Concert

String Showcase

Thursday / November 4, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

String Showcase is your chance to hear the amazing creativity, virtuosity, and stylistic range of Berklee's String Department. From blues to bluegrass, metal to  Motown, swing to solo Bach, chamber music to chambergrass, Berklee string players will be playing it. Violins, violas, cellos, mandolins, banjos, and harps all perform in this groundbreaking concert.

Jakub Trasak, a seventh-semester violin performance student at Berklee College of Music, is bringing the school's String Department into the spotlight with the first-ever String Showcase to be held at the Berklee Performance Center. One lucky audience member will win a Yamaha electric violin. The concert—a series of performances by small ensembles—will highlight the wide vocabulary of Berklee's string students. The groups will present a range of styles, from bluegrass, Americana, chambergrass, and Irish to jazz, r&b, Latin, and swing. Close to 50 students playing violins, violas, cellos, mandolins, banjos, and harps will share the stage. 

Trasak, a seasoned musician who grew up as a rare bluegrass and country aficionado in the traditionally classically focused Prague music scene, came up with the idea for the String Showcase after realizing he had performed in a variety of other Berklee departments' showcase concerts but had never had the chance to bring the unique talents of Berklee's string players into focus. The department, which includes about 150 students, instills in students a sophisticated virtuosity, intense creativity, and broad stylistic vocabulary, which are invaluable to a career in contemporary music. Berklee's String Department is growing rapidly, with a particular resurgence of Americana and bluegrass students over the past three years. In fact, the department created a focused area of study in American Roots Music in 2010 to cater to students who play traditionally North American instruments. In order to spark excitement among the string lovers in the area, Trasak orchestrated a partnership with Johnson String and Yamaha to give away a free electric violin to one audience member during the concert.

"Bringing not only many different styles, but also musicians from around the globe, together on one stage is, for me, a dream come true," said Trasak.

Read the official press release.

Register online to win a free violin.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Thaddeus Hogarth

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty, singer-songwriter, and harmonica player Thaddeus Hogarth leads his trio in an evening of original r&b/funk/blues material and Jimi Hendrix covers, selected from his current theater tour. Featured are David Buda on bass and Tony Thunder Smith on drums.

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Meg Hutchinson

Thursday / November 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Meg Hutchinson

Lyric-based, contemporary-acoustic songwriter Meg Hutchinson has won numerous songwriting awards in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, including the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contes,t and prestigious competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Telluride, and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. She released Come Up Full on Red House Records in 2008 and is now supporting her 2010 album The Living Side.

Admission: 
$10

Jeannie Gagne and Friends: Jazz and More

Wednesday / November 10, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Voice faculty and songwriter Jeannie Gagné leads a jazz trio playing some of the great standards, together with original songs, for a fun night of vocal jazz exploration, meditative ballads, and round-rhythm improv. The set includes Jeannie's latest tune, "Friends," sung in both English and Chinese.

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Fresh Prospects: Naomi Gillies and Erika Cole

Friday / November 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fresh Prospects

Lancaster, Pennsylvania native Naomi Gillies’s love for singing and music sprouted when at the age of 10, she began attending a Waldorf School, a private school who’s curriculum is heavily rooted in the Arts. Though she began her musical career on the violin, she quickly found that her love was in singing.

Erika Cole learned at a young age, it is more than possible to find something you believe in and have a passion for.  If you ever visit the Cole household and watch the dozens of home videos, you will see what was evident as being Cole's love: singing. Ever since imitating The Sound of Music, LeAnn Rimes, and Celine Dion, Cole has been hooked on that drug called “music.”

Admission: 
Free

Elena Vorobei

Sunday / October 24, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Elena Vorobei

Elena Vorobei, a Russian comedian and impersonator who regularly appears on Russian television shows, is coming to Boston with her new program. Please note, this event will be presented in Russian without translation. For tickets call 631 727-0222.

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Aaron Goldberg Concert and Jam Session

Thursday / November 4, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His new album Home (April 2010, Sunnyside) and his last, Worlds, both exhibit the sensitivity and dynamism of Goldberg's longstanding trio featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.

In 2004 and 2008, Goldberg produced and performed in historic fundraising concerts for senator John Kerry and president Barack Obama. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and albums, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in New York. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Aaron Goldberg Concert and Jam Session

Wednesday / November 3, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg is a pianist and composer performing at the vanguard of jazz music. His new album Home (April 2010, Sunnyside) and last, Worlds, both exhibit the sensitivity and dynamism of Goldberg's longstanding trio featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.

In 2004 and 2008, Goldberg produced and performed in historic fundraising concerts for senator John Kerry and president Barack Obama. He is the co-arranger/composer (with John Ellis) of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and albums, as well as the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in New York. He is also a member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a clinician at conservatories and universities around the world.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Aljashu & Friends

Tuesday / October 26, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

Today's featured artist is Aljashu & Friends, presenting Journey to the New World—songs that traveled with the Spanish-Jewish conversos to the Caribbean and the Americas. The performance spans 500 years of traditional songs sung in Ladino (Judeo-Español)  that may be heard in Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.

Featured performers are:

  • Julia Madeson: vocals
  • Tev Stevig: oud, tanbur, cumbus, and guitar
  • Brian O'Neill: cajon, dumbek, and palmas
  • Ali Amr: 72-string qa'nun
  • Tareq Rantisi: bendir, riiq, and zils
  • Naseem Alatrash: cello
  • Cagri Erdem: fretless guitars
  • Jean-Pierre D'Alencon: classical guitar
Admission: 
Free

Out of Africa

Monday / November 1, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A lot comes out of Africa: music, joy, community, dance, strength, legacy, inspiration, and more. Tonight we celebrate the music and dance of West Africa with guest artists Saeed Abbas and Balla Kouyate. West Africa has blessed the world with a wealth of culture spread near and far and affecting us all. Featured in this performance is the soso bala—the nearly 1,000-year-old traditional mallet instrument with its roots at the beginning of the Malinke Empire. Also featured are a variety of instruments from Ghana, including the palm drums, Kalango talking drum, and atenteben flute. Joining our special guests are members of the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble and a student group led by Ryan Edwards, with dance choreography by Jennifer Criss.

Saeed Abbas is percussionist from Ghana, trained in the traditional musical arts from a young age. He performs as a drummer, flutist, and balafon player. He joined the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana at 19, and has traveled the world performing for thousands of people including President Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II.

Balla Kouyate's artistry is firmly rooted in the tradition of oral history-keeping through music of the Malinke Empire. He has traveled far to share the music of his homeland, has toured extensively with West African pop artists, fronts his own group World Vision, and has recently recorded with both Yo Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo, among many others.

Directed by Joe Galeota and Ryan Edwards and sponsored by the Office for Cultural Diversity and the Percussion Department.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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