Concert

Olivia Fortunato: Olivia and the Santa Barbara Boys

Monday / March 25, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Harpist Olivia Fortunato is joined by her friends in a performance of jazz standards.

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco

Thursday / July 4, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Moira Lo Bianco
Moira Lo Bianco

Possessing an enormous talent and a remarkably fertile musical imagination, Moira Lo Bianco is a bona fide triple threat as a composer, arranger, and pianist. Mature beyond her young years, she has an intense personal musical vision and all of the tools to consistently bring it to life. Her ability to transcend genre and category is organic and seemingly effortless.

In 2011, she won a scholarship to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where her past and future influences came together. She explored the traditions of other countries – including Indian, Arabic, and flamenco – and matured into a sought-after arranger and composer with a newfound passion for Middle Eastern music. Lo Bianco graduated from Berklee in 2012 and began work on her debut full-length album, Lunaria, which was released in spring 2013.

Lo Bianco performs at Brewer Plaza in this video:

Admission: 
Free

Fabio Rojas

Thursday / September 12, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Fabio Rojas
Fabio Rojas
Fabio Rojas
Photo by Pamela Hersch
Photo by Pamela Hersch
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Jazz percussionist and film scoring and performance dual major Fabio Rojas strives to express emotions through music that cannot be put into words. For this performance, he will be joined by recent Berklee graduate Daniel Rotem on tenor saxophone and bassist Osmar Okuma.

Hailing from Valencia, Venezuela, Rojas began his musical studies with drums at the age of 13, and then studied orchestral percussion at Colegio Emil Friedman in Caracas and jazz drums at the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes. By age 19, he was playing with the most acclaimed and recognized jazz musicians in Venezuela, such as Pablo Gil, Diego Alvarez, and Gonzalo Mico.

Rojas has performed at numerous venues and events since coming to Boston, including Boston Symphony Hall, TEDx Boston, the Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, and the Boston Esplanade.

Admission: 
Free

Seong-Min "Brian" Baek's Senior Recital

Thursday / March 28, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Seong-Min's senior recital consists of two tunes by his guitar hero, Al DiMeola, "Electric Rendezvous" and "Egyptian Danza," which are a mixtures of Latin, rock, jazz, and classical. Also included on the program wiill be Seong-Min's originals. "Heart of the Warrior" is the sum of inspirations from rock, jazz, and Latin music, and "The Suite Affection" and "Her Surroundings" are acoustic-based, inspired by classical, jazz, and Latin music. Overall, the music is composed of rhythms, melodies, and harmonies that are inspired by music and musicians throughout Seong-Min's life.

 

Admission: 
Free

The Paintbrush Orchestra

Thursday / June 20, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Yeonathan Shachar

The chamber jazz group the Paintbrush Orchestra is dedicated to the live composition language of soundpainting born out of the work of Walter Thompson. Composer Yeonathan Shachar directs the Paintbrush Orchestra, and this seasoned group of improvisers also includes Andres Fonseca (drums), Marika Galea (bass), Roman Maresz (piano), Laura Hamel (marimba), Zach Baldwin-Way (violin), Shachar Ziv (French horn), Carlos Llerena (tenor saxophone), and Joe Ricard (trombone). 

The Paintbrush Orchestra was born – entirely by accident – in the fall of 2012 during a series of experimental jams at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble was formed out of a desire to explore new ways to allow the composer to play an integral, real-time role in jazz-based improvisation. Each piece allows the group to display its members’ diverse and multi-faceted musical backgrounds and its unusual instrumentation has proven to be an integral part of its sound.

The band attempts to take the concept of improvisation into territory that encourages spontaneity while creating pieces that nonetheless often resemble pre-composed music. The resulting sound presents a palette that is different from that which is most commonly found in contemporary jazz ensembles.

Admission: 
Free

SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Chick Corea

Friday / March 8, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
John Abbott

The SFJAZZ Collective presents the music of Chick Corea with acclaimed musicians David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon '98, Avishai Cohen '99, Robin Eubanks, Stefon Harris, Edward Simon, Matt Penman '95, and Obed Calvaire. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. As the New York Times hailed the Collective upon its debut, “A serious jazz band rises in San Francisco.”

Each year, the ensemble performs new arrangements of compositions by a modern jazz master and new compositions by the members, commissioned by SFJAZZ. Through this pioneering approach, honoring jazz history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living ever-relevant art form. After exploring the work of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009), Horace Silver (2010), and Stevie Wonder (2011-2012), the collective now turns its sights on legendary pianist and composer Chick Corea. 

Admission: 
$30, $25, reserved seating

A John Waters Christmas

Sunday / December 15, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
John Waters

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas-obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters (Pink FlamingosHairsprayA Dirty Shame ) rides into town on his sleigh full of smut spreading yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Putting the X in Xmas, Waters’s rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories.

Admission: 
$100, $60, $45, $35, $25, reserved seating

The Veils / Lantern / DJ Carbo

Monday / May 6, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
The Veils

Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of the best new and developing indie artists and established acts playing the city's clubs. This show features the Veils, Lantern, and DJ Carbo.

The Veils is a London-based indie/alternative rock band fronted by lead singer and songwriter Finn Andrews. The group is known for its chaotic and highly cathartic live performances and Finn's often scarily possessed stage presence. Head of Rough Trade Records, Geoff Travis has referred to Finn as "a young but maturing real artist in the vein of Nick Cave and David Bowie."

Lantern is a Philadelphia-based rock trio that has an immense amount of music, with nine releases available on their Bandcamp. Their latest, Dream Mine, was released in May 2012. The band delves into both the psychedelic realm of rock, as well as its ripping and visceral nature with their heavy feedback and raw vocals.

DJ Carbo a.k.a Mark Kates was resident at L.A. electronica club Atmosphere at the Viper Room as well as on the legendary pirate station KBLT. He now hosts the Fenway Recordings Sessions in Boston.

Admission: 
$15, general admission

Smile Swamp Princess: A Rock Opera

Saturday / April 13, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

If you can imagine your life in the shape of a mountain, then you can surely turn your heart loose at the door of this production. For the journey up, one's life-mountain is never mapped out, or fated to fit into a predisposed archetype; there is certainly no battery-operated manual to help us reach the end in an easy manner.

In the case of the Swamp Princess and her Space Cowboy, they skim slowly into love, whilst dragging mounds of swamp scum up their equally deranged mountains, concurrently expressing their tale through magical rock ballads and up-tempo rainbow-love songs.

The brainchild of Berklee alumni—composers Megan Lui and Justin Johnson, and producer/art director Molly Brolin and featuring a band of all-star rock and roll musicians and visual artists—Smile Swamp Princess conjures a glittery take on everyday swamp life.

 

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

I Kill Giants / Buttons and Mindy / Burglary Years

Saturday / April 20, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
I Kill Giants
Buttons and Mindy

A math rock/punk/jazz band from Boston, I Kill Giants was formed in 2010 with Dylan Hanwright on vocals, Chris Lee on guitar and vocals, Nick Koechel on bass, and Sander Bryce on drums. Having released three EPs and a split with post-hardcore band, My First Castle (formerly known as Sinatra) from D.C., they are excited to release their full length record, I Kill Giants LP, early this year.

They are three men from three different corners of the world with one goal: to change it all. The wheels are in motion. The future holds the answers. From Alaska to Australia, Buttons and Mindy has formed to protect the world from devastation. Its Caterpillar EP is set to be released this April.

Formed in 2012, Burglary Years is an indie/dreampop band from Boston influenced by Brighter, My Bloody Valentine, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Smiths.

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

Admission: 
Free

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