Signature SeriesVulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute

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Thursday / December 4, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

Vulnerable: A Marvin Gaye Tribute, with Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Chris Turner, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, the Berklee Neo-Soul Ensemble, and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. Curated and produced by Revive Music. 

Emerging from a generation rooted in conformity, Marvin Gaye was a nonconformist. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, Gaye was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Over a 10-year period starting in the late 1960s, Gaye embarked on a passion project that he later described as the best stuff he ever recorded. The project became known as Vulnerable. Recording songs such as “Why Did I Choose You?”, “She Needs Me,” “Funny Not Much,” “This Will Make You Laugh,” and “The Shadow of Your Smile” with Bobby Scott and his orchestra, Vulnerable represents Gaye’s commitment to creating a successful jazz record.

In homage of this landmark recording and Gaye’s artistic contributions, Revive Music Group, in collaboration with Berklee, will present the first live performance of Vulnerable in its entirety, alongside his popular and lesser-known compositions. Performing will be special guests Aloe Blacc, who cowrote and sang on Avici’s “Wake Me Up,” which charted at No. 1 in more than 100 countries, and whose current album, Lift Your Spirit, includes the Top 10 hit “I’m the Man”; Miguel Atwood Ferguson, a musician, composer, and arranger who appears on more than 300 recordings by artists including Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, and Flying Lotus; the Berklee Neo-Soul Ensemble directed by Skip Smith; and the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra.

Read more about Meghan Stabile '06, the alumna behind Revive Music.

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