Concert

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

Logan Edmison's Senior Recital

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Logan Edmison (gtr.) senior recital, with MEGA-SHRUB, a three piece math rock insane-a-thon. Will include all styles of music including fusion and math, along with many other progressive sounds, many of which are self-composed.

Admission: 

Spyros Rassias' Senior Recital

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Spyros Rassias' Trio will perform jazz standards along with some tunes composed by European composers and some originals.

Admission: 

Kyujung's Jazz Composition Recital

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist and composer Kyujung Lim presents her jazz compositions and arrangements.

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Marcella Camargo Quartet

Wednesday / July 11, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Ramler Park
120 Peterborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Singer and arranger, Marcella Camargo has been present in the musical scene since she was 14 years old. From singing in choir festivals, while she was still studying in the US, to being the lead vocal for several styles bands in Brazil, she always stood out for her performance.

 

She started her music studies at Faculdade Souza Lima (BIN School), and today, awarded with the World Scholarship, she attends Berklee College of Music for degrees in performance and professional music (with focus on contemporary writing and production) and has been invited to perform in several recitals and special participations at the BPC with Paul Simon, Ivan Lins, Jetro da Silva, and the Middle Eastern Festival.

Marcella Camargo's Quartet has been created for the simple reason of getting friends together to perform good music while still having a good time and to bring a little of the Brazilian warmth to the rest of the world. Together for almost a year this quartet performs from standard jazz tunes to blues, samba, and bossa nova using unique arrangements and has performed throughout Boston for private parties and events such as "Taste of the Back Bay" 2011 and 2012.

 

Rain Date: Wednesday, July 25

Admission: 
Free

Two Grand I'm Yours

Sunday / August 12, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Two of Australia's finest contemporary solo artists have formed a partnership through their love of music and the "grand" piano. A fusion of classical, folk, and pop. With special guest solo pianist Patrick Gorman.

Admission: 
$35, general admission

New Muslim Cool Screening

Wednesday / June 27, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Hamza Pérez: Muslim Puerto Rican rapper and community activist

Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young Muslim.

Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through his uncompromising music as part of the hip-hop duo M-Team.

Join us as New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza's ride through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places-where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.  

Q&A to follow with a very special guest! See the library website or the library facebook page to watch the trailer or for more information. Cosponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

German Schauss: The Total Shred Guitarist

Tuesday / July 24, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso, German Schauss, will be presenting a clinic on modern rock guitar techniques and improvisational concepts. 

German has written instructional articles, books, and online interactive video lessons for Alfred Publications (Shredding Bach, Total Shred Guitar, Shredding Paganini, Serious Shred, and Shredding Composers) and National Guitar Workshop’s WorkshopLive on Modern Rock Guitar Soloing.

He also writes and records music with his original band and tours with many nationally and internationally known artists. Schauss is signed to Steve Vai's Favored-Nations/ Digital-Nations label and is working on a new CD following his very successful The Lightspeeder release.

Additionally, he writes music for video games and commercials/ TV. He is also an author for a very popular monthly guitar column "Instant Shredding" in Germany's biggest guitar magazine Gitarre & Bass. The July 2008 Issue of Guitar World Magazine has listed him as one of the fastest guitarists of all time.

Visit his website for more information.

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Alexz Johnson / Hannah Christianson / Adrianne Lenker

Saturday / July 28, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Alexz Johnson

Alexz Johnson's crystal clean, operatic voice roams in styles from Johnny Cash-era country, to 40's style ballads, to seductive, smoky world-beats. Over the years, this Canadian singer-songwriter has built a supportive following which has allowed her to pursue her passion for creating a unique pop/soul/folk sound. She is now on tour to promote her latest EP, Skipping Stone which was released last April.

Currently staying in Brooklyn, New York City, she’s actually an entertainment veteran with fifteen years in the industry and a Gemini Award under her belt. Eight years ago she landed the lead role on Instant Star, a hit Canadian TV show which gave her a platform for her music. Johnson and her brother Brendan wrote the celebrated pop songs that her character, Jude Harrison, sang on the show. “I’m so grateful for my time on the show,” says Johnson who still acts and enjoys it, “and for giving me this loyal audience,” she says. “They've kept me going at times. At this point I know in my bones that there is an audience for what I do.

Hannah Christianson is a Music Therapy and Songwriting major at Berklee College of Music. Her thoughtful writing encompasses the human condition with honesty, charisma, and hope. She has performed in the Best of Berklee's Songwriters Showcase and received Honorable Mention in Berklee's Prestigious Performer/Songwriter Contest. Her song "Let's Be Frisbees" won Berklee's 2010 Perfect Pitch content and was recently featured on a compilation CD for the Raising the Blues Foundation, which distributed uplifting music to children's hospitals around New England. Her album, The Part That Knows, was just released last spring. 

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages Of The Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Adrianne was only 14. The title cut was a top five finalist for song of the year in the 2005 Independent Music Awards in the singer-songwriter category. The Lenker song, "My Bliss," was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008. She is currently working on her next album.

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

Admission: 
$15 GA, $30 VIP (VIP tix includes early access to venue and a pre-show at 7PM meet and greet with Alexz)

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