Concert

Club d'Elf

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 9:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Club d'Elf

Club d'Elf plays a style of music that has been called "Moroccan-dosed dub-trance-jazz," and draws upon electronica, Moroccan gnawa music, free jazz, hip-hop, and funk to create a heady, danceable mix. Recipient of the 2007 Boston Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Act, the band is lead by bassist Mike Rivard, and features a rotating ensemble with special guests, which over the years have included John Medeski and Billy Martin (MMW), DJ Logic, Skerik, Marc Ribot, and many others. Each performance is unique, with a different set of players and different "mixes" of the tunes, with an emphasis on spontaneous improvisation.

A residency at Cambridge's Lizard Lounge has been ongoing since 1998, and while performing primarily in the Northeast United States d'Elf has managed to tour Japan five times. The group has broadened its scope from the jazz and jam band and rave scenes in which it began, to also include more cross-cultural events such as the Mimouna festival (a North African-Jewish tradition). D'Elf is comfortable playing in wildly varying settings, with audiences ranging from fire-juggling burners, to the predominantly Muslim audience which embraced the band's take on Moroccan folk music at the 2007 edition of the Festvial Du Monde de Arabe in Montreal (where they performed songs by beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane and Berber musician Hadj Belaid).

Having developed a unique sound over the 13 years of its existence, the band's music is nonetheless sometimes compared to On The Corner-era Miles Davis meets Moroccan Berber music with a heaping dose of Squarepusher. The band just released it's 10th CD entitled Electric Moroccoland/So Below, which garnered the band rave reviews from Relix magazine (where it also rose to No. 1 on the chart). D'Elf was featured on PRI's The World and Voice Of America. The two-CD set represents two distinct sides of the groups sound: Moroccan trance and funky electronica/DJ-driven beats, and features over 26 musicians including Hassan Hakmoun, the late Mark Sandman (Morphine), Medeski, DJ Logic, and many more.

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Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of show

Toby Forman

Thursday / July 12, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Toby Forman

Alto Saxophonist Toby Forman, 22, grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. Throughout high school he participated in many prestigious musical groups such as the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, Northeast District wind and jazz ensembles, and the All State Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. He was awarded outstanding soloist awards at such festivals UNH Jazz Festival and the Massachusetts IAJE high school jazz festival. He has performed at such prestigious festivals as the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition and the Monterey High School Jazz Competition. In his senior year, he was selected to the national Grammy Jazz Ensemble, where he played at events such the Grammy Salute to Jazz, and the 2009 Grammy Awards. Toby has performed and worked with such artists as McCoy Tyner, Christian Scott, Greg Osby, Makoto Ozone, Phil Wilson, Steve Wilson, Vincent Herring, and Jaleel Shaw. Forman has performed at venues such as the Regatta Bar, Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, and the Staples Center.

After high school he spent one year studying jazz saxophone at Manhattan School of Music. He then transferred to Berklee College of Music so that he could pursue a career as a music educator. At Berklee, Forman has a few private students as well as helps out with the Lexington Middle School’s “Jazz in the Middle” program. Forman feels that with his vast performance experience and his passion for teaching, Berklee has been the perfect destination for him to pursue his goals. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Loubins Richard

Friday / July 6, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Loubins Richard presents a recital that is a reflection on his life thus far and musical interests while using the tuba/baritone horn as a vessel for this collage of expression.

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Yeojin's Experiment / Mina Yu Project

Monday / July 2, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Yeojin's Experiment features great musicians performing a brand new style of jazz, hip-hop, and disco. Mina Yu Project presents a unique mixing of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and classical. 

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

Lettuce

Monday / July 23, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Funk band Lettuce is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The band is comprised of bassist Erick "Jesus" Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonists Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis, guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, and drummer Adam Deitch. Lettuce began in the summer of 1992, when several of its members attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program as teenagers. Brought together by the influence of various funk bands, the band jammed throughout that summer before going their separate ways.


Two years later, in the fall of 1994, the Lettuce members, who had remained in contact with each other, returned to Berklee as full-fledged undergrads and picked up right where they left off.  They were fond of showing up with their instruments at underground jazz clubs like Wally’s (usually at other musicians’ gigs) and asking, “Will you let us play?”— hence the birth of the name Lettuce. “We never thought that name would stick,” says Krasno, “but we just never got around to changing it.”


The group is part of the Royal Family Collective, and while all the players in the band have other main gigs (Krasno and Evans are members of the band Soulive, Deitch plays with guitarist John Scofield and Smirnoff has played on the road with Lady Gaga) Lettuce remains a welcome outlet for each. As Krasno says “It’s all about good friends getting together to play the kind of music that made us all want to become musicians in the first place."  Working with a palette of funk, jazz and soul, the picture Lettuce paints with each song they perform is vibrant, joyous, full of soul and spirit.

In addition to the public concert, Lettuce will present a private clinic in the afternoon for participants in the 2012 Five-Week Summer Performance Program, the band's way of giving back to the program that brought them together 20 years ago.

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window and on the Berklee Internet Radio Network.

Admission: 
$31, $26, reserved seating

The Most Amazing Collection of String Soloists on One Stage

Friday / June 29, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer Strings Program has invited an illustrious list of some of the world's finest violinists and fiddlers. After a week of teaching, they will appear together in a special concert. From jazz to bluegrass, from classical to world music, and from viola, cello, and mandolin, to double bass, these artists have something in store for the audience that will likely result in an unforgettable evening of string playing. 

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

Vocal Summit Showcase

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from the Vocal Summit summer program who have demonstrated excellence in style, technique, and ensemble classes are invited to perform in a concert setting with a rhythm section.

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

Vocal Summit Showcase

Tuesday / June 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from the Vocal Summit summer program who have demonstrated excellence in style, technique, and ensemble classes will be invited to perform in a concert setting with rhythm section.

 

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

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

Vocal Summit Choir

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Vocal Summit summer program gives a final performance. The Vocal Summit Choir will perform, as well as selected soloists and small ensembles. Styles to be performed will be country, gospel, R&B, rock, Latin, musical theater, and jazz.

 


 

 

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Berklee Roots Orchestra

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Roots Orchestra features new string repertoire performed by the improvising string players of the Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer String Program.  

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