The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for improving society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group composed of Berklee students and co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. Latimbop has deep experience in various genres of Latin American and Cuban music, with roots in timba mixed with jazz, funk, and Latin music. The band plays regularly in the best jazz venues in the Boston area.
The Lonely Heartstring band is a five-peice bluegrass instrumentation band from Boston that plays original acoustic music ,traditional bluegrass and, as the name suggests, a swath of Beatles covers. The band formed as a response to a request for a bluegrass wedding band playing exclusively Beatles songs. A year and a half later, LHB is preparing to embark on a cross-continent summer tour from the west coast of Canada to New York. The band is young, excited, and rising fast in the New England acoustic scene. The members graduated from the Berklee, where they met, and blend passion and soul with instrumental virtuosity and three-part harmonies. Since the Beatles days, the band has moved in the direction of tradition-informed original songs and tunes as well as some of the standard bluegrass repertoire.
Playing traditional broken-hearted bluegrass with freshness and groove, the members of High Rock Mountain come from all over the country to perform together and attend Berklee. Hailing form Columbia, Mo., Sadie Currey's charismatic fiddling and sultry vocals define our sound. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Rooney, a native of western Maryland, brings life and depth to the music, on and off the stage. From Portland, Ore., banjo wizard Jordan Alleman combines his love for bluegrass, old-time, and Americana music with a playfulness that complements his talent, as well as humor that keeps us in stitches. Son of resophonic guitarist Roger Williams, New England-based JD Williams adds his voice to our harmonies and his mandolin to our melodies. And New York City native Nate Sabat holds down the beat with his solid bass playing.
Rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, Jenna and Mairi have developed a sound that celebrates beautiful melodies. The pair met at Berklee and are a product of the Boston music scene. Heavily steeped in tradition, their arrangements also push boundaries with original compositions and breathe new life into old tunes.