Concert

Pete Huttlinger

Thursday / April 10, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Since his days of subway busking, Huttlinger has developed into a world-renowned guitarist. Even as a must-have sideman, he occupied some pretty choice real estate, including the Hollywood Bowl and London’s Royal Albert Hall with John Denver, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and stadiums around the world with numerous other pop and country superstars.

He has been a featured artist with the San Diego and Houston symphonies and is a favorite guest artist of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In 2000 Huttlinger won the title of National Fingerstyle Champion at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival.

In the past five years, Huttlinger has stepped into the solo spotlight. He has just released his latest CD, The Santa Rita Connection. This newest collection is hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed Naked Pop CD. Ten of the 13 tracks on The Santa Rita Connection are original compositions. “I’ve been writing tunes since I was 14 years old,” says Huttlinger. Naked Pop was a way to introduce my playing to people using tunes that they were familiar and comfortable with, thus setting the stage for a CD of my own tunes.” The Santa Rita Connection does however include some classic covers, such as the blinding version of George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” Huttlinger’s mind-boggling arrangement of Steve Wonder’s “Superstition,” and a beautiful adaptation of the timeless “Sunny.”

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Piano Department Student Concert

Monday / March 3, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dane Farnsworth is a sixth-semester piano/Hammond organ performance major. He grew up in Kennebunk, Maine, where his musical parents introduced him to several instruments at a young age. The day he was introduced to the Ray Charles tune “What’d I Say?” keys were the clear choice.  He immediately became obsessed with Ray Charles, learning the tunes, the piano style, and developing a feel for blues phrasing. He was forced to expand his range of styles when he got a full-time gig with an experienced G.B. band when he was 13. From that experience, he developed a feel for the Hammond B3, Rhodes, and Clav, and began listening to Billy Preston’s keyboard parts from other artists’ records. While many musicians would discover and turn toward jazz at this point, Farnsworth has found that soul, funk, and blues were always the styles that spoke to him. His latest influences have been Gene Harris, Soulive, Derek Trucks, and Larry Goldings.  

Thirty-year-old pianist, composer, and arranger Cedric Hanriot is a latecomer in the world of music. After earning his master’s degree in electronics at the age of 21, his life took an unexpected turn as he sat at the piano for the first time in his life. From then on, he has devoted most of his waking hours to music, surrendering to his overwhelming love for Jazz. Within less than nine years, Hanriot has built a résumé that most of his peers would crave. He has been awarded the prestigious French-American Fulbright Grant, the Sacem prize, Spedidam prize, band and soloist prizes at the St. Germain Jazz Festival, as well as the band prize at the Enghien Jazz Festival. He currently resides in Boston.

Jordan Seigel is a 19-year-old pianist and composer from Westlake Village, California. He began playing piano when he was five years old and started studying jazz with Tod Cooper when he was fourteen. Winner of Outstanding Soloist in the annual Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center, Seigel has played in the Playboy Jazz Festival as well as with his trio at the Jazz Bakery and Catalina Bar and Grill. Last summer, he was a member of the 2007 Disney All-American College Band. Seigel has been fortunate enough to study with Aaron Goldberg, Dena DeRose, Hal Crook, Russell Ferrante, Joanne Brackeen, and Danilo Perez.

Yujung Jung, a pianist/composer from Korea, first started learning piano at age of seven. After a classical background until the age of 18, she changed her musical style as she entered Dongduk University for a bachelor of commercial music. She had many experiences with recording sessions and gigs during this time. She mainly focused in funk for first four years while she was in school and also was chosen to play on the Korean Broadcasting Station for many years. She performed in a number of famous theaters in Korea and also participated in many well-known concerts, and she was invited to the U.S embassy for a performance. She had the chance to meet gospel artist Joe Pace and had the opportunity to play in gospel churches. She produced three albums for her own band. She entered Berklee spring 2008 in order to expand her musical ability and to develop her own musical color.

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Write of Spring: Jazz Composition Department Faculty Concert

Wednesday / February 27, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

As in past years, this concert features original works of Jazz Composition Department faculty Scott Free, Jeff Friedman, Richard Lowell, Jackson Schultz and Bill Scism. This year's concert will also feature invited faculty composers Winnie Dahlgren and Darrell Katz from the Harmony Department. Most of the performers in this concert have played in this series since its inception. Many are faculty, but we are pleased to have some of Berklee’s outstanding student players added to fill the few holes in the band. In the trumpet section we have Casey Brefka, Jeff Perry, Ken Pullig, and Brian Lewis. The sax section is comprised of Daniel Ian Smith and Arthur Felluca on alto, and Dino Govoni and Bob Patton on tenor, with Ben Whiting playing baritone. Playing trombone are Bob Pilkington, Dave Harris, Robynn Amy, and Jason Camelio. In the driving rhythm section we have Bruce Thomas on piano, Scott Free on guitar, Winnie Dahlgren playing the vibes, and Mark Poniatowski on bass, with Bob Tamagni playing drums and Ricardo Monzon on percussion. This is one of Berklee’s premier concerts, a not-to-be missed event.

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The Rite of Spring in the Dead of Winter

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

Piano Department faculty member Jennifer Elowsky-Fox performs the powerful and stirring "Sacrificial Dance" from Stravisnky's Rite of Spring. Other featured compositions include Marti Epstein's "Hot House," Poulenc's "Sonata for Flute and Piano," and Barber's "Violin Concerto." Guests include Berklee faculty Wendy Rolfe, flute, and Marti Epstein, piano; and students Andrei Matorin, Amanda Reeser, Seiko Tanaike, and Colin Standefer.

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Dig Deep: The Laszlo Gardony Trio

Monday / March 3, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The music of Dig Deep combines the sounds and grooves of gospel, funk, jazz, and rock, with shifting time signatures all within Gardony's highly personal harmonic world. The Laszlo Gardony Trio with John Lockwood on bass and Yoron Israel on drums has been together for six years. Their musical interplay remains exciting and perhaps on these new compositions, it has reached a new high.

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Hugh Masekela's Chissa All-Stars

Sunday / February 17, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

South African music legend Hugh Masekela and his seven-member band create supple grooves that blend Afro-beat, funk, and jazz. Masekela is no less than a worldwide superstar, and his trumpet has long been a call to freedom and a celebration of the resilience of his people. The Chissa All-Stars feature exciting South African performers, including Afro-pop diva Sibongile Khumalo, urban Zulu singer Busi Mholgo, young kwaito singer Corlea, and others.

Tickets: $37, $32, $28, reserved seating.
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Unplugged: John Repucci and Larry Baione

Thursday / February 14, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bass Department assistant chair John Repucci and Guitar Department chair Larry Baione perform jazz repertoire and original compositions for bass and acoustic archtop guitar duo.

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Marilyn Crispell

Tuesday / February 12, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where she studied classical piano and composition. She has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977, when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For 10 years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble. She has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser, and Joëlle Leandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was codirector of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz.

Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players on the American and international jazz scene. She's also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Niehaus, and Anthony Davis (including four performances of his opera X with the New York City Opera).

In addition to playing, she has taught improvisation workshops and given lecture/demonstrations at universities and art centers in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers, and poets.

Crispell has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grants (1988-1989, 1994-1995, and 2006-2007), a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission (1988-1989), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005-2006). In 1996 she was given an Outstanding Alumni Award by the New England Conservatory, and in 2004, was cited as being one of its 100 most outstanding alumni of the past 100 years.

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Heavy Rotation Records Eighth Annual Epic Event

Wednesday / February 6, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) presents its eighth annual Epic Event and Dorm Sessions Volume 5 CD release concert on Wednesday, February 6, at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert, a popular event that packs the venue every year, showcases artists featured on Dorm Sessions Vol. 5, the new compilation CD from HRR. The CD features an eclectic mix of rock, pop, indie pop, r&b, hip-hop, funk, and experimental music by Berklee students and alumni, including The Peasantry, Turkuaz, Kevin Ross, Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers, Christopher Barnes, Black Tea, With Engines, Rebel & the Truth, Honest Thomas, and Altered Tensions.

The HRR Epic Event and Dorm Sessions Vol. 5 release concert is $10, all ages, and begins at 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston. Please call 617 747-2261 or visit the Berklee Performance Center website for more information. Free copies of the CD will be given away at the concert.

Heavy Rotation Records was developed for Music Business/Management majors at Berklee to gain hands-on experience in running a record company. Under the guidance of faculty advisor Jeff Dorenfeld, former manager of the band Boston, the staff oversees all aspects of the label's functions, including A&R, marketing, sales, touring, web development, media, and accounting. Song selection for Dorm Sessions Vol. 5 was done last spring and summer. The A&R committee listened to the multitude of tracks submitted to the label, directly and through the Sonicbids website, ultimately choosing 10 artists to feature on the CD with two tracks each.

"We covered quite a bit of ground on this CD [musically]," says Dorenfeld. "What we look for in the submissions is strong material and a high-quality recording, since we don't do much re-recording."

Dorm Sessions Vol. 5 is the 10th HRR release since the label formed in 1995. Other releases include the all-female CD Shekinah: 13 Artists, distributed by Epic Records; and Apollo Sunshine's second album, co-released with spinART records. In addition to Apollo Sunshine, many up-and-coming artists have appeared on Dorms Sessions compilations, including Annie Clark (St. Vincent); The Click Five (then called Oscar Bravo); Big D & The Kids Table; Madi Diaz; and hip-hop artist Anjuli Stars.

Please visit the events section of the Berklee website for more information.

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Storytellers 2008

Tuesday / April 8, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Storytellers, now in its 11th year, features some of Berklee's finest singing and songwriting talent in an intimate concert setting under the direction of faculty vocalist Didi Stewart.

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