Concert

Music from Holland

Tuesday / December 4, 2007 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Acoustic contemporary jazz featuring music composed by bass icon Dave Holland directed by faculty member Lello Molinari.

Quiet World: Contemporary Fusion Ensemble

Monday / December 3, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Original compositions written for 90-piece wind ensemble performed by seven players under the direction of faculty member Tiger Okoshi.

Big Band Concert

Tuesday / December 11, 2007 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This student big band, under the direction of faculty member John Pierce, will be performing classic big band material, including music from the Count Basie Orchestra and arrangements by Bill Holman, Bob Curnow, and Brian Lewis. Freshman vocalist Julia Easterlin will be featured on two selections, including a George Hargan arrangement of "Good Morning Heartache."

52nd Street Themes

Monday / December 10, 2007 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An advanced-level ensemble performing contemporary jazz standards under the direction of Joe Lovano.

21st-Century Themes

Monday / December 10, 2007 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An advanced-level ensemble performing contemporary jazz standards and original compositions under the direction of Joe Lovano.

Mark Whitfield Ensemble

Tuesday / December 4, 2007 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An advanced-level jazz ensemble performing classics, standards, and original compositions under the direction Mark Whitfield.

Divas, Urban, and Zawinul Ensembles

Monday / December 3, 2007 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Three talented ensembles led by professor Jetro da Silva will perform compositions written and recorded by Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Joe Zawinul, Donnie Hathaway, Anita Baker, Ledisi, Christine Michelle, Stevie Wonder, Brand New Heavies, and many others.

Canada Comes to Berklee

Wednesday / December 12, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The New Pornographers are AC Newman and a group of ridiculously talented people, uniquely equipped to realize his musical ambitions. The group formed in 1997, immediately recorded the classic "Letter From An Occupant," and it was on. Their four full-lengths (as well as Newman's 2004 solo debut) have received wild critical and public acclaim, and they continue to enjoy bigger (and taller and smarter) audiences. The band’s latest album, Challengers, continues along the lines of 2005's Twin Cinema, whose "relative melancholy makes it the band's best album yet" [Blender].  Dialing back the frantic pace, these are songs with dynamics and epic sweep. While it's still a "top-down summer power-pop classic" (or any variation thereof that the band's enjoyed over the last several years), this is something more personal, more lasting.

With his third album, ATLANTIS-Hymns for Disco, the Trinidad-born, Toronto-raised musician k-os has joined the ranks of such out-of-box visionaries as the Beastie Boys, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Kanye West, and OutKast. ATLANTIS is a sonic tour-de-force, encapsulating the best of old-school hip-hop, indie-rock, and soul, while presenting an artist with a unique and powerful voice all his own. The sonic dexterity shown on k-os's latest album isn't anything new. In just a few short years, the artist (whose name stands for "Knowledge of Self") has scored numerous accolades, including Canada's prestigious Juno, a Source hip-hop award, and a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with the Chemical Brothers. In Canada, he's already a multi-platinum artist. Throughout Europe, he's considered a groundbreaking MC, and in the U.S., he's quickly becoming a commercial and critical success.

Bill King is a multi-talented blues pianist, composer, and publisher whose recording and production credits include Liberty Silver; Bill King and the Jazz Report All-StarsFrom the Heart, a tribute to Oscar Peterson; and most recently, Bill King’s Saturday Nite Fish Fry’s Jump Shout Rock da House and Dirt Road Blues; The Rockit 88 Band’s Too Much Fun; and the King.Alleyne.Roth Trio’s It Might As Well Be Spring. These projects highlight King’s versatility as both a keyboardist and composer.

Berklee student performers—vocalists Alison Slaight, Rebecca Muir, Tara Kieth, and Ryan Shergold; and fiddler Ivonne Hernandez—will be directed by Rob Rose, associate vice president for special programs, and Ken Zambello, professor of ensembles.

These Go to 11: Christopher Guest Meets Berklee

Friday / November 30, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Writer, director, actor, composer, and musician Christopher Guest has explored the culture and comic possibilities of folk, rock, and musical theater in his films. This show—with Guest guesting on guitar and vocals—features Berklee students interpreting his music from Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind in surprising new ways. See the concert series homepage for more information.

The program will include Spinal Tap classics “Big Bottom,” “Stonehenge,” and “Hell Hole,” and favorites from Guest’s more recent films like “Nothing Ever Happens In Blaine” (Waiting for Guffman) and “A Mighty Wind,” with some of the material being performed in diverse styles, such as big band, swing, Latin, and Bossa Nova. Berklee faculty performers and arrangers include Jim Kelly, Jim Odgren, Bill Elliot, and Jon Aldrich.

Says Berklee president Roger Brown, “Talk to any rock, blues, or jazz musician and you are likely to find that they can quote This Is Spinal Tap chapter and verse. 'Turning it up to eleven,' harmonizing 'Heartbreak Hotel' at Graceland, or playing absolutely inappropriate music at a U.S. Air Force base capture the highs and lows of the musician’s life like no other film. Guest not only starred in the film, and others like Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind, he is also a very talented guitarist and mandolin player who wrote many of the hits from these seminal films.”
Christopher Guest has acted, written and composed for theater, radio, television and film. From the late 1960s until 1975 he worked as a stage actor in New York. Concurrently, he began writing for National Lampoon magazine and contributing to the National Lampoon Radio Hour, making five albums, three of which were nominated for Grammys, as well as cowriting and performing in the stage show Lemmings. His television credits include The TV Show (with Rob Reiner), The Chevy Chase SpecialThe Lily Tomlin Show, for which he received an Emmy Award, and Saturday Night Live as a writer, director and cast member.

Guest directed his first feature film in 1989, The Big Picture, starring Kevin Bacon, and went on to do Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman with Darryl Hannah (1992), Waiting for Guffman (1997), Almost Heroes (1998), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003)—for which he and Eugene Levy and Michael Mckean won a Grammy award—and For Your Consideration (2006).
 
Along with Harry Shearer and Micheal Mckean, Guest has toured the world with the band Spinal Tap as well as the Folksmen. At Carnegie Hall, the Folksmen actually opened for Spinal Tap, which was either meglomania in its purest form or merely overreaching.

The Afro-Pop Ensemble

Thursday / November 29, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Afro-Pop Ensemble, under the direction of faculty member Bob Pilkington, presents its end of the semester concert. They will feature music created by the ensemble as well as Richard Bona and others. The Afro-Pop Ensemble is about groove and communication. Their players are from all over the globe, including Africa, Asia, South and North America, and Europe.

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