Concert

Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas Nonet

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 3:45 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Mark Walker

Berklee professor and Grammy Award–winning drummer/composer Mark Walker presents a powerful and intoxicating blend of jazz improvisation with the rhythms and percussion of South America, the Caribbean and North America. His nine-piece group, the Rhythm of the Americas, is a virtual wall of rhythm, sound, and color, and features two percussionists, Hammond organ, piano, guitar, saxophone, vocals, bass, and drums.

The group features pianist Alain Mallet, vocalist Aubrey Johnson, saxophonist Dan Ian Smith, guitarist Tim Miller, organist Dave Limina, bassist Andres Rotmistrovsky, and two percussion virtuosos, Ernesto Diaz and Marcus Santos.

The music will feature Walker's compositions in various Latin American styles, including the Grammy Award–nominated composition "Deep Six," recorded by Oregon, and "What About That," which was featured on Paquito D'Rivera Quintet's Grammy Award–winning CD Funk Tango

Admission: 
Free

Women of the World

Saturday / September 29, 2012 / 1:15 p.m.
Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Women of the World

Women of the World is a Boston-based ensemble of women musicians representing Japan, India, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.  

Four core vocalists and a six-piece band comprise the ensemble, which performs original compositions as well as traditional folk music from around the world. With unique arrangements and intricate vocal harmonies, Women of the World strives to explore and share the beauty of myriad cultures through their music. This mixture of artistry has created for a sound which is all its own: borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.

 


Admission: 
Free

Mary Black

Saturday / November 10, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Mary Black has long been considered one of the finest female vocalists in the Celtic world. An unparalleled interpretive singer with a beautiful, dynamic voice, she draws on her traditional Irish folk and ballad background to create music that soars with a contemporary edge. She's touring in support of Stories from the Steeples, her much-anticipated first studio album in six years.

Special guest Róisín O has been busily earning credits as a singer and songwriter since she left school not too many years ago. She’s supported dates with the Coronas, Imelda May, Brad Paisley, and Robert Cray, recorded with Paul Brady and Mary Black, and performed at numerous festivals, including Ireland’s popular indie-rock Indiependence.  Her song “Drifting” was chosen for the latest Woman’s Heart Now compilation. Come autumn 2012, the stand-out acoustic rock sound of Róisín O and her band, Alan Tully (guitars, vocals), Brian Murphy (bass, vocals), and Ruth O’Mahony Brady (keys, vocals), will be featured on the group’s debut CD, The Secret Life of Blue.  

 

Admission: 
$48, $42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Andrew Jones's Senior Recital

Thursday / November 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bassist Andrew Jones presents an hour of funky good times.

Admission: 
Free

Homeland Security: Celebrating Contemporary and Traditional African Music and Dance at Berklee

Monday / January 28, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This show will feature Berklee's finest African musicians and music that inspired them growing up in their homelands. They will share not only their favorite music but also some of their personal experience as well. 

Berklee College of Music attracts and recruits artists from all over the world, and an increasing number of exceptional musicians are arriving from Africa. This feature concert will bring together a main-stage blowout spectacle featuring several of Berklee's African students. The show will highlight the rich music, compelling stories, and vibrant dance that is a way of life in Africa—as well as here at Berklee.

This performance is dedicated to Linda Mason and Roger Brown in honor of their humanitarian work in Africa and continued support of Africa's musical community.

Can't make it to the concert? Watch it live on Concert Window

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

Hairspray

Tuesday / November 20, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962, Baltimore, Maryland plump teenage Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Turnblad wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Rebecca Loebe / Jess Klein / Jenn Grinels

Friday / October 19, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rebecca Loebe

Award-winning singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Last spring Loebe took a break from her 200-show-per-year tour schedule to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s The Voice, with a performance of Nirvana’s Come As You Are that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. An Atlanta native and a Berklee Alumna, Loebe now makes her home in Austin and will be touring nationwide this fall to celebrate the release of her third full length album, Circus Heart.

Since relocating to Austin in 2007, Jess Klein has been embraced by the quirky yet robust Texas music scene, and it shows in her latest release Behind a Veil (Motherlode Records, 2012), a deep collection of Americana-tinged musings on love, loss, and redemption. On Behind a Veil, Klein writes honestly and courageously about the conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy, and pain. But even in the most delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice.
 
Klein explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a situation—sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad, but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”
 
In October 2007, singer and songwriter Jenn Grinels of Cupertino, California, gave up her apartment, setting out on her first tour armed with nothing but her guitar, a beautiful voice, and a passion for music. Over four years later, the self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock, singer-songwriter,” has released two full-length albums, toured the country extensively, and won numerous awards for her amazing set of pipes. Despite not having a permanent address for almost five years, Grinels never slowed down, and continued winning fans during her one-of-a-kind performances, sharing the stage with artists like Christopher Cross, JD Souther, Cracker, and Rebecca Loebe. Named 2012 Vocalist of the Year by APCA for the third straight year, and 2012 Performer of the Year by Campus Activities magazine, Grinels is notorious for her impressive songwriting ability, incredible stage performance, and unmistakable vocal abilities.

 

 

 

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Pyyramids / Eytan and the Embassy / Animal Flag

Friday / September 14, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pyyramids

From the mystical, unGoogleable beyond comes Pyyramids, a new collaboration by OK Go's Tim Nordwind and singer Drea Smith. Pyyramids comes as a reinvention for both players and steps into new, wild territory. For Nordwind, the guy with the bass, beard, and glasses in OK Go, Pyyramids's expansive textures find him far from the bright indie pop and all-inclusive videos that have made OK Go one of the most recognizable—not to mention most-watched—acts of the digital age. (Though that doesn't mean Pyyramids won't try their hand at videos.) For Smith, formerly the saucy half of the electro-pop duo He Say She Say—and a stint with Lupe Fiasco—it brings her songwriting into a place of bold new maturity without sacrificing the force of her singular presence. For both, it is an unlikely partnership entirely befitting of the new age.

His reputation for crafting sticky hooks in any genre has made Eytan a secret weapon in the entertainment industry. His compositions can be heard on everything from a pair of 2011 MasterCard spots to the jazzy soundtrack for the 2005 Chinese hit drama Beauty Remains to a trio of parody videos to virally promote the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Of the latter, he says, "I wrote four songs in a day and a half for that." While paying the rent with these jobs, the prodigious musician nurtured his most fertile creative outlet since 2009: Eytan & the Embassy. Joined by a four-piece live band, Oren has earned comparisons to Ben Folds for his dexterous use of the piano, and Mark Ronson for his love of brass.

Animal Flag is the solo-project of Berklee student singer/songwriter/producer, Matthew Politoski. 

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Bleep Blop: An Electro-Acoustic Ensemble

Thursday / November 8, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Bleep Blop returns to Berklee with lots of friends. Forces include piano, violin, cello, percussion, and an array of laptops. No concert is complete without the addition of live video. Come experience this live interaction between electronic and acoustic instruments. 

Bleep Blop is an ensemble dedicated to the merging of acoustic performers with live electronics. We are dedicated to an overhaul of the concert experiences and aim to provide an interactive environment for our audience. 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Symphonic Winds

Wednesday / December 19, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Symphonic Winds presents its fall concert, featuring music from the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics and Les Miserables. Also on the program is Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance and seasonal favorites from Percy Grainger and Leroy Anderson. Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

 

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

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