Concert

Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas

Monday / October 1, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and Berklee professor Mark Walker presents a powerful and intoxicating blend of jazz improvisation with the rhythms and percussion of South America, the Caribbean, and North America. His new ensemble, the Rhythm of the Americas, is a virtual wall of rhythm, sound, and color, and features two percussionists, Hammond organ, piano, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums.

Walker formed this group to balance the two sides of music he’s been involved in for over two decades: the tradition and folklore of his work with Paquito D’Rivera, Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Michel Camilo, and the expansive world jazz styles of Lyle Mays, Oregon, and Ralph Towner.

At the core of the group are two masters of percussion from Berklee: assistant professor Ernesto Diaz (from Colombia) and Berklee alumnus Marcus Santos (from Brazil). Together these three percussion virtuosos drive the ensemble with passion, groove, and fire. The trio itself has been featured in concert at PASIC, the international percussion convention.

The group also features Berklee faculty members Alain Mallet (piano), Tim Miller (guitar), Aubrey Johnson (vocals), Dave Limina (Hammond organ), and Dan Ian Smith (woodwinds), and Berklee alumnus Andres Rotmistrovsky (electric bass). These masters of improvisation and leaders in their own right provide all the elements of an exciting and rewarding musical experience for all listeners.

The music is composed of Walker’s compositions, including the Grammy-nominated “Deep Six” recorded by Oregon and “What About That!” which was featured on Paquito D’Rivera Quintet’s Grammy-winning CD Funk Tango. Other compositions are featured in Walker’s instructional book World Jazz Drumming (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard). 

This concert will be a very exciting evening for the group, as it will be the band’s first recording. This concert will also be broadcast live on Berklee's BIRN radio network and stream live on concertwindow.com.

For more information, visit markwalkerdrums.com.

This event is part of the Discover New Music Concert Package.  Buy tickets to four shows for the price of three.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Bringing Music Therapy to Northern Uganda

Tuesday / March 26, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

In May 2007, music therapy professor Karen Wacks, traveled with eight Berklee students to Kenya on a service learning trip sponsored by Musicians for World Harmony (MWH), a nonprofit group created by former Ugandan refugee, Samite Mulondo. Since that time, the relationship with MWH has continued and in February 2013, Wacks returned from Uganda with Samite.  

Together, they will be presenting their work on using music performance and therapy for ex-child soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) to address issues of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual development.

Wacks is in her 16th year as a faculty member at Berklee. She is committed to helping students at Berklee stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit, and continues to serve and participate in the steering committee for the Performance Wellness Institute as well as the Graduate Programs Steering Committee.  She serves as a consultant to the Musico Terapia Latino America Coalition, an international alliance of music therapists from Latin America and travels to explore the healing aspects of music internationally. In February, she was sponsored by Musicians for World Harmony and executive director, Mulondo to travel to Uganda to develop a feasibility study on using music performance and therapy for those in need.   She is the clinical training coordinator for the Music Therapy Department and continues to play French horn with the Berklee Faculty Brass Ensemble. 

The world-renowned musician, Mulondo, was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute. When he was 12, a music teacher placed a Western flute in his hands, setting him on his way to becoming one of East Africa's most acclaimed flutists. He immigrated to the United States in 1987 and now he and his wife Sandra, make their home in Ithaca, New York. Today, his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world. He serves as the executive director of the nonprofit, Musicians for World Harmony and is committed to bringing music for healing to refugee camps, orphanages, and programs in Africa. Most recently, Mulondo composed the soundtrack for the film, Addiction Incorporated, and his ninth CD, Trust, (inspired by the soundtrack for the film) was released in 2012.

Admission: 
Free

Tribute to Whitney Houston

Wednesday / January 23, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Professor Jetro Da Silva, a longtime keyboardist, pianist, arranger, and friend of the late Whitney Houston, will pay tribute to her with his students.

Da Silva first met Houston in 1999 while rehearsing with her band. He played keyboards and arranged while touring with Houston, and in her last world tour he played the keyboards and the acoustic guitar. In his own words, “I saw her as spiritual, anointed, beautiful, talented, and blessed with a beautiful voice. To me, she was not just a singer. I dare to say that she was a trumpet to the world. Her mission on this planet was bigger than just have a unique voice.”
 
This tribute is also a reunion for Da Silva and Berklee classmate Michael Trammel, the music executive and former BMG Distribution/Arista Records manager. Special guests will include Gary Michael Houston, Whitney Houston's nephew, and Shalotte Gibson, a longtime lead background singer and friend of Houston.
 
Prior to the concert there will be an intimate Whitney Houston Symposium. It will be held in room 1A  at 1140 Boyston Street at 1:30 p.m., with special guests speaking about never-before-shared intimate moments and stories about Houston on the road, expert music industry insights into her rise within the music industry, and moments for the community to share their stories with members of the Houston family and friends.
Da Silva is a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music. He has performed with Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Gladys Knight, Mary Mary, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.

 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Esterhazy Quartet Concert

Thursday / October 18, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Esterhazy Quartet will present a concert of new music and standard repertoire.

Admission: 
Free

Esterhazy Quartet

Monday / October 15, 2012 / 6:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Esterhazy Quartet

Eva Szekely, violin Susan Jensen, violin

Leslie Perna, viola Darry Dolezal, cello

 

Throughout its distinguished career the Esterhazy Quartet has delighted audiences on three continents, performing at venues such as the Haydn Festspiele in Austria, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the Beethoven Society in Santiago de Chile. Critics have praised the Esterhazy Quartet for its intelligence, refinement, and warmth of sound, described as a “velvety palette of tonal colors” (La Nacion, Buenos Aires).

 

Taking its name from Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, the patron of composer Joseph Haydn (considered the “father” of the string quartet), the Esterhazy Quartet maintains an active touring schedule, and can frequently be heard performing live on National Public Radio, including most recently an appearance on WGBH Boston’s Classical Performances.

 

Formed in 1968 as the resident quartet of the University of Missouri, the Esterhazy Quartet is widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas. The Esterhazy Quartet maintains one of the largest collections of Latin American string quartets in the United States, and is responsible for the commission, world premiere and recording of several new American string quartets.

 

The Esterhazy Quartet recently completed two important recording projects, both due to be released later in 2012. One features the 9th Quartet of Samuel Adler, written for the Esterhazy Quartet in honor of their 40th anniversary in 2008. The album will also include Adler’s 8th Quartet and his Piano Quintet, recorded with pianist Jerome Lowenthal. The other recording marks the culmination of a remarkable, decades-long partnership with composer James Willey during which the Quartet has rehearsed, performed, and now recorded all eight of the composer’s works in this genre. This final disc, recorded for Albany Records, includes Willey’s String Quartets Nos. 3, 7 and 8, along with the separately downloadable recording of his newly revised Quartet No. 2. The previously recorded quartets by Willey are available on the CRI label through New World Records.

 

In addition to collaborating with contemporary composers, the Esterhazy Quartet actively promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes, coachings, seminars and workshops for young performers and composers, including an annual residency for composers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a yearly summer chamber music seminar held at the University of Missouri.

 

Admission: 
Free

Dave Mackay Group / Mostacho Experiment

Thursday / October 4, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Dave Mackay Group

In his final performance at Berklee, British pianist and composer Dave Mackay is joined by his group to present a collection of original pieces, blending a wide range of styles into his signature sound. Then Andrés Marín presents his Mostacho Experiment project before going to New York. Exploration of styles such as funk, fusion, Latin, and rock are explored in Mostacho's compositions and arrangements.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$12

Yu Rang Han / Anastasiya Dumma

Tuesday / October 2, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Anastasiya Dumma

Pianist Yu Rang Han will present "Goodness and Love," featuring some of her original compositions and her arrangements of standards with great musicians. Then, Anastasiya Dumma and her jazz group will present a concert program dedicated to Karlheinz Stockhausen's work "Zodiac."

The performance of "Zodiac," arranged for a jazz ensemble and electronics by Olga Karaseva and Anastasiya Dumma, will include different types of improvisation ranges from classical variation solo to jazz solo to free collective improvisation. It will be a nonstop performance, where one theme leads into another. This format will allow the audience to experience an intensive emotional and intellectual journey through twentieth-century music. The concert program will also include some original compositions by Karaseva and Dumma.

Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
Free

Patrick Simard Group

Tuesday / October 2, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Concert featuring refreshingly original compositions and highly creative improvisations.

Admission: 
Free

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 6, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston. Over 100 vocalists audition each year for the chance to earn a spot on the stage. At the callback auditions, audience members were invited to vote for their choices. The results were weighed alongside the choices of the judges. For this installment, singers will present a jukebox of pop, rock, R&B, jazz, blues, and folk tunes.

Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Robert Gillies

Tuesday / August 7, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Robert Gillies

Robert Gillies is a folk-popper on a mission, a mission to dig deeper, to write from the heart, and to leave everyone in a 50-mile radius feeling that little bit lighter—and he’s well on his way. With a new record out (Astronaut), opening slots for Andy Grammer, Ryan Star, and Action Item, and an appearance on Ellen Degeneres, Gillies isn't moving mountains—he's moving continents.

Admission: 
Free

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