Concert

Christiane Karam / Gian Aurelio

Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 6:00 pm
Mothers Rest Playground
Back Bay Fens
Boston
MA
United States
Christiane Karam

Swingin' in Mothers Rest returns with Christiane Karam and ZilZALA, a band that draws from several musical cultures to reinterpret classical, traditional, and folk Arabic music. Vocalist Gian Aurelio and Berklee's Swingers Quartet will open the evening. 

(This event was rescheduled for July 28 after rain postponed its originally scheduled July 21 date.)

Led by acclaimed vocalist/composer Christiane Karam, the ZilZALA Middle Eastern ensemble is a Boston-based world music band that draws from several musical cultures to reinterpret classical, traditional, and folk Arabic music. The outcome is a powerful and uplifting blend of Eastern and Western influences that range from Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, and North African grooves and melodies to contemporary jazz harmonies, coming together to create a truly unique musical experience. The ZilZALA Ensemble has been playing to packed houses in Boston and New York, bringing together music lovers from the Middle East with a western audience that is eager to learn about and enjoy Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies. ZilZALA was also nominated Best World Music Act in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to leading the ZilZALA ensemble, Christiane writes and performs in various musical settings, and has had the privilege of performing and collaborating with Bobby McFerrin, the Assad Brothers, Bassam Saba, the NY Gypsy All-Stars, and Yanka Rupkina to name a few, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Summerstage, Symphony Space, and the Moscow International House of Music. Karam is also an award-winning songwriter and is an assistant professor at Berklee and teaches in the voice, ensemble and songwriting departments.

Gian Aurelio Faraone incorporates the signature sounds of the greatest Italian voices of the 20th century, from Caruso and Sinatra to Pavarotti and Bennett. A multicultural upbringing and fluency in three languages (Spanish, Italian, and English) gave Gian the ability to reach out to many different cultures through various styles of music.

Born in Venezuela and raised in Italy, Aurelio gained popularity in Caracas and Margarita Island, performing at jazz clubs, casinos and hotel showrooms. While attending Berklee he became known as the crooner of Boston's North End.
 
Aside from acting as headliner for many Italian feasts in Boston, Aurelio has performed for the mayor of Boston and with Brian McKnight.

Presented by Berklee College of Music, ParkArts, and Fenway Civic Association.

Admission: 
Free

Larry Watson Presents: An Afternoon of Music to Heal the Soul

Tuesday / August 3, 2010 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Ensemble and voice professor Lawrence "Larry" Watson will present four mini summer concerts to celebrate the power of the American songwriter and song stylist. Berklee artists will showcase some of the most powerful songs written and often not recognized by the commercial music industry. The concerts will also include some popular American classics from Motown, the Doobie Brothers, Ray Charles, and Nancy Wilson. Stage Performance I and Advanced Stage Performance II students will perform all-time classics by Melba Moore, Chaka Khan, Nancy Wilson, Oleta Adams, and Jazmine Sullivan. Later, Foundations of Singing with soul and Motown will pay tribute to those living on the Gulf Coast with some old Motown classics, written by the team of Ashford & Simpson, a special tribute with a Tramaine Hawkins gospel song, and a a medley of Nancy WIlson classics.

Admission: 

St. Barts Summer Sessions

Thursday / August 5, 2010 / 9:00 pm
Hotel Tom Beach
St Barthelemy, Collectivité de Saint-Barthélemy
United States

Berklee students and alumni will perform for 11 successive nights, August 5–15, at an ocean paradise in the first-ever St. Barts Summer Sessions series. The string of concerts at Hotel Tom Beach will feature jazz, rock, folk, r&b, and other genres. Performers include the Tom Howie Band, Project K-Paz, Emily Elbert, Ry Faraday, and Ashley Rodriguez. 

Learn more about the artists and listen to audio tracks at the St. Barts Summer Sessions website. The series was organized by Berklee student Álvaro Kapaz and alumnus Tom Howie.

Admission: 

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Saturday / August 7, 2010 / 11:00 am
Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport
RI
United States
Berklee Global Jazz Institute

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Students may pursue a performance degree, diploma, or two-year certificate through the institute.

The BGJI has three main goals: to provide an interdisciplinary music program where students may explore their creativity to the highest level; to explore the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society; and to connect musical creative thinking with the restoration of nature. 

Hailed by the New York Times as "the festival that put jazz festivals on the map," the Newport Jazz Festival, now the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz. Referred to as a Mecca of jazz, the event draws thousands of people from all over the world to its uniquely picturesque outdoor stages at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet: 

Andrew Burglass is a guitarist from New Orleans. Originally inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Steve Vai, his musical world was blown up when he discovered jazz as a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Burglass graduated from NOCCA and Mandeville High School in 2008, and is currently attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Some of his career highlights include performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; the Park City Jazz Festival, in Utah; and the Jazz in Marciac Festival, in France.

Greg Chaplin, 19, is an acoustic bassist from Hopedale, Massachusetts. He has worked with Patti Austin, David Baker, Chris Botti, Billy Childs, Jimmy Cobb, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, and Phil Woods, to name a few, and has also been active on the festival circuit, performing at the Monterey, Newport, and Tri-C Jazz Festivals, and at the Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Center. In high school, he participated in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center, and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia Park. Chaplin has a deep commitment to public service and is a volunteer at several local charities.

Matthew Halpin is a tenor saxophonist from Dublin, Ireland, currently pursuing a degree in performance and jazz composition at Berklee. In 2009, he was one of only two international recipients of Berklee's full-ride Presidential Scholarship. He has played in many bands as a leader and as a member of renowned large ensembles like RTE National Concert Orchestra, the Dublin City Big Band, and the Riam Big Band. He was a headlining performer at the 2009 Sligo Jazz Project, a festival at which he'd been a student for the two previous years. Halpin has studied with George Garzone, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Branford Marsalis, and Jamie Oehlers. Before coming to Berklee, he studied classical music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Pianist Christian Li, 19, was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Horseheads, New York. The recipient of several DownBeat Student Music Awards, he has performed with Geri Allen, Jack DeJohnette, Fred Hersch, Frank Morgan, Renee Rosnes, and Dave Santoro, among others. He was chosen for the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band in 2006, and for New York's All-State Instrumental Jazz Band in 2006 and 2007. Li has studied at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. He is currently attending Berklee on a full-tuition scholarship, where he is majoring in jazz composition and music synthesis, and taking private lessons with professor JoAnne Brackeen.

Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far past the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon, and well beyond her years. She has shared stages with Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, Red Holloway, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, James Moody, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Mark Whitfield, Phil Woods, and other jazz greats. Her 2009 debut album Confeddie has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Jazz Times, and Jazziz, and was on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 chart for 11 consecutive weeks. Last year, Niswanger was selected as the new alto saxophonist in the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenón. Niswanger is currently attending Berklee on a full scholarship, where she is majoring in performance.

Though he has played music since the age of 4, Spanish percussionist Jorge Perez was a track star and aspiring architect before he began pursuing music as a career. After enrolling at Escuela de Musica Creativa, a top jazz school in Spain, he started performing regularly in Madrid. He met several Cuban musicians at gigs, which led him to Cuba to study Afro-Cuban percussion with Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito." After his second visit to Cuba in 2008, Perez recorded his debut album, Patax, and learned Flamenco singing and dancing from Brazilian vocalist Mario Toledo. The following year, he released his second studio album, Forced Emancipation. Since enrolling at Berklee, he has collaborated with Mariano Martos, Oscar Stagnaro, Nando Michelin, Rebecca Cline, and many others. 

Mark Whitfield Jr. is a drummer from Brooklyn. He made his first concert appearance at age 2 as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and clarinet legend Alvin Batiste, at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University. At 4, he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving day broadcast, and he would continue to perform with his father throughout his early years. Whitfield has opened shows for the likes of Peter Cincotti and Chris Botti, and performed at the Newport, Duke Ellington, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He is currently on full scholarship at Berklee, where he studies with Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Ralph Peterson.

Admission: 
$40 to $100

Joy Daniels / Jordan Brown

Saturday / July 31, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In every generation there is an artist who pushes industry standards and musical tastes to the limits, and Joy Daniels is such an artist. With an unusual and eclectic mix of soul, hip hop and rock, this amazing singer/songwriter offers listeners a musicality far beyond her 24 years. Her music is beautifully constructed lyrically and musically to explore the complexities of the human spirit.

Released in May 2010, Daniels's second independent solo album, ESM, is both soulful and deeply amazing. In an attempt to create a work that had musical integrity as well as a commercial sound, Daniels entered a world of truth and discovery as the album developed. ESM is both an artistic and contemporary achievement: musicians can appreciate the layering of genres, from reggae to hip-hop to soul and rock, to create a fresh sound. Music-lovers can expect ESM to stand the test of time.

Also appearing: Jordan Brown.

Admission: 
$5

Curtis Peoples / Zach Comtois

Friday / November 12, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Curtis Peoples

Curtis Peoples is a songwriter who knows how to create dynamic pop songs that fans of rock, acoustic folk, and pop can enjoy equally. With a mix of free-spirited choruses and addictive rhythms, Peoples's style of "coffeeshop arena rock" is genuinely his own unique musical fingerprint.

23 years old, fresh off tours of Europe and the United States, and with a EP fresh under his belt, Zach Comtois is ready to take on the world. His blend of clever lyrics, contagious hooks, and six-string prowess will hypnotize audiences into buying millions of records. Seriously, it's going to happen.

 

 

Admission: 
$8 general admission

Open Mic Night

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 7:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This open mic at the Red Room is part of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Admission: 
Free

Students from Hokkaido Groove Camp

Friday / July 30, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In 2006, the Hokkaido Groove Camp was established just outside of Sapporo, the fifth-largest city in Japan. Berklee faculty member Tiger Okoshi is the director; other faculty and staff members who have participated include JoAnne Brackeen, David Clark, Yoron Israel, Jim Odgren, Bruno Raberg, Daniela Schachter, Mike Tucker, and Mark Walker. Berklee Global Institute student Takeshi Ohbayashi participated in the camp in 2006-and it made him believe that Berklee was the place to be.

Five students from Hokkaido Groove Camp are attending Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program this summer, and they all will be featured in this concert. It's a perfect musical way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Massachusetts Hokkaido Association.

Tomoaki Baba, tenor sax, Sapporo
Takayuki Sato, alto sax, Sapporo
Yuta Seki, drums, Sapporo
Ryouma Shinshou, piano, Sapporo
Izumi Thron, bass, Kyoto

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Ron Reid & the Sunsteel Sextet / Jazz Robertson

Sunday / August 1, 2010 / 5:00 pm
Highland Park
Fort Avenue
Roxbury
MA
United States
02119
Ron Reid

Ron Reid is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and an associate professor in contemporary writing at Berklee. His sextet Sunsteel plays an eclectic mix of Caribbean folk, calypso, Afro-Cuban, and jazz melodies. This smoldering ensemble—composed of Berklee alumni and faculty—conducts workshops and lecture demonstrations at colleges and high schools and performs concerts, corporate events, and club dates. Vocalist Vaughnette Bigford will be the special guest for this performance.

Jazz Robertson got her induction into the music scene at the tender age of 5, when she took in her first live concert: Eric Clapton. But it wasn't Clapton's guitar chops that made her jaw drop; it was Steve Gadd's killer drumming. 10 years later she received a drum set from her mother, and within months she was playing in local bands around Pittsburgh. After passing up an opportunity to go to law school, she auditioned for Berklee and was accepted on a full-tuition scholarship. Robertson will feature vocalist Nadia Washington.

Jazz at the Fort is presented by Berklee College of Music and ParkArts.

Admission: 
Free

Future Vince / Neara Diego

Wednesday / July 28, 2010 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Future Vince is a music group made up of players from around the world. Founded by Julian Forte and Vincenzo Marranca, the band has its roots in Boston where its members met at Berklee. The group's vibe can be characterized as melodically and rhythmically complex while keeping in touch with its alternative roots. The band experiments with odd harmonic progressions and interesting time signatures to bring a new flavor to the pop-rock genre. Carefully thought out arrangements and measured allocation of individual member talent allows Future Vince to shine as an original group with an unmatched sound. Also playing: Neara Diego.

Admission: 
Free

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