Berklee in the RoundLivingston Taylor, Cristina Vaira and Ethan Thompson, John Johnson and Jesse Sanders
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Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, alumni, and special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, 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.
A special chair is reserved in the round for a “mystery” guest. This person could be an established artist who is visiting the college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs, or join in for the whole round.
Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Taylor shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists just beginning to hone their skills. Cristina Vaira, Ethan Thompson, and Jesse Sanders are all current students at Berklee pursuing singer-songwriter careers.