Concert

Juan Chavez

Thursday / July 17, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Born in Dallas, Texas, Juan Pablo Chavez began his musical studies as a violinist. He attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he studied classical, jazz, and Afro-Cuban performance and composition, and received many awards for his talents. At Berklee he is studying with violinist Rob Thomas (Mahavishnu Project, String Trio of New York). Chavez is widely recognized for his knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and has taught many classes and workshops, including the 2004 Afro-Cuban Strings Seminar in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to leading 10-piece Latin dance band Díle, he is currently working on his first album, Salsa for Strings, and is writing a book on contemporary Afro-Cuban violin.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Zili Misik

Thursday / June 26, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Zili Misik—led by Kera Washington and featuring Joanna Maria; Berklee student Hinako Sato; and alumnae Rajdulari, Krystal Johnson, Joy Roster, Lexi Havlin, and Jobeth Umali—creates music that bridges cultures, generations, and continents. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian, and West African rhythms infuse Zili's original and traditional folk songs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, jazz, roots reggae, samba, Cuban son, and neo-soul, Zili honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. Zili's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective, and positive, with lyrics that glide seamlessly from English to Creole to Portuguese to Spanish.

Admission: 
Free

Zach Hillyard Band

Thursday / August 7, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

The Zach Hillyard Band [ZHB]—vocalist/keyboardist Hillyard, bassist Wesley Cole, guitarist Niklas Karlsson, and drummer Francesco Basile—offers a unique blend of quality musicianship, songwriting, and danceable grooves. With an intermingling of pop, funk, soul, and r&b, ZHB has an appeal that stretches far and wide. The group recently won OurStage.com’s College Clash Competition, earning the title "Best College Band in New England" and a $5,000 grand prize, and took top honors in the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. ZHB has performed at clubs in Boston and New York, and toured southern California last year, where they recorded their debut album with producer Michael Woodrum. The CD has gained attention with national radio airplay, and the band is planning a nationwide tour for the summer of 2008.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Tantanakuy

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Tantanakuy is led by Argentinean composers Marcelo Woloski (percussion) and Andres Rotmistrofsky (bass), and features Italian vocalist Eleonora Bianchini. Their music blends Argentinean, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, and Uruguayan rhythms with jazz harmonies. The band's versatility has placed them in high demand on and off campus, where they have performed in numerous shows at the Berklee Performance Center, as well as at Cambridge’s Ryles and Regattabar nightclubs. Woloski's composition "Mundo Por Conocer" appeared on the 2007 Jazz Revelation Records release, The New Old School.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Sol Melodiq

Thursday / July 31, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Sol Melodiq aspires to create new sounds that touch, examine, and uplift the soul. Sol Melodiq is comprised of skilled musicians fluent in jazz, rock, hip-hop, funk, classic soul, and world music. The band was formed at Berklee with Stacey Wade (keyboard and organ for Al Green), James Richardson (keyboard and synthesizer), and Jamaal Moore (saxophone and percussion) making up the core of the band. Additional members include Berklee students Gabe Jones (drums/vocals), Clynton Cox (guitar/vocals), and Freddy DeBoe (tenor saxophone). The band plays bi-weekly shows at the Beehive, Good Life, Park Ave Lounge, and the Mission Bar & Grille, and recently performed at the Boston Urban Music Awards. Sol Melodiq is currently working on an album due out this fall.

Admission: 
Free Admission

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Thursday / July 10, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, six top scholarship students at the college, came to Berklee from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythm and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. The group was named this year's Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat, under the name La Timbistica, and recently performed as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival in Monterey, California. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro and include trumpeter Niv Toar, flutist Enrique Trinidad, pianist Abraham Olivo, bassist Juan Maldonado, and timbalero Marcos Lopez. They will headline the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston this summer, and also perform at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

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Maeve Gilchrist

Thursday / June 19, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Harpist Maeve Gilchrist was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began playing piano at 7 and soon picked up the clarsach (Celtic harp). Gilchrist studied at the Edinburgh Music School before winning a scholarship to attend Berklee. She has played and recorded with artists including Matt Glaser, Kathy Mattea, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Jamey Haddad, and has performed around the world. Gilchrist is currently performing with bassist Andres Rotmistrofsky and percussionist Marcelo Woloski, both of Argentina. Blending Scottish roots and jazz influences with Latin American rhythms, the trio creates a unique and multicultural sound.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Maeve Gilchrist

Thursday / June 19, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Harpist Maeve Gilchrist was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began playing piano at 7 and soon picked up the clarsach (Celtic harp). Gilchrist studied at the Edinburgh Music School before winning a scholarship to attend Berklee. She has played and recorded with artists including Matt Glaser, Kathy Mattea, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Jamey Haddad, and has performed around the world. Gilchrist is currently performing with bassist Andres Rotmistrofsky and percussionist Marcelo Woloski, both of Argentina. Blending Scottish roots and jazz influences with Latin American rhythms, the trio creates a unique and multicultural sound.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars

Saturday / September 20, 2008 / 5:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars. From left, Niv Toar, trumpet; Juan Maldonado, bass; Paulo Stagnaro, leader, congas; Marco Lopez, timbales; Abraham Olivo, piano; Enrique "Kalani" Trinidad, flute and saxophone.

Six top scholarship students at the pioneering Boston music college, the All-Stars came to Berklee from Puerto Rico, Israel, and the continental United States, and coalesced around their love for the polyrhythms and joyful precision of the Latin jazz form. Thanks to their tracks “Centro Havana,” “Puertorro,” and “Electrik,” they’ve been named the 2008 Best College Jazz Band in Down Beat magazine’s prestigious Student Music Awards, under the name La Timbistica.

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Tarulli & Lappin

Thursday / July 24, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty members Scott Tarulli and Don Lappin share the stage for a night of original, rock/fusion instrumental music.

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