Celebrity Series Announces ‘Stave Sessions’

The new concert series will introduce audiences to the next generation of contemporary artists.

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Celebrity Series is offering music enthusiasts in Boston a new way to experience emerging artists this spring with Stave Sessions, a new weeklong festival that will take place in March.

The series of performances will highlight innovative, young emerging artists with genre-bending styles. Banda Magda, for example, infuses Brazilian bossa with French pop. Roomful of Teeth’s a cappella repertoire includes Tuvan throat singing, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, and yodeling. Max Richter is an award-winning composer whose projects range from the score to Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir and music installation The Anthropocene at White Cube, to collaborating with Tilda Swinton and writing music for The Leftovers on HBO.

The new festival will very appropriately take place at Berklee College of Music, on the second and third floors of the school’s newest campus building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue. The intimate and casual space (versus a large auditorium/concert venue) and floor-to-ceiling glass windows will offer concertgoers an upscale cabaret vibe and views of an urban backdrop.

Food and drinks will be available throughout the programs. Tickets for stage-level cabaret seating cost $35 and balcony standing room costs $20. Tickets on sale January 12, celebrityseries.org.

Here is the full lineup for Stave Sessions, which will run March 15-21:

Banda Magda
Sunday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Brazilian bossa with vintage French pop. Opening Act: Chorobop: traditional Brazilian Choro with a “special twist” of bebop.

Gabriel Kahane
Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.

Rolling Stone called Kahane’s 2014 album The Ambassador “one of the year’s very best albums.” Opening Act: Kate Davis: One of MTV’s “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop” in 2014.

Roomful of Teeth
Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

A cappella with Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, and more.

Ben Sollee and Becca Stevens Band
Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Sollee is a genre-bending songwriter with classical music and blues influences. Stevens is a jazz, pop, and folk singer/guitarist.

Brooklyn Rider
Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

According to Strings, they’re “the future of chamber music.”

Third Coast Percussion (Added)
Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m.

This group has performed hundreds of concerts around the country, and is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Max Richter (Canceled)
Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

An award-winning composer of concert music, film scores, and solo albums.