Renowned saxophonist and educator Bill Pierce will perform at this Jazz at the Arsenal concert. Pierce, chair of Berklee’s Woodwinds Department, is a 1972 Berklee College of Music graduate who has appeared with artists such as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as music director and sharing the bandstand with other talented musicians such as Donald Harrison, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Bobby Watson.
After three years of recording and touring with Blakey, Pierce joined Berklee’s Woodwind Department while remaining active in both Boston and New York scenes and regularly performing with the Freddie Hubbard Quintet. In 1985, Pierce joined the Tony Williams Quintet. He made five recordings with Williams and toured Europe, Asia, and America. He has also recorded several albums under his own name for the Sunnyside label. Since 1999, Bill has been a member of the Kevin Eubanks Quartet, which has released five recordings. In addition to his many performances and recordings, Pierce is an internationally recognized music educator who has presented clinics in Europe, Asia, and South America as well as throughout the United States.
A lively and lyrical concert featuring the Berklee Flute Choir and the Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble, directed by Woodwind faculty member Wendy Rolfe. Original Berklee compositions and arrangements, and classics in styles from Latin to Baroque to romantic to world music, will delight listeners.
The Berklee Chamber Players are a group of versatile Berklee faculty committed to the art and craft of chamber music. In addition to the much-loved classical chamber music repertoire, this ensemble plays fresh and vibrant music by Berklee faculty, some with the ink barely dry, and some that never saw ink in the first place. Founded by string department chair Melissa Howe, the Berklee Chamber Players deliver vivid, innovative, and beautiful string music to its listening audiences.
In this clinic, Sato Moughalian will present her vision for Armenian music, and will, along with her fellow clinicians, demonstrate the cultural, historical, and traditional aspects of Armenian folk music. She will be joined on stage by fellow Middle Eastern Festival musicians Mal Barsamian (oud), Martin Haroutunian (duduk), Tareq Rantisi (percussion) and Layth Al Rubaye (violin). The presentation will include live performance.