Berklee faculty members Jeff Claassen, Ayn Inserto and Nicholas Urie come together to put an evening of new and exciting music together. In a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, as well as small chamber-sized groups taken from the ensemble, expect to hear some great new brass pieces by Claassen, Inserto’s venture into more colors, textures, and adaptations of pop songs, and Urie’s exploration of new sounds for big band. Overall, this will be a grooving, innovative, fun musical experience of new works.
The Winnie Dahlgren Project presents an evening of original music ranging from Latin jazz to funk fusion. Dahlgren’s compositions contain a contemporary harmonic universe filled with world influences and run the gamut from playful and energetic to sweet and endearing with thoughtful melodies.
Celebrating the release of its fourth CD of original music, the Funkhouser Group returns to David Friend Recital Hall, playing music from the new album. The epitome of progressive yet accessible jazz, the band showcases John Funkhouser’s rich compositions, which incorporate influences from Indian raga to classic rock, from Dave Brubeck to Frank Zappa. This concert will also includes a distinctive odd meter take on Thelonious Monk’s “Little Rootie Tootie” as well as a kaleidoscopic reinvention of the traditional folk-blues classic “House of the Rising Sun.” The Funkhouser Group's performances brim with unostentatious virtuosity and an empathetic warmth that’s irresistible.
The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is comprised of top-level high school jazz players in the U.S. Featuring award-winning instrumentalists and a vocalist in a jazz big band setting, the ensemble performs classic songs as well as the most cutting-edge contemporary pieces currently being written for jazz orchestras by the finest composers and arrangers.
Berklee community: Free in advance, $4 day-of concert; General public: $12
Charlie Puth is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter and producer from New Jersey. Puth is currently attending Berklee College of Music, majoring in music production and engineering. Puth has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show twice after his cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You” with Emily Luther went viral on YouTube. Puth currently has more than 40 million hits on YouTube. Watch Puth and Luther’s cover of “Someone Like You” here:
Singer-songwriter Taylor Berrett mixes heartfelt folk with R&B and pop. The Virginia-based songwriter cites influences such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Watch Berrett’s video for his song “Whole Heart” here:
Paul Brown and the Killing Devils present an evening of rock music that draws on influences from Rush and Van Halen to Monty Python and Debussy. The band is comprised of Paul Brown (vocals, guitar) Jake Patterson (guitar), Henry Wiggers (drums), and Jim Cady (bass). It has received airplay all over the world, drawn more than one million YouTube views, and released several albums, including Black Widow Tears, The Wizard’s Dawn, Red Spider, Greetings from the Palace, and When the Runner Flies.
Drunken Logic blends the raw energy of the rock and roll tradition with the thoughtful emotion of the indie movement. The result is a powerful rock sound that hints at influences such as Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Foo Fighters, and the Who.
Watch Drunken Logic perform “Something New to Burn” in the video below:
January Jane kicks off the night with a walloping dose of metal and power ballads.