Berklee College of Music presents the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors at the Newport Jazz Festival featuring Danilo Pérez and John Patitucci. The group comprises students attending the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI).
The BGJI is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.
Led by Nedelka Prescod since 2013, the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir melds gospel and roots with blues and jazz improvisation. The group members are altos Jennifer Criss, Virginia McMahon, and Wambura Mitaru; basses Elin Sandberg and Jscott Martin, who also sings as a tenor; sopranos Agata Kulis, Chelsea Pedano, Ildrys Diaz, and Lisa Oduor Noah; tenors Alexandra Ivan, Christopher (CJ) Alexander, and Shannon Wilson; Desmond (DJ) Scaife as a tenor and organist; drummer Bradley E. Hamilton; guitarist Juan Andrew Carreno; and pianist Tomas Kaco.
With a career that spans over 40 years, Yehuda Poliker’s songs became a corner stone of Israeli music and redefined Israeli contemporary pop/rock with his unique combination of electric guitars and bouzouki with a Greek-Mediterranean rhythm and rock flavor.
Jóhann Jóhannsson is a Berlin-based composer originally from Iceland. His varied and eclectic output includes commissioned works for Bang on A Can, Theatre of Voices, and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. His debut album Englabörn appeared in 2002, and Jóhannsson has since released five solo albums. He has composed music for the theater and contemporary dance and was the founder of the Reykjavik-based art collective Kitchen Motors. He was awarded a Golden Globe in January 2015 for Best Film Score for The Theory of Everything, directed by James Marsh. His music for the film also earned Jóhannsson an Oscar as well as a BAFTA nomination for best original score. Jóhannsson’s other recent film scores include Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen.
Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson of The Saint Johns have the ingredient every special duo needs: chemistry. Their partnership in this duo has yielded their debut album, Dead of Night. Not long after they first met, Meredith landed a gig at a local bar and invited Johnson to help fill a few long sets. Seven years later, as they prepare to release their major-label debut, Meredith and Johnson believe they have put in their 10,000 hours and have arrived at something pretty special.
The EP captures the sweet Americana soul of the band’s early sound. Recorded with a full band, Dead of Night is something more: more mature, more confident, and more ambitious. The album began with demo recordings Johnson made. The two took them to David Kahne, a Grammy Award-winning producer and record label executive who has worked with Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, the Strokes, Lana Del Rey, Fishbone, and many others.
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)
Berklee City Music® will be hosting a show at the Middle East Night Club. Opening up the night will be the 5 Weeker's. The two featured bands are Tighticus Finch and Mike Wyche. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the link below. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Yankee & the Foreigners was formed by a group of friends attending Berklee who gained attention as a group by busking in the streets of Boston's Back Bay. In a quick flash of improvised creativity, band member Sam, the "British kangaroo/lemur," declared their band name was "Yankee & the Foreigners" to an inquiring promoter. Though the name came quickly, Y&TF took many months developing and honing their sound, wanting to retain the folk elements that made them popular in the streets, but also hoping to incorporate a shared love for edgier sounds. Finding their personal blend of these two styles, they embarked onward to writing and performing, finishing their debut EP Don't Wake Me Up midway through their first year together and releasing it a few months after. Boasting citizenships from the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Norway, each member of the group brings their own distinctive voice to the music, both as writers and vocalists.
Naty Hernandez is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, acoustic and electric bassist from Medellín, Colombia. Her music is a sonic journey based on the rhythms from the Andean mountains in Colombia combined with jazz and elements of world music.
Naty's album Canciones para amar y despedir was one of the Top 20 of Radio Nacional de Colombia with her song “Manos de Agua.”
Emotional, evocative, warm, natural, and firmly rooted in Americana with light pop and country stylings: this describes Kathryn Hallberg's music. In the summer of 2008, Hallberg began recording her first EP, No Surprise, with Kyle Hutton, producer and founder of Real Life Real Music. In 2012, Hallberg returned to the studio with Hutton to record her second EP, Nocturnal, which features musical contributions from Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen) and mixing by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, James Taylor). Nocturnal was selected as one of the best local albums of 2012 by both the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press.
Paulina Parga, born in Mexico in 1993, started her musical education studying cello at 9 years old. Ten years later she switched to voice as her principal instrument and started to be recognized as a songwriter, winning numerous songwriting contests, such as Festival Santa Cecilia in Queretaro, Mexico. She has attend several music workshops, such as Czech Music Camp for Youth (2012), Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop at the University of North Texas (2013) and the Five-Week Performance Program (2014) at Berklee College of Music, where she now is studying for a bachelor of music degree, thanks to a scholarship offered by the college and also by the cultural institute of her hometown. She has performed in festivals such as Festival Universitario de Jazz (2013 and 2015, Zacatecas, Mexico) and the Songwriters Showcase at the Berklee Performance Center. Her music involves Latin folk, pop, and jazz, along with the exploration of voice as an improvisational and harmonic instrument in real time.