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  • Hayoung's Senior Recital

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Pianist Hayoung presents her original compositions and arrangements of standards.  

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    Pianist Hayoung presents her original compositions and arrangements of standards.  

    Free
  • Through The Roots / The Supervillains / The Steppas

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Through The Roots / The Supervillains / The Steppas

    The Supervillains and The Steppas open for Through The Roots, a high-energy group based in San Diego, California, known for easy-listening music with Cali-reggae vibes and positive messages.  

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    Crossroads Presents brings you Through The Roots, a high-energy group based in San Diego, California, known for easy-listening music with Cali-reggae vibes and positive messages. The band sailed into 2014 with a new, fan-inspired album; a three-show stop with Rebelution; and the 2014 Winter West Coast Tour along with Tribal Seeds. The fast-rising band also has at least one nationwide tour in the works and is currently working on new music. Through The Roots has played in over 100 shows from coast to coast and plans to keep going, attracting more fans and sharing the stage with many of the top bands in the reggae-rock genre.

    The Supervillains are Florida-bred swamp reggae rockers.

    The Steppas has recreated the landscape of reggae music in Hawaii. Comprised of Rick Star (lead vocals/lead guitar), Na’ea Kaopua (vocals/percussion/keys), Kekolu Pavao (bass), Busy Legaspi (drums), and Makana Rosetti (keyboards), The Steppas have the passion to play music with the message of peace and love. The Steppas have self-produced their EPs, The Steppas and The Love Shack, and teamed up with Leslie Bimwala Ludiazo to produce their first full-length album, To You From We, out earlier this year. 

  • In Between by Jihye Lee

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Vocalist, composer, and arranger Jihye Lee presents original music for her senior recital. She performs with an 11-piece band, including woodwinds, brass, and strings.

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    Vocalist, composer, and arranger Jihye Lee presents original music for her senior recital. She performs with an 11-piece band, including woodwinds, brass, and strings.

    Free
  • Cordelia & the Buffalo / Andrea Charls / Mike Caprarola

    Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Cordelia & the Buffalo / Andrea Charls / Mike Caprarola
    Cordelia & the Buffalo

    In an evening of folk-rock, pop, and R&B, Cordelia & the Buffalo, Andrea Charls, and Mike Caprarola deliver emotionally resonant performances.

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    The story of Cordelia & the Buffalo begins with Cordelia, a Mexican-American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer who draws inspiration from the Mexican Indian and Native American cultures. In 2011, she set out to find the perfect combination of musicians to give life to a fresh sound. Singing and playing keyboards and synthesizers, she joined forces with Berklee students Yusuke Sato (guitar), Dag Hanken (synthesizers/percussion), Rodrigo Gramitto (guitar), Diego Diaz (drums), and Daniel McCallum (bass). The band's sound fuses explosive beats, exotic instruments, powerful lyrics, and soothing melodies, incorporating influences from band members hailing from Alaska, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Venezuela. Together, the group forged the soul of an indie rock/electronic sound.

    Andrea Charls was born in Limassol on the island of Cyprus. She graduated from Berklee in 2013. In 2012 she was nominated by Hollywood Music in Media awards for her single “What Ya Wanna Do.” She has worked with the flamenco singer Jose Merce and was featured on his album, which was nominated for two Latin Grammy awards. Andrea is working on her debut album, due out in 2016.

    Mike Caprarola is a Boston-based musician from New Jersey. He combines raw and emotional storytelling with pop-punk and folk influences. Backed by drummer Taylor Palusky and bassist Avery Miller (The Hazmats), he hopes to help his audience get a little more in touch with its feelings while also having a good time rockin’ out.

     

     

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  • A&R Pitch Session with Disney Music Group A&R Director Mike Daly

    Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Mike Daly, Berklee alumnus and director of A&R at Disney Music Group, will give a short talk and demo followed by a live pitch session for the upcoming Demi Lovato record. The session is open to all Berklee students, but the pitches will feature songs from a select group of Berklee songwriters. 

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    Mike Daly, Berklee alumnus and director of A&R at Disney Music Group will give a short talk followed by a live pitch session for the upcoming Demi Lovato record. The session can be attended by all Berklee students, but the pitches will feature songs from a pre-selected group of Berklee songwriters. This is a great chance to learn how to pitch a song, how to make a demo that wins a pitch, and what A&R and publishers want—and do not want—when reviewing songs for hit recording artists. The session will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Daly. 

     

    Free to the Berklee community; RSVP to songwriting@berklee.edu with "A&R" in the subject line.
  • Fresh Prospects: Yohannes / Monica Heldal / Audreal & Kevin

    Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Fresh Prospects: Yohannes / Monica Heldal / Audreal & Kevin

    Fresh Prospects presents three exciting up-and-coming artists this month: Yohannes, Monica Heldal, and Audreal & Kevin.

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    The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best up-and-coming Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This month's artists are Yohannes, Monica Heldal, and Audreal & Kevin.
     
    Yohannes is a group of four multi-instrumentalists who hope to use their music to make the world a better, more equal place. Born in Boston in 2014, Yohannes brings together a wide range of influences from folk, rock, electronic, hip-hop, and jazz to create a sound that is truly original.
     

    Monica Heldal is a singer/songwriter from Bergen, Norway. Her debut album, Boy From The North, contains ten songs that together create a perfect whole. Heldal has lived and performed in Ireland, Norway, and abroad, both at festivals and as the opener for Tom Petty and Ben Howard in Oslo, Norway. 

    Audreal & Kevin are a duo from San Diego, California, currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. They have been writing and singing together for five years and are inspired by collaborating with the many artists and musicians here. Although they write predominantly folk and pop music, Audreal & Kevin have expanded their range by working with various groups around Boston and drawing from those influences for their own music.

     

    Free
  • BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    The Songwriting department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present an open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. 

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    Bonnie Hayes is a songwriter perhaps best known for penning "Have a Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Her best loved song might be her 80's pop-punk anthem and college radio hit, "Shelly's Boyfriend." Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T and the MG's, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs one critic described as "sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency to do the unexpected."

    Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a musician, recording artist and producer. She currently records artists at the Icehouse Studio in San Rafael, plays keyboards with popular local Americana artist Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, as well as co-fronting the band Mystery Dance with musical cohort Tim Eshliman (Commander Cody, the Moonlighters). 

    The Songwriting department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present an open mic event for Berklee songwriters, held on the last Monday of every month. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. Your song must be an original composition and under 5 minutes. If you want to play at the open mic, please show up at Cafe 939 any time after 6 p.m. to sign up. We'll take 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates, who will play if others don't show up. One song each (unless we have low sign-ups, in which case you can play a song and wait until everybody who's signed up has played, then play again). No covers, and no drum kits, please. For more info, please email songwriting@berklee.edu. 

    Free
  • Music from the Latin Grammys

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Faculty member Oscar Stagnaro presents a concert of music by Latin Grammy winners.

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    Faculty member Oscar Stagnaro presents a concert of music by Latin Grammy winners.

    Free
  • Rinat Tregerman's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In her final rectial at Berklee, pianist and jazz composer Rinat Tregerman presents diverse and unique original music that combines several styles ranging from jazz to Israeli folk music.

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    In her final rectial at Berklee, pianist and jazz composer Rinat Tregerman presents diverse and unique original music that combines several styles ranging from jazz to Israeli folk music.

    Free
  • Lisa O'Neill / Tumbleweed Company

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Lisa O'Neill / Tumbleweed Company
    Lisa O'Neill

    Irish-born singer Lisa O'Neill's unrushed, natural, straight-talking approach and witty lyrics have made her a new favorite on Dublin's folk and traditional music scene. Tumbleweed Company will also perform.

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    Lisa O’Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in Ireland’s County Cavan. She moved to Dublin at age 18 to study music full time. Early on, she was welcomed into the folk and traditional scene in pubs and venues around the city, where her singular voice, witty lyrics, and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.

    Her independently released debut album, aptly titled Has an Album, was launched in August 2009 and sold out throughout the country, displaying her popularity not just in Dublin but nationwide. Her second album, Same Cloth or Not, showcases her unrushed, natural, straight-talking approach. O’Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O’Connor.

    Tumbleweed Company is a folk-rock band from Nashville. Its members are from all different parts of the country and met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music. Established in 2009, Tumbleweed Company is releasing their new album Village in April 2014, produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo). Influenced by different types American folk music and a love of rock 'n' roll, Tumbleweed Company blends vocal harmonies over an array of acoustic and electric instruments to create something all its own.

    Watch a video preview for O’Neill’s new album:

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  • Giulia Malaspina in Musica

    Friday, October 31, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Pianist and composer Giulia Malaspina presents an afternoon of original tunes and arrangements.

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    Pianist and composer Giulia Malaspina presents an afternoon of original tunes and arrangements.

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  • Tessanne Chin / Kristen Merlin

    Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Tessanne Chin / Kristen Merlin

    Tessanne Chin is the fresh soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent. Kristen Merlin will also perform. 

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    Tessanne Chin is the Season 5 winner of NBC's hit TV show "The Voice," and a fresh soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent. She fuses dancehall and reggae with edgy rock riffs and heartfelt, original lyrics, creating a musical style all her own. With her youth and unmistakable stage appeal, Tessanne has opened for Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, Atlantic Starr, Boyz II Men, and Mary J. Blige, among many others. She also toured the world as a backup singer with the reggae legend Jimmy Cliff for three years.

    Kristen Merlin is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the small town of Hanson, Mass. In 2009, Boston Nightlife Awards named Kristen the South Shore’s Best Acoustic Solo Act. She then became the lead singer for the cover band Arctic Playground. From there, she continued to rock the South Shore’s music scene and moved on to join forces with the power-house cover band Six Foot Sunday. Kristen is back as the lead singer of her self-titled band. Kristen is an enthusiastic performer unlike any other in the Boston area. Not only does she have the vocal ability to grab the attention of everyone in the room, but her stage presence is a force to be reckoned with. 

  • Larkin Poe / Benjamin Cartel

    Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Larkin Poe / Benjamin Cartel

    Atlanta-based sisters Larkin Poe will perform in support of a debut full-length album, Kin, on Restoration Hardware's RH Music label. Benjamin Cartel will also perform. 

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    Atlanta-based sisters Larkin Poe celebrate their familial bond and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, on Restoration Hardware's RH Music label. The record was produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora).

    The sisters grew up playing classical violin and piano and listening to their dad's Fleetwood Mac; Pink Floyd; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and The Band albums. Larkin Poe's sound and voices came together for another reason: for the first time, they actually wrote together. After self-releasing five EPs and touring for three years without label support, they signed with RH Music. With years of domestic and international touring under their belts and a large and loyal fan base, the sisters want their fans to know that Kin is truly their coming of age project. 

    After earning a buzz as one of New York City’s up-and-coming songwriters, Benjamin Cartel put his solo career on hold in 2004, the year he co-founded the indie folk duo Kaiser Cartel. Years later, that band is still busy and Cartel’s solo career has earned a new set of wheels with an EP that bridges the gap between Wilco’s wry rock 'n' roll and John Lennon’s classic pop. Money and Love is Cartel’s first solo release. Like the musical influences that spawned it, the EP is a mix of old and new. Several songs, like the vintage pop/rocker No One, were written before Kaiser Cartel’s formation.

    Listen to Larkin Poe's album teaser of kin here:

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  • AJR / Minor Soul

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    AJR / Minor Soul

    AJR, three brothers born and raised in New York City, has achieved success with "I’m Ready," a buoyant electro-pop single that has generated over 1 million YouTube views and thousands of sales, along with mentions in Billboard and the New York Post and heavy airplay on SiriusXM's Hits 1.  Minor Soul will also perform. 

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    AJRthree brothers born and raised in New York City, has achieved success with "I’m Ready," a buoyant electro-pop single that has generated over 1 million YouTube views and thousands of sales, along with mentions in Billboard and the New York Post and heavy airplay on SiriusXM's Hits 1. AJR's tour dates last fall included shows with The Wanted, Demi Lovato, and Hoodie Allen. As possibly the only DIY pop group out there, the group writes, records, and produces everything from a living room in Chelsea. 


    Minor Soul is an acoustic-pop band created by Jack and Max Wagner, brothers aged 22 and 20. Add an insatiable hunger for the latest sounds coming out of Europe and the US and you have a singer-songwriter duo that has been experimenting, performing, and writing together for years, displaying a deep sense of the ong crafting tradition. In 2011, Minor Soul recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with Dave Stewart, formerly of the 1980s rock group the Eurythmics. The Stewart-produced music video for "Beneath My Skin" is growing in YouTube views. The pair also worked with ASCAP-winning songwriter Toby Gad in Los Angeles, co-writing and recording "Streets of New York."

  • Uri Gurvich Clinic

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Uri Gurvich Clinic

    Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was named Jazz Player of the Year in his native Israel before relocating to the U.S. to study at Berklee under Joe Lovano.

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    Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was named Jazz Player of the Year in his native Israel before relocating to the U.S. to study at Berklee under Joe Lovano. Now based in New York, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut The Storyteller (Tzadik), featuring some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary jazz scene: Leo Genovese, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela and special guest Chris Cheek. All Music Guide called Gurvich “a major new voice in jazz.”

    His second album, BabEl, features his quartet and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Brahim Fribgane on oud and percussion. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the music “transcends borders,” placing Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Gurvich will release his third Tzadik project, an interpretation of John Zorn’s Book of Angels, in 2015.

     

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  • The Checkout – Live at Berklee: Uri Gurvich

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Checkout – Live at Berklee: Uri Gurvich

    Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was named Jazz Player of the Year in his native Israel before relocating to the U.S. to study at Berklee under Joe Lovano.

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    Saxophonist and composer Uri Gurvich was named Jazz Player of the Year in his native Israel before relocating to the U.S. to study at Berklee under Joe Lovano. Now based in New York, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut The Storyteller (Tzadik), featuring some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary jazz scene: Leo Genovese, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela and special guest Chris Cheek. All Music Guide called Gurvich “a major new voice in jazz.”

    His second album, BabEl, features his quartet and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Brahim Fribgane on oud and percussion. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the music “transcends borders,” placing Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Gurvich will release his third Tzadik project, an interpretation of John Zorn’s Book of Angels, in 2015.

    This concert is supported by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.

     

  • Mansions on the Moon

    Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Mansions on the Moon

    Specializing in electronic downtempo and ambient rock, Mansions on the Moon has been winning over music fans and fellow artists with mesmerizing arrangements, creative remixes, and a wide range of musical capabilities.

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    Specializing in electronic downtempo and ambient rock, Mansions on the Moon has been winning over music fans and fellow artists with mesmerizing arrangements, creative remixes, and a wide range of musical capabilities. Formed a little over a year ago, this exciting Los Angeles trio of songwriters and producers has collaborated with N*E*R*D, toured with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, had a Mixtape produced and presented by DIPLO and BENZI entitled Paradise Falls, and produced the track PA Nights on Mac Miller’s new album Blue Slide Park.

    Check out the ambient sounds of Mansions On The Moon's "It's Not Too Late" here:

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  • Becca Stevens / American Echoes

    Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Becca Stevens / American Echoes

    North Carolina-bred, New York-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Becca Stevens has been described by The New York Times as  “impressively absorbing.” Her intimate vocals communicate warmth and urgency, while her songwriting embraces inventive acoustic textures. American Echoes will also perform.

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    North Carolina-bred, New York-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Becca Stevens  has been described by The New York Times as “impressively absorbing.” Her intimate vocals communicate warmth and urgency, while her songwriting embraces inventive acoustic textures and idiosyncratic rhythmic and melodic elements.  Her music offers a blend of head and heart that defies easy categorization, drawing upon elements of pop, jazz, or folk without limiting itself to the rules of any particular genre.

    American Echoes is the first musical collaboration between twins Laura and Nina Ganci.  The pair bridges blues and folk with twists on modern and classic indie music.

    Check out "105" performed live by Becca Stevens here:

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  • From the 'Hood to Carnegie Hall Tour

    Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    From the 'Hood to Carnegie Hall Tour

    Thee Phantom combines the raw energy and passion of hip-hop with the beautiful, sweeping sounds of live orchestration. Hailing from Philadelphia, Phantom is stalking his dream of bringing his brand of B-Boy Meets Beethoven to Carnegie Hall.

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    Thee Phantom combines the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, with the beautiful, sweeping sounds of live orchestration. Hailing from Philadelphia, Phantom is stalking his dream of bringing his brand of B-Boy Meets Beethoven to Carnegie Hall.

  • Last Dance with Aubin Wise

    Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    "Last Dance" is a theatrical performance highlighting the multiple colors and voices of Aubin Wise. 

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    Last Dance is a theatrical performance highlighting the multiple colors and voices of Aubin Wise. Wise rocks the house with an afternoon of contemporary musical theater plus a fusion of disco and funk. Her performance features some of  Berklee's best musical theater arrangers, composers, and performers. 

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  • Cabaret

    Monday, November 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Cabaret

    The Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites as well as musical theater inspired originals. Begun in 2012, Cabaret is a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the mainstage musical season. ]

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    The Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites as well as musical theater-inspired originals. Begun in 2012, Cabaret is a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the mainstage musical season. Run successfully for two years at different Berklee venues, it has become a monthly staple in the Berklee musical theater community. 

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  • Brian Seymour's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Woodwind doubler Brian Seymour will play his original jazz fusion tunes and arrangements with his band.

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    Woodwind doubler Brian Seymour will play his original jazz fusion tunes and arrangements with his band.

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  • Caleb Tay: The Last, The First

    Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Pianist Caleb Tay will present covers and arrangements of jazz and contemporary tunes.

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    Pianist Caleb Tay will present covers and arrangements of jazz and contemporary tunes.

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  • Parker Millsap

    Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Parker Millsap

    At only 21 years old, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives.

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    At only 21 years old, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. Since the release of his self-titled debut album earlier this year, he has garnered a nomination for the Americana Music Association's 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year and received praise from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Songwriter, the Boston Globe, and NPR, to name a few.

    Growing up in the tiny town of Purcell, Millsap attended a Pentecostal church with his family three times a week for most of his youth, an experience that informs his songwriting today. By blending that fire-and-brimstone preaching with rock, country, blues, and Waitsian imagery, he has created his own unique sound. An experienced performer, Millsap has played at the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, Patty Griffin, Shovels & Rope, Lake Street Dive, and fellow Oklahoma blues rocker John Fullbright.

  • Cory McCullough: Playing Some Tunes

    Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    For his final recital at Berklee, guitarist Cory McCullough will present an afternoon of bebop, bossa nova, blues, and more.

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    For his final recital at Berklee, guitarist Cory McCullough will present an afternoon of bebop, bossa nova, blues, and more.

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  • Lewis Watson / Western Den

    Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Lewis Watson / Western Den
    Lewis Watson

    London-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music as a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. The Western Den will also perform. 

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    London-based singer-songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. With an acoustic guitar and a booming, soulful voice, he began uploading original compositions to great response. Before long, he was playing in support of larger acts and releasing a series of EPs.

    By 2012, the buzz was enough to bring several record labels knocking on his door, and he eventually entered into a contract with Warner Bros., which came with festival performances, Billboard chart appearances, and an ever-growing fan base. Watson has collaborated with Arctic MonkeysFlorence and the Machine, and some top songwriters and producers, including Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Mr Hudson.

    Watson has now released his debut full-length album, The Morning, which also comes in a deluxe edition that contains every song he has ever released.

    Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a unique sound. The duo released a debut EP, Battle Hymns, in 2013, and opened for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour in the summer of the same year. 

    Watch a music video for Lewis Watson’s “Holding On” here:

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  • The House On Cliff EP Release Party

    Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The House On Cliff EP Release Party

    The House On Cliff performs for their EP release with Kyle Thornton & The Company, The Devil's Twins, and Everything and Everyone.

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    The House On Cliff is a high-energy rock band from Boston with the passion to bring rock 'n' roll back to the masses. Chad Michael Jervis (lead vocals), Charles Coleman (guitar/vocals), Marc Polit (drums), and William Santana (bass/vocals) met while studying at Berklee, and the rest was history. Their first EP, a mix of groovable rock tunes produced by the masterful Dan Whittemore and recorded at the Madden Brothers Studio in Los Angeles, hits November 11, 2014. Although the House On Cliff only formed in September 2013, in the past year the band has been on three national tours, most recently the ABC's of Style Mall Tour, performing alongside teen sensation IM5. The House On Cliff has also performed at noteworthy venues such as The Troubadour, The Bottom Of The Hill, The Mint, The Middle East, and CollegeFest at Fenway Park, among others, and recently opened for Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers. 

     

  • BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    BOOM: Berklee Original Open Mic

    The Songwriting department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. 

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    The Songwriting department, in conjunction with the Red Room, is proud to present our monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters. All current Berklee students are welcome to play. Your song must be an original composition and under 5 minutes. If you want to play at the open mic, please show up at Cafe 939 any time after 6:00 to sign up. We'll take 25 writers and as many as 10 alternates, who will play if others don't show up. One song each (unless we have few sign-ups, in which case you can play a song and wait until everybody who's signed up has played, then play again), no covers, and no drum kits, please. For more info, please email songwriting@berklee.edu.

    Bonnie Hayes is a songwriter perhaps best known for penning "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Her best loved song might be her 80's pop-punk anthem and college radio hit, "Shelly's Boyfriend." Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T and the MG's, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs one critic described as "sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency to do the unexpected."

    Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a musician, recording artist and producer. She records at the Icehouse Studio in San Rafael, Calif., plays keyboards with popular local Americana artist Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, and co-fronts the band Mystery Dance with musical cohort Tim Eshliman (Commander Cody, the Moonlighters). 

     

    Free
  • Juan Dhas: Live at The Red Room

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Juan Dhas: Live at The Red Room

    Modern jazz guitarist Juan Dhas will be presenting his senior recital with his quartet's take on pieces by other contemporary jazz artists.

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    Modern jazz guitarist Juan Dhas will be presenting his senior recital with his quartet's take on pieces by other contemporary jazz artists.

    Free
  • Milad Zendehnam Band

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    For his first and final recital at Berklee, guitarist Milad Zendehnam will lead his band through an hour of jazz tunes.

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    For his first and final recital at Berklee, guitarist Milad Zendehnam will lead his band through an hour of jazz tunes.

    Free
  • Tony Lucca / Honor By August

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Tony Lucca / Honor By August

    Eight full-length albums into his career, Tony Lucca has become a standard-bearer to some and a torch-bearer to others. Honor By August will also play.

     

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    Eight full-length albums into his career, Tony Lucca has become a standard-bearer to some and a torch-bearer to others. A master of observation, Lucca uses each experience and anecdote as a stepping-off point, turning impressions of life and relationships into beautiful and often emotionally painful songs.  Lucca’s rise to fame included a brief stint on an Aaron Spelling prime time drama coupled with a rather public relationship with actress Keri Russell. He has also worked with Justin Timberlake, starring in a commercial directed by Timberlake for his own 901 Tequila.

    Honor By August’s poetic sincerity and infectious blend of mesmerizing atmospherics with anthemic choruses have drawn favorable comparisons to U2, Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol, and Bruce Springsteen. The Washington Post has called the quartet “one of the most promising new talents on the East Coast.” Recently, the band won Billboard’s World Song Contest. The group has shared stages with such diverse artists as Bon Jovi, Imagine Dragons, Switchfoot, Jonny Lang, Third Eye Blind, Hanson, and Parachute.

  • The Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra

    Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Jazz composer and performer Jihye Lee will present her original large ensemble compositions.

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    Jazz composer and performer Jihye Lee will present her original large ensemble compositions.

    Free
  • Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra

    Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Jazz composition major and singer Jihye Lee will present her original large-ensemble compositions.

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    Jazz composition major and singer Jihye Lee will present her original large-ensemble compositions.

    Free
  • An Evening with Ryan Bingham

    Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    An Evening with Ryan Bingham
    Ryan Bingham

    Ryan Bingham is an Oscar-winning singer-songwriter who continues to generate songs that seem poised to ace the test of time.

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    Ryan Bingham is an Oscar-winning singer-songwriter who was born in New Mexico but raised all across the Southwestern United States. Bingham set out on his own at a young age, shuffling from town to town and performing gigs at local no-frills bars. It’s this spirit of having done plenty of living early on that has informed the singer-songwriter’s jagged and weather-beaten vocals.

    Bingham’s critically acclaimed debut album, Mescalito, won kudos from media outlets as varied as Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Washington Post. His sophomore effort, Roadhouse Sun, solidified his reputation as a serious artist.

    In 2010, Bingham’s song “The Weary Kind, which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Crazy Heart, earned him a Grammy, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and the Americana Artist of the Year Award. The song also led to his collaboration with T Bone Burnett, who produced his third studio album, Junky Star, which drew critical acclaim. Bingham’s songwriting abilities shine on songs that seem poised to continue acing the test of time.

    Watch a music video for Ryan Bingham’s “Southside of Heaven” here:

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  • Jacob Whitesides Featuring Dylan Holland with Special Guest Zach Matari

    Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Jacob Whitesides Featuring Dylan Holland with Special Guest Zach Matari

    YouTube singer-songwriter sensation Jacob Whitesides performs along with Dylan Holland and Zach Matari.

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    A singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee, Jacob Whitesides found musical inspiration at a bluegrass festival in 2008. Following the festival, he set out to learn how to play the guitar and sing. He started uploading cover songs to YouTube as a hobby two years ago, and over seven million views later, he's having a blast traveling and meeting fans all over the country. In July 2014, his EP 3 AM peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes chart and gave Whitesides his first No. 5 album. His first original single, "You’re Perfect," was cowritten with Ernie Halter, and he's currently working with Halter and other Music Row elites in Nashville on original material for an album.

    Listen to Whitesides's official music video of "You're Perfect" here:

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    Although his genre is categorized as pop, singer-songwriter Dylan Holland's music is influenced by many genres including rock, rap, country, and R&B. He finds inspiration in artists such as Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, Jay-Z, and Adele. Although he has played guitar his entire life, he began honing his craft by posting self-made videos on YouTube and Blog-TV in 2010 and has been performing for his dedicated fans ever since.

    New Jersey singer-songwriter Zach Matari recently released his single "Up To You," which he wrote and coproduced with producer GI Joe. The song, currently available on iTunes and iHeart radio, carries a '70s and '80s throwback feel reminiscent of the disco era. He has performed at famous venues such as The Stone Pony and The Bitter End, and opened for Paramore, MGMT, Motley Crue, Bruno Mars, and New Edition, among others. He is hard at work on his debut album.

  • Gabriel Kahane

    Monday, November 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Gabriel Kahane

    Hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the year's very best albums," Gabriel Kahane's major label debut, The Ambassador, is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles through the lens of 10 street addresses.

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    Hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the year's very best albums," Gabriel Kahane's major label debut, The Ambassador (Sony Music), is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles through the lens of 10 street addresses.  This fall, Kahane and his band will appear in the premiere of a staged version of The Ambassador directed by Tony winner John Tiffany ("Once," "Black Watch"), and designed by Tony winner Christine Jones ("Spring Awakening," "American Idiot"). Dividing his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Kahane's musical February House received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York's Public Theater in 2012; an original cast album was released on StorySound Records. 

    Listen to Gabriel Kahane's "Bradbury (304 Broadway)" here:

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  • Mead and Halloumi

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    A senior recital from jazz composition majors Steve Christersson Frend and Alkis Nicolaides. The set will feature arrangements and original music in the traditional and fusion jazz styles.

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    A senior recital from jazz composition majors Steve Christersson Frend and Alkis Nicolaides. The set will feature arrangements and original music in the traditional and fusion jazz styles.

    Free
  • Revive Big Band Clinic

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Revive Big Band Clinic

    Heralded by the Village Voice for having some of New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound.

     

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    Heralded by the Village Voice for having some of New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound. Formed in 2010 by trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Berklee alumnus Igmar Thomas, this multi-generational ensemble knows no limits as they advance and celebrate the tradition of the big band. Their repertoire features original compositions and inventive orchestrations of jazz standards and contemporary classics, in never-before-seen, and sometimes never to be seen again, live performances.

    The Revive Big Band’s recent shows include Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary, SummerStage Presents, the Art of Cool Festival, the Kennedy Center’s One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide Celebration, 2014 WinterJazz Fest, Brooklyn Jazz with Oliver Lake and Sean Jones, special collaborations with Bilal, Savion Glover and Pharoahe Monch, and tributes to G.U.R.U and A Tribe Called Quest.

    Free
  • The Checkout – Live at Berklee: Revive Big Band

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Checkout – Live at Berklee: Revive Big Band

    Heralded by the Village Voice for having some of New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound.

     

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    Heralded by the Village Voice for having some of New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound. Formed in 2010 by trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Berklee alumnus Igmar Thomas, this multi-generational ensemble knows no limits as they advance and celebrate the tradition of the big band. Their repertoire features original compositions and inventive orchestrations of jazz standards and contemporary classics, in never-before-seen, and sometimes never to be seen again, live performances.

    The Revive Big Band’s recent shows include Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary, SummerStage Presents, the Art of Cool Festival, the Kennedy Center’s One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide Celebration, 2014 WinterJazz Fest, Brooklyn Jazz with Oliver Lake and Sean Jones, special collaborations with Bilal, Savion Glover and Pharoahe Monch, and tributes to G.U.R.U and A Tribe Called Quest.

     

  • Bent Knee / Bury Me Standing / Jaggery

    Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Bent Knee / Bury Me Standing / Jaggery

    Experience Boston's best dark, experimental rock bands in the same room on the same night. Come have your brains broken and your hearts stomped by Bent Knee's avant indie rock, Jaggery's dark wave, and Bury Me Standing's gypsy dirge-core. 

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    Experience Boston's best dark, experimental rock bands together. Come have your brains broken and your hearts stomped by Bent Knee's avant indie rock, Jaggery's dark wave, and Bury Me Standing's gypsy dirge-core. 

    On the album Shiny Eyed Babies, the Boston art rock collective known as Bent Knee push themselves far beyond the conventional definition of “indie rock.” Drawing from a sonic palette edged by the touchstones of heavy psych, baroque pop, and avant-jazz, the ensemble craft compositions where melodies swell, collapse, and coalesce unexpectedly into anthemic crescendo. A musical family that works hard at their art, Bent Knee came into being in 2009 at Berklee. Shiny Eyed Babies is both raw and cerebral, and can be enjoyed simply floating on the surface, but those willing to plunge into its depths will find the hidden secrets that touch the spark of creativity.


    A ragtag collective of virtuostic musicians led by Nate Greenslit (of HUMANWINE) and Vessela Stoyanova (of Goli), Bury Me Standing describes itself as gypsy dirge-core, a strange intertwining of Balkan folksong, art metal, and psychedelic avant-pop. The group's songs meditate on wars within and without. Their core instrumentation is unique and includes digital marimba; found-object percussion; prepared upright bass; and haunting, Bulgarian-inflected vocals. Their formidable roster of collaborating musicians varies from show to show.

    Jaggery found its footing in New York, writing and performing under different monikers until 2004 when the band began to take its current shape: singer-songwriter and pianist Singer Mali is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation, including Daniel Schubmehl’s West African and jazz approach to the drum kit, Tony Leva’s often prepared upright bass, Rachel Jayson’s avant-classical viola, and Petaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals. Their live show is often as much a theatrical performance as an audio one.

  • Scale The Summit

    Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Scale The Summit

    Scale the Summit is an American instrumental, progressive metal band based in Houston, Texas.

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    Presented by The Bowery Presents Boston, Scale the Summit is an American instrumental, progressive metal band based in Houston, Texas. The band formed in 2004 and signed to Prosthetic Records. It draws influences from other progressive acts such as Cynic and Dream Theater. However, unlike most other progressive metal bands, Scale the Summit has no vocalist and plays instrumental music. The band gained notice as part of the Progressive Nation 2009 tour with Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Bigelf.

  • Ludovica Burtone's Senior Recital

    Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Italian violinist, composer, and arranger Ludovica Burtone presents a recital of arrangements and original compositions in various styles and ensemble settings.

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    Italian violinist, composer, and arranger Ludovica Burtone presents a recital of arrangements and original compositions in various styles and ensemble settings.

    Free
  • David Tangney Senior Recital

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Cellist David Tangney and friends will explore the many different styles of music played on the cello.

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    Cellist David Tangney and friends will explore the many different styles of music played on the cello.

    Free
  • Juan Ale Quartet

    Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Juan Alejandro and his quartet will play original compositions as well as jazz standards.

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    Drummer Juan Alejandro and his quartet will play original compositions as well as jazz standards.

    Free
  • Dag Hanken's Senior Recital

    Friday, December 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Dag Hanken gives his final recital at Berklee. The concert will showcase improvised electronic music as well as Dag's Boston-based indie band, Night Lights.

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    Drummer Dag Hanken gives his final recital at Berklee. The concert will showcase improvised electronic music as well as Dag's Boston-based indie band, Night Lights.

    Free
  • The Whirlygigs

    Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Whirlygigs

    Come celebrate the holiday season with Mr. Whirly of The Whirlygigs. Meet “The Gingerbread Man,” take off with a fleet of Rheindeer, and get busy as an elf during this hourlong holiday performance.

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    Come celebrate the holiday season with Mr. Whirly of The Whirlygigs. Meet “The Gingerbread Man,” take off with a fleet of Rheindeer, and get busy as an elf during this hour long holiday performance. Come celebrate the CD release of his debut full-length album titled Greetings from Cloud 9, produced by Grammy award-winning Dean Jones. Mr. Whirly is a magical, groovy, get up and dance, one-man band who adeptly juggles multiple instruments and sings with passion, charm, and humor, resulting in irrepressible fun for the whole family. Greetings from Cloud 9 delivers songs filled with youthful exuberance aimed at cultivating a shared passion for music. 

     

  • Josh Plotner: Because We Can

    Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Alto saxophonist Josh Plotner presents a collection of original pieces in the styles of jazz, rock, Latin, and others.

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    Alto saxophonist Josh Plotner presents a collection of original pieces in the styles of jazz, rock, Latin, and others.

    Free
  • David Van Vorst's Senior Recital

    Thursday, December 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    A presentation of original works influenced by funk, gospel, jazz, and R&B, by bassist David Van Vorst.

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    A presentation of original works influenced by funk, gospel, jazz, and R&B, by bassist David Van Vorst.

    Free
  • Jeremy Cohen's Senior Recital

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In his final recital at Berklee, electric bass principal Jeremy Cohen will present a snapshot of songs and artists who have influenced him over the years.

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    In his final recital at Berklee, electric bass principal Jeremy Cohen will present a snapshot of songs and artists who have influenced him over the years.

    Free
  • Esteban Obando's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In his final recital at Berklee, pianist Esteban Obando presents a fusion of classical, latin, and jazz repertoires centered around the piano.

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    In his final recital at Berklee, pianist Esteban Obando presents a fusion of classical, latin, and jazz repertoires centered around the piano.

    Free
  • Lauren George's Senior Recital

    Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Singer Lauren George and her band perform a broad array of music from artists such as Sara Bareilles, Allen Stone, and Concha Buika.

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    Singer Lauren George and her band perform a broad array of music from artists such as Sara Bareilles, Allen Stone, and Concha Buika.

    Free