Concert

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Thursday / March 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Songwriters Club hosts this semester's singer-songwriter showcase. The event will showcase songs by the selected finalists, so expect the best of the best.

The finalists are:

  • Chris West
  • Steph Sloan
  • Marny Proudfit
  • Shea Vaccaro
  • Katie Marshall
  • Kelsey Worley and David Gainforth
  • Luke McGinnis 
  • Charles Brandon Johnson
  • Kevin Basko
  • Christina Apostolopoulos
  • Katie Tucker
  • Caitlin Timmins
Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Arsenal: The Winnie Dahlgren Sextet

Monday / March 19, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Winnie Dahlgren

Vibist/composer Winnie Dahlgren, associate professor in the Harmony Department, brings her sextet to the Black Box Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts as part of the Berklee faculty series at the Arsenal.

A native of Denmark, Winnie Dahlgren started playing percussion at age fifteen. Two years later she began studying classical percussion at the Vestjysk Academy of Music, from which she received a B.M. in music education as well as a M.M. in Performance. In the middle of her classical studies at the conservatory she took two years off to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After going back and forth between Denmark and the United States for several years, she finally made Boston her home in the mid-'90s. As part of the faculty at Berklee, she divides her time between teaching, performing, and composing.

At the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Winnie Dahlgren will be bringing her sextet, for which she writes all the music. The sextet provides the listener with a distinct musical experience with delicate twists. Winnie's classical background showcases her musical technique as a performer, but her use and knowledge of Latin, world music, and jazz styles give her performances a modern quality. Her compositions contain a contemporary harmonic universe marked with Latin and world influences, and run the gamut of playful and energetic to sweet and endearing pieces with thoughtful melodies.

Admission: 
$18, $15, students/seniors/Arsenal members

Jeff Galindo Quartet with Luis Bonilla

Tuesday / March 6, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Jeff Galindo Quartet performs original music featuring guest artist Luis Bonilla on trombone and Berklee faculty Tim Ray on piano, John Lockwood on bass, and Bob Gullotti on drums.

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

All Keys Piano Department Faculty Concert

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Many Piano Department faculty members will be performing in a variety of settings and styles.

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

Ethel: Present Beauty

Monday / March 5, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark Stewart, To Whom It May Concern: Thank You from Origin of the Species 

To Whom It May Concern: Thank You is the final movement of Origin of the Species, a piece commissioned for Ethel by the Jerome Foundation. The first movements of the larger piece are performed on daxophones custom-designed for the group. These movements tell fantastical tales of the earth's creation, and the coming to be of all of the planet's living things. This final movement, inspired by Stewart's mother's athiestic dinner prayer, brings the stories to a gentle, loving rest.

Terry Riley, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector   

Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector is one of the seminal masterworks of the minimalist movement. Twenty-four modules make up the structure of the piece; the performers are charged to "co-compose" the work by determining the ultimate module order, and duration of the performance. Ethel is particularly stimulated by the exercise of presenting this piece; each presentation opens up new fields of possibility.

Philip Glass, arranged by Ethel Selections from The Hours 

Stephen Daldry's 2002 film realization of Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours drew a hauntingly beautiful sound score from Philip Glass. There is a powerful affinity between Glass's creative aesthetic and that of the novel's protagonist, author Virginia Woolf. As a writer, she developed the theme of beauty as an experience rooted in the present moment, rather than in relationship to the past or the future. In his music, Glass captures beauty in continuity, without beginning, climax or end. As Cunningham points out in the liner notes to The Hours CD, "Glass can find in three repeated notes something of the strange rapture of sameness that Woolf discovered in a woman named Clarissa Dalloway doing errands on a summer morning." Deeply moved by the aesthetic of "present beautym" Ethel has arranged several movements of Glass's score, and presents them in suite form.

Early That Summer

Julia Wolfe wrote Early That Summer while living in Amsterdam for a year. At the same time that she was working on the piece, she was reading a book about American political history. In this book, all of the political crises began with some small occurrence, with a phrase like "early that summer....". That small occurrence would, over time, snowball into something large and explosive. Partway through the book and the piece, Wolfe realized that the music was about that sense of anticipation. The Lark Quartet commissioned Early That Summer with funds from the Meet the Composer's Commissioning Program.

wed 

David Lang's piece wed is dedicated to the memory of Kate Ericson, a young conceptual artist and a close friend of his wife. In her hospital bed, just before she died, Ericson was married to her boyfriend and longtime collaborator, Mel Ziegler. A wedding is usually a joyful event, full of hope and optimism, but this wedding of course had something much darker hovering around the joyfulness, said Lang. In his piece the four independent lines of the string quartet are made of small changes—a half step up, a whole step down, and each line by itself is not that interesting. Put together, however, they allow the music to rock oddly back and forth between major and minor, between consonance and dissonance, between hope and despair.  wed was written for the Kronos Quartet.

String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project 

String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project is about the Buddhism Prayer Flags, and it is written for string quartet with four pairs of Tibetan Finger Cymbals. A prayer flag is a colorful panel or rectangular cloth often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding land and creatures. Unknown in other branches of Buddhism, prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bön, which predated Buddhism in Tibet.  String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project has three movements, and each movement is about different motion of the flags. The entire piece runs around 15 minutes.  

Acclaimed as America's premier postclassical string quartet, Ethel boldly infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology.  Formed in 1998, New York's ebullient Ethel is composed of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Jennifer Choi (violin). 

Ethel performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. Its repertoire includes compositions by quartet members as well as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, David Lang, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, Jacob TV, Scott Johnson, Don Byron, Marcello Zavros, Evan Ziporyn, and Mary Ellen Childs. 

Embracing today's most exhilarating music, Ethel has performed with Joe Jackson, Kurt Elling, Bang on a Can, Todd Rundgren, Ursula Oppens, Loudon Wainwright III, STEW, Ensemble Modern, Jill Sobule, Joshua Fried, Iva Bittová, Colin Currie, Thomas Dolby, Steve Coleman, Stephen Gosling, and Polygraph Lounge. Ever re-imagining the possibilities of music performance, Ethel has collaborated with acclaimed directors Annie Dorsen and Daniel Flannery, and renowned choreographers Wally Cardona, Annie-B Parson, and Mathew Janczewski.

Ethel tours the world, appearing on stages as varied as Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Ravinia, TED, Lincoln Center, Holland's TROMP Festival, Kennedy Center, FIAC in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Ethel has released four albums since its debut recording, the self-titled Ethel (Cantaloupe Music, 2003), which was named Billboard'sBest Album for that year. The group's next recording, Light (Cantaloupe Music, 2006), was selected as No. 3 on Amazon.com's Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor's Picks. The group has played as guest artist on a dozen music labels and was recently featured with vocal group Lionheart on John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices by Phil Kline (Cantaloupe, Music, 2008). Ethel was also featured on Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, which received a 2010 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Concord Records, 2009).

For more information, visit ethelcentral.com.    

 

Admission: 

Roots Music Roadshow

Thursday / March 29, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
One Longfellow Square
181 State Street
Portland
ME
United States
04101

A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles-including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, western swing, polka, and tex-mex is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Berklee Roots Roadshow is hosted by Joe Walsh and Matt Glaser. Glaser is the artistic director for the American Roots Music Program. He served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years. As Berklee's first-ever mandolin principal, Walsh '07 toured nationally on behalf of the college, including a performance at the Kennedy Center to honor Earl Scruggs. 

 

Admission: 
$7 adv/$10 door

Eisley / Say Chance/ Christie Dupree/ Tallhart

Tuesday / March 20, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eisley

Eisley is a family band that was formed in 1997 after the youngest sibling, Stacy, wrote its first song at age 8. With inspiring songs and great press from music critics in the burgeoning Dallas scene, the young indie-pop group released its debut EP on Record Collection, signed with Warner Bros., jumped on Coldplay's Rush of Blood tour and began carving out a national following. Eisley is hitting its stride and continues to write beautiful, lush, melody-charged pop songs. Eisley is nearing completion on an exciting, brutally honest, catchy-as-hell third LP to be released this year.

Christie DuPree is a singer-songwriter from Texas known for her angelic voice. She is the younger sister of Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, and Weston DuPree and the cousin of Garron DuPree—all of whom are members of the band Eisley. DuPree is currently working on her own solo projects. She made various appearances on stage during Eisley's Combinations tour. She has previously worked with Wesley Jensen on both of his EPs and can be seen in the music video for "Think I Wanna Die" by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Say Chance is a trio of lovely and talented young ladies that will instantly touch your heart with their acoustic melodies. Kelly Rosenthal is the trio's 19-year-old guitarist who enjoys recreating classic rock riffs, like the solo from "Stairway to Heaven" or Carlos Santana tunes. The three managed to capture the essence and energy of the originals they cover, while injecting some acoustic flavor thanks to Kelly's cool, arpeggiated guitar arrangement, and to the great vocal performances by Maddie and Taylor, which fall somewhere between rock, blues, and soul.

Also performing: Tallhart.

Admission: 
$15

Berklee's Seventh Annual SXSW Party

Friday / March 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Friends Bar
208 E. 6th St.
Austin
TX
United States
78701
Canary

Berklee's Seventh Annual SXSW Party features Berklee, Berkleemusic.com, and Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) alumni and students performing rock, pop, punk, dance, electronic, Americana, and folk. Artists include the Shills from Boston; Austinites Ume; Boston's the Grownup Noise; Brooklyn-based Lucius; Queen Caveat from Los Angeles; Canary (HRR) from Boston; Justin Klump, from Portland, Oregon; and Boston and New York-based Mrs. Danvers (HRR).  Berklee is the only college to host an official day party at SXSW, one of the music industry's biggest events.

The party is 21-plus and open to SXSW badgeholders. The public can email sxswrsvp@berklee.edu to attend free of charge. Free copies of HRR's latest release, Under the Influence, will be given away. The album features Berklee students and alumni covering some of rock's biggest names and the seminal bands that influenced them. Listen at HeavyRotationRecords.bandcamp.com

For more information visit Berklee.edu

 

 


Admission: 
Free with badge or RSVP

Berklee Global Jazz Summit

Monday / March 26, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. This concert will feature BGJI ensembles, faculty, and special guests.

This year, the BGJI Summit will focus on the creative outlook of the institute: global jazz with roots in folkloric music and interdisciplinary facets. The BGJI students and their music will be the centerpiece of the show, in the framework of their recent educational and musical experience in Panama. The lineup of BGJI faculty and BGJI artists in residence will support and complement the work of our talented students in this exciting musical journey.

Featured artists for the BGJI Summit includes:Danilo Pérez (piano); Dave Liebman (saxophone); Joe Lovano (saxophone; Terri Lyne Carrington (drums); John Patitucci (bass); George Garzone (saxophone); David Gilmore (guitar); Marco Pignataro (saxophone.

The BGJI Green and Red ensembles will also perform. The Green Ensemble features: Zach Giberson (tenor saxophone); Lihi Haruvi (alto saxophone); Alex Hargraves (violin); Caili O'Doherty (piano); Spencer Stewart (bass); Isaac Haselkorn (drums); and Segio Martinez (percussion). The Red Ensemble features: Edmar Colon and Tom Wilson (tenor saxophone); Clay Lyons (alto saxophone); Roberto Giaquinto (drums); Zach Brown (bass); Sharik Hasan (piano); Sofia Rubino (voice); and Joseph Manzoli (guitar).

Panamanian master percussionist Ricaurte Villareal and the Tambores de Panama will also join the students and faculty for this event and resume the teachings and musical collaboration initiated at the Panama Jazz Festival 2012.

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

Rachel Platten / Ian Axel

Friday / March 23, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachel Platten

Beautiful, but not brazen. Passionate, but never preachy. Populist, but definitely not prosaic. New York singer-songwriter, pianist, and beatboxer Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, Be Here, is a bewitching collection of 10 wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos, and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer.

Also performing: Ian Axel

Admission: 
$10, general admission

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