Concert

Anibal Cruz

Saturday / August 27, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Anibal Cruz

Anibal Cruz studies piano at Berklee. He graduated from the Jose White Conservatory in Camaguey, Cuba, and from Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. He has a strong presence in the Latin music scene around the Boston area, both as a freelance musician and as leader of the Latin jazz band Clave and Blues. Rooted in classical music and Afro-Cuban jazz, his playing style is influenced by his Cuban piano heritage and the sounds of Chucho Valdez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Tony Perez as well as jazz icons like Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. 

Admission: 
Free

MIXCLA

Saturday / August 13, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
MIXCLA

Led by composer, pianist, and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and backing vocals and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion, MIXCLA performs, giving the audience a one-of-a-kind musical experience. 

Admission: 
Free

Honeysuckle

Saturday / August 6, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a progressive folk trio that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. They can frequently be found playing in the Boston area and in surrounding cities in the Northeast with bands such as Boy and Bear and Grey Season, among many others. Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz make up the trio. They currently have two releases: Live at Rockwood Music Hall and their 2015 EP, Arrows. Honeysuckle was chosen to be a Converse Rubber Tracks artist and played at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. They were also nominated for best folk and best Americana artists of the year at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. Thanks to Club Passim and their Iguana Music Fund grants, Honeysuckle is currently working on a new, full-length album slated for release in spring 2016. 

Admission: 
Free

a l e a

Saturday / July 30, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
a l e a

a l e a is the stage name of Maria Alejandra Jimenez '16, a singer-songwriter from Barrancas, La Guajira, Colombia. She grew up surrounded by local indigenous communities and cultural events like the Barranquilla Carnival and other Colombian festivities that have certainly influenced her musical perspective and compositions. a l e a has represented Colombia at events such as the Berklee International Folk Festival 2013; the Rhythm of the Universe's highly anticipated show, Welcome to Earth, at the Boston Out of the Box Festival 2013; and the second Latin America Vive Music Festival. She has been highlighted on Berklee's YouTube channel with her composition, “Navegando Bocabajo.“  

Admission: 
Free

Maddie Jay and the pH Collective

Saturday / July 23, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Maddie Jay and the pH Collective

Maddie Jay and the pH Collective bring to the table a unique blend of acid jazz, old-school beats, and psychedelic girl rap. They serve up steaming plates of groovy original music sautéed with spicy synth lines, creamy vocal harmonies, and meaty bass fills. All music is composed by bassist and frontwoman Maddie Jay, and it's guaranteed to dish out something you have not heard before. 

Admission: 
Free

Orlando Retana

Saturday / July 16, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Orlando Retana

Orlando Retana was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1993. He started as a musician at the young age of four by playing percussion and a drum set at church. At age seven, he started taking music lessons, and three years later, he was playing with different gospel and Latin bands in cities around Costa Rica. When his family moved to Calgary, Canada, when he was 14, Retana discovered different music styles like jazz, funk, fusion, and classical, among others. He started playing with a big band at his high school and then with various bands around the city, eventually traveling on tours of Canada and the U.S. At 19, he came to Berklee College of Music to study, and he has been able to work with great musicians like Jetro da Silva, Oscar Stagnaro, Leo Blanco, Susana Baca, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others. Retana plans to graduate in May 2016.

Admission: 
Free

Cosimo Boni

Saturday / June 25, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Cosimo Boni

Cosimo Boni is a trumpet player from Florence, Italy. After several years of classical training, he started studying and playing jazz. In 2012, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, where he has had the opportunity to play and study with great contemporary jazz artists from all over the world. After coming to Berklee, Boni started his own band and began composing original music. The sound of the band is based on the concepts of the great jazz groups from the 1960s that are his main musical inspiration. At the same time, the goal of every band member is to share his own creativity and musical experience on stage to create new musical situations with no boundaries of style and form.

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Free

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Concert Series

Wednesday / June 15, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
In this concert, graduate students in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute's graduate ensembles will perform an original repertoire as well as arranged standards. The concert is directed by Bruno Raberg, a professor in the Ensemble Department.
 
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (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
 
For more information, please contact graduatestudies@berklee.edu.
Admission: 
Free

Layth Sidiq

Saturday / June 18, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
Fan Pier
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Layth Sidiq

The Layth Sidiq Sextet unites musicians from around the globe with the message that music is one language despite the different musical dialects we all speak. The performance will feature compositions by Sidiq as well as compositions by members of the band. It will culminate in the world premiere of the Son of Tigris, a musical suite that highlights Sidiq’s personal journey to his Iraqi roots as well as discusses universal topics of love, loss, and hope.

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten/Steve Bailey Bass Bash / Nikki Glaspie and the Nth Power

Saturday / June 18, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Victor Wooten/Steve Bailey Bass Bash / The Nth Power with Nikki Glaspie

This evening will feature two performances: the annual Victor Wooten/Steve Bailey Bass Bash and the Nth Power fronted by powerhouse Nikki Glaspie. 

The Victor Wooten/Steve Bailey Bass Bash will be a jazz/funk/rock extravaganza, featuring the music of Wooten, a five-time Grammy winner and Berklee performance scholar in residence, and Bailey, chair of Berklee's Bass Department and six-string fretless bass pioneer, along with virtuoso drummers JD Blair and Derico Watson. This annual concert is improvised, melodic, and funky.

Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, the Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power, tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love, or just stand there with goosebumps.

The quintet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races, and creeds. Powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Neville’s New Orleans outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Brown’s Body perfectly compliments singer and guitarist Nick Cassarino, who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Next add West African master percussionist Weedie Braimah to the mix with his insurmountable world-beat rhythms. Finally, rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J’Mell Smith, who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

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