Concert

Berklee Roots Road Show

Thursday / April 5, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11231
Roots Roadshow

A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, Western swing, polka, and Tex-Mex—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Among its many projects, the American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music.

The artistic director for the American Roots Music Program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years.

Read the full press release.

Admission: 

Berklee American Roots Series

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

A night of American roots music featuring performers in a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Western swing, polka, and Tex-Mex.

The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Among its many projects, the American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our Western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music.

This show features John McGann's Celtic Ensemble and Bruce Molsky's Old-Time Ensemble. John McGann and Bruce Molsky are professors of the String Department at Berklee.  

Read the full press release.

Admission: 
$10/$5

B.I.T.R. Tuesdays

Tuesday / April 24, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening-room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living rooms. 

This B.I.T.R. event features Emily Dale, Shannon Selig, Sam Chase, and a special guest.

This series is free to all students and faculty, and all B.I.T.R. shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Other B.I.T.R. Tuesday dates include:

November 29
December 13
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
Free

An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue

Friday / March 30, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kirill Gerstein

Since completing his studies at Berklee, Kirill Gerstein has devoted his career to classical repertoire. In 2010, he was awarded the coveted Gilmore Artist Award, which is presented every four years to recognize extraordinary artistry. Gerstein returns to Berklee with a program that includes Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in the original 1924 arrangement, with guest clarinetist and Berklee alumna Anat Cohen.

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

Admission: 
$25, $20, $17.50 reserved seating

B.I.T.R. Tuesdays

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening-room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living rooms. 

This B.I.T.R. event features Ana Yanez, Tim DeGraauw, Jason Okumu, and a special guest.

This series is free to all students and faculty, and all B.I.T.R. shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Other B.I.T.R. Tuesday dates include:

November 29
December 13
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
Free

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Thursday / March 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Songwriters Club hosts this semester's singer-songwriter showcase. The event will showcase songs by the selected finalists, so expect the best of the best.

The finalists are:

  • Chris West
  • Steph Sloan
  • Marny Proudfit
  • Shea Vaccaro
  • Katie Marshall
  • Kelsey Worley and David Gainforth
  • Luke McGinnis 
  • Charles Brandon Johnson
  • Kevin Basko
  • Christina Apostolopoulos
  • Katie Tucker
  • Caitlin Timmins
Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Arsenal: The Winnie Dahlgren Sextet

Monday / March 19, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Winnie Dahlgren

Vibist/composer Winnie Dahlgren, associate professor in the Harmony Department, brings her sextet to the Black Box Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts as part of the Berklee faculty series at the Arsenal.

A native of Denmark, Winnie Dahlgren started playing percussion at age fifteen. Two years later she began studying classical percussion at the Vestjysk Academy of Music, from which she received a B.M. in music education as well as a M.M. in Performance. In the middle of her classical studies at the conservatory she took two years off to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After going back and forth between Denmark and the United States for several years, she finally made Boston her home in the mid-'90s. As part of the faculty at Berklee, she divides her time between teaching, performing, and composing.

At the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Winnie Dahlgren will be bringing her sextet, for which she writes all the music. The sextet provides the listener with a distinct musical experience with delicate twists. Winnie's classical background showcases her musical technique as a performer, but her use and knowledge of Latin, world music, and jazz styles give her performances a modern quality. Her compositions contain a contemporary harmonic universe marked with Latin and world influences, and run the gamut of playful and energetic to sweet and endearing pieces with thoughtful melodies.

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

Jeff Galindo Quartet with Luis Bonilla

Tuesday / March 6, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Jeff Galindo Quartet performs original music featuring guest artist Luis Bonilla on trombone and Berklee faculty Tim Ray on piano, John Lockwood on bass, and Bob Gullotti on drums.

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

All Keys Piano Department Faculty Concert

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Many Piano Department faculty members will be performing in a variety of settings and styles.

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

Ethel: Present Beauty

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark Stewart, To Whom It May Concern: Thank You from Origin of the Species 

To Whom It May Concern: Thank You is the final movement of Origin of the Species, a piece commissioned for Ethel by the Jerome Foundation. The first movements of the larger piece are performed on daxophones custom-designed for the group. These movements tell fantastical tales of the earth's creation, and the coming to be of all of the planet's living things. This final movement, inspired by Stewart's mother's athiestic dinner prayer, brings the stories to a gentle, loving rest.

Terry Riley, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector   

Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector is one of the seminal masterworks of the minimalist movement. Twenty-four modules make up the structure of the piece; the performers are charged to "co-compose" the work by determining the ultimate module order, and duration of the performance. Ethel is particularly stimulated by the exercise of presenting this piece; each presentation opens up new fields of possibility.

Philip Glass, arranged by Ethel Selections from The Hours 

Stephen Daldry's 2002 film realization of Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours drew a hauntingly beautiful sound score from Philip Glass. There is a powerful affinity between Glass's creative aesthetic and that of the novel's protagonist, author Virginia Woolf. As a writer, she developed the theme of beauty as an experience rooted in the present moment, rather than in relationship to the past or the future. In his music, Glass captures beauty in continuity, without beginning, climax or end. As Cunningham points out in the liner notes to The Hours CD, "Glass can find in three repeated notes something of the strange rapture of sameness that Woolf discovered in a woman named Clarissa Dalloway doing errands on a summer morning." Deeply moved by the aesthetic of "present beautym" Ethel has arranged several movements of Glass's score, and presents them in suite form.

Early That Summer

Julia Wolfe wrote Early That Summer while living in Amsterdam for a year. At the same time that she was working on the piece, she was reading a book about American political history. In this book, all of the political crises began with some small occurrence, with a phrase like "early that summer....". That small occurrence would, over time, snowball into something large and explosive. Partway through the book and the piece, Wolfe realized that the music was about that sense of anticipation. The Lark Quartet commissioned Early That Summer with funds from the Meet the Composer's Commissioning Program.

wed 

David Lang's piece wed is dedicated to the memory of Kate Ericson, a young conceptual artist and a close friend of his wife. In her hospital bed, just before she died, Ericson was married to her boyfriend and longtime collaborator, Mel Ziegler. A wedding is usually a joyful event, full of hope and optimism, but this wedding of course had something much darker hovering around the joyfulness, said Lang. In his piece the four independent lines of the string quartet are made of small changes—a half step up, a whole step down, and each line by itself is not that interesting. Put together, however, they allow the music to rock oddly back and forth between major and minor, between consonance and dissonance, between hope and despair.  wed was written for the Kronos Quartet.

String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project 

String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project is about the Buddhism Prayer Flags, and it is written for string quartet with four pairs of Tibetan Finger Cymbals. A prayer flag is a colorful panel or rectangular cloth often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding land and creatures. Unknown in other branches of Buddhism, prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bön, which predated Buddhism in Tibet.  String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project has three movements, and each movement is about different motion of the flags. The entire piece runs around 15 minutes.  

Acclaimed as America's premier postclassical string quartet, Ethel boldly infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology.  Formed in 1998, New York's ebullient Ethel is composed of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Jennifer Choi (violin). 

Ethel performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. Its repertoire includes compositions by quartet members as well as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, David Lang, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, Jacob TV, Scott Johnson, Don Byron, Marcello Zavros, Evan Ziporyn, and Mary Ellen Childs. 

Embracing today's most exhilarating music, Ethel has performed with Joe Jackson, Kurt Elling, Bang on a Can, Todd Rundgren, Ursula Oppens, Loudon Wainwright III, STEW, Ensemble Modern, Jill Sobule, Joshua Fried, Iva Bittová, Colin Currie, Thomas Dolby, Steve Coleman, Stephen Gosling, and Polygraph Lounge. Ever re-imagining the possibilities of music performance, Ethel has collaborated with acclaimed directors Annie Dorsen and Daniel Flannery, and renowned choreographers Wally Cardona, Annie-B Parson, and Mathew Janczewski.

Ethel tours the world, appearing on stages as varied as Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Ravinia, TED, Lincoln Center, Holland's TROMP Festival, Kennedy Center, FIAC in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Ethel has released four albums since its debut recording, the self-titled Ethel (Cantaloupe Music, 2003), which was named Billboard'sBest Album for that year. The group's next recording, Light (Cantaloupe Music, 2006), was selected as No. 3 on Amazon.com's Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor's Picks. The group has played as guest artist on a dozen music labels and was recently featured with vocal group Lionheart on John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices by Phil Kline (Cantaloupe, Music, 2008). Ethel was also featured on Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, which received a 2010 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Concord Records, 2009).

For more information, visit ethelcentral.com.    

 

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