Concert

Al Natale Scholarship Concert

Wednesday / February 9, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will feature the three student finalists for the Al Natale Brass Scholarship Awarad: Elad Cohen, trombone; Micah Deterville, trumpet; and Jenn Allen, trumpet. They will each perform two tunes with their bands in a variety of jazz styles from standards to contemporary originals. The winner of the scholarship will be selected after the concert.

Admission: 

Tom Appleman: Dark Side of the Moon

Monday / February 7, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty bassist Tom Appleman presents Pink Floyd's legendary album Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. Voted Best Bass Player in Boston by Soundcheck magazine, Appleman returns with some of the same musicians that accompanied him in a powerful track-by-track performance of the Beatles's Abbey Road last year. You'll want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear a talented band tackle one of the most popular and transforming rock albums of all time.

Tom Appleman has performed with Kid Rock, JoJo, Robbie Krieger, and Missing Persons, among others. He'll be joined by a band of faculty, alumni, and others:

Joe Musella—guitar/vocals (faculty)
Jeff Muzerolle—drums
Tim Butterworth—keyboards
Jen Truesdale—vocals
Heather Kress—vocals
Dino Govoni—saxophone (faculty)
Peter Farese—guitar/vocals

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

The Fernando Brandão Quartet

Monday / February 7, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Fernando Brandao

Hear the best in Brazilian music—from choro, samba, and bossa to Northeastern baião, frevo, and ijexa—embedded in jazz improvisations and original arrangements.

Flutist, composer, and Berklee faculty member Fernando Brandão will debut his new quartet at the Arsenal Arts Center Series. Interpreted on various flutes and the Brazilian pífanos, the repertoire mixes compositions by the great Brazilian masters, including Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Hermeto, and Gismonti.

Fernando Brandão—concert, alto, bass flutes; pífanos
Tim Ray—piano
Fernando Huergo—bass
Bertram Lehmann—drums

Brandão, a native of Rio de Janeiro, has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician, and soloist with many prominent orchestras in Brazil and the United States. He leads the Fernando Brandão Ensemble, the Alma Quintet, and the band Bohemia Carioca, and he is an active member of the groups Choro Democrático, Sergio Brandão & Manga-Rosa, Teresa Inês Quintet, Bruno Råberg Nonet, and Earthsound. He has also played or recorded with Oscar Castro-Neves, Rosa Passos, and Luciana Souza, among others.

Brandão is an associate professor at Berklee and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has given many lectures about its styles, history, and composers, and he is the author of the playalong book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.

Admission: 
$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members

Nordic Voices

Monday / January 31, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An accomplished vocal band led by Berklee faculty member Allen LeVines presents the best of traditional Nordic vocal music with a contemporary edge. The unique sounds and rhythms of the group's music transcends all language barriers. As guitarist Guy Van Duser said, "the singers‚ voices are pure and clear, and the songs are of a folk tradition that sounds fresh and new to American ears."

Admission: 

Chris Ayer / Barnaby Bright / John Schmitt

Friday / February 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chris Ayer

Chris Ayer is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. He won the Lennon Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Folk category and has been a recent finalist in both the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and the New York Songwriters Circle Contest. Beyond strictly folk music, elements of pop, rock, soul, and country influence his sound.

Barnaby Bright's music has been featured on television shows such as ER, Days of Our Lives, and PBS Roadtrip Nation. Their song "If I Came Back as a Song" was voted third-place winner by a notable panel of judges including Tom Waits in 2007's International Songwriting Competition.

John Schmitt was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and his songs are a direct reflection of his experiences growing up there. His simple, honest approach tells stories that hit at the heart of American life.

 

Admission: 
$8 general admission

Callback Auditions Concert: A Journey to Singers Showcase

Monday / January 31, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Callback Auditions Concert

After the success of last fall's show, the judges are opening the doors once again to the final round of auditions for Singers Showcase, perhaps the college's highest-profile event for vocalists. The panel will feature American Idol vocal coach and arranger Debra Byrd as special guest judge along with prestigious Berklee faculty. Each of the 15 singers will perform in front of the panel and a live audience—a unique opportunity to witness the audition experience for one of Berklee's most popular events.

The audience will be invited to text their votes, which will be combined with the judges' scores. Be a part of the selection process, hear the judge's critiques, and support your favorite singer as the top vocalists are chosen for the Spring 2011 Singers Showcase concert.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Jeremy Lee Given

Thursday / February 24, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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. This week's featured artist is Jeremy Lee Given.

Jeremy Lee Given is a songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. He has appeared throughout America in the band Diacon-Panthers and is currently one forth of Allston, Massachusetts rock force Rodeo Church. Old Flames, his debut album, was home-tracked in his father's home in Fountain City, Tennessee and his apartment in the Back Bay of Boston. The album was mixed and mastered by Winchester, Massachusetts–based producer Will Lakritz. Old Flames has received international praise, being reviewed in the UK, Holland, and Mexico and featured on the Dutch site 22tracks.com.

Admission: 
Free

Nick Susi

Tuesday / February 22, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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. This week's featured artist is Nick Susi.

Nick Susi is a multi-instrumentalist raised by music teacher parents in Connecticut. He blends classical and jazz music with traditional songwriting. Departing from his stomping ground, he went to Boston to study at Berklee. Through his studies, he has had the fortune of collaborating and sharing the stage with brilliant musicians and writers from all around the world. He is fond of rich soundscapes and visceral lyrics that inspire goosebumps. For him, nothing is more important than art for the sake of art.

Admission: 
Free

Casey Sullivan

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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. This week's featured artist is Casey Sullivan.

19-year-old songwriter Casey Sullivan is preparing for the winter release of her debut album For the Birds. It is a collection of songs written from her teenage years, the chronicles of love and loss in a developing mind. Each song tells a relatable yet unique story in melodic poetry. The songs range in subject from "Baby Boy," a country-esque ballad about naive, young love, and "Heartbeat Cold," a haunting song about betrayal and confusion.

Her band has been playing around Boston for years. Goals for the future include touring the East Coast and recording another album. She is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston as a songwriting major.

Admission: 
Free

David Huddleston

Tuesday / February 15, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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. This week’s featured artist is David Huddleston.

Admission: 
Free

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