Performance

Maria Suetina and Sergio Aldana

Tuesday / May 6, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
02110

Maria Suetina is a Russian singer-songwriter who studied jazz at the Moscow Conservatory. Sergio Aldana is a Colombian guitarist experienced in rock and pop. They influence each other, performing unexpected repertoire influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Thom Yorke, and Juanes.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Sessions: Tommy Emmanuel

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Tommy Emmanuel
Photo by Allan Clarke

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist boasts a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unique style, which he simply calls “finger style,” is akin to playing the guitar the way a pianist plays a piano: using all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all of that and more on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try out fingerpicking the guitar as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Watch Tommy Emmanuel perform a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “Close to You” here:

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Petra Richterova

The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times in 2010, calling it “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, where he began his musical career at the age of 11 as a vocalist and percussionist. The Pedrito Martinez Group also includes percussionist Jhair Sala from Peru; electric bassist and Berklee alumnus Alvaro Benavides from Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist Araicne Trujillo from Cuba. 

This concert is part of the annual Tito Puente Latin Music Series, presented by Berklee College of Music, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. This six-concert series takes place in July and August and is an infectious soundscape of live Latin music and dance, with a strong salsa influence, in parks around the city. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

Admission: 
Free

Josh Shpak Band with special guest Shelly Berg

Wednesday / October 15, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

In his third recital at Berklee, trumpeter and composer Josh Shpak, together with a special guest artist, the twice Grammy nominated pianist Shelly Berg, will showcase original music that brings together a variety of influences ranging from jazz, soul, and rock to film music and more.

A Concord Records and Steinway artist and the Dean of the Frost Music School at the University of Miami, Berg has performed with a Who's Who of music legends, including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Branford Marsalis, Dave Grusin, Woody Herman, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, and Tom Scott, to name just a few. Dave Brubeck said, "Shelly Berg is a great jazz pianist who has a total command of his instrument."

Berg has also orchestrated for television and film, as well as for Chicago, Kiss, Carole King, Richard Marx, Joe Cocker, Elliott Smith, Lou Rawls, Steve Miller, for Ray Sings, Basie Swings (an album by Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra), and Arturo Sandoval's A Time for Love. He has written for orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the American Symphony. His orchestrationswere described as "magnificent... incredible" by Johnny Mandel.

Additionally, Berg has performed or arranged for vocalists Gloria Esefan, Patti Austin, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Michael Feinstein, Renee Fleming, Gregory Porter, Aretha Franklin, Tierney Sutton, Janelle Monae, Queen Latifah, Lorraine Feather, Monica Mancini, Rita Moreno, Ricky Martin, Kevin Spacey, Dionne Warwick, Carmen Bradford, and many more.

"Shelly Berg burns hard, his fingers flying over the keyboard while his body nearly levitates off the bench,'' wrote a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times.

 

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: New Works for Jazz Orchestra V

Tuesday / February 10, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

The faculty of the Harmony Department presents a program of original music and arrangements for jazz orchestra. Harmony Department faculty will perform with guests from across the college.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Harmony Too!

Tuesday / February 10, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

"Harmony Too!" is a faculty performance showcasing the best student final projects from the Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 course.

Admission: 
Free

Mandolin Mashup

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Mandolin mashup is the annual celebration of mandolins on campus. Faculty and students will present music in a wide range of styles, all featuring the mandolin.

Admission: 
Free

The Bonobros Trio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
02110

The Bonobros Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three Berklee students. They first met  in a “Singing for Brass Players” class taught by Christine Fawson, a trumpet professor. One of their first times playing together, the trio struck up a tight and dynamic aesthetic, playing through American Songbook standards. After the class, the trio went to the nearest hallway with instruments in hand, took a photo, entitled the group (with the help of Professor Fawson), and the rest was history. The Bonobros Trio is composed of Matt Byron on bass, Neal Rosenthal on trumpet/guitar/vocals, and Elena Bonomo on drums, pulling from the styles of jazz, bop, funk, rock, R&B, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Strings Theory

Wednesday / January 28, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Strings Theory Trio
Image courtesy of the artist
CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the weather.

Combining idiomatic flexibility, a wellspring of creativity, and world-class virtuosity, Mimi Rabson brings together some of her most important influences and inspirations. With Junko Fujiwara on cello and faculty member Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin, the Strings Theory Trio supercharges the intimate atmosphere of chamber music with a triple dose of edgy, daring improvisation. Listening to these virtuosi, one hears Western classical tradition anew: Crystalline instrumental sonorities gain new resilience and allure from their origins in the inspiration of the moment. Simultaneously delicate and dangerous, the trio's music is richly nuanced and deeply satisfying.

Admission: 
Free

Writing Out Your Life: Autobiography in Song featuring the students of Paula Cole

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The students of Paula Cole will be singing and self-accompanying original material.

Admission: 
Free

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