Concert

The Civil Wars

Friday / October 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In some ways, music doesn't get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of the Civil Wars, a duo composed of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic arrangements.

Admission: 
$20, reserved seating

Madeleine Peyroux

Friday / October 7, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. Renowned for her interpretive song skills, the vocalist followed her creative muse on 2009's Bare Bones by challenging herself to write a full album of her own compositions. Now with Standing On the Rooftop (Emarcy/Decca), she delves deeper into her reinvention, not only writing the bulk of the songs, but pushing past any preconceived notions about her music and daring herself to expand her sonic template.

Admission: 
$39.50, $33.50, reserved seating

Spring Winds

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fantastic Berklee flutes and wonderful spring winds will present a concert of lyrical and lively originals, featuring the Berklee Flute Choir and the Woodwind and Piano Chamber Ensemble, led by Woodwind professor Wendy Rolfe.

Admission: 

My Lord What a Morning! / Journey of the Voice

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Donna McElroy, the American Negro Spiritual Ensemble will perform traditional arrangements in the style of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. After that, join us on a musical trip around the world as we explore the voice and all it can do. 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

String Quartet Jam

Tuesday / October 11, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join String Department faculty members Darol Anger, Rob Thomas, Mimi Rabson, Eugene Friesen, and Melissa Howe to play string quartet charts ranging from Turtle Island Quartet to Beethoven, and more.

There is room for everyone in this multi-style, user-friendly environment. Whether you are an improviser or not, a reader or developing reader, are experienced in different styles or not, all of the above or none of the above, everyone is welcome to join. You’ll be able to plug in where you feel comfortable with the support of faculty and experienced quartet players.
Feel free to drop in for all or part of the time and have fun!

Admission: 

Dylan McDonald: Blue / Bhrigu Sahni

Tuesday / October 4, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

At a very young age Dylan McDonald was immersed in the tradition of the blues. Initially he was exposed to Stevie Ray Vaughan, but quickly backtracked through history in order to trace the roots of the music he loves. McDonald has gained recognition as a technically adept blues guitarist who pours his soul into everything that comes out of his instrument. To date, he has performed with the award-winning virtuosic blues pianist David Maxwell. He has also performed with Per Hanson, an original member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, and Nona Hendryx of Labelle.

"Dylan McDonald has consistently impressed me with his guitar playing. His tone is very developed and he possesses technical control of his instrument. Most importantly is the emotion that's at the core of everything he plays. Simply put: When Dylan plays the blues, it's the blues!" says Ralph Rosen of the Bruce Katz Band/Albert King.

McDonald is backed by some of the hottest young musicians around. This band is high energy all the time, and you'll only want more. They only have one goal, and that is to create the absolute best music they can. Dylan McDonald and Co. play across the board in a mix of blues, gospel/R&B, and funk.

In the second half, appearing for his last recital at Berklee, guitarist/composer Bhrigu Sahni is known for his high-energy performances and intricate/complex compositions. Drawing from Sufi/Indian influences and the heavy grooves of Breakbeat and Dub, this will definitely be a concert for the books. Join Sahni and his group of highly talented musicians in a journey of musical expression, discovery, and joy.

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

The Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Featuring Peter Erskine

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As part of the annual Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence program, legendary drummer Peter Erskine will perform with big band and small group.

Erskine has played drums since the age of 4 and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards plus an honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).

In his career to date, Erskine has released 30 albums under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, the Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al., and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. The readers of Modern Drummer magazine have voted him Best Jazz Drummer of the Year 10 times.

After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Erskine studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 he commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and recording five albums with the band, one of which gave him his first Grammy. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR Big Band. Films where Erskine's drumming can be heard include Memoirs of a Geisha, the new Pink Panther films and all three of the Austin Powers movies.

Erskine produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, and is an active author with several books to his credit. The latest titles include Time Awareness for All Musicians and Essential Drum Fills. He is currently professor of practice and director of drumset studies at the University of Southern California. His latest album, Joy Luck, is available from Fuzzy Music, featuring two Berklee alumni, Vardan Ovsepian and Damian Erskine, in his New Trio. His latest educational effort is timeawareness.com, an online educational resource for all musicians.

Tickets are on sale now. 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, reserved seating

Joe Brooks / Chelsea Lee / Alexis Babini

Thursday / September 29, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Starting out as a 16-year-old guitarist recording music in his bedroom, Joe Brooks went on to become an online sensation. He received nearly 20 million plays on Myspace and spent one year as the U.K.'s No. 1 unsigned artist on the network. After selling out two U.K. tours on his own, Brooks made a video for his first single, "Superman" which has received almost 5 million plays on YouTube.  Called the "next John Mayer" by Seventeen/CosmoGirl magazine and enjoying synchs on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Brooks's star is clearly on the rise.

For a while, the only place Chelsea Lee was comfortable singing was in the shower. But at 15, the aspiring singer tried her hand at a local open mic—and her attempt was received with praise. "I'm downstairs running the club, selling beer, and she's soundchecking, and instantly I was blown away," says her manager, Daniel Brindley, who owns the suburban-D.C. music club Jammin Java. Brindley began inviting Lee to open for his acts, and in a few months she was headlining shows. Armed with an alarmingly pure voice, down-to-earth charm, and a songwriting maturity that's rare for her age, Lee appears to have the entire package.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Daphne Willis / Madi Diaz / Megan McCormick

Wednesday / September 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Daphne Willis

Everything Daphne Willis has done up to now in both her music and her life has led to this moment. Her latest album, Because I Can, marks the 23-year-old writer/singer/guitarist's artistic coming of age in thrilling—and at times heart-wrenching—fashion. This captivating LP represents an exponential leap, as she grows into her enormous talent and puts it to powerful and relatable use via her singular sensibility. Because I Can sounds very much like the defining work of a young artist who matters.

Also featuring performances by Madi Diaz and Megan McCormick.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

The New Gary Burton Quartet

Sunday / September 25, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The New Gary Burton Quartet

Gary Burton's debut release on Mack Avenue Records, Common Ground, is Burton's first studio album since 2005, and introduces his latest band, the New Gary Burton Quartet, featuring guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. The group performs during the closing night concert of the 2011 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.

Burton, the Grammy-winning pioneer of the four-mallet vibraphone technique, has been well-known throughout his five-decade career for his quartets (beginning with his 1967 group featuring Larry Coryell, Roy Haynes, and Steve Swallow). "Whenever I start a new group, I often wonder how things will work, to see if the musicians will enjoy playing together and are ready to take the music to a higher level," says Burton. "With the new band, I'm thrilled. It's proving to be one of the standout bands of my career and has already quickly developed its own identity."

Watch a video to learn more about the New Gary Burton Quartet and its new disc.

Listen to the New Gary Burton Quartet on the Sounds of Berklee podcast. 

Admission: 
$35, $25, reserved seating

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