Concert

Ken Pullig Farewell Concert

Monday / May 7, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Composition Department chair Ken Pullig will perform a selection of his original work. Also tentatively scheduled is Mingus's "Black Saint and Sinner Lady" in its recorded form. When it comes to the work he does, Pullig explains, "I compose because I love the joy of self-expression and of creating interesting and challenging musical landscapes for my musician friends. I enjoy the fun of collaborating with fellow humans in the creation of art."

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Global Jazz Institute UNESCO Jazz Day

Friday / April 27, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
UNESCO HQ - Paris
7 Place de Fontenoy
Paris, France
United States
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet, performing at UNESCO World Headquarters on Friday, April 27, as part of the International Jazz Day celebration weekend.

April 30 has been named World Jazz Day by UNESCO, and an entire day of events, led by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, is planned.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Sextet will perform at UNESCO World Headquarters, in the Miro Halls, on April 27.  The day's events will be carried live by TSF Jazz Radio.

 

Admission: 

Me vs Gravity

Saturday / September 8, 2012 / 4:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Me vs Gravity

In the short time they've been together, Me vs Gravity has been blowing up the Boston scene with their epic pop/rock style. Since their first show a year ago, Me vs Gravity released a self-produced, self-titled 7-song EP along with a music video for the EP's lead single, "Walls," which now has over 200,000 views on YouTube. With a strong online presence, a bombastic live show, and a drive like no other, Me vs Gravity is a force to be reckoned with.

Admission: 
Free

The Yesberger Band

Saturday / September 8, 2012 / 3:30 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
The Yesberger Band

The Yesberger Band, an East Coast college band founded in early 2010 at the Berklee College of Music, is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop.

Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden amongst the stars and spread throughout daily life, Yesberger writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feelings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.

The Yesberger Band has completed a successful summer tour that took them cross-country, opening for acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Along the way they played 22 dates, sold over 500 CDs, met hundreds of new fans, and had the incredible opportunity to share their music with many open ears: just a small glimpse of their bright future. Their debut album, The Bad Weather EP, features six catchy original tracks and one original cover of the popular Beatles tune "Blackbird." The CD is an independent release featuring the talents of many Berklee students making appearances on most tracks, as well as behind the scenes engineering and mixing.

Admission: 
Free

Esther Rojas Quartet

Wednesday / September 5, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Esther Rojas Quartet

Colombian bassist and arranger Esther Rojas leads her quartet comprised of tenor sax, piano, bass, and percussion. Members are from a host of Latin American countries including Cuba and Puerto Rico. 

They have individually performed with an array of world-renowned artists such as Issac Delgado, Maria Mulata, and Cesar Lopez, as well as in countless Berklee events such as Iván Lins, Jorge Drexler, Joe Lovano, John Pattitucci, and Oriente López. Their repertoire on this occasion will consist of a selection of Latin jazz standards composed by Chucho Valdés, Paquito D'Rivera, and Oscar Hernández among others.

 

Admission: 
Free

April Bender

Saturday / August 18, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
April Bender

April Bender has been a singer since birth and a songwriter since age 3, when she wrote and performed her first full song. It was about a horse, and a family friend played along with her on guitar. Sure, her songs and voice have changed since then, but her passion for music hasn't.

Growing up, she was involved in many musical theatre productions and choirs, such as the NJ All State Chorus, where she was ranked one of the top five sopranos in the state. She has done several benefit concerts over the years for organizations such as Relay For Life and the Make A Wish Foundation. During high school, April was awarded the Jeffrey Carollo Music Scholarship through the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which allowed her to study opera there for four years.

Although she was classically trained, she still always knew she wanted to sing and write contemporary music, which is what she continued to do over the years. 
She started looking for opportunities to get her original music heard, and began performing at venues such as The Bitter End and CBGB in NYC. She was also a semi-finalist for the WOR radio Shining Star contest, and was the only contestant to perform an original song. The song, "Karma," was featured on WOR radio. April was also one of 12 singer/songwriters from around the country selected to attend GRAMMY Camp, a 3-week program that allowed young artists to work with top industry professionals including Earth Wind & Fire, Lamont Dozier of Motown Records, Brandi Carlile, Rickey Minor and many, many more.  She recently completed an EP of original songs, entitled Stay A Little Longer, and is currently writing and recording new material.

Admission: 
Free

Patrik Gochez

Tuesday / July 10, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Patrick Gochez

Patrik Gochez is a songwriter, illustrator, and leader of the band White Shoe Brown Shoe. He won the 2006 Granite State Songwriters Competition with the title track from his debut album Strawberry Bitter Chase. Considered a "jukebox" writer, he covers an eclectic number of musical styles, from prewar jazz to R&B to danceable pop/rock, while retaining his own identity. His second album, Heavy Loader, showcases songs influenced by yesterday, inspired by today, and sung for tomorrow.

Admission: 
Free

Ariadna Castellanos Rivas

Monday / July 9, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Ariadna Castellanos

Born in Madrid, Ariadna Castellanos began playing the piano at 6 years and at 17 won a full scholarship to Guildhall School of Music where she studied classical piano. But she was always close to flamenco music and when she returned to Spain, she worked with numerous flamenco artists such as: Niño Josele, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonell "El Bola," and Javier Limón.

Last year, she led the honorary tribute to Paco de Lucía. She has also been touring through the big stages of America and Europe with her Middle Eastern flamenco quintet.

She has recorded for Alejandro Sanz, Sandra Carrasco, and José Mercé, and in the spring she will start her tour with other young rising flamenco talents from Spain.

She just recorded her first album with acclaimed producer Javier Limón.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Adrianne Lenker

Sunday / August 12, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Fox Point
100 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester
MA
United States
02125
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages of the Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Lenker was only 14. The title cut was a 2005 Independent Music Awards top 5 finalist in the Singer/Songwriter category. Lenker's "My Bliss" was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then the Rain Came, will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald and Review (Illinois), wrote of the singer-songwriter, "I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."

Admission: 
Free

Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages of the Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Lenker was only 14. The title cut was a 2005 Independent Music Awards top 5 finalist in the Singer/Songwriter category. Lenker's "My Bliss" was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then the Rain Came, will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald and Review (Illinois), wrote of the singer-songwriter, "I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."

Admission: 
Free

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