Concert

Luke Mulholland Band

Saturday / June 16, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Luke Mulholland

The Luke Mulholland Band was formed in fall 2007 and over the past couple of years has toured extensively alongside rock legends Dickey Betts, Blue Oyster Cult, and Blues Traveler, to name a few. As Berklee graduates, Luke and the band will begin touring full time with an immediate focus on the New England area. Please visit facebook.com/lukemulhollandband or myspace.com/lukemulhollandmusic for more music and tour dates.

Admission: 
Free

Canary

Saturday / June 16, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Canary

Canary is a band that has quickly grown from a brainchild to a full-fledged rock 'n' roll powerhouse unit. Drawing on influences from the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Fleetwood Mac, Canary plays classic rock with a modern flair. Its music hits you where rock 'n' roll should—straight in the gut. Made up of friends that met at Berklee College of Music, this rock 'n' roll quintet knows how to bring it hard night after night. Canary has been impressing audiences across New England with a live show dressed to kill and songs that will stick with you for a lifetime.

Admission: 
Free

Felix Peikli Quartet

Thursday / June 7, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Felix Peikli

Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix Peikli found his way into music trough the local marching band at the age of 8. They picked out the instrument, which today seems to have been the perfect choice, a clarinet. Two years later, Peikli received a Benny Goodman recording by his grandfather. The motivation came right away after hearing the dazzling and amazing music that a clarinet could produce, and Benny Goodman became the new idol. His first performance was during a jam session at Oslo Jazz Festival in 2002. Too young to enter the bar, Peikli and his mother Une argued their way in. Unaware that celebrities like Joe Lovano were in the audience, Peikli played and was invited back the next day for his first hired gig, playing with a visiting band in the Grand Hotell the Mirror Hall.

This was motivation beyond belief, and hard practicing lay ahead, together with upcoming achievements. Peikli participated in contests such as AOM (local), OM (state), NM (national), and UKM (national) and won a series of prizes. He became a student at Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway and studied there with Fredrik Fors (from 2004 to 2008). He also was selected to compete on national TV and won the National Dream Prize in 2005. After that achievement, he began performing heavily, with three to four gigs a week, while still in school maintaining top grades.

Peikli has always cared about helping other people through music and has always volunteered to play for people who need it the most, playing monthly at a center for people with amnesia. He became a student at Foss Music High School in 2006 and in the same year he won the Grand Chance on national TV. After that, Peikli became a national icon and the official face fronting the art of jazz. He begun playing at national and international festivals and making international appearances (in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, U.K., and more), and Talent.no became his main sponsor in 2007, working closely with Jorn Hoel. Peikli received the Capital of Norway Honors Prize as the youngest recepiant ever in 2007, and the same year he attended Berklee College of Music's Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where he was granted a full-tuition Scholarship. He is also a recent winner of the prestigious Vandoren Emerging Artists International Contest.

In his mission to help others through his music, Peikli held a concert in 2007 in conjunction with Harry Belafonte's visit to Oslo, Norway, where all the money went to people with AIDS in the third world, raising $5,000 for that cause. In 2008 he had his Ready for Boston concert as a token of his acceptance into Berklee College of Music the same year, and came back one year later, touring Oslo with his Berklee professor Harry Skoler, playing a tribute to Benny Goodman, who would have celebrated 100 years in 2009. In August 2010, Peikli performed his first international tour as a bandleader with his group the Felix Peikli Quintet (Felix Peikli, Italo Cunha, Takeshi Ohbayashi, Justin Richey, and Jeff Fajardo) and appeared at venues such as Oslo Jazz Festival, TV2, NRK1, Rica Victoria, and more. 

Peikli began his studies at Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2008 and has been fortunate to have the opportunity to study and play with/for many talented musicians and professors such as Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Eddie Gomez, Aaron Goldberg, Wayne Shorter, Ralph Peterson Jr., and Ben Street. As a part of the newly founded honors program the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (directed by the world-renowned Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro), Peikli has had a chance to meet many wonderful musicians worldwide. In 2011 he went with the BGJI to tour New Orleans and Panama.

As of February 2011, Peikli was asked to be a sideman as a part of Ralph Peterson Jr.'s world-renowned jazz group the Ralph Peterson Fo'tet. They have performed extensively in the U.S. and recorded Ralph Peterson Jr's upcoming CD Duality Perspective, due to be released May 20, 2012.

For frequent updates, visit kingclarinet.com or myspace.com/kingclarinet.

Admission: 
Free

The Music of Grant Richards

Friday / May 11, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A celebration of another successfully completed term at Berklee with an eclectic mix of jazz and Latin styles performed by a great group of musicians.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Reggae Dub Ensemble, Caribbean Music Ensemble and the Music of Pat Metheny

Friday / May 4, 2012 / 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 Winston Maccow. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including the Reggae Dub Ensemble, Caribbean Music Ensemble and the Music of Pat Metheny.

1:30 p.m.  Winston Maccow, Reggae Dub
4:30 p.m.  Winston Maccow, Caribbean Music
6:30 p.m.  Winston Maccow, The Music of Pat Metheny

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Ken Pullig Farewell Concert

Monday / May 7, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Composition Department chair Ken Pullig will perform a selection of his original work. Also tentatively scheduled is Mingus's "Black Saint and Sinner Lady" in its recorded form. When it comes to the work he does, Pullig explains, "I compose because I love the joy of self-expression and of creating interesting and challenging musical landscapes for my musician friends. I enjoy the fun of collaborating with fellow humans in the creation of art."

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

Global Jazz Institute UNESCO Jazz Day

Friday / April 27, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
UNESCO HQ - Paris
7 Place de Fontenoy
Paris, France
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet, performing at UNESCO World Headquarters on Friday, April 27, as part of the International Jazz Day celebration weekend.

April 30 has been named World Jazz Day by UNESCO, and an entire day of events, led by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, is planned.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Sextet will perform at UNESCO World Headquarters, in the Miro Halls, on April 27.  The day's events will be carried live by TSF Jazz Radio.

 

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Me vs Gravity

Saturday / September 8, 2012 / 4:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Me vs Gravity

In the short time they've been together, Me vs Gravity has been blowing up the Boston scene with their epic pop/rock style. Since their first show a year ago, Me vs Gravity released a self-produced, self-titled 7-song EP along with a music video for the EP's lead single, "Walls," which now has over 200,000 views on YouTube. With a strong online presence, a bombastic live show, and a drive like no other, Me vs Gravity is a force to be reckoned with.

Admission: 
Free

The Yesberger Band

Saturday / September 8, 2012 / 3:30 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
The Yesberger Band

The Yesberger Band, an East Coast college band founded in early 2010 at the Berklee College of Music, is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop.

Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden amongst the stars and spread throughout daily life, Yesberger writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feelings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.

The Yesberger Band has completed a successful summer tour that took them cross-country, opening for acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Along the way they played 22 dates, sold over 500 CDs, met hundreds of new fans, and had the incredible opportunity to share their music with many open ears: just a small glimpse of their bright future. Their debut album, The Bad Weather EP, features six catchy original tracks and one original cover of the popular Beatles tune "Blackbird." The CD is an independent release featuring the talents of many Berklee students making appearances on most tracks, as well as behind the scenes engineering and mixing.

Admission: 
Free

Esther Rojas Quartet

Wednesday / September 5, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Esther Rojas Quartet

Colombian bassist and arranger Esther Rojas leads her quartet comprised of tenor sax, piano, bass, and percussion. Members are from a host of Latin American countries including Cuba and Puerto Rico. 

They have individually performed with an array of world-renowned artists such as Issac Delgado, Maria Mulata, and Cesar Lopez, as well as in countless Berklee events such as Iván Lins, Jorge Drexler, Joe Lovano, John Pattitucci, and Oriente López. Their repertoire on this occasion will consist of a selection of Latin jazz standards composed by Chucho Valdés, Paquito D'Rivera, and Oscar Hernández among others.

 

Admission: 
Free

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