Concert

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

Saturday / December 8, 2007 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Presented by HT Productions. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds is truly an icon of popular music, with his contribution attributed to over 125 top 10 hits on pop and r&b charts. His first studio album release in two years, Playlist, is a collection of covers and original material. Tickets: $68, $54, $44, reserved seating.

The multi-instrumentalist's live show is a passionate and world-renowned concert that will feature selections from the upcoming album along with Babyface hits from the past. Opening for Babyface is AYO, a German-born artist, the offspring of a Nigerian father who had come to Germany to study in the 1970s (and sometimes worked as a DJ) and a mother who is a gypsy. Her rich cultural background is also reflected in her musical influences. She grew up amidst Pink Floyd and Fela Kuti, the Soul Children and Bob Marley, and many others. Tickets: $68, $54, $44, reserved seating.

Berklee Faculty Celebrate Latin Culture: Dedicated to the Memory of Natatcha Estébanez

Tuesday / November 6, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Latin faculty members and guests will perform music from several South American and Caribbean countries. The concert will also feature a tribute to the work and life of producer/writer/director Natatcha Estébanez.

Among the highlights of her career, Estébanez was the producer of La Plaza, a WGBH-TV series about Latino culture, for which she won four New England Emmy awards. She was also the producer of the movie The Blue Dinner, the series Postcards from Buster, and dozens of documentaries and cultural programs about the Latino communities.

Performers will include Leo Blanco, Jamey Haddad, Rick DiMuzio, Gilson Schachnik, Fernando Brandão, Bertram Lehman, Alex Alvear, Consuelo Candelaria, Victor Mendoza, Dave Samuels, Oscar Stagnaro, Mark Walker, Eugene Friesen, Mili Bermejo, Dan Greenspan, Alon Yavnai, Claudio Ragazzi, Rebecca Cline, Manolo, Ernesto Diaz, and Daryl Lowery.

Winds Day Concert: Berklee Rainbow Band

Monday / November 5, 2007 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Rainbow Big Band, directed by Phil Wilson, will feature special faculty guest soloists Frank Tiberi and Dino Govoni on saxophone and Ken Cervenka on trumpet.

The New World Ensemble

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

Dave Weigert presents the New World Ensemble, featuring student pianist/composer Miguel Tejada. This group is inspired by Tejada's unique approach of mixing jazz music with Caribbean, South American, Spanish, and African influences. Additional influences include not only the music but also the arts, history, folklore, and legends of the Americas, thus the name the New World Ensemble. Their goal in performing is "to bring the conscience of cultural diversity through our music."

Jonathan Davis of Korn: Unique Acoustic Performance

Monday / November 12, 2007 / 6:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jonathan Davis is the lead singer for the multiplatinum band Korn. The band’s first seven studio albums all went platinum; the latest album came out this summer, debuting at #2 on the Billboard charts. Shane Gibson '03 of Los Angeles, CA, is performing as lead guitarist. Tickets: $32, reserved seating.

Casa Mendoza/Oscar Feldman and the Tangoholics

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

Faculty member Victor Mendoza directs Casa Mendoza, featuring stellar rhythm from some of Berklee's top students. The group will perform Mendoza’s Latin jazz compositions with an appearance by faculty member Mark White.

Then visiting artist Oscar Feldman performs with his group the Tangoholics. The New York–based saxophonist and composer created quite an uproar at the end of the '90s with his impressive recording debut as a leader, El Angel. Known for his splendid tonalities and melodically outstanding charts, Feldman has performed and recorded with notables such as Alex Acuña, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Al Di Meola, Eumir Deodato, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, and Bebo Valdés.

Marimba Music from Guatemala

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

Ricardo Monzon, assistant professor of percussion, is a drummer, percussionist, and in-demand studio musician who has performed or recorded with the Boston Pops, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guatemala, Walter Beasley, and the Dan Moretti Epic Brass Quintet. He is also a member of the Brian Walkley Band, the Zaitchik Brothers, and Myanna, and played on tracks for the Mary Tyler Moore HBO special, SqueezeMontages on Copan, Mayan Passages, and other documentary films.

Sly and the Latin Bars

Tuesday / November 6, 2007 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In this concert/clinic, Sly and the Latin Bars present merengue music. Silvestre José de Moya Castillo (Sly) is a Berklee alumnus and native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His passion for music began at 3, and he quickly developed his percussion playing on his own.  As a young adult, Sly continued to perfect his abilities and technique, taking influence and inspiration from drummers like Dave Weckl, Stewart Copeland, Buddy Rich,  and others.  Sly performs with artists including Fernando Capeans, Ramon Alnos, Esar Simo, Track One, Claudio Piantini, and Nini Caffaro, and has appeared in over 800 live performances since 2002.

Concert with faculty saxophonist Dino Govoni

Monday / November 5, 2007 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Concert with faculty saxophonist Dino Govoni

Eva Eyllon

Saturday / November 3, 2007 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Diva of Afro Peruvian Music
Tickets: $37, $32, $28

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