Concert

Fall Together

Wednesday / November 2, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Jazz Composition Department presents Fall Together, our annual fall concert. We feature music written by Jazz Composition faculty, played by a faculty jazz orchestra. This year featured composers include Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Ken Pullig, Marc Rossi, Bruce Thomas, and Phil Wilson. Featured performers include Aaron Bahr, Jeff Galindo, Greg Hopkins, Ido Meshulam, Bob Patton, Daniel Ian Smith, and Bruce Thomas. The music covers a diverse representation of jazz music. 

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

Africa Sweet O

Tuesday / November 1, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

The concert will open with Koliba, an 11-piece Afro-pop band, led by percussion faculty member Mohammed Kamera. The first set will feature songs from its new CD, Yigi (Hope). They will fire you up and rock your soul.

The second set will feature the explosive vibe of Saakumu, a traditional group from the upper west region of Ghana. Now on its fourth U.S. tour, Saakumu will present the music and dance of the Dagara, Ashanti, and Ga people of Ghana. Led by world-renowned xylophonist Bernard Woma, this will be a set not to forget. 

 

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

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Sunday / November 13, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Northeastern University Fenway Center
77 St. Stephens St.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Francisco Noya presents a fall performance featuring premieres of Gernot Wolfgang's Alpine Story and Beth Denisch's Yanvalou

Austrian-born Wolfgang holds degrees from Berklee and University of Music of Graz, Austria. A guitarist, he is active in the film and TV music industry as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator.

Denisch, an associate professor of composition, is the founding director of the American Composers Forum New England and active in the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman's Suite Everquest II; Grammy Award-winning composer Chris Tin's Myrmidons; Symphony No. 2 in B Minor by Alexander Borodin; and Pirates of the Caribbean Suite will also be performed. 

Admission: 
Free

<em>Thriller</em> Presented by Tom Appleman

Monday / October 31, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come see Michael Jackson's album Thriller performed in its entirety, directed by faculty member Tom Appleman. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8, $13 in advance; $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating

Jarana Beat Concert

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jarana Beat brings the best of Mexican folk music and dance to the New York art scene and, now, to the Berklee community. Dressed in vibrant costumes, dancers interweave percussive footwork with the music of regional rhythms such as son jarocho, son guerrerence, son huasteco, mexika, and norteña, among others. Skilled young musicians from Mexico deliver the unique music of their homeland using traditional instruments and verse structures such as the pastern, sextuplet and décima. Performing since 2007, Jarana Beat offers a colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico.

Admission: 

Songs of Sun Ra

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Faculty Intergalactic Space Telepathy Arkestra plays songs and sound canvasses for voices and jazz big-band originally delivered to earth by Afro-futurist composer and self-professed extraterrestrial: Sun Ra. Featured vocalist is Diane Richardson. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

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

Ivan Lins Meets Berklee

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ivan Lins

Ivan Lins has had many successes as a singer and composer. The most-recorded Brazilian artist living abroad, he began playing piano at age 18 and was very influenced by music he heard in his childhood in the United States: jazz and bossa nova.

Lins won two Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album for Cantando Histórias. He is the first and only Brazilian artist to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. In 2009, he was nominated for three Latin Grammys for his album Regência: Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra, winning the award for Best MPB Album.

He recorded several albums for EMI Brasil and Reprise, and wrote many Brazilian standards such as "Love Dance" ("Lembrança"), which has been covered by Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Diane Schuur, and many others; "Começar de Novo"; and "Velas Içadas." His music has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Sting, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Terence Blanchard, Sérgio Mendes, and Michael Bublé, to name just a few. 

Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro but spent several years in Boston while his father was a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a degree in industrial chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and considered a career in volleyball before becoming a musician. 

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

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

Eddie Gomez Quintet

Friday / October 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Eddie Gomez

Join the Eddie Gomez Quintet as they release their newest CD, Per Sempre. Featuring Bob Gullotti on drums, Kevin Harris on piano, and Matt Marvuglio on flute, Marco Pignataro on sax, and Eddie Gomez on bass.

This concert is part of the Berklee Latin Culture Celebration and is sponsored by the Berklee Performance Division in collaboration with Villa Victoria.

Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. The Latin Grammy Award winner's impressive resumé includes performances with giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and Benny Goodman. His unique sound and style can be heard on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, R&B, popular, and contemporary music. Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band from 1959 to 1961. After studying at Juilliard, he played with Rufus Jones's sextet, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio. He has since worked in countless settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus and with Steps Ahead, Benny Wallace, JoAnne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, and Chick Corea and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch. His recent recording Duets, co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th annual Latin Grammys. His recordings as a leader include Next Future, Outlaws, Live in Moscow, Street Smart, Power Play, Mezgo, Discovery, Gomez, Down Stretch, What's New at F, Palermo, and Trio. The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker, Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff, and John Abercrombie. In 2006, his DVD An Evening with Eddie Gomez was released, with Gomez and Mark Kramer performing.

A native of Bologna, Italy, Marco Pignataro has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in jazz festivals and international music venues, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, JoAnne Brakeen, Rufus Reid, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, and Jon Faddis, among others. His CD, Sofia's Heart, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro's compositions and arrangements. His latest CD is Per Sempre by the Eddie Gomez Quintet. Pignataro is currently managing director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) in Boston, a RICO performing artist, and endorser for Mauriat saxophones and for the Applied Microphone Technology.

Matt Marvuglio is dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music. A virtuoso flutist and composer, he has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, premiering his compositions for jazz flute. He has presented clinics for the National Flute Association, the Acoustic Society of America, and the International Flute Convention in São Paulo, Brazil. His first solo album, Why Cry?, features original compositions and arrangments. He has played and recorded with great jazz artists such as Danilo Pérez, Phil Wilson, Eddie Gomez, and Kenwood Dennard, among others.

Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music. The native Kentuckian's compositions and arrangements vary from explosive polyrhythmic pieces to introspective ballads. Harris has performed at the Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, Wang Theatre, Jordan Hall, Berklee Performance Center, and Wally's Jazz Café. He has also participated in the Havana, Cuba and Boston, MA jazz festivals. His music contains the varied influences of Marcus Roberts, Chopin, Keith Jarrett, Danilo Pérez, and Thelonious Monk. Among his most recent and upcoming collaborations are Avishai Cohen, Steve Langone, Marco Pignataro, Eddie Gomez, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, and Jerry Bergonzi.

Bob Gullotti is one of the most accomplished drummers you will ever encounter. Combining power, subtlety, grace, and a virtually unmatched articulation of rhythm, Gullotti sets a standard to which most drummers can only imagine reaching. He is an active teacher and performer, a regular in the jazz scenes of Boston and Providence. He currently can be found performing with his own group, the Fringe, as well as with the Hal Crook Group, Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet, and Gil Aharon Trio.

Admission: 
$10 in advance until October 24; $15 at the door

Chuck McDermott with Caballo Blanco

Sunday / October 30, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck McDermott

Iowa-born singer-songwriter Chuck McDermott has been making music for 40 years, on a journey that has taken him from Boston to Los Angeles, from barrooms to concert halls, from bootleg tapes to albums and movie soundtracks. Along the way, he's left a trail of evocative songs and a legion of still-loyal fans across the U.S. and Europe. McDermott's writing style is a gumbo that is true to the narrative traditions of country music but still incorporating the rhythms and sounds of R&B and rock 'n' roll.

Berklee's Roots Music Ensemble opens the night.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Aabaraki / George Woods and Robert Gilles

Thursday / October 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Folk-Funk Fight Night will be a fantastic night with Aabaraki, George Woods, and Robert Gilles.

Aabaraki's delicious neo-soul sound not only pays homage to the founders of funk, but also modernizes the genre. In a trend-heavy musical climate, the four-piece Aabaraki opts for sophisticated minimalism, operating as a single unit in producing, writing, singing, and creating all of its music.

Find a friend in the funky grooves and singable tunes of George Woods's brand of "folk-funk for bohemians," bringing you songs like the poetic memoirs of a love-struck Ginsberg, mixed with some boundary-bending musical charm. With a tongue-in-cheek stage presence and a one-on-one style of audience rapport, Woods provides a live concert experience that is both intimate and fun, full of storytelling and guitar-slinging expertise.

 

Admission: 
$8 general public, $5 students

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