Concert

Francisco Ruiz

Thursday / July 18, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Francisco Ruiz

 

Hailing from Ecuador, talented singer Francisco Ruiz is fluent in a wide range of styles including pop, salsa, and reggaeton. A dual contemporary writing and production/performance major at Berklee College of Music, Ruiz has been a part of several Ecuadorian groups, including the rock/pop outfit Vox Lumini and the vocal ensemble Clone. He has also participated in independent projects such as a Dave Matthews tribute band, Satellite, the IMC Big Band, and the Salsa Orchestra of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Before attending Berklee, Ruiz received a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Conservatorio Sergei Rachmaninov in Ecuador. In addition to voice, his studies also include piano and guitar.

 

Listen to music from Francisco Ruiz here.

Admission: 
Free

Chroma

Thursday / September 26, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Chroma
Chroma

Jazz quintet Chroma presents original compositions featuring a modern yet accessible sound with its roots in groove. Formed at Berklee College of Music, Chroma is comprised of Brian Plautz (saxophone), Alex Conroy (guitar), Joel Hill (piano), Brian Benton (bass), and Matt Raphaelian (drums). Emphasizing melody and emotion, Chroma’s music is featured on Jazz Revelation Records’ 2013 release and is showcased on the quintet's independent release, Pentameter.

Listen to samples of Chroma’s music here, and/or see this video:

Admission: 
Free

John Egizi

Thursday / August 22, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
John Egizi

John Egizi plays trombone and bass, composes and arranges music, and has performed at the White House with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Maceo Parker. Egizi, who plans on releasing his debut solo project before graduating from Berklee College of Music, works as a copyist/arranger for Onyx Productions and as a core music tutor for Berklee. He has performed at the Monterey, North Sea, Toronto, Montreal, and Playboy jazz festivals.

Before earning a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee, Egizi commuted more than two hours each way to begin his music education at L.A. County High School for the Arts. At Berklee, Egizi focuses on Performance/Electronic Projection and Design and he has continued to perform with a wide variety of artists, including Bilal, Peter Erskine, and George Garzone. In this video, Egizi discusses what receiving the presidential scholarship to attend Berklee has meant to him:

Admission: 
Free

Berklee International Network 20th Anniversary Concert

Wednesday / October 16, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee International Network (BIN) 20th anniversary concert will feature exceptional students representing the diverse musical styles and cultures in the Berklee International Network. The performance will include four outstanding groups, directed by Ron Savage, chair of the Ensemble Department, and led by Berklee faculty members. The groups are the Middle Eastern Group, led by Alain Mallet; the Latin American and Caribbean Group, led by Rebecca Cline; the European and Asia Group, led by Scott DeOgburn; and the Flamenco World Group, led by Javier Limón.

The BIN network was established as part of Berklee’s international strategy to make contemporary music education and the Berklee approach to teaching both accessible and affordable across the world. Network partners are essential in attracting, generating and supporting musical talent in their specific countries and each opens the doors to the musical cultures, traditions, and styles of its country, thereby facilitating the creation of new musical, as well as educational, ideas and ensuring that Berklee remains at the forefront of modern music education.

Twenty years of collaboration has seen the BIN partnership grow. Its many notable achievements include articulation agreements that enable Berklee students to gain credits from BIN schools, the acceptance to Berklee of many exceptional musicians from BIN institutions, and the introduction of an annual Berklee International Network scholarship for an outstanding BIN school student, alumnus, or faculty member to attend the masters programs at Berklee's international campus in Valencia, Spain.

Please RSVP here. Attendees with a Berklee ID will have the chance to win one of three iPad minis. Winners will be announced at the event.

Berklee International Network (BIN):

Baron School of Music—Hong Kong

Conservatori Liceu, L’AULA de Música Moderna i Jazz—Spain

Conservatório de Artes del Caribe—Puerto Rico

Conservatório e Faculdade Souza Lima—Brazil

Escuela de Música Contemporánea—Argentina

Escuela de Música Medios Arte y Tecnología (EMMAT)—Colombia

Helsinki Pop and Jazz Conservatory—Finland

Holland College—Canada

International College of Music (ICOM)—Malaysia

Jazz & Rock Schulen Freiburg—Germany

JMC Academy—Australia

Koyo Conservatory of Music—Japan

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences—Finland

Music Academy International—France

Newpark Music Centre—Ireland

Philippos Nakas Conservatory—Greece

Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music—Israel

Seoul Jazz Academy—South Korea

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Colegio de Música—Ecuador

 

Admission: 
Free

Spring String Ensembles

Thursday / May 9, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Berklee strings students exercise their mighty ensemble chops at this concert: String quartets and other arrangements; classical, jazz, and some roots music.

Admission: 
Free

Vadim Neselovskyi: Finding Your Own Voice 3

Tuesday / May 7, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Professor Vadim Neselovskyi says that definitions of genres like pop, classical, and jazz are no longer relevant for people who create music. In his concert series Finding Your Own Voice, he seeks to nourish and support complete honesty of musical expression in students. This installment follows two that he says have created quite a buzz in the Berklee community.

"We 're trying to create music that goes in line with one's personal taste, music that the student would enjoy listening to. When we finally put together a program of original composition, we suddenly realize that we have an unbelievable diversity, from prog rock duos featuring distortion guitar via modern classical solo piano pieces to big productions involving turntables, keyboards, and recorder players," Neselovskyi said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their musician friends to play with them. "The question that I get the most after the shows is,  'How is it possible to get so much music out of a regular private piano instruction class?'" he said. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Vadim Neselovskyi: Finding Your Own Voice — 3

Tuesday / May 7, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

I believe that we are living in times where all the definitions of genres like pop, classical, jazz are not relevant anymore. These tags might be helpful for people who are selling music, but certainly not for people who try to create it.
In fact, first the new music has to arrive, then critics will find a word for it. Does the word "pop" or "rock" describe the musical universe of Beatles? Where would you put Keith Jarrett's recording of Schostakovitch Preludes and Fugues?
Who is Joni Mitchell — folk musician, jazz singer, pop phenomena, or simply an ingenious poet?

Berklee College of Music is a place where I always felt that the musician community is very open
to any musical expression. The only thing that counts is honesty. I experienced that first as Berklee student, receiving a tremendous
support for my personal music, a strange hybrid of all my influences — jazz, pop, Russian rock, classical music... Hard to imagine, but it was my PERSONAL original  voice that got me into Gary Burton's band..

Since I started teaching at Berklee from January 2011, I see it as an important mission for me to nourish and support a complete honesty of musical expression in each one of my students. This approach has led me to establish our own concert series at Berklee "Finding Your Own Voice". First two concerts were incredible and have created quite a  buzz around Berklee community.
What makes these series special?

Every time I meet a new student, I am trying to figure out what music gives him/her a gooses-bumps. The answers are very different, and stylistically very diverse. In fact, I am learning about many new bands from my students, who are, on
overage about ten years younger than me. As a next step, we 're trying to create music that goes in line with one's personal taste, music that the student would enjoy listening to himself/herself. When we finally put together a program of original composition of all the musicians in my class — we suddenly realize that we have an unbelievable diversity — from prog rock duos featuring distortion guitar via modern classical solo piano pieces to big productions involving turntables, keyboards and recorder players. I encourage everyone to bring their musician friends to play their music with them. The question that I get the most after the shows: "How is that possible to get so much music out of  a regular private piano instruction  class?

This semester's concert promises to be incredible. It will happen on May 7, 1-3pm in 1A (Alma Berk Recital Hall).

Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Fort

Sunday / August 4, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Marcella Park
260 Highland Street
Boston
MA
Photo by Pamela Hersch

This year’s annual Jazz at the Fort concert features Berklee Voice Department assistant chair and jazz vocalist Diane Richardson with friends. Richardson’s melodies and lyrics radiate honesty and warmth. Her performance style includes a nod to jazz traditionalists with an appreciation of such cerebral composers as Charles Mingus, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter, and many others. Her work with pianist Jiri Nedoma, drummer Yoron Israel, bassist John Lockwood, saxophonist Lance Bryant, and percussionist Ricardo Monzon offers the listener a perfect blend of vocal texture and instrumental generosity.

Jazz at the Fort is a free annual concert held in Roxbury. This year’s concert will be held at Marcella Park, but in the event of rain the concert will be held at the Mainstage Theater in the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College.

Admission: 
Free

Swingin' in the Fens: Jelani Bauman Quartet

Wednesday / July 17, 2013 / 6:30 p.m.
Ramler Park
120 Peterborough Street
Boston
MA
02215
Jelani Bauman

Swingin’ in the Fens is an annual free outdoor concert held in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. This year’s featured ensemble is the Jelani Bauman Quartet, featuring Berklee alumnus Jelani Bauman. The jazz quartet’s influences include various masters of American music, from Billy Strayhorn and Miles Davis to Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, and the group also draws on Bauman’s New Orleans culture and heritage. In the event of inclement weather, this concert will be moved to July 24.

Hear samples of Bauman’s work here.

Admission: 
Free

Sol's Group

Thursday / August 8, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Sol Hee Jun
Sol Hee Jun
Photo by Pamela Hersch
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Sol Hee Jun has developed a passion for writing jazz at Berklee College of Music. Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1990, Sol’s musical path began at age six, when she started playing classical piano. She came to the United States in 2006 to expand her musical horizons, attending high school in West Virginia, where she played piano and was first exposed to jazz. Influenced by jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Bob Brookmeyer, she now focuses largely on big band jazz.

Admission: 
Free

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