Faculty guitarist Don Lappin will be performing a set of guitar-oriented instrumental rock songs from his latest CD, Tapped In. Since 1997, Lappin has been an in-demand guitar professor at Berklee. He has performed with Michael Sweet, Jonathan Mover, Steve Hunt, Chad Wackerman, Joe Santerre, Guthrie Govan, and many others.
Scott Tarulli will be featuring songs from his new album, Anytime, Anywhere. The album presents Tarulli's signature style: a mix of interesting harmonies and grooves influenced by a wide range of funk, rock, blues, and jazz. Tarulli's bandmates include Mark Egan on bass (Egan has recorded with Pat Metheny, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltrey, and Joan Osborne, among others), Jerry Marotta on drums (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, and Carly Simon), and Rusty Hughes on keyboard.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from scrap wood, strings made out of electrical cords and a five-liter can of oil.
Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Mbie began to play in a number of local bands and wanted to combine styles, incorporating diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds.
While studying music education and performance at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about Berklee and soon afterward became one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program in 2009.
At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), which is directed by Danilo Pérez and has a roster of teachers that includes Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. BGJI fosters a musician's artistic vision, and has helped Mbie find his own unique voice in the art form.
Mbie still felt the absence of his Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke, two of the most prominent African musicians in the United States, he began to bridge that gap.
Today, Mbie's music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-jazz" sound.
His original composition "Mozambique Dance" was released by Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run record label at Berklee, in 2011. He recorded another original, "Awusiwana," for the Berklee 2012 Summer in the City disc. His debut album, also called Mozambique Dance, is to be released in Spring 2013.
Mbie is an active musician, and has performed in several countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico. He has also produced and recorded various projects in Mozambique and in the United States. He graduated from Berklee in 2012 with a dual degree in performance and music production and engineering, and a minor in acoustics.
Toyko-born Yuto Kanazawa moved to New York City in early 2013 to support the release of his debut album Earthwards, which features an international band.
After graduating from Berklee, guitarist Kanazawa formed his contemporary jazz band, featuring saxophonist Mario Castro from Puerto Rico, clarinetist Felix Peikli from Norway, upright bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere from South Africa, and drummer Jonathan Pinson from California
With his new quartet, the guitarist Eduardo Mercuri explores his personal approach to modern Brazilian music. Along side with Gustavo D’Amico on saxophone, Do-Young Kim on bass, and Juan Alejandro Saenz on drums, Mercuri mixes jazz textures with contemporary Brazilian music, bringing a new and fresh sound to both genres. Regardless of its short existence, the group is already signed with Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records and has performed at the Berklee Performance Center and other venues around the Boston area.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta grew up surrounded by music. Her first steps came along with the guitar and the singing of traditional Argentinean folk. From a very young age she admired and absorbed the South American sounds, and this is what her original compositions and songs present: a musical journey that blends her roots with more contemporary styles and instruments.
With his new quintet, guitarist Eduardo Mercuri explores his personal approach to modern Brazilian music. Alongside Gustavo D’Amico on saxophone, Paul Sanchez on trumpet, Do-Young Kim on bass, and Juan Alejandro Saenz on drums, Mercuri mixes jazz textures with contemporary Brazilian music, bringing a new and fresh sound to both genres. Regardless of its short existence, the group is already signed with Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records and has performed at the Berklee Performance Center and other venues around the Boston area.
Selina Elsie is an artist who uses all forms of art to promote positivity to the community. In 2011 she flew out to My Wild Horse Preserve in New Mexico, with a deep desire and commitment to making sure that part of life never dies. WIth a mission and destiny engrained in her soul, Elsie follows her passion and voice wherever it leads her. She plans to raise funds for a return trip to the preserve, to properly document the beauty of horses running free through the mountains. Elsie has been in and out of the studio recording her debut EP for the last few months, and is trying to coordinate the release with organizations whose morals are aligned with hers.
Balam Garcia is a composer, arranger, producer, bassist, and guitarist from Los Angeles. He has worked with many different artists and musicians including Herbie Hancock, Seidah Garrett, Patti Austin and many more. He is currently producing his own music as well as the music of Byron Noemdoe. Balam fuses the sounds and rhythms of various styles, ranging from jazz and classical, to funk, R&B, and rock. The result is an eclectic blend of psychedelic vibrations dedicated to raising the collective consciousness of humankind to new levels of perception.