If there is a single word that describes a typical Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone concert, it would be virtuosity. The duo improvises on just about any kind of music, from traditional and contemporary jazz, to tango and classical themes. Both musicians are stunning performers, always pushing each other to new and greater heights. The duo will perform together at Berklee as part of Burton's farewell tour.
Vibraphonist, composer, and educator Gary Burton '62 '89H has announced that he is retiring from his career as a touring musician after finishing his current U.S. tour and a tour of Japan. A living legend in the jazz world, a 2016 NEA Jazz Master, and the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, Burton is known as an innovator for his pioneering vibraphone technique and as a bandleader with his groundbreaking ensembles.
Berklee alumnus Makoto Ozone B.M. '83 is the absolute star of the jazz scene in Japan and is a prolific composer and arranger, having composed music for more than two dozen albums. In the past decade he has become a frequent guest soloist with orchestras in Japan and Europe, and is a regular guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.
Yamaha CFX concert grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York, in association with Falcetti Pianos in Natick, Massachusetts.
Read more about Burton's upcoming farewell performance at Berklee.
Watch a duet performance by Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone: