Tune in to birnCORE Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m. for a live performance by pianist and composer Jean Michael Blais.
A Canadian pianist whose primarily improvised work recalls composers such as Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel, Jean-Michel Blais music is spontaneous and emotional rather than critical and technically precise; Often including experimental production techniques into his recordings.
Blais Grew up in Quebec and started playing organ and piano as a child. Beginning his life in the music world he began training as a classical pianist at the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory. However, the constraints of formal training changed his musical course, when he rediscovered his love for music while settling in Montreal.
His music is imbued with an emotional depth that belief its wordlessness. His playing and composition are poetic, with an inspired understanding of the inherent lyricism in instrumental music.
Blais’s debut album Dans ma main went on to amass 50 million streams worldwide, reaching no. 1 on billboards classical chart in Canada 14 times. This sophomore release is an expansive album of post-classical piano with strands if electronic detail, blending his conservatory skill and precise pop sensibility with synthetic accompaniment.
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By Liv Field
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum plays host to a live monthly music series called RISE. The series, curated by Shea Rose and Simone Scazzocchio, brings pop, rock, and hip-hop artists into Calderwood Hall, a space that is usually reserved for classical music. This series is a whole new way for audiences and musicians to connect in a hall described as the Gardner’s “sonic cube.” Holding a capacity of 300 people, this space creates a unique design, allowing for an intimate connection between the performer and audience while also providing top notch acoustics and aesthetics.
This RISE showcase was headlined by Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, and educator, Terri Lyne Carrington. Carrington is celebrating 40 years in music. She played her first show at ten years old and was considered a “kid wonder” in publications such as People, Ebony, and Modern Drummer. She has worked with several luminary artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Esperanza Spalding and many more. She attended Berklee on a full scholarship, then ventured to New York City and LA where she was a drummer for late-night TV on the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’s VIBE TV. Continue reading “Show Review: Terri Lyne Carrington with Jas & Chums”
Stop by 7 Haviland on Friday, October 5 between noon and 3:00 p.m. to celebrate college radio day with the BIRN! We will be holding a raffle with prizes including: T-shirts, free tickets to the Red Room show on October 20, and a chance to win the grand prize of a live session at the BIRN!
We will have a table set up in front of 7 Haviland with pizza for anyone interested in learning more about The BIRN. You can’t miss out on these awesome prizes!
Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. as Berklee faculty and students pay tribute to legendary Puerto Rican bass innovator Sal Cuevas at the Red Room at Cafe 939. They will perform music from Ray Barretto’s album Rican/Struction (on which Cuevas appeared) with special guest Rubén Rodríguez.
Rodríguez was born in New York City and grew up in East Harlem and Puerto Rico. He has been recognized as one of the best and hardest-working Latin music bass players in the United States. Rodríguez, whose father played classical guitar, taught himself the bass in junior high, then spent some time under the tutelage of esteemed bassist Victor Venegas. Continue reading “Tribute to Sal Cuevas Live from the Red Room”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance by Ecuadorian singer-songwriter Oriana Setz.
Oriana is a Boston based singer-songwriter hailing from Ecuador. She is finishing her studies here at Berklee College of Music as a Professional Music major. Setz blends her South American roots with Indie Pop and Rock citing influences that include Michael Jackson, Florence + the Machine, and Natalia Lafourcade. The poetry in her music is greatly inspired by self-empowerment, social activism, and personal reflection.
Listen to the live session and interview HERE.
Tune into birnCORE on Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. for performances by Your Smith and The Blue live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.
Your Smith, formerly known as Caroline Smith, relocated from her native Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Los Angeles, California, after signing with Pulse Recording. Inspired by the history of Laurel Canyon and moving through a city that’s been immortalized in music throughout the ages, Smith concocted her own sound, bringing together the funk/R&B “Minneapolis sound” of her roots and the classic songwriting of her L.A. folk heroes.
Your Smith’s debut EP, Bad Habit, was produced by Tommy English (BØRNS), Stint (Gallant, AlunaGeorge, and NAO), and Nicky Davey (Internet and Syd tha Kid), and released on Neon Gold Records in August. She also recently appeared as a featured artist on alternative rapper Rejjie Snow’s debut. Continue reading “Your Smith and The Blue Live from the Red Room”
Tune into birnCORE on Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance at the Red Room at Cafe 939 by Donovan Woods and the Opposition.
Donovan Woods is a notable Nashville singer-songwriter coming from folk and country roots, with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham.
Woods’s new album Both Ways, highlighting the push-and-pull aspect of life, especially in relationships, unfolds with acoustic instruments and Woods’s quietly compelling delivery. He shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable throughout his album, showing the importance of leaving lyrics open to interpretation. A number of the songs are guitar-driven. Yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. Continue reading “Donovan Woods and the Opposition Live from the Red Room”
Tune into birnCORE on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. for two show performances by pianist and composer Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.
Bill Laurance, a Grammy Award-winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed band Snarky Puppy, has worked as a professional musician since he was 14 years old. Laurance has toured internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger with artists such as David Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Morcheeba, Susana Baca, and many more. Continue reading “Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) Live from the Red Room”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. for a live performance by vocalist Javiya Minor on Get Right w/ Cvvy.
Get Right w/ Cvvy is a representation of the African Studies Minor Center. The goal is to talk about weekly issues, culture and creating a community of Berklee musicians where we promote and support each other’s music.
Javiya Minor is a performing vocalist and songwriter involved in the genres of funk, hip-hop, country and worship. Coming from Memphis, Tennessee, she now resides in Boston. Minor was just recently in New York City, performing at venues including MajorStage with the band SoulGood.
Listen here for the performance and interview on BIRN1!
Tune in to BIRN1 on Friday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance and interview with singer-songwriter Gina Chavez.
Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer and songwriter. Her blending of sound and sight in her music is what makes her unique. So far, she has won nine Austin Music Awards and will go on to win many more based on her ambition, talent, and genius. Not long ago, she was on a 14-country tour as an ambassador with the U.S. State Department. Gina has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert which has gained more than 630,000 views. She is now working on her EP Lightbeam and released her single, “Heaven Knows,” to keep the world on its toes. The sound of “Heaven Knows” is described as being “steeped in slow-burn soul and uptempo R&B.”
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