This annual concert showcases five outstanding student bass players leading their own groups and presenting an eclectic mix of music. Featured bass players are Justine Gardner, Steffie Willis, Claire Finley, Blake Bramch, and Auya Tsubery performing jazz-fusion, pop, rock, reggae, funk, and Latin styles.
Associate Professor Dennis Montgomery III leads Berklee’s Reverence Gospel Ensemble, OverJoyed, Women of Virtue, and Men of Valor in an evening of gospel music composed by Dennis Montgomery III, Rashad McPherson, L. Spencer Smith, Diedrick Haddon, and other prominent gospel composers. Prepare to say “Yes" as you come to be blessed.
This Miami-based group is known for their joyful performances of timba—an irresistable mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son— they are the true modern heirs to the musical tradition of their native Cuba.
Victor Wooten redefines the word musician. Regaled as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius, Wooten is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning supergroup Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.
This concert presents the cream of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department student writers in an exciting blend of funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz. These students are clearly defining the new groove with their sizzling mix of fresh beats, melodies, and rhymes. Dave Howard, associate professor, and Ron Reid, assistant professor, will direct the show. An all-star 12-piece student band will perform the stellar arrangements.
The award-winning and internationally known musicians of Triple Helix—violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider, and pianist Lois Shapiro—joined together in 1995. Subsequently, the ensemble has become known as one of the best piano trios on today’s musical landscape. In addition to presenting vibrant traditional concerts, the trio offers engaging musical explorations, informal lecture/recitals that bring audience members inside each piece to experience the work’s unique structure and inner life. As artists-in-residence at Wellesley, the musicians take such programs into a wide range of classrooms, thereby enhancing students’ grasp of the cultural and social aspects of the period or subject (even mathematics!) that they are exploring. Passionate advocates for new music, Triple Helix has premiered works by David Rakowski, Ross Bauer, Richard Cornell, Arlene Zallman, Andy Vores, James Bolle, and Chan Hae Lee; in 2000, the trio won a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America, which enabled Lee Hyla to compose "Amnesia Redux" for them.
Drummer David Rivera presents music from the Caribbean and Latin America featuring faculty members Eguie Castrillo, congas; Fernano Huergo, bass; Jeff Galindo, trombone; and Daniel Ian Smith, saxophones.