Concert

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Aljashu & Friends

Tuesday / October 26, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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 Aljashu & Friends, presenting Journey to the New World—songs that traveled with the Spanish-Jewish conversos to the Caribbean and the Americas. The performance spans 500 years of traditional songs sung in Ladino (Judeo-Español)  that may be heard in Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.

Featured performers are:

  • Julia Madeson: vocals
  • Tev Stevig: oud, tanbur, cumbus, and guitar
  • Brian O'Neill: cajon, dumbek, and palmas
  • Ali Amr: 72-string qa'nun
  • Tareq Rantisi: bendir, riiq, and zils
  • Naseem Alatrash: cello
  • Cagri Erdem: fretless guitars
  • Jean-Pierre D'Alencon: classical guitar
Admission: 
Free

Out of Africa

Monday / November 1, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A lot comes out of Africa: music, joy, community, dance, strength, legacy, inspiration, and more. Tonight we celebrate the music and dance of West Africa with guest artists Saeed Abbas and Balla Kouyate. West Africa has blessed the world with a wealth of culture spread near and far and affecting us all. Featured in this performance is the soso bala—the nearly 1,000-year-old traditional mallet instrument with its roots at the beginning of the Malinke Empire. Also featured are a variety of instruments from Ghana, including the palm drums, Kalango talking drum, and atenteben flute. Joining our special guests are members of the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble and a student group led by Ryan Edwards, with dance choreography by Jennifer Criss.

Saeed Abbas is percussionist from Ghana, trained in the traditional musical arts from a young age. He performs as a drummer, flutist, and balafon player. He joined the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana at 19, and has traveled the world performing for thousands of people including President Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II.

Balla Kouyate's artistry is firmly rooted in the tradition of oral history-keeping through music of the Malinke Empire. He has traveled far to share the music of his homeland, has toured extensively with West African pop artists, fronts his own group World Vision, and has recently recorded with both Yo Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo, among many others.

Directed by Joe Galeota and Ryan Edwards and sponsored by the Office for Cultural Diversity and the Percussion Department.

 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

CWP Faculty Concert

Tuesday / October 26, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The annual Contemporary Writing and Production concert presents an eclectic range of styles and texture. This year, the concert will feature two woodwind, a string, and a rhythm section consisting of some of Berklee's most talented musicians.  

After the ensemble was assembled last spring, seven of of the Contemporary Writing and Production faculty members spent the summer and early fall composing the original pieces.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Eddie Gomez

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Eddie Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band from 1959 to 1961. After studying at Juilliard, Gomez played with Rufus Jones' sextet, Marian McPartland (1964), Paul Bley (1964-1965), Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio (1966-1977). He has since worked in a countless number of settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus (1978) and with Steps Ahead (1979-1984), Benny Wallace, JoAnne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea, and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch. His recent recording Duets, co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th annual Latin Grammys. His recordings as a leader include Next Future, Outlaws, Live in Moscow, Street Smart, Power Play, Mezgo, Discovery, Gomez, Down Stretch, What's New at F, Palermo, and Trio. The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker,Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff, and John Abercrombie. In 2006, his DVD An Evening with Eddie Gomez was released, with Gomez and Mark Kramer performing.

 
Marco Pignataro: Saxophone

Marco Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophonist, composer, educator, and jazz columnist. A native of Bologna, Italy, Pignataro has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in jazz festivals and international music venues, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, JoAnne Brakeen, Rufus Reid, Danilo Perez, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, and Jon Faddis, among others. His CD, Homesick, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro's compositions and arrangements. His latest CD is Per Sempre by the Eddie Gomez Quintet. Pignataro is currently managing director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) in Boston, a RICO performing artist, and endorser for Mauriat saxophones and for the Applied Microphone Technology.

Matt Marvuglio: Flute

Matt Marvuglio is dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music. A virtuoso flutist and composer, he has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, premiering his compositions for jazz flute. He has presented clinics for the National Flute Association, the Acoustic Society of America, and the International Flute Convention in São Paulo, Brazil. His first solo album Why Cry? features original compositions and arrangments. He has played and recorded with great jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Phil Wilson, Eddie Gomez, and Kenwood Dennard, among others.
 

Teo Ciavarella: Piano
 
Italian pianist Teo Ciavarella has recorded more than 50 CDs, three as band leader: Halfway, a trio recording which took place at Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia; Prendiamociunapausa with Paolo Fresu, Cheryl Porter, and Henghel Gualdi; and Teo Ciavarella and Friends, recorded live in the Aula Absidale S. Lucia at Bologna University and in the Beethoven Haus in Koblenz, during a tour in Germany with the Romanian clarinetist Romeo Tudorache with the Opera String Quartet from Berlin. In 2001 Ciavarella was awarded an honorary recognition from the DAMS faculty at Bologna University as part of the 30th birthday celebration of the DAMS degree in Bologna. At an award hosted by ANT Italia he received the Live Jazz for Life award for 2003. A celebrated educator, Ciavarella is a professor of piano at the Ferrara Conservatory in Italy.  A piano virtuoso and an highly creative improviser, Ciavarella has played with jazz greats including Gerrry Mulligan and Steve Grossman and he is presently part of the Eddie Gomez Quintet.

Yoron Israel: Drums

Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted and sought after musicians in the music industry today. Israel's brilliant musicality, intensity, and versatility are appreciated worldwide, through consistent performances at prestigious concerts, notable festivals, and prominent clubs as well as on more than 100 major recordings. Some of the artists that he has worked with include Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, Larry Coryell, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, James Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, and Joshua Redman. Israel is the assistant chair of percussion at Berklee.

Admission: 

Marcus Eaton / George Woods

Saturday / October 30, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Marcus Eaton

 

 

 

Admission: 
$8/General Admission

Eisley / Ives / Christie Dupree

Wednesday / October 27, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eisley

Tyler, Texas quintet Eisley kicks off a seven-week Over the River and Through the Wood tour. After appearing on the Dallas scene in 2001, playing hundreds of shows throughout Texas and garnering a fan base as an indie band, Eisley was signed to Warner Bros. in 2003. The band won Best New Artist in the Dallas Observer Music Awards in the same year. The band is currently finalizing plans to release its long-awaited third album following a separation from Warner/Reprise earlier this year. Eisley's latest LP release was 2007's Combinations, followed by the Fire Kites digital EP last year.

Hailing from California, Ives is a musical anomaly: four young musicians who perform music of strength and depth, with sweeping intellectual and emotional qualities. Musically, Ives culls its influences from all walks of life—pop, theatre, and conceptually oriented music of the past, yet with one foot placed firmly in the future, towards new musical landscapes and expressions. Their newest release, The Incredible Story of Mr. Birch (produced by Kenny Riley of Studio 150 and Electric Lady Studios) is a tour through the imaginary world of a circus leader.

Christie DuPree, singer/songwriter from Texas, is the younger sister of the members of Eisley and is currently working on her own solo projects. She made appearances during various shows on Eisley's Combinations tour. She has previously worked with Wesley Jensen on both of his EPs and can be seen in the music video for "Think I Wanna Die" by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. 

Admission: 
$15

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Brittany Mahrer

Tuesday / November 23, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brittany Mahrer

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 Brittany Mahrer.

It's every artist's dream that someday, people will look back on their work and call it worth listening to. Mahrer wouldn't mind if people decided to look at her work sooner rather than later. Preferably before she gets too old to curse on stage. Currently a student at Berklee focusing on piano, Mahrer has a songwriting style that can only be described as "deliciously varying." From beautiful ballads to hard-hitting pop, she impresses audiences with her music and lyrics, no matter what the genre. You may even get to hear a musical theater piece of hers, someday. She dares you to listen.

Admission: 

New Brew Lunchtime Concerts: Mario Jose

Thursday / October 28, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mario Jose

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 Mario Jose. 

Jose is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a vocal performance major here at Berklee. Since his arrival in the fall of 2008, Jose has performed all over Boston. He is in "Pitch Slapped," a student-run a cappella group that took second place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (2010) and performed at the prestigious Lincoln Center.

He has also performed in Maggie Scott's Vocal Jazz series, Berklee's New Music Festival, Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase, and numerous Berklee Performance Center concerts with visiting artists including Philip Bailey and Patrice Rushen. He is a three-time performer at Singers Showcase, where he has shared the stage with Ben E. King, Paula Cole, and Lalah Hathaway, and will be performing in this fall's event paying tribute to Abbey Road.

Admission: 
Free

Tron Donson / Future Vince

Saturday / November 6, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tron Donson is bringing you the future, Vince. What does the future sound like? you might be asking yourself. That remains to be seen, but Boston-based Tron Donson will fill you up with gleeful melodies and soulful harmonies until the morning dew.

Admission: 
Free

Brian Dunne / Gideon Brown / Adam Sullivan

Thursday / October 21, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Dunne

Hailing from the small town of Monroe, New York, pop/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne is releasing an EP. A music lover from the tender age of 2, he has always had an ear and talent for music, playing the guitar and writing songs since the age of 6. He has been performing in the greater New England area for several years.

Though still young to the Boston music scene, Dunne has been playing consistently for the past three years and has released two EPs, with another expected to drop in 2010. When asked about his personal goals pertaining to music, he simply states that he would like to continue sharing his music with as many people as possible. This simplicity and devotion to his craft are what makes Dunne's music so authentic and addicting.

Gideon Brown sounds like an approaching train at midnight clanking on the rails and howling its vibration into the dead air. It is at times reminiscent of the rockabilly music of the late '50s as well as the folk/rock of the late '60s.

Following his restlessness across borders, oceans, and international time zones, singer/songwriter Adam Sullivan found himself happily bumping into inspiration at nearly every stop.

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $8 students

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