Drummer Jinho Choi will lead his big band (11 instrumentalists, 4 vocalists) performing Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Maria Schneider's breathtakingly gorgeous music. Berklee jazz composition major students will also present their new arrangement dedicated to Schneider's artistic achievements.
Lorenzo Palacios will conduct his big band performing two of his pieces, as well as a smaller band (four horns and rhythm section). All of the music demonstrates the abilities that Lorenzo picked up at Berklee, the influences of the music he listens to, and the people he's had the pleasure to study and work with.
Within these 4 years of living in Boston, going to Berklee, studying with some truly inspiring and inspired people, Patrick Simard has been blessed to perform locally and across the world with some wonderful musicians and mentors, including John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Phil Wilson, and more. This concert is, in a way, an homage to them and the values they have instilled within him; the culmination of this chapter in his life, as well as the celebration of the beginning of an exciting new chapter. The first group of the night will feature some of Simard's favorite jazz musicians and compositions. The second group will feature some West-African and North-African music with incredible musicians. Special guests will be featured throughout the concert.
The annual Jazz Composition Department spring concert featuring new music by faculty from the department. This spring will feature the music of Jeff Claassen, Winnie Dahlgren, Ayn Inserto, Darrell Katz, Dick Lowell, and Jackson Schultz. The six-horn ensemble includes faculty members Daniel Ian Smith, Bob Patton, Jeff Claassen, Jeff Perry, Bob Pilkington, Scott Free, Bruce Thomas, Mark Poniatowski,Bob Tamagni, Ricardo Monzon, Rebecca Shrimpton, and Winnie Dahlgren. It promises to be a night of exciting new music.