Public Service Broadcasting is a London-based pseudonymous musical duo consisting of J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, other stringed instruments, sampling, and electronic instruments; and Wrigglesworth on drums, piano, and electronic instruments.
Through their uniquely spellbinding live AV transmissions, audiences will witness the band weave samples from old public information films, archival footage, and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo, and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future—beaming our past back at us through vintage television sets and state-of-the-art modern video projection devices.
Watch Public Service Broadcasting's music video for "Spitfire" here:
This show also features Boston-based post-rock band I/O.
Still image from Harold Lloyd's <i>Safety Last!</i>
Presented in collaboration with ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will perform its new original score to the classic Harold Lloyd silent film comedy Safety Last! in Emerson's Cutler Majestic Theatre, live-to-picture. The score is made possible through a commission from the Coolidge Corner Theatre's Sounds of Silents™ program.
Safety Last! is widely considered one of the most enduring silent film classics of all time. The film features the acclaimed comedic genius Harold Lloyd and boasts an iconic image of cinematic history—that of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building over a bustling Los Angeles street. Lloyd, who joins the ranks of silent screen comic greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton (and actually led the pack as the biggest box office star), performed his own hilarious and daring stunt work. The result is a quintessential motion picture treasure, added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and meticulously preserved for decades by the Harold Lloyd estate. The Coolidge and Cutler Majestic will present a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films, sourced from an original nitrate print.
The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Berklee College of Music, which boasts the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the student orchestra composes its new works, and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of professor of film scoring Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America). To date, the BSFO has scored seven iconic silent features (Sunrise, It, Battleship Potemkin, Piccadilly, Faust, Our Hospitality, and Safety Last) all commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline as part of the theater’s Sounds of Silents™ program, which champions silent film music performance. The recipient of a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has also performed in the new Nantucket Dreamland Theater, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Stu Larsen has no home. Three years ago he made a decision to leave behind normality, security, and comfort, choosing to live as simply as possible and to follow the opportunities that would lay themselves down in front of him. It was a bold but necessary move as he found himself getting caught in the day-to-day life of a working man while dreaming of a life on the road.
Names such as vagabond, gypsy, and troubadour have often been thrown around in reference to Larsen, but he seems to embrace all that come his way. Since leaving his quiet little town in Queensland, Australia, Larsen has spent the years being on the move, touring, recording, driving friends' tour vans, and pretty much anything else that allows him to stay on the road. With tours through Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., and Europe taking up the majority of his time so far, there are always talks of venturing to America and Canada in the windows of spare time that seem to be so few and far between.
Ryeford, Larsen’s current release, was recorded in an empty farmhouse in rural Queensland with good friends Luke Thompson (New Zealand) and Tim Hart (Sydney, Boy & Bear). The three friends spent a week in isolation, recording the five tracks live for Larsen’s EP. The trio brings together a mix of guitar, banjo, ukelele, and three-part harmonies in places, bringing out the very essence of the folk tunes that Larsen had written over the previous year, partly inspired by life on the road and partly by nearing the end of a long-distance relationship with a songstress from New Zealand.
Watch Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai perform "To & Fro" here:
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Adam Burrows was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. His songs reflect his small-town upbringing and draw the listener in by celebrating life’s everyday moments and embracing those that are fleeting. His lyrics capture the beauty of easy conversation, and his characters remain with you like old friends. Burrows’s stories touch his listener simply but deeply, evoking emotions and images of less complicated times. His recollections of hope and heartache are framed by percussive fingerpicking and catchy melodies—melodies you will find yourself humming for days.
Burrows’s enthusiasm and endearing smile are a given at every show, whether he is playing solo or with other artists. Burrows began performing regularly two years ago as a duo with talented musician Josh Preston, who sings harmonies and plays guitar, glockenspiel, melodica, and other various instruments. Burrows plays at well-known venues and events such as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Music City Roots, Musicians Corner, and Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special on WDVX.
Check out Adam Burrows performing "Just Another Adam" here:
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
Explore works created by Berklee students in collaboration with pioneering audio artist Robin Rimbaud, also known as Scanner. The projects, created by musicians in Berklee’s new Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, include cutting-edge works for live electronics and custom modular synthesizers as well as video and dance.
The final performance of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute’s (BGJI) Creativity and Expression in the Arts series is the culmination of the Creativity and Expression in the Arts course—a Berklee course exploring the artistic creative process and its connection to visual and performing arts forms. Taught by associate professor Anthony Scibilia, the course is designed to workshop two compositions based on selected works of art. Among the artists explored in this course are Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, and Monet. “I want students to deconstruct pieces to develop their own personal language,” Scibilia explains. “Paintings become the road map.” This performance at Lilypad will feature the final compositions from the course.
The 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.