Performance

Qantara Berklee World Fusion

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Qantara Berklee Ensemble

The Qantara Berklee Ensemble's performances fuse Arab musical traditions with the contemporary sensibilities of postmodern jazz. The music of Qantara Berklee allows different styles of performance and improvisation to stand out while providing a musical structure that goes beyond stylistic boundaries. Musicians in the ensemble work on challenging musical arrangements and various styles of improvisational skills that are based on harmonic progression, free style, and maqam microtonal expression. Qantara Berklee is a distinctive example of cross-cultural world jazz. 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Peter Quirsfeld: Jackie Molasses

Monday / November 25, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drummer Peter Quirsfeld presents an evening of originals and free improvisation.

Admission: 
Free

Bret's Frets

Monday / May 5, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Bret’s Frets features some of the best student performers at Berklee. The ensemble’s instrumentation includes several guitars with bass and drums. The program presents a variety of styles, including contemporary jazz, Latin, and odd-meter compositions that feature unique arrangements using unconventional techniques. Each selection provides the background for these talented student performers’ improvisational interpretations.

Admission: 
Free

Noriaki Ito's Senior Recital

Tuesday / November 26, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Drummer Noriaki Ito and group perform original rock music.

Admission: 
Free

Graduation Processional Playoff

Thursday / February 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Faculty Brass Ensemble will explore three to five student compositions for brass ensemble, with the winning composition to be performed as the processional and recessional at Berklee’s graduation ceremony in May.

Admission: 
Free

Battle of the Bands

Wednesday / December 4, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee concludes its fifth season of Executive Sessions, a concert series showcase bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives, with a battle of the bands featuring varying takes on classic rock from House Red, the Loomers, and SIX.

House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz and rock ranging from the classic to the contemporary. The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. This House Red performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band members support themselves with other gigs; Caruso is vice president of enterprise services at Data Intensity, Goodermote is CEO of Double-Take Software, Rule is director of fuel cell development at Lilliputian Systems, and Skelly is a partner at Nixon Peabody.

The Loomers have twice been finalists in Fortune's Corporate Battle of the Bands, and they have also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Loomers, whose album, Tomorrow Today, is available on iTunes, includes Tom Simons (guitar), CEO of the marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons, on guitar, Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals), and Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns CK Environmental. Simons has just finished recording the band’s brand new songs.

Playing “classic rock that doesn’t get old, even if we do,” SIX covers songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and other popular groups. The members of SIX (this time) include: Walter Ogier, president and CEO of Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, on lead guitar and vocals; John Swartz, lead systems engineer for MITRE Corporation, on bass and vocals; Bruce Lauterwasser, senior manager at Raytheon Corporation, on rhythm guitar and vocals; Scott Gilmour, senior vice president of a large Boston financial services company, on drums and vocals; Stephen Cole, advisory software engineer for IBM Lotus, on harmonica, percussion and vocals; and John Garrison, assistant vice president and managing director at John Hancock Financial Services, on keyboard.

The evening’s panel of judges is headed by Berklee professor Jeff Dorenfeld, the ex-manager of the band Boston, Ozzy Osbourne, and Sammy Hagar. The prize package includes a recording session at Berklee’s brand new studios at 160 Massachusetts Avenue with a Grammy-winning producer, the opportunity to perform at Berklee’s Encore Gala, Berklee Concert Club membership for one year, private lessons with award-winning Berklee faculty, a selection of Berklee Online classes, and more.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Ethan Lim Group

Friday / December 13, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

The Ethan Lim Quartet will be performing its favorite jazz standards and Lim's original compositions and classical repertoire.

Admission: 
Free

Steph Dye: One Girl, Many Cellos

Thursday / December 5, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Steph Dye

Cellist Steph Dye leads an evening of original cello arrangements of pop/rock music. Artists covered include Florence and the Machine, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Marina and the Diamonds, Ozzy Osbourne, and others.

Watch Steph Dye perform a cover of Florence and the Machine's "Cosmic Love" here:

Admission: 
Free

Minsu Bae

Wednesday / December 18, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Minsu Bae and quintet perform original jazz music.

Admission: 
Free

Max Wolpert: Spruce and Maple

Friday / December 6, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Violinist Max Wolpert leads a recital of music old and new for string ensembles of all shapes and sizes.

Admission: 
Free

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