Concert

Five-Week Vocal Night

Monday / August 9, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Five-Week Summer Performance Program will feature performances by the Music Theater Workshop and Ensemble, the Five-Week Chorus, World Music Ensemble, and Singers Showcase.

Christiane Karam: World Music (FWEN-010-189)

Lucy Holstedt: Chorus (FWEL-024)

Alisa Miles, Sherry Young, Jerri Sykes: Musical Theater Workshop (FWEL-028) and Musical Theater Ensemble (FWMT-010 )

Ken Zambello: 5-Week Singer Showcase

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SYSTEM 5 Ensemble Performance

Sunday / August 8, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

City Music Ensemble performance led by George Russell Jr.

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Ensembles Week: Jazz, Neo-Soul

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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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