List of Events

  • October 22 The Sinclair
    Born out of a late-night jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou’ Leila's name roughly translates to Overnight Project. The first Middle Eastern artists to make the cover of Rolling Stone, they have challenged the status quo of the Middle Eastern pop industry with rousing, electro... MORE »
  • October 28 Berklee Performance Center
    Havana-based composer and pianist Harold López-Nussa travels smoothly through his classical, Cuban, and jazz inspirations to create an exceptional style of global jazz. His trio includes his younger brother, Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, a renowned musician in his own right, on percussion and Gaston Joya... MORE »
  • October 29 Berklee Performance Center
    Pakistan’s classical virtuosos The Sachal Jazz Ensemble emerged in 2011 with an ambitious recording covering Western jazz standards on traditional instruments. Their unusual angle on Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” went viral, earning them worldwide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to... MORE »
  • November 03 Berklee Performance Center
    Take the soul-drenched voice of Grammy-winning singer “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, add the spiritual authority of six-time Grammy-winning The Blind Boys of Alabama plus The Preservation Legacy Quintet, which includes some of the most revered alumni of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and you get a... MORE »
  • November 05 Berklee Performance Center
    With a deep, spiritual, and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco’s fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, is accompanied by... MORE »
  • November 10 - November 11 The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
    Renowned Boston choreographer Anna Myer melds modern dance with hip-hop to create emotionally powerful performances. Her company of nine dancers will perform the world premiere of Shift, a work that links master DJ ReaL PoLitiKz to violist Drew Ricciardo playing Bach in order to explore both the... MORE »
  • November 11 Somerville Theatre
    One of the leading figures in Afropop, Malian guitar virtuoso Habib Koité is a modern troubadour blessed with a sweet, intimate voice. He and his band, Bamada, create a modern sound that draws on several styles of traditional Malian music along with touches of blues, jazz, and rock.  Join CRASHers... MORE »
  • November 12 Berklee Performance Center
    Rule-breaking, genre-bending, and thoroughly entertaining, The Bad Plus has created an uncompromising body of work by shattering convention, creating bold original compositions, and deconstructing songs from pop, rock, and classical music. The charismatic jazz trio has spent 17 years together with... MORE »
  • November 18 Brighton Music Hall
    Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lamb’s-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop to the Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha. With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukrainian village culture, the group’s self-proclaimed “ethno-chaos” is a refreshingly novel... MORE »
  • November 18 First Parish Unitarian
    Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music as well as American jazz and folk, Leyla McCalla’s unique sound is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty. It vibrates with three centuries of history yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary. Joined by a... MORE »
  • January 12 - January 13 The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston
    After selling out its stunning performances last year, Compagnie Hervé Koubi returns with its highly physical, fluid work that combines hip-hop, capoeira, and contemporary dance with powerful Sufi imagery. The company of French-Algerian and African male dancers performs the breathtaking Ce que le... MORE »
  • January 14 Berklee Performance Center
    The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a 17-piece dream team of Cuba’s hottest musicians brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (the musical arranger for the original Buena Vista Social Club recording). Paying tribute to Cuban music, this multigenerational lineup features members from... MORE »
  • January 18 The Rockwell
    From the independent republic of Tuva, bordering Mongolia, Huun Huur Tu performs an ear-twisting vocal technique called khöömei. In this style, a single vocalist produces two or three notes simultaneously, often a low drone along with a high-pitched whistle. Accompanied by traditional string and... MORE »
  • January 20 Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
    Hailing from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, Umalali and the Garifuna Collective pay tribute to the rich heritage carried forward by Garifuna women. With evocative melodies and powerful call-and-response songs backed by traditional Garifuna drums, maracas, turtle shells, acoustic and... MORE »
  • February 02 - February 03 Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
    The internationally renowned repertory company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, or BJM, defies categories with its blend of hip, funky moves infused with infectious energy, humor, and imagination. Led by artistic director Louis Robitaille, BJM presents the Boston premiere of O Balcão de Amor by... MORE »
  • February 11 Sanders Theatre
    With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of... MORE »
  • February 15 Berklee Performance Center
    With a beautiful and alluring voice, Italian-born French supermodel Carla Bruni has seduced the world with her intimate love songs. She is touring in support of her recently released fifth album, French Touch, a collection of adaptations of well-known songs by Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Willie Nelson,... MORE »
  • February 16 Berklee Performance Center
    A timeless voice, improvisational prowess, and unique soul-jazz stylings mark Dianne Reeves as one of the world’s preeminent jazz vocalists. She will be joined by Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully for a powerhouse live performance.  Free preperformance talk with Grammy-... MORE »
  • February 18 Berklee Performance Center
    With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: Drum Heart offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force! This all-new production captures the best of TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. You... MORE »
  • February 24 House of Blues Boston
    CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor music festival with lush lounge areas and a kaleidoscope of sounds and cultures that brings an eclectic and worldly spin to the Boston music scene. The House of Blues features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main... MORE »
  • April 14 Berklee Performance Center
    Max Raabe and his 12-piece Palast Orchester bring Weimar-era cabaret to life by meticulously recreating music of the 1920s and 1930s with elegance, verve, and humor. Their new critically-acclaimed show Let´s Do It finds the German band taking on the American Songbook with a program stacked with... MORE »