Concert

Al-Murtaja: A Celebration of Sudanese Music

Thursday / October 22, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Sudan is heir to an extremely rich tradition of musical, dramatic, and artistic expression. The country has a long history of music that has not been well exposed or documented due to civil and political turmoil. Al-Murtaja can be translated as “the thing or person people are waiting for,” and this concert fulfills that wish by featuring musicians from all parts of Sudan and South Sudan to create a sense of shared cultural identity. Legendary Sudanese musicians Abu Araki Elbakheet, Emmanuel Jal, Asim Gorashi, and Mohamed Tahir perform their own music and traditional Sudanese music with an international student group led by Sudanese student Mohamad Araki.

Admission: 
$12 / $16

The Mosaic Project Featuring Terri Lyne Carrington and Jaguar Wright

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Terri Lyne Carrington

Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington has toured extensively with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, and David Sanborn, to name just a few. Now a professor at her alma mater, Berklee, and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Berklee, Carrington released The Mosaic Project in 2011. The critically acclaimed CD, which won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, gathered a myriad of voices and crystallized them into a multifaceted whole that far outweighed the sum of its parts. She produced the 14-song set, which included some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades such as Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., and Cassandra Wilson, among others.

For this year's Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, soul/R&B singer Jaguar Wright will join the Mosaic Project to perform. 

Listen to "So Good (Amazing)" from Carrington's Mosaic Project, featuring Jaguar Wright:

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Free

Alissia and the Funketeers

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 1:45 p.m.
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Natixis Global Asset Management Stage
640 Columbus Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Alissia

Born in Geneva, raised between Milan and London, and currently in New York City, Alissia serves as the "future face of funk music" (Huffington Post). As a bass player, bandleader, and songwriter, she has garnered millions of views online as the leader of Alissia and the Funketeers, her 14-piece funk and pop project. Her debut EP features John Blackwell (Prince, D'Angelo), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Q-Tip), and many more heavy hitters, and is due for a late summer release.

Watch a music video for Alissia's "Let It Out" here:

Admission: 
Free

Omar Thomas Large Ensemble Featuring Stefon Harris

Saturday / September 26, 2015 / 1:15 p.m.
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Berklee Stage
Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street
Boston
MA
United States
02118
Omar Thomas

Hailed by Herbie Hancock as showing “great promise as a new voice in the further development of jazz in the future,” educator, arranger, and award-winning composer Omar Thomas has created music extensively in the contemporary jazz ensemble idiom. He assembled his big band, the 18-piece Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, in 2008. The group’s first album, I Am, debuted at no. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums Chart. Their second release, We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements, has been hailed by Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington as being a “thought-provoking, multilayered masterpiece” which has “put him in the esteemed category of great artists.”

Listen to "I Am" by Omar Thomas here:

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Free

Pop/R&B Ensemble

Thursday / July 30, 2015 / 3:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Chantel Hampton, an instructor in the Ensemble Department, presents the Pop/R&B Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Improv 21st-Century Grooves Ensemble

Wednesday / July 29, 2015 / 3:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Dave Fiuczynski, a professor in the Guitar Department, presents the Improv 21st-Century Grooves Ensemble. This show will be preceded by another performance at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

R&B, Pop/Rock, and Jazz Ensemble

Monday / July 27, 2015 / 3:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Nedelka Prescod, an assistant professor in the Ensemble Department, presents the R&B, Pop/Rock, and Jazz Ensemble. This performance will be preceded by another show beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Directed Studies Ensemble

Friday / July 31, 2015 / 4:45 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Nedelka Prescod, an assistant professor in the Ensemble Department, presents the Directed Studies Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

Hien

Tuesday / August 4, 2015 / 10:00 p.m.
Berklee Dining Hall
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hien

Hungarian-born Hien, who is of Vietnamese heritage, is a nationally renowned singer-songwriter in her home country of Hungary. Combining indie pop and R&B with a hint of gypsy folk, she creates an eclectic mix of sounds in her deeply intimate and personal performances. Her honest music shares her triumphs and her struggles in a way that is universally relatable.

Admission: 
Free

Small Band Jazz 4 Ensemble

Wednesday / July 29, 2015 / 4:30 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Lello Molinari, a professor in the Ensemble Department, presents the Small Band Jazz 4 Ensemble.

Admission: 
Free

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