Concert

Berklee Canta en Español Showcase

Monday / November 16, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will feature artists who competed in Berklee Canta en Español, the Spanish-language songwriting contest sponsored by Berklee and SGAE. Performers include contest cowinner Joel Waldman, finalist Juliana Ronderos, and artists Tornsol and Pablo Latapi.

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Admission: 
Free Admission

Rickie Lee Jones

Sunday / December 6, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, has become an American classic—from her 1979 "Chuck E's in Love" to the latest CD Balm in Gilead.

Admission: 
$50, $38, $33 reserved seating

Harper Simon / The Spring Standards

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Harper Simon

Harper Simon is a gifted singer/songwriter and guitarist. Players on his brand-new debut include Nashville session greats, Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon, and his father Paul Simon. The Spring Standards are an energetic force of three-part harmony circling over rock 'n' roll with an old country aftertaste. Simon, was recently featured in the Boston Herald.

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

Taller de Musica Experimental

Thursday / November 5, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Experimental Music Workshop hails from Carabobo, Venezuela. Members include Enrique Lara, alto sax; Manuel Lara, drums; Pedro López, piano; Fernando Martínez, electric bass; Luis Natera, cuatro; José Muñoz, cumacos and voice; Martha Colmenares, macuayas; Félix Lara, maracas; and Guiro Ana Colmenares, manager. 

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Richard Saunders / Emily Elbert / Julia Easterlin

Friday / November 6, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Richard Saunders will perform with his all-star band, featuring what has been characterized as "some of the most amazing vocals and uber-sophisticated musicality."

Richard Saunders is an 18-year-old who survived the Connecticut suburbs making music too soulfulicious to be ignored. Claiming influences from Donny Hathaway to Ella Fitzgerald to Björk, his musical blend of jazz, pop, and hip-hop sounds like a young Michael Bublé who spent his first few years of high school in Harlem. He plays the piano and writes songs to sing with his band, Richard Saunders and the Too-Cool-for-Yous, which consists of Jewish drumming prodigy Jake/Yakov Goldbas, bassist Andrew Grandahl, and singers Andrew Flynn, Shenel Johns, and Stephanie McAllister.

Fresh off a northeast run with G Love and Special Sauce and a showcase spot at the Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Emily Elbert is quickly growing in the national spotlight. Her lifelong passion for music from around the world and distinctive combination of jazz, folk, soul, blues, and pop creates a sound that engages the hearts, minds, and ears of listeners around the globe. Elbert blends a hip musical perspective with an in-depth knowledge of classic songs to create unique vocal and guitar arrangements.

Also appearing: Julia Easterlin.

Admission: 
$10, general admission, student discounts available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Puerto Rico Conservatory meets Berklee College of Music

Tuesday / November 17, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

An exciting concert featuring students from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. The music will span from Pan-American, Latin and straight-ahead jazz.

With: Lalo Rojas (alto saxophone), Jahaziel Arrocha (tenor saxophone),
Felipe Fournier (vibraphone and percussion), Cristian Li (piano), Paulo Stagnaro (percussion), Alex Ayala (bass), and William Rodriguez (drums).

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Ryan Adams Tribute Band

Saturday / October 31, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

"We are here to help you sing your songs," said Ryan Adams, and here's the band to play them. Zac Taylor and his fellow musicians pay tribute to Ryan Adams on Halloween—but don't worry, they won’t scare the candy corn out of you.

Admission: 
Free

Las Americas Faculty Ensemble

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Rhythms of Latin American and the Caribbean. Baião, mambo, Calypso,Afro-Cuban, Afro-cha, Joropo, and tambor music from Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad, and Cuba. Original compositions and arrangements written by: Gilson Schachnick, Bertram Lehmann, Ron Reid, Brian Lewis, and Bernardo Hernandez.

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The Angel Mattos Quartet and the Latin Faculty Big Band

Wednesday / November 4, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Angel David Mattos, born in 1966 in Puerto Rico, began music lessons at a very early age. In 1984, he moved to the United States to continue advanced music studies and Mattos graduated in 1988 from the University of Illinois under the influence of musical maestro Tony Caramia. That same year, Mattos began his journey into the jazz limelight, acting as sideman and recording session man for renowned musical artists such as Dave Valentín, Alex Acuña, Bob Mintzer, John Benitez, Antonio Sánchez, Mike Stern, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Eddie Gómez, among many others. In 1999, Mattos presented his first musical production Preludio, followed by his critically acclaimed production Danzzaj, which combines Puerto Rican danza with jazz harmony. Danzzaj was recognized by musical authorities such as Latin Jazz Network and Latin Beat Magazine, and earned Best Latin Jazz Production Award 2004 by the Century Music Awards. In 2008 Mattos presented his recording Traditions, continuing his journey combining other traditional Puerto Rican Music such as plena, bomba, and aguinaldos with jazz. Among the artists invited to this recording were Oscar Stagnaro, Bob Mintzer, and Paquito D´Rivera. 

Mattos keeps a busy schedule performing with his Jazz Boricua group, dedicated to the fusion of jazz and Puerto Rican folkloric music, and other musical productions. He is professor of music at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and at Rexville Elementary School, where he conducts a jazz band composed of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. 

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Patricia Elena Vlieg

Tuesday / November 10, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Patricia Elena Vlieg's work is a combination of a variety of rhythms and styles rooted in the Latin American musical tradition, as well as elements of jazz and other genres. Her broad repertoire includes music in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, and Japanese, among others
 
Vlieg began her musical studies in Panama, her country of origin, and continued them at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded the degree of bachelor of music with a concentration in arrangement and performance. She also studied vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.
 
In 1991, Vlieg released her first recording, Esta noche ha nacido una estrella, featuring Christmas music. In 1996, together with her sister, Ana Lucía, she released Viviendo en mi sonrisa. In 2003, she recorded, again in company with her sister, the album Tus promesas, of original religious music focusing on the life and message of Jesus. In 2005, Patricia Elena released Origen, in which she blended various Latin American rhythms and elements of jazz in an homage to her cultural heritage, again revealing her versatility as a composer, arranger, and vocalist. This album won acclaim from, among others, Rubén Blades, who featured—and praised—her music on his website. At the end of 2007, she produced Llamados, her sister's first solo CD.
 
Vlieg has been consistently recognized and honored for her abilities from her college days, where she stood out among the most talented young performers and composers of our day. At Berklee, she received top awards in each of her areas of specialization (Quincy Jones, Professional Music Achievement, and Solo and Ensemble awards). Her musical virtuosity and high degree of professionalism have garnered her recognition from such varied institutions as the Panamanian Ministry of Education, Camara Junior International, Catholic Church, Professional and Business Women of Panama, Foundation for the Promotion of Women, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
 
Her music is rich and varied, deep and heartwarming. She has appeared in various venues in which she always exhibits the multicultural influences and elements that enrich her music: the Art and Soul Festival, organized by VSA Arts, which gathers artists from various parts of the world; the Panama Jazz Festival in 2006 and 2007; the Alma y Canción concert; and the Panamanian National Theater, among others. She has performed with renowned artist Lito Vitale and participated in projects together with important jazz musicians such as Oscar Stagnaro.

Vlieg gave life to a longstanding personal dream by creating America Multicolor, a program that covers music, songs, poetry, and dance, based on the various Latin American musical traditions. This show was presented last year in Panama, with the collaboration of many local and international artists, among them Oscar Stagnaro and Peruvian musician Manuel Miranda.

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