Composer Casey Andersen performs selected pieces from her Jazz Composition portfolio. The performance will begin with a duet and then an ensemble will grow from piece to piece, culminating with nine players on stage for the culminating final performance of an extended work.
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.
The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is comprised of top-level high school jazz players in the U.S. Featuring award-winning instrumentalists and a vocalist in a jazz big band setting, the ensemble performs classic songs as well as the most cutting-edge contemporary pieces currently being written for jazz orchestras by the finest composers and arrangers.
Berklee community: Free in advance, $4 day-of concert; General public: $12
The Aubrey Johnson Sextet will perform Johnson’s original compositions and arrangements with strong folk, jazz, and Brazilian influences. The music performed will be recorded in August and released by the Inner Circle Music label in early 2014. The group’s instrumentation includes voice, alto/soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, violin, piano, bass, and drums.
Composed of Berklee faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students, the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band has evolved into a forum that allows for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process and fostering the creation of new music. This collective of talented jazz composer/instrumentalists shares a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the positive opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting, and the importance of the role played by the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.
The chamber jazz group the Paintbrush Orchestra is dedicated to the live composition language of soundpainting born out of the work of Walter Thompson. Through a set of gestures, members of the Paintbrush Orchestra are cued to play specific material that is then shaped by the composer. This seasoned group of improvisers includes a full jazz rhythm section, a violin, marimba, two brass instruments, and a tenor saxophone.
The Paintbrush Orchestra was born – entirely by accident – in the fall of 2012 during a series of experimental jams at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble was formed out of a desire to explore new ways to allow the composer to play an integral, real-time role in jazz-based improvisation. Each piece allows the group to display its members’ diverse and multi-faceted musical backgrounds and its unusual instrumentation has proven to be an integral part of its sound.
The band attempts to take the concept of improvisation into territory that encourages spontaneity while creating pieces that are nonetheless fully formed in ways that often resemble pre-composed music. The resulting sound presents a palette that is different from that which is most commonly found in contemporary jazz ensembles.