"I want students to be able to experience what it's actually going to be like in the real world versus just a classroom setting. I want their work to be able to used either as a portfolio or as professional work. Maybe if they've never done technology before, by the end of my class they'll be able to excel in that, or at least be able to get work in that field, because the most important thing, especially for Contemporary Writing and Production majors, is being able to be versatile, and being able to do several different things."
Virtuoso playing and delicate soundscapes define the music of U.S.-based Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist. The Ostinato Project originated as a concept for Gilchrist's first solo harp album, a recording intended to explore and celebrate the harp. The work is made up of several compositions and the occasional cover focusing on separating the voices of the harp and utilizing both of the harpist’s hands fully in order to create texture, color, and beauty.
Gilchrist spent seven years studying classical piano, pedal harp and clarsach (Celtic harp) at the City of Edinburgh Music School. Before receiving a full scholarship to attend Berklee, she performed at events such as the opening of the Scottish Parliament and the Celtic Connections Festival. Credited as an innovator on her native Celtic harp due to her uniquely chromatic way of using the instrument, Gilchrist has performed and recorded with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Kathy Mattea, Tony Trishka, Darol Anger (with whom she performs regularly), Vardan Ovsepian, and many more.
Based in Boston, she tours internationally and is an Adventure Music recording artist. She will be releasing her second record on the label in the spring of 2014. The first lever harpist to be employed as an instructor in Berklee’s Strings Department, she has written a folk harp method book, published by Hal Leonard Music. The Scotsman describes Gilchrist’s “original voice” as “both fascinating and absorbing in equal measure.”
Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution is a powerful six-piece band built on a foundation of rock-solid reggae groove with tight vocal harmonies and inspired blues-rock soloing. Joining reggae’s long mission of revolutionary consciousness-raising, the Liquid Revolution expresses the cry of alternative global thinking in this era of climate change and extreme economic injustice. Not only do Jenson’s insightful lyrics strike at the heart of these issues, but his tunes about joyful expressions of love, spirituality, and the lessons to be learned from simple stories of everyday life all offer a vision of a bright future.
Jenson is a multi-genre keyboardist, singer, arranger, composer, and gifted educator who is currently an assistant professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, where, among his other teaching duties, he is well known for his course, “The Music and Life of Bob Marley.” This year saw the release of the group’s groundbreaking debut album, Dragonfly Taxi, and the band will be performing selections from the album along with a full multimedia production including many visual effects and creative video augmentation.
“We want to make successful songwriters and successful musicians, but the soul of it is in the connection to others and the good it does in the world. Music makes communities stronger and it makes people soulful, which is what we want.”
A cappella quintet Vox One one celebrates its 25th anniversary since forming at Berklee as students. Voice and Ear Training faculty members Jodi Ainsworth, Tom Baskett, Yumiko Matsuoka, Paul Pampinella, and Paul Stiller will present a night of originals and eclectic arrangements of pop, jazz, folk, and rock music.
Faculty members Mike Williams and Dave Limina will perform a variety of blues tunes as part of Berklee’s annual Guitar Sessions week.
Limina is a piano and organ instructor as well as an experienced session keyboardist, composer, and arranger. He has performed with B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Steve Forbert, Martha Reeves, and Barrence Whitfield. Limina was also part of the national touring company of the hit musical Rent.
Williams has been active as a blues and jazz guitarist around New England since 1987. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada with his own band and as a member of Grammy-winner James Cotton’s blues band. He has also performed with many artists, including David “Fathead” Newman, Mighty Sam McClain, the Bruce Katz Band, Michelle Willson, and blues piano virtuoso David Maxwell.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission