Concert

Andrew Jones's Senior Recital

Thursday / November 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bassist Andrew Jones presents an hour of funky good times.

Admission: 
Free

Homeland Security: Celebrating Contemporary and Traditional African Music and Dance at Berklee

Monday / January 28, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This show will feature Berklee's finest African musicians and music that inspired them growing up in their homelands. They will share not only their favorite music but also some of their personal experience as well. 

Berklee College of Music attracts and recruits artists from all over the world, and an increasing number of exceptional musicians are arriving from Africa. This feature concert will bring together a main-stage blowout spectacle featuring several of Berklee's African students. The show will highlight the rich music, compelling stories, and vibrant dance that is a way of life in Africa—as well as here at Berklee.

This performance is dedicated to Linda Mason and Roger Brown in honor of their humanitarian work in Africa and continued support of Africa's musical community.

Can't make it to the concert? Watch it live on Concert Window

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

Hairspray

Tuesday / November 20, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962, Baltimore, Maryland plump teenage Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Turnblad wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Rebecca Loebe / Jess Klein / Jenn Grinels

Friday / October 19, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rebecca Loebe

Award-winning singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Last spring Loebe took a break from her 200-show-per-year tour schedule to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s The Voice, with a performance of Nirvana’s Come As You Are that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. An Atlanta native and a Berklee Alumna, Loebe now makes her home in Austin and will be touring nationwide this fall to celebrate the release of her third full length album, Circus Heart.

Since relocating to Austin in 2007, Jess Klein has been embraced by the quirky yet robust Texas music scene, and it shows in her latest release Behind a Veil (Motherlode Records, 2012), a deep collection of Americana-tinged musings on love, loss, and redemption. On Behind a Veil, Klein writes honestly and courageously about the conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy, and pain. But even in the most delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice.
 
Klein explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a situation—sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad, but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”
 
In October 2007, singer and songwriter Jenn Grinels of Cupertino, California, gave up her apartment, setting out on her first tour armed with nothing but her guitar, a beautiful voice, and a passion for music. Over four years later, the self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock, singer-songwriter,” has released two full-length albums, toured the country extensively, and won numerous awards for her amazing set of pipes. Despite not having a permanent address for almost five years, Grinels never slowed down, and continued winning fans during her one-of-a-kind performances, sharing the stage with artists like Christopher Cross, JD Souther, Cracker, and Rebecca Loebe. Named 2012 Vocalist of the Year by APCA for the third straight year, and 2012 Performer of the Year by Campus Activities magazine, Grinels is notorious for her impressive songwriting ability, incredible stage performance, and unmistakable vocal abilities.

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Pyyramids / Eytan and the Embassy / Animal Flag

Friday / September 14, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pyyramids

From the mystical, unGoogleable beyond comes Pyyramids, a new collaboration by OK Go's Tim Nordwind and singer Drea Smith. Pyyramids comes as a reinvention for both players and steps into new, wild territory. For Nordwind, the guy with the bass, beard, and glasses in OK Go, Pyyramids's expansive textures find him far from the bright indie pop and all-inclusive videos that have made OK Go one of the most recognizable—not to mention most-watched—acts of the digital age. (Though that doesn't mean Pyyramids won't try their hand at videos.) For Smith, formerly the saucy half of the electro-pop duo He Say She Say—and a stint with Lupe Fiasco—it brings her songwriting into a place of bold new maturity without sacrificing the force of her singular presence. For both, it is an unlikely partnership entirely befitting of the new age.

His reputation for crafting sticky hooks in any genre has made Eytan a secret weapon in the entertainment industry. His compositions can be heard on everything from a pair of 2011 MasterCard spots to the jazzy soundtrack for the 2005 Chinese hit drama Beauty Remains to a trio of parody videos to virally promote the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Of the latter, he says, "I wrote four songs in a day and a half for that." While paying the rent with these jobs, the prodigious musician nurtured his most fertile creative outlet since 2009: Eytan & the Embassy. Joined by a four-piece live band, Oren has earned comparisons to Ben Folds for his dexterous use of the piano, and Mark Ronson for his love of brass.

Animal Flag is the solo-project of Berklee student singer/songwriter/producer, Matthew Politoski. 

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Bleep Blop: An Electro-Acoustic Ensemble

Thursday / November 8, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Bleep Blop returns to Berklee with lots of friends. Forces include piano, violin, cello, percussion, and an array of laptops. No concert is complete without the addition of live video. Come experience this live interaction between electronic and acoustic instruments. 

Bleep Blop is an ensemble dedicated to the merging of acoustic performers with live electronics. We are dedicated to an overhaul of the concert experiences and aim to provide an interactive environment for our audience. 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Symphonic Winds

Wednesday / December 19, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Symphonic Winds presents its fall concert, featuring music from the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics and Les Miserables. Also on the program is Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance and seasonal favorites from Percy Grainger and Leroy Anderson. Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

 

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

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday / December 11, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This exciting big band will play selected works from its extensive library that features writing of current and former JCMP students. Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

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

Flam! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen

Friday / December 7, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
David Fiuczynski

Flam! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is David Fiuczynski's Guggenheim composition premiere. New musical ideas are on the horizon at the crossroads of unusual beats, microtonal harmonies, and Eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts. The aim is to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements.

Flam! uses microtonal bird song transcriptions as melodies. Messiaenʼs flam-like motifs imply and complement rhythms invented by the producer J Dilla and melodic (and rhythmic) ornamentations from ancient Japanese gagaku court music to Chinese folk tunes, to Indian alaps, to Turkish invocations. "Flam!" is a melodic silk road continuum, a musical journey from the East colliding with rhythms and microtonal harmonies from the West.

Fiuczynski is best known for his cult underground band Screaming Headless Torsos and has performed and/or recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stewart Copeland, John Medeski, John Zorn, Hiromi, and many more.

This event is part of the Discover New Music Concert Package. Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

 

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

Divas, Dictators, and Queens

Wednesday / November 28, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rene Pfister

Divas, Dictators, and Queens, directed by Voice faculty member Rene Pfister, is a revue of contemporary musical theater and original compositions orchestrated by Berklee faculty and students. The performance will include the musical theater orchestra under the direction of Peter Cokkinias. Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

Can't make it to the show? The 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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