A diverse cast of faculty, students, and special guests perform the theatrical songs of faculty member Michael Wartofsky, composer and sometime lyricist, whose musical theater collaborations include Car Talk: The Musical!, Cupcake: The Musical!, Running Back, The River Is Me, The Navigator, Friendship of the Sea, The Man in My Head, The Troubled Land, and The Big Cigar.
An exciting night of music led by faculty members Ayn Inserto and Jeff Claassen, featuring new and original music as well as more intimate configurations within the big band. Inserto and Claassen will perform arrangements of band members' original compositions, putting a different twist on them, as well as arrangements of contemporary popular music. The music will branch out a little beyond the modern big band sound, adding more global sounds to truly feel like East is meeting West.
The AIJO is a 17-member big band that has been performing in the Boston area for the last nine years. The concert will also feature performances by faculty members Allen Chase and Eric Byers.
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$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
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!
The Omar Thomas Large Ensemble is an 18-piece ensemble comprised of Boston's best up-and-coming young jazz talents. The group performs modern big band compositions and arrangements of Thomas, a Berklee faculty member and award-winning composer. The Omar Thomas Large Ensemble will be performing new works in addition to pieces from their forthcoming album, "I Am."
Omar Thomas Large Ensemble features: Mark Zaleski, Chris Veilleux, Jon Bean, Tucker Antell, Brian Landrus (reeds); Casey Brefka, Josh Reed, Will Caviness, Ezra Weller (trumpet); Chris Gagne, Clayton DeWalt, Grant Randall, Gabe Langfur (trombone); Mark Cocheo (guitar); Alex Brown (piano); Zach Brown (bass); Mark Walker (drums); Ernesto Diaz (percussion); Aubrey Johnson (voice); and Omar Thomas (composer/conductor).
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Using the Synthophone (all-digital saxophone), Randy Felts will present examples of the huge world of new sounds available to the contemporary saxophonist. Learn how you can use this new instrument to control sounds from MIDI sound modules, and keyboards, or from within your laptop computer. Hear your sax as a string section, a drum kit, a Take 6–type vocal ensemble, or an entire band.
This year he'll be discussing the use of Kontakt 4 and other software synths included in Komplete 7 by the company Native Instruments. He will also link his Synthophone to visual images and play them along with live audio using video software called ArKaos Video DJ.
Felts is an associate professor in the Harmony Department at Berklee and a veteran saxophonist. He is the music director for Harvey Robbins’s Royalty of Rock ‘n’ Roll concert series and the United States representative of Softwind Instruments (makers of the Synthophone.) He performs regularly in the New England area in a wide variety of settings.