Concert

Tais

Thursday / July 15, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Tais

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-year-old songwriter, composer, actress, and singer Tais Alvarenga is a Berklee film scoring graduate. Her biggest influences are Elis Regina, Sara Tavares, Chico Buarque, and Lenine and Richard Bona.

Alvarenga started working in a recording studio when she was just 10 years old. She has since worked as an actress, dancer, and second director, as well as a backing vocalist for famous Brazilian composers and singers Jair Rodrigues, Oswaldo Montenegro, and Nando Reis.

Admission: 
Free

Liz Longley

Thursday / August 26, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Liz Longley

Liz Longley's open approach to songwriting across several genres is not only why her music defies classification, it is also why music lovers seem so taken with her performances-they get to enjoy a little country, some acoustic pop, the blues, and even some jazz.

During the past year, Longley has received accolades and awards recognizing her as one of the finest new talents writing songs today. In 2010, she took the Overall Grand Prize, amongst 9,000 entries, in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA). Last summer she garnered three of the top honors on the acoustic music scene: 2009 cowinner of the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, finalist in the 2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition, and grand prize winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival's Songwriter Showcase. 

In addition to regularly sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor, Longley has opened for acclaimed artists Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Jesse Colin Young, and Jonathan Edwards.

Admission: 
Free

Tais

Thursday / July 15, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Tais

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-year-old songwriter, composer, actress, and singer Tais Alvarenga is a Berklee film scoring graduate. Her biggest influences are Elis Regina, Sara Tavares, Chico Buarque, and Lenine and Richard Bona.

Alvarenga started working in a recording studio when she was just 10 years old. She has since worked as an actress, dancer, and second director, as well as a backing vocalist for famous Brazilian composers and singers Jair Rodrigues, Oswaldo Montenegro, and Nando Reis.

Admission: 
Free

MGB

Wednesday / August 4, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
MGB

Noted for a unique soothing sound, catchy melodies, and unruffled stage presence, the Michael Greenberg Band is beginning to create a pregame buzz for audiences throughout the Northeast.

MGB brings a new twist to the traditional pop style, with inspirations ranging from rock to folk, jazz, and bossa nova, and has been praised for "awesome songwriting" and "brilliant acoustic guitar work." The band has opened for artists such as Ben Taylor, Keller Williams, Ryan Cabrera, and more. MGB's debut album Blue was released in January 2010.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at Harvard Medical School.

 

Admission: 
Free

MGB

Saturday / July 24, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
MGB

Noted for a soothing sound and catchy melodies, MGB is beginning to create a pre-game buzz for audiences through out the Northeast.

MGB has performed for many artists such as Tim Reynolds, Ben Taylor, Keller Williams, Disco Biscuits, Dispatch, Edwin Mcain, Josh Kelly, Blue Oyster Cult, Verve Pipe, Jeffrey Gaines, Livingston Taylor, the Breakfast, Jeff Timmons, Ryan Cabrera, and others.

MGB brings a new twist to the traditional pop style, with inspirations ranging from rock and folk to jazz and bossa nova. MGB released its debut album Blue, in January 2010.

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Italo Cunha Group

Monday / July 19, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Italo Cunha

Italo Cunha, a jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger, was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil. He comes from a musical family: His mother was a piano teacher and his aunt a classical pianist/teacher at the renowned Escola de Musica de Brasilia. Cunha started playing piano at the age of 4 and guitar when he was 9, studying with key figures in the Brazilian jazz scene such as Paulo André Tavares, Lula Galvão, and Nelson Faria. By the age of 12 he was performing at some of the major venues and festivals in Brazil. In 2007, he became the youngest person ever to receive a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute. He currently attends Berklee on a scholarship.

This concert is part of Courtyard Series: Berklee at the Regattabar.

 

Admission: 
Free

Italo Cunha Group

Sunday / July 18, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Italo Cunha

Italo Cunha, an 18-year-old jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger, was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil. He comes from a musical family: His mother was a piano teacher and his aunt a classical pianist/teacher at the renowned Escola de Musica de Brasilia. Cunha started playing piano at the age of 4 and guitar when he was 9, studying with key figures in the Brazilian jazz scene such as Paulo André Tavares, Lula Galvão, and Nelson Faria. By the age of 12 he was performing at some of the major venues and festivals in Brazil. 

During his high school years he received various prizes and honors, including first prize at Festbandas in 2004 and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima. Cunha was the youngest person ever to receive a degree in contemporary musical education from the Toque de Classe Institute, and was chosen by the Escola de Musica de Brasilia to play for the Minister of Education of Brazil.

Cunha currently attends Berklee on a scholarship. One of his original compositions appears on student-run Jazz Revelation Records's 2010 album.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Yuki Shibata Quartet

Sunday / August 1, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Yuki Shibata Quartet

Yuki Shibata is a jazz pianist and composer from Japan. She began to dance classical ballet at the age of 13, through which she became interested in classical and contemporary music and show tunes. At the age of 20, she started to play piano in a college big band in Tokyo. After graduating, she took private lessons for several years from Yuki Arimasa before entering Berklee and studying with Ed Bedner, Danilo Perez, Frank Carlberg, JoAnne Brackeen, Ray Santisi, David Santoro, and Hal Crook.

Admission: 
Free

Women of the World

Saturday / July 24, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Women of the World

Women of the World is an ensemble of exceptional women from every continent of the world. Hailing from the U.S., Pakistan, Japan, Zimbabwe, Italy, Greece, and Brazil, these seven singers and bandmates create rich tapestries of culture and sound as they perform both original and traditional songs. Based at Berklee, Women of the World plan to share their unique music and performance with broader audiences in the coming year.

 

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

Thursday / August 5, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Septet

The septet's members are in the inaugural class of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. World-renowned pianist Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. Members include Andrew Burglass, Greg Chaplin, Matthew Halpin, Christian Li, Hailey Niswanger, Paulo Stagnaro, and Mark Whitfield Jr.

Andrew Burglass is a guitarist from New Orleans. Originally inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Steve Vai, his musical world was blown up when he discovered jazz as a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Burglass graduated from NOCCA and Mandeville High School in 2008, and is currently attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship. Some of his career highlights include performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; the Park City Jazz Festival, in Utah; and the Jazz in Marciac Festival, in France.

Greg Chaplin, 19, is an acoustic bassist from Hopedale, Massachusetts. He has worked with Patti Austin, David Baker, Chris Botti, Billy Childs, Jimmy Cobb, James Moody, McCoy Tyner, and Phil Woods, to name a few, and has also been active on the festival circuit, performing at the Monterey, Newport, and Tri-C Jazz Festivals, and at the Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Center. In high school, he participated in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Combo, the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center, and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia Park. Chaplin has a deep commitment to public service and is a volunteer at several local charities.

Matthew Halpin is a tenor saxophonist from Dublin, Ireland, currently pursuing a degree in performance and jazz composition at Berklee. In 2009, he was one of only two international recipients of Berklee's full-ride Presidential Scholarship. He has played in many bands as a leader and as a member of renowned large ensembles like RTE National Concert Orchestra, the Dublin City Big Band, and the Riam Big Band. He was a headlining performer at the 2009 Sligo Jazz Project, a festival at which he'd been a student for the two previous years. Halpin has studied with George Garzone, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Branford Marsalis, and Jamie Oehlers. Before coming to Berklee, he studied classical music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Pianist Christian Li, 19, was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Horseheads, New York. The recipient of several Down BeatStudent Music Awards, he has performed with Geri Allen, Jack DeJohnette, Fred Hersch, Frank Morgan, Renee Rosnes, and Dave Santoro, among others. He was chosen for the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band in 2006, and for New York's All-State Instrumental Jazz Band in 2006 and 2007. Li has studied at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. He is currently attending Berklee on a full-tuition scholarship, where he is majoring in jazz composition and music synthesis, and taking private lessons with professor JoAnne Brackeen.

Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far past the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon, and well beyond her years. She has shared stages with Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, Red Holloway, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, James Moody, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Mark Whitfield, Phil Woods, and other jazz greats. Her 2009 debut album Confeddie has been covered in the Wall Street Journal,Jazz Times, and Jazziz, and was on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 chart for 11 consecutive weeks. Last year, Niswanger was selected as the new alto saxophonist in the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenón. Niswanger is currently attending Berklee on a full scholarship, where she is majoring in performance.

Boston native Paulo Stagnaro is a percussionist and composer who has performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Greg Hopkins, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Marcus Miller, Danilo Perez, Mark Turner, Diego Urcola, and others. In 2008, his band La Timbistica won the Down Beat Student Music Award. Stagnaro has played prominent festivals and venues across the globe, including both the Monterey and Newport  Jazz Festivals, IAJE, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Kimmel Center, and the Blue Note Jazz Club.

Mark Whitfield Jr. is a drummer from Brooklyn. He made his first concert appearance at age two as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and clarinet legend Alvin Batiste, at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University. At four, he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast, and he would continue to perform with his father throughout his early years. Whitfield has opened shows for the likes of Peter Cincotti and Chris Botti, and performed at the Newport, Duke Ellington, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He is currently on full scholarship at Berklee, where he studies with Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Ralph Peterson.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a unique focused area of study at the college designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines. Danilo Perez serves as its artistic director. For more information, visit: http://www.berklee.edu/focused/global-jazz

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

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