The Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble will play a variety of tunes from Turkey and the Arab world. These are contemporary arrangements that reflect a fusion of traditional Middle Eastern music with Western popular styles.
In Greek, nostos stands for the unappeased yearning to return to the home country; it is Odysseus’ eternal longing to touch the soil of Ithaca. Nostos has been a distinct and rich source of inspiration and artistic creation for Greeks. The Greek Music Ensemble is bringing the concepts of nostos and xenitia (living as a stranger in a foreign land) to the Berklee Performance Center in a concert of Greek music from the last two centuries. In genres ranging from folk and rembetika to urban songs and contemporary art songs, the music will convey nostalgia for the homeland, the joys and sorrows of life in a foreign land, the grief of separation, and the emotional ingredients that make up the fabric of the immigrant psyche.
In this concert, the Greek Music Ensemble is honored to collaborate with highly acclaimed guest performers, members of the world music scene, and talented Berklee faculty and students that specialize in traditional performance practices with traditional Greek and Middle Eastern musical instruments. The ensemble’s approach to the performance is based on a critical exploration and interpretation of the unique stylistic and technical aspects of the music, and on a highly skilled, elaborate, and inspired presentation of it.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Mika Pohjola, a Finnish pianist, composer, producer, and 1994 Berklee alumnus, will present a delightful selection of his jazz and choral-based music that appeals to adults and children alike. His original compositions and interpretations are influenced by the popular Moomin books by Tove Jansson and Scandinavian folk songs.
Dubbed "the Land of the Morning Calm," Korea is a land of diverse musical culture, where traditional palettes mix with the different colors and hues of popular culture. There are approximately 35,000 Koreans living in Massachusetts, and at Berklee College of Music, Koreans comprise the largest population of international students. This showcase will serve as an introduction to Korean music and will be used to further promote Korean culture.
Near-Coincident Pair is a collaboration between Harini Raghavan and Daniel Alba that merges acoustic and electronic instrumentation influenced by rock, Indian, South American, pop, and alternative music.