Concert

The Paintbrush Orchestra

Thursday / June 20, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Yeonatan Shachar
Yeonatan Shachar
Yeonatan Shachar

The chamber jazz group the Paintbrush Orchestra is dedicated to the live composition language of soundpainting born out of the work of Walter Thompson. Through a set of gestures, members of the Paintbrush Orchestra are cued to play specific material that is then shaped by the composer. This seasoned group of improvisers includes a full jazz rhythm section, a violin, marimba, two brass instruments, and a tenor saxophone.

The Paintbrush Orchestra was born – entirely by accident – in the fall of 2012 during a series of experimental jams at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble was formed out of a desire to explore new ways to allow the composer to play an integral, real-time role in jazz-based improvisation. Each piece allows the group to display its members’ diverse and multi-faceted musical backgrounds and its unusual instrumentation has proven to be an integral part of its sound.

The band attempts to take the concept of improvisation into territory that encourages spontaneity while creating pieces that are nonetheless fully formed in ways that often resemble pre-composed music. The resulting sound presents a palette that is different from that which is most commonly found in contemporary jazz ensembles.

Admission: 
Free

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Jeremy De Jesus

Thursday / July 11, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
02130
Jeremy De Jesus

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Berklee alumnus Jeremy De Jesus has been recording, performing, composing, and arranging in many different styles, including jazz, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop, and fusion. Many of these styles are on display on his debut album, Semi Formal, which features his original compositions.

Watch Jeremy De Jesus perform "Desamor" in the video below:

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

 

Admission: 
Free

1 Night, 1 Life

Sunday / April 28, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A night of music featuring Me Vs Gravity, Caitlin Timmins, and Dakota O'Driscoll. All proceeds to benefit To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit organization helping kids who struggle with depression, self-harm, and addictions.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Hyeonwoo Kim: 3

Saturday / May 4, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Hyeonwoo Kim and quintet present a recital of original compositions.

 

Admission: 
Free

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

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