Berklee's Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run, artist-driven record label managed by the Professional Music Department, will host its fall showcase and information night. The evening will feature past Jazz Revelation artists and the 2015 CD release of Transitions. Come for free food, great music, and to learn how to submit your demo for the next Jazz Revelation Records CD.
Written in 1975 by American composer Frederic Rzewski, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! remains one of the greatest large-scale concert works composed for piano in the 20th century. Pianist and composer John Kramer, an assistant professor in Berklee's Harmony Department, has performed widely throughout the United States and in France. He has also released a compilation of his solo piano music entitled Orange Earth/ Blue Ether and is the music director at the Winchester Unitarian Society. His performance of Rzewski is highly anticipated.
Piano Department faculty member Jason Yeager leads a concert celebrating a great man and striking composer: Billy Strayhorn. Strayhorn integrated the musical styles of various contemporary composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Duke Ellington to create his most memorable themes. He would have turned 100 this month, but his music will live on much longer.
Julien Kasper's highly personal, original music is an amalgam of jazz, rock, and blues in equal measure, played with virtuosity, dynamics, and tonal nuance. He has performed extensively across the United States and Europe, and released three acclaimed CDs of all-original instrumental music. Guitar Player Magazine described Trance Groove, his most recent release this way: “Exquisite tones, masterful execution, and innate soulfulness drive this jazzy, funky, bluesy, Sco-and-Beck-meet-Hendrix-for-drinks-at-the-Harvard-Psychedelic-Club instrumental joyride.”
David Gilmore and Bruce Saunders are both longtime faculty members in the Berklee Guitar Department, and each has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz.
Gilmore has recorded and performed with some of the most highly influential and innovative artists in modern music today including Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. He has appeared on over 70 recordings and has been a major presence on the international touring scene.
Saunders has recorded, performed, and toured with some of the world's best jazz musicians including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Bill Stewart, Peter Erskine, and Kenny Werner, among others.
Bob Stanton is an assistant professor in the Guitar Department and an award-winning guitarist and songwriter. Stanton has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists including James Taylor, Garrison Keillor, Mark O'Connor, Richie Havens, and Gillian Welch, among many others.