Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, an 1992 Berklee alumnus, has frequently been listed in DownBeat's Critics Poll since 2003, and was named both No. 1 Rising Star Jazz Artist and No.1 Rising Star Alto Saxophonist in the 2010 poll. In 2011, he was voted the No. 1 Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the 59th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll. He will present a concert of his works with Berklee students.
Formed in 2006, Harlem Quartet is a string quartet that is composed of first-place laureates of the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players. In 2012, the quartet start touring in the U.S. and U.K. Harlem Quartet, along with Chick Corea and Gary Burton, recorded the album Hot House. The ensemble is set to continue its Hot House Tour in Japan in June 2014.
David Fiuczynski's FLAM! Pan-Asian MicroJam for J Dilla and Olivier Messiaen is the result of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. This composition incorporates microtonal birdsong-based melodies; J Dilla-inspired hip-hop beats; and traditional Chinese, Indian, and Turkish melodic and rhythmic elements. At the concert, audience members will see various birds on a video screen, hear their birdcalls, and listen as those sounds are interwoven into the music.