The Performer/Songwriter Showcase 2011, an annual concert featuring top finalists from the Fall 2011 Performing Songwriter contest, is one of the premier Songwriting Department events of the year. It showcases the Berklee community's top student writers performing their own material, in the more intimate David Friend Recital Hall setting. As always, winning songs represent the diversity of contemporary song styles: pop, hard rock, folk and roots, alternative, dance, urban, and country. The show is codirected by Mark Simos and John Stevens.
The Berklee Vintage Vocals Ensemble recreates the great jazz vocal group music of the 20th century. Music from the 1930s (Boswell Sisters, Mills Brothers) to the 1960s (Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross) is sung in its authentic style. Associate professor David Scott has been awarded a Berklee faculty fellowship and a Berklee recording grant to transcribe, arrange, record, and perform this music, some of which has been published by Hal Leonard Publishing.
Ben and Sally Taylor will grace the Red Room stage for one night only. Don't miss an amazing opportunity to celebrate music with this lovely and talented family.
Ben Taylor's memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing, and insightful, honest lyrics have been captivating fans since the moment he embarked on this journey. Making music has become as natural as breathing to Taylor. Accordingly, this approach has colored his songwriting to create music that defies genre definitions. Taylor seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of rock, pop, folk and hip-hop.
Sally Taylor is no stranger to the rock 'n' roll world. She was bred into the thick of it all, thanks to her singer-songwriter parents James Taylor and Carly Simon. Reluctant to attach herself to a major label, she formed her own Record Company, Blue Elbow Music. Since moving to Boston in 2007, she has been involved with Berklee College of Music, teaching lyric writing and music business clinics as well as participating in Berklee's summer performance and songwriting programs.