The Berklee 2016 Multicultural Welcome Concert brings luminaries from the worlds of music, dance, and multimedia to the stage. New collaborations between music and dance, reconsiderations of classic material, and this thought as students begin their journey in higher education in the arts: are we looking for answers or bigger questions?
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra and The Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta perform a tribute to Gunther Schuller with modern classical chamber music, jazz big band arrangements, ragtime, and classical pieces with guest artist Ran Blake.
The Meaning of Freedom concert will explore the iconic songs that provided the soundtrack to the civil rights movement and calls for democracy, as well as more contemporary work relevant to the day. This concert will feature exciting live performances in honor of Angela Y. Davis by Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.
The new Lionel Hampton Big Band features Jason Marsalis and world-class musicians who played with Hamp himself: Cleave Guyton Jr., Lance Bryant, and Christian Fabian.
“Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Dizzie Gillespie—they all played with Hamp,” says Lance Bryant, the last musical director for Lionel Hampton. “Now new audiences are finding out what made him so popular. We know the secret—we all played with him—and we do all the original arrangements that made him a star.”
Ruby Rose Fox, a vocal powerhouse of soul-driven, edgy rock ‘n’ roll with a nod to new-wave pop, is hard at work to make 2016 her strongest year of new releases and live performances. In July and August 2015, Ruby Rose Fox was both the Improper Bostonian magazine’s pick for Best Musician of 2015 in the “Boston’s Best” issue, and featured on the cover of its 2015 “Music” issue. Fox also took home the Best Pop Artist and Best Female Vocalist honors at the 2015 Boston Music Awards, and was named Female Performer of the Year by the 2016 New England Music Awards.
Fox's new album, Domestic, was released in May 2016.
$15 in advance / $18 general admission (standing room only)
A dynamic merger not only of musical styles, but a coming together of Berklee and Boston Conservatory faculty from multiple disciplines, including music and dance. Faculty performers include: Sara Caswell, Melissa Howe, Rhonda Rider, David Wallace, and Francine Trester. Music by Trester, Brahms, and Bunch.
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.”
Two artists who exemplify the standards for creativity and exploration at the venerable Blue Note Records come together for the first time in the Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet. Pianist Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years, while saxophonist Joe Lovano has recorded more albums on the famed Blue Note Records than any other artist.
It has been seven years since the unprecedented Istanbulive showcase series was launched in Central Park in New York, presenting the best Turkish music this side of the Bosporus. After traveling to prestigious festivals like SummerStage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the World Financial Center, Istanbulive comes to Boston with its seventh installment, featuring the U.S. debut of Taksim Trio.
It has been seven years since the unprecedented Istanbulive showcase series was launched in Central Park in New York presenting the best of Turkish music this side of the Bosporus. After traveling to prestigious festivals like SummerStage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the World Financial Center, Istanbulive comes to Boston with its seventh installment, featuring the U.S. debut of Taksim Trio.