Berklee alumnus Kendrick Oliver, who first led a big band 15 years ago during his sophomore year, combines go-for-broke swing and orchestral punch with a dose of spiritual uplift as the bandleader of the New Life Jazz Orchestra. Read more about the series.
The Berklee Writing Division presents VGO: The Video Game Orchestra. As video games attract an ever-increasing audience, the accompanying music is generating a growing audience as well. VGO is the first and only student orchestra to showcase these interactive media compositions.
Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments.
Manami Morita was born in Saitama, Japan in 1984. She started to play the classical piano at 4 years old. At that time, she hated piano lessons because the classical piano didn't attract her. On the other hand, she loved to play just as she liked and felt. At the age of 13, she met jazz. Though she had never had a chance to study music as education, in 2004, she fortunately got a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music and decided to change her life (she thought of becoming an English teacher or a flight attendant) by coming to the United States. In 2006, she started her career at Berklee and to seach her own music based on jazz. In 2007, she was selected as one of the four featured pianists at Berklee and awarded Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. Also, in 2008, she was honorably selected as the year's representative of Jazz Composition Department at Berklee from its faculty members and awarded the Herb Pomeroy Award.
Featuring Justin Schornstein, the 2009 Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipient, this performance promises to lift your spirits. This annual concert features Danny Mo and some of his favorite students and faculty for a night of rhythm and groove. Bring your dancing shoes.
Friends of the Clarinet will present two major works for the clarinet: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, and Béla Bartók's Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano. Both works demonstrate the great maturity of the composers and explore new techniques for the clarinet with respect to tone-quality, meter, and rhythm. The performers include three Berklee faculty members—Peter Cokkinias, clarinet; Colin Belise, viola; Kari Juusela, cello; as well as Peter Krysa and Adele Ohki, violin; and Kanako Nishikawa, piano.
The CWP Student Concert writers showcase their dynamic songs and arrangements in a sizzling mix of new grooves. The concert features some of the best CWP students. Directed by Andrea Pejrolo, Dave Howard, and Bernardo Hernandez.
The bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding performs with her band. As Berklee President Roger H. Brown told Down Beat magazine, the faculty member and recent graduate "incorporates her voice with her instrument in a way in which neither is the accompanist." Learn more about this music series.