Concert

Thaddeus Hogarth

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty member Thaddeus Hogarth leads his band through an evening of R&B/funk originals and cover material. Featuring Thaddeus on guitar, vocals, and chromatic harmonica; Tony Thunder Smith on drums; Winston Maccow on bass; and David Sparr on keyboards.

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An Evening with Kristin Cifelli

Wednesday / November 2, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Kristin Cifelli plays songs from her new album, Middle of Nowhere, to be released November 2011.

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13th Annual Octoboefest

Monday / October 31, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The haunting sounds of the double reeds will fill the air on Halloween. The annual event will revisit Jeri Sykes's "Perfect Zebra," written for one of the first Octoboefests, and will feature Francine Trester's "Dialogues," written for Barbara LaFitte. The program will also show off the unique timbres of chamber works by Nehlybel for bassoon quartet, Tansman for wind trio, and conclude with Poulenc's sextet for piano and winds. Costumes are encouraged. Come celebrate 13 years of double reeds at Berklee.

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Boston Palestine Film Festival

Saturday / October 22, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Boston Palestine Film Festival arrives at Berklee, featuring the film Knowledge is the Beginning, along with a concert and reception celebrating the late author Edward Said.

5:30 p.m.–Knowledge is the Beginning chronicles the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO)—established in 1999 by Edward Said and Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim to bring together young musicians from Israel, the Palestinian territories, and various Arab countries—supported by Spanish musicians, in a neutral, free space through the shared language of music.

7:30 p.m.–The Gift of a Music Education: Celebrating the Legacy of Edward Said. The Boston Palestine Film Festival celebrates the legacy of the late Edward Said and honors Berklee for helping provide a path to music education for Palestinian students. This event will include a reception, a concert of Middle Eastern music featuring students, and speakers. 

Admission: 
$10, $25, student discounts available at the Box Office

BITR Tuesdays

Tuesday / October 25, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, along with special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, BITR Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester.

The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience were joining the writers in their living room.

This BITR event features: Sarah Brindell, Marnie Proudfit, Matthew Politoski, Corbin VanderZalm, and a special guest.

All BITR shows run from 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

Other BITR tuesday dates include:

September 27
November 29
December 13
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
Free

The Bleeding Hearts/MC3

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Bleeding Hearts

Executive Sessions is back for its 2011-2012 season. Join us for this celebration of music and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Bleeding Hearts acquired its name from the band's steadfast refusal to accept any paying gigs. The group performs only at fundraisers and nonpaying venues. Its specialty is straight-up, harmony-driven rock 'n' roll in the tradition of the Byrds, Tom Petty, and the Beatles. Like most good things in life, the Bleeding Hearts was born out of friendship. Sean Coleman and Bob Allard were introduced by their mutual friend, David Bergers, who sang with Allard at the BSO. Coleman instantly realized how good they would sound with his longtime friend Bill Danylik. From there it was a short leap in logic to add two more friends, Kevin Counihan and Jim Clements. Thus the Bleeding Hearts were born.

Lead singer and bassist Bob Allard is the founder and chief executive officer of extensionEngine, LLC, a software product development consultancy that works with companies to create cutting-edge, world-class enterprise mobile and web systems.

The opening band is MC3, featuring Curt Naihersey on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Clara Kebabian on vocals, violin and guitar, and Marty White on bass. MC3 is an acoustic-pop ensemble whose latest album, Leaving the Farm, was released on Lowbudget Records in 2010.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Matthew and the Atlas / The David Mayfield Parade / Lauren Shera

Saturday / November 12, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Communion presents Matthew and the Atlas, along with the David Mayfield Parade, with special guest Lauren Shera, in association with Daytrotter.

Admission: 
$12

BGJI Red Ensemble featuring BGJI Faculty Joe Lovano

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. In 2010, he earned the "triple crown" distinction from Down Beat magazine, rating tops in the annual critics poll for best jazz artist overall, best tenor saxophonist, and best band. Lovano was named Jazz Artist of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 by Down Beat, and scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: Musician of the Year, Improviser of the Year, and Best Tenor Saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the Down Beat readers and critics polls as Tenor Player of the Year in 2000.

Lovano attended Berklee in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctor of music degree from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001 he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department, known as the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, and Paul Motian.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

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The Evolution of Airtight: Neo-Soul Ensemble's Tribute to Bilal

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bilal will perform with the Neo-Soul Ensemble.

The Neo-Soul Ensemble, directed by Skip Smith, will present a tribute to Grammy-nominated recording artist, Bilal, who has greatly impacted the neo-soul, hip-hop, and jazz genres while remaining one of the most diverse and underrated singers in the world. The special guest of honor, Bilal, will be performing as well.

After attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts, Bilal began featuring at small clubs until he took classical training in jazz and big-band arrangements at the New School in New York. Private jam sessions with Aaron Coleman (Spin Doctors) gave birth to a demo of songs, landing Bilal a record deal with Interscope. He would go on to work with famed producers: Dr. Dre, Mike City, J Dilla, Guru, 88 Keys, Timbaland, Kanye West, and more.

Bilal's debut album, 1st Born Second (2001),featured the popular single, "Soul Sista." Love For Sale (2006) was well received to fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. This time around, Bilal worked with a myriad of new collaborators, from Sa-Ra to Denaun Porter to Nottz. His latest album is Airtight's Revenge.

Bilal has also collaborated and performed with such artists as Beyoncé, Common, Jay-Z, Diddy, The Game, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Boney James, Terence Blanchard, Zap Mama, Musiq Soulchild, D'Angelo, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, and the Roots.

An advocate for autism, Bilal led the 2010 Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the National Mall. 

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

Jarana Beat: Mexican Brass with the Berklee Mariachi Ensemble, and Hugo Moreno & George Saenz

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mariachi music has always been distinguished by the characteristic sound of its trumpets. Beyond mariachi, diverse styles of Mexican music from all over the republic are characterized by the signature sounds of their brass sections. Students will learn about the history of the primary Mexican traditions of brass music, and, through learning to play the various styles, will learn to distinguish them from one another. 

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