Concert

Byron Manchest

Thursday / June 6, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
01880
Byron Manchest

Born 
and 
raised
 in
 Cape Town, South 
Africa, 
Byron
 Manchest's impressive 
melodies 
and 
harmonies 
were
 founded
 at 
the 
Drakensberg 
Boys'
 Choir 
School, 
where 
he 
trained 
under
 the 
top 
classical 
vocalists 
in 
the 
country. While attending
 school
 four
 hours 
away 
from
 his 
family, 
he 
found 
himself 
filling 
his 
free 
time
 by listening 
to 
who 
now 
are
 some 
of 
his 
favorite 
artists, 
such
 as 
Marvin
 Gaye.
 During this time, he resolved to learn how to accompany his original songs, as his idol Stevie Wonder had done. Moving 
forward,
 Manchest 
wrote 
lyrics 
and 
melodies that 
reminded 
him
 of 
family
 and 
the 
hardships 
of 
his 
hometown.

At 
17, he 
flew 
to 
Boston
 for 
one 
of 
the
 biggest 
auditions 
of 
his 
life,
 at Berklee
. Manchest is now 
working 
with 
some 
of
 the 
top
 professors, 
producers, 
and 
talent 
managers 
to 
become
 the
 artist
 he 
has 
always 
dreamed 
of being, 
and 
is 
looking 
forward 
to 
sharing 
his
 music
 with 
anyone 
willing 
to 
listen. 
He 
looks 
forward
 to
 the 
future 
and
 his 
upcoming
 career.

 

Admission: 
Free

Albino Mbie Group

Sunday / September 1, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
02171
Albino Mbie
Jordan Jennings

Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at age 16 from scrap wood, strings made out of electrical cords, and a five-liter can of oil.

Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Mbie began to play in a number of local bands and wanted to combine styles, incorporating diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds. 

While studying music education and performance at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about Berklee and soon afterward became one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program in 2009. 

At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), which is directed by Danilo Pérez and has a roster of teachers that includes Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. BGJI fosters a musician's artistic vision, and has helped Mbie find his own unique voice in the art form. 

Mbie still felt the absence of his Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke—two of the most prominent African musicians in the United States—he began to bridge that gap. 

Today, Mbie's music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-jazz" sound.

His original composition "Mozambique Dance" was released by Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run record label at Berklee, in 2011. He recorded another original, "Awusiwana," for the Berklee 2012 Summer in the City disc. His debut album, also called Mozambique Dance, will be released soon. 

Mbie is an active musician, and has performed in several countries, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico. He has also produced and recorded various projects in Mozambique and in the United States. He graduated from Berklee in 2012 with a dual degree in performance and music production and engineering, and a minor in acoustics.

Learn more about Mbie at his website.

Admission: 
Free

Luis D'Elias

Sunday / August 4, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
02171
Luis D'Elias
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Venezuelan musician and guitar player Luis D’Elias got into music at age 14 when, for the first time after mandatory music lessons, a teacher motivated him to develop his musical skills. At that moment, he began studies at the Olga Lopez Conservatory, where he took two years of classical training in different areas such as piano, guitar, and choir. Later, he participated in the 2004 Berklee Summer Performance Program, which got him into jazz theory and contemporary music.

Afterward, D'Elias enrolled at the Taller de Jazz Caracas, founded by renowned bass player Oscar Fanega, where he began developing his skills in different areas of jazz under the guidance of musicians like Pedro Barboza, Luca Vincenzetti, and Hugo Fuguet, each very well known within the Venezuelan music scene.

At the same time, he was undertaking studies in electronic engineering at the prestigious Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, from which he received a bachelor’s degree with honors in 2011. Right after that, he applied to Berklee College of Music for full-time studies. He obtained a partial scholarship and is now pursuing a double diploma in film scoring and electronic production and design.

As a composer, he has already scored 10 student short films, most recently a full-length documentary titled El Camino de La Voluntad. He also has experience with video game scoring and creating underscores for different types of visual media. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Venezuelan artists like Francisco Vielma, Diego Maldonado, and Fabio Rojas. In addition, he has experience as a pit musician for different musical theater productions.

D'Elias has also been the bandleader of Venezuelan prog-rock band Systaltic and later of his own band, with whom he recorded his first demo as a solo jazz artist in 2010. Now he is working as an arranger for several musical theater productions at Berklee and leading a new band in order to showcase his own music, which is a blend of traditional Venezuelan influences mixed with contemporary jazz and rock. Currently, he is part of the roster for 2013’s Jazz Revelation Records' upcoming CD, Catalyst.

Admission: 
Free

Esther Rojas

Thursday / September 19, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
02239
Esther Rojas

Born into a musical family in Barranquilla, Colombia, Esther Rojas started playing the violin at age 10, mainly focusing on a classical music repertoire. From 1995 to 1997, she continued her studies at the University of Cauca and the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali, Colombia, where she also performed with their youth symphony orchestras. In 2000, she switched her musical interest to electric and acoustic bass, entering the commercial arranging and composition and the jazz performance studies programs at the prestigious Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied with Alain Caron, Oscar Stagnaro, and Luis Angel Pastor. Recently, she performed with Latin superstar Luis Enrique.

She is currently enrolled in the contemporary writing and production program at Berklee College of Music. Rojas’s style is a combination of the influences of Colombian traditional music, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban timba, Brazilian music, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove.

For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, 2008 winner of the world-renowned Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Rojas and Mulata have been working together for the past four years. Their work includes performances at the most important festivals in Colombia and concerts in Asia and the United States. Rojas has also collaborated on Maria Mulata's most recent album, Cantos y Vuelos, which was released in 2013.

Watch Rojas shine on bass in the video below:

Admission: 
Free

Grant Richards

Friday / June 14, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Grant Richards

In 2009, Grant Richards enrolled at Berklee College of Music where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of outstanding talent. In his short career, Richards has performed with many renowned artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Ben Wolfe, Damian Erskine, Greg Hopkins, John Lockwood, and Filo Machado. Now, at age 22, he is a formidable pianist, composer, and teacher in his own right, remaining active in the Boston music scene by performing and recording as a leader and sideman.

Admission: 
Free

Grant Richards

Thursday / June 13, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Grant Richards

In 2009, Grant Richards enrolled at Berklee College of Music where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of outstanding talent. In his short career, Richards has performed with many renowned artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Ben Wolfe, Damian Erskine, Greg Hopkins, John Lockwood, and Filo Machado. Now, at age 22, he is a formidable pianist, composer, and teacher in his own right, remaining active in the Boston music scene by performing and recording as a leader and sideman.

Admission: 
Free

New England Opera Intensive Scenes Program

Saturday / June 1, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Join us for an evening of traditional and contemporary opera scenes performed by the participants of the inaugural season of the New England Opera Intensive. Our singers have been studying the craft and techniques of performing opera throughout a three-week intensive course of classes, workshops, and rehearsals. This scenes program is the culmination of their study. All scenes will be fully staged and costumed.

Admission: 
$15, student $12, child $10, general admission

A Night with Coco

Friday / December 6, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215
Coco Simone

Vocalist Coco Simone presents a night of old-school rhythm and blues.

 

Admission: 
Free

Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band

Friday / June 21, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Composed of Berklee faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students, the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band has evolved into a forum that allows for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process and fostering the creation of new music. This collective of talented jazz composer/instrumentalists shares a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the positive opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting, and the importance of the role played by the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.

Admission: 
Free

Diane Richardson and Friends

Monday / May 20, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
02472
Diane Richardson

Diane Richardson holds a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California, an M.M. in Jazz Studies from The Boston Conservatory, and a B.M. from Berklee College of Music. Richardson is a member of The Makanda Project, a 13-piece band performing the music of jazz musician and educator Makanda Ken McIntyre. Richardson’s recordings, performances, and presentations include A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, hosted by Friends of the Dudley Branch Library, Inc.; Abbey’s Road: Abbey Lincoln’s Vision of Life; Berklee Sun Ra Arkestra; Ella in the Classroom Master Class; Portrait: The Music of Charles Mingus; SingusMingus: A Jazz Lieder Program; The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington; and African American Spirituals and Arts Songs. Richardson is also a spoken-word artist with the national touring company of the Langston Hughes Project: Twelve Moods for Jazz. She is assistant chair and professor in Voice Department at Berklee College of Music.

Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band, and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer. John also teaches at Berklee College of Music as well as the New England Conservatory.

Yoron Israel is a drummer, percussionist, vibraphonist, and composer. A native Chicagoan, Israel holds a B.M. from Roosevelt University and an M.M. from Rutgers University. Bandleader of the groups High Standards, Connection, and Organic, he performs internationally with David Fathead Newman, Jay Hoggard, and Bill Mays. He has also performed extensively and recorded over 100 recordings with such renowned artists as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Ahmad Jamal, Abbey Lincoln, Art Farmer, Tony Bennett, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, James Williams, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Shirley Caesar, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Israel is the assistant chair of the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music.

Jiri Nedoma
Jiri Nedoma is one of the most talented and versatile piano players of his generation. During his music studies he became a member of the Czech Radio Big Band and performed with many jazz and popular artists across Europe. After receiving considerable scholarships from Berklee College of Music's World Scholarship Tour, Jiri left Prague and made his way to Boston where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance. Jiri is currently a recipient of a Presidential scholarship at the New England Conservatory and working towards his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. Jiri has studied with such jazz
greats as Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Joanne Brackeen, Jason Moran and Phil Wilson. He has recorded numerous albums as a sideman, and collaborated with the Grammy Award Winner Terri Lyne Carrington and Berklee faculty Gabrielle Goodman, Donna McElroy, Steve Santoro, Jeannie Gagne, Nadia Washington and others. His recording with the Polish/Cuban vocalist Yvonne Sanchez entitled “My Garden” was nominated for the “Album Of The Year 2008” in the Czech Republic. Jiri also works as an accompanist at the Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
$20 adults/$18 members/$15 students

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