Aris Valeris is a piano player and composer trained in both the jazz and classical idioms. He started at the early age of 3 and worked with several classical teachers on his piano skills. However, throughout his childhood he always felt the need to create improvised music. Being a son of two directors, he fulfilled this passion by composing or improvising live for more than 40 theatrical plays. In his teenage years, after having earned several musical awards for his work on classical piano, his attention was caught by the improvisational element of jazz.
Originally from Greece, Valeris moved to Boston in September 2009 after winning several scholarships to study at Berklee and is going to graduate in May 2011 with a double degree in piano performance and film scoring. His teachers include Ray Santisi, Stavros Lantsias, Nando Michelin, and Steve Heck.
In 2010 he created the Aris Valeris Quartet. The group is composed of four musicians with various musical influences and backgrounds. It came together to perform Valeris's originals and group compositions with a unique sound, energy, and emotion that flows through the deep connection of its members and grows in the music while being recorded or performed live.
This will be a solo improvisation concert. In 60 minutes, pianist Guillaume Martineau will create an unpredictable number of improvisations that will make the listener travel into many different worlds. Influences could come from jazz, classical, world, folk, or film music and always translate in a unique musical result that is deeply touching and fascinating.
Trumpet player Thomas Brennan presents the culmination of everything he has experienced while being at Berklee and the Jazz & Rock Schule in Freiburg—with everything from hip-hop to jazz, and special guest Dan Htoo-Levine on vocals. Come and join him as he shares his experiences and stories through music. It's story time.
Vocalist Cassie Camacho presents Not Ready for Me featuring pianist Michael Oldham, bassist Jake Knox, and drummer Gandhy Gonzales. The show features some of Camacho's favorite pop/R&B covers along with original songs from her debut EP, which is scheduled to be released in late summer/early fall.
For her senior recital, Sharon Raizer incorporates her love for the marimba with her love of Latin music. She will perform a variety of music in Latin styles, such as salsa, Mexican folk tunes, Latin jazz, and Brazilian choros.