Known around Music City for her unique musical blend of soul and country (and a good hair toss every now and then), Sarah Kirkland gets fans on their feet and singing along. Kirkland’s musical gifts were apparent from a very young age. “I was singing along to the radio when I was 5 years old, and my dad couldn’t believe that I was able to sing the harmony parts with such ease. He encouraged me to keep singing what I was hearing because what I was doing wasn’t common for a young child,” she says. Kirkland recently cut a new three-song EP, produced by two-time Grammy winner Drew Ramsey. The songs take you through a range of emotions from celebration of a pending marriage to trepidation over new relationships. Sarah also released a video of the first single, “Bachelorette”, which is receiving rave reviews (and lots of views).
Catie Offerman is a multi-instrumentalist, with her primary instrument being fiddle. She also sings and writes. Originally from Texas, she is 18 years old and a senior at Berklee College of Music. She has three CDs, and a recent single entitled, "Kissin' in the Dark," produced by Grammy Award-winning Lloyd Maines. Her latest EP is Should've Made Me Stay."
Berkee-in-the-Round Tuesdays is a free acoustic performance showcasing Berklee students, faculty, and alumni plus special guests. Inspired by the world-famous Bluebird Café rounds in Nashville, Tennesse, B.I.T.R. Tuesdays are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the semester. The writers are seated in the center of the room and perform their original songs round-robin fashion, creating an intimate listening room vibe, as if the audience was joining the writers in their living room.
A special chair is reserved in the round for a “mystery” guest. This person could be an established artist who is visiting the college or touring in the area, a hit songwriter, etc. You never know who may show up for a few songs, or join in for the whole round.
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. Joe Lovano is one of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Faculty members.
Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Lovano was named Jazz Artist of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 by DownBeat magazine, and scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: Musician of the Year, Improviser of the Year, and Best Tenor Saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the Down Beat readers and critics polls as Tenor Player of the Year in 2000. Lovano attended Berklee in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctor of music degree from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001 he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department, known as the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, and Paul Motian.
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.