Concert

The Society of Composers

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02116

The Society of Composers, Berklee's student composers club, will present its fall concert, including original music by Alisa Apreleva, Isaac Richardson, Robin Conroy, Maria Eugenia Leon Mazorra, Sarah Eide, Galen Fraser, Joel Clarkson, Caitlin Callas, Timothy Do Nguyen, Andrew Trovato, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Alexander Arntzen, Vima Pratama, Asa Gray, and Michael Oldham.

Admission: 
Free

Red Bellows / Old Abram Brown / Gaetana Brown

Saturday / December 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Red Bellows

Red Bellows is an ambient/progressive rock quartet from Boston, MA. With a brand new EP to be released in November of 2010, they have funneled a large effort into spreading the word across the internet and all of Boston.  This anticipated EP release calls for a spring tour with a trip to the SXSW music festival in March. They draw from an eclectic variety of artists, ranging from As Tall As Lions to The Mars Volta to Radiohead.  With great fan rapport, Red Bellows is sure to steal the audience's attention before, during, and after the show.

Old Abram Brown's live show conveys the energy, command, and fullness evident on their recordings.On their sophomore album Restless Ghosts, the band delves into an even denser sonic landscape, making full use of each member's multi-instrumentality The four members came together from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, melding vocals, piano, guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums into mature, well-calculated compositions. Old Abram Brown is ready to take their success to the next level, and continues to expand their fan base across the eastern U.S.

Boston native Gaetana Brown is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a strong grasp for the indie-folk aesthetic. Her songs are flush with graceful simplicity and eloquence, comparable to the likes of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. She is all about keeping her performances full of expression and personality that is sure to hit the audience straight in their hearts. 

Admission: 
$8 advance, $10 day of show

Berklee Rainbow Band Featuring Trumpet Legend Lew Soloff and Vocalist Annette Philip

Wednesday / December 8, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A lifetime of great music featuring arrangements from Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, and more performed by many of the top instrumentalists and vocalists currently at Berklee. Features Lew Soloff, former trumpet player for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and alumna/faculty member Annette Philip.

 

The Dues Band was formed in 1965 in an effort to provide gifted students an opportunity to develop their skills to the highest possible level by challenging them in ways that went beyond the typical classroom and student experience.

The band evolved over the years, in name, ethnic diversity, and goals.  Always, though, the overarching goal was to enhance and develop the talents of those students in the band. 

From 1965 to 1977, the band was called the Dues Band, in an attempt to underscore the idea that a student's college experience is in preparation for the "dues" that must be paid in the world beyond college. 

From 1977 to 1985, the band went by the name the International Dues Band. The name change was an attempt to focus attention on the growing international makeup of both the college and the band. 

Since 1985, the band has gone by the name the Rainbow All-Stars. When the band's allotted rehearsal time was split, it allowed the members to create a smaller ensemble that showcases some of the strongest talents in the band. 

In 1987, the band changed its name for three years to the Caribbean Ensemble and focused on showcasing many of the talented students from Latin America and the Islands. Until 1990, this ensemble helped popularize the school's cafeteria shows, while also drawing attention to the Latin/African cultural influences in our industry.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Ensembles Week: R&B, Jazz, Funk

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 12:45 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee College of Music presents back-to-back concerts of various class ensembles. Many styles and genres are represented as Berklee faculty present each of their ensemble's end of semester performance final.

1:45 p.m. Ron Mahdi: Small Band Jazz

2:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Music of Stern, Brecker, Scofield

3:15 p.m. Robert Schlink: '70s R&B Funk

4:00 p.m. Consuelo Candelaria: Original Compositions

4:45 p.m. Peter Cokkinias: Clarinet Choir

Admission: 

Bruce Cockburn with Band

Saturday / May 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bruce Cockburn

GNP is proud to present Berklee alumnus Bruce Cockburn '65 (with band) and special guest Jenny Scheinman for one show only. Over 35 years, the Ottawa-born musician has recorded almost as many albums while earning respect for his charitable and activist work. "My job is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper, in the pulling of notes out of metal," Cockburn said when he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Berklee awarded him an honorary doctor of music degree in 1997.

Cockburn has often cited the influence of the blues on his music, especially the work of country/blues pioneers like Mississippi John Hurt. As a songwriter, Cockburn is revered by fans and musicians alike. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Chet Atkins, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, Jerry Garcia, and k.d. lang. As a guitarist, he is considered among the world's best, described in The New York Times as a "virtuoso."

"The whole point of writing songs is to share experiences with people," he says, looking back on a career that includes 26 albums; numerous international awards, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy; 20 gold and platinum records in Canada; and countless concert performances since he released his first solo work in 1970. Cockburn's collected work is a journey, both moody and revelatory, into the dark night and the sweet laughter of the soul, trekking across the world with vivid imagery and unflinching observations of human cruelty, greed, courage, and survival through faith, then back home to the peaceful forests and vibrant cities of his native Canada. His latest release, Small Source of Comfort, is slated for release in the United States on March 8, 2011 via True North Records.

Jenny Scheinman is a singer, violin player, composer, and arranger. She grew up in the sticks playing folk music with her family, went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory, and has been performing since she was a teenager. She has taken the #1 Rising Star Violinist title in the DownBeat Critics Poll and has been listed as one of their Top 10 Overall Violinists for the last five years. In addition, she has garnered numerous high-profile arranging credits with artists such as Lucinda Williams, Bono, Lou Reed, and Sean Lennon, and has toured and recorded with Nels Cline, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, and Mark Ribot.

 

Admission: 
$39.50, $36.50 reserved seating

Fran Healy

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fran Healy

Fran Healy, the lead singer and main songwriter for the Scottish band Travis, releases a debut solo album, Wreckorder. Healy strides a new creative path that allows his incomparable songs to shine in an altogether different light.

Admission: 
$25

Electronic Production and Design Senior Showcase

Wednesday / December 15, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come to the Electronic Production and Design Department's Synth Community Showcase—an evening of live electronic music performance with Javon Flax, Javier Cruz, Rose Seyfried, and Joel Friedman.

Admission: 

Berklee World Strings

Tuesday / December 14, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee World Strings, directed by faculty member Eugene Friesen, will present music from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. Featured guests will include Brazilian percussionist/composer Café Edson da Silva and Berklee faculty members Leo Blanco, piano/composer; Jamey Haddad, drums; and Fernando Huergo, bass. The evening will also feature Mexican vocalist and Berklee professor Mili Bermejo in a special performance of "Pasarero" with bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Tim Ray.

Da Silva, born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living in New York City, embodies the extraordinary rhythmic traditions and styles of Brazil. The original music "Café" creates, arranged for this concert by Berklee's Matthew Nicholl, captures a facet of Brazilian sentiment, saudade: a mixture of nostalgia, yearning, love, and peace. His pieces include tributes to the great Brazilian singer Clementine de Jesus and the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Leo Blanco is a Venezuelan pianist, arranger, and composer. He grew up in Mérida, where from an early age he was surrounded by Venezuelan folklore—a blend of African and European musical traditions—as well as jazz, classical music, and pop. Berklee World Strings will perform with Blanco on two of his compositions. Blanco has appeared at many jazz festivals, including Newport, Monterey, and Kobe.

Mili Bermejo, born in Argentina and raised in Mexico City, comes from a large family of celebrated musicians and has collected a library of songs from South America and Mexico. She will perform "Pasarero," a composition by Carlos Aguirre of the Aca Seca Trio that's included on a new album featuring Bermejo with Berklee World Strings.

The December concert will also feature the premiere of "Venetango," a new work for strings by Eugene Friesen, as well as student soloists Naseem Alatrash, Joshue Ashby Humphreys, Alex Galle-From, Sierra Hull, Rika Ikeda, Jul Kang, Patrick M'gonigle, Malcolm Parson, and Jakub Trasak.

The Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical styles, the ensemble presents original programs that include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world's music. The group features Berklee's finest string players from countries around the world and the United States.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Performer/Songwriter Showcase 2010

Tuesday / December 14, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features the top 10 winning songs from the performer/songwriter 2010 competition. This annual concert is sponsored by the Songwriting Department and provided a variety of song styles: rock, pop, country, metal, alternative, folk, and more. Support your local songwriters!

Admission: 

Chamberlin (Acoustic)

Tuesday / December 7, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chamberlin

Chamberlin plays music in an isolated cabin, high in the mountains of Vermont. When not playing music the band members keep themselves entertained with cheap whiskey and cheaper thrills, like backgammon, cricket (their favored variation of English darts), cynicism, ad hominems, skeet shooting and Shagai, a traditional Mongolian dice game.

They are currently recording their full-length debut album with producer Scott Tournet, a fellow Vermonter who plays guitar with Grace Potter and Blues and Lasers. The record is set for release in 2011 on Roll Call Records/EMI. 

 

Admission: 
Free

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