Concert

New Music for Piano

Monday / February 7, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert coproduced and directed by Stephany Tiernan and Andrew List featuring student compositions performed by piano students.

Admission: 

Bill Banfield

Thursday / March 24, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Africana Studies professor Bill Banfield will perform with a faculty band.

Admission: 

Bleep Blop: Electro-Acoustic Piano and More

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pei-Yeh Tsai performs electronically infused works by Ramon Castillo. Additional music by Alumni PoChun Wang and Sachi Sato. Featuring a special performance by Loudon Stearns’ Nonduo. This concert promises to excite and explore untapped sonic potential through the collaboration of human and machine.

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Visions / The Rodeo Church / Hayley Jane and the Primates

Saturday / February 5, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Visions

Visions is an alt-country band from Boston. Their debut album, Re:VISIONS, was recorded by producer Mark Leombruni and mastering engineer Jeff Lipton (Arcade Fire, Wilco, Spoon). They are joined by The Rodeo Church and Hayley Jane and the Primates.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Fresh Prospects: Karmin / Jen Waris

Friday / February 4, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fresh Prospects: Karmin / Jen Waris

The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best up-and-coming Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances.  This month's artists are Karmin and Jen Waris.

Karmin is a little band with a big sound. "Carmen" in Latin means "song," with an altered spelling to hint "karma." Armed with two voices, a guitar, and a wooden box, Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann always put on a dynamic show full of catchy pop tunes, feel-good ballads, and rock/hip-hop inspired concoctions. Their debut EP, Inside Out, was released in May 2010. Having covered numerous songs by Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Bruno Mars, Karmin is perfect for pop fans.

Hailing from upstate New York, Jen Waris is an inspiring vocalist.  Drawing from influences like Sara Bareilles and Beyonce, she loves to express herself through light-hearted pop and genuine ballads.  She has performed the national anthem for several professional sporting teams, including the Buffalo Bills.  Her most recent performances have been as a soloist with Berklee's a capella group, Pitch Slapped.

Admission: 
Free

The Zodiac Trio

Thursday / February 3, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Boston New Music Project presents the Zodiac Trio: Vanessa Mollard, violin; Kliment Krylovsky, clarinet; and Riko Higuma, piano. The program includes world premieres by Andrew List and Andy Vores, as well as music by Philip Glass and Ned Rorem. During the concert, the trio will show an original piece made by a French filmmaker.

The acclaimed French/American Zodiac Trio is considered by many to be the leading clarinet-violin-piano ensemble performing today, with a concert schedule that spans three continents. Protégé of the renowned Ysaye Quartet at the Paris Conservatory, the Zodiac Trio has performed at such leading venues as the famed Festival Radio France Montpellier in France and the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, has been broadcast by France 3 Televsion, and has recorded multiple times for Radio France in Paris. In June of 2010, the Zodiac Trio performed a six-city tour of China, where the young ensemble was welcomed on the country's leading stages and was invited to present master classes at the Ningboa University and the China Conservatory in Beijing.

Hailed by the London-based international MUSO magazine as one of the most exciting contemporary chamber groups on the concert circuit, the Zodiac Trio has been praised by critics for their "impeccable technique" (Ouest), and "remarkable musicality of rare intensity" (La Tribune). The young ensemble has graced many of the foremost stages throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China.

Representing the three different nations of Japan, Russia, and France, the Zodiac Trio originally formed in New York in 2006 and has since appeared at such venues as Walter Bruno Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York, Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, the Corum in Montpellier, the Acropolis in Nice, Izumi Hall in Osaka, and Radio France in Paris, among many others. Notably, the trio collaborates with Yovan Markovich, cellist of the famed Ysaÿe Quartet in extended programs.

The 2010-11 season features the Zodiac Trio on the historic Schneider Series in New York; St. Vincent College Concert Series in Pennsylvania; Virtuosi Series in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre in Toronto; Berklee College of Music in Boston; and Salle Cortot in Paris, among others. The season will also feature the ensemble in a special new music project at the Berklee and Boston Conservatory. Notably, the Zodiac Trio will give their debut at the famed Colmar Festival in France in 2011.

Shortly after its inception at the Mahattan School of Music, the Zodiac Trio debuted with a concert at the Kaufman Center prompting Edith Eisler of the New York Concert Review to describe the young ensemble as "excellent, talented, and committed." Since then, the Zodiac Trio has been awarded prizes at a number of national and international competitions, including the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, FNAPEC Ensemble Competition (Paris), International Chamber Music Competition of Duchi D'Aqcuaviva (Italy), Val Tidone International Music Competition (Italy), the Cziffra Foundation (France), Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts (New York), International Peninsula Young Artist Festival in California, and the ProMusica Ensemble Competition (France), among others.

The ensemble also received a Recording Grant and Commission Grant from Co-Op Press, are laureates of the 6th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and were recently awarded the Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum to support their collaboration with composer Andrew List.

The Zodiac Trio has been broadcast on National Public Radio in the U.S., CBC Radio in Canada, Radio France in Paris. Its debut commercial recording continues to receive airplay throughout the United States. Strong advocates of new music, the trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strive to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Their debut commercial recording included two works written for the ensemble. Currently, the Zodiac Trio is involved in a number of collaborative projects with emerging composers both in the United States and France.

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Yoo Sun Nam: Come Rain or Come Shine / Christian Li Trio

Tuesday / January 25, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz alto sax player Yoo Sun Nam presents her recital with amazing musicians. As a special guest, Woodwind Department faculty member Bill Pierce will perform with them. In the second half, Christian Li has the honor of presenting his original compositions with the incredibly talented Zach Brown on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Brian Dunne / Megan Lui

Friday / January 21, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Dunne

Hailing from the small town of Monroe, New York, pop/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne is releasing his debut EP. A music lover from the tender age of 2, has always had an ear and talent for music, playing the guitar and writing songs since the age of 6. He has been performing in the greater New England area for several years.

Also appearing is singer-songwriter Megan Lui. Originally from Northern California, she recently released her first EP, Wandering Bones.

Admission: 
Free

Tiger Saw / The Acre / Dan Baker

Friday / January 28, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tiger Saw

Tiger Saw is an ever-changing collective from Newburyport, Massachusetts. They have explored and perfected a beautiful, hushed, slowcore indie sound—one that is sure to have audiences closing their eyes and swaying to the music. Members of Dirty Projectors and Deer Tick collaborated with Tiger Saw on their latest album, and Tiger Saw has shared the stage with Grizzly Bear and Explosions in the Sky. The band is for fans of film and literature as well, having contributed original scores to Nosferatu and The Adventures of Prince Achmed and having published a book that outlines the band’s history. Tiger Saw has performed at unorthodox venues from beach bonfires to treetop sing-alongs, all for their love of sharing an intimate connection with the audience.


Boston native, the Acre, grew from its singer-songwriter roots at open mics and emerged as the full band that performs at large venues today. They promise a dynamic performance—ranging from blissful folk elements to heavy rock segments that leap out and take the audience by surprise. t“The vocals are always able to float on top of the music, and all the instrumentation just seems in perfect balance with one another,” says Boston Band Crush. Any fan of Wilco or the Band should flock to see the Acre.


Also Boston-based, Dan Baker integrates the best aspects of country and folk music into his songwriting. He intricately blends the simplicity and honesty of his words to bring forth powerful stories.  “Baker is a smart and insightful singer, who thinks deeply and writes intelligently about the curious thoughts spinning ‘round his head,” say Indie-Music.com. The influence of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits is readily apparent in his songs. He has collaborated with some of Nashville’s best musicians, including Jeff Taylor (Elvis Costello), Joe Spivey (Shania Twain, Faith Hill), and Steve Hinson (George Jones).


Photography by Pete Weiss will also be featured. 

 

Admission: 
$10

Guthrie Govan

Friday / January 28, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Guthrie Govan

Guthrie Govan, hailing from the United Kingdom, is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Govan combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities, memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it's mainstream shred rock, fusion jazz, chicken-picking country, groove-driven funk, down-home blues, or any other style you could think of, Guthrie does 'em all and does so extremely well.

Govan started playing at the age of 3; by the time he was 8, he was being featured on national British television for his guitar prowess. In 1993, Guthrie won the Guitarist of the Year contest sponsored by Guitarist Magazine, started teaching at UK's prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, and began writing for Guitar Techniques magazine.

Over the past few years, Govan has been exclusively playing his various Suhr guitars for both recording and live use—from the smoky jazz bars in his hometown to the halls and arenas around the world during tours with the band Asia. He was featured on the highly successful album Six String Theory produced by Lee Ritenour. He has also played and recorded with eclectic mash-pop collective the Young Punx (live electronica) and toured with Dizzee Rascal. Currently, Govan is keeping busy with product clinics, educational workshops, and local live shows while working on the follow-up album to his instrumental debut Erotic Cakes.

Faculty member Jon Finn and his group will perform with Govan.

 

Admission: 
$16 general admission

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