade for People of African Descent for the “recognition, justice, and development of people of African heritage.” Africa, where jazz draws its origins, will be honored this year with a special screening of a short documentary that will present the BGJI’s recent trip to Benin and Togo.
 
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute 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 where 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.

 

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

Trouble Man

Wednesday / May 1, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Valerie Simpson

Trouble Man is a play with music and dance about the artistry of Marvin Gaye. Scripted by Berklee students, the production features guest songwriting legend Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), who will sing her anthem "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as part of the two performances.

One of Motown's leading male singers who went on to create his unforgettable What's Going On album, Gaye had it all: looks, smarts, and an irresistible voice. Yet, his life was filled with struggle and turmoil. Marvin Gaye sang honestly about his life and the world around him. Trouble Man is directed by Rebecca Perricone. Music ensemble direction is by Terri Lyne Carrington.

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