Concert

Jazz and Blues Guitar Showcase

Monday / November 23, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This showcase features some of Berklee's top student guitarists leading groups in the jazz and blues genres.

Admission: 
$10

Ensemble Showcase: Soul, Jazz, R&B, African

Monday / November 30, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Joanne Brackeen, Jetro DaSilva, and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including soul, jazz, r&b, and music from South Africa.

 

  • 1:00 p.m. Joanne Brackeen: Advanced Small Jazz Ensemble
  • 2:15 p.m. Jetro DaSilva: R&B and Smooth Jazz
  • 3:30 p.m. Jetro DaSilva: Music of Joe Zawinul
  • 6:30 p.m. Jetro DaSilva: Music of South Africa
  • 8:00 p.m. Skip Smith: Neo-Soul

 

 

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

 

Admission: 
free

Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble

Monday / March 8, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

One of Berklee's most popular groups, this funk and soul ensemble performs the music of the famed Tower of Power band, creating a wall of energy with six vocalists, eight horns, and a five-piece rhythm section.

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Tribute to John Bavicchi

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featured performers Robin Ginenthal and other Berklee faculty members present compositions by professor emeritus John Bavicchi.

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Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra

Tuesday / November 24, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02111

Under the direction of Eugene Friesen, the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra presents a special concert at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont Street, Boston.

The program will include music by Pat Metheney, Shostakovich, and Berklee faculty composer Mimi Rabson. The concert will feature Mexican vocalist Mili Bermejo in three love songs from Mexico and Argentina. Soloists from the ensemble will also be featured improvising in a variety of jazz and folk styles.

Berklee voice professor Mili Bermejo blends Latin folk music and jazz improvisation with poetic and socially aware lyrics. Critics have described her sound as “part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughn sophistication” (Boston Magazine). Included on her selections will be Dan Greenspan on bass and pianist Tim Ray, a longtime sideman with Lyle Lovett.

Pat Metheny’s “Jaco” is a tribute to the late bassist Jaco Pastorius. Arranged by legendary American fiddler Darol Anger, “Jaco” showcases powerful, rhythmic string writing and the improvisational abilities of  Berklee’s best string soloists.

“The Next Vehicle” by Mimi Rabson is a bluesy, polytonal exercise in groove, virtuosic string unisons, and contemporary jazz improvisation.

“Chamber Symphony,” by Dimitri Shostakovich, is dedicated to the victims of fascism and war. Originally composed as his eighth string quartet in July 1960, the music is austere, anguished, serenely beautiful, and violent. The piece attains new heights in the version for string orchestra by Lucas Drew.

Conductor Eugene Friesen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music. A Grammy Award–winning cellist and composer, he has been on the faculty at Berklee since 1999.

The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra is committed to the art of ensemble playing and the development of repertoire featuring improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players.

Admission: 
Free

The Loomers / The Bloodline

Wednesday / November 18, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Loomers

Tom Simons—president/creative director of the independent, full-service marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons—is a guitarist by avocation and a longtime Loomer. Along with Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns his own business, CK Environmental; PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); and Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Simons comes back for another evening of original, high octane rock and blues songs at Cafe 939. The Loomers, whose latest album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and twice made it to the final round of Fortune magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands. They are currently recording their next album. For more information, visit loomers.com.

The Bloodline is a Boston-based power trio of bass, drums, and guitar. They play rock with a heavy influence from groove-oriented music like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Band of Gypsys. Shawn Crowder has held down the drums for 11 years, since he started out in Colorado. He has made it a musical goal to draw influence from all styles and always keep an open ear. Mike Ball has taken care of the low end for 7 years. His powerful attack and stage presence set him apart from anyone you'll ever see. Elliott Klein, the Bloodline's leader, is the baby of the group, having played for only 5 years. He grew up in California; the music he writes and his guitar playing are the sum of influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Johnny Cash to Trent Reznor. Together they create the unique tone of the Bloodline. 

Admission: 
$20 general admission; free for Berklee students with valid ID

Nneka / Afro DZ ak All-Starz / Keppie Coutts

Thursday / November 12, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since 2003, Nneka has been working closely with German hip-hop beatmaker DJ Farhot. She has supported artists such as Femi Kuti, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Paul, and Gnarls Barkley. In February 2008 she released her second album, which combined the personal and the political to talk about the plight of the Niger Delta and the corruption in Nneka's homeland.

The Afro DZ ak All-Starz originated as the backing band for Boston-based MC/trumpet player Afro DZ ak, but has since evolved into a well-balanced collective of singers, MCs, and instrumentalists with a smooth, unique, funky style, blending original tunes with covers of artists such as Common, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, and Jill Scott.

Keppie Coutts revels in the new wave of folk fusion—acoustic-based song that steps inside jazz, soul, and quirky pop. 

Admission: 
$10

John Funkhouser Trio CD Release Concert

Wednesday / November 18, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert celebrates the release of the John Funkhouser Trio's new CD, Time. The acoustic trio, featuring Funkhouser on piano, plays progressive original jazz influenced by '70s funk and prog rock, among many other things.

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Canadian Brass

Sunday / December 20, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Canadian Brass

The virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet-now entering its 40th season-has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for baroque music, which requires the brilliance and musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass's trademark.

Their more than 80 recordings to date include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven, and Wagner—all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.

The Canadian Brass sprang from modest and highly experimental roots in Toronto, Ontario, in 1970. The brass quintet was not established as a serious concert ensemble at that time, and it proved an irresistible challenge to Gene and Chuck. Their imagination and consummate musicianship eventually elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.

Thanks to their pioneer status, the quintet developed a unique character and rapport with audiences that proved so successful that it has been emulated by many other ensembles. Canadian Brass master the gamut of concert presentations—from formal classical concerts to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. No matter what the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication and excellence.

The "fab five" spend most of their time on tour, and have performed with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. They have gained a large international following of their solo performances that offer a large variety of musical styles.

Having started with the very limited base of traditional works for brass, Canadian Brass set out to create their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 200 works; two of these have already become standard repertoire for brass quintets around the world, Quintet by Michael Kamen and Santa Barbara Sonata by Canadian composer/conductor Bramwell Tovey.  

They are not only presenting works in the classical repertoire but continue to take daring leaps into jazz, contemporary concert music and popular songs. This has been most recently exemplified by collaborations with young baritone Giles Tomkins on his classical-crossover debut And So It Goes, and the Brass's release High Society, a collection of early jazz favorites arranged for the group by Duke Ellington's legendary collaborator Luther Henderson. Most of this music is published by Hal Leonard. It is the inspiration and musical staple of students and brass ensembles in North America and Europe.

Millions of television viewers have seen the Canadian Brass on such shows as The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight. They have appeared as guest artists on Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills' Music Around the World, and numerous PBS specials. The quintet has also created eight videos that have gained an international audience and has just released a DVD that captures the group in performance over three decades, entitled Three Nights with Canadian Brass.

All members of the Canadian Brass are keenly interested in training the next generation of players. On their travels around the world, they often pause for master classes. The famous five are chamber quintet-in-residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Additionally, they have created an innovative brass summer course at the famous Eastman School of Music. They have been invited by the Canadian Government to play for visiting heads of states on numerous official occasions.

With four decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to fill concert halls and thrill audiences around the world, and they don't look like letting up anytime soon.

Admission: 
$50, $35, reserved seating

Blake Branch Jazz Composition Recital

Tuesday / December 1, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Blake Branch presents his jazz composition portfolio in this recital.

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