Concert

Choro Democratico / La Timbistica

Tuesday / November 4, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Boston's own Choro Democrático is a seven-piece instrumental ensemble that performs choros, maxixes, and other Brazilian musical styles. Choro Democrático includes Luciana Araripe, mandolin; Adam Bahrami, cavaquinho; faculty flutist Fernando Brandão; Jason Davis, seven-string guitar; Keita Ogawa, pandeiro and percussion; and Tom Rohde, six-string guitar. Special guest: Evan Harlan, accordion.

Choro (pronounced 'shoh-roh) and maxixe ('mah-shee-sheh) were two of the first musical styles to evolve as truly and authentically Brazilian. Choro and maxixe originated in the late 1800s in Rio de Janeiro through the melding of Europeans dance forms (like the polka and waltz) and African lundus.

In its 130 years, choro has gone through many phases, but like jazz, it has never died. Today, it is one of the most important and rich genres for musicians learning the vocabulary of Brazilian instrumental music, and experienced a particularly strong and fertile period in the last 15 years.

The traditional choro ensemble is formed of one or more solo instruments (flute, mandolin, clarinet and saxophone being the most common), the cavaquinho (four-string soprano guitar), one or more guitars, and pandeiro (tambourine). The cavaquinho plays harmony and rhythm. The guitar also plays harmony, but central to its role are improvised bass lines that create counterpoint to the main melody. These bass lines are played by a six- or seven-string guitar; the latter is a typical instrument in the ensemble and takes the place of an acoustic bass. The pandeiro plays syncopated rhythmic patterns.

La Timbistica (the Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars), a sextet and 11-piece powerhouse salsa band, started with six top scholarship students at the college from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythms and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat and was featured at the Monterey and Duke Ellington jazz festivals and the Berklee in Valencia project. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include timbalero Marcos Lopez, bassist Juan Maldonado, pianist Abraham Olivo, trumpeter Niv Toar, and flutist Enrique Trinidad.

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City Beats from the Southern Cone / Ragazzi-Michelin

Monday / November 3, 2008 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Peter Alhadeff will perform Piazzolla tango duets for violin and guitar and other South American music. Then faculty pianist Nando Michelin and guitarist Claudo Ragazzi will perform original jazz based on South American rhythms as well as music by Astor Piazzolla, Guinga, Egberto Gismonti, and others.

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Maggie Scott Trio Live

Monday / November 3, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

Berklee College of Music and the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown partner for Berklee Jazz, a new collaboration featuring performances in a wide variety of jazz styles by some of Berklee's world-renowned faculty. These concerts are presented in the intimate, club-like setting of the Black Box Theater. The series continues with the Maggie Scott Trio performing the music of the American Songbook.

To learn more about this concert and Maggie Scott, visit the news section of our website.

Admission: 
$15, $10 for students

An Evening with Joan Baez

Saturday / November 1, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

American folk singer, social activist, and goodwill ambassador Joan Baez, whose career has spanned four decades, has become on of the foundations in the junction between traditional folk music and political activism. She has earned seven gold records and continues to raise the bar on the standards of contemporary folk music and its near-first-cousin pop, country, and rock.

Admission: 
$50, $40, reserved seating

An Evening with Joan Baez

Sunday / November 2, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

American folk singer, social activist, and goodwill ambassador Joan Baez, whose career has spanned four decades, has become on of the foundations in the junction between traditional folk music and political activism. She has earned seven gold records and continues to raise the bar on the standards of contemporary folk music and its near-first-cousin pop, country, and rock.

Admission: 
$50, $40, reserved seating

Archives of Gospel

Monday / December 1, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee gospel groups Men of Valor, Women of Virtue, Overjoyed, and the Reverence Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of faculty member Dennis Montgomery III, present an evening of gospel music "Reviving the Past." Songs to be performed are from composers such as Twinkie Clark, Richard Smallwood, Walter Hawkins, Kurt Karr, Hezekiah Walker, and Mattie Moss Clark. The concert will also feature two student conductors, Michael Bradley and Rashad McPherson.

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Aloud: I Just Want to Witness

Tuesday / November 18, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Aloud: I Just Want to Witness

Rock 'n' rollers Aloud are proud to announce their multimedia stage show debut, I Just Want to Witness, premiering at Berklee College of Music’s first-class new venue Cafe 939. I Just Want to Witness is a live production that re-imagines Aloud’s new CD Fan the Fury. The show is currently being developed by Aloud and young filmmaker Johnathan Carr.

The CD Fan the Fury was released on the band’s own Lemon Merchant Records label in March of this year. The album is a dynamic collection of rock songs, an emotionally charged dichotomy of passionate rebellion and contemplative acceptance, with a common thread running through all 13 tracks. For Aloud, I Just Want to Witness is an opportunity to increase the visceral value of Fan the Fury. The collaborators are embellishing on the CD’s themes of struggle, perseverance, injustice, and love by pairing live performance of the CD with video projections and theatrical lighting.

Johnathan Carr, a recent Emerson graduate, is designing and overseeing the creation of projected video for the piece, and is excited to have Boston-based animator Timothy Scholl and NYC-based filmmaker Erin Bowser on his team. Carr is exploiting the dynamic nature of this seemingly simple rock album with his team's dramatic visualizations.

I Just Want to Witness is Aloud’s first-ever live show collaboration, and the up-and-coming rock outfit hopes to tour the work to black-box theatres and performance art venues around the U.S. in 2009.

For more information, visit: www.allthingsALOUD.com/witness.

Admission: 
$12, general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Edmar Castañeda Trio / Las Americas Faculty Big Band Featuring Diego Urcola

Monday / November 10, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Las Americas Faculty Big Band, conducted by Bernardo Hernández, will perform music from various Latin American countries, including Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Compositions and arrangements by Diego Urcola (alumnus), Victor Mendoza (faculty), Oscar Stagnaro (faculty), Leo Blanco (faculty), Bernardo Hernández (faculty), and Tito Puente. Produced by Rebecca Cline, Oscar Stagnaro, and Bernardo Hernandez.

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Student Ensembles: Latin Music Showcase

Wednesday / November 5, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Three Latin ensembles will perform as part of Berklee's Latin Culture Celebration: Latin Recording Ensemble and Berklee Salsa Ensemble under the direction of Bernardo Hernandez and the South American Music Ensemble under the direction of Leo Blanco.

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Devin Collins Idiolect presents The Numerology Suite / Ruby BC and the Band

Wednesday / November 5, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer Devin Collins performs original compositions and free improvisations with his band including Greg Albert, bass; Tom Dowd, guitar; and Jeremy Vovosko, alto sax.

After that, pianist Ruby Biloskirka-Conley will lead an eight-piece band of Berklee's finest young musicians performing jazz funk fusion repertoire from Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, and Randy Brecker.

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