Concert

Katie Thiroux Quartet

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11238
Katie Thiroux

Katie Thiroux is a bassist and vocalist of outstanding talent and determination. While in her last semester at Berklee, the presidential scholar received an invitation to join the faculty at the University de San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador for one year. In August 2009, Thiroux began teaching more than 30 bass and vocal students. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in jazz studies at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. She has performed with the likes of Dr. Billy Taylor, Branford Marsalis and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Originally from Boylston, Massachusetts, Glenn Zaleski is a jazz pianist/composer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program in Stockton, California from 2005-2007, then finished his undergraduate studies at the New School in 2009. From 2009-2011, while working towards his master's degree at NYU, Zaleski was also on NYU faculty, where he wrote the curriculum for and taught Jazz Keyboard Harmony I-IV, as well as a studio of private students. Meanwhile, he was also a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, and a semifinalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

Mark Zaleski is a woodwind specialist, performing professionally on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. He studied at the Dave Brubeck Institute in Stockton, Californai.  During his time at the Institute he performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Dakota Jazz Club, Yoshi's, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. he has experience performing with Bennie Maupin, Eric Harland, Christian McBride, and Dave Brubeck. 

Drummer Matt Witek graduated from Berklee in 2009 with a degree in music education.  Shortly after graduating, he was offered a teaching position at Berklee International Network School in Quito, Ecuador. In 2010 he moved to Long Beach to study at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. 

Some of the members notable performances include club venues such as Catalina's, Regattabar, the Kitano, the Lighthouse, and festivals such as Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival (Berklee Monterey Quartet), BeanTown Jazz Festival, San Miguel Allende International Jazz Festival (Mexico), Quito International Jazz Festival (Ecuador), Punta de Este International Jazz Festival (Uruguay), Newport Beach Jazz Festival, and the Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival.  

Admission: 
Free

Hildegunn Gjedrem / Banda Magda

Friday / June 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Norwegian singer and composer Hildegunn Gjedrem leads a band of five, performing her own songs in a mixed style of jazz, pop, rock, and Scandinavian folk music. Signed to groundUP Records/Ropeadope Records, she just released her second album Share Your Secret. She can also be hear performing with ensembles like the Bjorkestra and Snarky Puppy. Fueled by the bands dynamic musicians, the music is beautiful, lush, and emotional, creating a unique audience capturing live music experience.

The fun and exciting ensemble Banda Magda blends French repertoire, original music, and songs from all over the world arranged in the Banda Magda way, and sung in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, and Japanese. Banda Magda is celebrating their new album 12 French Songs in the spring of 2012.

 

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This collective is composed of Berklee faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students who all share a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music.

 

Admission: 

KIN – Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Wednesday / June 6, 2012 / 9:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr in their one-of-a-kind show will treat audiences to an evening filled with music from their forthcoming album KIN, as well as poetry, readings, and storytelling at its finest. This will be the second show of the night.

The tour will support the release of KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, due in stores on Vanguard Records, June 5, 2012.  Produced by Joe Henry, KIN is a unique collaboration of two storytellers from different worlds, blending verse, melody and poetry into a seamless masterpiece.  The album also marks Karr's entry into the world of music. 

Karr is an award-winning poet, best-selling memoirist, and unstoppable force in the literary world. Her works have been embraced with an avalanche of rave reviews from nearly every major newspaper in the country. Her memoirs LitCherry, and The Liar's Club were all best-sellers. The latter spent over a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list and kick-started the memoir craze. Karr has taught at Harvard and Syracuse University, where she still holds a chair in literature. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, The Whiting Writer's Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  Karr adds yet another title, songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of KIN.

Admission: 
$25

KIN – Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Wednesday / June 6, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Grammy Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr in their one-of-a-kind show will treat audiences to an evening filled with music from their forthcoming album KIN, as well as poetry, readings, and storytelling at its finest. This will be the second show of the night.

The tour will support the release of KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, due in stores on Vanguard Records, June 5, 2012.  Produced by Joe Henry, KIN is a unique collaboration of two storytellers from different worlds, blending verse, melody and poetry into a seamless masterpiece.  The album also marks Karr's entry into the world of music. 

Karr is an award-winning poet, best-selling memoirist, and unstoppable force in the literary world. Her works have been embraced with an avalanche of rave reviews from nearly every major newspaper in the country. Her memoirs LitCherry, and The Liar's Club were all best-sellers. The latter spent over a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list and kick-started the memoir craze. Karr has taught at Harvard and Syracuse University, where she still holds a chair in literature. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, The Whiting Writer's Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  Karr adds yet another title, songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of KIN.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

Teddy Geiger / Jesse Ruben / Sarah Miles

Wednesday / July 11, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Favorite Love Song,” and in February 2007, won MTV Australia’s Best New Artist VMA award. Also performing is Jesse Ruben. Both artists are singer-songwriters playing pop, indie and rock tunes. 

After independently releasing his Stepladder EP at age 15 to unexpected chart recognition, Teddy Geiger released his acclaimed 2006 debut album Underage Thinking on Columbia records. The album entered The Billboard charts in the Top 10 (#8), winning Best Album Of The Year at the Annual Musiqtone Awards. Geiger was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Favorite Love Song,” and in February 2007,won MTV Australia’s Best New Artist VMA award, where the album went Gold. His first single, “For You I Will (Confidence)” which he cowrote and arranged, went platinum in the U.S. In 2008, after a successful year of awards, national ad campaigns and worldwide television appearances, Geiger starred with Rainn Wilson in the film The Rocker

25-year-old Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben freely confides that he’s done a bit of “obsessing” over his second album, The Ones That Matter. The artist cites singer-songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor as his greatest influences, but also admits a fondness for the standards penned by Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Upon graduating from Berklee in 2008, Ruben was already living out of a suitcase in his battle-tested Toyota. “If I had my choice, I’d be touring all the time,” he volunteers. “I love the lifestyle—sleeping late and getting up and driving and playing and meeting a bunch of people and doing the same thing the next day. I love not having to worry about cleaning my room or doing dishes; I’m cool with living out of a suitcase; I’m just working toward the day when I can trade the Greyhound for a bus of my own.” 

Also playing is Sarah Miles

 

Admission: 
$12 General Public, $7 Berklee Students

Red Oblivion

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
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 passionate collaboration.

Eden Rayz started playing cello at age 4, and by 14 she was performing in Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra and recording a live album/DVD with the multiplatinum band Styx. Soon after, her string arrangements of rock songs were published professionally. Rayz earned a scholarship to Berklee, where she once again stood out and was recruited to arrange and perform for Vinnie Ferra and record for Wyclef Jean. Recently Rayz was commissioned to compose for professional chamber ensembles, most recently the Almeda Trio in Cleveland, Ohio. The first movement of her Piano Trio was premiered on Winter Solstice of 2010 in the Cleveland Observatory and was written to include algorithms expressing the astronomical ratios of stars.

Emma Torres is an American who was raised in Mexico City and Madrid, Spain. When she was 12 she turned to the guitar to express her feelings of not being from anywhere. By age 16, she was performing on the Vans Warped Tour, touring Mexico with her punk metal band. At 18 she entered Berklee, as a guitar principal, conquering her instrument and mastering genres beyond her love of rock and metal. A recent Berklee graduate, Torres realized that she wanted to, once again, grace the stage with her guitar.

Zach Adams was born in Queens, New York and was introduced to punk music by his grandmother, who made T-shirts for the Ramones. Zach eventually moved to Las Vegas where he began his career fronting many local rock and punk bands. It was the summer of 2008, and Adams entered the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee. His talent stood out and he was awarded a scholarship to the college, which he accepted after graduating high school in 2009.

Carson Groenewold—named after his birthplace, Carson City, Nevada—rounds out and pounds out Red Oblivion, with his classically trained drumming. His family moved from Nevada to Maryland, where Groenewold was raised in a log cabin. After middle school, he enrolled in a Catholic high school, because it was the only school in the area with a full-time drum teacher. Winner of a performance award at Fiestaval in Virginia Beach, he eventually applied to the only college he wanted to attend, Berklee College of Music.

 

Admission: 
$12 / $10 Members / $8 Students

Sarah Walk

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A rock-pop trio led by Sarah Walk on piano and vocals, with Lenny Brown on bass and Jonathan Newman on drums.

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Lauren Shera / David Ramirez

Friday / June 1, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lauren Shera

Lauren Shera is a New York native who grew up surrounded by an eclectic range of performers. Her original songs and soulful voice combine to create a sound that is both powerful and melancholy. On her second and most recent album, Once I Was Bird, with the help of producer Andy Zenczak, Shera weaves an opulent sound using an eclectic array of instruments including mandolin, violin, cello, banjo, ukelele, pump and pipe organs, trumpets, and more. It is destined to become an unforgettable and deeply moving listening experience. When she isn’t performing solo, Shera performs with the Monterey-based female trio Honeymoon.

David Ramirez is an American multi-instrumentalist proficient at both guitar and drums. He is a former member of the bands Hypnolovewheel and King Missile, and currently performs with Dump.

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

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Jin Kim's Senior Recital

Tuesday / July 31, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist Jin Kim presents his senior recital. Let's make music!

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