Concert

Ensembles Week: R&B, Jazz, Funk

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 12:45 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee College of Music presents back-to-back concerts of various class ensembles. Many styles and genres are represented as Berklee faculty present each of their ensemble's end of semester performance final.

1:45 p.m. Ron Mahdi: Small Band Jazz

2:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Music of Stern, Brecker, Scofield

3:15 p.m. Robert Schlink: '70s R&B Funk

4:00 p.m. Consuelo Candelaria: Original Compositions

4:45 p.m. Peter Cokkinias: Clarinet Choir

Admission: 

Bruce Cockburn with Band

Saturday / May 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bruce Cockburn

GNP is proud to present Berklee alumnus Bruce Cockburn '65 (with band) and special guest Jenny Scheinman for one show only. Over 35 years, the Ottawa-born musician has recorded almost as many albums while earning respect for his charitable and activist work. "My job is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper, in the pulling of notes out of metal," Cockburn said when he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Berklee awarded him an honorary doctor of music degree in 1997.

Cockburn has often cited the influence of the blues on his music, especially the work of country/blues pioneers like Mississippi John Hurt. As a songwriter, Cockburn is revered by fans and musicians alike. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Chet Atkins, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, Jerry Garcia, and k.d. lang. As a guitarist, he is considered among the world's best, described in The New York Times as a "virtuoso."

"The whole point of writing songs is to share experiences with people," he says, looking back on a career that includes 26 albums; numerous international awards, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy; 20 gold and platinum records in Canada; and countless concert performances since he released his first solo work in 1970. Cockburn's collected work is a journey, both moody and revelatory, into the dark night and the sweet laughter of the soul, trekking across the world with vivid imagery and unflinching observations of human cruelty, greed, courage, and survival through faith, then back home to the peaceful forests and vibrant cities of his native Canada. His latest release, Small Source of Comfort, is slated for release in the United States on March 8, 2011 via True North Records.

Jenny Scheinman is a singer, violin player, composer, and arranger. She grew up in the sticks playing folk music with her family, went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory, and has been performing since she was a teenager. She has taken the #1 Rising Star Violinist title in the DownBeat Critics Poll and has been listed as one of their Top 10 Overall Violinists for the last five years. In addition, she has garnered numerous high-profile arranging credits with artists such as Lucinda Williams, Bono, Lou Reed, and Sean Lennon, and has toured and recorded with Nels Cline, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, and Mark Ribot.

 

Admission: 
$39.50, $36.50 reserved seating

Fran Healy

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fran Healy

Fran Healy, the lead singer and main songwriter for the Scottish band Travis, releases a debut solo album, Wreckorder. Healy strides a new creative path that allows his incomparable songs to shine in an altogether different light.

Admission: 
$25

Electronic Production and Design Senior Showcase

Wednesday / December 15, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come to the Electronic Production and Design Department's Synth Community Showcase—an evening of live electronic music performance with Javon Flax, Javier Cruz, Rose Seyfried, and Joel Friedman.

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Berklee World Strings

Tuesday / December 14, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee World Strings, directed by faculty member Eugene Friesen, will present music from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. Featured guests will include Brazilian percussionist/composer Café Edson da Silva and Berklee faculty members Leo Blanco, piano/composer; Jamey Haddad, drums; and Fernando Huergo, bass. The evening will also feature Mexican vocalist and Berklee professor Mili Bermejo in a special performance of "Pasarero" with bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Tim Ray.

Da Silva, born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living in New York City, embodies the extraordinary rhythmic traditions and styles of Brazil. The original music "Café" creates, arranged for this concert by Berklee's Matthew Nicholl, captures a facet of Brazilian sentiment, saudade: a mixture of nostalgia, yearning, love, and peace. His pieces include tributes to the great Brazilian singer Clementine de Jesus and the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Leo Blanco is a Venezuelan pianist, arranger, and composer. He grew up in Mérida, where from an early age he was surrounded by Venezuelan folklore—a blend of African and European musical traditions—as well as jazz, classical music, and pop. Berklee World Strings will perform with Blanco on two of his compositions. Blanco has appeared at many jazz festivals, including Newport, Monterey, and Kobe.

Mili Bermejo, born in Argentina and raised in Mexico City, comes from a large family of celebrated musicians and has collected a library of songs from South America and Mexico. She will perform "Pasarero," a composition by Carlos Aguirre of the Aca Seca Trio that's included on a new album featuring Bermejo with Berklee World Strings.

The December concert will also feature the premiere of "Venetango," a new work for strings by Eugene Friesen, as well as student soloists Naseem Alatrash, Joshue Ashby Humphreys, Alex Galle-From, Sierra Hull, Rika Ikeda, Jul Kang, Patrick M'gonigle, Malcolm Parson, and Jakub Trasak.

The Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical styles, the ensemble presents original programs that include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world's music. The group features Berklee's finest string players from countries around the world and the United States.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Performer/Songwriter Showcase 2010

Tuesday / December 14, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features the top 10 winning songs from the performer/songwriter 2010 competition. This annual concert is sponsored by the Songwriting Department and provided a variety of song styles: rock, pop, country, metal, alternative, folk, and more. Support your local songwriters!

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Chamberlin (Acoustic)

Tuesday / December 7, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chamberlin

Chamberlin plays music in an isolated cabin, high in the mountains of Vermont. When not playing music the band members keep themselves entertained with cheap whiskey and cheaper thrills, like backgammon, cricket (their favored variation of English darts), cynicism, ad hominems, skeet shooting and Shagai, a traditional Mongolian dice game.

They are currently recording their full-length debut album with producer Scott Tournet, a fellow Vermonter who plays guitar with Grace Potter and Blues and Lasers. The record is set for release in 2011 on Roll Call Records/EMI. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 2, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The annual Singers Showcase highlights some of Berklee's most talented vocalists. Featured singers don't easily earn the spotlight; auditions attract more than 100 students vying for a place in the program. For this installment, singers will present a jukebox of pop, r&b, Latin, blues, jazz, and folk tunes, followed by selections from the Beatles's Abbey Road—the first time the showcase has focused on a specific album.

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

Perfect Pitch

Tuesday / November 30, 2010 / 5:45 p.m.
The Middle East
472 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge
MA
United States
02139
Perfect Pitch, April 2010

Fifteen of Berklee's top singers will belt out original songs that were custom-written for each performer. Vocalists will be backed by a band full of the college's prestigious presidential scholars and other talented instrumentalists. Audience members get to vote for their favorites in an American Idol-style showdown. The winners will receive more than $3,000 in studio time to record the winning songs.

On stage and behind the scenes, Perfect Pitch is the culmination of the work of more than 50 students from across the globe.

 

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The Spirit of the King: Steve Connolly with Master Magician Steve Dacri

Saturday / January 8, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Steve Connolly/Steve Dacri

Steve Connolly resides in Las Vegas and during the past 12 years has become one of the most accomplished Elvis entertainers ever to perform in Las Vegas. His unique show recreates the complete experience of Elvis Presley's performances of the early '50s through to mid-'70s, so that audiences can experience not just the music of Elvis Presley but grasp the real "Spirit of the King" as if he were performing for them.

The response to his incomparable style of Elvis Entertainment in Las Vegas has been exceptional. He has done more than 4,000 performances in Las Vegas consisting of three years at the MGM Grand, one year at the Aladdin, four and a half years at Fitzgerald's, six months at Ballys and the Riviera, plus over 900 private and corporate engagements at such casinos as the Flamingo, Venetian, Wynn, Desert Inn, Bellagio, Imperial Palace, Harrah's, Caesar's, Paris, Treasure Island, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Monte Carlo, Golden Nugget—98 percent of all casinos in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention Center, including many more dates in the U.S. and around world.
 
To date, Connolly remains the only entertainer depicting Elvis to be chosen by the Las Vegas Review Journal Staff as the Best Elvis in Las Vegas two years in a row and has also been recognized by former President Clinton, Donald Trump, Kenny Logins, Dennis Miller, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith for his outstanding live Performances.

While tourists in Las Vegas can find amazing sights and sounds around every corner in the entertainment capital of the world, magic fans can catch the real deal up close and personal with superstar illusionist Steve Dacri.

Steve Dacri is one of the foremost practitioners of what is known as micromagic, a highly adept form of sleight-of-hand that makes the impossible seem possible in an incredibly close and intimate setting.

Through his nimble fingers, Dacri can make cards, handkerchiefs, balls, casino chips, and other items appear, disappear, and reappear from thin air, all with a style and flourish that creates a unique and engaging atmosphere.

Dacri studied under the legendary Dai Vernon, a magician widely revered by professional magicians the world over and celebrated as the only man to ever fool the great Harry Houdini—a trick Dacri performs in his shows.

Admission: 
$49, $45, $39, reserved seating

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