Concert

The Daily Pravda / St. Helena / The Grownup Noise

Saturday / March 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Grownup Noise

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's the Grownup Noise has evolved into a rousing indie-pop outfit, bridging the gap between Americana and indie. 

They've shared stages with everyone from comedian Patton Oswalt to fellow avant-baroque musicians like Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down(Kill Rock Stars), and acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central. Fast forward several years and various enriching personal pursuits, and the band is finally gearing up for its playful, poignant new LP, This Time with Feeling.  Described by the Portland Press Herald (Maine) as a combination of "smart lyrics with keen vocals," adding that "its songs are doses of melodic sunshine," the Grownup Noise has maintained and built on its fanbase during the intervening years through a savvy combination of eccentric pop songs, natural talent, and determination.

St. Helena features founder and primary writer Patrick Teahan on guitar and vocals, Magen Tracy on keyboards and vocals, Mike Ward on guitar, Keith Wales on bass and vocals, and James Willetts on drums.

Originally founded in hopes of "doing to Ziggy Stardust what Oasis did to the Beatles," The Daily Pravda have since added surf rock and new wave stylings to the mix, while never quite ditching the Bowie.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of event

Piano Department Student Concert

Monday / April 2, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Four to six piano students are selected to perform in this stylistically diverse concert. Performances will range from solo piano to piano trio to large group.

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Great American Songbook: Music of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer

Sunday / February 26, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Individually, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer composed some of the greatest tunes in the American songbook. Together, they wrote time-tested standards as "Skylark" and "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening." At Berklee's annual celebration of the American Songbook, student and faculty vocalists backed by a full orchestra interpret the individual and collaborative songs of these American masters.  This concert will feature Berklee's own Livingston Taylor, Donna McElroy, Julian Lage, and Matt Glaser.

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Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

Oriente Lopez

Thursday / March 1, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Oriente Lopez

Grammy Award-winner Oriente Lopez was born in 1962, in Havana, Cuba.  As soon as he could reach the piano he began playing by ear and is self-taught on that instrument. In 1969 he began studying violin and two years later moved to flute as his primary instrument. Since his early years, Lopez experienced a growing interest in jazz and popular music. He also received 15 years of classical training at various institutions in Havana. 

In 1983, Lopez joined the legendary band Afrocuba. He was with the band for seven years, recording Dile Que Vuelvo (1981), Eclipse De Sol (1987), and Sobrevolando (1988). Afrocuba shared the stage for five years with Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and also produced two double albums, Causas y Azares (1986) and Oh, Melancolía (1988). 

In 1993 Lopez moved to the New York area. He has worked as a pianist, flautist, musical director, composer, arranger, and producer. Throughout the years he has distinguished himself as a composer and has been especially prolific as an arranger. His collaborations include works with Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye, Patato, Fito Paez, Mauricio Zottarelli, Charlie Haden, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among others.

Now, Lopez performs his music with various-sized ensembles. His compositions and arrangements continue to be recorded and performed by many artists around the globe.

Opening will be Francisco Ruiz and the Afrocuba Tribute Band. Ecuadorian singer/arranger Francisco Ruiz presents a tribute to Afrocuba.

Afrocuba Tribute Band

Lead Vocals - Francisco Ruiz, Quito, Ecuador
Vocals - Nichole Calderon, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Vocals - Andrés P. Rosario, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Piano - Issac Delgado Jr, Havana, Cuba
Bass - Santiago Herrera, Riobamba, Ecuador
Drums - Marcos Lopez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Congas - Manuel Lara, Valencia, Venezuela
Timbales - Alí Alvarez, Havana, Cuba
Guitar - Italo Cunha, Brasília, Brazil
Flute - Enrique “Kalani” Trinidad, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Trumpet - Paul Sanchez, Quito, Ecuador
Trumpet - Tomer Ron, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tenor Saxophone- Edmar Colon, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Trombone - Fernando “Nanddy” Lopez, Puerto Rico

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Write of Spring

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Yun Mi Bak / Mina Yu

Tuesday / February 28, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

8:15 p.m. - Yun Mi Bak

 

9:15 p.m. - Mina and the Secret present jazz and rock, classic, and hip-hop, all by Mina Yu. Admission: Free

 

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Francisco Vielma / HyoYoung Kim

Monday / February 27, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Francisco Vielma y Panela Ensamble is a project founded in Caracas, Venezuela. They perform compositions by some of the most important Venezuelan songwriters arranged by Francisco Vielma.

Vielma's arranging showcases the distinctive elements of his generation—he blends tradition with improvisation and concert music. Composers like Simón Díaz, Luis Fragachan, Juan Vicente Torrealba, Leonardo Oporto, Pedro Manuel Yánez among others will be honored on this Panela Ensamble's premier in Boston.

Panela Ensamble are: Francisco Vielma on Multipercussion, Nella Rojas on voice, Evan Waaramaa on piano, Maureen Choi on violin, Aaron Gratzmiller on woodwinds and Mario Carrillo on acoustic bass. 

At 9:15 p.m., pianist and bassist HyoYoung Kim presents mixed styles, arrangements and original tunes, with student musicians, faculty and staff.

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Admission: 
Free

Gospel Singer Tye Tribbett

Thursday / February 23, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tye Tribbett has been making bold declarations and bringing forth change within his music for years with Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing (“GA”), his family and ministry.  Together they toured and performed with some of the biggest artists in the secular world, including Whitney Houston, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Luther Vandross, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and Jill Scott.

This event will feature an interview by Theresa Hairston, publisher of Gospel Today, with gospel music singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and choir director Tye Tribbett. Tribbett will also perform a collection of his songs with a Berklee ensemble.

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Admission: 
$8, $13 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating

Los Hermanos Arango: Direct from Havana

Tuesday / February 21, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Los Hermanos Arango is an ensemble from Guanabacoa, Cuba, where Yoruba, Abakuá and other West African traditions are preserved in their most authentic form in the Americas. The ensemble is the only Cuban band to use completely unaltered Afro-Cuban ritual hand and vocal drumming as the basis for a modern repertoire that integrates electric bass, keyboards, brass, and winds. Leaders Feliciano and Eugenio Arango are in high demand as percussionists and bassists in Cuba, and have toured with Chucho Valdés, Afro-Cuban All Stars, NG La Banda, Pablo Milanés, and Emiliano Salvador.

Los Hermanos Arango is led by Feliciano Arango, who was mentored by seminal Cuban bassist Orlando ‘Cachaito’ López and who toured with famed pianist and composer Emiliano Salvador. Arango, the founding bassist for NG La Banda, developed a new style of Cuban dance music called timba. He was responsible for leading Cuban bassists in a new approach to bass that greatly enhanced the overall melodic and percussive sound of the instrument in Cuban music.

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

New Music Festival

Wednesday / February 22, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The annual New Music Festival presents groups that defy categorization in a single genre, or present material in a new or different way. Be taken on a journey from traditional jazz to electronica.

This year four groups are featured. The Eastwood Project, directed by Jordan Rose, combines a literary work written especially for this event with a collaborative score in a jazz and blues vibe. A string ensemble led by Scarlett Deering plays unexpected arrangements of recognizable material. Deniz Ozcelik combines jazz vocal and instrumental improvisation with dance and electronica, and the Jauntee is a refreshingly unusual jam band, led by Scott Ferber.

The Jauntee

Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, the Jauntee's improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including funk, rock, jazz, progressive, bluegrass, psychedelic, and ambient music. Its willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into 'the weird' sets it apart from your average upcoming jam band. With a large arsenal of covers, countless original tunes, and an inclination for open-ended improvisation, every show promises to be a unique experience.

Little Moon

Brought together by the winds of fate, a group of accomplished string players integrate the delicacy of the sound of strings with the unruly edge of indie rock. They have played to the drifting snow on Mount Everest, to the rolling waves of the Dead Sea, to the groaning erosion of the Grand Canyon, and to the swimming lava of Vesuvius. They have summoned the greatness of the oceans and the fire of the sun to create a mesmerizing sound unlike any other. They are Little Moon.

The Eastwood Project

The creative minds of Devon Yesburger, Spencer Stewart, Jordan Rose, Roni Eytan, and Jack McNutt have combined to create something that has never been done before. Be sure not to miss this groundbreaking performance as they combine their musicianship with another art form. Jack McNutt (a talented writer) will script a short family-friendly dialogue that will be spoken by the musicians on stage while they simultaneously play the score composed for the script. Each musician will not only be a voice in the dialogue, but will be contributing to the score at the same time. It will be a western type of vibe with a blues and jazz influence for the score.

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

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