Concert

Brazilian Music

Tuesday / July 24, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist Yui Tsuchida performs Brazilian Music.

Admission: 

Erena Terakubo Quartet

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington
DC
United States
20566
Erena Terakubo

Erena Terakubo, an alto saxophonist from Sapporo, Japan, is a Berklee Presidential Scholar and has already recorded two CDs with jazz masters Ron Carter and Kenny Barron for Japan's King Records.

Terakubo began playing the alto saxophone at age 9. She immediately began performing with the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra and taking part in clinics with famous jazz musicians, such as Herbie Hancock. At 15 and 16, Terakubo attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship and selected to be a member of the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop. In 2010, she recorded her first album, which reached no. 1 on several Japanese jazz charts. Since then, she has performed at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010, Nagoya Jazz Festival, Kitara Hall, and more. In 2011, she recorded a second album, New York Attitude, with jazz masters Ron Carter and Kenny Barron.

Admission: 
Free

Vanessa Collier and the Berklee Student All-Stars

Saturday / June 30, 2012 / 5:15 p.m.
Lani Maile at Kauai Lagoons Resort
3351 Hoolaulea Way
Lihue
HI
United States
96766
Vanessa Collier

Vanessa Collier is one of the fastest-rising young stars currently turning heads at Berklee College of Music, following in the footsteps of Diana Krall and Esperanza Spalding. This refreshing young saxophonist and singer is being hailed for her mesmerizing blend of soul, spirit, and sultriness. The winner of multiple scholarships and honors, she has already performed and recorded with Grammy-winning artists Kathy Mattea and Patrice Rushen, and is captivating new fans with her soaring saxophone style and sensuous vocals, her captivating and confident on-stage presence, and her infectious passion for music.

Born in Modena, Italy, Noé Socha has already developed a guitar style that has brought him international acclaim. Deeply steeped in both jazz and blues, Socha has brought audiences to their feet at the Umbria Jazz Festival, where he won a scholarship to Berklee. He's performed with the Mississippi Blues Explosion at the at the B.B. King Blues Museum and the Robert Johnson Museum, with Nyol Manswell at the Central Bank Auditorium of Trinidad and Tobago, and recorded with famed flamenco producer Javier Limón. 

Will Lydgate is a bass player, music producer, recording engineer, and music teacher based on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. He belongs to the fifth generation of Lydgates to make Hawaii their home, and his work combines sunny tropical vibrations with the highest level of professionalism. Trained at Berklee, Lydgate plays reggae, jazz, soul, blues, country, funk, pop, and R&B with talent and authenticity, and manages Kauai's Steelgrass Recording Studio, the island's only state-of-the-art recording facility. 

Virtuoso drummer Jordan Rose was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but after graduating high school lived in the islands of Hawaii, at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, and is now in Boston, with a scholarship to attend Berklee. He's played with New York trumpet great Tim Hagans, Sunnyside recording artist David Caceres, and saxophone legend Don Menza. He has studied with Joel Fulgham, Stanton Moore, Kendrick Scott, Rick Latham, Terreon Gully, Jay Lawrence, Ed Soph, and others.

Admission: 
$40

Pino Daniele

Saturday / June 9, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Pino Daniele

Pino Daniele is an influential Italian jazz-fusion guitarist. He has released 30 studio albums since 1975. Through his love for diverse musical genres (ranging from Elvis Presley to Roberto Murolo) he has created a new style all his own, a style he calls "taramblù” (so named for the way it blends tarantella and blues).
 
This is Daniele’s first Boston performance. He will be accompanied by jazz greats Rachel Z on piano, Omar Hakim on drums, Gianluca Podio on keyboard, and Solomon Dorsey on bass.

Born in Naples, Italy on March 19, 1955, self-taught guitarist Pino Daniele recorded his first album at the age of 22. From the beginning of his career, it was evident that his passion lay in rock and blues. Greatly influenced by his own cultural background, his music was a successful fusion of tradition and modernity.  

His solo debut, Terra Mia, sung in Neapolitan, was the first example of what Daniele called "taramblù," a combination of tarantella, rhumba, and blues. In 1979 his self‐titled sophomore record was released, followed by Nero a Metà in 1980, and that same year Daniele was invited to open for reggae superstar Bob Marley for his show in Milan. During the next few years the artist continued exploring his various Mediterranean, African, and Western inspirations—found in albums like Common Ground, a collaboration with American folk singer Richie Havens, and the Middle Eastern‐influenced Bonne Soirée—as well as writing soundtracks for films by Massimo Troisi.

In 1989 Daniele took a step toward greater commercial success with the release of the pop record Mascalzone Latino, followed by another deluge of albums, including 1991's Un Uomo in Blues, 1993's Che Dio Ti Benedica (which had two tracks produced by Chick Corea), 1995's Non Calpestare I Fiori Nel Deserto, 1997's Dimmi Cosa Succede Sulla Terra, and 2000's Medina.

Two years later the singer teamed up with fellow Italian stars Francesco DeGregori, Ron, and Fiorella Mannoia for a tour, captured on the appropriately titled In Tour. In 2005 Daniele released Iguana Café, another studio record. Between 2005 and 2010, Daniele released three more studio albums: Il Mio Nome e Pino Daniele e Vivo Qui, Ricomincio da 30, and Electric Jam. In 2010, Daniele released his 13th studio album, Boogie Boogie Man.

On June 24, 2011, in Salerno, Italy, Pino Daniele performed side by side with the English blues rock superstar Eric Clapton. A benefit for children's causes in Italy, the concert sold out to capacity at the Stadio di Cava de' Tirreni.

Admission: 
$60, $45, reserved seating

Daniel Rotem

Monday / July 23, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Daniel Rotem

Enjoy the unique jazz stylings of a promising young saxophone player.

In 2009, the Berklee College of Music World Tour arrived in Israel and after attending auditions, saxophonist Daniel Rotem was awarded a full-tuition scholarship.

In May 2011, Rotem started full-time studies at the Berklee College of Music towards a degree in music and jazz performance. He's spent two semesters on the school's dean's list. He has performed at the different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big band led by Phil Wilson; the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed and was featured as a soloist in a concert featuring the great drummer Peter Erskine); and as a featured guest at a joint performance of India Arie and Israeli composer-singer Idan Raichel. 

Admission: 
Free

Laura Marling

Friday / June 15, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

English folk musician Laura Marling is touring in support of her 2011 album, A Creature I Don't Know.

Admission: 
$20, reserved seating

Christiane Karam and ZilZALA

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 1:40 p.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Christiane Karam

Led by award-winning vocalist/composer Christiane Karam, the ZilZALA Middle Eastern Ensemble is a Boston-based world music group that draws from several musical cultures to reinterpret classical, traditional, and folk Arabic and Balkan Music. The outcome is a powerful and uplifting blend of Eastern and Western influences that creates a truly unique musical experience. The ZilZALA Ensemble has been playing to packed houses in Boston and New York and is a two-time nominee for Best World Music Act in Boston by the Phoenix Best Music Poll.

In addition to leading the ZilZALA ensemble, Karam writes and performs in various musical settings and has collaborated with the likes of Yanka Rupkina, Bassam Saba, Hüsnü Senlendirici, Jamey Haddad, the Assad Brothers, and Bobby McFerrin, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Summer Stage in New York and the International House of Music in Moscow.

Karam is also an award-winning songwriter and is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music as an assistant professor of Voice, Ensemble, and Songwriting.

Featuring:
Christiane Karam (voice, percussion)
Jussi Reijonen (oud, guitar)
Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin)

Naseem Al Atrash (cello)
Tyreek Jackson (bass)
Tareq Rantisi (percussion)

"East and West collide in the music of the ZiLZALA Middle Eastern Ensemble. This international cast of musicians provide a distinctive flavor and an irresistible rhythm." —Luke O'Neil, Boston Globe

"Christiane Karam and ZilZALA take you on a sensuous sound journey. You'll start on the narrow winding streets of Beirut and Damascus, hop a caravan ride through the desert, make a stop at a cinema in Cairo and, from there, they might lead you . . . just about anywhere!" —Hankus Netsky, New England Conservatory

"On this album [Songs of the People], Christiane Karam crafts her vocal interpretations with marvelous fluidity. Her performance with the ZilZALA Ensemble is creatively conceived and beautifully executed." —A.J.Racy, Ph.D.

http://www.wbur.org/community/events/wbur-spring-festival

Admission: 
$30

The Berklee Balkan Vocal Ensemble

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 11:30 a.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Berklee Balkan Ensemble

The Berklee Balkan vocal ensemble was founded by Christiane Karam in 2011, as a means to explore the choral traditions and folk music adaptations of the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and parts of the Mediterranean. It is primarily a women's chorus with some arrangements that incorporate male singers as well. It includes and welcomes singers from all over the world, and serves as a platform for cultural exchange, and an opportunity to come together and celebrate the beauty and spirit that connects us all. 

This year, vocalists from Serbia, Montenegro, France, Estonia, Russia, Indonesia, Ecuador, the United States, Roumania, Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, India, Puerto Rico, and Lebanon joined the ensemble to study this music and sing the ancient traditions of those regions. The ensemble will be performing traditional songs from the Bulgarian folk repertoire, several of which were originally arranged for Bulgaria's award-winning Women's State Television Choir, as well as traditional selections from Armenia, Russia, and Macedonia.

Berklee Balkan Vocal Ensemble:

Aleksandra Denda, Belgrade, Serbia
Anna Talpe, Paris, France
Gabriela Lencka, Warsaw, Poland
Christiane Karam, Beirut, Lebanon
Deniz Ozcelik, Antep, Turkey
Ioana Udroiu, Bucharest, Roumania
Raquel Quinones-Rivera, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Jana Sustersic, Belgrade,  Serbia
Andrea Charalambos, Nikosia, Cyprus
Eleni Arapaglou, Athens, Greece
Adriel Tjokrosaputro, Surakarta, Indonesia
Tracy Robertson, Watertown, NY
Francisco Ruiz, Quito, Ecuador

Special guests include: Patrick Yacono (kaval, gaida, clarinet) Alex Gable (mandolin), and Tareq Rantisi (percussion).

Admission: 

The Pines / Brendan Hogan

Tuesday / June 12, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Pines

The mysterious sound of the Pines fuses Benson Ramsey's ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with David Huckfelt's earthy, darkly romantic, and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals, and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Benson's brother Alex Ramsey, the core of the Pines' sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy. Creating quite a buzz around the Twin Cities and across the Upper Midwest, the Pines caught the attention of acclaimed indie label Red House Records and signed with them in 2007, releasing its breakout album, Sparrows in the Bell, named one of the top roots releases of the year by Q Magazine. The Pines wowed audiences at the 2008 South By Southwest (SXSW) and were named one of the musical highlights by CMT.com. The band followed up its success with Tremolo, an album that garnered rave reviews in magazines like Rolling Stone and got airplay on tastemaker stations such as KCRW and the Current. It landed them coveted performances on Daytrotter.com and Bob Harris's popular BBC show, winning them new fans across North America and Europe. A great live act whether performing as a stripped-down trio (Huckfelt and the Ramsey brothers) or as a full rock band, the Pines' devoted cult following and has led them to share the stage with such diverse acts as Bon Iver, Mavis Staples, Arcade Fire, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings, and Spider John Koerner. The Pines just finished a North American tour with Mason Jennings in 25 cities, opening for him and playing in his band.

Brendan Hogan is supporting SilverQuick with regional tours of the U.S. He also hosts, programs, and produces a weekly music program called "Dark Was the Night," featuring blues, roots, and songwriters on WUMB radio in Boston. NPR's Car Talk featured Hogan's song "Big Black Car" on its popular syndicated radio program in November 2011. Hogan came in at No. 31 on WUMB's listener-voted "Top 100" artists list for 2011.

Admission: 
$10

Cosmodrome

Saturday / August 11, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Cosmodrome

Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward-thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy.

Cosmodrome is based out of Boston, where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee. Although the core band consists of only four members, Cosmodrome is often accompanied by a horn section with the occasional addition of special guests.

From a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members of Cosmodrome quickly became best friends during their freshman year in college. Fueled by their passion for creation and love of all music "stank face inspiring," the four began to write their own original songs, and in the late spring of 2011, Cosmodrome was born. The band has recently finished recording its first official EP and continues to write original music and perform in the Northeast. Cosmodrome is excited to share its constantly evolving and unique musical vision with all who will listen.

Cosmodrome is Madison McFerrin (vocals), Finnegan Bryan Singer (guitar), Charely Ruddell (bass), and Taylor Robinson (drums).

Admission: 
Free

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