Concert

Faculty Blowout Concert With Dave Samuels

Friday / June 21, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Dave Samuels

Dave Samuels has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained worldwide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists, including Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley, Pat Metheny, the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, the Fantasy Band, and Spyro Gyra.

For more than a decade, Samuels has been performing and recording with his group the Caribbean Jazz Project, whose most recent album, Afro Bop Alliance, received a Grammy Award nomination and a Latin Grammy Award. Its recording The Gathering won the Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Latin Jazz Album. Samuels is also a member of Double Image, a vibe-marimba duo consisting of him and David Friedman, who have performed for 30 years. Samuels’s association with Spyro Gyra lasted from 1977 to 1994 and includes 20 recordings. During that time, the Grammy Award-nominated group was named No. 1 Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Group of the 1980s by Billboard magazine.

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

World Percussion Concert Featuring Sandeep Das

Thursday / June 20, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Sandeep Das

Two-time Grammy Award nominee Sandeep Das is considered one of the leading tabla players in the world. One of the disciples of the legendary Pandit Kishan Maharaj of the Benaras Gharana, Das has now carved out a niche for himself throughout the music world. He debuted at age 15 with the famous sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Das has composed for and performed internationally with the Silk Road Ensemble, which features celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Das also founded the HUM Ensemble, which he calls “an organization that strives for harmony and universality through the idiom of music.” His concert tours have taken him to major centers of music, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royce Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Petronas Tower Hall in Malaysia. 

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

Afro-Cuban Concert Featuring Mark Walker

Wednesday / June 19, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Mark Walker

Grammy Award-winning drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator Mark Walker is one of the most respected drummers on the scene. Walker has been a member of the American jazz group Oregon (featuring Ralph Towner) for more than 15 years and a 23-year member of the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet. He also leads the Latin jazz group Rhythm of the Americas. Walker has performed on five Grammy Award-winning albums and has earned nine Grammy Award nominations for his work with various pop and jazz artists.

He was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition (“Deep Six,” from Oregon’s 1000 Kilometers) and won Best Latin Jazz Album as a drummer/composer for Funk Tango by the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. Walker has also earned the Indie award and the Jazz award (German record manufacturers) for his work with Oregon. Walker has taught at Berklee since 2001.

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

Yoron Israel and High Standards

Tuesday / June 18, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Yoron Israel

Renowned drummer Yoron Israel will be performing with his jazz quartet, High Standards, featuring Lance Bryant on saxophone, Laszlo Gardony on piano, and Henry Lugo on bass. The quartet will perform selections from Israel’s latest recording, Visions: The Music of Stevie Wonder, which garnered critical acclaim as one of Jazz Week’s top 100 recordings of 2012.

The assistant chair of Berklee’s percussion department, Israel’s credentials include five recordings as a leader and hundreds of recordings as an accompanist. His 2004 release, Basic Traneing, reached number three on the national jazz charts.

When not performing with his own ensembles (in addition to High Standards, Israel leads the groups Organic and Connection), Israel performs regularly with bassist Avery Sharpe and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard as well as with numerous Boston-based artists, such as Gabrielle Goodman and the Makanda Project.

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

Rock Concert Featuring Rod Morgenstein and Jordan Rudess

Monday / June 17, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Rod Morgenstein

Rod Morgenstein is a founding member of the groundbreaking progressive rock fusion group the Dixie Dregs, whose six most recent recordings received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. He is an original member of the heavy metal band Winger, whose recordings have reached gold and platinum status around the world.

The band received an American Music Award nomination for Best New Heavy Metal Band in 1989. Morgenstein is also a member of the Rudess Morgenstein Project, a power duo featuring him and Dream Theater keyboard virtuoso Jordan Rudess; the Jelly Jam, which features Dream Theater bassist John Myung and guitarist Ty Tabor of King’s X; and the jazz fusion jam band Jazz Is Dead, which has featured bassist Alphonso Johnson, guitarists Jeff Pevar and Jimmy Herring, and keyboardist T Lavitz.

In addition to his recording and touring credits, Morgenstein is very active in drum education. He is a professor of percussion at Berklee, currently in his 16th year of teaching, and he created Rock Drums, an innovative, online college-level course. Having more than 50 recordings to his credit, and having performed hundreds of clinics and thousands of concerts around the world in some 30 countries, Morgenstein continues to stay active as a performer and educator.

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

Pianist Meeree Kim: The One And Only

Friday / July 19, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Meeree Kim presents her senior recital. The concert will feature contemporary jazz tunes and arrangements of well-known pop songs, and will be her first and last concert at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Rock Guitarist Ayumu Nishimura's Stand

Friday / July 19, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Ayumu Nishimura gives his senior recital with a performance by his hard rock/blues band.

Admission: 
Free

Singer Onna Lou's Pop Quintet

Monday / July 15, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Singer Onna Lou presents her pop quintet for a concert of songs from her first album, A Little Bit of Every Thought. The songs fuse pop, rock, jazz, blues, and folk.

Admission: 
Free

Saxophonist Shinsuke Aiwaza's Senior Recital

Monday / July 15, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Alto saxophonist Shinsuke Aiwaza gives his senior recital with a jazz-based program.

Admission: 
Free

Mindia Luo's Recital

Thursday / July 11, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Cellist and vocalist Mindia Luo gives her second Berklee recital.

Admission: 
Free

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