Concert

Shirhan Agabeyli

Thursday / July 28, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
Shirhan Agabeyli

Bassist Shirhan Agabeyli is also a composer, arranger, and singer born in Ukraine in 1991. His parents immersed him at a very young age in different musical environments such as jazz, funk, fusion, R&B, and, of course, his motherland's traditional music of mugam, a highly complex art form that merges poetry and musical improvisation. He took mugam lessons from renowned tar (an Azerbaijani traditional instrument) player Sidqi Mustafaev. As a performer and improviser, Agabeyli combines influences that represent his ethnic Azerbaijani background with the intricate rhythmical structures of jazz harmony and mugam. He has recorded and performed with musicians such as John Medeski, David Fiuczynski, Batyrkhan Shukenov, Enver Izmaylov, and Erkan Ogur, and has participated in various musical projects in Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and the U.S. He is currently studying performance at Berklee College of Music.

 
Admission: 
Free

Samuel Batista

Thursday / July 14, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
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Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135
Samuel Batista
Nicole M. Dillman Photography

Samuel Batista is an alto saxophone player born in Panama City, Panama, and the first musician of his family. In 2009, Batista won a full scholarship through the Panama Jazz Festival to participate in the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music. He subsequently received admission to the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and left Panama for one year. Then in September 2012, Batista moved to Boston to study at Berklee on the prestigious presidential scholarship. He has since gained admission to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He currently works as the bandleader of the Third Land Quintet, which has been together since 2015. The quintet is in the process of recording its first EP.

Batista's mentors include pianist Danilo Pérez, saxophonist Patricia Zarate, and Panamanian pianist Walter Smith. He has also had the privilege of playing with and learning from musicians like John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ron Savage, Lincoln Goines, and Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. You can listen to his original song "Purity" here.

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Free

Harshitha Krishnan

Thursday / June 23, 2016 / 6:30 p.m.
Charlesview
123 Antwerp Street Extension
Brighton
Massachusetts
United States
02135

Harshitha is a vocalist of Indian origin from Lagos, Nigeria. She has pursued a variety of studies, including Western Classical Vocals with Distinction at Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON), Hindustani music at A.R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory, earned a bachelor's of science degree in visual communication from M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, and she is currently studying professional music with an emphasis in writing and performance at Berklee. Harshitha has performed as part of several events and festivals, including the MUSON Youth Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, the Bangalore Habba Jazz Festival 2012, and she toured the U.S. with Christiane Karam's Pletenichka Balkan Choir. She has performed with world-renowned artists and bands such as Ilayaraaja, A.R.Rahman, Gary Burton, Vijay Prakash, Michael McDonald, Javier Limon, and the Madras Musical Association Choir.

Listen to Harshitha Krishnan perform "Jiya Jale" (Dil Se)  
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Free

The House Jacks

Thursday / July 21, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The House Jacks
The House Jacks
Jeff Twiss

Taking pop vocal music in bold new directions, the House Jacks (Austin Willacy, Nick Girard, Mark Joseph, John Pointer, and Matt Sallee) are definitely not your grandfather’s a cappella group. Self-described as a rock band without instruments, the House Jacks put a modern, visceral spin on the genre, infusing their powerful vocals and precise harmonies with a large dose of energy and attitude.

Founded in 1991 by Deke Sharon, who's widely recognized as the father of contemporary a cappella, the House Jacks instantly reinvigorated the pop vocal scene with their high-energy shows and unconventional arrangements. Using nothing more than their five voices, they deliver everything from blistering funk to screaming rock to heart-melting ballads. Over the past 25 years, the group has become an institution, boasting nearly 20 superb vocalists and performers in their alumni ranks. They were instrumental behind the scenes on NBC’s The Sing Off!, creating arrangements, coaching groups, producing the cast albums, and helping to introduce some of today’s most well-known vocal groups to the world stage, including Pentatonix and Home Free.

These pioneering musicians have performed thousands of shows and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Train, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, and many others.

Admission: 
$23 in advance / $25 general admission (standing room only)

Bain Smith Sextet East

Wednesday / July 27, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bain Smith presents a program of his original compositions in a style reminiscent of the Blue Note jazz era. The performance will feature a band of Five-Week Summer Performance Program faculty members including Jeff Perry on trumpet, Bob Pilkington on trombone, Lance Van Lenten on saxophone, John Pierce on bass, Rick Kress on drums, and Smith on piano.

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Free

Mekaal Hasan Band

Saturday / July 30, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Mekaal Hassan Band
Mekaal Hasan Band

Mekaal Hasan Band is making history with their band, the first of its kind with members from both Pakistan and India. The band hopes to create a relationship of mutual benefit and trust with the goal of strengthening peaceful ties between the two countries. Their third album, Andholan, will feature amazing contemporary and classically trained musicians celebrating the diversity and richness of their shared cultural heritage through music and poetry. In creating music of depth and integrity, the band members aim to promote a sense of camaraderie among Indian and Pakistani artists.

Admission: 
$20 general admission (standing room only)

Nadav Shapira

Thursday / June 9, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Nadav Shapira

Musician Nadav Shapira is a bass player, composer, and arranger. Born in 1994 in Ramat Gan, Israel, he began playing the bass when he was 10 years old. At 15, he started his studies at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts in the Jazz Department, where he studied with teachers such as­ Yossi Regev, Eli Benacot, Yuval Cohen, and Amos Hofman, among many others. During his studies in Thelma Yellin, Shapira represented the school three times in performances abroad, served as musical director for the school’s production of Hair, and performed frequently at various school-related events. He graduated with honors and received a special award for his contribution to the Jazz Department.

After graduation Shapira started his military service as an outstanding musician, serving as an arranger for the army bands. During his service he also studied at the prestigious Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music with Ronen Shmueli, Matan Chapnizky, Inbar Friedman, Jonathan Voltzok, and Avishai Cohen, among many others. While at Rimon, Shapira toured for a month in the U.S. representing the school and won second place in Rimon's jazz player competition. At the beginning of his second year at Rimon, Shapira auditioned for Berklee and received a full scholarship, with assistance also from the Beracha Foundation. He started his studies at Berklee this year and has been supported by the America­Israel Cultural Foundation for excelling as a jazz bass player since 2012.

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Free

Estampas Porteñas Tango Company

Friday / November 4, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Founded in Buenos Aires in 1997 by the distinguished dancer and choreographer Carolina Soler, Estampas Porteñas Tango Company presents the Boston premiere of its thrilling new production, Deseos: Stories of Longing and Desire Told through Argentine Tango and MusicPerformed by a dozen exquisitely skilled dancers and accompanied by ardent, soul-filled live music, Deseos celebrates the greatest artistic elements of Argentina, including the indomitable tango, the athletic malambo of the gauchos, and the country’s wide range of musical styles. 

Admission: 
$30/ $38 /$48 /$58

Culminating Experience Presentations

Wednesday / June 29, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Please join the graduating master’s degree students as they present their final projects: their culminating experiences or theses. This three-day event, June 27-29, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., will showcase the students’ development and growth over the past year while giving them a chance to perform for the college. 

See the June 27 culminating experience schedule and the June 28 culminating experience schedule.

All are invited to drop in to hear any part of the session or to view live. For more information, please contact graduatestudies@berklee.edu

 

Wednesday, june 29

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Student Name Topic
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Noam Israeli, Drums Andalusian Music and Music from the Maghreb
10:40 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Edmar Colon Gierbolini, Tenor Borikén 1493 (A Rediscovery of Puerto Rico)
11:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Hayden Farrar, Bass Eternal Bliss: A Suite for Septet
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Isaac Wilson, Piano An Exploration of the Music of Conlon Nancarrow
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Paul Eirik Melhus, Tenor The World Wanderer
1:40 p.m.-2:10 p.m. Jagoba Santos, Guitar Contemporary Studies in Spanish and Flamenco Music
2:20 p.m.-3:10 p.m. Jorge Perez-Albela, Drums Original Compositions with South American Music Influences in Jazz

 

Admission: 
Free

Culminating Experience Presentations

Tuesday / June 28, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Please join the graduating master’s degree students as they present their final projects: their culminating experiences or theses. This three-day event, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 27-29, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., will showcase the students’ development and growth over the past year, while giving them a chance to perform for the college. 

See the June 27 culminating experience schedule and the June 29 culminating experience schedule.

All are invited to drop in to hear any part of the session or to view live. For more information, please contact graduatestudies@berklee.edu

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

Time

Student Name Topic
10:00 a.m.-10:30a.m.   Peiying Li, Drums Peiying’s First Concert
10:40a.m.-11:10a.m.  Rodrigo Ponce, Electric Bass Ecomusicology
11:20a.m.-11:50a.m.   Sunny Park, Piano Original Compositions - Capturing Myself
12:00p.m.-12:30p.m.   Seungha Lee, Bass

South Korean Culture and the World

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Anthony Fung, Drums Unusual Improvising Techniques for the Learning Musician: A Global Jazz Creative Proposal 
1:40 p.m.-2:10 p.m. Marta Roma Tort, Cello The Colorful Recipe That Makes the World Smaller
2:20 p.m.-3:10 p.m. Layth Mohammed Othman, violin

1. Son of Tigris

2. Amman Music Institute

 

Admission: 
Free

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