Concert

Davis Whitfield

Tuesday / June 18, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Davis Whitfield

Friday / June 21, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Davis Whitfield

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Friday / May 24, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze was born on May 20, 1989, in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various Jazz Festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival and Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including : 2nd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); 2nd Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Wednesday / May 22, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze was born on May 20, 1989, in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various Jazz Festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival and Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including : 2nd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); 2nd Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

 

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Tuesday / May 21, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze was born on May 20, 1989, in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various Jazz Festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival and Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including : 2nd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); 2nd Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

 

Admission: 
Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Monday / May 20, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Giorgi Mikadze

Giorgi Mikadze was born on May 20, 1989, in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of five. Discovered as an outstanding musical talent at the age of one, Mikadze performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off quickly. He performed at various Jazz Festivals, including Modern Music Evenings (2008), Art-Gene (2008), Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival and Berklee High School Jazz Festival (2012-13).

He graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.

Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, Justin Dicioccio, Mike Stern, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Rain Sultanov, Lenny Stallworth, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski, Mulatu Astatke, and Kirill Gerstein.

Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. Mikadze won prizes in many international competitions, including : 2nd Prize, N. Gabunia National Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2002); 2nd Prize, Tbilisi International Young Pianists’ Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2005); and Special Prize and Diploma, 6th V. Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 2005). He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas (2009), and won scholarships from the president of Georgia (2003), Eteri Andjapharidze (2007), Giya Kancheli (2009) and Emmanuel Zambelli (2013).

Admission: 
Free

Carlos Capacho

Friday / May 3, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Cuatro player Carlos Capacho gives his first Berklee concert with a program based on the music of Venezuela, mixed with jazz fusion influences.

Admission: 
Free

EMEFE / Noble Savage

Friday / May 31, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
EMEFE

Inspired by the music of Fela Kuti, Miles Arntzen, drummer for Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, created EMEFE in 2009. Since that time, the band’s infectious and energetic blend of afrobeat, funk, soul, and rock has supported the likes of Passion Pit and Rusted Root and members of EMEFE have played with artists such as the Budos Band and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, just to name a few. EMEFE’s instrumentation includes a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, a keyboardist and a four-piece horn section. Dubbed “one of the Big Apple’s best live acts” by SarasotaDay.com, EMEFE’s motto is “music frees all.” The evening will feature members of Antibalas and the Big Mean Sound Machine.

Watch a music video from EMEFE below:

Noble Savage is a mash-up of virtuoso musicians from Boston-based jam bands. Members of Noble Savage are drawn from Spiritual Rez, the Effective Dose, Rapplesauce, and the Philadelphia-based dub/rock trio Among Criminals. Noble Savage plans to leave its mark on Boston’s thriving local music scene.

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission

Bora Han's First Recital

Wednesday / May 1, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Pianist Bora Han gives her first Berklee recital with a mix of covers and original pieces.

Admission: 
Free

BoTimBo Trio

Friday / April 5, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Faculty drummer Bob Tamagni presents his piano jazz trio featuring Tim Ray on piano and Bob Nieske on bass, playing standards for Percussion Days 2013.

Admission: 
Free

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