Concert

Curtain Up: Original Musical Theater Songs Written and Arranged by Berklee Students

Monday / May 2, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A revue of dramatic and original musical theater songs conceived by students, featuring an 11-piece band and over two dozen singers. Faculty members Jeri Sykes and Michael Wartofsky choose the songs from a college-wide contest. The matching of student arrangers and songwriters mirrors the professional relationship in the theater industry between composer/lyricists and arranger/orchestrators. Includes arrangements by students in Orchestration and Arranging for Musical Theater and many songs by students in Musical Theater Writing.

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Straight Up / Mario Jose

Friday / December 10, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Straight Up

Straight Up is an r&b/hip-hop band that plays old-school covers from the '70s to the early 2000s and original music. Members of the band are Doneil Curwen, Matthew Hines, Paul Jefferson, Andy Merrill, Evan DiGiambattista, Massimo Buonnano, and front man Brandon H. Allen. The group loves the messages and the "soul" of older music before the industry became too much like the fast food industry. They excel at taking the audience through the past with their repertoire and making the audience dance and reminisce on younger days. Most members of Straight Up have already been playing music with each other previously in the student-led Prince Tribute Ensemble, and because of this, there is a great chemistry between the band members. Straight Up wants to keep the old-school music ever present in the consciousness of the people because they know they wouldn't be the musicians they are and current music couldn't be what it is without the old-school jams.

San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose has been singing and performing since he was just a little guy. Now at Berklee College of Music, Mario has been performing all over Boston. He is in Pitch Slapped, a student run a cappella group that performs all over the New England area. He has performed in Maggie Scott's Vocal Jazz Series (fall '08, spring and fall '09), Berklee's New Music Festival, Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase (spring '09 and spring '10), and several senior recitals. Mario also has had the honor to share the stage with music legends. He has performed in the African American Composer's Concert with Patrice Rushen, the American Idol Vocal Clinic with Dorian Holley, Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire with special guest Philip Bailey, the Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown, Berklee's Encore Gala, Berklee Meets Don Was featuring Don Was, and Singers Showcase (spring and fall '09, spring '10), where he shared the stage with Paula Cole, Darcel Wilson and Lalah Hathaway.

Admission: 
Free

Natural Forces

Tuesday / November 30, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Natural Forces

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul. This week's featured artist is Natural Forces.

Natural Forces is a duo rock band with Josh Washam on guitar/vocals and Andrew Kahl on drums/background vocals. Formed in February of 2010, Natural Forces has played shows in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. They are constantly writing, recording and playing. Their live studio EP, One-Track Mind, is available as a free download through their website.

Admission: 
Free

Sonya Belousova: The Sound of Russia

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Steinert Hall
162 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States

In collaboration with the Steinway Society of Massachusetts and Berklee College of Music, internationally recognized, award-winning pianist and composer Sonya Belousova proudly presents an energetic and stunning evening of today's classical Russian piano music. Belousova will perform works of Russian living composers: Shchedrin, Slonimsky, Metallidi, and herself.

Sonya Belousova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She began her musical training at the early age of 5, and since 7 she has been constantly performing in the largest halls of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Belousova has been the winner of multiple international contests as a young composer and pianist as well as the Russian Ministry of Culture Award, which is considered the most prestigious Russian award granted on the basis of an exceptional compositional maturity and talent.

Belousova's individual style is based on the synthesis of Russian national traditions with contemporary techniques. Her melodic and harmonic language is striking for its brightness and richness. The instrumental texture and form in her works prove her thorough mastery of classical and modern writing.

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Fordham Wilkes

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fordham Wilkes

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul. This week's featured artist is Fordham Wilkes.

Fordham Wilkes is the duo of vocalist Ginny Fordham and former Blue Man Group drummer/percussionist Steve Wilkes. They play beautiful ambient pop songs inspired by the paintings of Georgia O'Keefe and Edward Hopper. Their live show is very eclectic: vocals and acoustic guitar backed by electronic sounds that vary from drums to strings to even bird sounds. For this concert they will play downtempo chill versions of holiday favorites.

Admission: 
Free

Bryan Greenberg

Saturday / December 4, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bryan Greenberg

In addition to acting in TV shows such as One Tree Hill, Bryan Greenberg has also spent the past years pursuing his other passion, music. Since 2003 Greenberg has toured all over the country with various musicians, including Gavin DeGraw, Tyler Hilton, Graham Colton, Michael Tolcher, Ari Hest, and many more.

Admission: 
$15

David Fiuczynski's Micro Jam Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa

Wednesday / December 1, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rudresh Mahanthappa '92, a saxophonist, composer, and Berklee alumnus, will discuss the integration of modern concepts such as melodic/harmonic material derived from 20th-century classical sources and rhythmic approaches of non-Western music to create both improvisational and compositional vocabulary.

A Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll winner, Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. He has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision.

As a performer, he leads/coleads seven groups to critical acclaim. His release Kinsmen, featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath, was named one of the top jazz albums of 2008 by over 20 news sources including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, JazzTimes, and the Village Voice, to name just a few.

As a saxophonist, Mahanthappa has achieved international recognition, performing regularly at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide. As a composer, he has received commission grants from the MAP Fund, American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Mahanthappa holds a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance from Berklee and a master of music degree in jazz composition from Chicago's DePaul University. He now teaches at the New School university in New York, where he is regarded as an important and influential voice in the jazz world. Mahanthappa uses Vandoren reeds exclusively. He is also a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow.

Iconoclastic and prolific faculty guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, a jazz player who "doesn't want to play just jazz," has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. Fiuczynski's recent music has been described as a fresh palette of otherworldly sounds, melding traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe with his signature brand of highly funky jams. 

 

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David Fiuczynski's Micro Jam

Thursday / December 2, 2010 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member David Fiuczynski will demonstrate his "Planet MicroJam" concept. New musical ideas are on the horizon at the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, and Eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts. The aim is to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements.

Iconoclastic and prolific guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, a jazz player who "doesn't want to play just jazz," has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. In 1994 Fiuczynski, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark album, Lunar Crush, which was chosen by Guitar Player's 30th anniversary edition as a Disc of Destiny. A funky, freaky party, Lunar Crush was a wild 90's tribute to Tony Williams's groundbreaking early fusion band Lifetime.

Fiuczynski's recent music has been described as a fresh palette of otherworldly sounds, melding traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe with Fuze's signature brand of highly funky jams. Ranging from rocked-out madness to drum 'n' bass, go-go to plaintive meditations, the wild guitar palette moves from high energy extravaganzas to moving, emotional ballads.

Fiuczynski leads the underground cult band Screaming Headless Torsos and has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Stewart Copeland (the Police), Hasidic New Wave, Hiromi, Meshell Ndegeocello, Vernon Reid, John Zorn, and many more.

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Jazz Revelation Records Presents Lihi Haruvi / Utar Dundarartun

Tuesday / November 30, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lihi Haruvi

Utar Dundarartun is a composer, arranger, film scorer, and pianist from Turkey. He began his first musical education with classical percussion and graduated from Percussion Department of Hacettepe University State Conservatory. He has been studying film scoring and jazz composition at Berklee as a scholarship student since the fall of 2009. Dundarartun has performed in several festivals in Turkey, including the 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival, seventh Eskisehir Jazz Festival, International Ankara Music Festival, and International Bursa Music Festival. He has also composed and arranged over 30 pieces for symphony orchestra, as well as more than 50 pieces for brass bands and big bands. Featured on various studio albums as a piano player, arranger, and drummer, Dundarartun is currently recording an album with his own band, Betone, featuring original pieces. 

Lihi Haruvi is a saxophone player from Israel. She picked up the saxophone at the age of 10, and has received the Olpana, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and Tel Aviv Conservatory scholarships. While in high school Haruvi was invited to attend Berklee's Summer Jazz Workshop, led by Terri Lyne Carrington and Rick DiMuzio, on a full scholarship. As a lead alto, soloist, and official arranger for the Army Orchestra, she performed and represented Israel around the world. Currently she is majoring in jazz performance and film scoring at Berklee on a full scholarship, studying with Hal Crook, George Garzone, Tiger Okoshi, Greg Osby, Skip Smith, Ed Tomassi, and many more. 

Admission: 
Free

Music for a Better World

Monday / November 29, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee presents a celebration of how music has changed the way people see the world, and how it helps us become better global citizens.

Provost Lawrence J. Simpson will share his experiences as a student at Kent State University in this 40th anniversary year of the May 4 shootings; a Berklee student club will be recognized for its work changing lives through music; and professor Danny Morris and a student ensemble will perform songs from a pivotal and tumultuous time.

Admission: 
Free

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