Concert

Hip-Hop Ensemble

Tuesday / December 2, 2008 / 1:20 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hip-Hop Ensemble directed by Deantoni Parks.

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Hip-Hop Drum 'n' Bass

Monday / December 1, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hip-Hop Drum 'n' Bass directed by Darren Barrett.

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P-Funk Ensemble

Monday / December 1, 2008 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

P-Funk Ensemble directed by Lennie Stallworth.

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Diva's Ensemble

Monday / December 1, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Diva's Ensemble directed by Jetro DaSilva.

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Guitar Night: Jazz and Blues 2008

Wednesday / November 19, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Guitar Department faculty Curt Shumate and Garrison Fewell host the department's Guitar Night concert at the Berklee Performance Center. The evening will feature five student-led ensembles featuring the best jazz and blues guitarists at the college, including Roy Guzman, Christian Hernandez, Jani Moder, Charalampos Tryopoulos, and Ville Vokkolainen.

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Mendoza Vibe

Wednesday / November 19, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Victor Mendoza has put together an international cast of Berklee alumni Javier Flores, Marco Pignataro, Rafael Alcalá, and Matt Marvuglio with a very special appearance by jazz great Eddie Gómez (Bill Evans, Steps Ahead, Miles Davis, etc.) The program features original and standard jazz and Latin jazz repertoire.

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Marco Benevento / Marc Friedman / Josh Raymer with Nathan Moore

Wednesday / November 12, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Marco Benevento Trio

Marco Benevento is one half of the Benevento/Russo Duo, an instrumental indie rock, post-jazz, experimental band that he formed with drummer Joe Russo.

Marc Friedman is an electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist and composer. He tours internationally and has recorded seven full-length albums with Boston based avant-rock power trio The Slip (formed ca. 1995). Friedman arranges, produces, and writes the band's material along with the other two members, Andrew and Brad Barr. His bass playing with The Slip has been regarded by most as widely influential and purely creative. Technical prowess with mature restraint and acute improvisational skills are some of Friedman's best-known musical traits.

Also appearing: Joshua Raymer with Nathan Moore.

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$15 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

CANCELED: Braddigan (of Dispatch) / Dopapod

Friday / November 7, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

CANCELED: Braddigan (of Dispatch) performs with his band and presents a film vignette from Love Light & Melody's (lovelightandmelody.org) new unreleased documentary Day of Light. Berklee favorite Dopapod supports.

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$15 general admission

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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