Concert

DoSo Dance Band

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 2:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The DoSo® Dance Band is an initiative coming out of Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in New Haven, CT.  It is designed to reunite live music with social dancing using simple arrangements of popular music and a unique approach for collaborative improvisation.  David Mills from the NMS faculty will give a clinic on the DoSo concepts at 10:40am on Friday morning.  A DoSo® Dance Band comprised of musicians from NMS and Berklee will perform at Café 939 Saturday morning at 10:40am.  To see some short illustrative videos go to:  

www.CommunityDanceBand.com

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Leeds Beckett

Saturday / June 4, 2016 / 2:40 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Live performance inspired by the life and work of singer songwriter Jason Molina (1973-2013). A continuous, mostly through-composed, performance, comprised of vocals, guitars and pianos, juxtaposed against a live mix of symbolic field recordings. The melodic and lyric driven sections build upon the ideas Molina espoused in interviews and in his lyrics and the sonic inclusions are emblematic of the personal torment of Molina struggling with addiction and also the midwestern landscape upon which much of his work is based.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Trousdale

Thursday / June 2, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Trousdale is a pop/folk band out of the University of Southern California’s Popular Music program where they just completed their sophomore year. Known for their emotive harmonies and haunting lyrics, Trousdale’s music is defined by its beautiful arrangements and truthful stories.  Vocalists Georgia Greene, Lauren Jones and Quinn D’Andrea began harmonizing in 2014 and they’ve been inseparable ever since.  Mallory Hauser on guitar, Henry Solomon on bari sax, Logan Kane on bass, and Madi Vogt on drums and percussion round out the Trousdale line up.

Admission: 
Berklee ID required for entry

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra to Perform Varieté Live-to-Picture at The Cabot

Friday / June 17, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
The Cabot
286 Cabot Street
Beverly
MA
United States
01915
Still shot from the 1925 silent film Varieté
Still shot from the 1925 silent film "Varieté."

In its first-ever show at The Cabot, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO)—which recently drew a standing ovation from thousands at the renowned San Francisco Silent Film Festival—will perform a new score, live to-picture, for E.A. Dupont's 1925 silent film masterpiece Varieté, a tale of circus love, lust, trapeze artists, and murder.

Six student composers will pass the baton in conducting the 12-piece BSFO in this recently refurbished grand movie palace that was home to many silent films in the jazz age.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. as the concert/film screening will be preceded by a short talk on composing and performing music for silent film by Sheldon Mirowitz, the BSFO’s Emmy-nominated artistic director and professor of film scoring at Berklee, along with several student composers.

Watch a video about the process of composing/performing a new silent film score:

Admission: 
$25 ($15 for students and seniors; use online code Variete2016 and ID at door)

Carissa Johnson / Annabelle Lord-Patey / Matt Minigell

Wednesday / July 27, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Annabelle Lord-Patey
Carissa Johnson
Matt Minigell
Carissa Johnson
Annabelle Lord-Patey
Matt Minigell
Mark Myers Photography
Lucas O'Neil

Boston rock artist Carissa Johnson has recently toured beyond New England with her solo project and has been recognized for her latest album, For Now. The debut release won album of the year from Limelight Magazine, and her band was nominated for best punk act by the Worcester Music Awards. Known for her straightforward lyrics and live music energy, she plays shows both with her band and acoustically. Her latest album has been given radio play on several local radio stations, including WZLX and WMFO, among others. Her influences include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Brandi Carlile, and The Clash, among many others. She tours periodically and is playing shows in the New England area to promote her sophomore album, Only Roses, which was released in May 2016.

Annabelle Lord-Patey is the teenage daughter of '90s indie folk busker Mary Lou Lord and roots/rockabilly artist Kevin Patey (Jittery Jack, Raging Teens). Her anticipated debut album, Polaris, drops in the summer of 2016. Blending '60s folk sensibilities with an aching amount of Elliott Smith, Lord-Patey has created her own haunting version of indie folk. An accomplished guitar player and burgeoning songwriter, her music has been described by the New Yorker as "striking," by Rolling Stone as "the show's standout," and by Billy Bragg as music that "has a lovely, knowing quality." 

Matt Minigell is a Boston-based songwriter, musician, and busker. Minigell began his time in the Boston music scene playing on the punk circuit while writing, touring, releasing several records with Left Hand Blue, and attending high school. After hearing the music of Elliott Smith, he fell in love with the spooky, less-explored side of pop music. It inspired him to cobble together a home recording setup and begin making records on his own as an independent artist.

This is Annabelle Lord-Patey's record release party.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Poppet

Saturday / August 6, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Molly Raney of Poppet
Poppet

Poppet is the bold alter-ego of California-raised musician Molly Raney. Before Poppet's genesis in 2008, Raney spent many years training in a wide variety of musical fields that include Western classical, jazz, and gamelan (Indonesian classical ensemble music). She has an extensive background in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology from both her childhood lessons and her education at the University of California, Davis. She spent seven years studying with vocal coach Rebecca Plack of the San Francisco Conservatory, who was a major infuence on her vocal style and elasticity. This broad musical background, plus her involvement with community free-form radio station KDVS, accounts for Poppet's sonic diversity.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Prong Praison

Thursday / July 21, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer-songwriter, composer, and arranger Prong Praison performs with a fusion band formed in Boston in 2014. Their music is a mix of futuristic soul, pop, and R&B with a jazz influence. 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Friday / June 3, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco
CA
United States
94114
Emil Jannings - Varieté
Varieté

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents the West Coast premiere of the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra’s (BSFO) new, original score to E.A. Dupont’s Weimar-era masterwork, Varieté (1925). Silent film giant Emil Jannings stars in this wrenching tale of love and lust, set in a circus, with trapeze artists and murder. Known as Jealousy when released in America 90 years ago, Varieté will be shown in California in its complete, unexpurgated form for the very first time, in a gorgeous new digital restoration with the 12-piece BSFO, conducted by the six student composers, performing live-to-picture.

Admission: 
$22

Keyhan Kamelian

Thursday / September 1, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
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Club Passim
Palmer Street and Brattle Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Keyhan Kamelian

Iranian Keyhan Kamelian is a classically trained jazz pianist, composer, and producer with a deep knowledge of the melodies and rhythms of his home region and the globe. After studying classical piano at Trinity College in London, he came to Berklee College of Music, where he discovered jazz and began to use it in his compositions. He strives to blend jazz, Persian folk music, and electronic music into new yet familiar sounds to reach audiences from both the East and the West. With his latest trio, he showcases his new original fusion compositions as well as arrangements. He hopes to redefine cultural borders through his music.

Currently in his junior year at Berklee, Kamelian is studying contemporary writing and production, and electronic production and sound design. He has worked with Yoko Miwa, Vadim Neselovskyi, and Alain Mallet to improve his skills as a composer and sound designer for visuals while expanding his knowledge of music and production. He plans to graduate in the fall of 2017.

Admission: 
Free

Rai Thistlethwayte

Wednesday / July 20, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Rai Thistlethwayte

Australian songwriter and musician Rai Thistlethwayte grew up in Sydney with a mother who taught classical piano and a father who played bass and guitar in local rock bands. Due to their influence, he developed an appreciation for a wide variety of music including classical, rock, pop, and jazz. After high school, he received a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied jazz piano. Before finishing the program, however, Thistlethwayte signed his first record deal with Columbia Records in the United States, only to be released from his contract during a management shake-up. He returned to Australia and started Thirsty Merc, a rock band that, over the next 10 years, released three successful albums.

After the third album with Thirsty Merc, Thistlethwayte took a break to focus on writing music that incorporated jazz and his other early influences. After a move to Los Angeles in 2012, he started writing and performing extensively, opening for artists Bernhoft and Oh Land and attracting the attention of the L.A. music community. He released three EPs under the moniker Sun Rai as well as an album of live studio recordings before deciding to release music under his given name. Now he has a new album due for release later in 2016. He's also currently touring Australia with Thirsty Merc, promoting a new album.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show (standing room only)

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