Four student bands will play and sing all acoustic music—first Mark Simos's Appalachian/old-time ensemble, followed by three bluegrass groups directed by Dave Hollender. The bluegrass bands will play traditional fiddle tunes, songs, and instrumentals by Norman Blake, Flatt & Scruggs, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, and the SteelDrivers.
Under the direction of faculty member John Pierce, this ensemble will play big band jazz featuring compositions by artists including Benny Carter, Thad Jones, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus, and arrangements by Bob Curnow, Bob Freedman, Sy Johnson, and Brian Lewis. Sections leaders include Maria Defreitas on alto, Matthew Joseph on trumpet, Patrick Kunka on drums, and Brian Paulding on trombone. The group includes students from all over the world, from places such as Australia, Scotland, Turkey and across the United States.
Igmar Thomas and the Cypher combine the sophistication of jazz with the culture of the new hip-hop generation. What sets them apart from other bands is their emphasis on improvisation—a common feature of both jazz and hip-hop. Though the songs are arranged to follow a certain form, Thomas encourages the musicians to bring their own inflections and independence to each piece.
Cedric Hanriot, a musician, composer, arranger, educator, and actor, played and toured with funk/acid jazz band Notorious, performing about 400 concerts throughout Europe and recording the album Funky Way of Life in 1998. After this great and intense experience, Hanriot went on to play and record with many projects as a leader and sideman/accompanist in musical styles as varied as jazz, salsa, funk, pop, electro, and groove.
$7 Adult G.A. Student Discount Available at Berklee Performance Center
Horace Silver’s music spans a spectrum of jazz genres from hard bop to serene ballads. Some compositions have complex harmonic material and others "down home" chords content. This student ensemble will perform Silver’s pieces under the direction of faculty trumpeter Paul Fontaine.