Inna Dudukina is a refined jazz vocalist with a special gift for finding the meaning of lyrics. She treats her songs as internal monologues, and her jazz ensemble has a unique approach to the music. It includes innovative and sophisticated arrangements, in which the well-known tunes sometimes have tricky extensions of form, unexpected changes of style and meter, or juxtapositions of other songs. The program will include the music of Cole Porter, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Carl Fisher, Jay Gorney, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and others.
Olga Karaseva and her chamber ensemble Cloud Ludum will present a program of original compositions and arrangements in a third-stream idiom. This being the Karaseva's last recital at Berklee, this show will feature her best works. Compositions will explore symbiosis of classical music and contemporary jazz, written and free improvised material, and extended acoustic and electronic sound techniques. Arrangements will include works by Leo Brower, Bela Bartok, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Arvo Part.
Karaseva is going to record her debut album with Cloud Ludum ensemble in spring 2013 and this concert is going to feature music from the upcoming release. Cloud Ludum ensemble was founded by Karaseva and Anastasiya Dumma in 2010 and has evolved to a very strong group of co-minded musicians dedicated to experimentation within contemporary jazz, third-stream, and free improvisation. The group consists of the finest Berklee, NEC, and BoCo students and alumni.
The Y Chromotones is an all-male a cappella group, singing pop covers and medleys that range from Lady Gaga to Queen. Luke McGinnis founded the group at Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2010. Back then, it was eight guys practicing in a vestibule in a corner of school, but now the group has expanded to a much larger size. They perform at various concerts, galas, and other events all around Boston and sing all styles, anything from pop to classical (pop-sical, if you will). They will perform a concert that promises to entertain a cappella lovers and everyone else.
Brand New Headings will feature a varied repertoire of musical theater numbers and explore Cheeyang Ng's journey in musical theater in the United States. Having done six musicals in the short span of less than two years, he will share some of his favorite numbers with the audience and include some original repertoire he wrote. Ng will be accompanied by a rhythm section from Singapore, as well as a horns and strings section made up of talented Berklee musicians. The show will also feature a vocal ensemble with theater song and dance.
The bass department presents their annual faculty holiday concert! Since 1980 the Berklee Bass department has presented this concert of seasonal favorites, with this year's concert featuring special guests Rich Appleman and Greg Mooter.
Groovalicious directed by Gwen Leathers showcases the talent and musicianship of the students in Voice Department. The students performing are currently enrolled in courses offered by the Voice Department: Rhythm Section Grooves, Rehearsal Techniques, and Advanced Performance Lab. The best students are chosen to audition with a chart/arrangement they have been working on in class. The chosen finalists are given a chance to perform and display both their vocal talent and leadership abilities with music across a wide range of styles.
Alto saxophonist Alexey Sokolov and his quintet will present an evening of jazz, funk, Latin, pop, and smooth jazz. The program will include Sokolov's own originals and covers of tunes which have inspired him.
Sonic Electric Places is the final performance of solo pieces for brass and signal processing performed by students from the Exploring Technology for Brass lab directed by Brass Department chair Tom Plsek.
Within these 4 years of living in Boston, going to Berklee, studying with some truly inspiring and inspired people, Patrick Simard has been blessed to perform locally and across the world with some wonderful musicians and mentors, including John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Phil Wilson, and more. This concert is, in a way, an homage to them and the values they have instilled within him; the culmination of this chapter in his life, as well as the celebration of the beginning of an exciting new chapter. The first group of the night will feature some of Simard's favorite jazz musicians and compositions. The second group will feature some West-African and North-African music with incredible musicians. Special guests will be featured throughout the concert.
A concert of traditional and contemporary music for wind ensemble, presented by the Berklee Symphonic Winds, featuring a world premier by Berklee alumnus Chris Opperman entitled Kagemusha, and the music of Patrick Burns, Jack Stamp, Eric Whitacre, and Frank Ticheli.