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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Berklee Chamber Players, founded by String Department chair Melissa Howe, is a group of versatile Berklee performers and composers deeply committed to the art and craft of chamber music of the present day. This BCP concert features new string quartets by Rabson, Francine Trester, and Kari Juusela, and includes innovations of electronic sound design as well as the deeply rooted, rich historical sound of the string quartet.
The Boston Hip-Hop Alliance Berklee Campus Chapter has teamed up with TasteMakers to pilot a new format for this year's event. Both the BHHA and TasteMakers focus their work on helping to shape the next generation through education and mentorship, providing avenues for professional development of upcoming artists and emerging industry professionals. With the addition of a comprehensive networking component to the We Are Hip-Hop show, now in its fourth year, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with a wide array of invited music industry professionals, producers, recording artists, and more.