Concert

Session Americana

Wednesday / February 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Session Americana
Session Americana

Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. The anything-could-happen feel of their shows comes from a craft that is not accidentally or easily achieved. No two Session Americana shows are alike. They have recast their live show experiences as a familial gathering of musicians seated at a round table, swapping songs and instruments. Although the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle, engaged by the joyous camaraderie, playful musicality, and charming original music of this all-star cast of characters.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 day of show

Chris Bathgate / Stephanie Parsons

Saturday / January 30, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Chris Bathgate
Chris Bathgate

Indie folk singer-songwriter Chris Bathgate first made his name in Ann Arbor, Michigan's local music scene. Local label Quite Scientific released his first album, A Cork Tale Wake, in 2007, and the music garned him attention here and in the United Kingdom. After that, Bathgate went on several solo tours of Europe and continued releasing albums through Quite Scientific, including his most popular album to date, Salt Year (2011). He has toured the United States extensively, performed in one of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, and played at South by Southwest. After a two-year hiatus from performing, during which time he worked on a project called SKULLS, made performance videos, and kept on writing new music, Bathgate is now returning to touring. His latest EP, Old Factory, comes out in early 2016.

Singer-songwriter and Berklee student Stephanie Parsons opens the show. 

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show

Dylan LeBlanc / Brian Dunne

Friday / February 5, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
LeBlanc
Brian Dunne
Dylan LeBlanc
Brian Dunne

Dylan LeBlanc is embarking on a solo tour in support of his new album, Cautionary Tale. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums early in his career, he left a major label deal behind due to a combination of feeling overwhelmed by his sudden success and his own self-doubt. His latest album is filled with shimmering songs and his trademark vocals, which had attracted attention from Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen in the past. Now that he's back on the road, he has opened for British singer-songwriter George Ezra, and he's looking forward to his own tour with shows throughout the South, Midwest, and New England.

A New York–born folk singer-songwriter, Brian Dunne has won the attention and praise of many. With his sharp lyrics and country-influenced vocals, he has played throughout the U.S. folk scene. Citing influences such as Bob Dylan, the Band, and Bruce Springsteen, Dunne shows his roots through the sound and style of his songwriting and performing. After graduating from Berklee in 2011, he moved to Brooklyn and is currently based there. Following his 2012 EP, The Brooklyn Bridge, which received praise from John Mayer among others, Dunne is planning to release his first full-length record, Songs from the Hive, on February 17.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

SFJAZZ Collective

Sunday / April 24, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble composed of eight of the finest performers and composers in jazz today, will perform the music of Michael Jackson as well as their own original compositions. The collective's mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master.

Admission: 
$40 / $50 / $60

Wired for Jazz: An Exploration of Jazz and Electronics Featuring Terence Blanchard and Neil Leonard

Thursday / April 21, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

What happens when you pair a group of jazz composers with modern electronic musicians? Adventurous artists have always been inspired by new technologies, and in the spring of 2016, Terence Blanchard and Neil Leonard will work with a group of students from Berklee’s Electronic Production and Design and Jazz Composition departments to explore new possibilities for bringing together these rich musical languages. Blanchard has stretched the boundaries of jazz into modern film music while Leonard has pioneered the use of electronics and multimedia in jazz improvisation. Together with a group of select Berklee students, they will present an evening of music that will inform and inspire.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Vocal Jazz Festival

Tuesday / April 19, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Vintage Vocals Ensemble, directed by David Scott, an associate professor in the Voice Department, performs music from the golden age of vocal groups. Songs made popular by such groups as the Andrews Sisters and the Modernaires will be represented as well as contemporary re-creations of the big-band vocal style.

The Berklee Vocal Jazz Ensembles, directed by Ned Rosenblatt, an associate professor in the Voice Department, perform music from traditional swing and Latin genres to contemporary funk and pop, encompassing selections from such groups as the Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and Take 6 as well as original arrangements.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 14, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Words and Music Festival

Wednesday / April 6, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Caroline Alden

As part of its second annual Words and Music Festival, the Berklee Composition Department is sponsoring an evening of Student Songwriting Competition winners in five categories: art song, theater song, jazz song, contemporary song, and a words and music challenge. The evening will kick off with a gala performance of William Walton’s Façade, performed by Berklee faculty members, and conclude with performances by our Student Songwriting Competition winners.  

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Professional Writing and Music Technology Division Awards Concert

Tuesday / April 5, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Professional Writing and Music Technology Division Awards Concert is a musical celebration of student compositions. The concert features award-winning student compositions from the division’s eight departments: Film Scoring, Jazz Composition, Harmony, Contemporary Writing and Production, Electronic Production and Design, Composition, Songwriting, and Music Production and Engineering. This eclectic annual event includes film scores as well as pieces for orchestra, jazz band, electronics, and rock band. The compositions are in a variety of styles including jazz, singer-songwriter, contemporary, classical, and Latin.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Berklee Global Jazz Summit

Friday / April 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Pérez leads Berklee Global jazz Institute (BGJI) students and faculty in the annual Global Jazz Summit. Past performers have included BGJI faculty members Joe Lovano, Teri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, and George Garzone, and special guests Wayne Shorter, Adam Cruz, and Brian Blade. Students have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center.

The BGJI is designed to help instrumentalists and vocalists with unique talent and wide-ranging musical interests achieve their artistic goals through an experiential and interdisciplinary approach. Developing artists who seek to evolve to the highest levels—as both musicians and human beings—find a true home in the BGJI environment, which provides both the support and range of challenges necessary for sustained creative growth.

This event is part of the 2016 winter and spring Signature Series at Berklee

Admission: 
$12 / $18

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