Concert

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Singers Showcase

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. Over 100 vocalists audition each year for the chance to earn a spot on the stage, and this year 15 made it through to the second round. At their callback auditions, audience members were invited to vote for their choices and the top 9 performed. The results were weighed alongside the choices of the four judges, faculty members Livingston Taylor, Ken Zambello, Donna McElroy and celebrity guest judge Debra Byrd. For this installment, singers will present a jukebox of pop, rock, r&b, jazz, blues, and folk tunes. These pieces will be followed by selections paying tribute to Carole King.

Carole King is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist who has written over two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. In 2000, she was named the most successful female songwriter of 1955-99, because she wrote and cowrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. King has recorded 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry. She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. In 2009, Carole King was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. She holds the female record for the longest an album has remained on the charts and the longest an album has held the No.1 position, both for Tapestry.

Students featured in this year's Singers Showcase:

Molly Brown is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. She is in her fifth semester at Berklee as professional music major. She plays both piano and guitar and hopes to move to Nashville, TN upon graduation to pursue a solo career.

Marilyn Wright is a fourth semester student from Cleveland, OH majoring in music business/management. She intends to travel the world, fulfilling her dream of being a gospel recording artist. She doesn't just want to sing—she wants to touch the hearts of her listeners while spreading the message of hope to others. 

Su Jin Lee has been singing for 11 years now, focusing primarily on rock. She is a music production and engineering major.

Samantha Schultz is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She began singing at the age of three, and has developed a unique, organic pop-folk sound, which appeals to audiences of all ages. She is currently in her junior year as a professional music major and is attending Berklee on the Gary Slaight Family Presidential Scholarship.

Adam Henry is a music therapy major as well as a singer-songwriter. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and drums. 

Torrence Nelson was born and raised in Chicago. He is currently in his last year at Berklee, studying professional music with a focus in music education. After Berklee, he wants to teach and continue to perform.

Natalia Sulca, 19, is originally from Miami, Florida. She is a third-semester Berklee student who plans to major in both voice and piano performance. She has been playing since she was 4 and singing since she was 11.

Also performing are Elisa Lomazzo and Hannah Juliano.

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

Admission: 
$8, $13 in advance; $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating

Brass Showcase

Monday / November 21, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Tom Plsek, Charles Lewis, and Greg Fritze, this concert features various brass ensembles of students and the Berklee Faculty Brass Quintet in an evening of contemporary jazz originals.

Admission: 

JD Allen Trio

Thursday / November 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument-the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art-has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

Admission: 
Free

JD Allen Trio

Wednesday / November 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument—the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art—has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Steven Wilson

Sunday / November 13, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$45, $35, $27.50, reserved seating

Ensemble Showcase: Latin

Friday / December 2, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Bernardo Hernandez: Salsa Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Ricardo Monzon: Music of the Dominican Republic
6:30 p.m. Matt Jensen: Music

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: World, Pop, Funk

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Mixed World Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Music of Paul Simon and Sting
6:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: The Music of P-Funk

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Heavy Metal, Hardcore, Alternative

Wednesday / November 30, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Hardcore/Heavy Metal
4:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Hardcore/Heavy Metal
6:30 p.m. Ron Savage: Music of Radiohead

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Funk, Soul

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Funk and Soul Review
4:30 p.m. Kenwood Dennard: James Brown
6:30 p.m. Skip Smith: Franklin, Wonder, Gaye, and Kahn

Admission: 

The Laptop as an Instrument: Performance Techniques with Ableton Live

Tuesday / November 8, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee faculty member Loudon Stearns leads an in-depth Ableton Live clinic, focused on performance techniques.

  • Ableton Live overview
  • Creating, loading and launching clips
  • MIDI mapping and control surface setup
  • Effects and audio manipulation

As a bass player, producer, and laptop musician, Loudon Srearns's music can be heard on numerous documentaries and short films. While continuing his studies of composition, engineering, and sound design, he is currently pursuing a degree in physics as part of ongoing search for the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything. After studying harmony at University of Lincoln, Stearns became actively involved with the National Guitar Workshop, where he was an instructor and the live sound engineer. At Berklee College of Music he graduated with honors with a dual major in bass performance and contemporary writing and production. Now an assistant professor in Contemporary Writing and Production, Stearns teaches classes in sequencing, arranging, and scoring to visuals. Also active with Berkleemusic.com, he authored the course Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live.

   

Admission: 
Free

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