Grammy Award–winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring.
Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz. Currently he serves as artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival, artistic advisor of the innovative Mellon Jazz Up Close series at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Pérez will be playing two shows, one at 8:00 p.m. and one at 10:00 p.m.
The John Funkhouser Trio, with Greg Loughman on bass and Mike Connors on drums, will be playing Funkhouser's compositions. Together for five years, the trio seamlessly weaves a tapestry of progressive modern jazz, influenced by funk, classical music, etc. Don't miss it!
The Winnie Dahlgren Group is playing original compositions from a contemporary harmonic universe marked with jazz, Latin, and world music influences. All music is written by faculty member Winnie Dahlgren. Pieces run the gamut of playful and energetic to sweet and endearing with thoughtful melodies. A special treat will be served at the concert!
Christiane Karam is the leader and founder of the award-winning ZilZALA Ensemble, which blends classical, traditional, and folk music from different regions of the Middle East and the Balkans with contemporary jazz. She has shared the stage with the likes of Yanka Rupkina, Simon Shaheen, the Assad Brothers, and Bobby McFerrin and was featured on PBS and VH1.
In addition to performing, Karam is an award-winning songwriter and an assistant professor in the Voice Department at Berklee. She is the founder and leader of Berklee's annual Middle Eastern Festival and actively continues her work of bringing awareness and positive social change through music and the arts.
In this clinic, Karam and her ensemble will demonstrate various concepts of Middle Eastern fusion, including maqam theory, modal harmony, and complex rhythmic cycles and polyrhythmic ideas.
The Jeff Covell Trio performed on Berklee stages and at the Willow Jazz Club in the '80s and '90s and recorded No Hands in 1991. The trio has been rehearsing and recording for the past year playing both Jeff's original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. The group consists of (from left to right) Steve Turner on drums, Jeff Covell on piano, and Rich Appleman on bass.
To wrap up the weeklong, flagship string education program, luminary violinist/fiddler Mark O’Connor will take the stage for a capstone performance, joined by both world-class visiting faculty members and Berklee String Department faculty, including Martin Hayes, Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Angella Ahn, and many more. Extending the Summer String Program’s unique educational mission beyond the confines of the classroom, this concert is made accessible to the public at just $10 per ticket. Local string teachers and students are especially welcome to attend.