Concert

Ensemble Showcases: R&B and Funk

Monday / April 23, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Ron Reid, Dennis Montgomery, and Gwen Leathers. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including R&B and funk.

2:00 p.m. - Ron Reid: Directed Studies
3:15 p.m. - Dennis Montgomery: R&B Ensemble
4:30 p.m. - Gwen Leathers: R&B/Funk

Recitals run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 

The Acoustic Project with Lee Dynes and Jacob Jolliff

Sunday / July 8, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Lee Dynes and Jacob Jolliff

Since moving to Boston just a short time ago, 22-year-old Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee, he began his studies with a focus in guitar performance and jazz composition. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style resulting in opportunities to appear at premier jazz venues across the country.

Dynes has recently performed at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a West Coast tour in the alt-strings group, Dr. Magpie. Later, he combined musical forces with his colleagues to perform across the states as the Jazz Tellers, a trio described as "Berklee's brightest and most promising..."  In 2010, Dynes was invited to join the Ben Powell Quartet playing in and around Boston including appearances at Club Passim, Salem Jazz Festival, and most notably Sculler's Jazz Club where his technical brilliance brought extended audience applause.

Great stage performances are nothing new for Dynes. At a very young age, he picked up his dad's guitar and his life changed. He absorbed the sounds of blues, rock, and heavy metal while also being exposed to his father's roots; bluegrass and the best of American acoustic. After he heard a Joe Pass recording, his relationship with jazz music began and grew rapidly. Dynes's talent as a guitarist was evident, leading him to be named a "prodigy" and "virtuoso." His reputation led him to play hundreds of professional gigs while still in high school. During that time he shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, Phil Woods, and a memorable evening where he played for master guitarist Pat Metheny.

By high school graduation, Dynes had garnered numerous awards as a guitarist and composer including: ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Jazz Guitar, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Composition, and the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.

This past year also proved to be very exciting for Dynes. Jazz Revelation Records signed with him to record his original, "Finding Strength in Change," on the 2011 compilation CD, Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. In May, the Jazz Tellers completed the second consecutive Summer 2011 International Tour with Callum MacKenzie on saxophone and Nate Wong on the drums. Dynes is working on other musical collaborations that reflect his versatility with the start of The Acoustic Project, a duo with mandolin virtuoso, Jacob Jolliff, and his ongoing work with gyspy jazz violinist, Jason Anick.

As Dynes strives for excellence and originality in music, he continues to study with the masters at Berklee College of Music including, Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Tim Miller, Dave Samuels, Dave Santoro, and David Gilmore. 

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Women in Rock and R&B Funk

Monday / April 23, 2012 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Paul Stiller, Kudisan Kai, and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including women in rock and R&B/funk.

1:30 p.m. - Paul Stiller, Directed Studies
4:30 p.m. - Kudisan Kai, Women in Rock
6:30 p.m. - Skip Smith, R&B Funk

Recitals run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 

Insigniya

Friday / July 6, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Insigniya

Transcending the boundaries of genre, Insigniya has been explosivelybreaking into the world of music since the band's start in January2009. Taking influence from a vast range of musicians, Insigniya hasbeen breaking down barriers in creating original music that cannot bebroken down as simply jazz, rock, or funk.

Insigniya is centered on the concept of channeling a special energy through an audience, creating a feeling of freedom and self-empowerment, while giving people sounds to bob their heads and shake their bodies to. This energy is found full force at shows and getting it recorded is the ultimate goal when the band is in the studio. With a constantly growing loyal fan base, Insigniya is attracting more and more people to shows, which have a unique atmosphere full of high energy and full-throttle senses-saturating sensations.

In January 2011, Insigniya released a self-titled EP and since has been making waves around the Northeast. Only in its third year, the group has already performd at venues such as the Middle East Downstairs (Boston), Nectars (Burlington, Vermont), Sullivan Hall (New York), and Cafe Campus (Montreal).

In summer 2011, Insigniya made its debut in the music festival scene, performing at festivals such as StrangeCreek & Wormtown , Disc Jam, Camp Coldbrook, the Big Up, Liberate, Bella Terra, Evolvefest, Heads in Harmony, Magnetic Gathering, and Lesphestival.

The band has many big plans for the near future including releasing a full-length album as well as continually extending the range of touring.

 

Admission: 
Free

The Soul of a Man

Friday / July 6, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
United States
02043
The Soul of a Man

The Soul of a Man is a modern day R&B band that incorporates blues, gospel, soul, and funk into its sound.  This band has been described as, "high energy all the time," and has garnered recognition from Grammy- and other award-winning artists.  With a four-piece rhythm section, a horn trio, and a vocalist out front, this band sounds massive.  A veritable wall of sound projects from the stages of which this group plays upon.

The Soul of a Man pours so much energy into its music that audiences are guaranteed a roller coaster ride of emotions and excitement. The individual players add so much of themselves, and all of them contribute something unique and special to the music. The Soul of a Man truly is a band to be seen. Whether it is in a small club or a larger venue, this group never fails to deliver. It prides itself on delivering the best in live entertainment.

Admission: 
$10

Sarah Walk

Wednesday / August 22, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sarah Walk

A Minneapolis Native, Sarah Walk now lives in Boston and attends Berklee, where she is a songwriting major and touring artist. With a distinct voice and a unique rhythmic and chordal piano playing style, her music is aggressive and complex both rhythmically and lyrically. Backed by bassist Lenny Brown and drummer Ale Giuliani, they have a high energy piano rock sound with tight rhythmic changes and a wide range of musical styles. Walk's music has been said to mix "cynically optimistic and in-your-face lyrics with rock music, every bit as raw and passionate as one could hope." She leaves listeners believing they have "just seen one of those rare moments of witnessing a breathtaking new talent about to blossom." She has been performing professionally for over six years in many different cities, including Minneapolis, Eugene, Boston, and New York. She is currently finishing up her debut EP, which will be released during the spring of 2012.

Admission: 
Free

English Tom in the Bookstore

Thursday / July 5, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
English Tom in the Bookstore

When Kevin Clark and Wil Tecla met, they were just a pianist and a drummer, but as they came to realize they shared a very similar goal and drive, they quickly began putting together the foundation that is English Tom in the Bookstore. Also featuring saxophonists Derrick Tate and Utril Rhaburn, bass player Mike Dyer, and flute player Julia Price, the group blends jazz and hip-hop. The band's single will be featured on Jazz Revelation Records' upcoming album. The group is recording its first EP.

Admission: 
Free

The Yesberger Band

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
The Yesberger Band

The Yesberger Band, an East Coast college band founded in early 2010 at  Berklee, is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop.

Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden among the stars and spread throughout daily life, Yesberger writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feelings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.

The Yesberger Band's diversity and originality is the product of the rich musical community they have grown up in. Yesberger, Smith, and Stewart were all active jazz musicians throughout high school and continue to study the idiom. However, it wasn't until attending Berklee College of Music—where they were surrounded by so many songwriters, composers, and music styles from every corner of the world—that they began branching out of their jazz comfort zone, forming a band with a distinct sound and appeal.

The Yesberger Band has completed a successful summer tour that took them cross-country, opening for acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Along the way they played 22 dates, sold over 500 CDs, met hundreds of new fans, and had the incredible opportunity to share their music with many open ears: just a small glimpse of their bright future. Their debut album, The Bad Weather EP, features six catchy original tracks and one original cover of the popular Beatles tune, "Blackbird."  The CD is an independent release featuring the talents of many Berklee students making appearances on most tracks, as well as behind the scenes engineering and mixing.

Admission: 
Free

Lee Dynes and Amanda Addleman

Monday / July 30, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Lee Dynes and Amanda Addleman

Up and coming jazz guitarist Lee Dynes combines musical forces with San Francisco jazz vocalist and pianist Amanda Addleman to create a performance that is a striking blend of lovely melodies and virtuosic improvisation. This talented duo will be drawing on the standards of the Great American Songbook as well as a selection of pop and original music. Both Dynes and Addleman are graduates of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and whenever they come together, the audience is promised an evening of music that is fresh, passionate, and beautiful.

Ohio native Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones since moving to Boston to study guitar performance and composition on a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style and had opportunities to perform at premier jazz venues across the country with great reviews, "Dynes guitar work roars across traditional jazz guidelines. You can hear the Metallica he listened to during his boyhood in the way he makes his hollowbody electric sound like an entire band." (Isthmus Daily, Madison WI, 2011). Recently, Dynes signed with Jazz Revelation Records to record his original tune for the compilation CD, Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. 

Amanda Addleman's interest in voice and piano started at a very young age and now she is an established artist in the San Francisco area. She received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Berklee College of Music after four years of total immersion in jazz and vocal practice. Upon completion of her degree, she began working in the Bay Area as a singer, pianist, arranger, composer, and educator. Amanda continues to expand her increasingly impressive list of venues including a long residency at the historic Palace Hotel. In addition to her live performances, Addleman is currently working on her first studio record, Aglow, scheduled for release this year.

 

Admission: 
Free

Sharin

Friday / July 27, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Sharin Maribel Toribio

Sharin Maribel Toribio was born in the 1980s in Tampa, Florida. By the age of six, she began to sing solos in church and play the piano. By nine years old, she had created her own compositions and begun playing other instruments by ear. As a teen, she earned countless awards and accolades and performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts.

At the end of her freshman year of college, the yearning to dedicate her life to music full time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work and momentum was put on hold when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, and was given a 20 percent chance of life.

She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer-free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams. She believes it was the strong prayers and support of her church, family, friends, and music that brought her through such a trying time.

Toribio continues to compose and perform her music at Berklee. She is proud to have worked with artists and producers such as Eddie Perez (Paulina Rubio, JoJo, Hector "El Father," Wisin y Yandel), Jean Rodriguez, Toby Love, and Obie Bermudez. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages of pop country music, Spanish pop ballads, and R&B, and her greatest vocal icons are Gary LeVox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauryn Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more.

In the summer of 2011, Toribio was part of Berklee's Songwriter Tour in cities throughout Spain. In December 2011, she released her EP Quiero which contains all original content.

She hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of trueness, positivity, and survival. 

Admission: 
Free

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