Concert

Red Eye at the Red Room Featuring Neutral Uke Hotel

Saturday / September 11, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Neutral Uke Hotel

The Boston music community is home to a number of characters, genres, and tastemakers. Red Eye at the Red Room gathers and strengthens that community by showcasing some of Boston's top acts and photographers. This show features the bands Neutral Uke Hotel and the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, along with an exhibit by photographer 5342 Studios, who has been featured in the local music blog Ryan's Smashing Life.

Neutral Uke Hotel’s mission statement is simple: to unite obsessed fans of Neutral Milk Hotel for a live performance of their critically acclaimed In the Aeroplane Over the Sea album, played in its entirety on ukulele by Shawn Fogel with accompaniment from members of Golden Bloom and the Motion Sick.

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library is the new project fronted by Michael Epstein of the Motion Sick and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. The band features Epstein and nine women with a lot of group singing and a focus on clever, quirky indie songs performed on acoustic instruments to create a campfire singalong feel. This show is the band's much-anticipated debut.

Admission: 
$10

Guitar Sessions: Final Concerts

Friday / August 20, 2010 / 11:00 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The final concert for Guitar Sessions features a range of student performers.

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Guitar Sessions: Joe Stump

Thursday / August 19, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member and famed shredder Joe Stump performs as part of the Guitar Sessions summer program.

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Guitar Sessions: Oz Noy Concert

Wednesday / August 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Oz Noy performs as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Guitar Sessions: Larry Baione

Tuesday / August 17, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar Department chair Larry Baione performs as part of the Guitar Sessions summer program.

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Guitar Sessions: Richard Smith Concert

Monday / August 16, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard Smith performs as part of Guitar Sessions.

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Guitar Sessions: Welcome Concert Featuring Jon Finn Group

Sunday / August 15, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member John Finn performs at the welcome concert for the Guitar Sessions summer program.

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33rd Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert

Saturday / September 18, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Our 33rd John Coltrane Memorial Concert celebrates 25 years of collaboration with Northeastern University. The event runs from September 15 through 18 with with symposiums; a book signing highlighting the release of John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music, edited by Leonard Brown; a meet-the-artist session with Anthony Brown, director of the Asian American Orchestra; and a special performance at the State House. It all culminates with the John Coltrane Memorial Concert on Saturday, September 18 featuring special guest Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area.

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Berklee Alumni Composers Consortium

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Steinert Hall
162 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States

The Berklee Alumni Composers Consortium will be premiering new works for flute, violin, cello, and piano at Steinert Hall, conveniently located in the Theatre District at 162 Boylston Street, in historic downtown Boston overlooking the Boston Common. Built by M. Steinert & Sons in 1896, Steinert Hall is America's oldest music retail location. It houses the M. Steinert & Sons corporate offices, a recital space, piano repair and restoration shop, a piano classroom, private piano and voice studios, and four floors of showrooms. The concert is free and open to the public.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Friday / November 12, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Northeastern University Fenway Center
77 St. Stephens St.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra will present their fall concert at Northeastern University's Fenway Center—on the corner of St. Stephen Street and Gainsborough Street—performing Mars and Jupiter from Holst's "Planets," Philip Glass's "Heroes" symphony, Berklee professor Neil Leonard's "Dreaming of an Island," and a suite from Uncharted 2.

Neil Leonard writes of his piece:

"'Dreaming of an Island' revisits ideas that I first explored in video and installations with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Our collaboration spans 19 years and about 9 collaborative works. Many of these works are featured in Campos-Pons's retrospective show Everything Is Separated by Water at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). 'Dreaming of an Island' was commissioned by IMA.

"My first works with Campos-Pons were film scores, Rite of Initiation (1988) and Sacred Bath (1991). Since the beginning, my work with Campos-Pons has focused on the exploration of ancient cultural themes, and their impact on contemporary personal narrative. 

"Both scores used themes from West African Yoruba music that Campos-Pons heard as a child in Cuba. My scores explored these melodies and rhythms and their connection to American pop and jazz music. (The experimental sounds of Jimi Hendrix and the Art Ensemble of Chicago were staples of my playlist at the time.) 'Dreaming of an Island' draws on an even broader palette, but the basic goal is similar—to explore the ancient sounds as they resonate in the circles of 21st-century concert music, electronic music, and jazz.

"'Dreaming of an Island' is organized in three sections. The first features quiet, slow-moving electronic sound. The electronics reveal traces of recorded bells and voice, however computer processing has given these sounds a dreamlike quality, similar to the sound of the installations at IMA. A single melodic line, played by the orchestra, defines a path though the constantly shifting electronic sounds. The line is based on four notes from a whole tone scale—F, Eb, B, A.

"The second section alludes to the chant to Yemaya, the mother goddess who figures so largely in Campos-Pons's work. The theme is set in A major and played at a brisk tempo. The initial groove climaxes and is followed by a complex tapestry of melodic fragments, inspired by the sweeping gestures and contemporary sounds heard in Lutoslawski's Third Symphony. This section is composed of motives derived from the whole tone melody, Yemaya chant, and jazz themes that I internalized playing in cutting sessions in Boston and Philadelphia bars. This is followed by a slow canon-like buildup featuring the brass and strings, before returning to the initial groove.

"The third section evokes a placid mood, similar to the first section. The Yemaya theme makes its final entrance and gives way to the initial whole-tone melody and fluid electronics.

"The video projection for 'Dreaming of an Island' is a montage created by myself and Magdalena Campos-Pons using a software system of our own design."

Admission: 
Free

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