Concert

Electronic Production and Design Synth Community Concert

Tuesday / August 9, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Electronic Production and Design's Synth Community Showcase is an evening of live electronic music performed by Javon Flax, Wiggz Caro, and Justin Kerr.

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The Jazz Tellers

Monday / July 25, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
The Jazz Tellers

The Jazz Tellers comprises Berklee seventh-semester students Clay Lyons (alto sax), Lee Dynes (guitar), and Nate Wong (drums). Lyons and Dynes hold full-tuition scholarships and Wong is a World Scholarship Tour recipient.

During their young careers, the individual members of this group have already played many professional gigs and received awards and scholarship including awards from the IAJE, NASCAP, IMEA, and Berklee. Over the summer of 2010 the Jazz Tellers brought their energy-packed, spontaneous improvisations and intricate originals to audiences around the world in a tour that spanned Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Hong Kong, and China. On this tour they performed more than 30 engagements in two months, including many club and concert hall dates, live radio performances, and live TV performances, and were written about in major newspapers at every stop of the tour.

Admission: 
Free

Heavy Rotation Records Showcase: Julia Easterlin & Da'Rayia

Wednesday / August 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Julia Easterlin is one part Regina Spektor, one part loop scientist, and a sophisticated musical mind that can wield composition, production, and performance in one fell swoop. Not only is Easterlin a versatile singer-songwriter, vocalist, pianist, and guitarist, but her looping machine also makes her into a virtual one-woman band. On songs like "Go Straightaway," she loops her vocals, building a multi-layered song live on stage, track-by-track. Her voice combines seduction with a haunting jazz edge and her music weaves story with an otherworldly vocal dance. Easterlin is to perform at Lollapalooza this summer.

Da'Rayia is a close-knit band of Berklee students and alumni that play a variety of genres, including hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk, rock, and reggae. Wilson, the group's namesake, was the first winner of the Berklee and Essence magazine hip-hop songwriting contest. She subsequently was awarded a full scholarship to attend Berklee. Wilson is a dual major in music business/management and contemporary writing and production, and is busy writing, performing, and producing her own music.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band: A Lifetime of Great Music

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

Phil Wilson presents the Berklee Rainbow Band in A Lifetime of Great Music. The Berklee Rainbow Band remains one of the premier college show bands worldwide. The concert will feature the great vocalist Christine Fawson and blues harmonica player Ralph Rosen, along with many of Berklee's current instrumentalists. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Joe Stump

Monday / August 1, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee faculty shred guitar specialist Joe Stump performs tracks from his extensive catalogue. He was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the 10 fastest shredders of all time and by Guitar magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. A night of speed metal/shred guitar pyrotechnics is guaranteed. 

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Mia Verdoorn

Saturday / July 23, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mia Verdoorn

She started taking piano lessons at the age of 11 and voice lessons at the age 14. While attending St. Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Pretoria for High School, Mia passed the Grade 8 Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Voice exam with distinction and the same board's Grade 7 piano exam with Merit.

In 2006 she was approached to record an Afrikaans album consisting mainly of covers of classic Afrikaans tunes in a more contemporary and Brazilian style. This was a very exciting venture and it was extremely interesting for her to work with some prominent South African musicians and producers such as Randall Abrahams, Wessel Van Rensburg, Johan Botha, Juan Oosthuizen and Dave Thompson. Upon being accepted into Berklee, she decided to put the album on hold to further her studies and get a degree before the completion and release of the album.

In the same year, she was privileged enough to travel to America on a choir tour organized by her school's choirmaster, Michael Barrett. They visited several towns and cities on the east coast, including Boston, New Canaan, Bethel and New York City. They stayed with generous host families who had high school kids they same age as the touring group, and who were also involved in their school choirs and A cappella groups. They performed typical South African songs and dances, and sang in as many of the country's 11 national languages as the repertoire would allow.

In 2008 she was asked to be one of five adjudicators for the University of Johannesburg's Vocal serenade competition held over three nights at the San Lam Auditorium at the Kingsway Campus of the University of Johannesburg. The competition consisted of 12 male and female dormitories competing against each other for the coveted trophy and title of "Best Vocal Res on Campus".

Before coming to Berklee, Mia focused much of her time in the Pop/Rock genre, as well as Classical set repertoire for the ABRSM exams, but started venturing more into Jazz, Blues and Latin music since attending Berklee. During the Spring semester of 2009, she represented South Africa in the International Folk Festival held in the Berklee Performance Center together with other students also from South Africa, as well as other African countries.

Mia was awarded her first Berklee Achievement based scholarship of $6000 lasting for one academic year at the end of the Spring semester in 2009. Her scholarship was then renewed and increased in March 2010.

In the Fall semester of 2009, she participated in the International Study abroad program organized by Berklee's Office of International Programs held at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece. This study abroad program was for the entire duration of the Fall semester (16 weeks) and gave her a wonderful opportunity to broaden her horizons and perspectives through music. She was able to travel throughout Greece, not only with the Greek civilization class, but also by her own accord. In conjunction with Berklee credited courses such as Counterpoint 1, Conducting 1 and Private Lessons, she was able to take the Modern Greek Language and Crossroads of Greek Rhythms and Sound as Liberal Arts electives, which proved to be very beneficial and enriching.

In the summer semester of 2010, Mia went back to South Africa to Intern for Sony Music SA as well as Warner Music Gallo Africa during the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup period. Here, she got to meet the legendary trumpet player, Hugh Masekela, and was asked to have a radio interview on one of South Africa's most popular radio stations, Jozi FM. During this period, she also had two very successful sold out performances in which she launched her first EP "What's Happening".

Mia has been involved in several upper semester students' projects in terms of recordings and performances and is currently a contributing member of Berklee's Music Business Journal. She has been on the Berklee College of Music Dean's List for five semesters in a row. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Dub Apocalypse / 6th Degree

Wednesday / July 27, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dub Apocalypse is an all-star combination of Boston's best musicians, led by drummer Tommy Benedetti (Berklee Alum, John Browns Body) and guitarist Johnny Trama (Nate Wilson Group). The dub reggae group's live performances are filled with wild improvisation, blistering drum beats and emotional blues-driven guitar licks.

6th Degree is a dub reggae collective dedicated to bringing good vibes and great tunes to every performance. The group was founded by Ryan Nava of Indonesia. He moved to the United States and began his studies at Berklee, envisioning the formation of a group that could perform all the world music styles he had grown up with. Fast forward to 2009 and 6th Degree was born.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission: 
$8, general admission; $5, Berklee ID

The National Poetry Slam Finals

Saturday / August 13, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for the final round of the 2011 National Poetry Slam. The top four slam teams of the weeklong festival will compete for the title, with showcased performances by world and local champions.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

National Poetry Slam 2011 Preliminaries

Thursday / August 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's the preliminary matches of the National Poetry Slam, where every night, poetry slam teams from all over North America battle it out to see who will win the biggest competition in slam.

In the fast-paced art of poetry slam, competitors have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theater, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect).

Admission: 
$5

National Poetry Slam 2011 Preliminaries

Wednesday / August 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's the preliminary matches of the National Poetry Slam, where every night, poetry slam teams from all over North America battle it out to see who will win the biggest competition in slam.

In the fast-paced art of poetry slam, competitors have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theater, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect). 

 

Admission: 
$5

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