Concert

Berklee Stage at Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 16, 2010 / 10:00 a.m.
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

Berklee presents seven groups on the main stage at Copley Square during the second annual Boston Book Festival, a free event open to the public with over 50 authors and presenters. Musical genres include bluegrass, folk, jazz, and flamenco.

10:00 a.m. - Berklee City Music All-Stars

The Berklee City Music All-Stars Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues, and is made up of talented urban teens from the Boston area. The All-Stars have performed in New York at an event hosted by Quincy Jones to promote national music education for youth. The Berklee City Music program has also been a recipient of the prestigious 2008 Coming Up Taller Award, and were featured performers at a ceremony that took place in the East Room of the White House. 

11:00 a.m. - Alicia Lemke

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer/songwriter who began writing her own brand of folk/pop music a little over a year ago. Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic and whimsical lyrics, lilting melody, fingerstyle guitar, and a graceful, strong voice. Her songwriting speaks of her own self-awareness, honesty, and personal experience. Lemke and her trio blend a steady harmonic interplay between piano and acoustic guitar with the rhythm of cajon and hand percussion, to breathe life and movement into her words.  

12:00 p.m. - Berklee Performance and Slam Poetry

No costumes, no props—just raw creativity and a courageous soul. Performance poetry sweeps across all genres, spanning hip-hop, stand-up, comedy, theater, social commentary, bittersweet love ballads, and personal evolution. The end result is an electric event that inspires, transforms, entertains, and liberates.

Featuring Berklee students Jennifer Ayala, Sarah Mount, and Scott Kapelman, and Berklee Poetry Slam Team coach Caroline Harvey, a poet featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam

1:00 p.m. - Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull displays instrumental facility and musical maturity well beyond her age with Secrets, her national debut album. Hull began playing mandolin at age eight and was quickly noted on the national festival scene for her fluid, inventive picking—winning several mandolin and guitar championships in the process. 

Hull has developed into an exquisite vocalist, as amply demonstrated by the largely vocal-driven material that composes Secrets. Working closely with coproducer Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station), her vocal performances are disarmingly tender and eloquent, yet delivered with the confidence and honesty necessary to cut through a top-notch bluegrass ensemble. Among the musicians and vocalists joining her on Secrets are Block, Barry Bales, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Chris Jones, Jason Moore, Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Jim VanCleve, and the remarkably hard-driving seventeen-year-old banjo phenom Cory Walker, who has already played alongside Sierra for several years.

Hull was a featured performer on the Great High Mountain Tour, which included an all-star bluegrass lineup performing songs from the soundtracks of the hit movies O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. A seasoned performer, she has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows and shared the stage with bluegrass legends Alison Krauss, IIIrd Tyme Out, Sam Bush, Mountain Heart, and Ricky Skaggs.

An active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Hull has been performing in that organization's annual convention showcases of young bluegrass talent since she was ten. As cohost (with Ryan Holladay) of IBMA's educational DVD release Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, she played an integral part in their effort to introduce young audiences to this uniquely American genre.

2:00 p.m. - Hailey Niswanger

Hailey Niswanger's accomplishments reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. The alto saxophonist has shared the stage with jazz greats Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, and Mark Whitfield, among others. Her own quartet has performed at the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak's Jazz Club, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and other jazz venues around Portland. In September 2009 she was selected as the new alto saxophonist for the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenón and Jaleel Shaw, among others.  

Niswanger's June 2009 recording debut as a leader—the self-produced and self-released CD Confeddie—established her throughout North America. The album was reviewed in such leading jazz magazines as Jazz Times and Jazziz and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to profile her in the Wall Street JournalConfeddie appeared on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart 3 times and was among the top 100 jazz CDs in the country for two months. It features a rhythm section composed of fellow Berklee students Michael Palma on piano, Greg Chaplin on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. 

Niswanger was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she won the festival's saxophone competition in 2008.

3:00 p.m. - Ariadna Riva's Band

Spanish pianist and composer Ariadna Rivas, the first Spanish Presidential Scholar at Berklee College of Music, graduated in 2005 from Guildhall School of Music in London, receiving a degree on classical piano. After returning to Spain she performed with many great figures of  the flamenco scene, such as Niño Josele, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonell "El Bola," and Jesús del Rosario.

She has toured with Jorge Pardo, Vivancos and others, playing in Israel, Athens, New York, the U.K., Turkey, Romania, and all over Spain.

Currently residing in Boston while attending Berklee, she took part in a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and performs around the New England/NYC area. She is also working on her upcoming album to be recorded with Javier Limón (Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdés, and el Cigala).

4:00 p.m. - The Boston Boys

The sound of Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, the Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. All band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Mark Hadley Double Quartet

Wednesday / October 13, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark Hadley leads his senior recital of all original compositions with a double quartet. With a traditional jazz quartet of guitar, piano, bass, and drums alongside a string quartet, the music will venture into unexplored areas of instrumentation and orchestration. The music draws influence from many styles, including folk, classical, jazz, and rock.

Admission: 

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / October 6, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cafe 939 presents Open Mic Night on the first Wednesday of every month. Sign-ups will start at 6:00 p.m. Two songs/10 minutes. First 18 to sign up, plus waitlist. Piano, DI, mics provided. No drum set; light hand percussion allowed.

Admission: 
Free

Bhrigu Sahni / Silvina Moreno

Tuesday / October 5, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Silvina Moreno, Bhrigu Sahni

Bringing together a large variety of styles, guitarist/composer Bhrigu Sahni showcases a collaboration with talented artists from all over the world, with a focus on Sufi Indian influences (Arooj Aftab) to intricate solo guitar arrangements to heavy grooving funk drum 'n' bass experimental sounds (Kinki Ski Monkey). You will definitely get your money's worth. 

The second half of the show is the sixth recital by Silvina Moreno, an Argentinian singer/songwriter. She will be showcasing her original songs along with her favorite covers. Her styles include a combination of English and Spanish music in the genres of rock, pop, reggae, funk, Latin American rhythms, and original Argentinian tango. Enjoy a wide variety of interesting music with amazing musicians. 

 

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Norm Zocher Group

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Norm Zocher

The Norm Zocher Group will feature original, high-energy guitar-oriented jazz and fusion in celebration of the band's 20th year of performances at Berklee. Referred to as "a guitar legend in the making" and one of "Boston's best composers" in the press, the critically acclaimed leader's all-Berklee band will feature two outstanding graduates: Grammy-nominated drummer Pablo Bencid and bassist Alex Smith.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Uyanga

Tuesday / September 28, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Uyanga Boldbaatar presents Uyanga—a group recently voted as one of Boston's top three r&b bands at the Boston Music Conference R&B Competition. Uyanga will be performing original r&b, neo-soul, and pop, as well as a few of their favorite soul numbers, bringing their own unique flavors into the mix. The group is composed of Uyanga Boldbaatar, Anna Talpe, Mariama Ndure, Michelle Walter, Lucas Ellman, Gregory Marchand, Yuki Kishida, Amarnath HAzarika, Nelson Leong, and Ben Atkind.

Admission: 

Robert Glasper

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 10:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Glasper

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: This is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time.
Career-wise, this creates a constant balancing act, and on occasion literally being double-booked, appearing with the trio and the Experiment on the same night. Such is the storyline that emerges on Double-Booked, with conflicting voicemail messages from Terence Blanchard and Roots drummer Ahmir Questlove Thompson, each pulling for a different Glasper band.

"Most people, if they have different bands, they do separate albums," says Glasper. "But I felt I'd be making more of a statement if I put it all on one joint." The result, in essence, is a snapshot of Glasper's life. "This is what I'm dealing with," he continues. "It's not like I play jazz but I also play hip-hop now and then. I'm in it, for real, both sides of the spectrum. That's my life. A lot of people go in stages-they might focus on trio for a long time, then they change or whatever. My thing is both, all the time."

The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper's Experiment band but recently came on board the trio as well.

Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has also garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as "a fantastic musician," pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: "a harmonic maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish." 

 

Admission: 
$22

Robert Glasper

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Glasper

One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: This is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper's third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

An artist who "unfailingly gets the feeling right" (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. With Double-Booked, the 32-year-old Houston native puts his enviable versatility front and center, emphasizing these different hemispheres of his musical brain at the same time. The first six tracks on Double-Booked feature Glasper in trio setting with longtime bassist Vicente Archer as well as drummer Chris Dave, who plays in Glasper's Experiment band but recently joined the trio as well.

Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has also garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum. In a May 2008 Blindfold Test for Down Beat magazine, a fellow pianist instantly identified Glasper and praised him as "a fantastic musician," pinpointing characteristics of his unique style: "a harmonic maze, but also an insistent rhythm, certain turns and filigrees and ornaments, some of them sort of gospelish."  

 

Admission: 
$25

Sadao Watanabe

Thursday / September 23, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sadao Watanabe

Alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe performs with his band featuring Danny Grissett (piano), Ben Williams (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drum set). Sponsored by the Woodwind Department.

Born on February 1, 1933, Sadao Watanabe began playing the alto sax at age 18. He made a name for himself in the jazz scene, participating in Toshiko Akiyoshi's Cozy Quartet and various other sessions. He studied abroad at Berklee Music of College, enriching his musical style by performing with big acts such as Chico Hamilton and Gary McFarland. Forming his own band after returning to Japan in 1965, Watanabe became more active in the national music scene and played a major role in creating in the big bossa nova boom in Japan in the '60s. The 1968 Newport Jazz Festival marked the beginning of his international career.

In 2001, Watanabe was appointed as the executive producer of the Japanese Government Exhibition Project for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. He culminated the events with a performance with youth percussion and chorus groups from five continents in an extraordinary cross-cultural blend of rhythm and song. This project has spread to Jakarta, Guam, and the Zaragoza Expo 2008.

On behalf of his lifetime contribution in music, Watanabe received the Mainichi Art Awards last year. He appeared at the Montreal and Toronto jazz festivals with his Japanese band last July. His 70th album, Into Tomorrow, was released last September.

Admission: 

<em>The Why</em> / Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys are a musical alchemy descending into the rabbit hole of performance art. With their toys and voices they create a death-folk, steamcrunk, organic-industrial experience.

The award-winning film The Why features music by Walter Sickert. The Why draws from the evil tones of early Polanski with inspired dialogue and linearity, while shocking the viewer with gritty vignettes of Hooper-like violence. Although the film is more arthouse than horror, viewers are still caught in a metaphysical mélange absent of love, absent of hate, and absent of reason.

Admission: 
$10

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