Concert

The Whispers / Bernard Fullen Jr.

Saturday / May 31, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

One of the world's longest-running soul vocals groups, the Whispers, is celebrating 50 years in the industry. The group is known for its smooth, soulful ballads and remains one of the premier R&B groups to ever grace the stage. It is arguably one of the most celebrated R&B vocal groups of its generation, with such hits as "Keep On Lovin' Me," "And the Beat Goes On," and "Rock Steady," to name a few.

Bernard Fullen, Jr. began his singing career at age 8. He sang with Jeffrey Osborne, and Chubby and the Turnpikes, which later became Tavares. Fullen and his band Prymal Funk 2 will perform a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass of the Blue Notes.

Andrés López

Friday / June 22, 2007 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of comedy with Andrés López as he brings his La Pelota de Letras tour to the United States. Presented by Amazing Latino and Desho Productions. Tickets: $55, $45, reserved seating.

Daniel Rotem

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Daniel Rotem

Born in 1990, saxophonist Daniel Rotem was accepted into the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts in Tel Aviv. As a member of  Thelma Yellin's Big Band, Rotem performed at two international events: the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto and the SAJE in Capetown. He was also awarded an honors scholarship for 2007-2008 at the Shtricker Conservatory in Tel Aviv and a scholarship for the Berklee Summer Performance Program. He graduated with honors from Thelma Yellin's Jazz Program in 2008.

Rotem was recognized as an Outstanding Musician by the Israel Defense Force (IDF), a privilege granted only to a handful of applicants every year, and allowed to further pursue his interest and talent in music and jazz. During his mandatory military service (2008–2011) Rotem was the leader of a saxophone trio, responsible for marketing the group to different target audiences by creating presentations; initiating rehearsals, recordings, and production sessions; and handling logistics involved with performances all over Israel: setting performance schedules, determining the repertoire for performances, and arranging pieces in a variety of music styles for the group.

In 2009 the Berklee College of Music World Tour arrived in Israel, and after attending auditions Rotem was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. During 2009–2010 he studied at Israel's Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he was awarded a scholarship and had the chance to develop his performance and improvisation skills as well as his composing and arranging abilities.

In January 2010 Rotem had the privilege to meet and perform with saxophonist David Liebman. It was a special experience for him, especially due to the fact that a group tutored by Liebman performed one of his arrangements of a Liebman composition.

The youngest student to reach the finals, Rotem was awarded first place in Rimon's Outstanding Jazz Player Competition. Consequently he had the honor of representing Rimon at the 20th IASJ meeting in the Hague, where he once again met Liebman and had the opportunity to play in an ensemble headed by Reggie Workman.

In the summer of 2009 Rotem participated in the Siena Jazz Workshops, held in Siena, Italy. He had the opportunity to play and study with Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Scott Colley, John Taylor, and Michael Blake. Upon completing the workshops, Rotem was offered a full scholarship to return for the 2010 program, where he met some of his former teachers but also played and performed with Kenny Werner, Peter Bernstein, Eric Harland, Joel Frahm, and Jeremy Pelt.

In May 2011 Rotem started full-time studies at Berklee towards a bachelor's degree in music and jazz performance, and completed his first two semesters on the school's dean's list. He has performed at different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big Band led by Phil Wilson, the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed and was featured as a soloist in a concert with the great drummer Peter Erskine), and as a featured guest at a joint performance with India.Arie and Israeli composer-singer Idan Raichel. (Rotem also played at concerts with the Idan Raichel Project in Israel in 2011.) Other teachers Rotem has studied and played with at Berklee include Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, and Shannon LeClaire.

In January 2012 Rotem performed with the Concert Jazz Band at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) conference in Louisville Kentucky and was a featured soloist. He was also chosen as a finalist in the live auditions for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance master's program held in Los Angeles during February 2012. He was awarded the America-Israel Foundation scholarship for 2010–2011 and 2011–2012, and he is currently studying with Bill Pierce and George Garzone.

Admission: 
Free

Red Oblivion / Helicopria

Thursday / August 9, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Red Oblivion

Red Oblivion is a rock band based out of Boston, Massachusetts, with backgrounds in a multitude of styles including classical, metal, world music, pop, and electronic. Red Oblivion blends a traditional lineup with the heaviness of amplified cello in an evolving and passionate collaboration.

Also taking the stage is rock band Helicopria. Helicopria is influenced by groups like Circa Survive, Paramore, and the Dear Hunter whose music merges rock and electronic genres. They are known for their distinctive sound and highly energetic live shows.

Admission: 
$8 General Public, $5 5 week students

Love Via Dance Machine / Thank Me Later / Weatherstar

Saturday / August 4, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Love Via Dance Machine

Four boys from the future have come back to save you from the "modern day pop trash." Beware, for their catchy, fresh, and futuristic sound will entrance all listeners.

Thank Me Later from Cheshire, Connecticut is made up of Matt Mendonca on vocals and rhythm guitar, Andrew Manning on vocals and lead guitar, Dan Tomanelli on bass, and Owen Peters on drums. Their debut album is called One Night Will Remind You.

Also featuring Weatherstar.

Admission: 
$12 Advanced, $15 Day of

The Best of Berklee: Jana Sustersic / Sasha Yatchenko

Saturday / July 21, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jana Sustersic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. She will be bringing her signature stage performance and pop/rock sound to the Cafe 939 stage. She started playing the piano at age seven and has won awards all over the world.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Heavy Rotation Records Showcase: Red Oblivion / Bent Knee / Nikolas

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Red Oblivion

Berklee-based Heavy Rotation Records brings this showcase of fine music from Boston. Experimental, rock, funk, metal, and indie styles of music will all be on display courtesy of Red Oblivion and Nikolas.

Red Oblivion is a rock band based out of Boston, Massachusetts with backgrounds in a multitude of styles, including classical, metal, world, pop, and electronic. Red Oblivion blends a traditional lineup with the heaviness of amplified cello in an evolving passionate collaboration.

Characterized as a blend of Brandon Boyd, "old skool" John Mayer and a "young" Elvis Costello, Nikolas has something about him that just makes you listen. Nikolas Metaxas established his vocal chops on the hit TV show X Factor (Greece), impressing millions. Shortly after earning second place on the show, he went on to represent Cyprus as a composer in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Firefly" (Sony-BMG) topping many iTunes charts across Europe. Thought-provoking songwriting, inspiring vocal chops, and a growing fanbase and online presence (27,000 online fans) prove Nikolas is here to stay His first album is titled Square One.

The dark winters of Boston bore a band that crawled out of the womb and called itself Bent Knee. Orchestral textures, haunting vocals, dynamic sound, and presence are the calling card for this twisted little group. When taken to the stage, seven creatures sawing away on their instruments make for an immersive journey and an intimate conversation all at once.

Admission: 
Free

Clannad

Wednesday / October 10, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In a career spanning four decades, Irish group Clannad has made music that entwines the traditional and the modern, the past and the future, with stunningly beautiful results. With their haunting songs, mesmerizing vocals, and captivating sound, the award-winning group has sold over ten million records worldwide. The acclaimed group consists of siblings Moya, Ciaran, and Pol Brennan along with their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan. For this close-knit group, their musical journey is both remarkable in its personal accomplishment and historic in its contributions to Irish culture.

Admission: 
$59.50, $49.50, reserved seating

Glen Hansard

Tuesday / September 18, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Glen Hansard is the Academy Award–winning principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group the Frames and one half of folk rock duo, the Swell Season.  

He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once. His song, "Falling Slowly," from Once, cowritten with his costar Markéta Irglová, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007.  The broadway production of Once, A New Musical recently won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Admission: 
$35, reserved seating

Five-Week Instrumental Showcase

Thursday / August 9, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will feature Five-Week student performances in a variety of ensembles and groups including the Five-Week Motown ensemble, Summer Performance Program Rock Workshop, Five-Week Tower of Power ensemble, and the Instrumentation Showcase All-Star groups. This performance is free.

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

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