20 of Berklee's Ear Training faculty composers and performers present a diverse program of their original music, ranging from pop/rock songwriting to jazz to contemporary classical composition to new and experimental music. Special guests include the renowned a capella quintet Vox One.
Jonathan Tyler's bluesy, soulful voice and commanding stage presence combined with blazing guitars and a driving rhythm section have earned his band the Northern Lights rave reviews. The band's second album and major-label (Atlantic Records) debut, Pardon Me, was released in April and debuted at number eight on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and in the Billboard Top 200. The band has played Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, BamaJam, Forecastle, Summerfest, Wakarusa, Voodoo Fest, and Hangout Fest, and has been on the road as direct support for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, ZZ Top, Robert Randolph, Kid Rock, and AC/DC.
The show also features performances by the Happen-Ins and Eric French.
This is a special a cappella concert featuring two of Berklee's student clubs: Crepusculum and the Y Chromotones. The show will be hosted and emceed by the Berklee Poetry Slam Team. This showcase will highlight the talent of our a cappella club performers and provide a rare chance to see these groups on the same stage together. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Center.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Faculty bassist Bruno Raberg leads an exciting, eclectic group that will be performing originals by Raberg and traditional Carnatic/South Indian compositions set to exciting world grooves.
Internationally renowned bassist/composer Raberg's latest project is Garuda, a six-piece Indian/jazz/world music blend featuring the main drum of South India, called the mridangam. The repertoire consists of Raberg's original compositions that draw from these traditions. He says, "The common thread throughout all my stylistic explorations is a heavy focus on improvisation. It is at the heart of musical development, and it is a focal point of Garuda as well."
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are two of the world's most celebrated Celtic fiddlers. They also happen to be married. Known for her flamboyant skill and trademark stepdancing, Natalie MacMaster is the sweetheart superstar of the Cape Breton fiddle. Donnell Leahy is part of the brilliant, popular Canadian group Leahy. Together they create a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, song, and dance.
In this impassioned musical offering, Israeli triple-platinum–selling singer-songwriter Idan Raichel partners with Grammy award-winning neo-soul diva India.Arie to create a cross-genre collection of songs that are poignantly relevant and emotionally stirring. Stripped of overproduced instruments and emboldened by their cause, the two artists confidently deliver one of the most honest and thrilling musical expressions to have reached the stage in years.
Featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland, James Farm infuses traditional acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation with a progressive attitude and modern sound, creating music that is rhythmically and technically complex while also harmonically rich, melodically satisfying, and emotionally compelling. Redman, Parks, Penman, and Harland exhibit a total commitment to group improvisation combined with a song-based approach to jazz that incorporates the members’ myriad influences.
Join us at the opening concert of the new Jazz at the Arsenal series featuring Berklee faculty musicians. The Bruce Gertz Quintet consists of the great Jerry Bergonzi on sax, Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Steve Hunt on keyboard, Austin McMahon on drums, and, of course, Bruce Gertz on bass.
Gertz has been one of the most respected bass player/teachers in the Boston area for decades. His performances and educational clinics have taken him around the world, and he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, Lee Konitz, Cab Calloway, Gary Burton, and many others, including the great Jerry Bergonzi who will perform with Gertz for this concert. Gertz's publications include 22 Contemporary Melodic Studies for Electric Bass, Mastering the Bass, volumes 1 and 2, and Let's Play Rhythm. His recent albums include It Wasn't Me and Reptilian Fantasies.
ECHOREV is an international trio that blends three unique voices into one. Johnny Nicholson, Jörn Bielfeldt, and Ann Driscoll craft a new breed of indie rock: electrified folk songs propelled by organic electro-beats. ECHOREV’s debut release, Find North (September 2011, Monkey Rock Records), and their upcoming tour will take you on a journey from the light into the darkness and back again.