Concert

Advanced Stage Performance Technique

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Advanced Stage Performance offers young artists the opportunity to perform material by legendary artists like Jarreau, Wonder, and Pink, and offers the Berklee community some new original compositions destined to become all-time American classics.

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Victor Mendoza at the Arsenal Center for the Arts

Monday / December 1, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Victor Mendoza

The Victor Mendoza Quartet, featuring the virtuoso vibraphonist, closes the first season in the intimate, club-like setting of the Black Box Theater. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street in Watertown. Free parking is available, and the venue is handicapped accessible. Rounding out the Victor Mendoza Quartet will be Rafael Alcalá on piano, Fernando Huergo on bass, and Mark Walker on drums.

Mendoza's recordings and performances with his own group, as well as with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Claudio Roditi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, and Antonio Sánchez, have earned him the respect of critics and jazz fans around the globe. The Smithsonian Institute has included Black Bean Blues in “Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination,” its first major exhibition about this genre.

Admission: 
$15, $10 for students

Silvina Moreno and Friends

Monday / July 13, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Vocalist Silvina Moreno will perform with very talented musicians, showcasing a number of original songs and covers. Styles include Latin American rock/pop, blues, tango, and other mixed genres.

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The Music of Ornette Coleman Ensemble

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Ornette Coleman Ensemble directed by Jeffrey Galindo.

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Creating Art through Music

Wednesday / December 3, 2008 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of Larry Watson, some of the most promising and talented musicians at Berklee College of Music explore the process of transitioning from just playing music to actually creating art on stage. These young artists will perform some of the most challenging musical compositions that have characterized the best rock, pop and soul music over the last thirty years. They will recreate the excitement of artists like Kenny Loggins, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Hall and Oates, Anne Murray, Valerie Simpson, and Stevie Wonder, as well as introduce audiences to new original compositions.

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Berklee Marimba Concert

Friday / November 21, 2008 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This semesterly concert features three of Berklee’s marimba groups, the Berklee Marimba Ensemble 1 and 2, and the Berklee Marimba in Mixed Chamber Music Ensemble. The many members of the Berklee Percussion Department will showcase an eclectic array of works and composers/arrangers. Works by Pachelbel, Ieraci, Kalliwoda, Molenhof, Westlake, and Andrew Thomas will be featured, under the direction of Nancy Zeltsman and Dean Anderson.

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The Berklee ECM Ensemble

Friday / December 5, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This ensemble will feature works by Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Miguel Zenon, Chris Speed, and Kenny Wheeler under the direction of faculty bassist Bruno Raberg.

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The Dear Hunter / 3

Saturday / December 13, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Dear Hunter is a self-dubbed "indie," now full-time project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore band the Receiving End of Sirens. The band's sound is not unlike that of Sirens, but with more alternative and progressive rock tendencies and a wider variety of instrumentation.

Crescenzo has announced that they are currently working on nine albums inspired by the colors of the visible spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), with black and white added as bookends. The albums will include many guest appearances and span many different genres of music.

3 is a band apart. Dark yet uplifting, spiritual without any connection to religion—its sound transcends the genre conformity of modern pop culture. Rapid-fire acoustic guitar infused with dynamic percussion, animated drumming, and thunderous bass culminate in a listening experience that is at once accessible and unique. Polyrhythms pulse within a symphony of driving metal guitars and melodic vocal acrobatics. 3 offers musicality without pretension.

Admission: 
General admission, $13 advance, $15 day of show

The Dear Hunter / Person L.

Thursday / December 11, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Dear Hunter is a self-dubbed "indie," now full-time project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore band the Receiving End of Sirens. The band's sound is not unlike that of Sirens, but with more alternative and progressive rock tendencies and a wider variety of instrumentation.

Crescenzo has announced that they are currently working on nine albums inspired by the colors of the visible spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), with black and white added as bookends. The albums will include many guest appearances and span many different genres of music.

Person L is the brainchild of the incomparable Kenneth Vasoli. Vasoli, 23, has spent the better part of the past decade building quite a name for himself as the singer and songwriter of the Starting Line. Despite a career that most would view as a stunning success—over 700,000 records sold worldwide, sold-out tours spanning four continents, major-label backing—Vasoli was simply not fulfilled in the melodic punk world that his band helped establish. He became enthralled by different musical genres, building an eclectic horizon that slowly brought him to the realization that it was time for him to leave all he had known and make a change.

Admission: 
General admission, $13 advance, $15 day of show

Richard Saunders's Urban Appeal / Julia Easterlin

Friday / December 12, 2008 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Richard Saunders and the Too-Cool-for-Yous

Richard Saunders is an eighteen-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, Zwe Bell Le Pere, and back-up singers Wayne Paul, Shenel Johns, and Kimberly Mayo.

In a short amount of time, Richard has conquered every jazz vocal award that exists for a human of his age. He’s been a part of the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Choir in 2007 and 2008, along with being the first vocalist ever selected to sing with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra in 2008. He won the silver award in jazz voice at the NFAA youngARTS week in 2008, and is one of 20 high school students selected by the U.S. Department of Education to be a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. These opportunities have allowed him to sing in venues such as the Kennedy Center, North Sea, and Monterey Jazz festivals.

Having mastered the fine art of scatting, he pushes that all aside and gets down to business. His no-nonsense approach to harmony and lyrics allow him to soulfully speak his mind about the destitution and weirdness of living in the suburbs. No doubt, this Berklee Songwriting Contest and Young Guns 2008 National Battle of the Bands award-winning group of musicians will have much to say as they travel up to the city of Boston this year.

Julia Easterlin may be one of the few young artists that can credit Yoko Ono for opening a major door in her artistic journey. At the age of 15, Julia was chosen to spend a day on the John Lennon Tour Bus, a mobile studio and brainchild of Yoko Ono. After Julia served as the lyricist and singer for the day, the studio engineers gave Julia's parents a life-changing command: "Mortgage your house, do anything you can to get her out there, but get her out there!"

Their first step was to enroll her in the summer program at Berklee College of Music, where she quickly won a spot in the Summer Singer/Songwriter's Showcase and also began her first foray into jazz. Julia recieved a scholarship to return the following summer and a suggestion to audtion for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble. "I had no formal training and Augusta, Georgia is not exactly a jazz town, but I studied the genre and trusted my instincts, and just before Christmas, I got my acceptance letter."
Julia travled to Los Angeles, spending 10 days performing with jazz greats such as Oscar Petersen, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Kurt Elling. It was a trip she would repeat in 2007 as she was again selected to be the lead soprano for the group.

Since that time, Julia has followed the urgings of the John Lennon crew, finding success at every turn. In 2007, she had a merit placement in Pop Vocals in the NFAA Student Competition. In 2008, she was selected as a finalist in Jazz Vocals. Down Beat Magazine also named her one of the country's top student jazz vocalists in their yearly student awards.
Julia currently attends Berklee College of Music, balancing her academic pursuits with a performing career. She has recorded two albums, Calling Out, a compilation of original songs; and Why Can't You Behave, a jazz CD with pianist Yuma Sung. Her music is available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

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