Concert

Afro-Pop Concert: Lamine Touré and Group Saloum

Wednesday / June 22, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival concert.

Admission: 

Steelpan Concert Emily Laxner "Camomilla"

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival concert.

Admission: 

Alicia Lemke

Thursday / June 9, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Alicia Lemke

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer-songwriter currently performing across the Northeast. Most recently a scholarship recipient at Berklee, Lemke bases her project out of Boston and New York, though recent shows have taken her as far as L.A., Miami, and London. Both an accomplished singer and self-taught guitarist, she began writing her own brand of pop/folk music a little over a year ago and released her first EP, titled Shades of Motion, in April of 2010.

Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic lyrics, lilting melody, finger style guitar, and a graceful, strong voice. A consistent and honest writer, her songs range from heartbreaking to playful, but always speak to self-awareness and universality. Performing now with a five-piece band, Lemke has found a full and refreshing sound as she moves forward with her music. Though her first forays into music came from performing in musical theater as early as middle school, her real passion emerged from 10 years of playing saxophone. Her leadership in high school propelled her into college jazz ensemble, where she doubled as baritone saxophonist and vocalist. Her discovery of vocal jazz inspired Lemke to take a semester off from school and work under the tutelage of jazz piano legend Garry Dial (Manhattan School of Music). It was during that spring in NYC that she picked up acoustic guitar, and upon encouragement from Dial, auditioned for Berklee.

A true Midwestern girl, Lemke grew up in Wisconsin with a healthy exposure to nature, camping, and travel. Her love for the environment carried over into her course of study at Swarthmore College, where she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Theater and Biology. During her time at Swarthmore, she spent a summer conducting field research in Northeast Queensland, Australia, where she fell in love with conservational sciences and environmental studies. Lemke hopes to use her recognition gained through music to raise awareness surrounding environmental issues.

Admission: 
Free

Battle for Five-Week

Thursday / June 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sonicbids and Berklee Summer Programs partner to give one talented singer-songwriter a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

The finalists are:

Kate Diaz
Jon Jackson
Justin Lantrip
Kat McGivern
Sophia Moon
Hillary Weaver

The competition will be judged by Melissa Ferrick, Livingston and Sally Taylor, and Ken Zambello. Learn more at sonicbids.com/BerkleeSummer and berklee.edu/summer.

 

Admission: 
Free

Andrew Belle Featuring Trent Dabbs

Friday / June 24, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Andrew Belle

Andrew Belle is a new artist on the pop singer-songwriter scene. Splitting his time between Chicago and Nashville, he is currently a member of the critically acclaimed national tour Ten out of Tenn. Belle released his debut EP, All Those Pretty Lights, in 2008, which he followed up with his debut full-length album, The Ladder, last year. His music and vocal stylings draw comparisons to Coldplay, the Fray, and John Mayer. Fans and critics often refer to his songs as "smart pop"—nuanced melodies and contemplative lyrics coupled with bold, infectious hooks.

Singer and songwriter Trent Dabbs was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, but has been based in Nashville for his professional career. He is often known as the father of the musical collective, Ten Out of Tenn, which he cofounded in 2005. This group is made up of 10 up-and-coming Nashville artists who tour together and support one another. On its seventh tour and fourth volume, the group is ever-evolving and has included Erin McCarley, Andrew Belle, Matthew Perryman Jones, Katie Herzig, Butterfly Boucher, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Jeremy Lister, and many others.

 

Admission: 
$12 general admission

Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
Kauai Marriott Aupaka Terrace
3610 Rice Street
Kauai
HI
United States
96766
Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Berklee student Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. She has shared the stage with DeeDee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Whitfield, and other jazz greats. She leads her own quartet, which 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 in the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenon and Jaleel Shaw, among others.

Niswanger's June 2009 recording debut as a leader—the self-produced and self-released CD Confeddie—was promoted to both U.S. and Canadian press and radio, establishing her throughout North America. The album was reviewed in such leading jazz magazines as JazzTimes and Jazziz and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to profile her in the Wall Street Journal. It was programmed on more than 100 radio stations in North America and was on the CMJ (College Music Journal) Jazz Top-40 chart for 11 consecutive weeks, four in the top-10 and three in the top-5—including two weeks at its peak position of No. 4 and was the No. 1 jazz add during its add week. Confeddie also appeared on the JazzWeek Top-50 chart three times and was among the top 100 jazz CDs in the country for two months.

Admission: 
Free

Jason Camelio's Octet Bending Dogma

Saturday / June 25, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jason Camelio presents his Octet, Bending Dogma, as part of Berklee's Brass, Saxophone, and Flute Weekend summer programs.

Admission: 

Wayne Pearcy Group

Friday / June 24, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Alumnus Wayne Pearcy performs with his quintet and faculty guests for Flute Weekend.

Admission: 

Silvina Moreno

Friday / August 5, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Silvina Moreno

Since she came to Berklee in 2008, Silvina Moreno has had one goal: to explore her music potential and become the best artist she can be, a loyal messenger of beautiful music. Since the age of 10, Moreno has been mainly passionate about singing and performing, and has also developed her songwriting abilities, stage presence, guitar, piano and bass skills, and music business knowledge.

At Berklee, she has become involved with a series of high-profile shows, including the commencement ceremony in the Agganis Arena in Boston, singing for Grammy Award–winner Juan Luis Guerra in front of 6,000 graduating students and families.

In January of 2011, Moreno had the privilege of sharing the stage with acclaimed Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler. She says, "Jorge has taught me to breathe, to explore my identity as a songwriter, and have patience with the process of embracing my artistry."

She has also had the honor to sing with 10-time Grammy Award–winner Bobby McFerrin in a group of talented Berklee singers called the Singing Tribe. This concert was mainly produced to generate improvised music in song circles, mixed with composed choral pieces as well. "Bobby McFerrin has taught me how to learn from mistakes, how to embrace the stage and the audience, and forget about everything else. In the end, it is really all about the music," Moreno says. "That was one of the most unforgettable experiences I have had in my entire life."  

Moreno spent last summer in London, where she interned for Camden Bars and performed in many venues, showcasing her music with an amazing group of musicians.

Admission: 
Free

Tamsin Wilson

Wednesday / August 24, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tamsin Wilson

Hailing from the U.K. and Canada, Boston-based singer-songwriter Tamsin Wilson pulls from the warm folk sounds of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, with a dash of Feist, to create a welcoming ambiance and heartfelt, sweet-tongued songs.

"Wilson's voice is crystal-clear and perfect, with enough edge to her alt-folk pop songs to keep it from being too commercial or saccharine. With her coquettish glances at the crowd and knowing twinkle in her eye, she is nothing short of captivating." —Rachel Clare, Amelia's Magazine  

Admission: 
Free

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