Concert

David Fiuczynski's Micro Jam Featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa

Wednesday / December 1, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rudresh Mahanthappa '92, a saxophonist, composer, and Berklee alumnus, will discuss the integration of modern concepts such as melodic/harmonic material derived from 20th-century classical sources and rhythmic approaches of non-Western music to create both improvisational and compositional vocabulary.

A Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll winner, Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. He has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision.

As a performer, he leads/coleads seven groups to critical acclaim. His release Kinsmen, featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath, was named one of the top jazz albums of 2008 by over 20 news sources including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, JazzTimes, and the Village Voice, to name just a few.

As a saxophonist, Mahanthappa has achieved international recognition, performing regularly at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide. As a composer, he has received commission grants from the MAP Fund, American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Mahanthappa holds a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance from Berklee and a master of music degree in jazz composition from Chicago's DePaul University. He now teaches at the New School university in New York, where he is regarded as an important and influential voice in the jazz world. Mahanthappa uses Vandoren reeds exclusively. He is also a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow.

Iconoclastic and prolific faculty guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, a jazz player who "doesn't want to play just jazz," has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. Fiuczynski's recent music has been described as a fresh palette of otherworldly sounds, melding traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe with his signature brand of highly funky jams. 

 

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David Fiuczynski's Micro Jam

Thursday / December 2, 2010 / 11:00 a.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member David Fiuczynski will demonstrate his "Planet MicroJam" concept. New musical ideas are on the horizon at the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, and Eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts. The aim is to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements.

Iconoclastic and prolific guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, a jazz player who "doesn't want to play just jazz," has been hailed by the world press as an incredibly inventive guitar hero who continues to deliver music that is unclassifiable, challenging, and invigorating. In 1994 Fiuczynski, in collaboration with keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, woke up the sleeping jazz fusion world with a landmark album, Lunar Crush, which was chosen by Guitar Player's 30th anniversary edition as a Disc of Destiny. A funky, freaky party, Lunar Crush was a wild 90's tribute to Tony Williams's groundbreaking early fusion band Lifetime.

Fiuczynski's recent music has been described as a fresh palette of otherworldly sounds, melding traditional melodic elements of Arabia, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe with Fuze's signature brand of highly funky jams. Ranging from rocked-out madness to drum 'n' bass, go-go to plaintive meditations, the wild guitar palette moves from high energy extravaganzas to moving, emotional ballads.

Fiuczynski leads the underground cult band Screaming Headless Torsos and has worked with Jack DeJohnette, Stewart Copeland (the Police), Hasidic New Wave, Hiromi, Meshell Ndegeocello, Vernon Reid, John Zorn, and many more.

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Jazz Revelation Records Presents Lihi Haruvi / Utar Dundarartun

Tuesday / November 30, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lihi Haruvi

Utar Dundarartun is a composer, arranger, film scorer, and pianist from Turkey. He began his first musical education with classical percussion and graduated from Percussion Department of Hacettepe University State Conservatory. He has been studying film scoring and jazz composition at Berklee as a scholarship student since the fall of 2009. Dundarartun has performed in several festivals in Turkey, including the 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival, seventh Eskisehir Jazz Festival, International Ankara Music Festival, and International Bursa Music Festival. He has also composed and arranged over 30 pieces for symphony orchestra, as well as more than 50 pieces for brass bands and big bands. Featured on various studio albums as a piano player, arranger, and drummer, Dundarartun is currently recording an album with his own band, Betone, featuring original pieces. 

Lihi Haruvi is a saxophone player from Israel. She picked up the saxophone at the age of 10, and has received the Olpana, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and Tel Aviv Conservatory scholarships. While in high school Haruvi was invited to attend Berklee's Summer Jazz Workshop, led by Terri Lyne Carrington and Rick DiMuzio, on a full scholarship. As a lead alto, soloist, and official arranger for the Army Orchestra, she performed and represented Israel around the world. Currently she is majoring in jazz performance and film scoring at Berklee on a full scholarship, studying with Hal Crook, George Garzone, Tiger Okoshi, Greg Osby, Skip Smith, Ed Tomassi, and many more. 

Admission: 
Free

Music for a Better World

Monday / November 29, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee presents a celebration of how music has changed the way people see the world, and how it helps us become better global citizens.

Provost Lawrence J. Simpson will share his experiences as a student at Kent State University in this 40th anniversary year of the May 4 shootings; a Berklee student club will be recognized for its work changing lives through music; and professor Danny Morris and a student ensemble will perform songs from a pivotal and tumultuous time.

Admission: 
Free

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Hannah Christianson

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hannah Christianson

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances—they’re good for the soul. Today's featured artist is Hannah Christianson.

Hannah Christianson is a music therapy and songwriting major of note. Her thoughtful writing encompasses the human condition with honesty, charisma, and hope. Peter Swenson, director of social media at CD Baby, described it as "A good mix of sweetness and pop sensibility, with an engaging voice that sounds like fine wine." Christianson received an honorable mention in Berklee's prestigious Performer/Songwriter Contest and performed in the Best of Berklee's Songwriters Showcase. Her song "Let's Be Frisbees" was recently featured on a compilation album for the Raising the Blues Foundation, which distributes uplifting music to children's hospitals in the New England area.  

Christianson plans to spend the spring playing music and traveling around Europe, taking classes, and learning to play the harp. An EP release and first United States tour are also on the horizon.

Admission: 
Free

Musical Theater Club Presents: Wild Party

Tuesday / January 25, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A production by Berklee's musical theater student club.

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Musical Theater Club Presents: Wild Party

Monday / January 24, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A production by Berklee's musical theater student club.

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Steve Heck Room Music Series: Danielle Deckard

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Danielle Deckard

Berklee singer-songwriter Danielle Deckard takes the stage in this latest installment of the Heck Room Music Series. Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, Deckard is currently pursuing a degree in songwriting.

Admission: 
Free

Musical Theater Salutes Americana

Tuesday / November 23, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Musical Theater Salutes Americana will include scenes and music from Music Man, Pajama Game, and Damn Yankees. Directed by Peter Cokkinias and Sharon Brown.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Fall Flamenco Festival: Angelita Vargas and Jairo Barrull

Friday / November 19, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Angelita Vargas

Direct from Seville, Gypsy flamenco dance icon Angelita Vargas and the young, dynamic Jairo Barrull join together for a mesmerizing night of Gypsy flamenco.

Vargas swept Broadway in the 1980s with Flamenco Puro and was recently featured in a piece with the Farruco family that toured extensively to wide acclaim throughout Europe. Barrull, who is the great-grandnephew of legendary guitarist Diego del Gastor, has performed with such important figures as Concha Vargas and Juana Amaya. With guest artist Juan del Gastor, Gitanerías honors the passing down of flamenco traditions from generation to generation in the Gypsy community, where dance is an expression of cultural identity.

Admission: 
$50, $40, $30, reserved seating

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