Juan Antonio Garcia Illanas and various combinations within his octet present an afternoon of original compositions ranging from jazz to electronic to Middle Eastern styles. "My music continues to change, because life is changing every second," says this saxophonist. "My music is also multidisciplinary and strongly related with time, a concept that overwhelms and intrigues me."
One of the most important challenges that every musician has to deal with at different stages of artistic development is finding his/her own personal voice. Achieving this is not an easy task, and composition might be the most effective tool to come closer to what might become one's "sound" or personal touch. Students working with Berklee assistant professor of piano Vadim Neselovskyi present their voices through a showcase of their compositions.
Chilean piano player, singer, and composer Benjamin Furman presents his latest project, an interesting mixture of his main musical influences: instrumental jazz, klezmer, pop, and Middle Eastern, Latin, and South American traditional music.
In his second recital at Berklee, singer-songwriter, French horn player, and pianist Shachar Ziv will explore his musical roots with friends from around the world. The performance will include a traditional Israeli tune by David Zehavi with new lyrics in Spanish, new arrangements for music by Avishai Cohen and Alon Yavnai, and original songs in Hebrew and English.