Concert

Berklee Electronica Showcase

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee College of Music and Together Boston present the Electronica Club at Cafe 939. Original student work will be performed: Fat Camp's glitch hip-hop, the thumping rhythms of AEROJET, the improvised dance of Phonoride, and the visual extravaganza of Javier Cruz. The Berklee Electronica Club is a student-run organization that holds seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and concerts from students and artists around the world. Experience the rising stars of tomorrow's electronic scene.

Curated by Austin Stone and Tyler Randall, Phonoride is a social experiment for collaborating artists and producers to perform improvised electronic music. Artists from Boston to New York compile sonic gestures, audio programming environments, and dance remixes in Phonoride's live performances. Phonoride ties in the enticing structure of John Zorn game pieces with the heightened production integrity of Daft Punk. Expect a palette of edgy dance rhythms with savory improvised melodies and submersible timbres.

Fat Camp is the stage name of Boston-based musician Clark Burkhardt. With influences spanning producers like Dimlite, Madlib, and J Dilla to composers and instrumentalists like Alice Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, Fat Camp's glitch-hop beats are as accessible as they are unpredictable. Performing an all-original electronic set with a laptop and two controllers, Fat Camp consistently gets crowds bouncing at warehouses, loft spaces, 
house parties and clubs in and around Boston.

Aerojet is the solo project of Joel Friedman, the sound designer and producer who represents one half of the Boston-based laptop duo known as Dice Motion. Fusing glitch aesthetics with warped field recordings, modern classical harmonies, jingles, jangles, noisy tape loops, and liquid hip-hop beats, the Aerojet sound is thick with ear candy. Whether rummaging through the past for buried sonic treasures, recording and mangling sounds of the present, or voyaging into futuristic landscapes, Aerojet leads the listener into a minefield of sonic exploration.

Javier Cruz is a composer, vocalist, songwriter, self-taught visual artist and software programmer, and multi-instrumentalist. Having played music for over 20 years, Cruz has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, and will be earning his B.A. in electronic production and design from Berklee in December of 2011. Cruz's visual art is an amalgam of his software programming and 3D design skills, building colorful, psychedelic pieces that retain an integral level of sophistication. His music ranges from soulful songwriting to schizophrenic, playful, and often sweet electronic compositions juxtaposed between groove and bass dance tunes. Cruz strives to create music that is accessible to a variety of audiences and simultaneously challenges their sonic palettes.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street
New York
NY
United States
10016-8942
Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Over the course of his multifaceted career, saxophonist Greg Osby has forged a formidable reputation as an instrumentalist, composer, entrepreneur, and recording artist. But he's also a leading music educator who holds a professorship in the Ensemble Department at Berklee. Tonight, Jazz Standard welcomes the professor and a hand-picked group composed of some of the school's most promising student players. Past performances have featured Berklee alumni like Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, and Kendrick Scott. "You can practice by yourself all you want," says Greg Osby, "but unless you're playing with and responding to another musician and contributing to a group, you don't really know what your role is. It's really the last stage, but the most important stage, of a person's education."

Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Barclay Moffitt began playing the saxophone at age 12 in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. Barclay reached out to many programs to nurture his art and music; the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, Berklee Saxophone Weekend, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop are among the programs he attended. In these programs he was fortunate enough to study with jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Joshua Redman, Greg Gisbert, Richard Davis, John Gunther, Phil Grenadier, Jerry Bergonzi, and many other jazz masters. Barclay was awarded the esteemed Presidential Scholarship at Berklee in 2008. Since entering the college, he has had the honor to study and perform with master musicians and educators such as Phil Wilson, Andy McGhee, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, and Greg Osby.

Benjamin Allen, 19, an alto saxophone player hailing from the city of jazz, New Orleans, attempts to blend New Orleans traditional, bebop, and pop music genres together. Studying under Donald Harrison, as well as artists such as Barry Harris, Ellis Marsalis, Jim Odgren, Kent Jordan, Jake Saslow, Kidd Jordan, and Alvin Batiste, he comes from a background of teaching styles that vary from very rigorous to very open and creative. This allows him access to multiple models and  techniques in his attempts to teach and learn. New Orleans NPR affiliate WWNO-FM describes him as "musically soaring."

In 2009 he was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where he was then awarded a full-tuition scholarship for four years to Berklee. He often plays at various New Orleans venues, while also teaching private lessons as a part of the Tipitina's Internship Program and on his own. He has growing strengths as a composer, teacher, and performer and hopes to use them to advance the musical community.

Lucian Gray is a guitarist from Toronto, Canada who gigs regularly with his trio and quartet at numerous clubs in the Toronto area. He was the first winner of the Slaight Family Scholarship, allowing him to begin his studies at Berklee in fall 2008. While performing at the 2009 Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, Gray won the Rising Young Star Award. He has since studied with teachers such as Mick Goodrick, David Tronzo, Greg Osby, and George Garzone.

Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1991, Eitan Kenner began studying classical piano at the age of six. Inspired by his father, a well-known musician in Israel, Kenner began studying and expanding upon his musical knowledge and gradually chose to focus on jazz. At 16, after two years in the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, he joined Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship and was the youngest ever to participate in the finals of Rimon's Jazz Player of the Year. Two years later, Kenner graduated with honors, and by the age of 18 he had already studied and performed with top Israeli jazz musicians all over Israel and in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Currently pursuing a degree in performance at Berklee, Kenner has studied with JoAnne Brackeen, Benny Green, Alain Mallet, Jamey Haddad, Dave Santoro, Tiger Okoshi, and Ed Tomassi. He is a current member of the Berklee World Jazz Octet and will perform in Washington, D.C. with Paquito D'Rivera this June.

Tamir Shmerling is a double and electric bass player from Israel. He served as a bassist in the IDF Orchestra (2005–2008) and has performed with Tel Aviv and Holon big bands, directed by Amikam Kimelman and Guri Agmon, respectively (2008–2009). While on scholarship at the Rimon School of Jazz, he studied with Guri Agmon, Ilan Mochiach, Mamelo Gaitanopoulos, Yoray Oron, Yuval Cohen, Rami Levin, Avi Lebovich, and Daniel Zamir. 

Shmerling was awarded a scholarship from Berklee in 2008. He currently studies at Berklee with Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Jamey Haddad, Alain Mallet, John Lockwood, Oscar Stagnaro, Whit Browne, Dave Samuels, Ed Tomassi, Dave Santoro, Dennis Montgomery III, and other great teachers. During his studies, he has had the honor to perform with artists such as Kevin Eubanks and Ignacio Berroa.

21-year-old Toronto, Canada native Adam Arruda began studying drums at the age of five, started performing regularly when he was 10, and hasn't stopped since. He holds the record for winning the Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer Award at Music Fest Canada eight times in a row. In February of 2007, he was selected as the drummer for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Big Band, where he played with Phil Woods, James Moody, Tom Scott, and Patti Austin. In 2008 Arruda was selected as the drummer at the prestigious Brubeck Institute Fellowship along with four other band members.  

Arruda is fortunate to have studied with many master musicians, including Jimmy Cobb, Ed Thigpen, Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Ballard, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones III, Clarence Penn, Ari Hoenig, Dan Weiss, Jim Black, Dafnis Prieto, and Joshua Redman, to name a few. He has performed at the 2007 Grammy Awards, and the North Sea, Detroit, Monterey, Next Generation, Brubeck, and Toronto jazz festivals.

Arruda is a scholarship recipient at Berklee, where he began his college career in the fall of 2010. Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jamey Haddad, and Alain Mallet have been particularly influential in his first year at the college. He can be heard at the legendary Wally's Jazz Café in Boston with trumpeter Jason Palmer.

Admission: 
$20

B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues—An Original Musical

Sunday / May 1, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students write and produce an original musical each year honoring an icon of American music. This year's musical tells the story of the life and work of B.B. King. Called by Rolling Stone the third-greatest guitarist of all time, King's distinctive and soulful sound has moved and comforted audiences of all ages and nationalities for over 50 years. Come watch as Berklee students bring to life their own original telling of his story. Please note that B.B. King will not be performing or in attendance for this event.

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues—An Original Musical

Saturday / April 30, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students write and produce an original musical each year honoring an icon of American music. This year's musical tells the story of the life and work of B.B. King. Called by Rolling Stone the third-greatest guitarist of all time, King's distinctive and soulful sound has moved and comforted audiences of all ages and nationalities for over 50 years. Come watch as Berklee students bring to life their own original telling of his story. Please note that B.B. King will not be performing or in attendance for this event.

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Hotels and Highways / Jamie Drake

Friday / April 15, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hotels and Highways

Before forming Hotels and Highways, Lisa Piccirillo, Erin Sidney (a.k.a. Syd), and Patrick Thomas were already experienced artists with self-released albums and a thick portfolio of singer-songwriter accolades. Each has performed showcases at prestigious music festivals, opened for national acts, maintained rigorous touring schedules, and received plenty of quotable love from the press. In the fall of 2010 they came together as a band in a lakeside cabin to record what would become Lost River, a folk-tinged meditation on the deeper meaning of living and a love letter to the spirit of collaboration.

Also appearing: Jamie Drake.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

American Roots Music Roadshow

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the amazingly talented young student performers (and ancient faculty!) of Berklee's American Roots Music Program as they delve into blues, old-time, Cajun, bluegrass, and western swing.

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Ensemble Showcase: Funk, Soul

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 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 Lennie Stallworth. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk and soul.

1:30 p.m. Kenwood Dennard: Music of James Brown

4:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Funk and Soul Review

6:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Music of P-Funk

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

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Middle Eastern Fusion, Salsa, Jazz

Friday / April 22, 2011 / 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 Christiane Karam, Bernardo Hernandez, and Winston Maccow. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including Middle Eastern fusion, salsa, and jazz.

1:30 p.m. Christiane Karam: Middle Eastern Fusion

4:30 p.m. Bernardo Hernandez: Salsa

6:30 p.m. Winston Maccow: Music of Pat Metheny

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

Admission: 
Free

Jen Satrsinic

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jen Starsinic is an emerging, young singer-songwriter hailing from Pennsylvania. Informed largely by her background as an old-time fiddler and singer, her songs are built like wooden cabins containing crooked melodies and unspoken memories. With a voice described as "beautifully human" and fiddle playing said to be "driving, charismatic, and elegantly focused," she isn't afraid to follow her intimate, yet grounded original songs with raging fiddle tunes from a bygone era. She is joined by Coloradan cellist Eric Law, whose soulful and wild cello playing will simultaneously make you weep and melt your face, and by banjoist Lukas Pool, whose Arkansas-grown charm is a perfect match for his heartbreakingly beautiful and innovative clawhammer banjo playing.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Radiohead, Metal

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 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 rock and metal.

1:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Music of Radiohead

4:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Metal Fest

6:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Metal Fest

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

Admission: 
Free

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