Performance

Ensembles: Directed Study, Salsa, Boy Band Ensemble

Friday / December 13, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Directed Study, directed by Ron Reid, at 1:30 p.m.; Salsa Ensemble, directed by Bernardo Hernandez, at 4:30 p.m.; and Boy Band Ensemble, directed by Winston Maccow, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Robin Eubanks Jazz Composition Guest, Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music, Directed Study

Thursday / December 12, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Robin Eubanks Jazz Composition Guest, presented by Eric Gould, at 1:30 p.m.; Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music, directed by Ricardo Monzon, at 4:30 p.m.; and Directed Study, directed by Ricardo Monzon, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Hardcore/Heavy Metal, '70s R&B, Music of Radiohead

Tuesday / December 10, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Hardcore/Heavy Metal, directed by Robert Schlink, at 1:30 p.m.; '70s R&B, directed by Robert Schlink, at 4:30 p.m.; and the Music of Radiohead, directed by Robert Schlink, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Sleepy Kitty / Jungle Fires / The Lighthearted

Saturday / January 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Sleepy Kitty
Jungle Fires
The Lighthearted

Sleepy Kitty began as an experimental sound project for a class when frontwoman Paige Brubeck was enrolled as an undergraduate at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Brubeck and Evan Sult (ex-Harvey Danger) began layering field recordings of the "L" and Wicker Park street poets with '60s-style harmonies and crashing drums. Sult was playing drums in the math-rock indie-pop band Bound Stems at the time, and Brubeck was playing guitar in the girl group trio Stiletto Attack, but as the two bonded over Pavement and the Fall, they began writing their own post-punk, showtune-inflected songs and Sleepy Kitty went from side project to full-on band.

Now, two self-released EPs and a full length album later, "the duo plays up '90s rock while still keeping it fresh," says Paste Magazine. Their live show is a whirlwind: Brubeck loops her vocals live, crafting walls of girl-group harmonies above the tube-driven blast of her vintage Super Reverb. Sult plays at the edge of the stage with her—when he can contain himself to his drum throne. Sleepy Kitty is a tenacious act that exudes an energy you will not want to miss.  

Jungle Fires was born at 3:49 a.m. on a March morning. The two soon-to-be bandmates had written their first song, "Hold," entirely by accident. From the late eve to the wee morning, Kéren and Manasseh played strings and sang like a faulty fire hydrant that's vigorously spewing out water with no end. Manasseh did not bend down on one knee when he asked Kéren to be in a band, but she still experienced flutters in her heart and envisioned a bright future.

The Lighthearted is a unique mixture of piano-based, singer-songwriter contemporary pop written by Sarah Samuels of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Louise Rademakers of Antwerp, Belgium. The two women met in their first semester at Berklee College of Music, and over time starting collaborating and writing together. They released their first EP last Valentine's Day, and are in the process of record their first full-length album.

Admission: 
$8 in advance, $10 day of show, general admission

Ensembles: Jazz Messengers Big Band, Music of Rage Against the Machine, Rainbow Big Band

Monday / December 9, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: the Jazz Messengers Big Band, directed by Ralph Peterson, at 1:30 p.m.; the Music of Rage Against the Machine, directed by Ron Savage, at 4:30 p.m.; and Rainbow Big Band, directed by Tia Fuller, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Glam Rock, the Music of P-Funk, Funk and Soul Review

Friday / December 6, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Glam Rock Ensemble, directed by John Paul, at 1:30 p.m.; the Music of P-Funk, at 4:30 p.m; and Funk and Soul Review, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Mixed World, Music of Paul Simon and Sting, Vocal Music of South Africa

Thursday / December 5, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Mixed World Ensemble, directed by Alain Mallet, at 1:30 p.m.; the Music of Paul Simon and Sting, directed by Alain Mallet, at 4:30 p.m.; and Vocal Music of South Africa, directed by Joe Galeota, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Country Music, Foundations of Singing with Soul, Motown

Wednesday / December 4, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Country Music Ensemble, directed by Mike Ihde, at 1:30 p.m.; Foundations of Singing with Soul, directed by Larry Watson, at 5:00 p.m.; and Motown, directed by Larry Watson, at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Rock/Metal Night

Saturday / February 1, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Chirality
Aviations
Kill Madonna

Rock/Metal Night will feature three Boston-based bands: Chirality, Aviations, and Kill Madonna.

Chirality was formed at Berklee College of Music in February 2011, and its current four-piece lineup was solidified that October. Drawing on the band members' varied influences from almost every spectrum and genre of music, Chirality has taken on the power and edginess of modern rock with an intense melodic focus. Now with a self-titled EP released and a summer tour under its belt, Chirality continues to write new music and perform in the Boston area. Look out for details on a new album soon!

Due to the intensive instrumentals and intricate rhythms constructed for its listeners, Aviations powers your ability to become involved with each song, forcing you to tend to individual parts with exclusive attention, while linking everything to a whole sound with ease. The band, along with many other pioneers, is breaking a lot of today's musical trends. If your comprehension enjoys a challenge, give the Aviations a listen. 

Kill Madonna is a Boston-based five-piece group consisting of Krystin Lillie (vocals), Alex Majewski (rhythm guitar), Scott Reeves (lead guitar), David Mihaljevic (drums), and Blain Crawford (bass). Kill Madonna was formed in spring 2013 by songwriter and guitarist Alex Majewski. Shortly after, Kill Madonna entered the studio to record its first self-titled EP, which is now for sale on iTunes.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Directed Study, Stage Performance I and II

Tuesday / December 3, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Directed Study, directed by Jeff Lockhart, at 1:30 p.m.; Stage Performance I, directed by Larry Watson, at 5:00 p.m.; and Stage Performance II, directed by Larry Watson, at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

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