Concert

The BUMC Band

Wednesday / May 11, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Executive Sessions

Unbutton the white collar for Executive Sessions—an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives returns for its fourth season.

All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need. This season, we are adding 24-track recording and live web broadcast for all of our shows!

Since the series began in 2008, the stage of Cafe 939 has hosted presidents and CEOs of international corporations, an NBA club-owner, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award–winners, executive producers, philanthropists, board of trustees members. . . . With top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat! The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons.

The BUMC Band

For the past year, physicians, researchers, residents, nurses, and students on the Boston University Medical Campus have met almost weekly for jam sessions, sharing the fun of improvising and playing music together while getting to know each other. The BUMC Band members gather in Bakst Auditorium and transform the lecture space into a hip South End musical venue as act by act, the musicians wow the audience with their performances of rock, jazz, salsa, and reggae. Says one member, "The evolving nature of the band is satisfying because we've made a lot of friends and the collective experience helps us to become better musicians." Band organizer Rafael Ortega, MD, professor of anesthesiology at BUSM and vice chairman of academic affairs at Boston Medical Center, credits Dean Antman for her strong support of the musical endeavor, as she has allowed the group to use the space for their rehearsals. Learn more about the series.

Get your tickets early—all these shows sold out last season in record time. For tickets or more information, call 617 923-8487. For Executive Sessions booking, call 617 747-2941.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission; free with Berklee ID

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Thursday / April 7, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Songwriters Club hosts this semester's singer-songwriter showcase and competition. The first half of the concert will showcase songs about falling in love and the second half will address. . . the breakup. The top tunes from more than 100 submissions will be selected, so expect the best of the best!

Contest Finalists:

Falling in Love
"Staring Contest," Animal Flag
"Up All Night," Andrea Bellanger
"Escape," Dayley Duran
"Squirrel," Charles Johnson
"Broken Record Romance," Mike Squillante

The Breakup
"Should’ve Made Me Stay," Emily Dale
"Tiffany," Jonathan Downing
"Need to Know," Aleks Georgi
"Never Get Another Love Song," Christina Laskowski
"Hollywood Ending," me vs gravity

Admission: 
Free

Triple Threat Alumni Showcase

Wednesday / April 6, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is an opportunity to hear successful alumni musicians perform with some of Berklee's most talented students. A Berklee ID is required for entry.

Bob Reynolds '00 is currently touring with John Mayer. He has worked with Brian Blade, Aaron Goldberg, Gregory Hutchinson, Tom Harrell, Nellie McKay, and Jonah Smith, just to name a few.

Rashawn Ross '00 began touring with Dave Matthews Band in 2005 and continues to tour with them. He has also worked with an amazing roster of artists including Chaka Khan, Ludacris, Christian McBride, User, and Stevie Wonder.

Sean Hurley '92 moved to Los Angeles as a member of Vertical Horizon in 2000 and has made a name for himself as a session bassist. He has recorded with Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Ringo Starr, and Rob Thomas. He has also recorded with Robin Thicke, with whom he cowrote "Lost without U." Currently Hurley tours and records with John Mayer.

Sponsored by the Alumni Affairs Office.

Admission: 

Percussion Days: Mark Walker – Rhythm of the Americas

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Rhythm of the Americas—led by and featuring Grammy-winning drummer and composer Mark Walker—will blend a powerful and intoxicating dose of jazz improvisation with the rhythms and percussion of South America, the Caribbean, and North America. The Rhythm of the Americas is a virtual wall of rhythm, sound, and color, featuring a pair of percussionists and a talented group of musicians on Hammond organ, piano, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums.

Walker formed the group to balance the two sides of music he's been involved with for more than two decades: the tradition and folklore of his Afro-Latin work with Paquito D'Rivera, Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell, Cesar C. Mariano, and Michel Camilo and the expansive world-jazz styles of Lyle Mays, Oregon, and Ralph Towner.

At the core of the group are two masters of percussion: Ernesto Diaz (from Colombia) and Marcus Santos (from Brazil). Walker, Diaz, and Santos are three percussion virtuosos who drive the ensemble with passion, groove, and fire. The group also features many masters of jazz improvisation and rhythm such as saxophonist Dan Ian Smith, guitarist Tim Miller, organist Dave Limina, bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky and pianist Rebecca Cline.

The repertoire comprises Walker's compositions, including the Grammy-nominated "Deep Six," recorded by Oregon and "What About That!" which was featured on Paquito D'Rivera Quintet's Grammy-winning CD Funk Tango. Other compositions are featured in Walker's instructional book World Jazz Drumming (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard). You'll hear a wide range of rhythmic styles at a concert with the Rhythm of the Americas: festejo, valse and lando from Peru; joropo, merengue and onda nueva from Venezuela; cumbia, poro and vallenato from Colombia; candombe from Uruguay; chacarera zamba and tango from Argentina; baião, maracatú, samba and frevo from Brazil; calypso and soca from Trinidad; gwan bèlè, mazurka, and biguine from Martinique and Guadeloupe; bomba from Puerto Rico; rumba, chachachá, bembé, and Latin jazz from Cuba; and swing, second line, and funk from the United States.

Admission: 
free

Perfect Pitch

Tuesday / April 19, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Royale Nightclub
279 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

Perfect Pitch is a contest that gives students a chance to simulate the role of a songwriter signed to a major label. The end result will be a night of great live music, featuring Berklee's top vocalists performing tunes written by some of the college's brilliant songwriters, backed by talented student bands.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the music starts shortly after.

In the songwriting world, when a superstar artist (e.g., Faith Hill) records an album, she will put out a call to songwriters asking them to write songs for her to record. The songwriters do their best to fit Hill's musical and lyrical style and vocal range, and in the end Hill (and her producers) get to pick which song works best.

The singers will choose the winning song, and then perform it with some of the best players at Berklee for an audience gathered at one of Boston's leading nightclubs, Royale. Audience voters will determine the top three songs of the night.

Learn more at the Perfect Pitch website. It's an opportunity to hear the future of music . . . now.
Admission: 
free

Jason Reeves / Amber Rubarth

Saturday / April 30, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jason Reeves

Throughout history, there have been countless albums written about love. Passion and heartbreak still serve as timeless muses across the spectrums of both pop and rock.  On his second full-length album and long-awaited major-label debut, The Lovesick, Jason Reeves offers a fresh perspective on everybody's favorite subject from the stance of those who aren't in love but want to be. With lilting pop harmonies and heartfelt, honest lyrics, Reeves examines the world's need for connection on personal and universal levels. 

At 21 years old, Amber Rubarth decided to quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue music. She taught herself guitar, started playing open mics, and began touring throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. New fans told their friends, and soon her songs had received over 1.5 million plays on MySpace. Many of her concerts started selling out, and she was asked to share the stage with such greats as Loudon Wainwright III, Colin Hay, Martin Sexton, and Lisa Loeb. She is also half of Brooklyn buzz band the Paper Raincoat, an iTunes Indie Spotlight feature.

 

Admission: 
$12 general admission

David Ryan Harris / Matt Lowell

Saturday / April 9, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Ryan Harris

David Ryan Harris is searching for the truth in music. Through his devotion to the truth he hopes to connect to an audience. Raised in Atlanta, he heard music, melodies, and stories in his head as a child. It never went away and he hopes it never does. After experimenting with drums, piano, and other instruments in his teens he began his love/hate affair with the guitar. Drawn to the blues after hearing songs by Son House, Robert Johnson, and others and growing up at a time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music he began to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be. He has had the pleasure of writing, playing, and/or producing for numerous artists from Dave Matthews to jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, from Widespread Panic to Santana, from Marc Broussard to Guy Sebastian, from Dionne Farris to John Mayer.

Matt Lowell released his new EP, Swan Lake, on March 8. Swan Lake is cowritten with Dead Oceans Recording artist John Vanderslice and produced by Joel Hamilton (Black Keys, Matisyahu, Sparklehorse) and John Davis at Avatar Studios (John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith). Lowell has transformed his sound from the singer-songwriter arena to an impressive artwork of intricate instrumental parts and thought-provoking lyrics that showcase his indie credibility. After one listen you can feel that throughout Lowell's musical career, this album showcases who he truly is as a musician. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, having two EPs under his belt, an extensive tour history, and placement on various TV programs, there is no question this will be a highly anticipated release for 2011.

Admission: 
$12/Adv $15/Day of

Albino Mbie and John Egizi

Wednesday / March 23, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Artist showcase concert for JRR's eighth compilation album, Octave.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

Saturday / April 9, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
260 South Broad Street
Philadelphia
PA
United States
19102

Student musicians from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will perform in a concert celebrating Thelonious Monk's 1959 New York Town Hall concert. Parisian jazz pianist Martial Solal is the headliner.

Admission: 

William Fitzsimmons / Slow Runner

Saturday / April 2, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons draws from those early folks stylings of his mother's music and the embellished instrumentation of his father's. He is often compared to contemporaries Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and the late Elliott Smith, not only for his unique style and skill in writing and proclivity to deal with substantive and evocative subject matter, but also for his use of organic and colorful melodies and arrangements.

William Fitzsimmons is one of the oddest people you will ever meet. Born the youngest child of two blind parents, he was raised in the outskirts of the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Due to the family's inability to communicate through normal visual means, his childhood home was filled with a myriad of sounds to replace what eyes could not see. The house was suffused with pianos, guitars, trombones, talking birds, classical records, family sing-a-longs, bedtime stories, and the bellowing of a pipe organ, which his father built into the house with his own hands. When his father's orchestral records were not resonating through the walls, his mother would educate him on the folk stylings of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel. By the completion of his schooling, Fitzsimmons had become well-versed at a variety of instruments, at the minor expense of social standing, interactional skills, and a knowledge of proper shaving technique.

Fitzsimmons's path into music was likewise unusual, forsaking the hobby for many years to work with the mentally ill and pursue an education in the field of mental health. It was during his last semester of graduate school that Fitzsimmons pooled money from past birthdays, holidays, and snow shoveling outings, and bought cheap home recording equipment to begin creating songs again (the first collection of which eventually became his debut album). After finally achieving his goal of becoming a practicing therapist, Fitzsimmons returned again to his love of crafting and playing songs. Somewhere between a singing therapist and a counselor who writes songs is where Fitzsimmons endeavors to be, using songs to address matters that he believes need to be addressed.

His first two records were completely self-produced, and his new album, The Sparrow and the Crow, produced by Marshall Altman at Galt Line Studios in Los Angeles, is his first studio recorded work. While his lyricism deals often with darker undertones (his most recent album is said to have been written following his own divorce), a measure of hopefulness is always carefully blended in. Even with his short tenure as a songwriter, Fitzsimmons has already received mention in noted publications such as Billboard, Paste, and Performing Songwriter Magazine, and his music has been featured on several television programs such as Grey's Anatomy and Army Wives.

Also appearing is Slow Runner. The group started in 2003 when singer-songwriter Michael Flynn and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler began musically fornicating together after college.

Admission: 
general admission, $15, advance, $17.50 day of show

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