Concert

Alicia Lemke and Friends

Friday / July 30, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alicia Lemke

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer/songwriter currently attending Berklee on scholarship. Both an accomplished jazz singer and self-taught guitarist, Lemke began writing her own brand of folk music a little over a year ago, and has just released her first original EP titled Shades of Motion. Musically speaking, Lemke is an amalgam of poetic and whimsical lyrics, lilting melody, and fingerstyle guitar, with a clear, graceful, and strong voice. Her songs speak of her own self-awareness, honesty, and personal experience.

Though her first forays into music were in community musical theater as early as middle school, Lemke’s real passion came from 10 years of classical alto saxophone and jazz baritone saxophone. Her leadership in high school propelled her into college jazz ensemble, where she doubled on baritone sax and vocals. Her discovery of vocal jazz inspired her to take a semester off from school to work under the tutelage of jazz piano legend Garry Dial (Manhattan School of Music) in Manhattan. It was during that spring that she picked up acoustic guitar, and upon encouragement from her mentor Mr. Dial, auditioned for Berklee College of Music.
 
Russell Lacy is a native Virginia fingerpicker who meshes old-time and bluegrass music with his own interpretations of Delta blues and songster traditions. His songwriting drifts easily from ballads to blues numbers, and by playing the chords, melody, and bass simultaneously, Lacy creates a full sound that is reminiscent of John Hurt, Doc Watson, Robert Johnson, and countless others in American roots music.

The Groove praised Nathan Reich's album Arms Around a Ghost as featuring "serious songwriting. . . literary but straightforward, playful but honest."

Admission: 
Free

Aaron Gottlieb Trio

Thursday / July 22, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Heck Room Music Series is a monthly concert series featuring Berklee's top acoustic performers. Jazz drummer Aaron Gottlieb spent his formative years growing up in Michigan City, Indiana. Frequently, he would go into the city with his father to the blues clubs and was allowed to sit in, developing his ears under the guidance of older musicians. Gottlieb credits his band director for steering him towards the jazz idiom.

"My band director put up these flyers in the back of the band room about an Ed Shaughnessy clinic that was going to take place. There was a picture of this guy with huge sideburns, a huge turquoise medallion, a monster Ludwig kit, and he looked like he was having a blast. Having never seen The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, I had no clue as to who this guy was. A few days later, my grandmother, who always played Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington records whenever I visited, found Rich Versus Roach in an old record store and gave it to me. After those two events, I was hooked. I started listening to all of the great jazz drummers: Elvin Jones, Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, the list goes on. I suppose the rest is history."

In high school, Gottlieb took lessons from local legend Eddie Knight of South Bend, Indiana. Later, he attended Indiana University, where he studied percussion with Steve Houghton and Andy Smith. Feeling that Indiana was no longer the best place to truly grow as a musician, Gottlieb transferred to Berklee. Majoring in music business, he still manages to maintain a regular performance schedule as a bandleader and sideman. Currently, Gottlieb studies with Casey Scheuerell and Yoron Israel, and is making plans to record his first album.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Same Mistake Twice / Jaci and Those Guys

Saturday / July 24, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Same Mistake Twice

Join us for a free night of female-led pop-punk. Same Mistake Twice is a Boston-based pop-punk band that met while attending Berklee College of Music. They have had a solid four-piece lineup for about a year, but are more excited than ever to begin their journey together. Last summer they played three Warped Tour dates, and this summer they plan on doing the entire tour. They also opened for Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls in mid-April. Their lead singer, Alisha Dixon, has auditioned for American Idol about six times and was seen on the 2008 Hollywood week in season 7! With catchy lyrics and spiteful undertones, the band members hope that each song has a meaning that changes on a person-to-person basis.

Jaci and Those Guys will be opening the show. The band recently won a scholarship to Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program through a battle of the bands held at the Red Room. The band's sound is more than just accessible: It comes at a fast pace with an occasional heaviness. J&TG has done well in multiple sponsored events, and the band's success is sure to continue.

Admission: 
Free

Siena Jazz Meets Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Saturday / November 20, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert celebration of the academic exchange between the Siena Jazz Foundation in Italy and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. The concert will include students and faculty from both academic institutions.

Admission: 

The Christoph Huber & Nikolas Anadolis Quartet and the Italo Cunha Group

Tuesday / September 21, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jazz Revelation Records

Christoph Huber was born 1988 in Aarau, Switzerland. With his father being a professional pianist, composer, and arranger, he grew up in a very musical environment. After starting out with a recorder and Swiss melodeon, he began taking lessons on drums at 8 and tenor saxophone at 9 years of age. His first saxophone teacher was the Polish saxophonist and clarinetist Witek Kornacki. Huber had his first public appearances as an improviser at the age of 11. From 2004 to 2009 he studied with former Berklee faculty member Fritz Renold. During this period he started to focus on tenor saxophone as his principle instrument and the intention to pursue a career as a professional musician became clear. From 2005 to 2009 he regularly participated in the annual festival Jazzaar Concerts in Aarau, where he had the opportunity to perform with and learn from artists such as Christian Jacob, Buster Williams, Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum, Barry Lee Hall Jr., Tommy Smith, Donny McCaslin, Tierney Sutton, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, the Whitney Houston Rhythm Section, Steve Reid, Tom Garling, Gildas Boclé, and many more. In addition to his practice as a performer, Huber is also developing his skills as a composer and arranger for different musical formations and instrumentations. He's currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship. His saxophone teacher is Ed Tomassi.

Italo Cunha—a 17-year-old jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, student, and teacher from Brasilia, Brazil—attends Berklee on a scholarship. He started playing piano at age 4, guitar at 9, and was performing professionally by 12. Cunha was chosen by the Escola de Musica de Brasilia to play for Brazil's Minister of Education as part of Young Artist Revelation. He received a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute in 2007—becoming the youngest recipient ever. Relating his song to the album title, Cunha says, "I think Birds of a Feather means friendship. My song reflects that. 'Stories' is about good times and memories with my friends, that's how I got the inspiration. Friendship is one of the most valuable things we have in life."

Jazz Revelation Records is a student-run, artist-driven record label created to present the top jazz composers and performers from the Berklee College of Music. Gathered from all over the globe, JRR artists speak the traditional language of jazz in a new way. Their youth, their passion, and their commitment are the launching pad for a sound that gets inside your head, your heart, and yes, you'll tap your feet and maybe hum along after a while.

Admission: 
$10.00

J Dilla Ensemble at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Saturday / July 10, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Plaza & Tobacco Warehouse
26 New Dock St.
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11201-6917
J Dilla Ensemble

Berklee students and faculty are joining forces with the Brooklyn Bodega to bring a didactic focus to the Bodega's 2010 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. The nine-piece ensemble will share the stage with De La Soul, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, and other prominent artists for the festival's closing-day performances. Learn more about the event.

Admission: 
$15.00

Hearts on Fire Tour Featuring Micah and Alex & Janel

Friday / July 16, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Micah

Micah, a singer/songwriter originally from Rochester, New York, brings a catchy sincerity into his songs. They’re colored by his contrasting sense of dynamics and emotive lyrics. He has recently released his new album, Micah Coast to Coast, on iTunes as he tours the East Coast.

The debut recording of Alex Brumel and Janel Elizabeth, The Mill Stone, features originals by both Brumel and Elizabeth arranged for a variety of musicians, from acoustic duets with a cellist to full-band performances. Combine this recording with Brumel’s third solo release, To Bring You Home (produced by drummer/writer Eric Novod and featuring ex-Dylan multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield) and Elizabeth’s debut jazz EP, Live at Ronnie Scott's, and the two are embarking on a musical journey that is bound to turn heads and raise eyebrows. Perhaps Brumel says it best: “Really, we’re just excited about what we’ve stumbled upon here, and in our own small way, we think we have something new and important to say. We just hope people enjoy it as much as we do.”

Ryan Schmidt just completed his debut full-length album Black Sheep, Run at Q Division Studios. His music blends the lyricism and heart of '60s folk with the eclectic and conceptual stylings of contemporary indie rock. Local and national musicians have taken notice; guests on the album include producer/bassist Ed Valauskas (The Gravel Pit, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Howie Day), drummer Steve Scully (James Taylor, Lori McKenna), guitarist Aaron Tap (Matt Nathanson), and pianist Phil Aiken (Buffalo Tom, Will Dailey) among others.

Admission: 
$10/advance, $12/day of the show

Nature in the City / Laura Jorgensen

Thursday / July 15, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nature in the City

Pop/indie rock band Nature in the City has original melodies and a solid, driving back beat that create an ear-catching musical experience. The band's new EP comes out this summer. Seattle's Laura Jorgensen is releasing her debut folk album, Feathered Arms. With her vocals soaring like a bird to the backdrop of accordion and dulcimer, Jorgensen is charming and prophetic. She will be playing with a full band.

Admission: 
FREE

James Peipon Quartet / Shota Ishikawa

Thursday / July 29, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The James Peipon Quartet plays contemporary, original, jazz-influenced compositions featuring vibes, piano, bass and drums. For the second half of the show, multi-instrumentalist Shota Ishikawa will play his original compositions for his performance senior recital, called the First and the Last. Some faculty members will join his band.

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Jazz Revelation Records Showcase

Wednesday / July 14, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Aditya Balani Group is a world-jazz ensemble that brings together talented musicians from countries across the globe. The group has included members from India, Spain, Serbia, Chile, Bulgaria, and the United States. The band currently features Berklee students Aaron Bahr on trumpet, Tarun Balani on drums, Will Cafaro on bass, and Sharik Hasan on piano.

Aiming for true artistic expression and drawing from their ethnic roots, each musician adds a unique color to the group's core sound—an exciting blend of the spontaneity and harmonic interplay of jazz with the sheer intensity of Indian classical/folk melodies and rhythms. Balani is one of the rare guitarists who perform microtonal music, and some of his tunes feature a unique approach to fretless guitar developed from sarod- and sitar-playing techniques. The group has been performing internationallly since 2008, and recently completed its second tour of the Indian subcontinent.

Admission: 
FREE

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