Concert

Victor A. Carracedo: From El Clot del Tufau To ...

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Drummer Victor A. Carracedo presents his senior recital, in which he will perform a mixture of original compositions and classics.

Admission: 
Free

First Night Boston: John Scofield's Überjam

Monday / December 31, 2012 / 9:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
John Scofield's Überjam
Photo by Nick Suttle

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and 89.7 WGBH present the first reunion show of jazz guitar master John Scofield with his legendary Überjam at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert will be kicking off NPR's annual worldwide jazz broadcast of Toast of the Nation and is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.

In 2013 this legendary band will reunite both on the road and in the studio. This group pioneered Scofield’s fusing of jazz, funk, and electronic music to become one of the defining bands of his career. The original Überjam record was released in 2002, with Up All Night the following year—recordings that documented Scofield’s fruitful collaboration with guitarist/computer manipulator Avi Bortnick, drummer Adam Deitch, and bassist Andy Hess. The group will be joined in the studio this winter by drummers Louis Cato and Adam Deitch for a release due out in May on Emarcy/Universal, before hitting the road for the remainder of 2013. The superstar guitarist is a 1973 alumnus of Berklee. This performance, a partnership between First Night, Berklee College of Music, and 89.7 WGBH, will be broadcast live in Boston on 89.7 and on stations across the country as part of NPR’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast Toast of the Nation.

Listen to Scofield's Überjam perform from a 2006 concert in the Sounds of Berklee podcast.

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. - John Scofield's Uberjam (NPR Toast of the Nation broadcast)

For information and tickets, visit firstnight.org.

Admission: 
First Night Button, $15

SoHyun Hong's Senior Recital

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist SoHyun Hong presents her senior recital. She will be performing some of her original compositions as well as some standards.

Admission: 
Free

Vintage Standards Newly Arranged

Friday / November 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Faculty member John Arcaro presents a solo piano performance/clinic featuring jazz standards, newly arranged and discussed.

Admission: 
Free

Marimba Concert

Monday / December 17, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Members of the Berklee Marimba Ensembles and marimba principals will perform contemporary works for solo and marimba ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Qantara Berklee

Thursday / December 20, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Qantara Berklee performs a program of culturally crossed musical styles that encompass classical Arabic, Spanish falmenco, Western classical and American jazz. The ensemble's program includes compositions by director Simon Shaheen as well as works from the Egyptian, Turkish and Spanish musical repertoires.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Marimba Concert

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

 

Members of Berklee's marimba ensembles and labs will perform solo and ensemble music of contemporary percussion composers and adaptations in many styles.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Arsenal: The Jon Wheatley Quartet with Danny Harrington

Monday / November 12, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
02472
Jon Wheatley & Danny Harrington

Jazz at the Arsenal presents a tribute to the legendary sax player, Pepper Adams.

The Jon Wheatley Quartet featuring baritone saxophonist Danny Harrington, with David Clark on bass and Gary Johnson on drums, will perform the music of Pepper Adams as well as songs made famous by Adams:  “It's You or No One,” “Mr. Lucky,” “Time on My Hands,” “Jitterbug Waltz,” and other jazz standards by such composers as Fats Waller, Henry Mancini, and Jule Styne. 

Pepper Adams’s strong sense of swing combined with harmonic sophistication and a dazzling technique made him arguably the most influential of the baritone saxophone players.  Noted as a jazz all-star, he performed from the 1950s to the 1980s with such names as Charles Mingus, the Benny Goodman band, and recorded a series of albums for the signature label Blue Note.

Guitarist Jon Wheatley, formerly of the Artie Shaw orchestra, has performed in countless clubs and theaters over the past 30 years, including appearances at the JVC jazz festival in New York City and many other festivals across the country and in the U.K.  He’s performed with Diana Krall, Karrin Allyson, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Alan Dawson, Benny Waters, Mike Metheny, "Sweets" Edison, and Gunther Schuller, to name a few, and recorded on more than 30 releases with Ruby Braff, Dick Johnson, Gordon Brisker, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Davern, Herb Pomeroy, and more. His own recent CD, Guitar on the Loose in London, features him with Britain’s best players.

Of Wheatley’s many accolades, Just Jazz Guitar described his style:  “Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of standards and an empathetic musical soul …the music flows from Jon Wheatley’s guitar in chord melody and single note improvisations that convey the history and emotional richness of the American Songbook.”

Danny Harrington has performed with the greats in a variety of genres: Nick Brignola, Bob Brookmeyer, the Temptations, Ben Vereen, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, the Four Tops, Herb Pomeroy, Gary Smulyan, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone, as well as leading his own group for many years. Before joining the faculty at Berklee College of Music in 1978, he toured extensively with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He is a VanDoren woodwind artist. 

Admission: 
$20/ $18 members/ $15 students

Hairspray

Monday / November 19, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962, Baltimore, Maryland plump teenage Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Turnblad wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

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

Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute: Works by Phill Niblock

Thursday / October 25, 2012 / 4:15 p.m.
Room 112, 22 Fenway
22 Fenway
Boston
MA

The Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute presents works by Phill Niblock, featuring the Berklee Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, directed by Barbara LaFitte, and the BIAI Electric Ebow Guitar Quartet, directed by Neil Leonard.

Phill Niblock makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films/videos that look at the movement of people working, or computer-driven black and white abstract images floating through time.

"Phill Niblock's music and films are concerned with detail and simplicity . . . dense, imposing sound mass . . . Sum and difference tones pile up until they sound like an orchestra of voices . . . one listens first to one level of detail, then to another, only gradually learning to hear everything at once."
—Robert Palmer, New York Times

Since the mid-'60s Phill Niblock has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Wadsworth Atheneum; the Kitchen; the Paris Autumn Festival; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; ZKM; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard; World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York. Phill Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai, Touch, and Extreme labels.

This event is sponsored by the Berkee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, Berklee Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Electronic Production and Design Department.

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Admission: 
Free

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