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  • German Schauss: How Get More Notes Out of Your Guitar

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    German Schauss: How Get More Notes Out of Your Guitar

    Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss presents a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts.  
     

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    Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso German Schauss presents a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts.  

    Schauss is also a composer, author, and educator. He performs and tours as the leader of his own band and with other internationally known artists. Schauss also writes music for commercials, TV, and video games, and has been named one of the 50 fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World magazine. The author of best selling books and videos like Shredding Bach and Shredding Paganini, Schauss also writes the popular monthly column “Instant Shredding” for Germany’s biggest guitar magazine, Gitarre & Bass.

    Please visit his website for more information.

    Free
  • Night Lights / Public / Cordelia and the Buffalo / Animal Flag

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Night Lights / Public / Cordelia and the Buffalo / Animal Flag
    Night Lights

    Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie, rock, and soul influenced sounds to make people dance. Public, Cordelia and the Buffalo, and Animal Flag will open the show.

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    With members from Mexico, Texas, Japan, California, and Norway, Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie, rock, and soul influenced sounds to make people dance and feel feelings. The Boston-based band met in 2012 and has since discovered a balance between profound lyrics, hook-heavy melodies, danceable music, and intriguing harmonic progressions. Their songs touch on existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. With warped soundscapes, intricate riffs, melodic bass lines, colorful rhythmic creations, and captivating melodies and other-worldly vocal effects, it all comes together to take you on an unparalleled audio adventure.

    Animal Flag is the musical project of songwriter Matthew Politoski. Starting in 2011, the band has self-released two full length albums, four EPs, and toured on both East and West coasts. Being based in the Northeast, it has acquired loyal home based followings in Boston and New York with packed and energetic live shows. The band also has a growing fan bases in places like Nashville, Philadelphia, Florida, and Georgia from relentless East Coast touring. In 2013 Animal Flag played at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim.

  • Mauro Di Benedetto's Recital

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Guitarist Mauro Di Benedetto and his band play covers of Pink Floyd, Toto, Prince, Jeff Beck, and many more.

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    Guitarist Mauro Di Benedetto and his band will play covers of Pink Floyd, Toto, Prince, Jeff Beck, and many more.

    Free
  • Mikaela Davis

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Mikaela Davis

    Mikaela Davis is an indie harpist and singer-songwriter known for her amazing YouTube cover of Sufjan Stevens' "Casimir Pulaski Day."

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    Mikaela Davis is an indie harpist and singer-songwriter from Rochester, New York, who is known for her amazing YouTube covers of Sufjan Stevens' "Casimir Pulaski Day," which has received over 115,000 hits, and her cover of Elliott Smith's "Twilight," which has received close to 40,000 hits.

    Davis tours solo or as a trio with Alex Coté on drums and percussion and Cian McCarthy on guitar and sitar. To date, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with indie rock artists My Brightest Diamond, Jukebox the Ghost, Filligar, and Indians, and was recently invited to perform at the 2013 Lilac Festival. 

    In 2012, Davis recorded, mixed, and mastered her self-titled debut album at Red Booth Recordings with owner and audio engineer Brian Moore, who describes her as "harp and voice with an eclectic instrument mix whipped into a melancholy lo-fi sound; an intricate balance of fluttering vocal folds and fingers on strings that blend effortlessly." Recently, Davis released the single, "Feels Like Forever," in support of her summer touring and will be returning to the studio this fall to work on a new EP with Brian Moore.

  • Preparing for Your College Audition

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

    Berklee Associate Professor Berke McKelvey has auditioned hundreds of students, and wants to share what works, what doesn't, first impressions, and what an auditioner is looking for in a prospective student. 

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    Berklee Associate Professor Berke McKelvey has auditioned hundreds of students, and wants to share what works, what doesn't, first impressions, and what an auditioner is looking for in a prospective student. He will share some tips, relate a couple of stories, and have plenty of time for questions. These strategies are not limited to college auditions but would apply anytime that your playing is being critically evaluated.

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  • Jennifer Hoyt's Senior Recital

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

    Vocalist Jennifer Hoyt will present her final recital at Berklee.

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    Vocalist Jennifer Hoyt will present her final recital at Berklee.

    Free
  • Goli / Rabbit Rabbit / The Wrong Shapes

    Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Goli / Rabbit Rabbit / The Wrong Shapes
    Goli

    Goli is a duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music. The husband and wife outfit Rabbit Rabbit will also perform, along with The Wrong Shapes.

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    A duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music that has cut its teeth in rock bands, world-folk ensembles, symphony orchestras and the occasional free improv outlet, Goli is madly in love with tango and Bartok. It wrestles with universal subjects while playing the cello and marimba.

    Rabbit Rabbit is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, this husband and wife team are founding members of the iconic bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava, and have played with Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Skeleton Key, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, Carla Bozulich, Pretty Lights and The Tiger Lillies. Between them they have written music for the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, InkBoat, the Joe Goode Performance Group, and Team Meat. But Rabbit Rabbit dares to peel back these influences, revealing an intimate and dramatic music all its own. Drawing on a love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, and rendered on a motley assortment of acoustic instruments, its songs are raw and beautiful, sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos.

    Rachel and Bo Barringer are The Wrong Shapes, a darkly intriguing male/female cello/guitar/vocal duo combining acoustic and electronic sounds with minimal, compelling songwriting. Bo also plays in Future Carnivores and has, in the past, fronted MEandJOANCOLLINS and The Collisions. Rachel also plays cello in The Grownup Noise and Juventas New Music Ensemble.

    FREE
  • Elisabeth Beckwitt's Senior Recital

    Monday, August 4, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Elisabeth Beckwitt's Senior Recital

    Vocalist Elisabeth Beckwitt and her band of fellow Berklee students will be performing pop and folk covers of artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Liz Longley.

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    Vocalist Elisabeth Beckwitt and her band of fellow Berklee students will be performing pop and folk covers of artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Liz Longley.

    Free
  • Chris Geller's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Chris Geller celebrates his time at Berklee by bringing a bunch of his friends on stage to play selections from all the genres he's played in the past three years, ranging from jazz to surf rock.

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    Chris Geller celebrates his time at Berklee by bringing a bunch of his friends on stage to play selections from all the genres he's played in the past three years, ranging from jazz to surf rock.

    Free
  • Tiger Okoshi Clinic

    Thursday, August 7, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Faculty trumpeter Tiger Okoshi presents a clinic about looking for what's behind the rainbow of harmony.

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    Faculty trumpeter Tiger Okoshi presents a clinic about looking for what's behind the rainbow of harmony. Come learn about sound's shape, color, speed, taste, mood, and face and explore how sound has life with a beginning and an ending, just like human beings.

    Free
  • Boston Songwriter & Musician Hangout

    Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Boston Songwriter & Musician Hangout

    Meet your new favorite co-writer, jam partner, or potential band member.

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    Meet your new favorite co-writer, jam partner, or potential band member. Just bring your instrument (piano, drums, and mics provided) and your new songs. Songwriters and musicians of all ages, instruments, and genres are welcome. Signups start at 6:30 pm.

    FREE
  • Michael Bligdon's Senior Recital

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

    Pianist Michael Bligdon will perform his senior recital.

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    Pianist Michael Bligdon will perform his senior recital.

    Free
  • The Rosebuds / Jesse Marchant

    Saturday, August 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Rosebuds / Jesse Marchant
    The Rosebuds

    With an anything-goes approach, the Rosebuds invariably stay true to a melody-centric musicality driven by a singular chemistry, delicately crafted songwriting, and untamable excitement about the possibilities in making art. Jesse Marchant is a singer-songwriter known for his sparse yet rich and complete sound.

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    Extracting brilliance from easy collaboration is old hat to the Rosebuds, who formed in 2001 and carried out its first live shows as performance-art pieces that turned the stage into a replica of the duo’s own living room. With recent releases including collections of original Christmas and Halloween songs and a record of Sade covers, the Rosebuds’s catalog reveals the restlessness of creative appetites, shifting from the acoustic balladry of 2005’s Birds Make Good Neighbors to the dark synth-pop of 2007’s Night of the Furies to the dreamy indie-rock of 2011’s Loud Planes Fly Low. But despite the anything-goes approach, the Rosebuds invariably stay true to a melody-centric musicality driven by a singular chemistry, delicately crafted songwriting, and untamable excitement about the possibilities in making art.

    Watch a music video for the Rosebuds’s “Whisper” here:

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    With his debut album Not Even In July released on Partisan Records in 2010, Jesse Marchant was a quiet surprise. The exquisitely crafted, timelessly warm, and deeply human album was recorded by Henry Hirsch in his 19th century church studio in Hudson, New York, produced by Marchant, and praised for its sparse yet rich and complete sound, as well as for the maturity and candor in Marchant’s performance and storytelling. Spreading by word of mouth, Marchant soon gained the passionate support of NPR, Paste, Filter, and more, which led to opening gigs and tours with artists such as St. Vincent, A.A. Bondy, Sondre Lerche, and Nathaniel Rateliff. While his debut was written partly from within the despair of his time living in Los Angeles, followed by a long period of seclusion in the Adirondacks, his follow-up was the result of an even more intense withdrawal, written and recorded in a studio that Marchant set up in a rented house in upstate New York, where he played most of the instruments himself and handled all of the recording duties.

    Watch a music video for Jesse Marchant's "Only Now" here:

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  • William Baker's Senior Recital

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

    Drum set principal William Baker will be playing original songs with his indie-rock band Woven Woods.

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    Drum set principal William Baker will be playing original songs with his indie-rock band Woven Woods.

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  • Good Jams with Josh Ballard

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

    Electric bassist Josh Ballard and his quintet will perform an eclectic set in styles including Brazilian music, progressive metal, hip-hop, and blues.

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    Electric bassist Josh Ballard and his quintet will perform an eclectic set in styles including Brazilian music, progressive metal, hip-hop, and blues.

    Free
  • Beltran's Senior Recital

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

    Violinist Beltran del Campo presents a concert of classical, contemporary, and world music accompanied by a string ensemble, piano, and electronic instruments.

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    Violinist Beltran del Campo presents a concert of classical, contemporary, and world music accompanied by a string ensemble, piano, and electronic instruments.  

    Free
  • The Accidentals

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Accidentals

    The Accidentals are “explorers and admirers” of indie music greats like Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, and Sufjean Stephens. 

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    The Accidentals are “explorers and admirers” of indie music greats like Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Sufjean Stephens, Arcade Fire, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s, Black Keys, Sara Jaffe, and the Beatles. The band's original tunes reflect its exposure to a wide variety of instruments while staying true to its orchestral roots. In addition to guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordian, and kazoo, you'll hear the edgy violin and cello that defines this duo. A review of Tangled Red and Blue summed up the duo's achievement: “It’s difficult to believe that music this accomplished is being crafted by two talents who are still in high school. but that’s The Accidentals’ story.”  In 2013 The Accidentals opened for Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man), Aunt Martha, Rosco Bandana, and Lauren Mann. Then the pair hopped an RV to tour their home state of Michigan for seven weeks while finishing and releasing a second album, Bittersweet. Additionally, the band has been contracted to compose an original score for an independent film called "One Simple Question," and its songs "The Silence," "City of Cardboard," and "Miso Soup" were selected for use in a second indie film, called "Please Wait To Be Seated." The band is currently working on a music video, writing and recording a song for a compilation album to raise funds for childhood cancer research, and providing music to evver.com, a new social media platform, all while finishing high school and touring on weekends. 

    Watch here for The Accidentals original, Bulletproof Glass:

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  • Joel Hill's Senior Recital

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

    Pianist Joel Hill and his band present an afternoon of jazz and funk tunes.

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    Pianist Joel Hill and his band present an afternoon of jazz and funk tunes.

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  • Gabriela Lencka

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

    Singer-songwriter and violinist Gabriela Lencka showcases songs from her newest recording, Let It Breathe. Her music blends electronic, soul, and world music influences.

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    Singer-songwriter and violinist Gabriela Lencka showcases songs from her newest recording, Let It Breathe. Her music blends electronic, soul, and world music influences.

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  • Frog Eyes / PS I Love You / Skinny Bones

    Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Frog Eyes / PS I Love You / Skinny Bones

    Post-punk collective Frog Eyes' music combines a carnival atmosphere, frenetic energy, and diabolical scheming to produce an atmosphere of psychedelic unease.

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    Victoria, British Columbia, quartet Frog Eyes are the antithesis of its quiet Canadian village. Utilizing the carnival atmosphere of Rain Dogs-era Tom Waits, the frenetic energy of vintage Cramps, and the diabolical scheming of pre-Murder Ballads Nick Cave, the post-punk collective created an atmosphere of psychedelic unease with its 2002 full-length debut, The Bloody Hand.

    Lead singer Carey Mercer, who mined similar territories in his previous group, Blue Pine, leads the indie rock ensemble, which also includes his wife, Melanie Campbell; Grayson Walker; and Michael Rak. In 2003, after the critical success of The Bloody Hand, the group released the enigmatic Golden River on the Animal World label, resulting in another flurry of raves and a newly minted fan base. They signed to Absolutely Kosher the following year and released their strongest record to date, the volatile and charismatic Folded Palm, as well as the lo-fi acoustic EP Ego Scriptor. Other records include Tears of the Valedictorian (2007) and Paul's Tomb: A Triumph (2010). In 2014, the band issued the appropriately titled Carey's Cold Spring, a nine-track collection of new material that reflected Mercer's recent throat cancer diagnosis, as well as the passing of his father.

    PS I Love You is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2006 in Kingston. The band is signed to Canadian independent record label Paper Bag Records. The band is a duo, with Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums.

    Skinny Bones is a folktronica duo from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The band explores the boundaries between acoustic and electronic, organic and inorganic sounds, and organized recording and field recording—all without losing sight of a pop framework. Both in studio and on stage, Skinny Bones is constantly looking for new ways to create sounds, doing everything from playing a sack of coins to singing into a guitar.

    Watch Frog Eyes' official video of "The Sensitive Girls" here:

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  • Rocco DeLuca

    Thursday, September 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Rocco DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired home recording session among friends.

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    Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled release is his second album for 429 Records and his fourth LP overall. Produced by seven-time Grammy-winner Daniel Lanois, DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011’s Drugs ‘N’ Hymns. DeLuca recently hosted recording sessions in his East Hollywood bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, “local folks and family,” including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko, and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright. Whereas Drugs ‘n’ Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends.

    Watch DeLuca perform "Save Yourself" live here:

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  • Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen

    Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen
    Black Prairie

    Black Prairie is an Americana band from Portland, Oregon with a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy. Kristin Andreassen is a talented singer-songwriter best known for her catchy song, "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color For Your Eyes."

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    Black Prairie is a band with its own character, momentum, and style though describing that style has become increasingly difficult. “I gave up a long time ago,” says guitarist Jon Neufeld of the Portland, Oregon-based band which formed in 2007 when Chris Funk gathered local musicians for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn’t utilizing in his role as guitarist in the Decemberists.

    Black Prairie’s recent material adds a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy to its Americana roots.

    Watch a music video for Black Prairie’s “Let It Out” here:

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    Kristin Andreassen is a diverse musician who has toured three continents, playing festival stages as big as Bonnaroo, living in rooms smaller than a train car, and everything in between. The influence of traditional music is still strong Andreassen’s writing. Her catchy song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes,” which opens her solo album Kiss Me Hello, was inspired by an old-fashioned pattycake rhythm. “Crayola” won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been covered by choirs and marching bands, and remains a favorite on kids’ radio. 

    Watch Kristin Andreassen’s music video for “Crayola” here:

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  • The Music from Chile

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

    This clinic and performance by Berklee students from Chile will feature the great diversity of Chilean music.

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    This clinic and performance by Berklee students from Chile will feature the great diversity of Chilean music.

    Free
  • GIZMO / Common Thread

    Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    GIZMO / Common Thread
    GIZMO

    Bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers draws on influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop to create an impressive sonic landscape, while Common Thread is rapidly bringing the funk to the next generation.

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    Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, and Victor Wooten as well as serving as music director for such acclaimed artists as Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it’s safe to say that 23-year-old bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now.

    Drawing on a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, GIZMO is already creating an impressive sonic landscape.

    Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for good vibes, inspiring one another, and building musicianship amongst each other. Common Thread was founded in 2013 by bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker.

    Watch GIZMO’s music video for “White Walls” here:

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    Watch Common Thread perform "For the One Time" at Berklee here:

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  • Brendan James

    Thursday, September 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Brendan James
    Brendan James

    Brendan James is a pianist and singer-songwriter hailing from Derry, New Hampshire known for his socially conscious lyrics whose songs have been featured on many television shows.

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    Brendan James is a pianist and singer-songwriter hailing from Derry, New Hampshire whose songs have been featured on many television shows, including Private Practice, American Idol, Bones, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. His first three albums climbed the iTunes Top 10 pop charts and his touring schedule has seen him playing alongside the likes of John Mayer, Paula Cole, and Keb Mo.

    James is known for his socially conscious lyrics, which tackle issues such as gun violence and marriage equality.

    In 2013, James released his fifth album, Simplify, which was produced by Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa). Of the album’s title track, James says, “The process of evolution, especially technological evolution, is occurring at such blinding speeds these days that we must take collective moments to breathe together, find calm together, or we will forever leave behind our real essence as animals in paradise.”

    Watch a music video for Brendan James’s “Simplify” here:

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  • Break of Reality

    Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Break of Reality

    The cello rock band Break of Reality will perform. 

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    Break of Reality has been applauded for its  “genuine technique” and ability to “rock out like they mean it,” according to Time Out/New YorkWith a sound described as having “excitement, originality, and an undeniable intensity that louder, heavier bands only dream of,''  as the Rochester City Newspaper put it, Break of Reality is a cello rock band originally formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band is filling concert venues around the country with fans eager to hear their original music as well as interpretations of Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. Cinematic, subdued, and heavy all at once, it draws fans of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Yo-Yo MaBreak of Reality has given hundreds of performances across the country at performing arts centers, colleges, rock clubs, and music festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin. Through its affiliation with Pandora Radio, Break of Reality’s music has been streamed for millions of listeners around the U.S. The band’s three albums, The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), and Covers (2012), have sold over 40,000 copies worldwide. 

  • BGJI Masters Speak Series Featuring Fred Taylor

    Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963. Today he is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

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    The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963, when he ran Paul’s Mall and the Boston Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street, across from the Lenox Hotel.  

    John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie played there, and so did Bruce Springstein, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind & Fire when they were starting their careers.

    Taylor ran the clubs until 1978, then went on to produce concerts in Boston Symphony Hall and the Boston Garden, working with Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and others.

    In 1991, Taylor began working at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Allston, and turned it into one of the top 10 jazz clubs in America. From 2001 to 2007, he was the artistic director for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and today is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

    The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series.

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  • Sinkane / Helado Negro

    Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Sinkane / Helado Negro

    A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys and drums, Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) is a one-man band. Helado Negro will also perform. 

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    Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) and his family left Sudan when he was a boy, emigrating to the U.S. While in high school in Kent, Ohio, he found a musical community in the town’s thriving post-hardcore scene. He became the touring drummer for Caribou in 2008, then toured with Of Montreal before moving to New York City. Soon, he joined Yeasayer and toured the world with them. The name Sinkane comes from a verson Kanye West’s “Never Let Me Down.” A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys and drums, Gallab is a one-man band, playing at least four instruments on every track on Mars. The influence of ‘70s soul icons like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder can be heard on this album; also Sudan.

    The son of Ecuadorian immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for Helado Negro’s interest in sound and quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE, releasing a debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian. Other projects include Epstein, Helado Negro’s “beats and loops” effort, which includes a series of digital releases, full-lengths, and a remix album—gauzy, sunny dance music that references DJ mixing, block parties, and mellow compositional noise. 

    Watch Sinkane's official video of Runnin' here:
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  • Natalie Cressman / Paige Chaplin

    Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Natalie Cressman / Paige Chaplin

    Raised in an eclectic and musical household, Natalie Cressman is a trombonist, vocalist, and composer. Also performing: singer-songwriter Paige Chaplin. 

     

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    Raised in an eclectic and musical household, Natalie Cressman has diversified and expanded her musical universe. This trombonist, vocalist, and composer has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a mature, original voice that melds the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies reminiscent of indie rock's most distinctive songwriters. From Carnegie Hall to the House of Blues, from the Apollo to Lincoln Center, her versatility and enthusiasm for new music has propelled her into a richly diverse musical career. Cressman has spent much of the last four years touring the jam band circuit with Phish's Trey Anastasio, while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. Those varied experiences are reflected on her gorgeous second release, Turn the Sea. Cressman switched coasts in 2009 to study at the Manhattan School of Music, and the following year was enlisted by jam band pioneer Trey Anastasio for his touring band.

    On August 10th 2012, Paige Chaplin released her self-produced debut record, He Has Gone, Said Her Heart. This release and the general success of the record propelled her into the music scene in Boston and around Berklee College of Music, where she studied Professional Music and Voice for two years. Still These Bones is a departure from her first record, although the essence remains. Most of the songs have more instrumentation and melodic depth than before.

    Watch Cressman's New Moon here:

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  • Judah & The Lion

    Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Judah & The Lion
    Judah & the Lion

    As a band, Judah & the Lion owes much to fate and to the small town feel of Nashville, the city that brought the trio together from scattered parts of the country...

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    Judah & the Lion is an Americana pop trio with roots in Nashville. Drawing on many influences, the band's folk instrumentation showcases fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The band got its start in December of 2011 and exists to create honest and relatable music. Lead singer Judah Akers, banjo player Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist Brian Macdonald present the kind of vocal harmonies that make the heart ache. The group has released two successful EPs, First Fruits and Sweet Tennessee. The latter blasted onto the Billboard charts, hitting the Top 20 in a variety of genres – #2 on Bluegrass, #9 on Heatseekers and #15 on Folk. Sweet Tennessee also made it to #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and broke into the Top 25 chart of albums overall. The band has hit the road repeatedly in support of both releases, making the cross-country trek for extensive national tours and playing to sold-out crowds throughout the South and in the group's collective birthplace, Nashville. In 2014, Judah & the Lion released Kids These Days, embracing the band’s folk trio roots and expanding into the territory of new instrumentation from there.

    Watch a music video for Judah & the Lion's "Sweet Tennessee" here:

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  • BUGLE feat. Steve Grand

    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    BUGLE feat. Steve Grand

    BUGLE (Berklee Union of Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else) is hosting a concert in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The concert will feature Berklee student performers who will open for singer-songwriter Steve Grand. 

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    BUGLE (Berklee Union of Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else) is hosting a concert in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The concert features Berklee student performers who will open for our featured artist, the singer-songwriter Steve Grand, the first openly gay male country musician to attract mainstream attention in the US. The music video of his first hit “All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013. This attention landed Steve on “Good Morning America,” CNN, and other national media. Buzzfeed ranked the video on its list of the “24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013,” and Out magazine named Grand to its annual “Out100” list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people. In addition to being a musician, Steve has become an active figure in the LGBT equality movement.

     

    Watch Steve Grand's Stay, here:

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  • 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.

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  • Lisa O'Neill

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

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

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    Lisa O'Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in County Cavan in Ireland. She moved to Dublin at 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 Notshowcases her unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking approach. O'Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O'Connor.

  • Lewis Watson

    Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Lewis Watson
    Lewis Watson

    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.

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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.

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

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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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • Cory McCullough: Some Tunes

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

    Guitarist Cory McCullough and his quartet will perform a selection of pieces in styles including blues and bossa.

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    Guitarist Cory McCullough and his quartet will perform a selection of pieces in styles including blues and bossa.

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  • 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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  • Juan Dhas: Live at The Red Room

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

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Jihye Lee's Senior Recital

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

    Vocalist, composer, and arranger Jihye Lee will present her senior recital.

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    Vocalist, composer, and arranger Jihye Lee will present her senior recital.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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