Concert

The O'Connor Method Student Recital

Friday / June 29, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer Strings Program hosts students learning to play violin, viola, and cello in the groundbreaking O'Connor method. Students will take the stage in various pairings, ensembles, and string orchestras to showcase their progress in American string playing.

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Mikael Ringquist, Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil

Thursday / August 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States

The final performance in the 2012 Tito Puente Latin Music Series.

Marcus Santos's AfroBrazil group has a special sound and energy inspired by Santos's hometown, Bahia, Brazil. This is a a very upbeat and interactive show. The 12-piece percussion ensemble guarantees a spectacular show combining traditional Brazilian grooves like samba and axé with funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop.

Santos has performed worldwide in festivals from Japan to the U.S. He is also featured in BOSE's Musically Speaking II DVD, Rush's drummer Neil Peart's newest DVD, and the Sony Pictures movie Rachel Getting Married with Ann Hathaway. Santos is endorsed by Latin Percussion Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drumheads, Gibraltar Hardware, and Cooperman Frame Drums.

Mikael Ringquist has dozens of recordings to his credit and has performed at venues on five continents with various artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Claudio Roditi, Jonatha Brooke, and Victor Borge. His most recent major project has been as leader of Orquesta La Pasión, a group of handpicked musicians that performs composer Osvaldo Golijov's highly acclaimed and Grammy-nominated composition "La Pasión según San Marcos."

Hosted by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).

Admission: 
Free

Folcloreishon "Reloaded"

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Folcloreishon performs traditional Argentinean songs with original arrangements and original instruments played in a contemporary context. The group features:

Ariana Corradi - Voice
Jacinta Clusellas - Acoustic/Electric Guitar.
Tomas Latorre - Bass and Charango
Mariana Migliore - Drums and Bombo Leguero
Patti Ramon - Piano and Voice

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Chris Konopka and Michele Freed: freeOpka

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

freeOpka is the brainchild of graduating seniors Chris Konopka and Michele Freed. For their senior recitals they chose one joint recital packed full of great music. Konopka is described as an electro-acoustic experience with jazz themes. Freed has been described as a refreshing take on classic jazz.

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Randy Felts: More Dancing in the Light

Monday / July 16, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Harmony professor Randy Felts will present a multimedia concert featuring live control of music and video images via the synthophone (digital saxophone). Ralph Rosen (percussion and chromatic harmonica) and Lisa Leake (modern dance) will assist. The wide-ranging musical styles include film music, rock dance styles, and jazz using themes by Joni Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, and Miles Davis.

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Wei-ting Hsu's Senior Recital

Monday / July 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Composer Wei-ting Hsu's senior recital.

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Jinju Yi: I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

Monday / July 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist/composer Jinju Yi will present her original music.

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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey / Father Figures

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

For its 21st album, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey reaches into the dark annals of its hometown's history and emerges with a masterwork:The Race Riot Suite. Written, arranged, and orchestrated by Chris Combs, the album is a long-form conceptual piece that tells the devastating story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot-a real estate-driven ethnocide occurring under the guise of citizen-dispensed justice. The oil-elite, civic government and local press colluded to take advantage of a racially tense climate in Jim Crow-era Oklahoma, resulting in the death of hundreds of black Tulsans and the destruction of an entire city district.

Father Figures is a band of five friends from Brooklyn, making music that blends the composed and improvised into something that is wild, yet accessible. It is Zombie Jazz, and it is not your grandfather's music... unless your grandfather juggled knives. 

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

 

Admission: 
$12 advance, $15 day of

Mario Castro Quintet

Friday / June 29, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Montreal Jazz Festival
Scène CBC/Radio-Canada
Montreal
United States
H3A 1L4
Mario Castro Quintet

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, and 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 Castro 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 in 2011 at Berklee College of Music and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, 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 to 2009. Since graduating from 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.

Admission: 
Free

Mango Blue

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
East Boston Greenway
42 Marginal Street
Boston
MA
United States
02128

Mango Blue blends an exciting mixture of musical styles to create a refreshing new sound in Afro-Latin and world music, through songs of celebration and social conscience. Mango Blue is a high-powered, all original music ensemble based in New York City, that has delighted audiences and promoters alike with its infectious sound. Led by Ecuadorian composer, bassist, and singer Alex Alvear, this invigorating hybrid playfully integrates a wide array of influences from R&B, jazz, and funk to Caribbean roots, with a strong rhythmical foundation that draws from diverse Afro-Latin musical traditions. This stylistic fusion allows for a concoction that translates into music that transcends ethnic boundaries, providing a new color in the Latin music palette.

This concert is hosted by Zumix.

 

Admission: 
Free

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