Concert

Unlimited Perception

Thursday / July 25, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Unlimited Perception

With members from Turkey, Israel, Colombia, and Japan, Unlimited Perception offers a unique blend of microtones, lyrical melodies, and South American rhythms, such as bambuco and cumbia. The band, established at Berklee College of Music in 2012, invites listeners to join in on a musical conversation that emphasizes improvisation and that draws upon its members’ diverse roots to produce a harmonious, eclectic and earthy sound.

Unlimited Perception’s music is anchored in a belief in the importance of studying, knowing, and respecting all cultures, religions, and forms of artistic expression--a perception that connects people all over the world, as the band demonstrates. For more information, visit Unlimited Perception’s website.

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Thursday / June 27, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze began playing piano at age five and performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra by age 12. Hailing from Tbilisi, Georgia, Mikadze started composing music at age 14 and, after discovering the music of Oscar Peterson, quickly fell in love with jazz.

After graduating from the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Mikadze earned a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he has become known for his skill as a fantastic pianist and a composer adept at many styles. He was recently selected for the competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he performed for three nights.

Mikadze has also performed with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra. He served as musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Quincy Jones and he has composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia. He has played jazz with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, and Justin DiCioccio, among others, and he has received awards at international piano competitions in Georgia, Ukraine, and the United States.

Admission: 
Free

Singers Showcase

Sunday / May 5, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

This event was rescheduled from its original April 18 date. Tickets for both dates will be honored. For refunds, please contact the box office by emailing bpc@berklee.edu or calling 617 747-2261.

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Brite Lite Brite

Sunday / July 14, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
Brite Lite Brite

Composed of award-winning singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch and electronics master Luke Johnson, both alumni of Berklee College of Music, Brite Lite Brite has taken live electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production. Brite Lite Brite will be performing at Lollapalooza this summer on August 2, 2013, opening for headlining acts The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, and Nine Inch Nails.

No stranger to the festival circuit, Brite Lite Brite played Virgin Mobile FreeFest in 2010, opening for headlining acts M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris, after receiving the nod from thousands of "Book the Band" voters and Virgin Mobile's panel of judges. Brite Lite Brite is currently in the studio recording their second album, Stalker, which is coming soon.

Brite Lite Brite’s “Sky Turns Red” was lauded with the grand prize in the electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest and the dynamic sonic duo’s “Now That You’re Around” and “Radioactive Love” were semi-finalists in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition, respectively. Brite Lite Brite won the grand prize in the electronic category for “I Lost My Heart Tonight” at the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest and also took home the second place prize in the contest overall. For more, visit Brite Lite Brite’s website or watch a video of "I Lost My Heart Tonight" here:

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
02120
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Our communities come out in force—with attendance swelling to 70,000 strong at its height—to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching across six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Families are entertained with face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo. More than 70 vendors participate, making the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival the place to be.

For the fourth year, Berklee College of Music is the proud recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. In awarding the prestigious Art Works grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival's celebration of Boston’s diversity, as reflected in its attendees, music, food, and crafts. Under the artistic direction of Terri Lyne Carrington, the theme for the 2013 festival is "Jazz: The Next Generation."

“Mentoring has always been an important part of the continuance and advancement of jazz, so we are proud to recognize some mentor-mentee relationships with the coming year's festival,” says Carrington. “The next generation of creative musicians is quite strong and, having stood on the shoulders of their predecessors, is now hopefully prepared for unlimited boundaries. How exciting to witness and be a part of this process!”

Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, producer, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she returned to her hometown. Back on her home turf, she’s recording, performing, and teaching percussion at Berklee, her alma mater.

Carrington, a 2003 Berklee honorary doctorate recipient, gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and the Quincy Jones-produced late night TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, she released a Grammy-nominated debut CD, Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington, Jr., Dianne Reeves, and Wayne Shorter. She has worked as a producer in collaboration with several artists, and her production of Dianne Reeves's Grammy-nominated album, That Day, helped the album reach the top of the charts. Other side projects include Hancock’s Grammy Award–winning album Gershwin’s World, on which she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Carrington's album The Mosaic Project earned her a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Featuring a “who’s who” of female jazz artists (from Berklee alumna/2011 Best New Artist Grammy recipient Esperanza Spalding ’05 and Nona Hendryx to Hailey Niswanger ’11 and Geri Allen), the album is composed of original tracks penned by Carrington as well as Carrington’s arrangements of featured artists’ songs. Her latest album, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Money Jungle, a pivotal 1963 trio recording by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Carrington wrote all new arrangements of Ellington's music for the album, which also includes two of her original compositions and features pianist Gerald Clayton.

Admission: 
Free

Brite Lite Brite at Lollapalooza

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Grant Park
Chicago
Illinois
60940
Brite Lite Brite

Composed of award-winning singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch and electronics master Luke Johnson, both alumni of Berklee College of Music, Brite Lite Brite has taken live electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production. Brite Lite Brite will be performing at Lollapalooza this summer on August 2, 2013, opening for headlining acts The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, and Nine Inch Nails.

No stranger to the festival circuit, Brite Lite Brite played Virgin Mobile FreeFest in 2010, opening for headlining acts M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris, after receiving the nod from thousands of "Book the Band" voters and Virgin Mobile's panel of judges. Brite Lite Brite is currently in the studio recording their second album, Stalker, which is coming soon.

Brite Lite Brite’s “Sky Turns Red” was lauded with the grand prize in the electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest and the dynamic sonic duo’s “Now That You’re Around” and “Radioactive Love” were semi-finalists in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition respectively. Brite Lite Brite won the grand prize in the electronic category for “I Lost My Heart Tonight” at the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest and also took home the second place prize in the contest overall. For more, visit Brite Lite Brite’s website or watch a video of "I Lost My Heart Tonight" here:

 

Admission: 
Ticketed

Caili O'Doherty Trio

Thursday / August 29, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Caili O'Doherty
Photo by Pamela Hersch

A native of Portland, Oregon, Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for her jazz piano playing and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award in 2009. Initially trained as a classical pianist, she discovered her love for jazz at age 11 when she transferred to a performing arts school in her hometown. She attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, majoring in jazz piano performance. While at Berklee, she was selected to be a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an honors performance program directed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Pérez. Through this program, O'Doherty worked closely with leading musicians in the jazz world, including Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Danilo Pérez. Her combo performed and conducted workshops and master classes in the United States and abroad, including at the Panama Jazz Festival (where they opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (opening for French pianist Martial Solal), the UNESCO Center in Paris for the launch of the first International Jazz Day, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Monterey High School Jazz Festival, and on a tour of Togo and Benin in Western Africa on a U.S. State Department grant.

In 2010, O'Doherty was the youngest of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and she also performed at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Other notable performance venues include Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Beantown Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, the MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as the pianist for Terrell Stafford). O'Doherty is an avid proponent of jazz education, and in 2012 she was selected as the Stanford jazz piano mentor, a two-year teaching internship at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where she teaches lessons, clinics, and master classes to young people and performs with fellow mentors at the Stanford Jazz Festival.
 

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li

Thursday / July 25, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Christian Li

Pianist Christian Li grew up in the town of Horseheads, New York. Largely self-taught in the jazz discipline until his college years, Li has won several DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards and attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, the Vail Jazz Workshop, and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Watch a segment of the Christian Li Group performing "El Duende" here:

Admission: 
Free

Isis Lune

Sunday / July 14, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
The Speigeltent
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Isis Lune

Isis Lune is a Boston-based group formed at Berklee College of Music. Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B.

Isis Lune is Ella Joy Meir (vocals and piano), Asher Kurtz (guitar), Ran Gil (keys), Aaron Liao (bass), and Tim Merle (drums). Watch Isis Lune perform "Leaking" in this music video:

Admission: 
Free

Juana Aquerreta y Amigos

Wednesday / July 17, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Juana Aquerreta
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta blends her musical roots with contemporary styles. She will be performing a set of original tunes, joined by her friends Jacinta Clusellas (guitar), Tomas Latorre (bass), Tiago Michelin (drums), and Eleni Arapoglou (vocals).

Listen to samples of Aquerreta's music on SoundCloud here or watch her perform "Norte" at the Boston Book Festival here:

Admission: 
Free

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