Concert

Middle Eastern Music Festival

Monday / March 12, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Christiane Karam

The Middle Eastern Music Festival highlights flamenco music, from its Andalusian roots to current trends, and explores the connections between flamenco, Arabic, Mediterranean, and Balkan music. The program also reflects the journey Gypsies took from India all the way to the Mediterranean.

Performers include Berklee's Flamenco and Balkan Vocal ensembles—both primarily women's choruses—and the Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, featuring student and alumni instrumentalists with surprise appearances by internationally acclaimed flamenco artists.

The program will include traditional and contemporary pieces, original arrangements created by the ensemble, and classics by flamenco masters Paco de Lucia and Pepe De Lucia. A special focus will be given to the music of Enrique Morente, who is known for creatively blending flamenco with other styles.

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

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

CWP/EPD Student Concert: A Collaborative Writers Showcase

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

The concert features some of the best contemporary writing and production and electronic production and design students collaborating to present their dynamic songs, arrangements, and original compositions in an exciting mix of modern, electrifying music. CWP and EPD majors, along with an exciting electric/acoustic/laptop band, will showcase original compositions and arrangements specifically written and sound designed for this concert.

The evening will feature a wide variety of contemporary styles and modern compositions written and produced by some of the best students of CWP and EPD: Inkyung Choi, Luis Miguel De la Isla Morfin, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Carlos Delgado Arjona, Manuel Garcia Baro Huarte, Ella Joy Meir, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Casey Kidd, Kevin Luu, Steve Pagano, Oguz Can Ozcanli, Stephanie Chan, Cameron Porter, Alejandra Jimenez Quiroga, Daniele Siliquini, Monica Cialona, and Zorrilla Alejandro. 

Andrea Pejrolo, assistant shair of CWP, and Dave Howard, CWP associate professor, direct the show. This is a concert that you don't want to miss!

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

Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas

Tuesday / March 13, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award–winning faculty drummer/composer Mark Walker presents a powerful and intoxicating blend of jazz improvisation with the rhythms and percussion of South America, the Caribbean, and North America. His new group, the Rhythm of the Americas, is a virtual wall of rhythm, sound, and color, and features percussion, Hammond organ, piano, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums.

Walker formed this group to balance the two sides of music he's been involved in for over two decades: the tradition and folklore of his Caribbean and South American jazz work with Paquito D’Rivera, Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell, Cesar C. Mariano, and Michel Camilo and the expansive world jazz styles of Lyle Mays, Oregon, and Ralph Towner.

At the core of the group Walker and Colombian percussionist Ernesto Diaz.  Together they drive the ensemble with passion, groove, and fire. The group also features faculty members and alumni who have become masters of jazz improvisation and rhythm, such as pianist Alain Mallet, guitarist Tim Miller, saxophonist Dan Ian Smith, organist Dave Limina, bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky, and vocalist Aubrey Johnson.

The music is made up of Walker's compositions, including the Grammy-nominated "Deep Six" recorded by Oregon and "What About That!" which was featured on the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet’s Grammy-winning album Funk Tango. Other compositions are featured in Walker’s instructional book World Jazz Drumming (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard).  

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

Roots Music Road Show

Tuesday / March 13, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The spring edition of the American Roots Music Program's Roots Music Road Show, which features performances by a cross section of the roots music community on campus, in styles ranging from old-time, Celtic, bluegrass, blues, and beyond. Hosted by Matt Glaser and Joe Walsh.

Admission: 

Fiddle Night

Tuesday / April 24, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and others—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.

The artistic director for the American Roots Music Program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years.

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

Berklee Roots Road Show

Friday / April 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington
DC
United States
20566
Roots Road Show

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.

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.

The artistic director for the American Roots Music Program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years.

Read the full press release.

Admission: 

Berklee Roots Road Show

Thursday / April 5, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11231
Roots Roadshow

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.

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.

The artistic director for the American Roots Music Program is Matt Glaser, who served as chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years.

Read the full press release.

Admission: 

Berklee American Roots Series

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 8:00 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.

This show features John McGann's Celtic Ensemble and Bruce Molsky's Old-Time Ensemble. John McGann and Bruce Molsky are professors of the String Department at Berklee.  

Read the full press release.

Admission: 
$10/$5

B.I.T.R. Tuesdays

Tuesday / April 24, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening-room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living rooms. 

This B.I.T.R. event features Emily Dale, Shannon Selig, Sam Chase, and a special guest.

This series is free to all students and faculty, and all B.I.T.R. shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Other B.I.T.R. Tuesday dates include:

November 29
December 13
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
Free

An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue

Friday / March 30, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kirill Gerstein

Since completing his studies at Berklee, Kirill Gerstein has devoted his career to classical repertoire. In 2010, he was awarded the coveted Gilmore Artist Award, which is presented every four years to recognize extraordinary artistry. Gerstein returns to Berklee with a program that includes Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in the original 1924 arrangement, with guest clarinetist and Berklee alumna Anat Cohen.

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

Admission: 
$25, $20, $17.50 reserved seating

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