Concert

Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency: Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr.—Concert

Friday / February 4, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The annual Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency features Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr. in concert.

Walfredo Reyes Sr. is an internationally renowned percussionist and drummer—one of Cuba's most influential. He has recorded with a stellar cast of artists in both Cuba and the United States, including Alex Acuña, Cachao, Tito Puente, Linda Ronstadt, and Steve Winwood. Working in Las Vegas for many years, Walfredo Sr. also performed with Milton Berle, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Wayne Newton, among others. He was recognized for his extensive percussion work with a Modern Drummer Award in 2005.

Fusing the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban, and world percussion with the drum set has been the driving passion of Walfredo Reyes Jr. By blazing this path, he has challenged the technical levels of the instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the United States, "Wally" (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own, truly global, rhythmic style. Simply put, he is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one-man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and/or recording with Jackson Browne, Ricki Lee Jones, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, and Steve Winwood, among others. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to record, produce, compose, teach, perform, and tour.

 

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The Annual Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency: Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr.—Open Rehearsal

Thursday / February 3, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The annual Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency features Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr. in concert.

Walfredo Reyes Sr. is an internationally renowned percussionist and drummer—one of Cuba's most influential. He has recorded with a stellar cast of artists in both Cuba and the United States, including Alex Acuña, Cachao, Tito Puente, Linda Ronstadt, and Steve Winwood. Working in Las Vegas for many years, Walfredo Sr. also performed with Milton Berle, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Wayne Newton, among others. He was recognized for his extensive percussion work with a Modern Drummer Award in 2005.

Fusing the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban, and world percussion with the drum set has been the driving passion of Walfredo Reyes Jr. By blazing this path, he has challenged the technical levels of the instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the United States, "Wally" (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own, truly global, rhythmic style. Simply put, he is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one-man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and/or recording with Jackson Browne, Ricki Lee Jones, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, and Steve Winwood, among others. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to record, produce, compose, teach, perform, and tour.

 

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Great American Songbook: The Sounds of Nashville

Sunday / February 27, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee students and faculty will tell the story of the Nashville music scene through the songs of acclaimed American country artists like Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Pride, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, and more. A full rhythm section with a string orchestra, woodwinds, and horns will accompany student and faculty vocalists. Great American Songbook: The Sounds of Nashville is produced by Berklee professor Ken Zambello.

Read more about the event. Learn more about the Berklee Signature Series.

Admission: 
$20, $15 reserved seating

Give a Mouse a Cookie

Wednesday / February 2, 2011 / 9:00 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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Sun Ra in Song

Tuesday / February 1, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sun Ra was a prolific jazz composer, poet, and philosopher known for his "cosmic" philosophy, musical compositions, and performances. Sun Ra in Song will feature the Berklee Faculty Inter-Galactic Sun Ra Astro-Infinity Myth Equation Commemorative Arkestra playing some of Sun Ra's most popular compositions. The concert is dedicated to former Berklee faculty member and percussion master, the late Sa Davis.

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Pop/Rock Live! Featuring Charlie Worsham

Tuesday / March 1, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Directed by Mirek Kocandrle, the annual Pop/Rock Live Showcase concert highlights the best music written and performed by some of the most talented student songwriters, singers, and arrangers. The concert will present a variety of original contemporary compositions as well as new arrangements of standard pop, rock, and R&B repertoire, featuring some of the college's best vocalists and instrumentalists. This year we proudly present up-and-coming Nashville artist and Berklee alumnus Charlie Worsham.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Pitch Slapped: A-Cappalooza II

Saturday / February 12, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Newton South High School Auditorium
140 Brandeis Road
Newton
MA
United States
02459

Berklee's own Pitch Slapped performs in an all a cappella concert to benefit Newton’s Countryside PTO. Also featuring BU’s BU Dear Abbeys and the Newton Newtones. Hosted by Big League Brian Dwyer.

Admission: 
$10, general admission; $15, reserved seating; $20, premium seating

Matthew Perryman Jones / Jay Nash / Brittany Kennell

Wednesday / February 16, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matthew Perryman Jones and Jay Nash

Matthew Perryman Jones hails from Nashville, delivering a palette of aggressive, breezy, and quirky pop/rock. His roots in '80s music, with influences like U2 and REM, helped him shape his new album, Swallow the Sea. Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips) produced the album, and the song "Save You" has been featured on television shows such as Kyle XY and Private Practice. This record is the sound of Jones putting his neck on the line and shedding his musical inhibitions, and finding his voice in doing so.

Jay Nash, Californian native and rock troubadour, has been blessed with the kind of excruciatingly rustic voice so rarely heard on record, and an unnervingly candid approach to songwriting. His Americana and folk/rock-influenced songs refuse to dwell on the hard times, instead choosing to bask in the good and the great that life has to offer. Nash's charisma and buoyant attitude are infectious to the last with a sound capable of softening the sternest of hearts. He has performed at the Red Room numerous times with Greg Laswell and with the TFDI Tour that featured Nash, Tony Lucca, and Matt Duke. His latest album is The Things You Think You Need.

Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, Brittany Kennell tells pictorial stories through her country/pop songs. Staying true to her influences of Johnny Cash and the Dixie Chicks, her country twang and genuine nature are sure to touch the audience's hearts. Kennell graduated from Berklee where she received her bachelor's degree in songwriting. While in Boston, her involvement with Berklee's country ensemble for three semesters proved that country music was her true calling. With Nashville as the next step in her path, Kennell will pursue a long career as a writer for other artists in Music City.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Jacobology II

Tuesday / March 1, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitarist Jacob Liang presents this concert with some tasteful and enjoyable original compositions, arrangements, and jazz standards.

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Heavy Rotation Records 11th Annual Epic Event

Wednesday / February 9, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The concert showcases artists on Under the Influence, the upcoming compilation by Berklee's student-run label. The compilation will feature Berklee students and alumni paying tribute to some of rock's biggest names, including U2, Radiohead, and Smashing Pumpkins, coupled with covers of the seminal bands that influenced their sounds—including Mission of Burma, Joy Division, and the Pixies. The artists will hit the studio in March to record with Paul Kolderie, cofounder of famed Fort Apache Studios, who produced or engineered some of the original artists. Read the press release.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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