Concert

Elucidation Part #2: The Music of Pat Metheny Ensemble

Friday / December 7, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

All compositions by Pat Metheny in the jazz fusion style—a litle bit of Brazillian, African, and Afro-Cuban. The ensemble performs under the direction of faculty bassist Winston Maccow.

The ECM Ensemble

Friday / December 7, 2007 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This ensemble will present compositions by Chris Cheek, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, and Kenny Wheeler under the direction of faculty bassist Bruno Raberg.

Freedomland: The Berklee Yellowjackets Ensemble

Thursday / December 6, 2007 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A quintet will perform the music of the renowned group with four guest vocalists under the direction of faculty member David Weigert.

Salsa con Afinque

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

Bernardo Hernandez presents the salsa ensemble performing salsa and Afro-Cuban music in the tradition of Palmierie, Fania All-Stars, and Cachao.

Terri Lyne Carrington Berklee Ensemble

Wednesday / November 28, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Terri Lyne Carrington Berklee Ensemble has been one of the most sought-after ensemble classes at Berklee College of Music over the last two years. Performers: Dan Carpel, bass; Roy Guzman, guitar; Kyle Nasser, tenor; David Negrete, alto; Takeshi Ohbayashi, piano; Nick Sweet, trombone; and Mark Whitfield Jr., drums.

"The bands of Art Blakey and Betty Carter were institutions in themselves," says Carrington. "It is in this spirit that I try to teach classic and modern jazz repertoire to these young musicians. Freshman drummer Mark Whitfield Jr., son of jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield, is rich in jazz vocabulary and displays maturity far beyond his years. Definitely someone to watch out for."

Selections will include standards, original compositions by Carrington and the students, and pieces by some of the legendary artists Carrington has worked with, including Terence Blanchard, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, and Patrice Rushen. The group will perform in Boston at the Beehive as well on November 25.

Bass on Top: Ron Mahdi Jazz Group

Monday / November 26, 2007 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An exciting mix of jazz, blues, and other musics performed by faculty members Consuelo Candelaria, piano; Ron Mahdi, bass; and Ron Savage, drums.

Berklee String Orchestra with Dave Samuels

Monday / December 17, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee String Orchestra, under the direction of faculty cellist Eugene Friesen, presents an evening of traditional and contemporary music for strings featuring vibraphone soloist/Berklee faculty member Dave Samuels plus soloists from the ensemble.

The program will begin with "Circus," composed by Berklee composition student Javier Abad. Matthew Nicholl, chair of the Berklee Professional Writing Department, contributes a new arrangement of "Sacred Dance Suite" by Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartman, which will feature Bronwyn Bird on nyckelharpa.

Dave Samuels will be the soloist for the premiere of "Black Mountain Education," a concerto for strings, harp, and celeste by New England Conservatory composer Nicholas Urie. Samuels will also play on Gershwin’s "I Got Rhythm."

Also on the program will be "Skylife" by Turtle Island String Quartet founder David Balakrishnan and "O Mensch Bewein Dein Sunde Gross," a choral prelude by J. S. Bach.

Ornette & Beyond

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

The Berklee Ornette Coleman ensemble will perform Ornette's music and more with an outstanding band including two drummers, two vibraphonists, and two trombonists. Not quite the Ornette one's used to, eh? Come check it out!

No. Less Is Not More. More Is More.

Thursday / November 29, 2007 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Jon Finn and his progressive instrumental rock ensemble will perform a concert of mostly original material along with their own arrangements of others' compositions. Instrumentation includes three guitars, violin, cello, bass, and drums. The group emphasizes ensemble chemistry, precision arrangements, improvisation, creative expression, and fun!

In October 2007, this group performed at a benefit concert for Berklee student Justin Graceffa, who was seriously injured in August 2007. Their efforts helped raise over $30,000 to help with medical expenses.

Amiri Baraka: Blues People and the Soul of This Nation

Tuesday / November 20, 2007 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Cosponsored by the Liberal Arts Department. This event is not open to the public. Admission only with Berklee ID. See the Africana Studies homepage for more information.

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