The Christian Li Group’s compositions are informed by the diverse backgrounds of band members Matthew Halpin (tenor saxophone), Christian Li (piano), Zach Brown (bass), Sergio Martinez (percussion), and Roberto Giaquinto (drums).
For this concert, several students enrolled in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will perform original compositions and improvisations based on works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and elsewhere. The concert is a final presentation of pieces that BGJI students have prepared during the dall 2012 semester in Creativity and Expression in the Arts, a class taught by liberal arts faculty member Anthony Scibilia, in conjunction with Danilo Perez, Marco Pignataro, and other Global Jazz Institute faculty members. The presentation will include musical performances by all of the students enrolled in the class (John Egizi, Zach Giberson, Jared Henderson, Hoo Kim Young, and Kabelo Witness Matlou, piano), and will be accompanied by projected images of the works of art on which the musical compositions are based.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is proud to present a new series called BGJI Masters Speak. Based on the Inside the Actors Studio format, acclaimed radio personality Steve Schwartz will host a series of live and interactive interviews with the BGJI faculty and artists in residence.
The members of Matthew Halpin's Earwax Control have all been part of the groundbreaking Berklee Global Jazz Institute. They will be performing new compositions by the members of the group, and collectively improvising to a series of projected animations and film clips.
Matthew Halpin's Earwax Control is comprised of:
Tenor saxophonist Matthew Halpin has performed at the Blue Note and Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Sligo Jazz Project, the Galway Jazz Festival, the Nancy Jazz Festival in France, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and the Berklee Performance Center.
Pianist Christian Li grew up in the town of Horseheads, New York. Largely self-taught in the jazz discipline until his college years, Li has won several DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop.
Currently bassist Jared Henderson is in his sixth semester at Berklee and studies with teachers Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, John Lockwood, Phil Wilson, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He is also becoming a well-established professional within the Boston music community, performing weekly at Wally’s Jazz Café and regularly at venues including Ryles, Club Passim, Scullers, and the Lily Pad. He has performed with artists including Dave Liebman, Terrell Stafford, Julian Lage, Jason Palmer, Christian Howess, and Justin Faulkner.
Drummer Roberto Giaquinto has performed at Blue Note NY, Detroit Jazz Festival, BeanTown Jazz Festival, Kimmel Center, Panama Jazz Festival, JEN New Orleans, Boston Music Awards, Regatta Bar, and Nancy Jazz Festival, among others, with musicians like Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, George Garzone, and many more. The most recent projects that Giaquinto has become involved in are a number of groups led by fellow Berklee alumni, such as the Matthew Halpin Quartet, Christian Li Group, Daniel Rotem Trio, and Mike Bono Group
Tickets information for the 7:30 p.m. concert can be found here.
Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava will perform original music from his record, Tribe. Rava is often credited as the musician that single-handedly brought Italian jazz to international attention. He has shared the stage with jazz legends such as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Cecil Taylor and Charlie Haden, among others. Rava's most recent efftorts, Rava On The Dance Floor (2012) and Tribe (2011), have garnered rave reviews, with All About Jazz calling Tribe "one of the strongest albums of Rava's career." Members of his quintet include trombonist Gianluca Petrella, pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra.
The concert will begin with a set by Umbria Jazz Scholarship winner Sarah McKenzie. The Berklee Global Jazz Institue (BGJI) student ensemble will then take the stage, joined by Grammy-winning bassist John Patitucci.
This event is organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the auspices of the president of Italy. Partners include Umbria Jazz, Regione Umbria, BGJI, and Professional Italians in Boston.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. Joe Lovano is one of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Faculty members.
Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Lovano was named Jazz Artist of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 by DownBeat magazine, and scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: Musician of the Year, Improviser of the Year, and Best Tenor Saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the Down Beat readers and critics polls as Tenor Player of the Year in 2000. Lovano attended Berklee in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctor of music degree from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001 he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department, known as the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, and Paul Motian.