Concert

Pants Velour / DC Wonder / Sho Ishikura

Saturday / December 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pants Velour originated at Cornell University before relocating to New York. The band fuses hip-hop, rock, and soul sensibilities to form a sound that has been likened to the Beastie Boys, the Roots, and Black Eyed Peas, or in the words of the Washington City Paper, "party-ready hip-hop." The sharp lyrics, catchy melodies, and sophisticated arrangements give the music a feeling that is distinctly its own and makes for a dynamic and energetic live show that keeps people coming back for more.

The band has headlined many of the most respected venues in NYC, as well as opened for artists such as Anti-Pop Consortium and Talib Kweli. PV is MC Josh Raff, vocalist Niki Darling, hype-man Eli Northrup, guitarist Sam Coe, drummer Rajiv Ravishankar, bassist Larry Zipf, and keyboardist Jordan Battiste.

DC Wonder, a band from Boston, Massachusetts, was founded by Gene Shinozaki and Frank Watkoskey. Working with their preferred mixture of funk and electronica, they are currently working on a self-titled EP. 

Also featuring a performance by Sho Ishikura.

Admission: 
$8 advance, $10 at the door

The Barr Brothers with Jocie Adams

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Barr Brothers

An evening with the Barr Brothers and special guest Jocie Adams is a great night indeed. Recorded in a makeshift studio in an old boiler room at the foot of Mount Royal, the 10-song album the Barr Brothers recently finished was written over the course of the brothers' time in a city full of strangers, lovers, old ghosts, and new friends. Along with Sarah (Lhasa DeSela/Amon Tobin), the record also features Miles Perkin (Lhasa DeSela), Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk), Nathan Moore, Jocie Adams (The Low Anthem), Elvis Perkins, and Emma Baxter. It reads like a dusty journal of a traveler at the crossroads of good and evil. Hushed Americana lonesome and future-primitive delta blues clear the path for West African polyrhythms and classical motifs. Its all tied together by the commitment to the sources of the styles and their inherent connections to each other.

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Admission: 
$12, general admission

Yasmin Levy

Sunday / February 12, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

With a deep, spiritual, and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco's fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, ripples across sashaying grooves built from hand percussion; Turkish-Arabic instruments such as the oud, ney, and qanun; and Western standbys, including acoustic guitar and bass.

Admission: 
$37, $32, $28, reserved seating

Fresh Prospects: Hannah Christianson / Sierra and Andrew / Sasha Yatchenko

Friday / December 2, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hannah Christianson was born smiling, or so her mother says. Growing up in a lively family of seven, the young Christianson learned to perceive the world and art in her own unique way. Even at a very early age, Hannah became enamored with the piano and immersed herself into jazz and piano-based pop music. Years later, she was playing various clubs around the upper Midwest, including a showcase at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Sierra and Andrew hit the Boston scene as a songwriting duo in the fall of 2009, wielding deeply textured acoustic style music tinged with electricity.

Sasha Yatchenko started singing and writing at a very young age while living in South Boston. Her keen sensitivity to the world around her came through in beautiful melodies and lyrics that touched those who had the pleasure of hearing her perform. 

Admission: 
Free

Both Sides Now: The Life and Work of Joni Mitchell

Tuesday / December 13, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Joni Mitchell show is about the life and work of songwriter Joni Mitchell, performed by members of the Advanced Scriptwriting course and the Joni Mitchell Ensemble led by Amy Merrill.

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Ensemble Showcase: Directed Studies, Rock

Monday / November 28, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Christiane Karam, and Nancy Morris. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including directed studies and rock.

2:00 p.m. Christianne Karam: Directed Studies

4:30 p.m. Nancy Morris: Solo Rock Perfromer

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Berklee World Strings

Monday / December 5, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
First Church of Boston
66 Marlborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

Berklee World Strings presents a program celebrating the incredible diversity of international music and musicians at Berklee. The concert will feature world-renowned composers and soloists Simon Shaheen and Darol Anger, as well as the premiere of "Balkan Concerto III" by Berklee composer Jimmy Kachulis. Also featured will be first performances of several student works: "Be Late" by BWS concertmistress Echae Kang and electric bassist Evan Veenstra, "Blue Scheherezade" by violinist Rika Ikeda, and "Without Words" featuring violinist and vocalist Ada Pasternak. Rounding out the evening will be new arrangements of "Buscando Guayaba" by Ruben Blades, and"Armandoʼs Rhumba" by Chick Corea, and BWS director Eugene Friesenʼs "Sapphire."

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Ensemble Showcase: Afro-Pop, Brazilian Instrumental, Contemporary Middle Eastern

Friday / December 9, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Ron Reid, Fernando Brandao, and Craig Macrae. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including Afro-pop, Brazilian instrumental, and contemporary Middle Eastern. 

2:00 p.m. Ron Reid: Afro-Pop

3:15 p.m. Fernando Brandao: Brazilian Instrumental

4:30 p.m. Craig Macrae: Contemporary Middle Eastern

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

 

 

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Ensemble Showcase: ECM/Free Jazz, Miles Davis Acoustic/Electric

Friday / December 9, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Bruno Raberg, and Ken Cervenka. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including ECM/free jazz, and Miles Davis acoustic and electric.

2:00 p.m. Buno Raberg: ECM/Free Jazz

3:15 p.m. Ken Cervenka: Miles Davis Electric

4:30 p.m. Ken Cervenka: Miles Davis Acoustic

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

 

 

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Ensemble Showcase: Old-Time/Appalachian Music, Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz, Blue Note

Thursday / December 8, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Mark Simos, Dan Moreti, and Lin Biviano. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including old-time/appalachian music, Latin/Afro-Cuban jazz, and blue note. 

2:00 p.m. Mark Simos: Old-Time/Appalachian Music

3:15 p.m. Dan Moretti: Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz

4:30 p.m. Lin Biviano: Blue Note

 

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

 

 

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