Concert

A Mi Tierra: Francisco Ruiz's Senior Recital / John Kemal Group

Monday / September 24, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Francisco Ruiz and friends presents a compilation of their favorite music, original compositions, and arrangements. Latin fusion, jazz, and popular rhythms will light up this unmissable night.

Then, at 9:15 p.m., John Kemal Group performs a variety of styles to create a contemporary improvisation-based acoustic sound. Melting down the roots of jazz and Latin with Middle Eastern elements with musicians from all over the globe. Join us for a night of exciting live music.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
Free

Shostakovich and Hojnacki: Together Again

Wednesday / September 19, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of music for violin, cello, and piano. The featured works are the Trio in E minor by Dmitri Shostakovich and the premiere of a new trio by faculty member Tom Hojnacki. The performers are Lidija Peno, violin; Leo Eguchi, cello; and Tom Hojnacki, piano.

Admission: 
Free

Manuel Kaufmann Nonet

Tuesday / September 18, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Manuel Kaufmann Nonet is capable of a large jazz ensemble sound without overpowering the intimate chamber feel of a small band. The program consists of post-bop tinged originals and arrangements of the Great American Songbook. Featuring Greg Hopkins.

Admission: 
Free

Zodiac Trio

Thursday / January 31, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Zodiac Trio: Vanessa Mollard, violin; Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; and Riko Higuma, piano, with guest cellist Ben Capps will present a concert of music by composers Steve Mackey, Andrew List, David Colson, John Mc Donald, and Ofer Ben Amots.

Admission: 
Free

An Evening with Zoë Keating

Thursday / October 11, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A one-woman orchestra, Zoë Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, to create lush, beautiful, and otherworldly music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Keating's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies, and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers.

As a cellist and arranger, Keating has worked with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Mark Isham, Curt Smith, Amanda Palmer, Rasputina, DJ Shadow, Pomplamoose, and Paolo Nutini. From 2002 to 2006 she was a member of the cello-rock trio Rasputina. Keating is a recipient of a 2009 performing arts grant from the Creative Capital foundation. Her new self-released album, Into the Trees, was released in June 2010.

Can't make it to the show? The event will be streaming live through "Concert Window". 

Admission: 
$18 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $21 day of show. Student tickets available, $15 in advance, $18 day of show (discount applied at box office with valid ID). General admission.

Christian Li Trio

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Christian Li

This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 31, due to weather.  

Christian Li is a jazz pianist from Horseheads, New York. He has won several DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Li was the New York State All-State Instrumental Jazz Band pianist for 2006 and 2007 and the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band Pianist in 2006. 

In 2008, he received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee. There he studies privately with JoAnne Brackeen and Ed Bedner and has had the opportunity of working with Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Li has also worked with the Cornell University and Ithaca College big bands, and played solo piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Caili O'Doherty Trio

Thursday / July 5, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Caili O'Doherty

Pianist Caili O'Doherty, 20, is a sophomore at Berklee, studying jazz performance on a full scholarship.

Growing up as a classical pianist, O'Doherty was exposed to a variety of musical styles before discovering her love for jazz at age eleven when she transferred to an arts school in Portland, Oregon. Since that time, she has focused on developing a career as a jazz pianist.

In high school, O'Doherty began receiving national recognition for her compositions and performance. She received an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award as well as two Downbeat Student Music Awards for jazz piano performance and composition, and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop band led by Terri Lyne Carrington. In 2010, O'Doherty was one of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and to perform at a showcase concert. O'Doherty was chosen to become a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), an intensive performance program headed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Perez.

O'Doherty has recently performed with the BGJI at the Toronto Jazz Festival and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, opening for French pianist Martial Solal. She has studied with Billy Taylor, Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, and Greg Osby. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as pianist for Terrell Stafford).

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Matthew Perryman Jones / Matthew Mayfield / Callaghan

Friday / September 21, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones  is a product of the '80s, and his musical taste is shaped largely by bands like the Pixies, REM, U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other underground bands of that time. Jones was born near Philadelphia and relocated to Atlanta at the age of 11. He began writing songs in high school, where he also formed his first band, and was 15 when they recorded their first five-song demo (produced by Indigo Girls producer Don McCollister). His songs have been featured on TV shows such as Kyle XY and the Grey's Anatomy.

Matthew Mayfield says "Sometimes I write quiet, folky ballads. Those songs rip my heart out. The truth is that it's 2012 and everything has changed. I've signed a big record deal. I've been wined and dined by the big wigs. And none of it matters. The only thing that ever lasts is the song. If you truly believe the guy who's coming through your speakers, then something beautiful and truly miraculous is happening"

Born in Boston, Lincolnshire to a musical family, Callaghan was classically trained on flute from age 6, then gravitated toward singing and playing piano. By 14 she was writing songs, and started trekking to London to record with various producers. At 18 Callaghan relocated to London permanently to live with her sister (whose flat was so tiny, the singer slept under the kitchen table), while recording a number of independent EPs and playing all over the city, at spots like the Bedford, Regal Room, Royal National Theatre, and 100 Club. A long-time Mullins fan, Callaghan contacted him in 2009 through MySpace while seeking a producer, and he agreed to a rare collaboration. An initial recording trip to Atlanta yielded three songs, prompting her life-changing relocation there in 2010 to finish the full-length.

Admission: 
$12

Thieving Irons / Strange Changes / Bear Language

Saturday / September 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Thieving Irons

Brooklyn dream rockers Thieving Irons are proud to announce the release of their second LP, Behold, This Dreamer!, an ethereal, lyrical exploration of texture and sound from a group of seasoned and acclaimed musicians. The songs and themes of Behold, This Dreamer! are a nuanced study in perspective; offering, at once, a bird’s-eye-view and telescopic lens. Rarely are the songs outright declarations, but rather multi-layered awakenings; true sonic translations of a sense of awe. Nate Martinez started Thieving Irons in late 2009. The first album, This Midnight Hum, released in 2010, was met with critical acclaim, named a “blissed-out alt-country epic” by Gothamist and an album of “beautifully textured indie folk, highlighted by Martinez’s distinctive voice” by KEXP. There is a sense of relief about Behold, This Dreamer!, a musical departure discovered in repositioning toward a new, directed path to joy. Daytrotter says, “Nate Martinez, the man behind the lush and beautiful Thieving Irons, has made a record of rustic gorgeousness that makes one feel as if they were stooping down with those hands cupped, reaching for that fresh body of mountain water—not tainted or tampered with—and drawing it up to the mouth, feeling quenched as you’ve never been quenched before.”

Strange Changes is an eclectic eight piece rock band comprised of musicians from the Boston music scene. Residing in Allston, they mix elements of American popular music with classical, jazz, metal, and more, in the tradition of the great American pop composers Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus.

In September of 2011 Bear Language released its self-titled debut EP, the first step in what will be a long journey. Always writing new material and playing to new audiences, word continues to spread, along with the question: “Are you speaking Bear Language yet?”

 

Admission: 
$8 Advance, $10 Day Of General

Grant Richards

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Grant Richards

Boston-based pianist and composer Grant Richards strives to cultivate an original sound in his music that is organic and honest, bound by the melodies of his experience. Inspired by his sister, Richards began playing piano and composing at age 8. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Richards was able to thrive in a vibrant and supportive musical atmosphere, aided especially by the guidance of his father and teachers. At age 14, he produced and recorded his first album as a leader, comprised mostly of his own pieces and arrangements. Before entering college, DownBeat Magazine honored him with four prestigious student music awards, including Best Solo Instrumentalist ('04), Best Jazz Arrangement ('05/'06), and Best High School Ensemble ('07).

In 2009, Richards enrolled in Berklee College of Music where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of their outstanding talent. Since coming to Berklee, he has had the opportunity to study under many leading teachers and performers, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Kevin Harris, Doug Johnson, Alain Mallet, and Danilo Pérez. In his short career, Richards has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Ben Wolfe, and Damian Erskine. Now, at age 21, Richards is a formidable performer, composer, and teacher in his own right, able to adapt to a wide range of settings, styles, and genres.

Looking to the future, Richards's foremost ambition is to perform and teach across the globe, learning from the vast, diverse cultures he is eager to encounter and assimilate into his own compositions and musical ideas. Above all, he is guided by his passion to learn and driven by his desire to grow, as he humbly remains a student of life and all its music.

Admission: 
Free

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