Berklee's renowned ensemble features students from Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Israel, and the United States. Directed by Alain Mallet and Jamey Haddad.
With unique instrumentation including voice, violin, reeds, a rhythm section, and students hailing from the world over and the U.S., the octet's rich, improvised music reflects the musical and cultural diversity of its members.
The ensemble is also an intensive course at Berklee, team-taught by pianist Alain Mallet (Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Madeleine Peyroux, Phil Woods) and percussionist Jamey Haddad (James Taylor, Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Winter). The band performs compositions by Mallet, current ensemble members, and Berklee alumni.