Guitarist and composer Norm Zocher brings his exciting genre-bending Electric Strings Quartet to the Berklee Performance Center. This concert, which draws from the classical and rock traditions, is the latest in a series of collaborations with Berklee faculty violinist Mimi Rabson. The program will feature excerpts from Zocher’s composition “Rock Ethic” for solo violin, which was commissioned by Rabson with a Berklee grant. It premiered in New York City by former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster Elmira Darvarova, and was featured in Strings magazine. The concert will also include Zocher’s orchestral work, “Slow and Heavy,” which was played by the Berklee World Strings under Rabson’s baton. Along with Zocher on guitars and Rabson on violin, the Electric Strings Quartet features Berklee professor Bruno Raberg on bass, and Dave Jamrog on drums.
Pianist/composer Tom Hojnacki and cellist Leo Eguchi offer the premiere of Hojnacki’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano.” The performance will also include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano.”
Enjoy an eclectic mix of soulful pop, R&B, and cabaret songs with music and lyrics by Berklee harmony/songwriting professor Michael Wartofsky. A rhythm section and strings will back up a talented lineup of faculty and student vocalists for a variety-filled evening of contemporary song.
Berklee faculty members Jeff Claassen, Ayn Inserto and Nicholas Urie come together to put an evening of new and exciting music together. In a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, as well as small chamber-sized groups taken from the ensemble, expect to hear some great new brass pieces by Claassen, Inserto’s venture into more colors, textures, and adaptations of pop songs, and Urie’s exploration of new sounds for big band. Overall, this will be a grooving, innovative, fun musical experience of new works.
The Winnie Dahlgren Project presents an evening of original music ranging from Latin jazz to funk fusion. Dahlgren’s compositions contain a contemporary harmonic universe filled with world influences and run the gamut from playful and energetic to sweet and endearing with thoughtful melodies.