Performance

The Great American Songbook: Great Women Songwriters

Sunday / February 23, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Dorothy Fields

Women composers have made an indelible mark on the Great American Songbook. Berklee students and faculty will showcase great songs from the pen of Aretha Franklin, Dorothy Fields, Bessie Smith, Carole King, and Billie Holiday, just to name a few. Vocalists Donna McElroy, Natalia Sulca, Jennifer Hoyt, Nigel Tay, Gabriela Carrillo, Lisa Thorson, and Tickwanya Jones will present memorable performances of some of the best songs ever written.

Here's a video from the event, featuring vocalist Tickwanya Jones:

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

Si On Jang: Trust What You Hear

Tuesday / December 17, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Si On Jang performs her senior recital at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Christa Gniadek / Eric Leva / Emily Correia

Thursday / May 22, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Christa Gniadek

This show features three talented singer-songwriters – Christa Gniadek, Eric Leva, and Emily Correia – bringing their guitars and their engaging voices to the Café 939 stage.

Christa Gniadek’s lyrics blend raw emotion and humor, while her voice calls to mind the robust, velvety vocals of Norah Jones mixed with an Anna Nalick-like folk-pop element and the quirky poeticism of Ingrid Michaelson. Gniadek sings and plays the guitar with the honest self-assuredness of a person finding her way to poignancy, grace, and character.

Eric Leva is a songwriter, performer, and recording artist from the Boston area. Eric’s music has been featured on WXRV-FM ("The River''), WERS-FM, The Berklee Internet Radio Network, and Boston University’s WTBU-FM. Eric’s newest releases “Time & Place” and “Not in My City” can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and several other digital music outlets. Eric has a new EP due out in 2014. Former releases include “Another Light – Original Holiday EP” (2011) and “The Scheme of Things – EP” (2011). Eric’s solo piano pop performances and charming stage banter have swooned audiences on both U.S. coasts in venues ranging from the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge to the oceanside Santa Monica Place in California.

Watch Eric's official video of Time & Place

 

Also supporting is Emily Correia; check out her original composition, Wonder:

 

Note: As this show, originally scheduled for February 13, 2014, was postponed due to inclement weather, original tickets will be honored on May 22, 2014.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Moonface / Saltland

Friday / March 14, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Moonface

Since January 2010, Spencer Krug has used Moonface as a venue for home-recorded instrumental and conceptual experimentation, expanding upon ideas he developed collaboratively with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown. Releases under the Moonface moniker have come quickly. After moving from Montreal to Helsinki, Krug teamed up with the Finnish band Siinai to create a rock record driven by the dark despair of a breakup, Heartbreaking Bravery. In Helsinki, Krug set off on yet another creative departure, driven by a rediscovery of love and a reconsideration of the Moonface persona he had created for himself. The fourth Moonface release is an album of emotionally charged music for piano and voice, Julia with Blue Jeans On, that is unlike anything Krug has produced to date.

Saltland is the project of Canadian cellist Rebecca Foon, who is best known as a co-founder of contemporary chamber group Esmerine.

Admission: 
$18 in advance, $20 day of show, general admission

Eunyoung Kim: Peace in Union

Monday / December 16, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist/composer Eunyoung Kim presents her original music, jazz standards, and an arrangement of Korean folk music with percussion ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

String Quartet Time Warp

Thursday / December 19, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Four Corners Quartet and the Barratt-Due Quartet will journey through 200 years of epic string quartets. The program features works by Schubert, Shostakovich, Marsalis, and current Berklee professor Eugene Friesen. The Four Corners Quartet is composed of Layth Sidiq, Ellen Story, Alliz Nicholas, and Naseem Alatrash. The Barratt-Due Quartet is Peder Barratt-Due, Vicente Espi, Dan Lay, and Roman Soto.

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Middle Eastern Festival: The Music of Armenia

Monday / March 3, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Sato Moughalian
Zulal
Kevork Mourad
Christiane Karam
This journey through the musical traditions of Armenia and the surrounding region features the Perspectives Ensemble, Sato Moughalian, A cappella folk trio Zulal, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, the Sayat Nova Dance Troupe, and Berklee World Strings, and will be accompanied by live painting by Kevork Mourad. 
 
Watch a video from the performance featuring Berklee's Pletenitsa Balkan Choir here:
 
 
Flutist Sato Moughalian has a multi-faceted career, performing as a chamber musician, solo, and orchestral player; she is active in the New York new music and freelance community. As an artistic director, the range of her activities includes the founding of Perspectives Ensemble in 1993 as a group in residence at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University and its subsequent participation in concert series at the 92nd St. Y, Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall; the creation of touring chamber groups for Columbia Artists over a period of seven years; artistic direction of Rutgers University's SummerFest and Music on the Island; critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Classics, Newport Classics and New World Records; and collaborations with conductors, composers, musicians, and artists in other media. As founder of MAYA, she is particularly active in seeking and identifying gifted emerging composers and working with them through the commissioning process.
 
Perspectives Ensemble was created, in part, to present works within a cultural context, and to create performances which are informed by the influences prevailing on composers at the time of composition,  in order to give voice to Moughalian’s lifelong interest in other arts forms and their relationship to music, and to her particularly detailed approach to the preparation of performances. Under her direction, the group has considered subjects including the influence of traditional music on "classical" composers, in particular, music of the Romani people in Spain and Hungary, and the development of a distinctly American style in architecture, dance and music. An important behind-the-scenes element in the preparation of performances of works by composers who incorporated or were influenced by folk or traditional music in developing their own distinctive style, is an organized period of intensive listening, on the part of the musicians, to exemplars of those folk traditions.  Perspectives Ensemble has presented the New York City premieres of works of Aaron Jay Kernis and Gabriel Erkoreka, and has recorded music of Richard Danielpour, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Karel Husa to the same critical acclaim that it has received for its concert performances since its formation. For this concert, the vision of the Perspectives Ensemble will be brought to life by the Berklee Middle Eastern Festival Band and artists from the local community.
 
In Armenian, zulal means clear water. Zulal, the A cappella trio, aims to create music that is like clear water—fluid, clean, and unconfined. The group takes Armenia's village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing a sophisticated lyricism and energy. Pastoral images that hint at a nation's loss, nostalgia, hope, and pride infuse their arrangements. A soaring crane catching a glimpse of village beauties flirting at the market below, a shepherd boy cradling a milkmaid, secret messages placed upon the western winds: these are reminders of a simpler past, tokens of comfort in the complex, modern world.

 
Kevork Mourad was born in 1970 in Kamechli, a town in the upper reaches of Syria. After getting a master's degree from Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia, Mourad got the idea to combine his world of visual art with his love for music. With his technique of spontaneous painting, where he shares the stage with musicians—a collaboration in which art and music develop in counterpoint to each other—he has worked with many world-class musicians. Among them are Kinan Azmeh, Ezequiel Viñao, Tambuco, Brooklyn Rider, Mari Kimura, Ken Ueno, Liubo Borissov, Eve Beglarian, Rami Khalife, Maya Trio, SYOTOS, Song Fusion, and Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, of which he is a member as a visual artist. He has performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Chelsea Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Chess Festival of Mexico City, the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan, Le Festival du Monde Arabe in Montreal, the Stillwater Festival, the Nara Museum in Japan, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rubin Museum of Art, Harvard University, the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, Central Park’s Summerstage, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount is applied at checkout), $12 day of show, reserved seating

The Eclectic Electrics

Thursday / May 8, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Contemporary jazz for five guitars and a rhythm section.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble: Ghost Soap, Soap Bliss

Thursday / December 19, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Students of Tom Plsek's Exploring Technology for Brass class present a show of experimental solo works.

Admission: 
Free

Sonic Collision V

Wednesday / April 16, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A concert of high-energy electronica, presented by electronic production and design students featuring live improvised sets on laptops and controllers.

Admission: 
Free

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