Concert

Blues King

Wednesday / November 17, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blues King is a play with blues music about the life and work of B.B. King. Presented by students from the Advanced Musical Theater Scriptwriting Workshop, as well as members of Terri Lyne Carrington's Ensemble, the November 17 performance will be a work-in-progress. The performance should last about an hour and we will be soliciting feedback from the audience. A longer version of Blues King will be performed in the Berklee Performance Center on April 30 and May 1.

Admission: 

Paul Stiller and Friends

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An eclectic evening of vocal and instrumental music, including performances by a cappella group Vox One. The evening will include vocal improvisation and vocal percussion, as well as jazz, pop, and world music arrangements. Performances will be in duo, trio, quartet, and quintet configurations. Songs by a variety of composers including Herbie Hancock, Zero 7, Steps Ahead, and Howard Blake.

Admission: 

Ariadna Castelanos Rivas Pliego

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ariadna Castelanos Rivas Pliego performs as part of the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Admission: 

I-Yun Chung: Aires de Argentina

Tuesday / November 16, 2010 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

I-Yun Chung performs "Aires de Argentina" as part of the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Admission: 

C4 / Rodolfo Reyes

Wednesday / November 10, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In the first half, Venezuelan group C4 performs. In the second half, Rodolfo Reyes, director of Saxomania and a Berklee alumnus, shares his outstanding big band charts. They will be performed by a big band that includes Berklee faculty and students.

The origins of C4 Trio is directly connected with the international competition La Siembra del Cuatro. In November 2005, Jorge Glem, Hector Molina, Edward Ramirez, and Rodner Padilla were invited to participate in a concert coordinated by Multifonia Foundation. That was the genesis of this ensemble, with the Venezuelan cuatro as the main instrument.

Coming from different Venezuelan cities, they converged in the Venezuelan capital. In 2006, the group assumed the name C4 Trio after the recording of their first self-titled album under the music production of Aquiles Baez. 

This production trigged C4 Trio's popularity, making it possible to perform on the most prestigious Venezuelan stages and taking them twice to the Venezuelan Sounds Festival (2006, 2007) coordinated by the Embassy of Venezuela in the United States, including concerts in the Bolivar Hall of Washington, Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle, and the Kennedy Center, as well as other countries such as the United Kingdom and Brazil.

In 2009, C4 Trio released a second album, Entre Manos, including a CD and live DVD, exposing the skills of these three talented musicians onstage.

Venezuelan saxophonist and flautist Rodolfo Reyes represents some of the finest musicianship in Venezuela today. Originally a classical flautist, Reyes took up the saxophone and in 1979 enrolled at Berklee, where he studied with George Garzone and Joe Viola before moving to New York to study with Joe Allard. Since his return to Venezuela, Reyes has been working with every major artist in the country and has appeared on countless recording sessions. Working in both the classical and jazz idioms, Reyes has worked with all major symphony orchestras in Venezuela and has performed with Latin legend Tito Puente. Reyes is the cofounder of Saxomania, a 16-piece big band specializing in jazz-influenced salsa music. Reyes continues to lead his own jazz group, giving performances across Venezuela and Canada.

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Latin Music and Culture Celebration

Tuesday / November 9, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee College of Music presents the Latin Music and Culture Celebration at the Red Room featuring student performers. Featured performances by El Mariachi (Paola Gonzalez, Mexico), La Babilla (Andreas Fonseca, Columbia), and Latina/Italia (Sissy Castrogiovanni, Brazil).

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Admission: 
Free

Nando Michelin Quartet

Tuesday / November 9, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Nando Michelin performs original jazz with a South American influence as part of Berklee's Latin Culture Celebration. Featuring Eyal Shmuel Hai (saxophone), Tal Gamlieli (bass), Tiago Michelin (drums), and Nando Michelin (piano).

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Admission: 

Spain the Lighter

Thursday / November 4, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Spain the Lighter is a group of multi-instrumentalists from Spain that bring a powerful blend of styles influenced by flamenco, traditional folklore, 20th-century composers, and jazz, and will take the audience on a journey into the endless musical heritage of their country. 

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration.

Admission: 

Latin Jazz Big Band / Maria Mulata

Tuesday / November 2, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In the first half, Maria Mulata's group plays traditional Colombian music from all regions as well as her original compositions. Mulata is one of the amazing new up-and-coming female singers from Colombia. Her style blends the rich cultural influences of Totó la Momposina, Etelvina Maldonado, Petrona Martinez, and Nidia Góngora, among many others. She has been sought out for her memorable, high-energy performances which incorporate an array of new sounds (new to this particular Colombian genre, that is) in her vastly folkloric repertoire.

Mulata has a degree in performance from the prestigious Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the 2007 winner of La Gaviota de Plata from the world-renowned Festival Viña del Mar in Chile, as well as a 2009 Nuestra Tierra award from RCN (Colombia's NBC equivalent). In 2008, she received a Golden Record award for her album Itinerario de Tambores. Later that year, her record Los Vestidos de la Cumbia was listed in the Top 10 of one of Colombia's most illustrious magazines, Semana. Mulata has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the globe, including those in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Chile, South Africa, France, Germany, and Belgium. Most recently she was a decorated guest at the ceremony for Colombia's bicentennial.

Her performances have captivated audiences, taking them on a journey through the sounds of the Caribbean, the Colombia Amazonas, and exciting folklore of the Pacific. In addition to singing in her native tongue, Mulata interprets compositions in Sanandresano Creole, Portuñol (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish), and a distinct dialect from the town of Palenque. She is one of the most promising and versatile performers in a new wave of artists representing traditional South American music.

With the help of her musical director, arranger, and bassist Esther Rojas, Mulata will be performing traditional Colombian rhythms mixed with original compositions from styles including cumbia, porro, fandango, currulao, champeta, chande, and tamborito. She will be joined by a student group organized by LCMC '10 coordinator Oscar Stagnaro and Colombian native Leonardo Tatis. 

In the second half, Bernardo Hernandez leads this Latin jazz big band, with students and some guests performing a very diverse program—from mambo to contemporary Latin jazz (Machito, Tito Puente, etc.), mostly instrumentals. It's one of the most talented and diverse groups of students at the college.

Read more about the Latin Music and Culture Celebration

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê: Film Screening

Monday / November 8, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê is a documentary following women competing to be the carnival queen of a prominent Afro-Brazilian group. Following the screening will be a discussion and Brazilian drumming lessons with Berklee alumnus Marcus Santos, leader of Bloco AfroBrazil, as part of Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration 2010.

Admission: 

Pages