Concert

Ensembles Week: Jazz, Neo-Soul

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Dave Santoro and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including jazz and neo-soul.

1:00 p.m. Dave Santoro: Blue Era Note Jazz

2:30 p.m. Skip Smith: Music of Hancock and Zawinul

4:00 p.m. Skip Smith: Neo-Soul

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Ensembles Week: Latin, Country

Friday / August 6, 2010 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Fernando Brandao, Mike Ihde, and Ann Dolan. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including Latin and country. 

1:00 p.m. Fernando Brandao: Brazilian Instrumental

2:30 p.m. Mike Ihde: Country Music Ensemble

4:00 p.m. Ann Dolan: Advanced Techniques of Voice Production

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Ensembles Week: Jazz, R&B

Thursday / August 5, 2010 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Skip Smith and Ken Cervenka. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including jazz and r&b.

1:00 p.m. Skip Smith: Franklin, Wonder, Gaye, and Kahn

4:00 p.m. Ken Cervenka: Jazz Rating 6 

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Ensembles Week: Jazz, Avant-Garde

Monday / August 2, 2010 / 2:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty member Darren Barrett. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including electric jazz and avant-garde.

2:30 p.m. Darren Barrett's Electric Jazz

4:00 p.m. Darren Barrett's Avant-Garde Ensemble

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Berklee Stage
732 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Ensemble

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 are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. Though launched less than a year ago, BGJI musicians have already played at a host of major festivals around North America, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Beaches International Jazz Festival (Toronto). 

Admission: 
Free

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.

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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.

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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

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