Concert

Playing for Change

Friday / March 2, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In 2009 a musical compilation video of the song "Stand by Me" went viral on YouTube. The showcase, known as Songs from Around the World, established a forum for street musicians from around the globe and successfully drew attention to the invisible army of raw talent that exists outside the conventional margins of the music business. This special live concert will feature vocalist Clarence Milton Bekker, among other performers, celebrating the sound of vintage American soul.

Admission: 
$46, $36 reserved seating

Berklee American Roots Music Series

Tuesday / February 28, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

A night of American roots music featuring performers in a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, cajun, western swing, polka, and Tex-Mex.

The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles 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.

Among its many projects, the American Roots Music Program produces concerts, hosts visiting artists, designs and implements curriculum, creates and hosts faculty development sessions, and designs and implements symposiums and seminars. Also, using a broader definition of the term "roots," the program examines the core of what it means to be a musician in all idioms, and contemplates the roots of our western musical traditions, ranging from Bach to traditional African music.

 

 

Admission: 
$10/ $5 for Berklee students at the door

Women Musicians Network 15th Annual Concert

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This popular concert highlights the music of Berklee women students and their bands from around the world.

This year there are 12 diverse acts, ranging from jazz and rock to Bulgarian folk. As always, the focus is on Berklee women students and their bands. Special guests include Renese King, Berklee City Music, and award-winning band Zili Misik.

Women Musicians Network (WMN) is a student club, founded in order to highlight Berklee women students in roles that are often associated with men. The annual concert features female band leaders, composers, drummers, saxophonists, lead guitar and bass players. Women also work behind the scenes—as organizers, recording engineers, etc.

The concert is presented by Lucy Holstedt (WMN cofounder and faculty advisor) and Christiane Karam. Christiane, a former Berklee alumna, has performed in the show as well as other illustrious student alumnae including Esperanza Spalding, Christine Fawson, Daniela Schachter, and members of Zili Misik.

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

Fresh Prospects: Manasseh David Israel / Micah Schure / Molly Brown

Friday / March 2, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fresh Prospects is a showcase of the best up-and-coming college artists at Berklee, throughout Boston, and beyond.

For Manasseh David Israel, music is a vehicle for enjoying life, and for sharing stories about it with others. In his songbook you'll find a sweet blend of northwest folk, Muddy Water blues, and rock and roll pop that is familiar, yet utterly fresh.

Micah Schure has performed shows in New York City, Boston, and New Jersey including two appearances at the Hillsborough Music Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Allegra School of Music. Her first single, "Rebel," was released on iTunes in 2011. She is currently preparing songs for an EP, scheduled for release later in 2012.

Molly Brown is currently putting together her album, to be released this year. Her music has a country-pop, sweet sound, which is sure to catch everyone's attention. Molly's songs are real and raw. After graduating Berklee, Molly plans to move to Nashville to pursue her career as an artist.

Admission: 
Free

Music Therapy Recital

Tuesday / April 10, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Music therapy students present a recital.

Admission: 

The Daily Pravda / St. Helena / The Grownup Noise

Saturday / March 3, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Grownup Noise

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's the Grownup Noise has evolved into a rousing indie-pop outfit, bridging the gap between Americana and indie. 

They've shared stages with everyone from comedian Patton Oswalt to fellow avant-baroque musicians like Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down(Kill Rock Stars), and acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central. Fast forward several years and various enriching personal pursuits, and the band is finally gearing up for its playful, poignant new LP, This Time with Feeling.  Described by the Portland Press Herald (Maine) as a combination of "smart lyrics with keen vocals," adding that "its songs are doses of melodic sunshine," the Grownup Noise has maintained and built on its fanbase during the intervening years through a savvy combination of eccentric pop songs, natural talent, and determination.

St. Helena features founder and primary writer Patrick Teahan on guitar and vocals, Magen Tracy on keyboards and vocals, Mike Ward on guitar, Keith Wales on bass and vocals, and James Willetts on drums.

Originally founded in hopes of "doing to Ziggy Stardust what Oasis did to the Beatles," The Daily Pravda have since added surf rock and new wave stylings to the mix, while never quite ditching the Bowie.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of event

Piano Department Student Concert

Monday / April 2, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Four to six piano students are selected to perform in this stylistically diverse concert. Performances will range from solo piano to piano trio to large group.

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

Great American Songbook: Music of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer

Sunday / February 26, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Individually, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer composed some of the greatest tunes in the American songbook. Together, they wrote time-tested standards as "Skylark" and "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening." At Berklee's annual celebration of the American Songbook, student and faculty vocalists backed by a full orchestra interpret the individual and collaborative songs of these American masters.  This concert will feature Berklee's own Livingston Taylor, Donna McElroy, Julian Lage, and Matt Glaser.

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

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

Oriente Lopez

Thursday / March 1, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Oriente Lopez

Grammy Award-winner Oriente Lopez was born in 1962, in Havana, Cuba.  As soon as he could reach the piano he began playing by ear and is self-taught on that instrument. In 1969 he began studying violin and two years later moved to flute as his primary instrument. Since his early years, Lopez experienced a growing interest in jazz and popular music. He also received 15 years of classical training at various institutions in Havana. 

In 1983, Lopez joined the legendary band Afrocuba. He was with the band for seven years, recording Dile Que Vuelvo (1981), Eclipse De Sol (1987), and Sobrevolando (1988). Afrocuba shared the stage for five years with Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and also produced two double albums, Causas y Azares (1986) and Oh, Melancolía (1988). 

In 1993 Lopez moved to the New York area. He has worked as a pianist, flautist, musical director, composer, arranger, and producer. Throughout the years he has distinguished himself as a composer and has been especially prolific as an arranger. His collaborations include works with Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye, Patato, Fito Paez, Mauricio Zottarelli, Charlie Haden, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among others.

Now, Lopez performs his music with various-sized ensembles. His compositions and arrangements continue to be recorded and performed by many artists around the globe.

Opening will be Francisco Ruiz and the Afrocuba Tribute Band. Ecuadorian singer/arranger Francisco Ruiz presents a tribute to Afrocuba.

Afrocuba Tribute Band

Lead Vocals - Francisco Ruiz, Quito, Ecuador
Vocals - Nichole Calderon, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Vocals - Andrés P. Rosario, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Piano - Issac Delgado Jr, Havana, Cuba
Bass - Santiago Herrera, Riobamba, Ecuador
Drums - Marcos Lopez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Congas - Manuel Lara, Valencia, Venezuela
Timbales - Alí Alvarez, Havana, Cuba
Guitar - Italo Cunha, Brasília, Brazil
Flute - Enrique “Kalani” Trinidad, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Trumpet - Paul Sanchez, Quito, Ecuador
Trumpet - Tomer Ron, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tenor Saxophone- Edmar Colon, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Trombone - Fernando “Nanddy” Lopez, Puerto Rico

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

Write of Spring

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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

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