Concert

Berklee Flamenco

Friday / September 16, 2011 / 9:30 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
United States
Pianist Ariadna Castellanos, leader of Berklee Flamenco.

Pianist Ariadna Castellanos leads a student group first assembled to honor flamenco legend Paco de Lucia. Since then, the band has performed at the Kennedy Center, the United States Embassy in Madrid, and the opening of Berklee's new campus in Valencia. Flamenco, Middle Eastern sounds, and jazz come together in the work of this virtuosic quintet. This show takes place on Monterey's Garden Stage.

Admission: 

Berklee Flamenco

Saturday / February 26, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington
DC
United States
20566
Ariadna Castellanos Rivas

Berklee College of Music presents Berklee Flamenco, a five-piece student group directed by five-time Latin Grammy Award–winner and Berklee artist-in-residence Javier Limón, performing as part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. The vibrant program includes original works by flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucía, by Limón, and by the group's pianist, Ariadna Castellanos Rivas.

Berklee Flamenco reflects the spirit of the college's future campus in Valencia, Spain. Berklee Valencia will feature a curriculum with a particular focus to the diverse musical traditions of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East that converge in and around Valencia, attracting musicians from around the world to study contemporary music at a high level in the Mediterranean.

Audiences can catch Berklee Flamenco's free performance on February 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, located at 2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. Because admission is free, early arrival is encouraged. The performance will be webcast live at kennedy-center.org, where past Berklee performances are also archived.

This is the eighth season of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy Center's initiative to showcase students from America's finest music colleges and conservatories. Since the Conservatory Project's inception in 2004, Berklee students have presented jazz, country, salsa, bluegrass, folk/rock, improvisatory string music, and now flamenco.

A graduate of the Madrid Royal Conservatory where he studied piano and guitar, Javier Limón is an active composer and teacher. Limón began composing for flamenco artists but has since expanded his reach to compose music for Latin jazz musicians and Cuban artists. His many composition and production credits include major albums by renowned artists such as Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdés, El Cigala, Enrique Morente, and Buika.

Berklee Flamenco includes:

  • Pianist Ariadna Castellanos Rivas, Madrid, Spain

Pianist Ariadna Castellanos Rivas was born in Madrid in 1983, and began her music studies at age 6. When she was 17 she won a full scholarship to study classical piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where she graduated after four years. Throughout her music education she has been close to flamenco music, so after graduation she returned to Spain to work with famous flamenco figures and toured the world with flamenco dance companies.

After four years exploring new paths for piano in flamenco, she was signed by the production company Casa Limón for her first album, due this year. In 2009, after an impromptu audition in Madrid, she won the all-expenses-paid Presidential Scholarship to Berklee, where she is concentrating on improvisation and jazz. In May of 2010, at the college's commencement exercises, Castellanos Rivas was chosen to lead the tribute performance for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who was in attendance. She is a dual major at Berklee in professional music and performance.

  • Qanunist and vocalist Ali Amr, Ramallah, West Bank

Ali Amr is a Palestinian musician born in 1991 in Morocco; he moved to Ramallah, in the West Bank, at the age of 6. Playing qanun and singing, Amr is a three-time first-prize winner in the Marcel Khalife Music Competition and performs frequently at various cultural sites in and around the Middle East. He studied at the Edward Said Conservatory in Ramallah, and has toured widely with Maqamat, the conservatory's performing ensemble, in Sweden, Norway, Dubai, Germany, Holland, and the United States. In 2007, he performed for the president of the Palestinian Authority and the princess of Jordan. Amr is a professional music major at Berklee, studying on a scholarship he won in an audition in Tel Aviv.

  • Flutist Enrique "Kalani" Trinidad, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Flutist Enrique "Kalani" Trinidad was born in Dallas, Texas in 1987 and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 4. Trinidad has won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, the National Flute Association Jazz Masterclass Award, and special artistic recognition from the government of Puerto Rico. He has worked with jazz musicians such as John Benitez, Nestor Torres, Cachao, Paquito D'Rivera, and Alex Acuña, among others.  In 2007, after an audition at Berklee's annual program in San Juan, Kalani was awarded the all-expenses-paid Presidential Scholarship to Berklee, where he is a dual major in music business/management and professional music.

  • Double and electric bassist Tamir Shmerling, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tamir Shmerling is a double and electric bass player from Israel. He served as the bassist in the Israeli Defense Forces Orchestra from 2005–2008. Studies followed, on scholarship, at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, a Berklee International Network partner school. After a 2008 audition with faculty on their annual visit to Israel, Shmerling was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee, where he has studied with Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Jamey Haddad, Alain Mallet, and many other great teachers. During his time at the college, Shmerling has also had the honor to perform with artists such as Kevin Eubanks and Ignacio Berroa.

  • Percussionist Sergio Martinez, Madrid, Spain

Percussionist Sergio Martinez was born in Madrid in 1977. He began his Afro-Latin percussion studies at age 15. Soon he added courses in Hindu percussion, and embraced Latin jazz, playing in the Taller de Músicos Big Band in Madrid. He later developed an interest in flamenco, and began to accompany top flamenco and jazz artists, in such venues as the Liceu in Barcelona, the Sydney Opera House, and the Paris Opéra, to name a few.  

Martinez won a scholarship at Berklee's annual visit to the Panama Jazz Festival. In January 2011, he began studies in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the college's international jazz academy, whose artistic director is the celebrated Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Pérez.

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Canta en Español

Wednesday / October 7, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Lunario National Auditorium
Parque Rosario Castellano
Mexico City
United States
Manelick

Six rising Latin American artists who are students or alumni of Berklee College of Music will perform their original tunes in an international concert that marks the climax to the Spanish-language songwriting competition Berklee Canta en Español. Contest finalists will share the stage with alumni who are among Latin music's newest stars on October 7 at the world-renowned Lunario National Auditorium in Mexico City.

Alumni artists set to appear are Motel, Tommy Torres, Benny Ibarra, Manelick, and Alexander Acha.

Finalists will be announced soon at myspace.com/berkleecanta and berklee.edu/berkleecanta.

The concert event is presented by Berklee and the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), and will be filmed by Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world. The TV special will debut on November 22, repeating on November 29 and again in early December, on the Televisa cable/satellite music channel Telehit. The broadcast will reach 60 countries and has the potential to reach millions of people, offering a tremendous promotional platform for all of the participating artists.

The concert will also feature a panel of Latin music industry leaders who will judge the finalists and choose one winner to film a music video that will be distributed to millions of people on Telehit and MySpace Latino. Industry judges are Beto Cuevas, vocalist from the band La Ley; Memo del Bosque, general director of Telehit; and Ricardo y Alberto Gaitán, from Estefan Enterprises/Crescent Moon Records, with production credits for Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Estefan, and others.

Read a press release about the event.

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The Field Effect / Dan HL / Les Racquet

Friday / January 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Field Effect

They're back and better than ever! Three amazing bands for $10—who could resist?

The Field Effect

The Field Effect is an indie rock quartet that have been turning heads since forming in early 2011. Frontman and rhythm guitarist Doug Orey passionately delivers exceptional melodies over the dynamic accompaniment of his bandmates, Annie Hoffman (bass), Nick Grieco (lead guitar), and Adam J. Hand (drums). With honest, often aching lyrics and energetic soundscapes, the Field Effect's songs hit hard both sonically and conceptually.

Dan HL

Dan HL is most noted for his crisp, soulful, unique voice and his ability to write songs that are both honest and singable. He also plays guitar and harmonica, so you can call him a multi-instrumentalist of sorts if, in your opinion, the harmonica is actually counted as an instrument.

Les Racquet

Les Racquet is the modern power trio. Originally from Massachusetts, members Patrick Carroll (guitar, lead vocals) and Kenny Murphy (bass, vocals) moved to New York and met drummer Daniel Malone. Each musician brings his own set of influences to the stage, while sharing a vision that blends classic pop with jazz musicianship.

Admission: 
$10

John Kemal Group

Wednesday / March 7, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Drummer John Kemal and his group perform selected compositions from America's jazz repertoire as well as compositions from various genres that influenced him and the members of the group during their course of study at Berklee.

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Singers Showcase Callbacks

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee judges open the doors to the final round of auditions for one of the college's most popular events: Singers Showcase. Each vocalist will perform in front of a panel of prestigious Berklee faculty and a live audience—a unique opportunity for aspiring performers to witness the audition experience. After the final audition, the audience will be invited to vote, and the rseults will be combined with the judges' scores. Be a part of the selection process, hear the judges' critiques, and support your favorite singer as the top vocalists are chosen for the December concert. Results will be announced at the end of the night.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Shea Rose

Saturday / February 4, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Shea Rose

Berklee alumna Shea Rose graces the stage for a special night of music. She is a soulful, feisty, rockin' storyteller and performer with traces of blues, folk, jazz, and rock influences in her music, who describes herself as "the female Lenny Kravitz meets Lauryn Hill."

Admission: 
$10

Griffin House and Matthew Perryman Jones

Saturday / January 28, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Griffin House

Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, the athletically gifted Griffin House discovered in a high school drama class that he enjoyed being in front of people and making them laugh. He got totally swept up in performing after playing the lead role in a musical; it was the first time he'd ever sung, in public or otherwise. 

Recently Griffin House released a new album, Flying Upside Down. House describes the recording of Flying Upside Down as "a dream come true," thanks in large measure to the drop-dead studio band assembled by producer Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), including a pair of Hall of Famers in Heartbreakers keyboard player Benmont Tench and guitarist Mike Campbell. A huge Tom Petty fan, House found it immensely gratifying that these great players related so strongly and brought so much to his own music. Also making major contributions were Beck's longtime bass player, Justin Mendal-Johnson, drummer Victor Indrizzo (Macy Gray, Aimee Mann, Daniel Lanois), and violinist Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek).

Matthew Perryman Jones is a product of the '80s, and his musical taste is shaped largely by bands like the Pixies, REM, U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other underground bands of that time. Jones was born near Philadelphia and relocated to Atlanta at the age of 11. He began writing songs in high school, where he also formed his first band, and was 15 when they recorded their first five-song demo (produced by Indigo Girls producer Don McCollister). His songs have been featured on TV shows such as Kyle XY and the Grey's Anatomy. He is currently touring in support of his new album, Until the Dawn Appears.

Admission: 
$15, general admission

BGJI Jazz Masters Series ft. Terri Lyne Carrington

Wednesday / February 15, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is proud to present this series of concerts featuring some of world's most talented emerging artists. Each of these concerts will be dedicated to the music of the artist in residence the group is working with at that time. Tonight's program will feature Terri Lyne Carrington and her music.

Drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington gained recognition on late night TV in the late '80s as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the '90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, Carrington released a Grammy-nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, and Patrice Rushen, among others. Her production collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, and Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games, "Always Reach for Your Dreams." After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she recently returned to her hometown, where she was appointed professor in the Percussion Department at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Admission: 
$20

Elizaveta

Tuesday / January 24, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Elizaveta

New York–born, Russian-raised Elizaveta is about to take the world by storm with her debut EP set for release on Universal Republic on September 27. Her lead single, "Dreamer," serves as the perfect introduction to this classically trained pianist, opera singer, and long-time lover of pop music.

From Bach to Björk and everything in between, Elizaveta's world is created upon a fusion of opera, electronic beats, piano hooks, and pop melody. An ambitious endeavor it may seem, but one at which this multi-instrumentalist chanteuse and composer definitely succeeds, as she mixes up her very own heady brew of genres, echoing sensibilities not unlike those belonging to Queen's own (former opera singer) Freddie Mercury.

Recently, the songstress completed recording with the reputable multi-Grammy Award–winner and producer Greg Wells (Adele, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry, Elton John) who helped Elizaveta hone in on her unique vision and style.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

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