Concert

Daphne Willis / Eric Stepanian / Mal Blum

Friday / April 29, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Daphne Willis

In a little more than three years since she grabbed her acoustic guitar and took the stage for the first time, Chicago-based Daphne Willis has grown from a feisty neophyte into a self-assured, marvelously expressive artist with a bracingly seductive sound. The 22-year-old's Vanguard Records debut album, What to Say, documents Willis's voyage of self-discovery and is a captivating introduction to a remarkably fresh voice—one that both reflects and scrutinizes the social patterns of her generation.

Eric Stepanian's Goodnight Scarlett, produced by Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Daniel Lanois), fits a narrative of music which is relevant, immediate, and powerful. Goodnight Scarlett is timeless, pure, American rock music, influenced by Stepanian's twin heroes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, tempered by '70s AM radio fare and personalized by the singer-songwriter's unique history. Stepanian can be tough, but Goodnight Scarlett is often a dark reverie, musing over lost loves, broken hearts, and the misery that ensues.

Mal Blum first appeared on the scene at age 19, with a tongue-in-cheek little ditty about her ukulele; today, tens of thousands have viewed the music video for "Ode to Kulele," which was voted a Top Ten Music Video of 2009 (#10) on LOGO TV's The Click List in January. Since releasing "Ode to Kulele," from her sophomore album, Goodnight Sugarpop (2008), Blum has kept busy. The past two years already saw her snagging opening spots for Melissa Ferrick, Bitch, Amanda Palmer, Kimya Dawson, Hamell on Trial, and more, as well as releasing a new EP.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Ensemble Showcase: Hip-Hop, Caribbean

Friday / April 29, 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, Winston Maccow, and Matt Jenson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including hip-hop and Caribbean.

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

4:30 p.m. Winston Maccow: Caribbean Music

6:30 p.m. Matt Jenson: Music and Life of Bob Marley

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

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Hip-Hop

Thursday / April 28, 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.

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

4:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Stage Performance Workshop I

6:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Stage Performance Workshop II

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

Admission: 

Tyrone Wells / Matt Duke

Wednesday / April 27, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tyrone Wells

Cafe 939 is pleased to welcome the return of Tyrone Wells. Tyrone's music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, and Intervention among other television shows and films.

Tyrone Wells is very proud of what has happened with his music, but he won't lay out everything that has happened. He'll just say that his music has gone far beyond and he is thrilled about it. Instead, he'd like to let you in on an even more meaningful accomplishment in his eyes: "I am married. I am learning to love and be loved, to forgive and be forgiven, to choose day in and day out to care for one person unlike I care for anyone else. It's awesome, I recommend it. It's a beautiful thing."

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost teenage—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. "That's exactly the image I am hoping to project," says Matt, who incorporates pop, folk, jazz, and rock into his repertoire. His stadium-ready Vedderesque voice may have mass appeal, but for now you are more likely to see him in a coffeehouse setting, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes, such as Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst.

Admission: 
$17, general admission

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.

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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

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