Concert

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

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Latin Heartbeat Orchestra

Thursday / August 15, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
East Boston Greenway
42 Marginal Street
Boston
MA
02128
Latin Heartbeat Orchestra

In the final concert of the 2013 Tito Puente Latin Music Series, the Latin Heartbeat Orchestra perform salsa numbers that are sure to please both those who want to dance and those who want to sit back and listen. Founded by William Mendoza, the Latin Heartbeat Orchestra includes Carlos Olivera (vocals), Julio Salgado (vocals), Evan Runyon (bass), Damian Curtis (piano), Jesse “Timbalon” Perez (percussion), Edgar “Papo” Jimmy (percussion), Tony Gonzalez (percussion), Anthony Sisson (trumpet), Berklee College of Music alumnus Brian Wallace (trumpet), Dave Zoni (trombone), James Monaghan (trombone), and Andrew Studenski (baritone saxophone). Together, these talented musicians produce exciting renditions of salsa classics as well as energy-infused original compositions.

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

Admission: 
Free

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Jesus Pagan & Orquesta

Thursday / August 8, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hill Playground
1545 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
02120
Jesus Pagan

A true sonero, Jesus Pagan was born in New York City and raised in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, where he was carefully nurtured and cultured by traditional troubadours and talented soneros on the island. Jesus Pagan’s album, Salsa de la Mata, won him the Paoli Award for “Best Tropical Salsa Singer.” His latest release, Un Regalo Especial, features songs that are becoming big favorites of salsa fans. Listen to music from Jesus Pagan here.

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

 

Admission: 
Free

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Jimmy Bosch

Thursday / August 1, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
Jimmy Bosch

Jimmy Bosch is known throughout the world to be a powerful force as a trombonist, composer, entertainer and producer of his own records for his independent record label, JRGR Records, Inc. People all over the world who follow Bosch know to expect something different from the norm. He does it his way and his records are like no other records in the world.

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

Admission: 
Free

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Leo Blanco Latineous Monk Project

Thursday / July 25, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
Leo Blanco

Leo Blanco is a Venezuelan pianist, arranger, and composer. Blanco grew up in Mérida, Venezuela, and was surrounded from an early age by Venezuelan folklore–a blend of African and European musical traditions–as well as by jazz, classical music and pop.

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

 
Admission: 
Free

Tito Puente Latin Music Series: Maria Mulata with Esther Rojas

Thursday / July 18, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
Maria Mulata

A native of Colombia, María Mulata is one of the most promising and versatile performers in a new wave of artists representing South American music. Her style blends the rich cultural influences of great “cantaoras” like Toto la Momposina, Etelvina Maldonado, and Petrona Martínez, among many others. She is known for her memorable, high-energy performances, which incorporate into her folkloric repertoire an array of sounds new to this particular Colombian genre.

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.

Admission: 
Free

Victoria Schmidt: Moved

Saturday / May 4, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

"Moved" is a celebration of those crazy times at Berklee: moments of exhilarating fun, crazy delirium, down-and-out sadness, and invigorating happiness. A fête that only fate could bring to fruition! Schmidt's vocal recital will feature some of her favorite funkadelic people and R&B, jazz, and pop songs. 

Admission: 
Free

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