Concert

Virtuosity of Mind, Craft, and Spirit: Lalah Hathaway

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Born to R&B and soul music royalty, Lalah Hathaway '94 is known to most people simply as the daughter of late soul music legend Donny Hathaway. But there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and her career has spanned two decades. Twenty-one years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive. Hathaway will be performing with Berklee students.

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

The Planet MicroJam Institute featuring David Fiuczynski

Tuesday / March 13, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Fiuczynski

 

The Planet MicroJam Institute, under the direction of David Fiuczynski, collides sonic aesthetics from our increasingly shrinking global village to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, and extremely colorful mix of eastern and western elements. These basic ingredients are a preview of what will be the makeup of "Flam! Pan-Asian MicroJam for JDilla and Olivier Messiaen," the fall 2012 premiere of David Fiuczynski's 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship composition.

Musicians include:

David Fiuczynski: fretless and one quarter tone guitars

Utar Artun: microtonal keyboards

Justin Schornstein: fretless bass

Alex 'BisQuit' Bailey: drums

 

Admission: 
FREE

Club D’Elf

Friday / March 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Club d'Elf is an ever-shifting group of musicians who are fiercely dedicated to "the groove." The group revolves around bassist and leader Mike Rivard and consists of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, DJ, rock, and world music scenes of Boston and New York.

Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas, and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix, along with guests such as John Medeski and Billy Martin, DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis and Fela Kuti, the band draws inspiration from many sources, including neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant comedy show Mr. Show.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Tuesday / February 7, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

For more than two decades Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Simien has led his Zydeco Experience Band and become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. He has performed over 5,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 40 countries and reached at least a million people during his eventful 25 year career.

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Faculty Singers Night

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

Voice faculty come together for this tour de force performance. Joined by student players, they'll showcase a variety of contemporary styles including jazz, R&B, pop, rock, Latin, and singer-songwriter. Featured faculty vocalists are: Jeannie Gagné (director), Gabrielle Goodman, Aubrey Johnson, Nichelle Mungo, Jeff Ramsey, David Scott, Alison Wedding.

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

N.E. Quarterfinal 3: International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

Saturday / February 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of A Cappella is the only international tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. Hosted by Berklee's own award-winning group, Pitch Slapped, young vocalists have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Programs include both the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), and both are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges.

Each year, the tournament takes place from January through April in six regions: West, Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Europe. Each region holds several quarterfinal events. The top two college groups at each quarterfinal advance to college semifinals, and the top high school group advances to high school semifinals. The winner of each semifinal is invited to participate in finals, held in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they compete for cash prizes and the coveted title of Grand Champion.

Competitors

Ramifications - Suffolk University

The DownBeats - Northeastern University

The Maine Steiners - University of Maine, Orono

The Merimanders - Bates College

The Nor'easters - Northeastern University

The Vocal Suspects - University of Massachusetts Amherst

Vassar Devils - Vassar College

Longfellows - Bowdoin College

Admission: 
$12, $10 with valid student ID, advance (discount applied at checkout); $17, $15 with student ID, day of show

Modern Impressionism: Da Silva, Mahdi, and Savage

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

Impressionistic jazz featuring original music combining many elements of the African diaspora, including gospel, Brazilian, African, bebop, and R&B. Special guests to appear.

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

Heart Beats: BT featuring Chris Compton and Berklee Faculty

Tuesday / February 14, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
BT

Alumnus BT comes back to Berklee for this Valentine's Day concert featuring Chris Compton, Richard Boulanger, Kari Juusela, Michael Bierylo, and Chi Kim.

BT is known as a sonik arkitect, platinum-selling artist, producer, celebrated film composer, virtuoso laptop performer, software developer, and visionary technologist.

In this concert, BT will draw from his entire catalog and, using his newest software, perform and collaborate with some of Berklee's top faculty and student developers and performers. A particular feature of this concert is the premiere of new systems and software being developed at Berklee by Richard Boulanger for the Music Therapy Department and the Assistive Technology Lab With this cutting-edge new software—SeeSound and TheraMuse—visually impaired students will use custom wireless controllers and iPads that will analyze and synchronize with BT's tracks and allow the  students to perform on their laptops and to spontaneously improvise, accompany, and remix live with BT on stage.  "Heart Beats" will showcase one of the most innovative, brilliant, prolific, and virtuostic electronic composer/performers of the 21st century. BT will lead a virtuoso chamber ensemble of cyber-soloists who's musical hearts "beat as one" through cutting edge software developed at Berklee.  Don't miss BT's inspiring evening of deep, powerful, and exquisitely beautiful "cinema for the ear." Share the show with someone who beats your heart.

BT may only now be beginning to create the best work of his career—despite already being a platinum-selling artist, visionary producer, film composer, and technologist. An internationally-renowned recording artist in his own right, he is trusted by superstars such as Sting, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Madonna, Seal, and Peter Gabriel to produce modern and memorable hits, with a bleeding-edge electronic flair. He has composed unforgettable scores for films such as The Fast and the Furious, Go, Stealth and Oscar-award winning Monster. With his latest two-hour, double-disk opus, BT definitively weaves his technical prowess with lyrical and compositional mastery that reminds us all why he's the composer that all other composers and producers study.

 

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

The Milk Carton Kids / Trevor Menear

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Milk Carton Kids

A performance by the Milk Carton Kids is a quiet and intricate affair. Kenneth Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have enjoyed intent audiences across the country and abroad in their respective solo careers, but an even greater sense of attention is palpable now that they've come together as the Milk Carton Kids. Their songs are written together, but you wouldn't know there is more than one author. Their history together spans only one short year, but you wouldn't know that either. They stand close together when they play, facing each other and using microphones instead of plugging their guitars in. And if they looked more alike, you'd think they were brothers.

Trevor Menear dropped out of the sky in 2007 making his first appearance on Yoko Ono and Warner Bros. Records joint effort Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Along side 50 other artists which included Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Regina Spektor, Jakob Dylan, The Cure, Jackson Brown, and U2. This raw introduction was more than enough to set him apart from the rest of the cast.

His debut Introducing Trevor Menear released under indie label Shangri-La, reveals an accessible blues-pop hybrid. His expressive voice bolstered by his plangent, nuanced guitar work, immediately conjures up images of Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix. Following with the independently released EP Boots For Alice, Menears music continues to span an eclectic gamut that gains him notoriety among heritage jam fans, art-loft acidheads, and many others in between.

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of show

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / February 8, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

If you are interested in participating in this open mic, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Signs-ups start at 6:00 p.m. in the 939 coffeehouse area.
  • First-come, first-served, and first to play.
  • Performance slots are open to the public as well as the Berklee community.
  • Seven minute,  two song max.
  • Unplugged sets only (no drums, light percussion is okay).
  • Piano and mics provided.
  • All styles welcome.

 

Admission: 

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