Concert

Bernardo Hernandez

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A faculty-led ensemble by Bernardo Hernandez.

Admission: 

The Third Annual Multicultural Fundraiser

Saturday / October 29, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featuring artists PanXpressions, Roy L. Teague, and Paula Terenzi's Dance Complex. Proceeds will go toward the construction of an orphanage/school for the orphan girls in Haute Feuille, Haiti and its neighboring towns.

Admission: 
$50, general admission

Yoron Israel and High Standards

Monday / October 17, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Yoron Israel

The Jazz at the Arsenal series features Berklee faculty artists. This month's concert features assistant chair of the Percussion Department Yoron Israel and his band High Standards. The group features Lance Bryant on sax, Laszlo Gardony on keyboard, John Lockwood on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums.

Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. His exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional talents, are spotlighted throughout his fine recordings, Basic Traneing (Ronja Music Company), Chicago (Double Time), Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), A Gift for You (Ronja Music Company), and the soon-to-be-released So Wonderful: The Music of Stevie Wonder.

All of these fine works have received enthusiastic praise from journalists, musical peers, and fans alike. They represent the extensive depth of Yoron Israel's musicianship as he continues to evolve as a leader. He brings his unique influences and experiences in jazz, world styles, gospel, funk, R&B, and orchestral idioms full circle with his compositions, arrangements, repertoire, and ensemble concepts. His musical vision is that of connection and communication, providing music to be enjoyed by all. As Jack DeJohnette says, "A Gift for You is a sparkling musical offering from a drummer who has good taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions, and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to."

In addition to his varied projects as a bandleader, Israel's brilliant musicality, intensity, and versatility are appreciated worldwide, through consistent performances at prestigious concerts, notable festivals, and prominent clubs as well as on more than 150 major recordings as an accompanist. Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Freddie Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, David "Fathead" Newman, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Bennie Wallace, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove, Bill Mays, James Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, Joshua Redman, and Jay Hoggard are among the numerous artists that he has worked with.

Additionally, he has maintained a busy schedule performing and recording with many outstanding Boston-based artists, since moving his move from New York in 2000, including the Macanda Project, Laszlo Gardony, Marco Pignatoro, Stan Strickland, Donna McElroy, Gabrielle Goodman, Shawn Monterro, and Lance Bryant. Additionally, he has become a first-call accompanist for a wide range of artists appearing in the New England area; this list includes Abraham Laboriel, Eddie Gomez, Ernie Andrews, Frank Morgan, Joanne Brackeen, Eliane Elias, Larry Goldings, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jane Ira Bloom, Greg Osby, Clark Terry, and Joey DeFrancesco, among numerous others.

Admission: 
$18, $15, students/seniors/Arsenal members

Dead on Live: Workingman's Dead / American Beauty

Saturday / October 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller '83 directs faithful note-for-note recreations of the Grateful Dead's 1970 Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums, a celebration capturing this important and beloved period in the Dead's long, illustrious, and stylistically diverse career. He has assembled an impressive cast of world-class musicians who have been able to reproduce virtually every note of every instrument, as well as all the beautifully orchestrated vocal arrangements that are a trademark of these two American classics.

Admission: 
$34, $29, $24, reserved seating

Banded Showcase

Thursday / October 6, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Avenue
Allston
MA
United States
02314

Five Boston bands were given this task: write and record an original song. Sounds easy, right? Now do it in front of the expert ears of Berklee professors and the watchful lenses of a Berklee film crew. The songs will be unveiled at the live concert featuring Zili Misik, Aloud, the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, Ghost Box Orchestra, and Tumbleweed Company, along with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the upcoming documentary, Banded.

Banded aims to show how the academics of music theory connect to the creative spark and inspiration behind writing a song in a band. To capture the process, cameras followed the musicians as they wrote, rehearsed, rewrote, recorded, and even completed music theory assignments.

The Banded Showcase will kick off with a brief panel discussion featuring the Berklee faculty coaches (from the Composition, Music Production & Engineering, and Songwriting departments at the school) and members of the bands talking about their experiences with the groundbreaking project. Video trailers of each band will be teased out to viewers. Then special student guests from the Berklee City Music Ensemble will perform to start the night of eclectic and original music.

Proceeds will benefit a technology scholarship for the Berklee City Music program.

Learn more about Berklee PULSE, Berklee City Music, and all the bands, visit.

Admission: 
$10

Piano Mondays: Joanne Brackeen - Solo Piano

Monday / October 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Piano Department presents Piano Mondays, featuring Joanne Brackeen on solo piano.

Admission: 

The Civil Wars

Friday / October 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In some ways, music doesn't get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of the Civil Wars, a duo composed of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic arrangements.

Admission: 
$20, reserved seating

Madeleine Peyroux

Friday / October 7, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. Renowned for her interpretive song skills, the vocalist followed her creative muse on 2009's Bare Bones by challenging herself to write a full album of her own compositions. Now with Standing On the Rooftop (Emarcy/Decca), she delves deeper into her reinvention, not only writing the bulk of the songs, but pushing past any preconceived notions about her music and daring herself to expand her sonic template.

Admission: 
$39.50, $33.50, reserved seating

Spring Winds

Tuesday / March 27, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fantastic Berklee flutes and wonderful spring winds will present a concert of lyrical and lively originals, featuring the Berklee Flute Choir and the Woodwind and Piano Chamber Ensemble, led by Woodwind professor Wendy Rolfe.

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My Lord What a Morning! / Journey of the Voice

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Donna McElroy, the American Negro Spiritual Ensemble will perform traditional arrangements in the style of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. After that, join us on a musical trip around the world as we explore the voice and all it can do. 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

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