Concert

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.

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

George Clinton Meets Berklee

Thursday / February 16, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
George Clinton

The Berklee P-Funk Ensemble has been a popular ensemble since the 1990s. George Clinton made a surprise visit and directed the group for an MTV special a few years back. Now, one of the foremost innovators of funk music returns to Berklee for a four-day residency and a concert covering his artistic trajectory from Parliament in the 1960s to Funkadelic, and his amazing solo career.

Admission: Sold out

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Snarky Puppy / Funky Knuckles

Monday / February 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Snarky Puppy

With the release of its last two live CD/DVDs, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The three-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (Best Jazz Act 2008, 2009, 2010) fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or carefree audience.

Made up of Dallas's finest improvisers and pocket players, the Funky Knuckles bring greasy funk and rich jazz harmony together in their own unique way. They are the newest addition to freshly formed GroundUP Music's artist roster, and are releasing their debut album, As Of Lately, in early 2012.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Company of Thieves / Zac Clark and the Young Volcanoes

Saturday / February 25, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Company of Thieves couldn't wait to record its sophomore full-length album, Running from a Gamble. Even though Company of Thieves' famously feverish fanbase is exponentially larger than it was when the band released its first album, the only pressure felt during the making of Running from a Gamble was due to the explosive nature of the songs themselves. And the tremendous results are a testament to how far the Chicago-based band has come in such a short period of time.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Berklee High School Jazz Festival

Saturday / March 10, 2012 / 7:00 a.m.
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee hosts its annual High School Jazz Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States. Big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles will perform and compete throughout the day. Learn more at berkleejazz.org.

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Fall of the Moon: An Homage to Mahmoud Darwish and the Arab Spring

Saturday / May 5, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Marcel Khalifé

Lebanese oud master Marcel Khalifé and the Al Mayadine Ensemble perform the prophetic poems of the Arab World's most renowned and beloved poet, the late Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish, and pay tribute to the Arab spring that has swept through the region over the past year. 

Darwish often referred to Khalifé as his "heart's artistic twin." Though they came from different countries and backgrounds, both artists shared a sense of desperation and hope about the state of their respective homelands and the world. Fall of the Moon: An Homage to Mahmoud Darwish revisits and reimagines the ties that bind these two powerful advocates of Arab culture.

Admission: 
$65, $55, $45, $35, reserved seating

Colin Hay

Friday / May 4, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Colin Hay

As frontman and principal songwriter for ’80s sensation Men at Work, Colin Hay is responsible for one of the most identifiable sounds in pop music. Classic songs like "Down Under," "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now?" unfold like miniature movies, with timeless twists and a bittersweet sense of humor. In this solo acoustic performance, Hay intersperses classic and new songs with humorous, poignant and downright surreal stories drawn from his often unbelievable experiences over the last three decades. Also appearing: Chris Tapper.

Admission: 
$37, $32, $28, reserved seating

Women's Choir Concert

Thursday / April 19, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Women's Choir of Berklee will present a concert of classical and contemporary music.

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Danny Mo's Family Reunion

Wednesday / March 14, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Danny Mo's Family Reunion is an annual gathering of students, faculty, family, and friends. We get together celebrating life and music, and to give a special remembrance to our friend and fellow bassist, Wes Wehmiller. This evening we also welcome on stage Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipient, Fender bassist, and singer-songwriter Haley Jane Batt.

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