Concert

Songs of Sun Ra

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Faculty Intergalactic Space Telepathy Arkestra plays songs and sound canvasses for voices and jazz big-band originally delivered to earth by Afro-futurist composer and self-professed extraterrestrial: Sun Ra. Featured vocalist is Diane Richardson. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

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

Ivan Lins Meets Berklee

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ivan Lins

Ivan Lins has had many successes as a singer and composer. The most-recorded Brazilian artist living abroad, he began playing piano at age 18 and was very influenced by music he heard in his childhood in the United States: jazz and bossa nova.

Lins won two Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 for Album of the Year and Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album for Cantando Histórias. He is the first and only Brazilian artist to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. In 2009, he was nominated for three Latin Grammys for his album Regência: Vince Mendoza with the Metropole Orchestra, winning the award for Best MPB Album.

He recorded several albums for EMI Brasil and Reprise, and wrote many Brazilian standards such as "Love Dance" ("Lembrança"), which has been covered by Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Diane Schuur, and many others; "Começar de Novo"; and "Velas Içadas." His music has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Sting, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Terence Blanchard, Sérgio Mendes, and Michael Bublé, to name just a few. 

Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro but spent several years in Boston while his father was a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a degree in industrial chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and considered a career in volleyball before becoming a musician. 

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

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

Eddie Gomez Quintet

Friday / October 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Eddie Gomez

Join the Eddie Gomez Quintet as they release their newest CD, Per Sempre. Featuring Bob Gullotti on drums, Kevin Harris on piano, and Matt Marvuglio on flute, Marco Pignataro on sax, and Eddie Gomez on bass.

This concert is part of the Berklee Latin Culture Celebration and is sponsored by the Berklee Performance Division in collaboration with Villa Victoria.

Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. The Latin Grammy Award winner's impressive resumé includes performances with giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and Benny Goodman. His unique sound and style can be heard on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, R&B, popular, and contemporary music. Gomez grew up in New York and was with the Newport Festival Youth Band from 1959 to 1961. After studying at Juilliard, he played with Rufus Jones's sextet, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Giuseppe Logan, Gerry Mulligan, and Gary McFarland, among others. Gomez came to fame during his long period with the Bill Evans Trio. He has since worked in countless settings, including filling in for Charles Mingus and with Steps Ahead, Benny Wallace, JoAnne Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, and Chick Corea and in commercial settings as a studio musician. Gomez has recorded as a leader for Columbia, ProJazz, and Stretch. His recent recording Duets, co-led with Carlos Franzetti on piano, won Best Instrumental Album at the 10th annual Latin Grammys. His recordings as a leader include Next Future, Outlaws, Live in Moscow, Street Smart, Power Play, Mezgo, Discovery, Gomez, Down Stretch, What's New at F, Palermo, and Trio. The recordings feature guest artists including Michael Brecker, Richard Tee, Randy Brecker, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Jeremy Steig, Jack McDuff, and John Abercrombie. In 2006, his DVD An Evening with Eddie Gomez was released, with Gomez and Mark Kramer performing.

A native of Bologna, Italy, Marco Pignataro has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas in jazz festivals and international music venues, sharing stages and clinics with artists such as Eddie Gomez, JoAnne Brakeen, Rufus Reid, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Kenwood Dennard, Antonio Sanchez, Billy Drummond, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, and Jon Faddis, among others. His CD, Sofia's Heart, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez and features Pignataro's compositions and arrangements. His latest CD is Per Sempre by the Eddie Gomez Quintet. Pignataro is currently managing director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) in Boston, a RICO performing artist, and endorser for Mauriat saxophones and for the Applied Microphone Technology.

Matt Marvuglio is dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music. A virtuoso flutist and composer, he has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, premiering his compositions for jazz flute. He has presented clinics for the National Flute Association, the Acoustic Society of America, and the International Flute Convention in São Paulo, Brazil. His first solo album, Why Cry?, features original compositions and arrangments. He has played and recorded with great jazz artists such as Danilo Pérez, Phil Wilson, Eddie Gomez, and Kenwood Dennard, among others.

Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music. The native Kentuckian's compositions and arrangements vary from explosive polyrhythmic pieces to introspective ballads. Harris has performed at the Blue Note (NYC and Milan), Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, Wang Theatre, Jordan Hall, Berklee Performance Center, and Wally's Jazz Café. He has also participated in the Havana, Cuba and Boston, MA jazz festivals. His music contains the varied influences of Marcus Roberts, Chopin, Keith Jarrett, Danilo Pérez, and Thelonious Monk. Among his most recent and upcoming collaborations are Avishai Cohen, Steve Langone, Marco Pignataro, Eddie Gomez, Carlos Averhoff, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, and Jerry Bergonzi.

Bob Gullotti is one of the most accomplished drummers you will ever encounter. Combining power, subtlety, grace, and a virtually unmatched articulation of rhythm, Gullotti sets a standard to which most drummers can only imagine reaching. He is an active teacher and performer, a regular in the jazz scenes of Boston and Providence. He currently can be found performing with his own group, the Fringe, as well as with the Hal Crook Group, Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet, and Gil Aharon Trio.

Admission: 
$10 in advance until October 24; $15 at the door

Chuck McDermott with Caballo Blanco

Sunday / October 30, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chuck McDermott

Iowa-born singer-songwriter Chuck McDermott has been making music for 40 years, on a journey that has taken him from Boston to Los Angeles, from barrooms to concert halls, from bootleg tapes to albums and movie soundtracks. Along the way, he's left a trail of evocative songs and a legion of still-loyal fans across the U.S. and Europe. McDermott's writing style is a gumbo that is true to the narrative traditions of country music but still incorporating the rhythms and sounds of R&B and rock 'n' roll.

Berklee's Roots Music Ensemble opens the night.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Aabaraki / George Woods and Robert Gilles

Thursday / October 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Folk-Funk Fight Night will be a fantastic night with Aabaraki, George Woods, and Robert Gilles.

Aabaraki's delicious neo-soul sound not only pays homage to the founders of funk, but also modernizes the genre. In a trend-heavy musical climate, the four-piece Aabaraki opts for sophisticated minimalism, operating as a single unit in producing, writing, singing, and creating all of its music.

Find a friend in the funky grooves and singable tunes of George Woods's brand of "folk-funk for bohemians," bringing you songs like the poetic memoirs of a love-struck Ginsberg, mixed with some boundary-bending musical charm. With a tongue-in-cheek stage presence and a one-on-one style of audience rapport, Woods provides a live concert experience that is both intimate and fun, full of storytelling and guitar-slinging expertise.

 

Admission: 
$8 general public, $5 students

Carrera Quinta

Monday / November 7, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Carrera Quinta, created in 2006 by Francy Montalvo and Javier Pérez, is a Colombian traditional music group. Their style blends the influences of traditional Colombian composers and ensembles-such as German Dario Perez, Oriol Rangel, Trio Morales Pino, and Leon Cardona-with jazz concepts. 

Lately, Carrera Quinta has been awarded in different competitions around Colombia, such as the 2010 Hatoviejo-Cotrafa Music Festival, one of the most important performance competitions in Colombian traditional music as well as the 2010 competition Nuevas Músicas Mestizas (New crossbreed music) organized by Bogota's Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Francy Montalvo's composition "En Esencia" was winner in the Colombian Cultural Department traditional composition competition. In 2006, they were sponsored with a research scholarship awarded by the Colombian Cultural Department. The research centered on the application of jazz improvisation in Colombian traditional music.

Carrera Quinta has extended its creative process with research work by publishing two books: Method of Improvisation in the Colombian Pasillo (2006) and Pasillos, Bambucos, Guabinas: An Urban Vision (2009). In December 2006, the magazine Arcadia reviewed their first book and called it one of the most important music books published during that year. They also have published articles about jazz influences in traditional styles in the Colombian Cultural Department's journal A Contratiempo. Their research work has been presented in musical conferences in Colombia and in the VII Congress of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Latin American Branch held at Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru in 2008.

Carrera Quinta features Pedro Acosta (drums), Cesar Medina (saxophone), Dario Montoya (flute), Daniel Montoya (electric bass), Javier Pérez (guitar), and Francy Montalvo (piano), all of them faculty members at Universidad el Bosque School of Music in Bogotá, Colombia.

Admission: 
Free

Students of Vadim Neselovskyi: Finding Your Voice

Monday / November 7, 2011 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

One of the most important challenges that every musician has to deal with at different stages of artistic development is finding his/her own personal voice. Achieving this is not an easy task, and composition might be the most effective tool to come closer to what might become your sound, your personal touch. For this concert Vadim Neselovskyi encouraged students to prepare their original compositions.

Participants:

Jeremy Hue
Casey Marchek
Mark Frazee
Gabe Lubowe
Gianni Guida
Ga Young Bae Young
Joao Nogueira da Silva
Jeremy Wisoff
Ning Tang
Noah McNeil
Spyros Rassias
Eunhye Jeong

Admission: 

The Yesberger Band

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Yesberger Band has opened for Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Catch their catchy brand of pop in the Heck Room while you can.

What happens when three jazz musicians come together to play catchy original pop? You dance! The Yesberger Band trio, an east coast college band founded in early 2010 is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart on bass and Gabriel Smith on drums. It's is a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing soul jazz nuances with catchy original pop material. Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden amongst the stars and spread throughout our daily locale, Yesberger enjoys writing songs that channel the feelings of laughs and smiles that every being desires. The band's delivery only strengthens 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.

Described as "a new voice to pay attention to," (Linda Goldstein, Manager for Bobby McFerrin), the Yesberger Band demonstrates incredible diversity and originality that is largely due to the rich musical community they have grown out of. The trio is made up of three dedicated Berklee College of Music students thrilled by the struggle of balancing their education with the growing demands of their musical careers. Having already toured the U.S. opening for Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations, the Yesberger Band is well on their way to indie success. Their debut CD, The Bad Weather EP, is "sonically optimistic, raining soulful, gentle electric daubs" across six original tunes and an original cover of the famous Beatles tune "Blackbird." Even Bob Mintzer had to say it: "Man, you've got some catchy tunes!"

Admission: 
Free

Jeff Covell Trio

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Admission: 

Stephany Tiernan: New Piano Music

Monday / February 6, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
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