Concert

Chuck McDermott with Caballo Blanco

Sunday / October 30, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck McDermott

Iowa-born singer-songwriter Chuck McDermott has been making music for 40 years, on a journey that has taken him from Boston to Los Angeles, from barrooms to concert halls, from bootleg tapes to albums and movie soundtracks. Along the way, he's left a trail of evocative songs and a legion of still-loyal fans across the U.S. and Europe. McDermott's writing style is a gumbo that is true to the narrative traditions of country music but still incorporating the rhythms and sounds of R&B and rock 'n' roll.

Berklee's Roots Music Ensemble opens the night.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Aabaraki / George Woods and Robert Gilles

Thursday / October 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Folk-Funk Fight Night will be a fantastic night with Aabaraki, George Woods, and Robert Gilles.

Aabaraki's delicious neo-soul sound not only pays homage to the founders of funk, but also modernizes the genre. In a trend-heavy musical climate, the four-piece Aabaraki opts for sophisticated minimalism, operating as a single unit in producing, writing, singing, and creating all of its music.

Find a friend in the funky grooves and singable tunes of George Woods's brand of "folk-funk for bohemians," bringing you songs like the poetic memoirs of a love-struck Ginsberg, mixed with some boundary-bending musical charm. With a tongue-in-cheek stage presence and a one-on-one style of audience rapport, Woods provides a live concert experience that is both intimate and fun, full of storytelling and guitar-slinging expertise.

 

Admission: 
$8 general public, $5 students

Carrera Quinta

Monday / November 7, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Carrera Quinta, created in 2006 by Francy Montalvo and Javier Pérez, is a Colombian traditional music group. Their style blends the influences of traditional Colombian composers and ensembles-such as German Dario Perez, Oriol Rangel, Trio Morales Pino, and Leon Cardona-with jazz concepts. 

Lately, Carrera Quinta has been awarded in different competitions around Colombia, such as the 2010 Hatoviejo-Cotrafa Music Festival, one of the most important performance competitions in Colombian traditional music as well as the 2010 competition Nuevas Músicas Mestizas (New crossbreed music) organized by Bogota's Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Francy Montalvo's composition "En Esencia" was winner in the Colombian Cultural Department traditional composition competition. In 2006, they were sponsored with a research scholarship awarded by the Colombian Cultural Department. The research centered on the application of jazz improvisation in Colombian traditional music.

Carrera Quinta has extended its creative process with research work by publishing two books: Method of Improvisation in the Colombian Pasillo (2006) and Pasillos, Bambucos, Guabinas: An Urban Vision (2009). In December 2006, the magazine Arcadia reviewed their first book and called it one of the most important music books published during that year. They also have published articles about jazz influences in traditional styles in the Colombian Cultural Department's journal A Contratiempo. Their research work has been presented in musical conferences in Colombia and in the VII Congress of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Latin American Branch held at Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru in 2008.

Carrera Quinta features Pedro Acosta (drums), Cesar Medina (saxophone), Dario Montoya (flute), Daniel Montoya (electric bass), Javier Pérez (guitar), and Francy Montalvo (piano), all of them faculty members at Universidad el Bosque School of Music in Bogotá, Colombia.

Admission: 
Free

Students of Vadim Neselovskyi: Finding Your Voice

Monday / November 7, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

One of the most important challenges that every musician has to deal with at different stages of artistic development is finding his/her own personal voice. Achieving this is not an easy task, and composition might be the most effective tool to come closer to what might become your sound, your personal touch. For this concert Vadim Neselovskyi encouraged students to prepare their original compositions.

Participants:

Jeremy Hue
Casey Marchek
Mark Frazee
Gabe Lubowe
Gianni Guida
Ga Young Bae Young
Joao Nogueira da Silva
Jeremy Wisoff
Ning Tang
Noah McNeil
Spyros Rassias
Eunhye Jeong

Admission: 

The Yesberger Band

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Yesberger Band has opened for Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Catch their catchy brand of pop in the Heck Room while you can.

What happens when three jazz musicians come together to play catchy original pop? You dance! The Yesberger Band trio, an east coast college band founded in early 2010 is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart on bass and Gabriel Smith on drums. It's is a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing soul jazz nuances with catchy original pop material. Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden amongst the stars and spread throughout our daily locale, Yesberger enjoys writing songs that channel the feelings of laughs and smiles that every being desires. The band's delivery only strengthens these feelings, with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.

Described as "a new voice to pay attention to," (Linda Goldstein, Manager for Bobby McFerrin), the Yesberger Band demonstrates incredible diversity and originality that is largely due to the rich musical community they have grown out of. The trio is made up of three dedicated Berklee College of Music students thrilled by the struggle of balancing their education with the growing demands of their musical careers. Having already toured the U.S. opening for Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations, the Yesberger Band is well on their way to indie success. Their debut CD, The Bad Weather EP, is "sonically optimistic, raining soulful, gentle electric daubs" across six original tunes and an original cover of the famous Beatles tune "Blackbird." Even Bob Mintzer had to say it: "Man, you've got some catchy tunes!"

Admission: 
Free

Jeff Covell Trio

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Admission: 

Stephany Tiernan: New Piano Music

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Admission: 

Zambelli Scholarship

Monday / April 2, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Admission: 

B.I.T.R. Tuesdays

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

What is B.I.T.R. Tuesdays? Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening-room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.

This B.I.T.R. event features Sarah Brindell, Marnie Proudfit, Matthew Politoski, Corbin VanderZalm, and a special guest.

This series is free to all students and faculty and all B.I.T.R. shows run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

Other B.I.T.R. Tuesday dates include:
September 27
November 29
December 13
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24

Admission: 
FREE

Brandi Carlile

Friday / November 4, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Brandi Carlile has toured in a few different configurations: acoustic trio with the Twins, full band with a cello and drums, and she's even known to perform with entire symphonies on occasion. For the first time ever, Brandi will be heading out on a solo tour with only her guitar and piano as accompaniment. Brandi Carlile will be supported by the Secret Sisters.

Admission: 
$29.50, $25, reserved seating

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