Son jarocho is a popular genre that includes music, dance, and poetry. This tradition was born of many influences and cultural mixtures. The music of Spain and Portugal arrived in Veracruz, Mexcio, in colonial times, already culturally hibridized by the Middle Eastern and African diasporas. Thus, the musical culture of Veracruz was created from a mixture of diverse elements of the Olmec and Nahuatl prehispanic cultures, combined with many elements of the musical cultures that travelled across the seas during colonial times.
Now son jarocho, which flourishes in the fandango (a participatory and collective festivity), is a genre that has transcended social and geographic borders.
Daryl Lowery (tenor sax) will perform new original music as well as selections from his quartet's 2016 release "For Those Who Wait" and his 2014 EP "Unity of One," followed by a discussion of the creative process involved with each composition and unique approaches to writing music based in the art of Improvisation.
A Berklee faculty member since 1987, Lowery came to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory. He has recorded for and performed with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake, and Boston’s funk legend Ellis Hall. He has been a member of Al Kooper’s band for the past 19 years and is featured on his latest releases "Black Coffee" and "White Chocolate." His group Instant!Groove released its highly successful first recording in 2004, about which Jazziz magazine wrote “[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as 'acid-jazz.'"
The band's 2013 release "Let It Go" features Ra-kalam Bob Moses on drums and the late T Lavitz on B3.
Melissa Ferrick will conduct a meeting of the Winner's of the Performing Songwriting Division of Berklee's Five Week Program. We will meet to secure information on your mentoring sessions, rehearsals, and performances. Melissa will also perform a short set and conduct a Q&A. All Winner's are required to come. All Five Week students are invited to the second half, starting at about 8pm, for the performance and Q&A.
Berklee and Five-Week Summer Performance Program alumnus Joshue Ashby returns for a concert/clinic of his latest music. Ashby will perform with his group, C3. Then he will discuss the transition from classical to Latin music and offer an approach to comping and soloing in this context.
Jane Miller, professor of guitar, will present concepts from her book Introduction to Jazz Guitar in a master class format. The class (and book) aim to help guitar students integrate some jazz techniques and vocabulary into their playing, regardless of style. Students who are firmly rooted in jazz will also find new material here to propel their playing. Improvising comping and chord solos will be discussed and demonstrated.
Talk to SESAC's VP of Film/TV/Developing Media Erin Collins and SESAC composer Jon Ehrlich (Party of 5, House, Parenthood, Graceland) about performing rights organizations and working in film/TV scoring. Open to Berklee community.
GRAMMY® Award-winning artists Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle will perform as part of The Umbrella benefit concert series. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the intimate performance and Q&A.
Build your dream instruments and load up fat, layered sounds in seconds with the Combinator, Reason's unique tool for combining and controlling devices. It's not an effect unit. It's not a synth or sampler - it's both and more!
The Combinator is a sophisticated device that allows you to build elaborate chains of Reason units - instruments, effects, and pattern sequencers. With its ability to load up complex instruments routed through effect units and dynamic processors in one go, the Combinator is an extremely playable and performance-friendly device, perfect for both stage and studio use. In this workshop, we will demonstrate step-by-step how to build both custom instruments and unique effects, taking advantage of Reason’s control voltage jacks and the Combinator’s built-in programmer.