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.
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.