Past Events

Past Events

2015 – 2016 Season

September 2015  |  Release the Beest

Join us at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) for the American exhibition premiere of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests. These giant kinetic sculptures, or “beach animals”, will be shown off during PEM’s evening party series, PEM/PM, featuring a performance by yours truly. Come hear music for tuned pipes & pieces of wood including composers Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, and Boston’s own Aaron Trant.

  • Thursday, September 17, 7:30pm

December 2015 | Right-Hand Man

This all-marimba concert features classical piano repertoire adapted for marimba duo featuring BPeG’s “right-hand man”, Greg Simonds. Works by Bach, Beethoven, de Falla, Gershwin, Schumann, and more!

  • Monday, December 7, 8:00pm
  • Marsh Chapel | Boston University
  • $10 suggested donation | Free  with student ID

February 2016 | Made in Boston 2.0

Three premieres in the New Year! Made in Boston 2.0 returns to East Boston to highlight more local composers and three world premieres by Curtis HughesBeau Kenyon, and John Murphree.

  • Saturday, February 27, 8:00pm | Doors at 7:30pm
  • Maverick Square House Concert | East Boston
  • Concert program

March 2016 | BPeG @ BC

On the campus of Boston College, BPeG reprises BC faculty Thomas Oboe Lee’s Percussion Quartet along with the world premiere of Tour of the Vibrant City by BC composer and alumna, Alexa Canales. Additional works by John Cage, Curtis K. Hughes, John Murphree and Beau Kenyon to be performed.

April 2016 | Play On Music Festival

BPeG will present workshops and perform at the second annual Play On Music Festival.

  • Friday, April 1
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA

May 2016 | MASQUED with Lorelei Ensemble 

REVIEWS

Joining forces with Boston’s leading women’s vocal ensemble, Lorelei EnsembleMASQUED will explore the relationship between popular and classical music. This program will feature adaptations from Björk’s Biophelia album, and the world premiere of Radcliffe Institute fellow Reiko Yamada‘s Mask your sonic story for voices and percussion.

  • Steve Reich – Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ
  • Björk –  Biophelia (excerpts)
  • Reiko Yamada – Mask Your Sonic Story

Friday & Saturday, May 13-14, 8:00pm

The Boston Conservatory | 132 Ipswich Street, Boston, MA

August 20, 2015 | Summer Performance Series, South End

  • Free outdoor performance at the Childe Hassam Park at 6pm!
  • The Park is located at the intersection of Columbus and Chandler

Friday, May 29, 8:00pm  |  Made in Boston

BPeG “shops local” using 100% locally grown and sustainably practiced music. This East Boston house concert features new works by Boston-based composers Thomas Oboe Lee,  Daniel T. Lewis, and John Murphree.

  • Private home of Jonathan Hess and Sonja Tengblad (address provided after RSVP).
  • T-accessible: Maverick Station – Blue Line. Street parking.
  • Admission by donation.

April 2, 2015 | Lynnfield High School Spring Concert

BPeG will be working with music students at Lynnfield High School and share the stage with them as part of our inaugural educational outreach program.

February 16, 2015 | Ragas, Reich + Radiohead

read the Boston Music Intelligencer review here 

On Monday, February 16, BPeG descends into the hip basement of Davis Square to play mixed chamber music featuring guest artists Lilit Hartunian, violin, and Lawren Hill, soprano. BPeG puts its spin on some familiar repertoire from the contemporary, classical and pop genres. Grab a drink at the bar and settle in to the sounds of marimba, strings, tabla, soprano, wood planks, and amplified, distorted speaking.

  • Steve Reich | Music for Pieces of Wood
  • Joseph Schwantner | Black Anemones  (with Lawren Hill, soprano)
  • Robert Aldridge | threedance  (with Lilit Hartunian, violin)
  • Toru Takemitsu | Rain Tree
  • John Cage (arr. Hess) | Living Room Music, II. Story
  • Radiohead (arr. Hess) | Kid A

December 4 | holiday performance at JP Library

October 11 | Welcome Weekend at The Boston Conservatory

We are honored to be a recipient of an Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant from The Boston Conservatory. We will performing and presenting on our project at the Welcome Weekend Alumni Concert in the brand new building at 132 Ipswich Street.

  • Saturday, October 11, 5:30pm
  • The Boston Conservatory
  • 132 Ipswich Street, Boston 02215

August 9 | August Noise JP

Join us for our last pops show of the summer! BPeG returns for this spontaneous music celebration in Jamaica Plain.

  • Saturday, August 9
  • 12:30-1:30pm
  • JP Branch Library
  • Join/share on Facebook

 

July 25 | Magazine Beach in Cambridgeport

A free, outdoor show next to the water at Magazine Beach Park! Showtime 6-8pm.

719 Memorial Drive: on the Charles River at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Magazine Street. There will be foodtrucks!

RSVP on Facebook | Follow Magazine Beach Park on Facebook

June 21 | Make Music Boston

BPeG joins musical forces across the city of Boston for the first ever summer solstice music celebration, Make Music Boston! This day is celebrated around the world with outdoor music performances on the longest day of the year, from 11am to 11pm. We will be playing fun, upbeat tunes outdoors at the Boathouse next to the Jamaica Pond.

May 23 | B.Y.O.B. in Jamaica Plain

Grab a spot on a couch (and a beer) for a relaxed evening featuring music by Barbara White, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Frederic Rzewski, and more. Joining us will be our featured guest and principal percussionist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Robert Schulz.

The Space is conveniently located one block from the Orange Line – Green Street T station. Street parking is also available.

April 16 | world premiere @ NEC

BPeG member Jeremy Barnett’s final DMA recital at New England Conservatory features the premiere of his composition, “My Own Small Discoveries”, which he composed for BPeG.

  • Wednesday April 16, 8pm
  • New England Conservatory | Williams Hall
  • 290 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02115
  • RSVP on Facebook

January 30 | Percussion Revolution at CMCB

BPeG presents a lecture-concert on contemporary American music at the Community Music Center of Boston. Percussion Revolution: The Americans will survey three iconic American composers, their background and approach to music, and discuss the creative ways they use (and even invent!) percussion instruments. Repertoire to be performed and explored will be the following:

John Cage | Living Room Music
Paul Lansky | Threads (1, 8, 9, 10)
Steve Reich | Mallet Quartet

Jan. 28 + Feb. 4 = World premiere of Jaskot duo

BPeG members give the premiere performance of Holy Cross faculty member Matt Jaskot‘s duo for mixed percussion, Away From It All.

  • Tuesday, January 28  Clark University | Razzo Hall | 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 4  College of the Holy Cross | Brooks Concert Hall | 8:00pm
  • RSVP on Facebook

November 9 | “Sounds from the Treetops” in JP’s Arboretum

BPeG members join the international percussion trio, Ensemble Evolution, for a unique performance of a new piece inspired by photography of the Arnold Arboretum landscape in Jamaica Plain. Ensemble Evolution will perform their self-composed album Sounds from the Treetops as the Arboretum’s first ever Artist-in-Residence. More info here.

October 6 | Dedham Open Studios

BPeG was honored to perform for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to re-open Dedham Square at the Dedham Open Studios. The rain kept us under cover, but didn’t stop us from jammin’.

Aug 2013 | BPeG @ Dedham Farmer’s Market

August 2013 | BPeG makes some August Noise

BPeG is proud to join the third season of August Noise JP — a free, outdoor “surprise” concert series in Jamaica Plain. Stop by the Murphy Square Courts (across from Harvest Co-op) and be serenaded by drums, marimbas, buckets, and more.

Tue Aug 20 | 6:30pm  (FREE)

Murphy Square Courts

South St. at Carolina Ave. (across from the Harvest Co-op)

RSVP on Facebook!

July 2013 | BPeG plays Outside The Box

The grass along Huntington Ave becomes the BPeG stage during Circle The City’s event at the Outside The Box festival.  Video clips below and a photo gallery on Facebook!

plays well web event

BPeG joins forces with talented Boston musicians in an evening of mixed chamber music. Program to include duos for marimba + cello, clarinet + multi-percussion, snare drum + live electronics, saxophone + marimba — and more! The evening will conclude with Tan Dun’s concerto for cello + percussion quartet, Elegy: Snow In June, featuring Christina Stripling.

Tue May 28 | 8pm
Studio 401 | The Boston Conservatory
31 Hemenway, Boston 02215
$10 suggested donation

Facebook event

[concert poster]

Mar 20 | BPeG masterclass at College of the Holy Cross

BPeG presented a class on the influence of rhythm on 20th century composers for faculty member Shirish Korde’s composition seminar.

Jan 28 | BPeG Handel & Haydn after-school program

BPeG taught students at Roxbury Latin School about percussion as a melodic instrument before the students jammed on plastic buckets.

Jan 2013 | BPeG has Pipe Dreams

BPeG plays music by Nico Muhly, Paul Lansky, and a reprise of a BPeG commission by composer/soloist, Jeremy Barnett.

Tue Jan 22 | 8pm
Studio 401 | The Boston Conservatory
31 Hemenway, Boston 02215
$10 suggested donation

BPeG at Jeremy Barnett’s DMA recital

Including the premiere of “Dreams of Progress”, a BPeG commission by Jeremy Barnett featuring the composer as MalletKAT/vibraphone soloist with percussion quartet, performed by BPeG + friends.

Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30pm
New England Conservatory – Brown Hall
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
free admission

July 15, 2012

BPeG performed outdoors as part of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Circle The City outdoor festival in Jamaica Plain.

June 9-10, 2012

BPeG performed in Jordan Hall as one of seven finalists at the 2012 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.

Jan 2012 | It’s About Time

BPeG’s debut performance at The Boston Conservatory, featuring the Boston premiere of Steve Reich’s “Mallet Quartet”.

July 2011

BPeG performed at [ahts]: 2011 Boston Arts Festival. Video excerpt here.