Concert

Ensemble Showcase: Hip-Hop, Soul, Motown

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis and Larry Watson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including hip-hop, soul, and Motown.

1:30 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip Hop

4:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Foundations of Singing with Soul

6:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Motown

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: World, Christian, Folk-Rock

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Nancy Morris, Alain Mallet, and Jamey Haddad. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including world, contemporary Christian, and the sounds of Paul Simon and Sting.

1:30 p.m. Nancy Morris: Contemporary Christian

4:30 p.m. Alain Mallet/Jamey Haddad: Mixed World

6:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Music of Paul Simon and Sting

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Oldies, Jazz

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Dennis Cecere and Jerry Cecco. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including oldies and jazz.

1:30 p.m. Dennis Cecere: Oldies

4:30 p.m. Jerry Cecco: Concert Jazz Orchestra

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

The Footprints of a Mysterious Traveler: Berklee Global Jazz Institute First Anniversary Concert Celebrating Wayne Shorter

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, is a unique focused area of study at the college where some of the finest young jazz players in the world concentrate on creativity and musicianship while maintaining an active performance schedule. Wayne Shorter; BGJI faculty members Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, David Gilmore, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Pérez; and the BGJI students will play Shorter's music in celebration of his journey.

Can't make it to this concert? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Learn more . . . 

Admission: 
$20, $15, reserved seating

Only an <em>OCTAVE</em> Away: A Sneak Preview of Jazz Revelation Records's Eighth Annual CD

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's student-run label Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) celebrates the release of its eighth compilation album, OCTAVE.

The scope of the CD is wide-ranging, with artists performing styles including traditional and contemporary jazz, nu-jazz, fusion, and jazz with experimental, classical, world, electronica, ambient, and funk influences.

The album showcases some of Berklee's top jazz players from around the world, with artists hailing from Turkey, Puerto Rico, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Japan, India, Israel, Greece, and the United States, each bringing a unique perspective to their compositions. Says Kevin McCluskey, faculty advisor and executive producer for Jazz Revelation Records, "Our bands are young and incredibly vital, yet there is something ancient in the wisdom of their musings. They are both students and masters of their craft, and as such will always be on the cusp of the new, the exciting, and the authentic."

Admission: 
$10 general admission

An Evening with Fiona Joy Hawkins and Patrick Gorman

Saturday / June 4, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Australian composer and award-winning pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins will join Boston-based pianist and multi-instrumental composer Patrick Gorman for an intimate and unforgettable night of contemporary and transcultural music. Both artists' music has been produced by Windham Hall Records founder Will Ackerman.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

Cass McCombs / Sleepy Very Sleepy

Tuesday / May 10, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cass McCombs

Often-covered Californian troubadour Cass McCombs appears at Cafe 939 on the heels of his remarkable new release Wit's End (out on Domino on April 26).  Spin Magazine says of Wit's End: "Songs so unassuming they sneak up and slay you."

Sleepy Very Sleepy's Unlimited Circulation is slated for an independent release in May 2011. The album was produced by Sleepy Very Sleepy and Elio DeLuca, and engineered by DeLuca at The Soul Shop in Medford, MA (Titus Andronicus, Hallelujah the Hills, Faces on Film). From the sub-harmonic rumbling and dreamlike lyricism of the opening track, "Good Darkness," to the hard -itting, maddening caterwaul of the gospel-tinged "Only Us Know," the album follows a dynamic arc of tension and release. Though it straddles the line between genres, the record is held together by an emotional authenticity and clarity of statement.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Eric Finland and Friends and a Hammond Organ

Wednesday / May 4, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This will be a night of blues, funk, and fusion. Eric Finland plays with the tightest musicians around Berklee, featuring the Wally's Monday Night Blues Band.

Admission: 

His Presence

Monday / May 2, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Reverence Gospel Ensemble

An evening of gospel music featuring BCM's Reverence Gospel Ensemble, OverJoyed, Women of Virtue, and Men of Valor.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Liz Longley / Jesse Ruben

Thursday / April 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Just a few months after graduating from Berklee College of Music, Liz Longley is already showing signs of becoming the next acoustic powerhouse. In 2010 alone, Longley was awarded the BMI John Lennon Scholarship, Grand Prize International Acoustic Music Award (from 9,000 entries), and Chris Austin Songwriting Award and appeared at the Newport and Rocky Mountain Folk Festivals. She is particularly highly regarded for her personal, emotionally engaging songwriting. She is actively touring throughout the East Coast and has opened for Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, and Livingston Taylor.

Twenty-three-year-old, Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben delivers lush, soulful pop-rock on his second album, The Ones That Matter. The album was recorded by producer Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, OAR, Parachute) and his partner Stewart Myers (Mraz, Lifehouse, Rachel Yamagata, Mandy Moore). Ruben only applied to one college: Berklee. Ruben's focus on songwriting helped him blossom as a musician, using singer-songwriters like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as inspiration. 

Admission: 
$12, $10 students, general admission

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