Venezuelan multi-percussionist, composer, and arranger Francisco Vielma showcases his Latin jazz compositions. Vielma brings to the stage a mixture of traditions from his country: concert music, world music, and jazz improvisation. The repertoire will include original works and a tribute to the most important singer-songwriters of Venezuela, such as Simon Diaz, Leonardo Oporto, and Henry Martinez. The band consists of outstanding players who have enriched Vielma's musicianship throughout his Berklee journey.
Legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton will present an all-star concert and introduce his recently released autobiography, Learning to Listen. Joining the seven-time Grammy-winning musician on stage will be bandmates who have performed regularly with Burton since 2004: guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Lee Fish. In addition, jazz writer Bob Blumenthal will join Burton on stage to discuss Burton's new book, and each ticket-holder will receive a free copy at the concert.
Drummer Carlo Ribaux presents Jethro Tull's (Anti-) Progressive Rock masterpiece Thick as a Brick in its entirety. The composition, from 1972, spans two entire sides of an LP and is hardly ever performed live because of its length and complexity. Nine Berklee musicians stood up to the challenge to transcribe, learn, and perform this piece, and would love for you to join them when they premiere it on October 25.