Concert

Homenaje a la Salsa

Thursday / July 5, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

Puerto Rican percussionist Frankie Rodríguez has been a mainstay in the New England music scene as the go-to band leader whenever salsa super stars are performing in the region. Some of these artists include the legendary Ismael Miranda, Larry Harlow, Lalo Rodríguez, Cheo Feliciano, and many, many more.  His band Homenaje a la Salsa joins the talents of some of the best performers from the region and offers an exciting blend of salsa hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Admission: 
Free

Mario Castro Quintet

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Rex Hotel
194 Queen Street West
Toronto
United States
Mario Castro

Hailing from Humacao, Puerto Rico, Mario Castro began his musical studies at the age of 12, and later became interested primarily in jazz. 
He has performed in the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha's Vineyard Jazz Festival, and Nancy Jazz Festival both as a sideman and leader.

He has performed with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Giovanni Hidalgo, Humberto Ramirez, Mike Clark, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Gene Perla, and many more. The Mario Castro Quintet met in 2008 at Berklee College of Music, where Mario finished his studies in 2011. The group's debut CD,  Primavera, was released in April 2012 by Greg Osby's label Inner Circle Music. The quintet consists of David Neves, Jonathan Pinson, Tamir Shmerling, and KyuMin Shim.

Born in 1989, trumpeter David Neves is the winner of the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. He completed his studies at Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2011, where he's had the pleasure of studying with some of his favorite musicians including Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Tiger Okoshi, and Hal Crook, to name a few. 

Jonathan Pinson's dynamic and explosive percussion sound has been described as that of a "young Elvin Jones." His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano. He transitioned to the drum set in 1999 with instruction by Jerry Kalaf, at Los Angeles' Colburn School of Performing Arts, up until 2007. He's been fortunate to have the opportunity to study with the late, great Billy Higgins, at the World Stage in Los Angeles, California. Pinson came to Berklee on the full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship. He graduated in 2011, and was recently accepted into Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

A double and electric bassist from Israel, Tamir Shmerling completed his mandatory national service as a bassist for the Israeli Defense Forces Orchestra from 2005 to 2008, performing with the  orchestra around Israel, Europe, and the U.S. He held the bass chair in both the Tel Aviv and Holon big bands, directed by Amikam Kimelman and Guri Agmon respectively, and in the "Israeli Idol" TV show band. Shmerling studied at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship, and was a student of Eli Magen from 2008-2009. Since graduating Berklee in 2011, he has toured with Terri Lyne Carrington. 

KyuMin Shim was born in Seoul, Korea in 1984 and began to play the piano at age 5. He began with a focus on classical music, but soon after he started playing the jazz piano and won the performance prize in Jazz Music Competition held by Seoul Institute of The Arts (SITA), one of the best music schools in Korea. A year later, SITA presented him with a full scholarship. Since 2009, he's been studying at Berklee on scholarship, where he works with Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, and Ed Tomassi, to name a few.

Admission: 

Lihi Haruvi

Sunday / September 2, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Lihi Haruvi

Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Lihi Haruvi is now living in Boston studying on a full-tuition scholarship at Berklee, majoring in performance and film scoring.

Haruvi studied in the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of the Performing Arts; was awarded with the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, the Tel-Aviv Conservatory scholarship, and Excellent Musician status in the Israel Defense Forces; and was an official arranger for the army orchestra.

During her military service, she was chosen to represent Israel by performing as a soloist around the world, and she received a scholarship to study at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Currently, she is a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro and has the honor of working with Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Jim Odgren, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Eddie Gomez, and many other outstanding musicians.

Haruvi is a signed artist of Berklee's Jazz Revelation Records label. She has performed at respected jazz festivals and venues such as the Red Sea Eilat Jazz Festival, Birdland, and the Berklee Performance Center.

Admission: 
Free

Red Oblivion

Sunday / August 5, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Grant Park
55 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago
IL
United States
60601
Red Oblivion

Red Oblivion is the latest group to break out of Berklee. All four members have come from around the world to study here. Say hello to Eden, Emma, Zach, and Carson. Together they are Red Oblivion and will take the stage at this year's Lollapalooza festival.

Eden Rayz started playing cello at age 4, and by 14 she was performing in Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra, recording a live album/DVD with the multiplatinum band Styx. Soon after, her string arrangements of rock songs were published professionally. Rayz earned a scholarship to Berklee, where she once again stood out and was recruited to arrange and perform for Vinnie Ferra and record for Wyclef Jean. Recently Rayz was commissioned to compose for professional chamber ensembles, most recently the Almeda Trio in Cleveland, Ohio. The first movement of her Piano Trio was premiered on Winter Solstice of 2010 in the Cleveland Observatory and was written to include algorithms expressing the astronomical ratios of stars.

Emma Torres is an American who was raised in Mexico City and Madrid, Spain. When she was 12 she turned to the guitar to express her feelings of not being from anywhere. By age 16, she was performing on the Vans Warped Tour, touring Mexico with her punk metal band. At 18 she entered Berklee, as a guitar principal, conquering her instrument and mastering genres beyond her love of rock and metal. A recent Berklee graduate, Torres realized that she wanted to, once again, grace the stage with her guitar.

Zach Adams was born in Queens, New York and was introduced to punk music by his grandmother, who made T-shirts for the Ramones. Zach eventually moved to Las Vegas where he began his career fronting many local rock and punk bands. It was the summer of 2008, and Adams entered the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee. His talent stood out and he was awarded a scholarship to the college, which he accepted after graduating high school in 2009.

Carson Groenewold—named after his birthplace, Carson City, Nevada—rounds out and pounds out Red Oblivion, with his classically trained drumming. His family moved from Nevada to Maryland, where Groenewold was raised in a log cabin. After middle school, he enrolled in a Catholic high school, because it was the only school in the area with a full-time drum teacher. Winner of a performance award at Fiestaval in Virginia Beach, he eventually applied to the only college he wanted to attend, Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
$95

Italo Cunha and the Mates

Thursday / July 12, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Italo Cunha

Italo Cunha, born in Brasilia, Brazil in 1992, is an award-winning, up-and-coming jazz guitarist, vocalist, producer, and musical director who quickly gained recognition in his country.

He's received such awards as first prize Festbandas (2004), Musical Revelation at the Toque de Classe Institute (2005), the youngest recipient ever of a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute, the Guitar Department Award (2011), the Jimi Hendrix Award (2010), and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima/Berklee College of Music.

He's also had several television, newspaper, magazine, and radios appearances in Norway, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and U.S. Cunha has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and has toured Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. He arrived at Berklee at age 16 on a scholarship, where he had the opportunity to work with many great artists such as Marc Johnson, Mark Walker, Hal Crook, Lee Ritenour, Eliana Elias, Dave Santoro, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many more.

Currently Cunha is on the jazz label Jazz Revelation Records for the second consecutive year. He also has recorded for Paramount Pictures Studio.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Katie Thiroux Quartet

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11238
Katie Thiroux

Katie Thiroux is a bassist and vocalist of outstanding talent and determination. While in her last semester at Berklee, the presidential scholar received an invitation to join the faculty at the University de San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador for one year. In August 2009, Thiroux began teaching more than 30 bass and vocal students. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in jazz studies at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. She has performed with the likes of Dr. Billy Taylor, Branford Marsalis and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Originally from Boylston, Massachusetts, Glenn Zaleski is a jazz pianist/composer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program in Stockton, California from 2005-2007, then finished his undergraduate studies at the New School in 2009. From 2009-2011, while working towards his master's degree at NYU, Zaleski was also on NYU faculty, where he wrote the curriculum for and taught Jazz Keyboard Harmony I-IV, as well as a studio of private students. Meanwhile, he was also a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, and a semifinalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

Mark Zaleski is a woodwind specialist, performing professionally on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. He studied at the Dave Brubeck Institute in Stockton, Californai.  During his time at the Institute he performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Dakota Jazz Club, Yoshi's, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. he has experience performing with Bennie Maupin, Eric Harland, Christian McBride, and Dave Brubeck. 

Drummer Matt Witek graduated from Berklee in 2009 with a degree in music education.  Shortly after graduating, he was offered a teaching position at Berklee International Network School in Quito, Ecuador. In 2010 he moved to Long Beach to study at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. 

Some of the members notable performances include club venues such as Catalina's, Regattabar, the Kitano, the Lighthouse, and festivals such as Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival (Berklee Monterey Quartet), BeanTown Jazz Festival, San Miguel Allende International Jazz Festival (Mexico), Quito International Jazz Festival (Ecuador), Punta de Este International Jazz Festival (Uruguay), Newport Beach Jazz Festival, and the Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival.  

Admission: 
Free

Hildegunn Gjedrem / Banda Magda

Friday / June 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Norwegian singer and composer Hildegunn Gjedrem leads a band of five, performing her own songs in a mixed style of jazz, pop, rock, and Scandinavian folk music. Signed to groundUP Records/Ropeadope Records, she just released her second album Share Your Secret. She can also be hear performing with ensembles like the Bjorkestra and Snarky Puppy. Fueled by the bands dynamic musicians, the music is beautiful, lush, and emotional, creating a unique audience capturing live music experience.

The fun and exciting ensemble Banda Magda blends French repertoire, original music, and songs from all over the world arranged in the Banda Magda way, and sung in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, and Japanese. Banda Magda is celebrating their new album 12 French Songs in the spring of 2012.

 

Admission: 
$10 General Public

Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This collective is composed of Berklee faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students who all share a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music.

 

Admission: 

KIN – Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Wednesday / June 6, 2012 / 9:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr in their one-of-a-kind show will treat audiences to an evening filled with music from their forthcoming album KIN, as well as poetry, readings, and storytelling at its finest. This will be the second show of the night.

The tour will support the release of KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, due in stores on Vanguard Records, June 5, 2012.  Produced by Joe Henry, KIN is a unique collaboration of two storytellers from different worlds, blending verse, melody and poetry into a seamless masterpiece.  The album also marks Karr's entry into the world of music. 

Karr is an award-winning poet, best-selling memoirist, and unstoppable force in the literary world. Her works have been embraced with an avalanche of rave reviews from nearly every major newspaper in the country. Her memoirs LitCherry, and The Liar's Club were all best-sellers. The latter spent over a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list and kick-started the memoir craze. Karr has taught at Harvard and Syracuse University, where she still holds a chair in literature. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, The Whiting Writer's Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  Karr adds yet another title, songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of KIN.

Admission: 
$25

KIN – Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Wednesday / June 6, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr

Grammy Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr in their one-of-a-kind show will treat audiences to an evening filled with music from their forthcoming album KIN, as well as poetry, readings, and storytelling at its finest. This will be the second show of the night.

The tour will support the release of KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell, due in stores on Vanguard Records, June 5, 2012.  Produced by Joe Henry, KIN is a unique collaboration of two storytellers from different worlds, blending verse, melody and poetry into a seamless masterpiece.  The album also marks Karr's entry into the world of music. 

Karr is an award-winning poet, best-selling memoirist, and unstoppable force in the literary world. Her works have been embraced with an avalanche of rave reviews from nearly every major newspaper in the country. Her memoirs LitCherry, and The Liar's Club were all best-sellers. The latter spent over a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list and kick-started the memoir craze. Karr has taught at Harvard and Syracuse University, where she still holds a chair in literature. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, The Whiting Writer's Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  Karr adds yet another title, songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of KIN.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

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