Concert

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Friday / November 12, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Northeastern University Fenway Center
77 St. Stephens St.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra will present their fall concert at Northeastern University's Fenway Center—on the corner of St. Stephen Street and Gainsborough Street—performing Mars and Jupiter from Holst's "Planets," Philip Glass's "Heroes" symphony, Berklee professor Neil Leonard's "Dreaming of an Island," and a suite from Uncharted 2.

Neil Leonard writes of his piece:

"'Dreaming of an Island' revisits ideas that I first explored in video and installations with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Our collaboration spans 19 years and about 9 collaborative works. Many of these works are featured in Campos-Pons's retrospective show Everything Is Separated by Water at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). 'Dreaming of an Island' was commissioned by IMA.

"My first works with Campos-Pons were film scores, Rite of Initiation (1988) and Sacred Bath (1991). Since the beginning, my work with Campos-Pons has focused on the exploration of ancient cultural themes, and their impact on contemporary personal narrative. 

"Both scores used themes from West African Yoruba music that Campos-Pons heard as a child in Cuba. My scores explored these melodies and rhythms and their connection to American pop and jazz music. (The experimental sounds of Jimi Hendrix and the Art Ensemble of Chicago were staples of my playlist at the time.) 'Dreaming of an Island' draws on an even broader palette, but the basic goal is similar—to explore the ancient sounds as they resonate in the circles of 21st-century concert music, electronic music, and jazz.

"'Dreaming of an Island' is organized in three sections. The first features quiet, slow-moving electronic sound. The electronics reveal traces of recorded bells and voice, however computer processing has given these sounds a dreamlike quality, similar to the sound of the installations at IMA. A single melodic line, played by the orchestra, defines a path though the constantly shifting electronic sounds. The line is based on four notes from a whole tone scale—F, Eb, B, A.

"The second section alludes to the chant to Yemaya, the mother goddess who figures so largely in Campos-Pons's work. The theme is set in A major and played at a brisk tempo. The initial groove climaxes and is followed by a complex tapestry of melodic fragments, inspired by the sweeping gestures and contemporary sounds heard in Lutoslawski's Third Symphony. This section is composed of motives derived from the whole tone melody, Yemaya chant, and jazz themes that I internalized playing in cutting sessions in Boston and Philadelphia bars. This is followed by a slow canon-like buildup featuring the brass and strings, before returning to the initial groove.

"The third section evokes a placid mood, similar to the first section. The Yemaya theme makes its final entrance and gives way to the initial whole-tone melody and fluid electronics.

"The video projection for 'Dreaming of an Island' is a montage created by myself and Magdalena Campos-Pons using a software system of our own design."

Admission: 
Free

Keep Me Conscious / Halfway to Avalon

Friday / September 17, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Keep Me Conscious

Sharp enough to make you nervous but infectious enough to keep you singing along, Keep Me Conscious has been played regularly on a variety of college and internet radio stations in Boston, including WAAF's Bay State Rock and WZLX's Boston Emissions. Since forming in March 2009, Boston-based Keep Me Conscious has built a fiercely loyal fan base by offering a unique brand of melodic alt-rock and an intense stage performance. Bob Bowser (vocals), Daniel Maleck (guitar), John Wiley (guitar), Maty Vamp (bass) and Rob B Wu (drums) are passionate songwriters committed to delivering their music live with the same precision found on their recordings. Keep Me Conscious has quickly become a "must-see" live band. In just under a year, they have proven to be road-worthy by booking more than 100 dates, including an East Coast tour, a Hot Topic "in-store" acoustic tour, CMJ Festival in NY, SXSW and Red Gorilla Festival in TX, showcases in LA, countless regional shows, and even multiple sets at New England Patriots games . . . all without label or management support. 

Check them out with Halfway to Avalon. Halfway to Avalon was formed in September of 2009 after recording their four-song self-titled EP with original members Ryan Gavin (guitar/vocals), Jacob King (guitar), and Geoff Bahre (drums). After recording, the band and Geoff parted ways. Matthew Wiles then joined on drums, and Michael Martins on bass. As passionate songwriters and performers, the band works hard to deliver emotional and powerful performances with the same fervor and quality found on their record.

Admission: 
General admission. $8 in advance, $10 day of show.

Rachel Borovik

Wednesday / September 15, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel Borovik

Vocalist, songwriter, and pianist Rachel Borovik is dedicated to connecting with others through music. Though her roots are in jazz, she believes that "good music is good music." Her tunes breathe originality and float seamlessly in and out of jazz, pop, and neo-soul. Her phrasing is sensual and jazzy, her tunes are accessible to a wide audience, and the band is groovin'.

Borovik, a 19-year-old graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, is currently studying voice and piano at Berklee and recently finished recording her first full-length album of all original songs, Untangled. She has headlined and produced her own show at the Traverse City Opera House, and recorded live sessions for NPR.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Admission: 
Free

Roxbury Day

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Roxbury Heritage State Park/John Eliot Square
183 Roxbury Street
Boston
MA
United States
02119

Celebrate Roxbury Day with outdoor and indoor activities on the grounds of the Dillaway Thomas House of the Roxbury Heritage State Park. The afternoon features jazz groups the Makanda Jazz Project, Gilbert White, and Jazz 208, as well as other local talent and vendors.

Admission: 
Free

Daphne Willis / Jen Kearney & the Lost Onion

Tuesday / August 31, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Daphne Willis

In the little more than three years since she grabbed her acoustic guitar and took the stage for the first time, Chicago-based Daphne Willis has grown from a feisty neophyte into a self-assured, marvelously expressive artist with a bracingly seductive sound. The 22-year-old's Vanguard Records debut, What to Say, documents her voyage of self-discovery and is a captivating introduction to a fresh voice that both reflects and scrutinizes the social patterns of her generation. Also appearing: Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion.

Willis began recording the tracks that would grow into What to Saywith the help of Chicago-based engineer Stephen Shirk and had planned to release it herself. Serendipitously, Vanguard and Welk Music Group head Kevin Welk plugged in his earphones during an American Airlines flight and heard several cuts from her self-made 2007 EP, Matter of Time, on one of the in-flight music programs. Immediately hooked by Willis's vocal emotiveness and the depth of her writing, Welk wasted no time tracking her down.

A smoke ring from a Cuban cigar wafts through a city kitchen as a soul singer croons on crackly vinyl; freshly diced onions sizzle as they hit the olive oil in Sunday's morning's pan. With a pungent mix of soul, Latin, funk, reggae, and good ole rock 'n' roll, Jen Kearney & the Lost Onion will take you into the kitchen to find that sweetness in the soul food you crave.

Admission: 
$8

Tubby Love

Wednesday / August 18, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tubby Love

Here to spread the message of purely positive vibrations, Tubby Love is a heady force of futuristic reggae fusion. With songs like "Constant Motion" and "No One's in Control," the message of the music is a clear ear-opening experience for the awakening of the masses. The five-piece Boston-based band has shared the stage with up-and-coming reggae greats such as the Aggrolites, Passafire, and Blue King Brown, and continues to make its way into the Future Roots music scene. Outwardly expressing their love for experimental music, Tubby Love is on the steady path of creating what some are calling a "reggae soul revolution."

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at Harvard Medical School.

Admission: 
Free

Five-Week Blowout: Final Ensemble Performances

Friday / August 13, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Starting at 12:00 p.m., numerous ensembles will give back-to-back performances in the David Friend Recital Hall, ending at 4:00 p.m. There will be something for all to hear, since these concerts will feature everything from small combos to large ensembles, with styles reflecting jazz, rock, pop, r&b, classical, and free idioms.

12:00 p.m. Berke McKelvey

12:15 p.m. Berke McKelvey

12:30 p.m. Scott Tarulli

12:45 p.m. Gustavo Agatiello

1:00 p.m. Tiger Okoshi

1:15 p.m. Neal Itzler

1:30 p.m. John Funkhouser

1:45 p.m. John Funkhouser

2:00 p.m. German Schauss

2:15 p.m. German Schauss

2:30 p.m. Sharon Young

2:45 p.m. Alisa Miles

3:00 p.m. Alisa Miles

3:15 p.m. Christiane Karam

3:30 p.m. Daniel Perry

3:45 p.m. Alonzo Harris

Admission: 

Five-Week Instrumental Showcase

Thursday / August 12, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Instrumental Showcase will feature the Bob Marley ensemble, the Tower of Power ensemble, and the Five-Week All-Star ensembles: the winners of the Five-Week Instrumental Showcase auditions.

Matt Jenson 141 (Bob Marley)                                   

Five-Week All-Stars (Funk/Fusion)

Five-Week All-Stars (Rock)

Five-Week All-Stars (Jazz)

Jaci and Those Guys (Rock)

Wayne Naus 145 (T.O.P)

Admission: 

Tony Brown / Swati & Liadian Clancy / Danielle Ponder

Thursday / August 12, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tony Brown

Tony Brown is a singer/songwriter of a different ilk. With influences ranging from classic soul to the Pixies, Brown references all those disparate styles and moods at one time or another to create something completely original. The Black Art is the second independent release from Brown, who enlisted the help of Grammy winner Malcolm Burn as the record’s producer.

Also performing is Swati, a singer/songwriter with Indian roots from New York City who plays a guitar configured with 8 strings. She was part of the last year of Lilith Fair and has worked with the likes of Steve Lillywhite (producer for U2, Dave Mathews, Rolling Stones, etc.) and outstanding musicians such as Matt Chamberlain and Tony Levin, to name just a few.  She has been featured in Guitar Magazine twice as well as many other publications as her guitar playing is very unique. She mixes an acoustic sound with electric effects, with lyrics that are nothing short of direct, vulnerable, and sincere.

Admission: 
$8, General Admission

Five-Week Blowout: Ensemble Performances

Thursday / August 12, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Starting at 12:00 p.m., numerous ensembles will give back-to-back performances in the David Friend Recital Hall, ending at 8:00 p.m. There will be something for all to hear, since these concerts will feature everything from small combos to large ensembles, with styles reflecting jazz, rock, pop, r&b, classical, and free idioms.

12:00 p.m. Mirek Kocandrle

12:15 p.m. Jeff Stout

12:30 p.m. Neal Itzler

12:45 p.m. Ed Saindon

1:00  p.m. Phil Person

1:15 p.m. Skip Smith

1:30 p.m. Kris Adams

1:45 p.m. Tino D'Agostino

2:00 p.m. Tino D'Agostino

2:15 p.m. Tino D'Agostino

2:30 p.m. Fred Schmidt

2:45 p.m. Greg Holt

3:00 p.m. Mike Tucker

3:15 p.m. Bain Smith

3:30 p.m. Kaimy Masse

3:45 p.m. David Rivera

4:00 p.m. Don Lappin

4:15 p.m. Don Lappin

4:30 p.m. Don Lappin

4:45 p.m. Don Lappin

5:00 p.m. Shaun Michaud

5:15 p.m. Shaun Michaud

5:30 p.m. Shaun Michaud

5:45 p.m. Scott Tarulli

6:00 p.m. Michael Duke

6:30 p.m. Rick DiMuzio

7:30 p.m. Rick DiMuzio

Admission: 

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