Second-year performance majors in the Piano Department come together to perform in solo a piece of their choice. This recital is one of three recurring concerts at the end of each semester. Led by Piano Department Professor Laszlo Gardony.
Waves of Visions is a collaboration between pianist and composer Yakir Arbib and visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim that comes to fruition in a seven-movement suite for live visuals, flute, drum set, piano, and cello.
Throughout the piece, music and visuals interact and influence each other on various levels, and coexist as two separate living presences that may be perceived by either one of two senses. Arbib, having synesthesia and being blind from birth, is able to pick up on the presence of the visuals and respond to it in the moment with his music, while Haber-Schaim dynamically performs as an integral member of the band, thus creating a fifth musical instrument.
Each one of the suite's movements focuses on a different approach to the process of creating: from improvisation in the moment, to preconceived structure, to reconstruction of a moment of ecstasy. The two artists consent to mirror each other's processes in order to achieve a unified artistic expression.
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem in 1989 and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records. Since Arbib began his studies at Berklee in 2009, he has made a radical return to classical music, studying under piano chair Stephany Tiernan and composition chair Arnold Friedman. He has been composing and performing avant-garde classical music appearing in prestigious halls such as Steinert Hall in Boston and Felicja Blumental Center in Tel Aviv. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and the Triple Helix Piano Trio.
Tamar Haber-Schaim is a visual artist who has developed her own minimalist approach to illustration, graphic design, and animation. Her work has appeared in publications such as British Vogue, Der Spiegel, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Book Review, and Condé Nast Traveler. Her three mediums—line drawing, cut paper, and digital work—have appeared in international art annuals and exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Germany. She has animated and produced television commercials for American and Italian television using all three of these techniques. She also takes the warmth and minimal feel of her style and applies it to her work as a graphic designer.
Milena Jancuric is a flutist from Serbia. She studied classical music performance at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in May 2010. Since beginning her studies at Berklee, she has been involved with classical, jazz, Latin, and world music projects. She has taken part in many concerts and projects as a soloist, member of the chamber ensemble, orchestra, small groups, and big band, as well as a studio musician, within and outside of Serbia, including in Italy, France, Slovenia, and the United States.
Cellist Naseem Alatrash has attracted attention for his unique style and special sound, which is combined with his virtuosic performance. His unique musical identity is the outcome of his experience in Middle Eastern music and his deep study of classical music. Alatrash was the first musician from the Middle East to be awarded the a Presidential Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Recently, he recorded with Simon Shaheen, Mike Bono Group, and top world-fusion ensembles. He also performs with the Palestine National Orchestra and Aldeburgh World Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Italian drummer Roberto Giaquinto was awarded a scholarship in 2009 to attend Berklee College of Music and is pursuing a degree in jazz performance. After he moved to Boston in 2010, he was selected to be a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded and led by artistic director and world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez. Since coming to Berklee, Giaquinto has performed at the Blue Note NY, Detroit Jazz Festival, BeanTown Jazz Festival, Kimmel Center, and Panama Jazz Festival. He is involved in groups with students and alumni including Matthew Halpin Quartet, Christian Li Group, Daniel Rotem Trio, Mike Bono Group, Yakir Arbib, and Erena Terakubo.
The visual portion of tonight's performance is being realized thanks to technology donated to the college by Adobe Systems and to the visual artist, Tamar Haber-Schaim, by Wacom Americas.
How can we make art for our whole lives, live wildly, and be fully inspired...but not sink into the unhealthy patterns we’ve seen from so many of our creative idols? (Think: the 27 Club.)
Berklee assistant professor, health counselor, and longtime touring artist Caroline Harvey shares her innovative work on sustainable creative practice. Learn to understand and avoid burnout, slumps, creative blocks, and the other imbalances that so often plague artists: post-gig exhaustion, emotional pressure, addiction, and stress-induced creative ruts. This lecture/workshop will include practical tips for daily living, how to stay healthy on the road, and how to live in a way that ensures you’ll be having fun, making art, and living well for your whole life.
“A great rhythmic power and feeling opens the door to communicating with any kind of music. After that your sound has to be beautiful enough to engage people. If you have everything else intellectually, but don’t have that rhythm and sound, no one will want to listen. Those who get that in their head sooner rather than later are the ones who improve faster.”