Concert

More Than a Remarkable Collaboration

Saturday / October 8, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pianist Elan Sicroff and violinist Katharina Paul perform the music of Thomas de Hartmann, including his collaboration with mystic George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. Join us for a musical journey to inaccessible places.

Admission: 
$20 advance (discount applied at checkout), $25 day of show, general admission

Blood Brothers: In Spirit, Song, and Celebration

Wednesday / October 5, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert featuring songs of ritual praise and celebration in the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. 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

Kyler England (of the Rescues)

Tuesday / October 4, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

On her first new solo album in three years, L.A. singer-songwriter Kyler England strikes out into bold new territory with a collection of 10 emotionally charged songs and a vivid sonic palette equal parts organic and electronic.

"The sound of Electric Hum came out of a fascination with the tension that's created when you put organic instruments like a voice and piano next to electronic ones like programmed drums and synths. The collaborations with DJs I've done in the last few years revealed a different side of my voice that I wanted to explore. That combined with the fact that all but one of the songs were written on piano instead of my usual acoustic guitar lead me down a different road than I've ever been down before sonically and it really inspired me," says England of her new record.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Piano Monday: Playing Outside the Box

Monday / September 12, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Monday presents Victor Prieto, Berklee alumnus and virtuoso accordion player, performing with Berklee students. Prieto will give a pre-concert presentation on creativity and "playing outside the box."   

Victor Prieto is a native of Galicia, Spain, born in the town of Orense in 1975. At the age of nine Prieto was encouraged by his mother to study the accordion—an instrument deeply ingrained in Galician folklore. While studying classical accordion at the Orense Conservatory, Prieto understood the immense musical potential of his instrument and branched out from the classical education by concurrently taking harmony, arrangement, and improvisation classes at Estudio Escola de Música (Santiago de Compostela, Spain). In 1998 he received a scholarship from Berklee, where he majored in performance under the direction of Joanne Brackeen. Berklee, where he was the only student to date to specialize in accordion, did not offer any classes focusing on accordion. Uninhibited by these circumstances Prieto created his own study program, applying the expertise offered by educators at Berklee to the accordion.
 
Today Prieto is revolutionizing the way that the accordion is played, by creating new sounds and techniques for this instrument. His music embraces jazz, tango, classical, and Celtic roots, enriched with new rhythms and colors. He is the creator of a new technique for the accordion called "chord approach on both hands," which creates rich and elaborate harmonies.
 
In 2002 Prieto moved to New York, where he quickly established himself as one of the most prolific and versatile accordionists on the jazz scene. As a leader, he has performed at many prestigious venues and events such as the Berklee Performance Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note New York, New Jersey Performance Art Center, Three Rivers Musical Festival, Williamsburg Jazz Festival, and Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center.
 
Prieto has performed and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace), Arturo O'Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Billy Hart, Jeff Ballard, Paquito D'Rivera, Matt Wilson, Donny McCaslin, and Lionel Louke, among others, and is involved in projects such as the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Emilio Solla's Tango Jazz Conspiracy.
 
He teaches master classes in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and the U.S. and has headed the jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory (2003–2004). He is a recipient of numerous awards and prizes for excellence in accordion performance and composition. Among them are the Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers and the first prize at CMZK's Concourse of Composition (Argentina).
 
Prieto now lives in New York, dividing his time between performing, teaching, and recording. He has recently introduced his third recording on Cheekus Music.

Admission: 

Samantha Schultz / Keren Tayar

Sunday / September 11, 2011 / 4:15 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Samantha Schultz

Two student groups are slated to perform from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the main outdoor stage as part of the Boston Arts Festival in Christopher Columbus Park. The festival features music, visual art, and dance. Samantha Schultz goes on first.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Samantha Schultz is 20 years old and graduated in June 2009 from the Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. She began singing at the age of 3 and has been playing the guitar since she was 11. Schultz writes her own lyrics and music and has a subject range far exceeding her years.

She has had many opportunities to showcase her talents, performing at numerous festivals across Canada, most notably the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Music Festival. In 2006, Schultz was the youngest nominee in the category of Young Performer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. 

Schultz has also performed at Cafe 939's Red Room in Boston, as well as at the Berklee Performance Center. She adds to her credits opening for such artists as Ryan Cabrera, Livingston Taylor, Ben Taylor, and Ruthie Foster. In 2010, she was awarded the Carl M. Benito Eagle Award for Oustanding Student. 

Schultz has completed her second year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, thanks to the generous Gary Slaight Family Scholarship, and will be continuing her third year this fall. This summer, she has officially released her sophomore album, Ink to Paper.

Keren Tayar 

has a fashion sensibility of yesteryear, a love for nick-knacks and childrens' toys, and an eclectic sound that combines pop, folk, and jazz, with her love for the theater.

 

She is a 20-year-old student at Berklee College of Music, born to Israeli immigrants, and raised in a suburb of New York City. Okay fine, she is from New Jersey.

Tayar has been featured in an array of shows, landing leading roles in musicals, performing in concerts, and successfully participating in competitions.

She enjoys interpreting different styles of music, as well as writing her own. She offers her heart and soul—a conglomerate of influences—which results in combinations of frequencies that will surely reach right through your inner cochlea and into your very own heart and soul.

In less fancy terms, Tayar is a musician who wants to make you feel things. She plans on continuing to learn and grow and share, to write and perform, and to travel the world and make people feel things everywhere possible.  

 


Admission: 
Free

Katrina Bello

Saturday / August 27, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Katrina Bello

NOTE: This event has been canceled due to weather warnings.

Emerging artist Katrina Bello is a Nigerian-American soul/R&B vocalist and songwriter from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Bello performed from a young age in school choirs, and her talents were recognized by her community after she won several local talent shows, including the 2000 Flowers High School talent show, and received the 2005 Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award. At the age of 16, Bello started to participate in the writing process while in the studio, and it took off from there.

After high school, Bello went on to study nursing at the University of Pittsburgh while pursuing music on the side. In 2007, SlicethePie.com awarded Bello a prize to create her debut album.

In 2008, Bello attended a Berklee summer workshop entitled It's All in the Song: Writing, Production, and the Business of Music. Here she penned a song with Kevin Lavitt that unexpectedly led to her receiving a scholarship from Berklee. This was just the push she needed to focus on music full-time.

Entering her senior year at Berklee, Bello is preparing to make her mark. Songwriting sparked an interest in music publishing, which led to her focus on music business/management as a major at Berklee. Ultimately, Bello says she would like to write for artists in almost every genre. Her main goal is to be versatile while protecting the art of songwriting. She equates songwriting to storytelling. She recently digitally released her first EP  entitled The Boiling Point and is continuing to hone her craft and artistry. 

Admission: 
Free

Troy Cartwright

Saturday / August 27, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Troy Dixon

NOTE: This event has been canceled due to weather warnings.
Troy Cartwright is a singer-songwriter out of Dallas, Texas who has a passion for writing songs and using his talents to captivate any audience. At age 21, he has already played for crowds of more than 15,000 and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

Admission: 
Free

Sasho Zver

Saturday / August 27, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Sasho Zver

NOTE: This event has been canceled due to weather warnings.

At the age of 5, instead of getting a clarinet—they were sold-out at the local music store—Sasho Zver got his first guitar and has had it in hand ever since, performing his first gig at the age of 9. His career spans over 20 years and includes performances in his native land of Slovenia as well as internationally in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Hungary, to name a few.

In 2007, Zver performed at the famous Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville, where he became friends with some of the best pickers in the world. Soon after, he moved to the States to pursue his career as a guitar player and singer-songwriter.

Zver is a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music with a major in guitar and mandolin performance. Under the guidance of guitar greats such as Larry Baione, Guy Van Duser, Mick Goodrick, and Joe Rogers, Zver achieved new heights in his acoustic guitar fingerstyle playing. "Very inventive" was the term used most by his teacher and friend John McGann.

He has released two albums of acoustic guitar instrumentals so far, with a third one in the making that will feature Zver's original songs with a full band. He continues to perform around the New England area and is involved with the Raising the Blues charitable organization as a performer, music instructor, and public speaker.

The best way to experience Zver's music is to catch him live. Every show he plays is filled with the energy of rock 'n' roll and the tenderness of a soul ballad. An array of emotions!

 

Admission: 
Free

Joshua James / Honey Honey / Levi Lowrey

Wednesday / October 12, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

We talked about naming this tour a bunch of fancy names with metaphorical, satirical, clever connotations. But at the end of the day, we wanted to express our desire to connect you good people out there with our artists. From those who have been there from the start to the new fans, we are always grateful to connect with you from city to city. More information at tenbucktour.com.

Admission: 
10

A John Waters Christmas

Saturday / December 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
John Waters

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas-obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) rides into town on his sleigh full of smut-spreading Yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Putting the X in Xmas, Waters's rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes traditional archetypes as he shares his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true-crime holiday horror stories.

Admission: 
$60, $45, $35, $25 reserved seating

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