This performance will feature the music of the Grammy Award-wining jazz composer Maria Schneider. With their true respect to Schneider's artistic achievements, three Berklee students majoring in jazz composition will present their new arrangement, performed by four vocalists and 12 other great instrumentalists. Mark Walker, a Berklee professor and renowned drummer in contemporary/world jazz and scene, is also featuring for host drummer Jinho Choi's composition, dedicated to Schneider.
A trio featuring drummer Roberto Giaquinto performs in celebration of Jazz Week 2013. Giaquinto has previously performed at the Blue Note in New York City, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Beantown Jazz Festival. Before coming to Berklee College of Music to study as part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under artistic director Danilo Pérez, Giaquinto studied jazz arranging at the Conservatorio Licinio Refice in Rome. He began playing drums in Naples, Italy, where he was a member of various jazz, blues, and rock bands.
Jazz quintet Chroma presents original compositions featuring a modern yet accessible sound with its roots in groove. Formed at Berklee College of Music, Chroma is comprised of Brian Plautz (saxophone), Alex Conroy (guitar), Joel Hill (piano), Brian Benton (bass), and Matt Raphaelian (drums). Emphasizing melody and emotion, Chroma’s music is featured on Jazz Revelation Records’ 2013 release and is showcased on the quintet's independent release, Pentameter.
Jazz drummer Rodney Rocques has been attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship since September 2012. He has performed with Greg Neilson, Jim Earp, Jimi Gee, Paul Duffy, A.J. Connection, and Jazz Juvenocracy.
Drummer Anthony Fung, from Richmond Hill, Ontario is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music pursuing a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Production & Engineering. While still in high school, he was the selected drummer for the 2010 Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Workshop and the 2011 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He currently studies at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Danilo Pérez. Fung has played at numerous jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the JEN conference, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has performed with Benny Green, Joshua Redman, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, the Vince Mendoza Orchestra, and Terence Blanchard. He has studied with Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Hart, Ralph Peterson, Ari Hoenig, Dennis Mackrel, and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
With the help of the Newbury Comics Fellowship and the Berklee community, percussion professor Steve Wilkes has spent nearly three years recording aural snapshots of Cape Cod for the Hear Cape Cod project. Wilkes collaborated with vocalist Ginny Fordham and some of the finest contemporary ambient/experimental/electronic musicians. He has created three new albums of music, inspired by and incorporating his field recordings from the Cape: Sound Signals, a two-CD set, and a compilation of new songs titled Upstream.
Sergio Martinez is a percussionist from Madrid who grew up in the flamenco tradition.
Since the beginning of his professional career, he has performed internationally with some of the most important artists on the flamenco scene, including Diego el Cigala, Enrique Morente, Pepe de Lucía, and José Mercé. He has won international awards in flamenco composition, and has worked with Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón on Mercé's last album.
Martinez has offered master classes and clinics in many countries around the world and he is the leader of the Sergio Martinez Flamenco Collective, developing his skills as a composer and leader, and performing at international festivals.