Performance

Inna Dudukina: Endless Night

Tuesday / February 4, 2014 / 9:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Jazz singer, composer, and arranger Inna Dudukina takes an instrumental approach to improvisation while maintaining a rich tone, strong musicality, and a highly emotive style. As a composer and arranger, Dudukina draws on old school jazz influences, reharmonization, modern modal techniques, and meter switching to create music that is both refreshing and familiar. The program will include the music of Burt Bacharach, Carl Fisher, Jay Gorney, and Antônio Carlos Jobim, among others, and will feature Middle Eastern instruments and sounds.

Admission: 
Free

A Tribute to Elis Regina

Friday / March 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Marcella Camargo Silva

The great Brazilian singer Elis Regina will be celebrated in this concert featuring vocalist Marcella Camargo Silva.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Ariana Corradi: TangoIntimo y Algo Mas

Thursday / February 6, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Ariana Corradi
Ariana Corradi
Ariana Corradi

CANCELED: This event has been canceled. 

Experience the music of South America and Argentina in Boston! This colorful recital will bring Argentina’s tango to Boston in all of its forms, featuring song, dance, passion, and Astor Piazzolla’s arrangements. Argentinian singer-songwriter Ariana Corradi will lead the recital, accompanied by a talented group that will bring Corradi’s chacarera and zamba compositions to life.

Listen to music from Ariana Corradi here.

Admission: 
Free

Jeff LeBlanc / Ken Yates

Tuesday / April 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Jeff LeBlanc
Ken Yates

Sirius/XM's Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year nominee Jeff LeBlanc returns to Cafe 939 for a special headlining performance. LeBlanc's new album, My Own Way There, was his second consecutive record to break the Top 10 of the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter Chart.

The enthusiasm for the record and his frequent touring landed him support slots for household names like the Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, and Gavin DeGraw as well as rising stars such as Andy Grammer, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson.

Watch a music video for Jeff LeBlanc's "What Do You Got To Lose" here:

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was here that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, The Backseat EP, and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full-page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer, stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today.”

Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has toured with many notable names, including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley, and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House. His debut full-length album twenty-three, recorded in Holland and produced by Joren van der Voort, was released in May 2013.

Admission: 
$12 in advance, $15 day of show, general admission

Richie Zellon - AfroPeruvian Music

Friday / February 7, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Richie Zellon will perform originals and arrangements of Afro-Peruvian music. This event will feature faculty and students.

Admission: 
Free

Tamara Usatova

Thursday / March 6, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Vocalist Tamara Usatova presents a concert of original soul, R&B, and jazz tunes written while studying at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Open Mic Night

Monday / January 27, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Songwriting Department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present a new monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. The open mic will be held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play.

Those interested in participating can simply sign up at Cafe 939 at 5:30 p.m. on the date of every show. The first 25 writers (and up to 10 alternates) will have a chance to perform one original piece. No covers, and no drum kits, please.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Hayes at bhayes@berklee.edu.

Admission: 
Free

Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden

Thursday / May 1, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lily and Madeleine

Written by a pair of teenaged sisters over the course of their summer vacation and recorded with a band in just a few days, The Weight of the Globe is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz at a pivotal moment in their lives. Madeleine’s off to college, Lily’s sure to follow soon after, and both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions—between a love for the hometown they’ll be leaving behind and their burgeoning wanderlust. When the sisters began writing together just over a year ago, nobody expected their first song, “In the Middle,” to rack up a quarter of a million YouTube views. 

The recording project that became the Weight EP started with producer Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, the Fray), who had fallen in love with the duo’s earlier YouTube videos, and invited the sisters to the studio. Each song on the album was written as a discrete, self-contained folk-pop statement, but holds together like a collection of interconnected short stories. Taken as a whole, the songs chart a journey from love to disillusionment to heartbreak. There’s nothing calculated about the album. It’s as sincere as it is precociously sophisticated—and it marks the auspicious debut of a spectacularly talented musical family. 

 

Doing what is expected isn't something everyone does well. Following years of classical training at the highest level, Shannon Hayden's very nontraditional interpretation of cello performance is an example of why doing the unexpected is a good thing. Occasional heavy outbursts of distortion with elements bordering noise punk are matched with layers of lush ambiance combining both current and traditional styles with all the virtuosity of a player redefining our expectations of maturing young prodigies. Some musicians make you feel good about where music is headed and Shannon Hayden is one of them.

MLK Celebration in Music

Friday / January 24, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Join us for a multimedia show of music inspired by the messages of Martin Luther King Jr. The event features Phil Lima performing a musical rendition of the "I Have a Dream" speech,  Berklee alumna and inspired vocalist Renese King singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and Matt Jenson's band, Liquid Revolution (www.liquidrevolution.net), performing lively reggae originals that will tap into many of today's social justice issues.

Admission: 
Free

Noah Gundersen / Armon Jay

Wednesday / March 26, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Noah Gunderson
Armon Jay

Noah Gundersen, lead singer of the the Courage (also known as Noah Gundersen and the Courage), hails from Centralia, Washington, a small town 85 miles south of Seattle. Gundersen has been making music since childhood, learning piano at a young age and later teaching himself guitar. He often played in cafés as a teen, and occasionally with his younger sister, Abby Gundersen, with whom he has been formally producing music since 2005. 

Gundersen’s music banks on strong lead vocals, boasting a poetic and lyrical charm, backed by ambient backgrounds of strings and percussion. Gundersen’s music has been called a blend of melancholy folk and electric euphoria, occasionally drawing comparisons to the likes of Elijah WymanDavid Wilcox, and Damien Rice. Drawing the attention of crowds across the South Puget Sound region, Noah Gundersen regularly performs in a variety of settings, ranging from small college basements to more prestigious venues such as the Triple Door, the Crocodile Cafe, and the Columbia City Theater.

Watch a music video for Noah Gundersen's "David" here:

For Armon Jay, the making of his new album, Everything’s Different, Nothing’s Changed, was a two-year journey from darkness into sunlight, from what he calls desolation to consolation, the culmination of sleepless nights where he saw his faith tested, but his hope ultimately restored, through a set of songs that speaks from the very core of his being.
 
From the pain of “Edge of the Dark” and “Flight from Sorrow” to the breakthrough of “The Harvest” and “Carry Through,” from the painful self-awareness of “To Be Honest” and “I’m Not Home Yet” to the optimism of “Tomorrow” and “Sunlight,” neatly summarized by the transparently autobiographical title track, Jay lets us glimpse his deepest fears and darkest anxieties, while pointing the way toward salvation. “It’s like I’m stuck in between the cure and the disease,” he sings. “I’m walking straight just in a crooked way.”
 
Thanks to raising close to $14,000 on Kickstarter, Jay was able to travel to producer Joshua James’ idyllic Willamette Mountain on a one-acre farm against the beautiful backdrop of American Fork, Utah, to record the album in two eventful weeks. James, introduced to Jay by mutual friend, singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen, proved a valuable partner, not just producing the album, but serving as “farmer, mountain climber, goat herder, high-tailin’ bike rider and a bit of a wild man,” helping Jay get over his fear of heights as well as failure. The album was mixed in Los Angeles by Todd Burke, who has worked with the likes of Ben Harper and Jack Johnson in his Monrovia studio.

 

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

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