Concert

Artists for Social Action: Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

Tuesday / October 15, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution

Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful six-piece band built on a foundation of rock-solid reggae groove with tight vocal harmonies and inspired blues-rock soloing. Joining reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising, the Liquid Revolution expresses the cry of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice. Not only do Jenson’s insightful lyrics strike at the heart of these issues, but his tunes about joyful expressions of love, spirituality, and the lessons to be learned from simple stories of everyday life all offer a vision of a bright future.

Jenson is a multi-genre keyboardist, singer, arranger, composer, and gifted educator who is currently an assistant professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, where, among his other teaching duties, he is well known for his course, “The Music and Life of Bob Marley.” This year saw the release of the group’s groundbreaking debut album, Dragonfly Taxi, and the band will be performing selections from the album along with a full multimedia production including many visual effects and creative video augmentation.

Listen to songs from Dragonfly Taxi here.

Admission: 
Free

Mare Duo (Annika & Fabian Hinsche) with August Watters

Wednesday / September 25, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Mare Duo

Mandolinist Annika Luckebergfeld Hinsche and guitarist Fabian Hinsche, two of Germany's most successful young musicians, will present a concert of contemporary classical music with Berklee faculty mandolinist August Watters.

Annika and Fabian Hinsche, performing together as Mare Duo, have won more than 20 prizes in international competitions across Europe. More than two dozen new compositions have been composed for and are dedicated to Mare Duo, including works by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines and the late John McGann, a former Berklee faculty member. Both Annika Luckebergfeld Hinsche and Fabian Hinsche are, independently, prize-winning soloists, and assistant professors at the Cologne University of Music in Wuppertal, Germany. Annika also directs the prestigious orchestra Jugendzüpforchester NorthRhine Westfalia.

August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist and international clinician who has performed and taught extensively in the U.S. and across Europe. He is the founder of New England Mandolin Ensemble, Boston Mandolins, and the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music. He is also an Emmy-award winning arranger/conductor/composer with extensive studio credits. He has been on the Berklee faculty for 15 years and earned his current rank of associate professor by developing and teaching new curricula designed for the needs of improvising string players.

Admission: 
Free

Gary Burton

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. Burton was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times concludes that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70

Gary Burton

Friday / September 27, 2013 / 10:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Vibraphonist Gary Burton has won seven Grammy Awards, most recently for his 2012 work on Hot House with Chick Corea. Burton taught at Berklee for 33 years, served as the college’s executive vice president, and continues to teach for Berklee Online. He was recently profiled by the New York Times, which noted that Burton “played a pioneering role in the birth of jazz-rock” and “helped change the game for jazz education, which has in turn transformed the broader landscape of music.” The Times adds that “the sound of jazz’s ascendant mainstream” now “bears Mr. Burton’s influence.”

The New Gary Burton Quartet recently released a new album, Guided Tour, and is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The quartet also includes guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. In the video below, Burton discusses the course of his illustrious career to date:

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner & Show: $70

Madeleine Peyroux

Sunday / October 27, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Madeleine Peyroux

 “The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction, along with a  “one of a kind” voice, has carried this jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition. Through distinctive renditions of classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and the Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with a consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux will bring her band and string section to present an electric mix of jazz, blues, country, and pop -- much of it from her latest album, The Blue Room. Come down and experience it!

Watch a video for Peyroux's single,  “Changing All Those Changes,” below:

Admission: 
$65, $45, $35, reserved seating

Family Weekend Concert

Friday / October 4, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Family Weekend Concert features multiple Berklee student groups, including the Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan ensembles. Berklee's premier coed a cappella group and contestant on NBC's Sing Off, Pitch Slapped, will also be performing. 

Admission: 
free

Barnaby Bright / Nate Leavitt Band / Cara Domings

Tuesday / September 17, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Barnaby Bright
Nate Leavitt
Cara Domings

Since the release of their first album, Wake the Hero, in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for its folk songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the New York Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright's music has also been featured on ER and Days of our Lives. Their follow-up EP, Gravity, was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com. The band is now touring in support of its brand new full-length record, The Longest Day, gracing such notable venues such as Lincoln Center and NPR's Mountain Stage in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones. Watch Barnaby Bright's music video for "Old Coats" here:

Nate Leavitt has been performing in the Boston music scene for a little over 20 years. While most of that time was spent with the super-charged soul band The Blizzard of '78, he's now part of the bands Parlour Bells and Old Jack, as well as a solo artist. Leavitt’s acoustic-based, ghostly folk debut EP, Inference, received many positive reviews, including this one from Jonathan Perry of the Boston Globe: “Effectively reflecting his affinity for the softer sounds of singer-songwriter folk and alt-country of the Ryan Adams (circa Heartbreaker) variety…Inference is an emotionally stark, bare-bones affair that puts his plainspoken, plaintive voice squarely front and center."

Admission: 
$12 general admission

The Hillary Reynolds Band / The Furies / Little Ugly

Thursday / September 19, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
The Hillary Reynolds Band

The Hillary Reynolds Band, fronted by award-winning songwriter Hillary Reynolds, represents a high point of innovation in today’s pop music. The powerhouse band makes its trademark sound by fusing tight vocal harmonies, cutting-edge production techniques, and traditional acoustic instruments to create a diversity of sound unachievable in other realms. Proud alumni of Berklee College of Music, the band has been together since 2009 and has released two albums, First Loves and Since September. Their singles “Leave No Trace” and “Good As New” made it to the front page of reddit.com. They have toured the nation, performing in famous venues like Chicago’s Elbo Room; New York City’s The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, and Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2; and Boston’s the Middle East, Berklee Performance Center, and Cafe 939. The band has also played the Northeast Pennsylvania Bluegrass Festival. With the recent loss of Reynolds's mother, Trina, to a long battle with breast cancer, HRB has no reservations about promoting and playing for charities, including the Trina Fund, a travel fund in the name of Trina Reynolds available to those with breast cancer who wish to seek second opinions and, therefore, hope.

Admission: 
$7 in advance, $10 day of show, $5 with college I.D., general admission

Frank & Dependent / Ethan Thompson / Brave Elephant

Thursday / September 12, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Frank & Dependent
Ethan Thompson
Brave Elephant

Fresh Prospects is a showcase of the best up-and-coming college artists throughout Boston, at Berklee and beyond.

Frank & Dependent, a six-piece indie-folk rock band started in Boston, brought together musical influences from different genres of music and different parts of the country. Combining styles from punk, rock, folk, classical, and metal, Frank & Dependent creates a sound both fun and unique. Their energetic yet sophisticated live performances sound as good, if not better, than their studio recordings.

Ethan Thompson is a Montana native now living in Boston and attending Berklee College of Music as a songwriting major. His music is uplifting, refreshing, and sincerely delivered. His style ranges from soft folk and jazz to pop rock and a taste of hip-hop. He writes his music with "a positive outlook on life" and always leaves his listeners in a better mood than they had when they walked in the door.

Brave Elephant is an indie psych folk/rock outfit formed in the fall of 2010 by singer-songwriter Matt Quinn and drummer Lucas McGuire. Often drawing comparisons to bands like Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses, Brave Elephant's thought-provoking lyrics and throwback arrangements make them an extremely exciting young band. Quinn's emotive and raspy vocals effortlessly switch between deep vibrato and clear falsetto, perfectly bring the emotion of their songs to life. The band recently released Old Enough To Repay - Young Enough To Sell, a seven-track album available for download at braveelephant.com.

Admission: 
Free

Gary Burton

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134

Gary Burton, a Grammy Award-winning vibraphone player, has received a total of 15 Grammy nominations. DownBeat magazine gave him their "Jazzman of the Year" award in 1968, making him the youngest artist ever to receive that honor. Burton studied at the Berklee College of Music for two consecutive years, and afterward started worked with George Shearing and, later, Stan Getz. Currently, Burton is touring this year in Europe and the United States, and will be releasing his second CD, Guided Tour, with the New Gary Burton Quartet, this August.

Admission: 
Show: $30 Dinner and Show: $70

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