Concert

Eduardo Mercuri: Modern Brazilian Music

Friday / February 8, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Due to weather conditions, this event has been postponed.  A new date will be announced soon.

Guitarist Eduardo Mercuri leads his quintet in a concert of modern Brazilian music, rooted in Brazilian rhythms and jazz textures.

Admission: 
Free

Sam Ward: Naughty Octopus Live at Berklee

Tuesday / February 5, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Sam Ward

 

Psychedelic funk outfit Naughty Octopus brings its recklessley untamed psycho-funky energy to Berklee.

 

Admission: 
Free

Guro Frydenlund Elverhøi: Someone to Watch Over Me

Friday / February 15, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Vocalist Guro Elverhøi presents her first Berklee recital. She will perform a set of R&B and soul songs with her own band, which will feature guest musician Jose Ramiro Madrid.

Admission: 
Free

Foolish Hearts: Peter Eldridge and Matt Aronoff

Monday / February 11, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

“Tonight I went to see Foolish Hearts, a duo with Peter Eldridge and Matt Aronoff.  They were absolutely amazing—a master class in musicianship at the highest level paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd. I didn’t want the night to end” – Jason Crane, the Jazz Advocate

Foolish Hearts is a relatively new duo featuring vocalist/pianist/composer Peter Eldridge (Grammy-winning New York Voices, MOSS) and upright bassist/composer Matt Aronoff.  Having joined forces a little more than a year ago, Foolish Hearts presents its own originals and arrangements of favorite jazz and pop tunes with an organic sensibility combining voices, piano, bass, and percussion.  The duo has toured the West Coast and Europe, including a week in Latvia last ppring, and performs regularly in New York City.  Eldridge and Aronoff just released the duo’s first studio project, an EP entitled New Definition.  Eldridge recently released his fourth solo album, Mad Heaven, on the Palmetto label, which Jazz Review said “showcases Eldridge as a major player in vocal jazz, an artist of extraordinary depth and conviction." Aronoff is an up-and-coming sideman on the New York music scene. You can also hear him as a member of the electro-pop band Xylos.

 

Admission: 
Free

Yichun Teng: Rethink, Redefine, then Redirect

Wednesday / March 27, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Trombonist Yichun Teng presents a recital of jazz-influenced music inspired by Taiwanese philosophy.

Admission: 
Free

Quinn Jacobs: Vandalizing Centuries of European Music

Friday / February 1, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Guitarist Quinn Jacobs

Remember Gregorian chant, Josquin des Prez, and that old crackerjack Ludwig van B. from History of Western Music classes?  No? That’s all right—Quinn’s senior recital has no prerequisites and is electable by all majors! Join guitarist Quinn Jacobs and his merry band of thieves as they pilfer wonderful melodies and harmonies from the history books and turn them into fat beats. These fresh arrangements of troubadour songs, symphonies, and arias will at the very least distract you from your phone for 60 minutes.

 

Admission: 
Free

Ian Janer

Friday / February 1, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Ian Janer
Photo by Joe Martinez

For his first performance on a Berklee stage, vocalist Ian Janer and his rhythm section will perform a mixed bag of his favorite pop, rock, soul, and blues songs.

Admission: 
Free

Marianella Rojas

Friday / February 1, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Vocalist Marianella Rojas and her septet present an afternoon of standards including works by Jobim, Loesser, and Lennon/McCartney.

Admission: 
Free

Strings

Sunday / March 3, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Strings is the internationally acclaimed subcontinental pop/rock band, composed of two members, Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia. They not only gained fame in Pakistan through their stringed rhythm and strong poetic sense, but all over the world, including India. All their songs are penned by Anwar Maqsood, a writer, poet, philosopher, and legend.

Featured in many Bollywood film soundtracks and garnering numerous awards, including MTV Asia Awards, the band’s unique style combines Western and classical Eastern music. Their music is known to address international issues, promoting world peace and giving hope to their listeners. Amid worsening conditions, their music continues to heighten spirits and captivate audiences all over the world, including the Indian subcontinent, where they are considered music royalty.

The success of Strings was noticed all around the world, as their music started making appearances in Hollywood and Bollywood movies.Their debut album sold 20,000 copies in 1990, but by the time their fifth studio album, "Koi Anay Wala Hai," came out, they had become a sensation in the subcontinent. They were recruited by Bollywood for the soundtracks of numerous movies. Bollywood actor John Abrahams coproduced soundtracks for the movies Zinda and Shootout in Lokhandwala. One of their singles was selected to be the title song for the Asian version of Spider-Man 2. They have won a wide array of awards over the years, including Best Artist Award at the 2005 MTV Asia Awards, Best Band Award and Best Album Award at the 2009 MTV Music Awards, and many more. To this day, they represent music from the subcontinent to the rest of the world.

Throughout last year, Strings toured around Pakistan, India, Europe, the Middle East, and Nepal, promoting not only their music, but the message of a better world. Their music speaks to people of every language and to every nation. Their last concert in Boston was a sold-out show. Now they are here once again, bringing the treasure trove of music to Boston.

Admission: 
$130, $100, $65, $55, $45, reserved seating

Billy Bragg with Special Guest Kim Churchill

Sunday / April 28, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

 

After his sold-out solo tour in 2012, Billy Bragg returns to Boston this time with his full band. The English musician is known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music. He was recently described by the Times as a “national treasure.” Over his two-decade career, Bragg has certainly made an indelible mark on the conscience of British music, becoming perhaps the most stalwart guardian of the tradition of radical dissent that stretches back over centuries of the country’s political, cultural, and social history.  Bragg is an artist with a keen sense of political activism and a pop hook, all informed with a sense of humanity and humor.

On March 19, Bragg will release his tenth album, Tooth & Nail, his first since 2008′s acclaimed Mr. Love and Justice. The album was produced by songwriter/producer Joe Henry and will be released via Cooking Vinyl.

Inspired by a fan’s tweet referring to Bragg as “the Sherpa of Heartbreak,” the album’s twelve original tracks were written with an eye towards the personal rather than the political. “Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical anthems born in struggle,” says Bragg. “I often find myself having to remind people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most.” He adds, “It is fitting that Tooth & Nail should be my next release after the re-issue of the Billy Bragg & Wilco collaboration as, stylistically, it is the follow-up to Mermaid Avenue that I never made. ”

The album was recorded live, with no overdubs, in five days—an approach not used by Bragg since his 1983 debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy—at Joe Henry’s basement studio in Pasadena in early 2012. It features Bragg on vocals and acoustic guitar along with a band of crack musicians assembled by Henry for the recording: Greg Leisz (Bon Iver) on pedal steel guitar, Patrick Warren (Lana del Rey) on keyboards, Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) on drums, and David Piltch (Ramblin’ Jack Elliot) on upright bass.

Bragg's early songs were full of passion, anger, and wit, a "one-man Clash." This was not, however, what the major record companies wanted at the time—the punk attitudes of the late-Seventies had long since given way to the escapist rise of the New Romantics. Bragg’s stark musical backdrop—for the most part a roughly strummed electric guitar—and even starker vocals belied a keen sense of melody and passionate, deeply humane lyrics. It was an early indicator that Bragg’s work would be infused with genuine insight and humour, as well as a sustained and personal commitment to political and humanitarian issues.

Bragg’s 1998 release, Mermaid Avenue, was a "reinventing" of previously undiscovered original Woody Guthrie songs. Bragg’s collaborators on the project were American alt-country rockers Wilco. Recordings began in Wilco’s hometown of Chicago and then in Dublin, where English fiddler Eliza Carthy and bluesman Corey Harris made their contributions. Natalie Merchant also added her talents when Bragg was finishing the recordings in Boston.

“People tell me that they are inspired by my songs,” Bragg explains “and for that I’m thankful, but I take my inspiration from the only people in this equation who can actually make a difference—the audience. After 25 years of activism, my faith in your ability to change the world is undimmed.”

Kim Churchill's style is explosive, with intricate fingerpicking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar, and two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, powerful harmonica melodies, and soulful voice. His songwriting reflects his coastal lifestyle—growing up on the East Coast of Australia, with the surf at his front door—and his new nomadic life on the road.

Admission: 
$36.50, $31.50, reserved seating

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