Concert

Clarinets and Friends

Monday / February 27, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Clarinets and Friends world premiere by faculty members Arnold Friedman and Jerry Gates with great chamber work by Serge Prokofiev featuring Berklee faculty and guest artists.

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The Business of Gospel

Wednesday / February 22, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Teresa Hairston of Gospel Today magazine, Bryant Scott, president of TyScot Records, and Monica Coates, gospel manager will preside over an interactive workshop. Their credits include Bishop Leonard Scott, Damita and Deitrick Haddon, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Lucinda Moore, EMI Gospel, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Aaron Neville, the Anointed Pace Sisters, Fred Hammond, Vickie Winans, Shirley Murdoch, and more.

Immediately following the panel will be a book signing event in the Heck Room with Monica Coates. Her book The Beginner's Guide to the Gospel Music Industry will be on sale.

Admission: 
Free

Michael J. Johnson

Thursday / February 16, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Michael J Johnson will perform his original rock, pop, and jazz material with the help of musicians from Berklee and the community. The list of stellar guest musicians includes: Lee Abe, Sharon Broadley-Martin, Bob Doezema, Gaye Tolan Hatfield, Santiago Herrera, Dave Howard, Ani Johnson, Kaye Kelly, Dan Moretti, Richard Nebens, Leanne Palma, and Molly Rose.

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Melissa E. Wright and Ben Walters

Wednesday / February 15, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Melissa E. Wright

Melissa E. Wright and Ben Walters met at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Round Hill, VA, as part of the band the Acoustic Burgoo. The members were inspired by the music, people, and traditions of Appalachia. Deeply rooted yet uncompromisingly progressive, their style is driven by Ben's rockabilly bass style and Melissa's soulful vocals and powerful lyrics. The pair seamlessly flows through a vast array of material, touching on bluegrass, Chicago blues, old-time fiddle tunes, traditional country, and soul.

Admission: 
Free

Harmony Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / February 14, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A faculty jazz orchestra comprised of Harmony Department faculty members and guests will perform original compositions and arrangements. Featured writers include Charles Cassara, Jeff Claassen, Winnie Dahlgren, Steve Dale, David Harris, Ayn Inserto, Darrell Katz, and Alizon Lissance. Alizon Lissance and Donna McElroy will sing.

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Mary Lorson / Megan Reilly / Mia Friedman

Thursday / March 22, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mary Lorson

Singer, composer, guitarist, keyboardist, and writer Mary Lorson began her recording career 20 years ago on Atlantic Records as the lead vocalist of the noisepop band Madder Rose. Since then, she's steered the jazzy artrock group Saint Low, scored several films, and collaborated on other dramatic and musical projects. Tied together thematically by Lorson's interest in culture and attitudes, her arrangements are sober, whimsical, layered, spare, damning, and forgiving.

After a five-year wait, Megan Reilly returns with her captivating new album, The Well, which holds a creative leap born of great, unexpected personal transformation. Reilly's country-tinged coo and warble can still turn on a dime to a hair-raising growl. 

Also featuring performances by Mia Friedman

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10 advanced, $12 day of event

Celtic FUSION 2012

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A spectacular lineup of faculty and students with special guests, in an evening of traditional and original music from across the Celtic diaspora.

Featuring: Holland Raper (fiddle) with Ellen Appleton (mandolin and fiddle) and Drew Story Jenna Moynihan with Hamish Napier (flute/whistles), Courtney Hartman(guitar/vocals) and Lukas Pool (banjo); John McGann (mandolin, guitar), Flynn Cohen (mandolin, guitar), Matt Heaton (Octave mandolin, guitar), Danny Noveck (fiddle, guitar), and Deadstring Ensemble"

Admission: 
FREE

Sam James / Amy Allen / Emily Kopp

Saturday / February 11, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sam James is a singer-songwriter rising to prominence in the alternative folk-rock scene. Fresh off an extended tour, he has already amassed a sizable fan base. Also featuring Amy Allen and Emily Kopp.

Admission: 
$12 general admission

Kevin Harris

Monday / February 13, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection?

Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad.

JazzTimes magazine says "Harris possesses a spare style and gentle touch," and the Boston Globe quotes that "Harris has worked to refine the creative push and pull of a music that demands it."

One of the captivating elements of his group is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into passionate music conversations as well as playful exchanges.

Both his live performances and his recordings reflect Harris's determination to capture his audience through thoughtful music interactions and very complex solo sections.

Among his most recent and upcoming collaborations are Avishai Cohen, Steve Langone, Eddie Gomez, Marco Pignataro, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Harris performs at the renowned national and international venues such as Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, Wang Theatre, Jordan Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Wally's Jazz Café. He has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Panama, Havana, and Boston.

Harris holds a master's degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and an undergraduate degree in music education (Morehead State University, Kentucky). At the NEC, he studied with Fred Hersch, Mike Cain, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, and Danilo Perez, and performed with George Russell, Benny Golson, and Bob Brookmeyer.

After graduating from New England Conservatory, Harris worked at defining himself and his music through partnerships with key musicians and also studying and arranging the music of jazz's masters such as Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker as well as elaborate classical composers such as J.S. Bach and Beethoven. The continuing search for growth and new expression is clearly recognizable in his albums.

In 2010, Kevin released Chapters at Scullers Jazz Club and Blue Note NYC. This new album is a courageous compilation of complex dialogue and a fearless ambition to continue to explore the world of improvisation. It includes compositions by Harris and drummer Steve Langone, along with new arrangements of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. 

Harris also released two other albums, Freedom Doxology, demonstrating his ability to create an energetic interaction using odd meters and advanced harmony, a true treat for any listener. This album also displays Harris's interest in exploring and arranging Monk's and Coltrane's tunes.

His first album, The Butterfly Chronicles, holds a number of through-composed originals that take listeners through the stories told by the engaging notes played.

Harris is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music where he teaches piano, jazz ensembles, and summer theory classes; in previous years he has also taught classes at the Boston Arts Academy, and collaborated with the Northeastern University Fusion Arts Program teaching students from Brazil, India, and South Africa.

Committed to the community and to getting youth involved in music, Harris has conducted clinics and master classes in both public and private schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2000 he started five separate band programs with help from Arts In Progress, a Boston based arts organization.

Harris thrives on communication. A typical performance/clinic always involves interacting with the audience that in turn inspires a sense of joyful connectedness and community. "Participation," he says, "is what keeps our souls alive."

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The Checkout: Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Leala Cyr & Ricardo Vogt

Famed New York area NPR jazz station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first-ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org.

Leala Cyr and Ricardo Vogt, a duo since 2002, blend picturesque vocals and sensual guitar in a unique combination of American and Brazilian roots.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Leala Cyr discovered jazz singing after excelling in classical trumpet at a young age. Cyr was featured as a trumpet and vocal soloist at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition at the Lincoln Center in New York before attending the University of Wisconsin where she met Vogt.

Ricardo Vogt hails from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he was recognized for an original composition he wrote at age nine. A singer in his own right, Vogt also became the lead vocalist for the Cassino Orchestra Show Band in 2000.

While attending the University of Wisconsin, Cyr and Vogt began arranging together—everything from Duke Ellington to Antonio Carlos Jobim—and transferred to Berklee. With the incredible scat technique of Leala Cyr and sensational accompaniment of Ricardo Vogt, there was no stopping this dynamic duo.

Since their debut as a duo, Cyr was named Best Jazz Vocalist in DownBeat magazine's Student Music Awards in 2005 and performed on Esperanza Spalding's album Chamber Music Society. Vogt endorses Godin Guitars and joined the Eliane Elias Quartet and the Esperanza Spalding Quartet. Together, the two have traveled widely to conduct clinics and master classes and have performed live with renowned artists such as Milton Nascimento and Esperanza Spalding.

Now graduates of Berklee, Ricardo and Leala are beginning their professional career in New York and around the world.

Admission: 
Free

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