Concert

Hank and Cupcakes / Les Racquet

Friday / April 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hank and Cupcakes

Named one of Time Out New York's "must see" acts at CMJ 2010, Hank and Cupcakes captivates audiences and dominates the stage with a unique performance and a "funky fresh sound," says the New York Post. The Jerusalem Post says they "create wildly invigorating music that is full of danger, mystery, noise, and sex—all the ingredients of great rock 'n' roll."

Les Racquet is the modern power trio. Originally formed in Massachusetts, Patrick Carroll (guitar, lead vox) and Kenny Murphy (bass, vox) moved to New York and met drummer Daniel Malone. Each musician brings his own set of influences to the stage while sharing a vision that blends classic pop with jazz musicianship.

Admission: 
$10

Berklee World Strings

Tuesday / May 3, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee World Strings directed by Eugene Friesen present an evening of new work for strings and improvising soloists.

The concert will include four world premieres: The Improvising Erhu by Chieh Wei Chiu and Eugene Friesen, Unit #407 by violin soloist and composer Echae Kang, Celta by Berklee faculty composer Bruce Thomas, and Coral by Berklee alumnus Andy Reiner.

Also on the program will be the East Coast premiere of Short Stories by UCLA faculty composer Mark Carlson, the United States premiere of Concertino for Arabic Violin featuring Layth Sidiq, and Blue Sky Basin, a contemporary bluegrass romp for strings by Andy Reiner.

Berklee student Chieh Wei Chiu, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, is a violinist in Berklee World Strings. After making it known that he plays erhu—a Chinese lap-held viola—Chiu was invited by BWS director Eugene Friesen to a jam session during which it became obvious that Chiu was more than a traditional erhu virtuoso. He could improvise melodies in a wide variety of harmonic and rhythmic settings, and he could play blues on the erhu! The transcriptions of Chiu and Friesen's initial improvisations, along with a beautiful pentatonic melody written by Chiu became the central themes and sections of The Improvising Erhu.

BWS concertmaster Echae Kang, from Seoul, Korea, has written a feature for her amazing virtuosic gypsy jazz violin playing and soloing. Unit 407 also features Sierra Hull on mandolin and Shin Sakaino on bass.

Concertino for Arabic Violin features violin soloist Layth Sidiq of Amman, Jordan. Sidiq plays traditional Arabic music on the violin, requiring unique aspects of tuning, ornamentation, and improvisation. The concertino was composed by Mohammed u. Sidiq, the student's father and a renowned composer and conductor in Jordan.

Berklee faculty pianist and composer Bruce Thomas has created a new work for BWS, Celta. As the title suggests, this rollicking new piece inspired by Thomas's Irish grandmother uses characteristics of Celtic music.

Coral by Andy Reiner, one of two Reiner pieces on the program, is a serene and elegant exploration of meter and melody.

Featured soloists from the ensemble will include Eli Bishop, Sierra Hull, Joshue Humphreys, Rika Ikeda, Echae Kang, Patrick M'Gonigle, Shin Sakaino, and Layth Sidiq.

The Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical styles, the ensemble presents original programs that include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world's music. The group features Berklee's finest string players from countries around the world and the United States.

Can't make it to the show? Follow it live at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Jason Webley / Humanwine

Saturday / May 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jason Webley

Jason Webley brings his prolific musicality to the 939 stage along with Humanwine.

Webley has released six albums and numerous collaborations on his own record label. He organizes and headlines the annual Monsters of Accordion tour and has shared the stage with the likes of the Avett Brothers, Devotchka, and Regina Spektor. Recently, Webley finished a world tour with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls as one-half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn. At the end of 2011, Webley will be taking a break from touring, making this special show with Humanwine his last Boston appearance for some time.

The "muzik" of Humanwine is fluid and changing with each line-up. Often one or more players on stage will be playing together for the first time. While some songs are set in a modern or near future setting from an eco-anarchist stance against a plastic, nonrenewable lifestyle, other songs blatantly call attention to 'Vinland', a land filled with a mindless cog populace.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Baby Dee / Jaggery

Monday / May 9, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Baby Dee

A very special evening with Baby Dee and Boston's own Jaggery.

Baby Dee's latest full length studio work, A Book of Songs for Anne Marie has been presented not as an album but as a book that comes with a CD.

"Torture chamber pop." "Darkwave jazz." "Siren rock." These are a few of the many attempts to describe the sound of Jaggery, an art-rock collective that weaves harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit into a universe of its own, setting the scene for "one of the most beautiful voices in modern music."

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

Daphne Willis / Eric Stepanian / Mal Blum

Friday / April 29, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Daphne Willis

In a little more than three years since she grabbed her acoustic guitar and took the stage for the first time, Chicago-based Daphne Willis has grown from a feisty neophyte into a self-assured, marvelously expressive artist with a bracingly seductive sound. The 22-year-old's Vanguard Records debut album, What to Say, documents Willis's voyage of self-discovery and is a captivating introduction to a remarkably fresh voice—one that both reflects and scrutinizes the social patterns of her generation.

Eric Stepanian's Goodnight Scarlett, produced by Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Daniel Lanois), fits a narrative of music which is relevant, immediate, and powerful. Goodnight Scarlett is timeless, pure, American rock music, influenced by Stepanian's twin heroes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, tempered by '70s AM radio fare and personalized by the singer-songwriter's unique history. Stepanian can be tough, but Goodnight Scarlett is often a dark reverie, musing over lost loves, broken hearts, and the misery that ensues.

Mal Blum first appeared on the scene at age 19, with a tongue-in-cheek little ditty about her ukulele; today, tens of thousands have viewed the music video for "Ode to Kulele," which was voted a Top Ten Music Video of 2009 (#10) on LOGO TV's The Click List in January. Since releasing "Ode to Kulele," from her sophomore album, Goodnight Sugarpop (2008), Blum has kept busy. The past two years already saw her snagging opening spots for Melissa Ferrick, Bitch, Amanda Palmer, Kimya Dawson, Hamell on Trial, and more, as well as releasing a new EP.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Ensemble Showcase: Hip-Hop, Caribbean

Friday / April 29, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis, Winston Maccow, and Matt Jenson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including hip-hop and Caribbean.

1:30 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip-Hop

4:30 p.m. Winston Maccow: Caribbean Music

6:30 p.m. Matt Jenson: Music and Life of Bob Marley

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Hip-Hop

Thursday / April 28, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis and Larry Watson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including hip-hop.

1:30 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip-Hop

4:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Stage Performance Workshop I

6:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Stage Performance Workshop II

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

Tyrone Wells / Matt Duke

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tyrone Wells

Cafe 939 is pleased to welcome the return of Tyrone Wells. Tyrone's music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, and Intervention among other television shows and films.

Tyrone Wells is very proud of what has happened with his music, but he won't lay out everything that has happened. He'll just say that his music has gone far beyond and he is thrilled about it. Instead, he'd like to let you in on an even more meaningful accomplishment in his eyes: "I am married. I am learning to love and be loved, to forgive and be forgiven, to choose day in and day out to care for one person unlike I care for anyone else. It's awesome, I recommend it. It's a beautiful thing."

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost teenage—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. "That's exactly the image I am hoping to project," says Matt, who incorporates pop, folk, jazz, and rock into his repertoire. His stadium-ready Vedderesque voice may have mass appeal, but for now you are more likely to see him in a coffeehouse setting, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes, such as Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst.

Admission: 
$17, general admission

Ensemble Showcase: Hip-Hop, Soul, Motown

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis and Larry Watson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including hip-hop, soul, and Motown.

1:30 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip Hop

4:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Foundations of Singing with Soul

6:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Motown

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: World, Christian, Folk-Rock

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Nancy Morris, Alain Mallet, and Jamey Haddad. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including world, contemporary Christian, and the sounds of Paul Simon and Sting.

1:30 p.m. Nancy Morris: Contemporary Christian

4:30 p.m. Alain Mallet/Jamey Haddad: Mixed World

6:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Music of Paul Simon and Sting

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 
Free

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