Darrell Katz will lead the 20-piece Jazz Composers Alliance Darrell Katz will lead the 20 piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra in a program including his improvisational cantata, "Wheelworks," due out on a Leo Records release Why Do You Ride, featuring vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton. Also on the bill will be a new composition honoring recently retired Berklee faculty member Phil Wilson, featuring faculty members Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin and Vessela Stoyanova on marimba. Katz and the JCA Orchestra have been presenting new music in the Boston area since 1985.
Faculty member Charles Arthur Lewis Jr. presents a concert of classical music performed by a brass octet. The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Benedetto Marcello, Wilhelm Ramsoe, and Frederic Chopin.
Fahrenheit 402 is Berklee’s collaborative contemporary ensemble. Members compose for the ensemble and explore published new music. This recital will feature premieres by Berklee student composers Linda Dallimore, Hannah Hoyt, Zoe Lustri, and Misaki Goto.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and Berklee alumnus Dawaun Parker ‘05 introduces Phil Beaudreau and his debut album, Ether. The pair’s first collaboration, “Lost,” garnered the attention of Dr. Dre, who, after hearing it, flew Beaudreau and Parker to Eminem’s studio in Detroit to work on new music. Says Beaudreau, “I never expected there to be any real interest this soon in the game. It’s incredibly encouraging to know that a legend like Dre cares about my work.” Beaudreau draws inspiration from the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Thom Yorke, and Kanye West.