Jazz at the Arsenal: The Winnie Dahlgren Sextet
Vibist/composer Winnie Dahlgren, associate professor in the Harmony Department, brings her sextet to the Black Box Theatre at the Arsenal Center for the Arts as part of the Berklee faculty series at the Arsenal.
A native of Denmark, Winnie Dahlgren started playing percussion at age fifteen. Two years later she began studying classical percussion at the Vestjysk Academy of Music, from which she received a B.M. in music education as well as a M.M. in Performance. In the middle of her classical studies at the conservatory she took two years off to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After going back and forth between Denmark and the United States for several years, she finally made Boston her home in the mid-'90s. As part of the faculty at Berklee, she divides her time between teaching, performing, and composing.
At the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Winnie Dahlgren will be bringing her sextet, for which she writes all the music. The sextet provides the listener with a distinct musical experience with delicate twists. Winnie's classical background showcases her musical technique as a performer, but her use and knowledge of Latin, world music, and jazz styles give her performances a modern quality. Her compositions contain a contemporary harmonic universe marked with Latin and world influences, and run the gamut of playful and energetic to sweet and endearing pieces with thoughtful melodies.