Performance

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Petra Richterova

The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times in 2010, calling it “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk.” Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, where he began his musical career at the age of 11 as a vocalist and percussionist. The Pedrito Martinez Group also includes percussionist Jhair Sala from Peru; electric bassist and Berklee alumnus Alvaro Benavides from Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist Araicne Trujillo from Cuba. 

This concert is part of the annual Tito Puente Latin Music Series, presented by Berklee College of Music, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. This six-concert series takes place in July and August and is an infectious soundscape of live Latin music and dance, with a strong salsa influence, in parks around the city. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

Admission: 
Free

Josh Shpak Band with special guest Shelly Berg

Wednesday / October 15, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

In his third recital at Berklee, trumpeter and composer Josh Shpak, together with a special guest artist, the twice Grammy nominated pianist Shelly Berg, will showcase original music that brings together a variety of influences ranging from jazz, soul, and rock to film music and more.

A Concord Records and Steinway artist and the Dean of the Frost Music School at the University of Miami, Berg has performed with a Who's Who of music legends, including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Branford Marsalis, Dave Grusin, Woody Herman, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, and Tom Scott, to name just a few. Dave Brubeck said, "Shelly Berg is a great jazz pianist who has a total command of his instrument."

Berg has also orchestrated for television and film, as well as for Chicago, Kiss, Carole King, Richard Marx, Joe Cocker, Elliott Smith, Lou Rawls, Steve Miller, for Ray Sings, Basie Swings (an album by Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra), and Arturo Sandoval's A Time for Love. He has written for orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the American Symphony. His orchestrationswere described as "magnificent... incredible" by Johnny Mandel.

Additionally, Berg has performed or arranged for vocalists Gloria Esefan, Patti Austin, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Michael Feinstein, Renee Fleming, Gregory Porter, Aretha Franklin, Tierney Sutton, Janelle Monae, Queen Latifah, Lorraine Feather, Monica Mancini, Rita Moreno, Ricky Martin, Kevin Spacey, Dionne Warwick, Carmen Bradford, and many more.

"Shelly Berg burns hard, his fingers flying over the keyboard while his body nearly levitates off the bench,'' wrote a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times.

 

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: New Works for Jazz Orchestra V

Tuesday / February 10, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

The faculty of the Harmony Department presents a program of original music and arrangements for jazz orchestra. Harmony Department faculty will perform with guests from across the college.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Harmony Too!

Tuesday / February 10, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

"Harmony Too!" is a faculty performance showcasing the best student final projects from the Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 course.

Admission: 
Free

Mandolin Mashup

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Mandolin mashup is the annual celebration of mandolins on campus. Faculty and students will present music in a wide range of styles, all featuring the mandolin.

Admission: 
Free

The Bonobros Trio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
02110

The Bonobros Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three Berklee students. They first met  in a “Singing for Brass Players” class taught by Christine Fawson, a trumpet professor. One of their first times playing together, the trio struck up a tight and dynamic aesthetic, playing through American Songbook standards. After the class, the trio went to the nearest hallway with instruments in hand, took a photo, entitled the group (with the help of Professor Fawson), and the rest was history. The Bonobros Trio is composed of Matt Byron on bass, Neal Rosenthal on trumpet/guitar/vocals, and Elena Bonomo on drums, pulling from the styles of jazz, bop, funk, rock, R&B, and many more.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Strings Theory

Wednesday / January 28, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Strings Theory Trio
Image courtesy of the artist
CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the weather.

Combining idiomatic flexibility, a wellspring of creativity, and world-class virtuosity, Mimi Rabson brings together some of her most important influences and inspirations. With Junko Fujiwara on cello and faculty member Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin, the Strings Theory Trio supercharges the intimate atmosphere of chamber music with a triple dose of edgy, daring improvisation. Listening to these virtuosi, one hears Western classical tradition anew: Crystalline instrumental sonorities gain new resilience and allure from their origins in the inspiration of the moment. Simultaneously delicate and dangerous, the trio's music is richly nuanced and deeply satisfying.

Admission: 
Free

Writing Out Your Life: Autobiography in Song featuring the students of Paula Cole

Thursday / October 9, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The students of Paula Cole will be singing and self-accompanying original material.

Admission: 
Free

Sophisticated Lady: In Memory of Magdalene Liptay

Tuesday / October 7, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Suzanna Sifter

Composer, arranger, and pianist Suzanna Sifter presents an acoustic jazz quartet with some Berklee all-stars: Dino Govoni on tenor sax, Bruce Gertz on bass, and Casey Scheuerell on drums. The group will perform a beautiful waltz by Gertz as well as some high-energy contemporary jazz, featuring some tunes from Sifter’s book, Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads.

 

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Composition Department Faculty Concert

Monday / January 26, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.

A presentation of faculty compositions.

Admission: 
Free

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