Concert

Yoo Sun Nam: Come Rain or Come Shine / Christian Li Trio

Tuesday / January 25, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz alto sax player Yoo Sun Nam presents her recital with amazing musicians. As a special guest, Woodwind Department faculty member Bill Pierce will perform with them. In the second half, Christian Li has the honor of presenting his original compositions with the incredibly talented Zach Brown on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Brian Dunne / Megan Lui

Friday / January 21, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Dunne

Hailing from the small town of Monroe, New York, pop/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne is releasing his debut EP. A music lover from the tender age of 2, has always had an ear and talent for music, playing the guitar and writing songs since the age of 6. He has been performing in the greater New England area for several years.

Also appearing is singer-songwriter Megan Lui. Originally from Northern California, she recently released her first EP, Wandering Bones.

Admission: 
Free

Tiger Saw / The Acre / Dan Baker

Friday / January 28, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tiger Saw

Tiger Saw is an ever-changing collective from Newburyport, Massachusetts. They have explored and perfected a beautiful, hushed, slowcore indie sound—one that is sure to have audiences closing their eyes and swaying to the music. Members of Dirty Projectors and Deer Tick collaborated with Tiger Saw on their latest album, and Tiger Saw has shared the stage with Grizzly Bear and Explosions in the Sky. The band is for fans of film and literature as well, having contributed original scores to Nosferatu and The Adventures of Prince Achmed and having published a book that outlines the band’s history. Tiger Saw has performed at unorthodox venues from beach bonfires to treetop sing-alongs, all for their love of sharing an intimate connection with the audience.


Boston native, the Acre, grew from its singer-songwriter roots at open mics and emerged as the full band that performs at large venues today. They promise a dynamic performance—ranging from blissful folk elements to heavy rock segments that leap out and take the audience by surprise. t“The vocals are always able to float on top of the music, and all the instrumentation just seems in perfect balance with one another,” says Boston Band Crush. Any fan of Wilco or the Band should flock to see the Acre.


Also Boston-based, Dan Baker integrates the best aspects of country and folk music into his songwriting. He intricately blends the simplicity and honesty of his words to bring forth powerful stories.  “Baker is a smart and insightful singer, who thinks deeply and writes intelligently about the curious thoughts spinning ‘round his head,” say Indie-Music.com. The influence of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits is readily apparent in his songs. He has collaborated with some of Nashville’s best musicians, including Jeff Taylor (Elvis Costello), Joe Spivey (Shania Twain, Faith Hill), and Steve Hinson (George Jones).


Photography by Pete Weiss will also be featured. 

 

Admission: 
$10

Guthrie Govan

Friday / January 28, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Guthrie Govan

Guthrie Govan, hailing from the United Kingdom, is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Govan combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities, memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it's mainstream shred rock, fusion jazz, chicken-picking country, groove-driven funk, down-home blues, or any other style you could think of, Guthrie does 'em all and does so extremely well.

Govan started playing at the age of 3; by the time he was 8, he was being featured on national British television for his guitar prowess. In 1993, Guthrie won the Guitarist of the Year contest sponsored by Guitarist Magazine, started teaching at UK's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, and began writing for Guitar Techniques magazine.

Over the past few years, Govan has been exclusively playing his various Suhr guitars for both recording and live use—from the smoky jazz bars in his hometown to the halls and arenas around the world during tours with the band Asia. He was featured on the highly successful album Six String Theory produced by Lee Ritenour. He has also played and recorded with eclectic mash-pop collective the Young Punx (live electronica) and toured with Dizzee Rascal. Currently, Govan is keeping busy with product clinics, educational workshops, and local live shows while working on the follow-up album to his instrumental debut Erotic Cakes.

Faculty member Jon Finn and his group will perform with Govan.

 

Admission: 
$16 general admission

Sing Song with Bobby McFerrin

Thursday / February 24, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bobby McFerrin performs an improvisational concert with students as part of Berklee's Africana Studies discipline. The 10-time Grammy Award–winner is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." His sound has been described as superhuman, demonstrating matchless improvisational skills. This concert is a culmination of a weeklong residency.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Maria Eugenia Leon / Spain the Lighter

Monday / January 24, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Spain the Lighter is a groundbreaking band that drinks from Spain's extensive musical culture: from flamenco to 20th-century composers and traditional music, all filtered through these musicians' modern vision. Tonight, the band will play its last show in Boston before its members get off the stages to prepare new musical adventures.

Spain the Lighter is: Juan Pérez: piano, cajón, voice; Daniel García: piano, drums, synths; Mario Carrillo: bass; Jorge Pérez: drums, cajón, wisdom; and special guest Publio Delgado on electric guitar.

Plenty of surprises and astonishing music will be provided. It definitely will be a night to remember—one you don't want to miss.

 

Admission: 
$10 General Admission

Zoe Keating / Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

Friday / March 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Zoë Keating

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She 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, her self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and her latest album, Into the Trees, spent 14 weeks on the Billboard classical charts.

Boston Music Award 2010 Live Artist of the Year nominee Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys bring their musically sophisticated Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck to the Red Room.

Admission: 
$12/GA

Graduation Brass Finalists Reading

Thursday / March 10, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Faculty Graduation Brass Ensemble will perform the finalists' compositions for the Berklee Graduation Processional Reading, with Composition Department chair Gregory Fritze conducting.

Admission: 

Remembering the Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Tuesday / February 22, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Miss Lena Horne was America's first international superstar of African descent who was a trailblazer in film, music, and human and civil rights. Her dignity, courage, pride, and talent influenced many who came after her. Berklee faculty, students, and staff—along with a special guest, the incredible Jo Thompson from Detroit—will star in an elegant evening of dance, song, and spoken word as we pay homage to Miss Lena Horne.

Along with this all-star big band concert, the tribute will include a clinic with Thompson and a panel discussion featuring Berklee veteran faculty members who will recount their stories of working as musicians during this turbulent period in American history. 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Song with Nnenna Freelon

Tuesday / February 22, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Six-time Grammy nominee Nneena Freelon is a popular jazz singer, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage or recordings with Jessye Norman, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, the Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

Admission: 

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