Concert

Manami Morita and Randy Runyon

Friday / March 6, 2009 / 4:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Manami Morita

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.

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Free with museum admission

Danny Mo Jams for Wes Wehmiller Scholarship Recipient Justin Schornstein

Wednesday / March 11, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Danny Mo

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.

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Gospel Jazz with Dennis Montgomery and Friends

Thursday / March 12, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dennis Montgomery

Gospel jazz with Dennis Montgomery and friends. Read the press release.

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Friends of the Clarinet

Wednesday / February 18, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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.

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Shaping the New Groove: CWP Student Concert

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

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.

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Esperanza Spalding

Tuesday / February 17, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Esperanza Spalding

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.

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New Old Directions for Mandolin

Wednesday / February 11, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert will present both composed and improvised music for mandolin. Faculty mandolinist August Watters will play solo music in styles ranging from classical and contemporary compositions to bluegrass. The second half of the concert features Brazilian and jazz ensemble music.

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Daniel Meron

Monday / February 9, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This group has been working and performing in different settings since last year, and this concert is the first of several concerts coinciding with a planned new album. All compositions are by pianist Daniel Meron, an award-winning scholarship student. His music is a fusion of Jazz, contemporary, and Israeli music, and his tunes feature rich melodies and complex meter and rhythms.

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Bass Department Student Concert

Monday / February 23, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of assistant chair John Repucci, three bass students will lead their bands in an evening of original compositions, in a variety of styles from fusion to straight-ahead jazz and rock.

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William Lipman and Louis Stewart in Recital

Wednesday / February 25, 2009 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A classical concert featuring clarinet and piano in works by Bernstein, Debussy, and Berklee faculty member Dennis LeClair, and piano solo in works of Beethoven, Ravel, and Mussorgsky.

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