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  • Jazz in Film, with George S. Clinton, Terence Blanchard, and Billy Childs

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Jazz in Film, with George S. Clinton, Terence Blanchard, and Billy Childs

    George S. Clinton, noted film composer and chair of Berklee's Film Scoring Department, will moderate this discussion of the role and development of jazz in film. Panelists will include Terence Blanchard and Billy Childs.

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    George S. Clinton, noted film composer and chair of Berklee's Film Scoring Department, will moderate this discussion of the role and development of jazz in film. Panelists will include Terence Blanchard and Billy Childs.

    Free
  • Microtonal Research with Dave Fiuczynski

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Microtonal Research with Dave Fiuczynski

    David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats, and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements.

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    David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies, J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats, and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements. At the concert, audience members will see various birds on a video screen, hear their bird calls, and listen as those sounds are interwoven into the music. Professor Fiuczynski will demonstrate how microtonal bird calls can be organized into microtonal chord scales for soloing, comping, and composition.

    Free
  • Jazz Composition Ensemble with Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Jazz Composition Ensemble with Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs

    Pianists and composers Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers.

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    Pianists and composers Vijay Iyer and Billy Childs will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers.

    Free
  • Vijay Iyer

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Vijay Iyer

    Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today."

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    Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” His most recent honors include a 2013 MacArthur fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and an unprecedented “quintuple crown” in the 2012 DownBeat International Critics Poll (winning in the Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories).

    March 2014 marks the release of Mutations, Iyer’s 18th album and his debut for the ECM label. The album is a recording for piano, string quartet, and electronics, the first document of his works for chamber ensembles. 

    Iyer has collaborated with a long list of accomplished musicians, including Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, William Parker, Graham Haynes, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Craig Taborn, John Zorn, and DJ Spooky.

    A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. Iyer has taught at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the New School, and he is the director of the Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment at Harvard University’s Department of Music, as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts.

    Free
  • What Does the Future Hold? with Don Was, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Geri Allen

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:30 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    What Does the Future Hold? with Don Was, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Geri Allen

    A student-led discussion of the future of jazz is presented by the Jazz Collective, a Berklee student organization. This panel will field questions from Berklee students on what they see coming around the corner for future jazz artists.

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    A student-led discussion of the future of jazz is presented by the Jazz Collective, a Berklee student organization. This panel will field questions from Berklee students on what they see coming around the corner for future jazz artists. Panelists include Don Was, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Geri Allen.

    Free
  • The Music of Geri Allen

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    The Music of Geri Allen

    Pianist and composer Geri Allen will receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee this May. Here, this celebrated artist will take us on a journey inside her musical ideas.

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    Pianist and composer Geri Allen will receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee this May. Here, this celebrated artist will take us on a journey inside her musical ideas.

    Free
  • Inside the Music of Maria Schneider

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Inside the Music of Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider will present her works from her own artistic perspective. The workshop will focus on her creative processes, ensemble techniques, and impetus behind chosen works that she will present.

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    Maria Schneider will present her works from her own artistic perspective. The workshop will focus on her creative processes, ensemble techniques, and impetus behind chosen works that she will present.

    Free
  • Patrice Rushen

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Patrice Rushen

    Pianist and composer Patrice Rushen is a regular on the Berklee scene. This concert will offer a look at her compositions, and will afford us the opportunity to see Patrice's work from a variety of angles.

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    Pianist and composer Patrice Rushen is a regular on the Berklee scene. This concert will offer a look at her compositions, and will afford us the opportunity to see Patrice's work from a variety of angles.

    Free
  • The Future of Large Ensembles, with Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Maria Schneider

    Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    The Future of Large Ensembles, with Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Maria Schneider

    This panel will discuss the current realities and future of jazz composition for large ensembles.

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    Panelists Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, and Billy Childs have a combined eight Grammy Awards, including three in the classical category for Schneider. All of these composers have had success in producing large ensemble works. This panel will discuss the current realities and future of jazz composition for large ensembles. Panelists include Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Maria Schneider.

    Free
  • How Composers Get Paid (or Don't): The Broad Issues of Compensation in the New Music Business, with Maria Schneider, Bonnie Hayes, Patrice Rushen, and Don Gorder

    Friday, April 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    How Composers Get Paid (or Don't): The Broad Issues of Compensation in the New Music Business, with Maria Schneider, Bonnie Hayes, Patrice Rushen, and Don Gorder

    Composer Maria Schneider's recent testimony before Congress is part of a much larger discussion about issues of compensation and protection of intellectual property for composers and songwriters. We will examine some of these issues in this forum, which is held in conjunction with our Music Business and Songwriting departments.

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    Composer Maria Schneider's recent testimony before Congress is part of a much larger discussion about issues of compensation and protection of intellectual property for composers and songwriters. We will examine some of these issues in this forum, which is held in conjunction with our Music Business and Songwriting departments. Panelists include Maria Schneider, Bonnie Hayes, Patrice Rushen, and Don Gorder.

    Free
  • Jazz Composition with Maria Schneider and Geri Allen

    Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Jazz Composition with Maria Schneider and Geri Allen

    Grammy-winning composers Maria Schneider and Geri Allen will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers

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    Grammy-winning composers Maria Schneider and Geri Allen will critique the works of some of Berklee's finest jazz composers

    Free
  • Wake Owl / Lyla Foy / DJ Carbo

    Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Wake Owl / Lyla Foy / DJ Carbo
    Wake Owl

    Wake Owl showcases the music of singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron, whose words and melodies are rich with raw, honest emotion. London-based singer-songwriter Lyla Foy, who is releasing her debut album on Sub Pop, opens the show.

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    Wake Owl showcases the music of singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron, whose words and melodies are rich with raw, honest emotion. Cameron’s songs are derived from his travels and farm work throughout the UK, Germany, Chile, and Canada.

    Wake Owl’s new album is titled The Private World of Paradise.

    Watch a music video for Wake Owl’s “Wild Country” here:

    This show also features London-based singer-songwriter Lyla Foy, whose debut album with Sub Pop is Mirrors in the Sky.

    Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of established acts and the best new and developing indie artists playing the city's clubs, along with occasional special guest DJs.

    $10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
  • Hauschka

    Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Hauschka
    Hauschka

    Experimental musician Hauschka is known for his “prepared piano” work, a tradition believed to have begun with the French composer Erik Satie in which objects are inserted between strings or on hammers to extend the piano’s aural possibilities, though he has extended his repertoire beyond this niche in recent years.

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    Experimental musician Hauschka is known for his “prepared piano” work, a tradition believed to have begun with the French composer Erik Satie in which objects are inserted between strings or on hammers to extend the piano’s aural possibilities. However, in recent years, Hauschka, who is based in Dusseldorf, has extended his repertoire beyond this niche, recording rich orchestral pieces with San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra, a 12-piece string and wind ensemble. In 2011, he released Salon des Amateurs, featuring members of Calexico and mum, and in 2012, he released Silfra, a collaboration with violinist Hilary Hahn.

    Watch Hauschka perform on prepared piano in this video from NPR:

    $20, general admission
  • Action Item

    Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Action Item

    Action Item has been touring the last two years in support of their first EP, “The Stronger The Love,” an album that has sold over 22,000 copies independently.

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    Action Item has been touring the last two years in support of their first EP, “The Stronger The Love,” an album that has sold over 22,000 copies independently. In that time these early 20-somethings have been direct support for Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, and Allstar Weekend. Along with support slots for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Boys Like Girls. The band had three singles in Radio Disney’s Top 30 Countdown, including “Learn To Fly,” a track produced by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Action Item's latest EP, "Resolution," reached #9 on the Billboard Independent chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Its fall headlining tour was a huge success with multiple sold-out shows all over the US.

    Watch Action Item's official video of "Good or Bad'' here:

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    Doors open at 6:00p.m. / Show starts at 7:00p.m.

    $17 advance / $20, general admission
  • Max Holmberg's Senior Recital

    Monday, April 28, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Max Holmberg performs with a number of different groups. The program will include original compositions by various members of the groups as well as some familiar jazz songs.

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    Drummer Max Holmberg performs with a number of different groups. The program will include original compositions by various members of the groups as well as some familiar jazz songs.

    Free
  • Jeff LeBlanc / Ken Yates

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Jeff LeBlanc / Ken Yates
    Jeff LeBlanc

    Sirius/XM's Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year nominee Jeff LeBlanc returns to Cafe 939 for a special headlining performance. Ken Yates will open the show.

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    Sirius/XM's Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year nominee Jeff LeBlanc returns to Cafe 939 for a special headlining performance. LeBlanc's new album, My Own Way There, was his second consecutive record to break the Top 10 of the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter Chart.

    The enthusiasm for the record and his frequent touring landed him support slots for household names like the Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, and Gavin DeGraw as well as rising stars such as Andy Grammer, Colbie Caillat, and Ingrid Michaelson.

    Watch a music video for Jeff LeBlanc's "What Do You Got To Lose" here:

    Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was here that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, The Backseat EP, and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full-page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer, stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today.”

    Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has toured with many notable names, including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley, and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House. His debut full-length album twenty-three, recorded in Holland and produced by Joren van der Voort, was released in May 2013.

    $12 in advance, $15 day of show, general admission
  • Berklee Open Mic

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Berklee Open Mic

    The Songwriting department, in conjuction with the Red Room, is proud to present a new monthly open mic event for Berklee songwriters.

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

    Those interested in participating can simply sign up at Cafe 939 at 5:30 p.m. on the date of every show. The first 25 songwriters (and up to 10 alternates) will have a chance to perform one orignal piece. No covers and no drum kits, please. Future open mic events will occur on the last Monday of every month.

    For more information, please contact Bonnie Hayes at bhayes@berklee.edu.

    Free
  • Corey Sanchez's Portfolio Concert

    Thursday, May 1, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    Composer Corey Sanchez presents original compositions combining styles including jazz, funk, soul, and fusion.

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    Composer Corey Sanchez presents original compositions combining styles including jazz, funk, soul, and fusion.

    Free
  • Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden

    Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden
    Lily and Madeleine

    Written by a pair of teenaged sisters over the course of their summer vacation and recorded with a band in just a few days, The Weight of the Globe is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz at a pivotal moment in their lives. 

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    Written by a pair of teenaged sisters over the course of their summer vacation and recorded with a band in just a few days, The Weight of the Globe is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz at a pivotal moment in their lives. Madeleine’s off to college, Lily’s sure to follow soon after, and both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions—between a love for the hometown they’ll be leaving behind and their burgeoning wanderlust. When the sisters began writing together just over a year ago, nobody expected their first song, “In the Middle,” to rack up a quarter of a million YouTube views. 

    The recording project that became the Weight EP started with producer Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, the Fray), who had fallen in love with the duo’s earlier YouTube videos, and invited the sisters to the studio. Each song on the album was written as a discrete, self-contained folk-pop statement, but holds together like a collection of interconnected short stories. Taken as a whole, the songs chart a journey from love to disillusionment to heartbreak. There’s nothing calculated about the album. It’s as sincere as it is precociously sophisticated—and it marks the auspicious debut of a spectacularly talented musical family. 

     

    Doing what is expected isn't something everyone does well. Following years of classical training at the highest level, Shannon Hayden's very nontraditional interpretation of cello performance is an example of why doing the unexpected is a good thing. Occasional heavy outbursts of distortion with elements bordering noise punk are matched with layers of lush ambiance combining both current and traditional styles with all the virtuosity of a player redefining our expectations of maturing young prodigies. Some musicians make you feel good about where music is headed and Shannon Hayden is one of them.

  • Begin Being: Drew Krasner's Jazz Composition Senior Recital

    Friday, May 2, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    "Begin Being" will feature the music of tenor saxophonist and composer Drew Krasner in a variety of musical settings.

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    "Begin Being" will feature the music of tenor saxophonist and composer Drew Krasner in a variety of musical settings.

    Free
  • Berklee A&R Showcase

    Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    The Berklee A&R Group presents its semiannual showcase of its artists' original music spanning all genres.

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    The Berklee A&R Group acts as a bridge between students and outside music industry professionals to provide them with career opportunities.

    The Berklee A&R Group was founded by Music Production and Engineering staff member Joe James, a 25-year music industry veteran who wants to augment the opportunities within the Berklee community for talented students. On board with James are some of Berklee’s top students and alumni, composed of business, marketing, and PR specialists, as well as the top producers, engineers, and booking agents.

    The team’s purpose is to find the very best the Berklee community has to offer and, through their association with On the Ear Music, serve as a bridge between Berklee talent and top industry executives. 

    Free
  • Stu Larsen / Adam Burrows

    Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Stu Larsen / Adam Burrows
    Stu Larsen

    Australian Stu Larsen's lastest release, Ryeford, brings together a mix of guitar, banjo, ukelele, and three-part harmonies.

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    Stu Larsen has no home. Three years ago he made a decision to leave behind normality, security, and comfort, choosing to live as simply as possible and to follow the opportunities that would lay themselves down in front of him. It was a bold but necessary move as he found himself getting caught in the day-to-day life of a working man while dreaming of a life on the road.

    Names such as vagabond, gypsy, and troubadour have often been thrown around in reference to Larsen, but he seems to embrace all that come his way. Since leaving his quiet little town in Queensland, Australia, Larsen has spent the years being on the move, touring, recording, driving friends' tour vans, and pretty much anything else that allows him to stay on the road. With tours through Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., and Europe taking up the majority of his time so far, there are always talks of venturing to America and Canada in the windows of spare time that seem to be so few and far between. 

    Ryeford, Larsen’s current release, was recorded in an empty farmhouse in rural Queensland with good friends Luke Thompson (New Zealand) and Tim Hart (Sydney, Boy & Bear). The three friends spent a week in isolation, recording the five tracks live for Larsen’s EP. The trio brings together a mix of guitar, banjo, ukelele, and three-part harmonies in places, bringing out the very essence of the folk tunes that Larsen had written over the previous year, partly inspired by life on the road and partly by nearing the end of a long-distance relationship with a songstress from New Zealand.

    Watch Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai perform "To & Fro" here:

     

    Nashville-based singer-songwriter Adam Burrows was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. His songs reflect his small-town upbringing and draw the listener in by celebrating life’s everyday moments and embracing those that are fleeting. His lyrics capture the beauty of easy conversation, and his characters remain with you like old friends. Burrows’s stories touch his listener simply but deeply, evoking emotions and images of less complicated times. His recollections of hope and heartache are framed by percussive fingerpicking and catchy melodies—melodies you will find yourself humming for days.

    Burrows’s enthusiasm and endearing smile are a given at every show, whether he is playing solo or with other artists. Burrows began performing regularly two years ago as a duo with talented musician Josh Preston, who sings harmonies and plays guitar, glockenspiel, melodica, and other various instruments. Burrows plays at well-known venues and events such as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Music City Roots, Musicians Corner, and Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special on WDVX.

    Check out Adam Burrows performing "Just Another Adam" here:

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    $10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
  • Coral Hernandez Senior Recital

    Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    Violinist and singer Coral Hernandez will perform a program incorporating various genres ranging from mariachi to Latin pop to jazz/rock.

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    Violinist and singer Coral Hernandez will perform a program incorporating various genres ranging from mariachi to Latin pop to jazz/rock.

    Free
  • Berklee in the Round

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Berklee in the Round
    Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests.
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    Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are free acoustic performances showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennessee, Berklee in the Round Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month, during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs in a circle, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.  

    A special chair is reserved in the round for a mystery guest. This person could be an established artist visiting the college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs or join in for the whole round.

    Free
  • Jeremy Johnson's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    Saxophonist Jeremy Johnson and friends present an afternoon of music by Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and many others.

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    Saxophonist Jeremy Johnson and friends present an afternoon of music by Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and many others.

    Free
  • Antoine Fatout's Senior Recital: The Brazilian Dream

    Thursday, May 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Antoine Fatout will present a diverse program of Brazilian music.

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    Drummer Antoine Fatout will present a diverse program of Brazilian music.

    Free
  • Zach Danziger and Owen Biddle / Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins

    Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    Owen Biddle and Zach Danziger (two thirds of New York's Mister Barrington) push the boundaries of live electronic music. Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins is a progressive collaboration of bass artistry, electronic production, and drumming. 

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    Zach Danziger and Owen Biddle (comprising two thirds of New York's Mister Barrington) are pushing the boundaries of live electronic music. Enabled by elaborate MIDI architecture, which allows for free-form melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and even visual composition, they've created a universe of hybrid interplay between wood, metal, and machine. The pair's credits include artists such as the Roots, John Legend, Wayne Krantz, Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Bustah Rhymes, Al Green, Sting, and Chaka Khan. Their work has been recognized in Electronic Musician Magazine (April '13), a TEDx presentation at UMass Amherst entitled Innovative Thinking.

    Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins is a progressive collaboration of bass artistry, electronic production, and drumming. Each side of this partnership has worked with Grammy Award winners and nominees Jack DeJohnette, Stanley Clarke, and Esperanza Spalding. Evan Marien x Dana Hawkins's music has been compared to Squarepusher, Weather Report, and video game music composer Nobuo Uematsu.

  • Taewan Kim: The Last

    Friday, May 9, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]

    In his final recital at Berklee, pianist Taewan Kim presents original music and arrangements of pop tunes.

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    In his final recital at Berklee, pianist Taewan Kim presents original music and arrangements of pop tunes.

    Free
  • Tyrone Wells's Closer Than Ever Tour / Nick Howard

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Tyrone Wells's Closer Than Ever Tour / Nick Howard
    Tyrone Wells

    Tyrone Wells got his start as a singer-songwriter and storyteller in Southern California coffee shops, building a groundswell of devoted followers who connected with his powerful voice, honest lyrics, and personal anecdotes. Nick Howard will open the show. 

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    Tyrone Wells got his start as a singer-songwriter and storyteller in Southern California coffee shops, building a groundswell of devoted followers who connected with his powerful voice, honest lyrics, and personal anecdotes. 

    From this foundation, Wells went on to release two records with Universal Republic, to build a national fan base by touring relentlessly with his band, to land over 50 songs in televsion and film placements, and to launch several records that charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts. This journey has brought Wells full circle and he's decided to go back to his roots for this tour so that he can have a closer-than-ever experience with you. The Closer Than Ever tour is about a voice, a guitar, and one man's story of loving, dreaming, and growing.

    Nick Howard will open the show.

    $22 in advance, $25 day of show, general admission
  • Hozier

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Hozier
    Hozier

    Born on St. Patrick’s Day and hailing from Ireland’s County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, and all of the stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta.

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    Born on St. Patrick’s Day and hailing from Ireland’s County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, and all of the stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta. He fronted his first soul band when he was 15-years-old, taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to study music at Trinity College, where he played with the Trinity Orchestra, leading its forays into the world of classic rock.

    Hozier dropped out in order to achieve a full-time focus on his creative process and has worked with assorted producers at various studios, but his musical identity has been forged in his simple attic studio—a place where Stevie Wonder and Billie Holiday are revered alongside James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

    Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of established acts and the best new and developing indie artists playing in the city’s clubs, along with occasional special guest DJs.

     

    $17.50, general admission
  • Highasakite

    Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Highasakite

    Highasakite makes pop music, but an adventurous brand of indie pop full of contrasts. Highasakite has spent the last few months wowing audiences at numerous international festival, including tastemakers at this year’s OYA Festival, and an appearance at South by Southwest.

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    Highasakite makes pop music, but an adventurous brand of indie pop full of contrasts. Highasakite has spent the last few months wowing audiences at numerous international festival, including tastemakers at this year’s OYA Festival, and an appearance at South by Southwest.

    $12, general admission
  • Christa Gniadek / Eric Leva / Emily Correia

    Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Christa Gniadek / Eric Leva / Emily Correia
    Christa Gniadek

    This show features three talented singer-songwriters – Christa Gniadek, Eric Leva, and Emily Correia – bringing their guitars and their engaging voices to the Café 939 stage.

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    This show features three talented singer-songwriters – Christa Gniadek, Eric Leva, and Emily Correia – bringing their guitars and their engaging voices to the Café 939 stage.

    Christa Gniadek’s lyrics blend raw emotion and humor, while her voice calls to mind the robust, velvety vocals of Norah Jones mixed with an Anna Nalick-like folk-pop element and the quirky poeticism of Ingrid Michaelson. Gniadek sings and plays the guitar with the honest self-assuredness of a person finding her way to poignancy, grace, and character.

    Eric Leva is a songwriter, performer, and recording artist from the Boston area. Eric’s music has been featured on WXRV-FM ("The River''), WERS-FM, The Berklee Internet Radio Network, and Boston University’s WTBU-FM. Eric’s newest releases “Time & Place” and “Not in My City” can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and several other digital music outlets. Eric has a new EP due out in 2014. Former releases include “Another Light – Original Holiday EP” (2011) and “The Scheme of Things – EP” (2011). Eric’s solo piano pop performances and charming stage banter have swooned audiences on both U.S. coasts in venues ranging from the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge to the oceanside Santa Monica Place in California.

    Watch Eric's official video of Time & Place

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    Also supporting is Emily Correia; check out her original composition, Wonder:

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    Note: As this show, originally scheduled for February 13, 2014, was postponed due to inclement weather, original tickets will be honored on May 22, 2014.

    $10, general admission
  • Rachael Sage & the Sequins EP Release Show

    Thursday, May 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Rachael Sage & the Sequins EP Release Show

    Singer-songwriter Rachael Sage will perform with her band, the Sequins. 

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    A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100-plus dates a year with her band, the Sequins, throughout the U.S., Britain, Europe, and Asia. She has earned a following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, The Animals, and Ani DiFranco. Her new single on MPress Records is "New Destination," produced by Brooklyn native Barb Morrison (Rufus Wainwright, Deborah Harry, The Cliks). An EP of new material is set for release in May.

    Watch Sage's California here:
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  • Fredericks Brown

    Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Fredericks Brown

    Under the name Fredericks Brown, vocalist Deva Mahal (daughter of Taj Mahal) and keyboardist Stephanie Brown create compositions with lyrics that combine imagery and narrative to deliver a startling blend of strength and intimacy.

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    Under the name Fredericks Brown, vocalist Deva Mahal and keyboardist Stephanie Brown create compositions with lyrics that combine imagery and narrative to deliver a startling blend of strength and intimacy. The talented duo's wide-ranging cultural heritage (Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal and Brown is rooted in the grooves of her native New Zealand) informs its energetic live shows with rich organic soul and blues roots as well as rich harmonies and beautifully crafted songs. 

    Fredericks Brown's influences range from Nina Simone and Sly and the Family Stone to more contemporary groove-based ensembles, and its newest release is Glass House Mountains.

    $10 in advance, 12 day of show, general admission
  • Jeremy Messersmith

    Monday, June 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Jeremy Messersmith
    Jeremy Messersmith

    Jeremy Messersmith’s distinctive style and sound has drawn attention from many prominent music fans over the years.

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    Jeremy Messersmith’s distinctive style and sound has drawn attention from many prominent music fans over the years, including Jim McGuinn, the program director at Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, which championed Messersmith’s songs from the moment he first dropped off his debut album, unassumingly wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag, at the radio station's studio. Messersmith delivers heady, substantial ideas in pop song form, but his songs never become bogged down by the weight of the subject matter due to Messersmith’s vibrant arrangements and the deft production of his longtime musical partner, Andy Thompson — along with the veteran touch of producer Ben Allen and the musical contributions of a host of talented Twin Cities musicians — who all help perfectly capture the impassioned spirit of these songs.

    The hooks scattered throughout Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, are massive and relentlessly catchy, with acoustic and electric guitars blending elegantly with spiraling string arrangements and other sonic flourishes. It’s the sound of an artist not afraid to go big in order to be heard, and Messersmith continues packing plenty of evocative substance within his soaring pop songs.

    Watch the music video for Jeremy Messersmith's "A Boy, a Girl, and a Graveyard" here:

    $12 in advance, $14 day of show, general admission
  • Ben Ottewell

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Ben Ottewell

    As a singer and lead guitarist in the rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos.

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    As a singer and lead guitarist in the rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. As Rolling Stone put it, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ once wrote (and anyone listening can attest), "[his] voice is not of this world.”

  • The Band of Heathens

    Friday, June 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    The Band of Heathens

    Since emerging from Austin in the late 2000s, The Band of Heathens has toured and built a following, landing on some of the finest stages in music. Over three studio albums and hundreds of shows each year, it has evolved as a group and broadened its sound. 

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    Since emerging from Austin in the late 2000s, The Band of Heathens has toured and built a following, landing on some of the finest stages in music. Over three studio albums and hundreds of shows each year, it has evolved as a group and broadened its sound. Its most recent studio album, Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son, spiked the already potent punch with a dash of jam-heavy psychedelia. And its four-disc, two-volume, live DVD release, "Double Down - Live from Denver" features the band’s live variations and extensions of original material mainly from its last two studio albums. The rich and righteous vocal harmonies and legendary live shows that set this band apart have just gotten better.

     

  • Scars on 45

    Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Scars on 45

    Scars on 45 is a quintet from Leeds, England that combines the gentle melodic intensity of Snow Patrol or Keane with the added allure of co-ed vocals.

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    Making music was the furthest thing from Scars on 45 co-founder Danny Bemrose's mind until the professional soccer player from England's Huddersfield Town football club broke his foot at 21 and his world came crashing down. “I was in limbo, without knowing what to do with myself,” he says. Bemrose put down the soccer ball and picked up his father’s guitar. Those early years led to creation of Scars on 45, a quintet from Leeds, England that combines the gentle melodic intensity of Snow Patrol or Keane with the added allure of co-ed vocals. Tension, often propelled by drummer Chris Durling’s insistent beat, builds throughout the songs as the emotional ante rises. The group’s self-titled debut includes the gracefully propulsive “Heart on Fire,” on which Danny and fellow lead vocalist Aimee Driver play out a couple’s anguished conversation.

    Watch the music video for Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" here:

    $10 advance, $12 general admission
  • Scars on 45

    Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Scars on 45

    Scars on 45 is a quintet from Leeds, England, that combines the gentle melodic intensity of Snow Patrol or Keane with the added allure of co-ed vocals. Tension, often propelled by drummer Chris Durling's insistent beat, builds throughout the songs as the emotional ante rises. Hearts are broken and seldom rendered whole again before new wounds pierce through.

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    Scars on 45 is a quintet from Leeds, England, that combines the gentle melodic intensity of Snow Patrol or Keane with the added allure of coed vocals. Tension, often propelled by drummer Chris Durling's insistent beat, builds throughout the songs as the emotional ante rises. Hearts are broken and seldom rendered whole again before new wounds pierce through.

  • Jay Brannan

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 02115 [Map]
    Jay Brannan
    Jay Brannan

    New York-based singer-songwriter Jay Brannan will perform original folk songs and covers. 

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    New York-based Jay Brannan has been writing and performing sweet, sad folk songs, with a dose of cynical humor, since 2006. He has released a string of albums that topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter and Billboard Heatseekers charts: Goddamned, produced by Will Golden (Meiko, Michelle Branch); In Living Cover, a compilation of two originals and seven covers recorded in the bedroom of his friend’s apartment in Brooklyn; and Rob Me Blind, produced by the legendary David Kahne (Regina Spektor, The Bangles, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, and Lana Del Rey, among others).

    Brannan’s touring has taken him through the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. 

    Watch a music video for Brannan's "Beautifully" here:

    $14 advanced, $16 general admission
  • The Music from Chile

    Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 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
  • BGJI Masters Speak Series Featuring Fred Taylor

    Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston MA 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.

    Free