Frequent travels to Brazil and the Spanish Caribbean keep Latin jazz pianist Rebecca Cline in touch with the root of her inspiration: groove. Cline displays a mastery of harmonic devices, and her improvisations radiate the rhythmic power of world music and the lyrical grace of jazz. Joining her is Will Slater on acoustic bass and Karina Colison on drums.
Jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and Berklee graduate Carmen Spada '07 performs original music and arrangements. To honor his Italian roots, Spada also performs on the accordion, playing and singing the music of his heritage.
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Spada has been playing piano since age 7, after being introduced to it by his father. Spada was a recipient of the 2007 Herb Pomeroy Award in Jazz Composition, and had his music performed in the Best of Jazz Composition 1 concert as well as the Jazz Composition Cooperative Big Band concert. Nearing graduation in November 2007, Spada was chosen to have his music critiqued in a master class by Grammy Award–winner and visiting composer Maria Schneider. Her advice on and input into his original composition "Lullaby" resulted in its selection and inclusion on Berklee's Jazz Revelation Records's 2008 release, Common Ground.
Laszlo Gardony performs as part of a trio with Yoron Israel (drums) and Ron Mahdi (bass). They will perform original compositions and arrangements of standards from Laszlo's more recent CDs, Ever Before Ever After, Natural Instinct and Dig Deep (Sunnyside Records).
Berklee faculty member Francesca Tanksley will perform in a jazz trio concert with fellow faculty Bruce Gertz on bass and Yoron Israel on drums. Repertoire will consist mostly of her original compositions as well as some compositions by other jazz musicians.
Guest pianist Shizuyo Le Nestour from Paris will present a recital of works by Composition Department faculty members Richard Applin, Rosey Lee, and Apostolos Paraskevas. As a special feature, she will perform one work by Berklee composition major Derek Remes as well as a piece by area composer Yoko Nakatani.
Shizuyo Le Nestour was born in Nara, Japan. She received a master of arts degree in piano performance from Osaka College of Music in Japan and a concert artist diploma from École Normale de Musique de Paris by unanimous consent. She has received many awards, including Rosita Lopes Communion and Rosa Sabatel at the San Tiago de Compostela International Music Academy in Spain. She received prizes at the Henri Sauget International Music Competition in France and at the Paris International Chamber Music Competition. Le Nestour is a pianist, poet and expert in French vocal technique. She is a resident of Paris, France.