Performance

Bury Me Standing / Martin Zarzar

Saturday / December 7, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Martin Zarzar

Bury Me Standing and Martin Zarzar share the bill at Café 939. Bury Me Standing intertwines Balkan folksong, art metal, and psychedelic avant-pop to create a unique “gypsy dirge-core” sound. Lyrically, Bury Me Standing meditates on wars within and without. The band’s core instrumentation includes digital marimba, found-object percussion, prepared upright bass, extended technique violin, and vocals.

Martin Zarzar is a Portland, Oregon based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter whose music grooves with vitality and rhythm while often dealing with social and political issues.

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

Zucchero

Friday / April 18, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Zucchero

One of Italy’s biggest pop exports, Zucchero is influenced by American blues, soul, and rock and he has recorded or toured with Eric Clapton, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Sting, and Solomon Burke, among others. Zucchero (who was born Adelmo Fornaciari) began his singing career in the ‘70s but first became known in Italy through other artists’ versions of his songs. In the ‘80s, he became a star in his own right and he crossed over to the U.K. market in the early ‘90s via a duet with Paul Young. Over the course of his career, Zucchero has sold more than 40 million records, been nominated for a Grammy, and won numerous awards, including two World Music Awards and six IFPI Europe Platinum Awards.

Admission: 
$45, $35, reserved seating

Voice Department Black History Month Celebration

Thursday / February 13, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Voice Department celebrates Black History Month: "Bridging the Gap" through music and poetry.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Directed Study, Salsa, Boy Band Ensemble

Friday / December 13, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Directed Study, directed by Ron Reid, at 1:30 p.m.; Salsa Ensemble, directed by Bernardo Hernandez, at 4:30 p.m.; and Boy Band Ensemble, directed by Winston Maccow, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Robin Eubanks Jazz Composition Guest, Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music, Directed Study

Thursday / December 12, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Robin Eubanks Jazz Composition Guest, presented by Eric Gould, at 1:30 p.m.; Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music, directed by Ricardo Monzon, at 4:30 p.m.; and Directed Study, directed by Ricardo Monzon, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Hardcore/Heavy Metal, '70s R&B, Music of Radiohead

Tuesday / December 10, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Hardcore/Heavy Metal, directed by Robert Schlink, at 1:30 p.m.; '70s R&B, directed by Robert Schlink, at 4:30 p.m.; and the Music of Radiohead, directed by Robert Schlink, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Sleepy Kitty / Jungle Fires / The Lighthearted

Saturday / January 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Sleepy Kitty
Jungle Fires
The Lighthearted

Sleepy Kitty began as an experimental sound project for a class when frontwoman Paige Brubeck was enrolled as an undergraduate at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Brubeck and Evan Sult (ex-Harvey Danger) began layering field recordings of the "L" and Wicker Park street poets with '60s-style harmonies and crashing drums. Sult was playing drums in the math-rock indie-pop band Bound Stems at the time, and Brubeck was playing guitar in the girl group trio Stiletto Attack, but as the two bonded over Pavement and the Fall, they began writing their own post-punk, showtune-inflected songs and Sleepy Kitty went from side project to full-on band.

Now, two self-released EPs and a full length album later, "the duo plays up '90s rock while still keeping it fresh," says Paste Magazine. Their live show is a whirlwind: Brubeck loops her vocals live, crafting walls of girl-group harmonies above the tube-driven blast of her vintage Super Reverb. Sult plays at the edge of the stage with her—when he can contain himself to his drum throne. Sleepy Kitty is a tenacious act that exudes an energy you will not want to miss.  

Jungle Fires was born at 3:49 a.m. on a March morning. The two soon-to-be bandmates had written their first song, "Hold," entirely by accident. From the late eve to the wee morning, Kéren and Manasseh played strings and sang like a faulty fire hydrant that's vigorously spewing out water with no end. Manasseh did not bend down on one knee when he asked Kéren to be in a band, but she still experienced flutters in her heart and envisioned a bright future.

The Lighthearted is a unique mixture of piano-based, singer-songwriter contemporary pop written by Sarah Samuels of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Louise Rademakers of Antwerp, Belgium. The two women met in their first semester at Berklee College of Music, and over time starting collaborating and writing together. They released their first EP last Valentine's Day, and are in the process of record their first full-length album.

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

Ensembles: Jazz Messengers Big Band, Music of Rage Against the Machine, Rainbow Big Band

Monday / December 9, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: the Jazz Messengers Big Band, directed by Ralph Peterson, at 1:30 p.m.; the Music of Rage Against the Machine, directed by Ron Savage, at 4:30 p.m.; and Rainbow Big Band, directed by Tia Fuller, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Glam Rock, the Music of P-Funk, Funk and Soul Review

Friday / December 6, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Glam Rock Ensemble, directed by John Paul, at 1:30 p.m.; the Music of P-Funk, at 4:30 p.m; and Funk and Soul Review, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Mixed World, Music of Paul Simon and Sting, Vocal Music of South Africa

Thursday / December 5, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Mixed World Ensemble, directed by Alain Mallet, at 1:30 p.m.; the Music of Paul Simon and Sting, directed by Alain Mallet, at 4:30 p.m.; and Vocal Music of South Africa, directed by Joe Galeota, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

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