Concert

The Last Bison / COVEY

Wednesday / October 2, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Last Bison
Covey Clough

The Last Bison is anything but typical. The seven-member ensemble, led by Ben, has seemingly risen from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate the national music scene with a rare blend of folk that is poetically steeped in classical influences.

Band members describe the sound as “mountain-top chamber.” The band has drawn flattering though imperfect comparisons to indie rock superstars Mumford & Sons, the Decemberists, and Fleet Foxes. The comparison is flattering because each of those bands has carried folk rock into the mainstream, but imperfect because none of them has a frontman who shares the stage with his father and sister, nor uses a 75-year-old chaplain’s pump organ and Bolivian goat toenails on stage. The Last Bison is a tight-knit community of family and friends that boasts a sound all its own.

The Last Bison’s live shows transport audiences from modern urban music halls to a less familiar era. Rich melodies accent unabashedly spiritual lyrics. Traditional folk instruments resonate with unexpected arrangements, sharing the musical space with lush family harmonies, classical strings, and earthy percussion. Band members appear to have stepped out of an 18th century stagecoach. The look hints at the band’s roots in colonial Virginia, while the sound transcends a defining era.

Since relocating to the United States in 2010, British singer-songwriter COVEY has managed to connect with listeners through his soul-bearing lyrics and gravelly, raw voice. Having experimented with different genres, such as folk, indie, and electronic music, COVEY has found a way to craft his own sound. Often influenced by the likes of Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard, his music is difficult to assign to a specific genre, but with his ability to evoke a wide range of emotions, COVEY is a truly captivating artist.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Jazz Violin Summit

Wednesday / October 30, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall

The Jazz Violin Summit will be a showcase of the jazz violin faculty and top students at Berklee. Instrumentation will include multiple violins along with a rhythm section of piano, bass, and drums.

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze Trio

Wednesday / July 31, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
Giorgi Mikadze

Pianist Giorgi Mikadze and his trio will perform originally arranged jazz and pop tunes in jazz settings.

Admission: 
Free

Yakir Arbib at the Piano

Tuesday / August 13, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts

Composer and pianist Yakir Arbib will be presenting a recital of solo piano music.

Admission: 
Free

San Fermin

Saturday / October 26, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

A pastiche of post-rock, chamber pop, and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone.

His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly. After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on life's top-shelf issues – youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love – and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.

San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections. Ludwig-Leone composed all of the album’s arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that “writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope.”

San Fermin will be available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets via Downtown Records this fall.

 

Established in Boston in 2004, The Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of the best new and developing indie artists and established acts playing the city's clubs. The shows are hosted by Fenway Recordings at several of Boston’s small venues, including Brighton Music Hall, Cafe 939, and the Middle East, and feature DJ sets from resident DJ Carbo, (Fenway Recordings’ founder, Mark Kates), along with occasional special guest DJs.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission

The Doubleday Trio

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts

The Doubleday Trio, led by vibraphonist and marimbist Joseph Doubleday, will be presenting a set of originals and arrangements with the unique instrumentation of vibraphone/marimba, acoustic bass, and drums.

Admission: 
Free

Jenny Hval / White Hinterland / DJ Carbo

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jenny Hval
White Hinterland

Jenny Hval has made a name for herself as an artist, musician, and writer both in Norway and abroad. When her third record, Viscera, was released in 2011, The Wire magazine described the record as "a stunning achievement both conceptually and musically."

Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Hval's polyphonic artistry is, in fact, seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual, and performative modes of expression. Despite her young age, she has already infused, carved, and modulated an artistic voice that is altogether present, accessible, and obscurely complex at the same time.

Viscera was recorded with Hval's own free rock trio and overflowed with intimate detail and surrealistic bodily imagery. The follow-up, Innocence Is Kinky (2013), was produced in Bristol, England, by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, who helped bring out the intimate qualities of her lyrics and sharpened her improvisational tendencies, weaving spellbinding new forms of intelligent, experimental pop with injections from mythology, theory, and gender politics.

Established in Boston in 2004, The Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of the best new and developing indie artists and established acts playing the city's clubs. The shows are hosted by Fenway Recordings at several of Boston’s small venues, including Brighton Music Hall, Cafe 939, and the Middle East, and feature DJ sets from resident DJ Carbo, (Fenway Recordings’ founder, Mark Kates), along with occasional special guest DJs.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Shachar Ziv: Pieces of a Puzzle

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

Presented by singer-songwriter, French horn player, and pianist Shachar Ziv, Pieces of a Puzzle is a musical journey from traditional Israeli music through Argentinian tango and folklore to classical, jazz, and pop/rock. The instrumentation is a mixture of a rock band with a string trio. Ziv will be joined by musicians from Israel, Holland, Canada, Venezuala, Argentina, Spain, and the U.S.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Ensembles: Rock Jam Band

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 3:15 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall

Berklee faculty member John Funkhouser presents Berklee ensemble students performing rock/jam band tunes.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Ensembles: Classic Rock and Pop/R&B

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall

Berklee faculty member John Paul presents Berklee ensemble students performing classic rock and pop/R&B tunes.

Admission: 
Free

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