Performance

Alexis Colett's Senior Recital

Friday / April 4, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

In her final semester, vocalist and actress Alexis Colett will present an evening of contemporary musical theater pieces and classics.

Admission: 
Free

Bill Banfield and the Jazz Urbane

Wednesday / March 12, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
Bill Banfield and the Jazz Urbane

The Jazz Urbane, an evolving and multi-generational group of artists comprised of Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, will debut work from its new album, Playing with Other People’s Heads. At Scullers Jazz Club, the group, established by Berklee Africana Studies leader Bill Banfield, will be joined by special guest Tia Fuller for the performance of songs from the new album, which was guided by the late Grammy Award-winning executive producer George Duke.

Duke mentored Banfield and the Jazz Urbane prior to passing away in 2013. Playing with Other People’s Heads took seven years to complete and features more than 30 Berklee faculty, students, and alumni, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian Scott, Greg Osby, and Grace Kelly, among many others.

Admission: 
$25 (or $65 with dinner, parking, and preferred seating included)

Robin Rimbaud: "Eavesdropping"

Wednesday / March 12, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

The Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute presents "Explorations of Eavesdropping," an evening of works by the pioneering audio artist Robin Rimbaud, Neil Leonard (artistic director of the institute), and the following Electronic Production and Design students: Audri Acuña, Pamela Hersch Gonzalez, Dalton Harts, Jason Lim, Jonas Margraf, Ella Joy Meir, Collin Russell, Yunyun Huang Danilova, Zai Zhe. Students' projects include cutting-edge works for live electronics, synthesizers, video, and dance. 

Admission: 
Free

Jeremy Messersmith / Big Scary

Monday / June 9, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jeremy Messersmith

Jeremy Messersmith’s distinctive style and sound has drawn attention from many prominent music fans over the years, including Jim McGuinn, the program director at Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, which championed Messersmith’s songs from the moment he first dropped off his debut album, unassumingly wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag, at the radio station's studio. Messersmith delivers heady, substantial ideas in pop song form, but his songs never become bogged down by the weight of the subject matter due to Messersmith’s vibrant arrangements and the deft production of his longtime musical partner, Andy Thompson — along with the veteran touch of producer Ben Allen and the musical contributions of a host of talented Twin Cities musicians — who all help perfectly capture the impassioned spirit of these songs.

The hooks scattered throughout Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, are massive and relentlessly catchy, with acoustic and electric guitars blending elegantly with spiraling string arrangements and other sonic flourishes. It’s the sound of an artist not afraid to go big in order to be heard, and Messersmith continues packing plenty of evocative substance within his soaring pop songs.

Watch the music video for Jeremy Messersmith's "A Boy, a Girl, and a Graveyard" here:

Big Scary, a duo from Melbourne, Australia dabbling in grunge, pop, and moody ballads, will open the show.

Watch Big Scary's music video for "Leaving Home" here:

Christopher Donoyan: Survival of the Funkiest

Friday / March 28, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist and vocalist Christopher Donoyan and his quartet present a recital of original funk and groove-jazz songs.

Admission: 
Free

Nicholas Castaneda Group

Monday / March 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Harpist and composer Nicholas Castañeda Lozano is a performer from Bogotá, Colombia. He uses unusual musical elements to create a personal language in his compositions and interpretation of traditional tunes.

Admission: 
Free

Gretchen Schaderbrodt: Inside My Room

Friday / March 28, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Vocalist Gretchen Schaderbrodt presents a recital of eclectic music with an acoustic band and an electric band.

Admission: 
Free

Bert Cheshire: Akenda

Thursday / March 27, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Akenda is a four-piece band of current Berklee students with jazz fusion, progressive rock, classical, and electronic dance music influences. This recital will showcase the composition of guitarist Bert Cheshire.

Admission: 
Free

Chris Geller and Friends

Wednesday / March 26, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drummer Chris Geller and a group of fellow Berklee students will perform arrangements of works by Horace Silver and John Hicks.

Admission: 
Free

Oliver Monaco Brings Two Bands

Wednesday / March 26, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Oliver Monaco Group is the jazz sextet that Monaco has led for almost three years now. It will be playing songs off its upcoming album. The group is influenced by jazz and funk, among other things. The second band, Prints of Monaco, will not be playing jazz songs, but they will still be good songs.

Admission: 
Free

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