Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments.
Manami Morita was born in Saitama, Japan in 1984. She started to play the classical piano at 4 years old. At that time, she hated piano lessons because the classical piano didn't attract her. On the other hand, she loved to play just as she liked and felt. At the age of 13, she met jazz. Though she had never had a chance to study music as education, in 2004, she fortunately got a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music and decided to change her life (she thought of becoming an English teacher or a flight attendant) by coming to the United States. In 2006, she started her career at Berklee and to seach her own music based on jazz. In 2007, she was selected as one of the four featured pianists at Berklee and awarded Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. Also, in 2008, she was honorably selected as the year's representative of Jazz Composition Department at Berklee from its faculty members and awarded the Herb Pomeroy Award.
Felluca's music has been performed by the Rainbow All-Stars, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, and the Jazz Composition Ensemble, among other groups. A past winner of the Herb Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Jazz Composition Department, this year he was honorably selected as the department's representative in the Professional Writing Division's Awards Concert. In his senior recital, Felluca presents original compositions for a six-piece horn, four-piece rhythm section ensemble of some of Berklee's top jazz instrumentalists.
The Jazz Composition Ensemble Concert will perform selected student pieces written in jazz composition classes. It is a 10-piece band: six horns and a four-piece rhythm section. The recital will feature horn arrangements and compositions.
Armed with an army of funky musicians, pianist/keyboardist Stu Manzano presents his senior recital in Jazz Composition. Like a good cocktail or college house party, Manzano, also a contemporary writing and production major, will bring different influences and styles together with a woodwind quintet plus rhythm section that will be sure to kick your Patriot's Day weekend off early. There will also be special vocal guest appearances. Not your average jazz recital.