Concert

Flamenco Soul

Sunday / June 24, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Place
Baltimore
MD
United States
21202

The Flamenco Soul tour—in New York, Washington, Baltimore, and Boston—offers an up-close look at the flamenco and Latin sounds coming from Spain and the Americas. Under the direction of Javier Limón, seven-time Latin Grammy Award winner and artistic director of the Mediterranean Music Institute of Berklee in Valencia, Flamenco Soul presents a sample of the best flamenco in the world, risqué but at the same time pure, by the hands and soul of a talented, young group of Berklee students, alumni, and flamenco artists that sets the tempo of the sound of today.

This tour will be a journey: first, a glimpse of flamenco's oldest and most original styles; then an overview of its distinct paths of evolution; finally arriving at the experimental modes of today, offering a preview to flamenco's future.

This event is part of Young Flamenco Project, an initiative of SPAIN Arts & Culture and the Mediterranean Music Institute of Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, to foster the musical creativity of young Spanish and Latin-American artists in the United States.

 

 

Admission: 
$25 in advance

Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer String Program Faculty Showcase

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark O'Connor will perform with faculty from the Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer String program.

Admission: 

Emily's Army / Awesome Express

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Emily's Army Band

Emily's Army is influenced by the rich East Bay music scene, Gilman Street, classic power pop, and garage rock. Emily's Army crafts heartfelt teenage anthems dealing in cautionary tales, politics, and the pressures of adolescence. The band members have known each other for most of their lives and discovered their passion for music together. From 4-year-olds hitting piñatas to little league baseball to surfing to collecting punk rock records; Max, Cole, and Joey formed the band in 2004 as Raining Souls. At a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emily's Army is a breath of fresh air—rocking out together for the pure fact that they love playing music and they love playing together. 

Awesome Express is Shaqed Druyan, Charles Coleman, Charles Winston, and Kyle Coulter. They are passionate and dedicated about bringing back the classic sound of rock 'n' roll from the '60's and '70's, and are influenced by Led ZeppelinStyx, and Queen.  Performing original music and classic cover songs, they bring audiences to their feet.   

 


Admission: 
$12 General Public

Numasbala

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Numasbala

Founded in 2007 by Colombian singer and bass player Fabio Montenegro, Numasbala was taken to the next level while he was attending Berklee College of Music. There he met Brazilian producer/engineer Pablo Friedman, who both influenced and helped shape Numasbala's vision and music.

In 2010 Numasbala was once again taken to a higher place when Guatemalan cook, keyboardist, singer, and accordionist Javier Samayoa (a.k.a. Capitan Clavier) joined forces with Fabio Montenegro and helped him put a band together. They then recruited Colombian lick-smacking guitar master Felipe Piedrahita (a.k.a. El Caido) and magical drummer from Colombia Gabriela Jimeno (Gabi), who helped the band take its first steps. Together, they played under the name Muamut at Cafe 939 at Berklee, All Asia Cambridge, and Kea in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2011 Gabi departed the band on friendly terms and the band kept on, renaming themselves Numasbala, adding a flavorful horn section, and experimenting with various drummers, until finding the current Peruvian drummer and beat master David Cornejo.

Now Numasbala has grown to be a powerful band with a five-horn section, percussionist, and backup singers (amongst them we find the famous Elsa "la anti-siniestra"). Numasbala has played at the Berklee Performance Center and several Latin parties around Boston, and has been invited to play more promising concerts this upcoming summer.

Be ready and be steady, because Numasbala is currently in the studio in Boston producing their new album, sure to seduce and enchant your ears and dance your soul!

View the entire Kendall Square concert series. 

Admission: 
Free

Yoon Hwa

Friday / July 6, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist Yoon Hwa's recital.

Admission: 

Homenaje a la Salsa

Thursday / July 5, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

Puerto Rican percussionist Frankie Rodríguez has been a mainstay in the New England music scene as the go-to band leader whenever salsa super stars are performing in the region. Some of these artists include the legendary Ismael Miranda, Larry Harlow, Lalo Rodríguez, Cheo Feliciano, and many, many more.  His band Homenaje a la Salsa joins the talents of some of the best performers from the region and offers an exciting blend of salsa hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Admission: 
Free

Mario Castro Quintet

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Rex Hotel
194 Queen Street West
Toronto
United States
Mario Castro

Hailing from Humacao, Puerto Rico, Mario Castro began his musical studies at the age of 12, and later became interested primarily in jazz. 
He has performed in the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha's Vineyard Jazz Festival, and Nancy Jazz Festival both as a sideman and leader.

He has performed with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Giovanni Hidalgo, Humberto Ramirez, Mike Clark, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Gene Perla, and many more. The Mario Castro Quintet met in 2008 at Berklee College of Music, where Mario finished his studies in 2011. The group's debut CD,  Primavera, was released in April 2012 by Greg Osby's label Inner Circle Music. The quintet consists of David Neves, Jonathan Pinson, Tamir Shmerling, and KyuMin Shim.

Born in 1989, trumpeter David Neves is the winner of the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. He completed his studies at Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2011, where he's had the pleasure of studying with some of his favorite musicians including Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Tiger Okoshi, and Hal Crook, to name a few. 

Jonathan Pinson's dynamic and explosive percussion sound has been described as that of a "young Elvin Jones." His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano. He transitioned to the drum set in 1999 with instruction by Jerry Kalaf, at Los Angeles' Colburn School of Performing Arts, up until 2007. He's been fortunate to have the opportunity to study with the late, great Billy Higgins, at the World Stage in Los Angeles, California. Pinson came to Berklee on the full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship. He graduated in 2011, and was recently accepted into Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

A double and electric bassist from Israel, Tamir Shmerling completed his mandatory national service as a bassist for the Israeli Defense Forces Orchestra from 2005 to 2008, performing with the  orchestra around Israel, Europe, and the U.S. He held the bass chair in both the Tel Aviv and Holon big bands, directed by Amikam Kimelman and Guri Agmon respectively, and in the "Israeli Idol" TV show band. Shmerling studied at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship, and was a student of Eli Magen from 2008-2009. Since graduating Berklee in 2011, he has toured with Terri Lyne Carrington. 

KyuMin Shim was born in Seoul, Korea in 1984 and began to play the piano at age 5. He began with a focus on classical music, but soon after he started playing the jazz piano and won the performance prize in Jazz Music Competition held by Seoul Institute of The Arts (SITA), one of the best music schools in Korea. A year later, SITA presented him with a full scholarship. Since 2009, he's been studying at Berklee on scholarship, where he works with Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, and Ed Tomassi, to name a few.

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Lihi Haruvi

Sunday / September 2, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Lihi Haruvi

Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Lihi Haruvi is now living in Boston studying on a full-tuition scholarship at Berklee, majoring in performance and film scoring.

Haruvi studied in the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of the Performing Arts; was awarded with the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, the Tel-Aviv Conservatory scholarship, and Excellent Musician status in the Israel Defense Forces; and was an official arranger for the army orchestra.

During her military service, she was chosen to represent Israel by performing as a soloist around the world, and she received a scholarship to study at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Currently, she is a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro and has the honor of working with Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Jim Odgren, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Eddie Gomez, and many other outstanding musicians.

Haruvi is a signed artist of Berklee's Jazz Revelation Records label. She has performed at respected jazz festivals and venues such as the Red Sea Eilat Jazz Festival, Birdland, and the Berklee Performance Center.

Admission: 
Free

Red Oblivion

Sunday / August 5, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Grant Park
55 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago
IL
United States
60601
Red Oblivion

Red Oblivion is the latest group to break out of Berklee. All four members have come from around the world to study here. Say hello to Eden, Emma, Zach, and Carson. Together they are Red Oblivion and will take the stage at this year's Lollapalooza festival.

Eden Rayz started playing cello at age 4, and by 14 she was performing in Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra, recording a live album/DVD with the multiplatinum band Styx. Soon after, her string arrangements of rock songs were published professionally. Rayz earned a scholarship to Berklee, where she once again stood out and was recruited to arrange and perform for Vinnie Ferra and record for Wyclef Jean. Recently Rayz was commissioned to compose for professional chamber ensembles, most recently the Almeda Trio in Cleveland, Ohio. The first movement of her Piano Trio was premiered on Winter Solstice of 2010 in the Cleveland Observatory and was written to include algorithms expressing the astronomical ratios of stars.

Emma Torres is an American who was raised in Mexico City and Madrid, Spain. When she was 12 she turned to the guitar to express her feelings of not being from anywhere. By age 16, she was performing on the Vans Warped Tour, touring Mexico with her punk metal band. At 18 she entered Berklee, as a guitar principal, conquering her instrument and mastering genres beyond her love of rock and metal. A recent Berklee graduate, Torres realized that she wanted to, once again, grace the stage with her guitar.

Zach Adams was born in Queens, New York and was introduced to punk music by his grandmother, who made T-shirts for the Ramones. Zach eventually moved to Las Vegas where he began his career fronting many local rock and punk bands. It was the summer of 2008, and Adams entered the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee. His talent stood out and he was awarded a scholarship to the college, which he accepted after graduating high school in 2009.

Carson Groenewold—named after his birthplace, Carson City, Nevada—rounds out and pounds out Red Oblivion, with his classically trained drumming. His family moved from Nevada to Maryland, where Groenewold was raised in a log cabin. After middle school, he enrolled in a Catholic high school, because it was the only school in the area with a full-time drum teacher. Winner of a performance award at Fiestaval in Virginia Beach, he eventually applied to the only college he wanted to attend, Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
$95

Italo Cunha and the Mates

Thursday / July 12, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Italo Cunha

Italo Cunha, born in Brasilia, Brazil in 1992, is an award-winning, up-and-coming jazz guitarist, vocalist, producer, and musical director who quickly gained recognition in his country.

He's received such awards as first prize Festbandas (2004), Musical Revelation at the Toque de Classe Institute (2005), the youngest recipient ever of a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute, the Guitar Department Award (2011), the Jimi Hendrix Award (2010), and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima/Berklee College of Music.

He's also had several television, newspaper, magazine, and radios appearances in Norway, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and U.S. Cunha has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and has toured Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. He arrived at Berklee at age 16 on a scholarship, where he had the opportunity to work with many great artists such as Marc Johnson, Mark Walker, Hal Crook, Lee Ritenour, Eliana Elias, Dave Santoro, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many more.

Currently Cunha is on the jazz label Jazz Revelation Records for the second consecutive year. He also has recorded for Paramount Pictures Studio.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

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