Concert

American Roots Music Roadshow

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the amazingly talented young student performers (and ancient faculty!) of Berklee's American Roots Music Program as they delve into blues, old-time, Cajun, bluegrass, and western swing.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Funk, Soul

Monday / April 25, 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 Kenwood Dennard and Lennie Stallworth. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk and soul.

1:30 p.m. Kenwood Dennard: Music of James Brown

4:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Funk and Soul Review

6:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Music of P-Funk

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

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Middle Eastern Fusion, Salsa, Jazz

Friday / April 22, 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 Christiane Karam, Bernardo Hernandez, and Winston Maccow. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including Middle Eastern fusion, salsa, and jazz.

1:30 p.m. Christiane Karam: Middle Eastern Fusion

4:30 p.m. Bernardo Hernandez: Salsa

6:30 p.m. Winston Maccow: Music of Pat Metheny

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

Admission: 
Free

Jen Satrsinic

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Jen Starsinic is an emerging, young singer-songwriter hailing from Pennsylvania. Informed largely by her background as an old-time fiddler and singer, her songs are built like wooden cabins containing crooked melodies and unspoken memories. With a voice described as "beautifully human" and fiddle playing said to be "driving, charismatic, and elegantly focused," she isn't afraid to follow her intimate, yet grounded original songs with raging fiddle tunes from a bygone era. She is joined by Coloradan cellist Eric Law, whose soulful and wild cello playing will simultaneously make you weep and melt your face, and by banjoist Lukas Pool, whose Arkansas-grown charm is a perfect match for his heartbreakingly beautiful and innovative clawhammer banjo playing.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Radiohead, Metal

Wednesday / April 20, 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 member Robert Schlink. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including rock and metal.

1:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Music of Radiohead

4:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Metal Fest

6:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Metal Fest

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

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Rock, Country, Funk

Tuesday / April 19, 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 Kudisan Kai, Mike Ihde, and Ken Zambello. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk, rock, and country.

1:30 p.m. Kudisan Kai: Women in Rock

4:30 p.m. Mike Ihde: Country Music

6:30 p.m. Ken Zambello: Music of Tower of Power

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

Admission: 
Free

Daniel Harper / Tumbleweed Company / Natural Forces

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Daniel Harper hails from Greenville, South Carolina, where he first developed his singer-songwriting skills into his own brand of folk/western meets R&B/soul. The Nashville-bound vocalist and guitar picker picked up his bluesy-soulful sound from a southern upbringing in New Orleans and the Carolinas. Joining him and his band will be Oak Park, California native Devon Clarke Geyer, along with some other very special guests. Also appearing are Tumbleweed Company and Natural Forces.

Daniel Harper's engaging stage presence frequently draws comparisons to legends from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen. Harper also possesses a keen sense for story-telling, reminiscent of Tom Waits or Bob Dylan.

A new sound is nothing without an old soul. Keeping this in mind, Tumbleweed Company strives to craft each song with equal parts care and exploration. Musical alchemists, the six-piece group brings listeners a sound that combines the comfort of the South with the adventure of the West, all while maintaining the member's Northeastern roots of passion and academia (planted at Berklee). Mixing folk and blues, Tumbleweed Company rocks and rolls. Four-part harmonies ring over an orchestra of unique instruments, allowing a range of emotion that lends itself perfectly to musical storytelling. A cacophony of soulful sounds that is sure to inspire, the music of Tumbleweed Company will continue to echo.

Natural Forces is a rock duo made up of two musicians who grew up on opposite sides of the United States. Catchy hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and hard-hitting grooves are the elements that make up the band's sound. Natural Forces are constantly in the studio and they are starting to share their raw and organic music with live audiences.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Spring Fest

Saturday / April 16, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The all-ages, public event features several of Berklee's up-and-coming bands, a marketplace of local vendors, and activities for kids. This is an opportunity for students, friends, and family to enjoy the day, listen to great music, and experience the community. Featuring the Bob Marley Ensemble, El Frente, Rodeo Church, the Lydia Fischer Band, Polar Eye, Columbus, the Grace Kelly Experience, Robert Gillies, Kina Zori, Foxtrot, and Joe's Truck Stop. Free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Admission: 
Free

The Three Cohens

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Three Cohens

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. This semester's featured artists are the three Cohens: Yuval, Anat, and Avishai.

The three Cohen siblings, Yuval, Anat, and Avishai, have had a very similar musical path. Growing up in Tel Aviv under the same roof, attending the same day schools and the same music conservatory in the afternoons, have helped shape their musical taste, approach, and ideas. They attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Jaffa Music conservatory. The three Cohens had a classical music background that included some symphonic orchestral playing. But it didn't take long before the three discovered their lifelong love of jazz music.

And then there was Berklee College of Music. The World Scholarship Tour awarded the three of them scholarships to attend Berklee. The three got to expand their musical taste and to develop themselves musically at the college and after graduating.

In November 2002 the three formed a sextet and performed in a jazz festival in Poland, playing their original music. That was the beginning of their debut album, One.

Since then, the three siblings have been performing as often as possible. Their concerts include performances in the Lodz Jazz Festival (Poland 2003), the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival (2004), Caesarea Jazz Party in a special program of the music of Louis Armstrong (2005), and the Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel (2005, 2006, and 2007), Tudo E Jazz (2008), as well as NYC festivals and clubs, including a weeklong appearance at the legendary Village Vanguard (2009).

The remarkable story of the three Cohens continues with the release of Braid (Anzic Records 2007). It is obvious that the Cohens would have some sort of telepathy and symbiosis on the bandstand and in the studio, but the level of interplay and musical cooperation that exists between the siblings on Braid can only be described as astounding. Their individual virtuosity, creativity, and exceptional taste only serve to enhance the music that primarily stems from their mutual respect and love for one another, as family, and as musicians.

Anat, Yuval, and Avishai are each leading their own bands regularly, and for this special show they join forces and colead the Three Cohens Sextet with New York's top players in a special show celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong.

Also performing will be Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Pennman on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.

Admission: 
$10

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's premiere vocal event offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. 

Can't make it to the show? 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, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

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