Concert

The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir - Night One: Songs 1-25

Friday / April 14, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Stephin Merritt

50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, the Magnetic Fields. This personal album, containing 50 songs, one for each year of the artist’s life, is a release on Nonesuch Records. The album commenced recording on Stephin Merritt’s 50th birthday, February 9, 2015.  

To date, Merritt has written and recorded 10 Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, "The Book of Love," has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. 

In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the past 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer). 

The stage extravaganza will be directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of CholeraAunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).

Please note: Each performance will be a separate program, so that the whole album will be performed over two nights: Night One: Songs 1-25, Night Two: Songs 26-50

Admission: 
$35 / $45 / $80 for two nights

BOOM

Monday / January 30, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

The Songwriting Department, in conjunction with the Red Room at Cafe 939, is proud to present our monthly open-mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play one original song that's under five minutes long. If you are interested, please arrive at the Red Room any time after 6:00 p.m. for signups. We will take 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates who will play if others do not show up. Each performer is limited to one song each, and no covers or drum kits are allowed. There will be opportunities for a second performance if there are low signups.

For more information, please email Songwriting@berklee.edu

Admission: 
Free

2017 Berklee Chinese New Year Concert

Tuesday / January 31, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Yazhi Guo

The Berklee Chinese New Year Concert is an annual celebration among the Chinese and other Asian populations at Berklee. With a collaboration between the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) and Bridge The Gap (BTG), this year's concert aims to connect cultures and musicians, and to bridge the cultural gap between Western and Eastern music. The concert will emphasize the performing arts of China in a way that has never been shown before.

The development of Chinese music will be condensed into a 90-minute program, with unique arrangements of both Chinese folk songs and pop music, along with dance and other forms of performance, to show the audience a brand new perspective on China. Some of Berklee's best Asian performers, as well as the well-known Berklee a cappella group Pitch Slapped, will be joining this concert.

 

Admission: 
$8 Advance / $12 Day of Show

Composers and Friends

Thursday / February 9, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In what has become an annual acoustic event, Jerry Gates presents composers and performers from Berklee College of Music in a chamber group setting. The concept of the event is to highlight the many gifted faculty composers and performers that are at the college. The many genres covered are sure to warm up an otherwise cold February night. Included in this year's program will be Mimi Rabson, Dave Wallace, Peter Cokkinias, Fernando Brandao, Dominick Ferrara, Ricardo Monzon, Junko Fujiwara, and many others.

Admission: 
Free

Suzu's Terrible Horrible Evening Party

Wednesday / March 8, 2017 / 5:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Suzuko Hori

Suzu's Terrible Horrible show is back! Suzuko Hori, a cosplay trombone player from Japan, will hold her third recital at Berklee. She will be performing her compositions and arrangements from her original musical theater Goro Goro Nyahn and Mikion, the God with amazingly talented musicians. It will be an unforgettable recital.

Admission: 
Free

Bald Uakari: Allotropy

Thursday / March 2, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bald Uakari is a nine-piece experimental collective performing original works by composer Gregory McRae and others.  Bald Uakari seeks to fuse electronics, free improvisation, and organized composition into one energetic and extreme style. The current iteration of the group features Charlie Feig on trumpet and SP-404, Greg Lynch on tenor sax, Tony Tirador on vibraphone, David Sinagoga on percussion and vocals, Paul LiBassi on guitar, Drew Atz on keyboards and electronics, Gitai Vinshtok on bass, Gregory McRae on drums, keyboards, and melodica, and Ian McGregor on drums. Their music frequently dips into the vocabulary of jazz, noise, and electronic music to produce a nonidiomatic sound that recalls a wide array of influences.

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Free

Garnet

Wednesday / February 15, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Garnet

Progressive rock band Garnet performs music composed by band leader Darion Roberts.

Admission: 
Free

Beyoncé's Original All-Female Band: A 10-Year Anniversary Concert

Thursday / March 2, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Beyoncé's original all-female band celebrates its 10-year anniversary at Berklee, led by Tia Fuller, a professor in the Ensemble Department. The band will include original members Nikki Glaspie '04 (drums), Bibi McGill (guitar), Brittani Washington (piano), Divinity Roxx (bass), Katty Rodriguez (tenor sax), Crystal Torres (trumpet), Marcie Chapa (percussion), and students in Berklee's Beyoncé Ensemble. In addition, current Beyoncé dancer Ebony Williams '05 will choreograph and perform with students from Boston Conservatory at Berklee on select songs.

The group will feature music from Beyoncé's albums B-Day, The Beyoncé Experience, and Live at the Wynn Theatre from when they toured with Beyoncé, but it will also perform some of her newer material. Berklee alumnus Nikko Ielasi '15 is the musical arranger, and current Berklee student Josh Foster is the student musical director.

 

Admission: 
$20/14/8 advance and $24/18/12 day of show.

Dominant Funktion Live

Wednesday / February 15, 2017 / 3:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The fusion and R&B group Dominant Funktion, led by tenor saxophonist Kevon Scott, will perform a combination of original music from their upcoming album, along with a range of covers and arrangements in the styles of neo-soul, R&B, and funk/fusion. The show will feature the core seven-piece band (rhythm section with organ and horns) along with a few surprises from some of Berklee's top vocalists. This will be an exclusive opportunity to hear new material from the band's first official record release, along with some arrangements of classic hits sung by the familiar voices of talented Berklee students.

Admission: 
Free

Art Note Project

Wednesday / February 8, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jessie Cox created the Art Note Project to incorporate music, poetry, costumes, electronic sounds, and small acting parts into his music. The Art Note Project aims to create memorable and unique experiences through music. Due to the nature of improvisation, every show presented is different, while keeping a consistent repertoire for returning audiences.

Cox describes his music as "cosmic jazz and jazz concrete instrumental," drawing inspiration from composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sun Ra, Steve Lehmann, and Flume, among others.

Cox met his team of amazing musicians at Berklee College of Music. For the past three years he has been working with the members of the Art Note Project on many different occasions and in various projects. The group comprises musicians Nathan See on alto sax, Jake Hirsch on tenor sax, Maher Beauroy (Martinique) on piano, Lucy Clifford (Australia) on bass, and Jessie Cox (Switzerland) on drums.

Admission: 
Free

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