Concert

The New World Jazz Composers Octet Directed by Daniel Ian Smith

Monday / October 25, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
The New World Jazz Composers Octet

Arsenal Center for the Arts continues its third season with The New World Jazz Composers Octet. The NWJCO was organized over 11 years ago by Berklee faculty member Daniel Ian Smith as an aggregation dedicated to the performance of new music. To have a group of great ensemble players who are also stellar soloists is a rarity—it's a dream come true for contemporary composers.

The NWJCO gave its first performances under the guise of the Sanctuary Composers Forum in tandem with the Jazz in the Sanctuary concert series. The group garnered considerable attention after its first performance, and word spread that this world-class ensemble was truly one-of-a-kind.

The ensemble quickly adapts to and personalizes the compositions that are written expressly for it. Faculty composers who have contributed to the ensembles' repertoire have included Ted Pease, Dick Lowell, Matt Nicholl, Ken Pullig, Bob Pilkington, Rich Grudzinski and others. The impressive list of players, all with international performing credentials, includes Daniel and Dino Govoni on woodwinds, Ken Cervenka and Walter Platt on trumpets, Tim Ray on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and Steve Langone and Ernesto Diaz on drums and percussion. Transitions, the group's 2010 release, is currently garnering attention from JazzTimes and All About Jazz.

"As its name professes, the Boston-area–based New World Jazz Composers Octet is not, strictly speaking, a big band. On the other hand, it has a big sound, thanks in part to well-shaped charts," wrote Jack Bowers of All About Jazz. "While the viewpoint is contemporary, the essential building blocks of pleasurable music, namely melody, harmony, and rhythm, are never slighted." 

Admission: 
$15 adults/$10 students and members

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Saturday / October 9, 2010 / 9:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Derek Speirs

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are one of the most memorable partnerships in acoustic music today. The award-winning Irish fiddler and American guitarist distill the essence of Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in galvanizing performances.

"As close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be." —Irish Examiner

"If your live music ration were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you'd be either crazy or foolish if you didn't pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill." —Irish Times

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Saturday / October 9, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Derek Speirs

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are one of the most memorable partnerships in acoustic music today. The award-winning Irish fiddler and American guitarist distill the essence of Irish music, exploring and expanding the tradition in galvanizing performances.

"As close to a spiritual experience as [music] can be." —Irish Examiner

"If your live music ration were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you'd be either crazy or foolish if you didn't pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill." —Irish Times

Admission: 
$30, general admission

Roots Music Roadshow

Tuesday / October 12, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A smorgasbord of fantastic performances from students in the newly created American Roots Music program. The artistic validity of a wide range of American roots styles—including blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, western swing, polka, and tex-mex—is beyond dispute. This music is the lifeblood of America's cultural heritage. The expressive urgency and depth of these styles is supported by strong fundamental musical values, and it is in recognition of the richness of these idioms, and of the ways that they fuse with contemporary elements, that Berklee has created the American Roots Music Program.

Admission: 

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Saturday / October 16, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blood, Sweat & Tears has left an indelible mark on the American music scene. One of the greatest horn bands in popular music, BS&T's alumni roster reads like a Who's Who of the world's best jazz and rock musicians. 100 percent of ticket sales go to the Elsie Monica Colomby Scholarship at Berklee. Expect big songs and a few big surprises, like the Latin jazz legend Arturo Sandoval sitting in with the band. Read the press release about the event.

Admission: 
$50 $45, $42, $35, $25, reserved seating

The Fringe and 3Play+: Free Fall

Tuesday / October 19, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Fringe, 3 Play+

Free Fall: a concert featuring two bands. First: the legendary group the Fringe, featuring George Garzone on saxes, John Lockwood on bass, and Bon Gullotti on drums. Then: the renowned group 3Play+, featuring Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Josh Rosen on piano, Lello Molinari on bass, and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. Both bands play together for a grand finale.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

AfroCubism

Sunday / November 7, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
AfroCubism

AfroCubism was Nick Gold's original idea for what became the Buena Vista Social Club. But the story goes that a few lost passports meant that the Africans stayed home, so instead another rather fine but different record was made. Now the original plan is finally being realized with an extraordinary group of 13 musicians from Cuba and Mali, including Cuban singer-guitarist Eliades Ochoa (an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club), Toumani Diabaté (kora), Bassekou Kouyate (ngoni), Kassé Mady Diabaté (vocals), Djelimady Tounkara (guitar), Lassana Diabaté (balafon), Osnel Odit (guitar and vocals), Baba Sissoko (tamani), Jorge Maturell (percussion), José Angel Martinez (double bass), Eglis Ochoa (maracas), Lennis Lara (trumpet) and Alain A. Dragonit (trumpet).

Watch a video of Afrocubism.

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

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Sharin Toribio

Tuesday / November 2, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sharin Toribio

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 Sharin Toribio.

Sharin Maribel Toribio, a Tampa, Florida native, began singing solos in church and playing the piano at the age of six. She has earned countless awards and accolades over the years and has performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts. 

At the end of her freshman year of college, her yearning to dedicate her life to music full-time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work had to put on hold. At the age 20, she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system. She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams.

Sharin continues to compose and perform her music. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages in country music, but her greatest vocal icons consists of Gary Lavox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauren Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more. 

She hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of trueness, positivity, and survival. 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Heavy Metal / Hardcore Night

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featuring the Berklee Heavy Metal/Hardcore ensembles. Material by Opeth, Pantera, Protest the Hero, and Gojira, as well as original compositions.

Admission: 

PVT / The Beauvilles / Sonnymoon

Saturday / October 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
PVT

Australian trio PVT (formally known as Pivot) just released Church with No Magic on Warp Records. As said by CMJ, "If Church with No Magic was to represent some kind of religious institution, it would be an ethereal, electronic temple where David Bowie would regularly deliver sermons." Also appearing are the Beauvilles and Sonnymoon.

Dark experimental instrumental post-rock band Pivot were formed in 1999 by brothers Laurenz Pike (drums, percussion) and Richard Pike (guitar, production), but soon ballooned to a five-piece band with the additions of Adrian Klumpes (keyboard), Neal Sutherland (bass), and Dave Bowman (turntables). It may be de rigueur to compare instrumental music to film soundtracks, but partly inspired by Vangelis, that was exactly the sound PVT were aiming for.

What originated as a house band for underground warehouse art parties in sweaty, swampy Florida has become one of the Southeast's most recognized independent D.I.Y. touring artists. Known for their incendiary and inspired live shows and led by a singer-guitarist evocative of dead '70s icons, the Beauvilles have traveled far and wide across the 48 states, playing hundreds of shows, dozens of festivals, throwing guitars haphazardly across stages, tossing wine at audiences and whisky on themselves.

Sonnymoon
has been in the process of floating down to Earth over the past few months; they're ready to hit the ground running. Smooth, colorful vocals run down their often-atmospheric canvas, resulting in pleasantly psychedelic imagery. Be on the lookout for the wildest sounds you've never heard.

Admission: 
$12

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