Underwater Airport is an improvisational and recording multimedia ensemble that combines music and projected visuals to create spontaneous portals into alternate space-time dimensions. Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as shamanic trance music, 1960s free jazz and psychedelia, ambient electronica, and world beat, the band's members have practiced individual and collective improvisation in diverse settings far longer than they can remember. Every Underwater Airport performance is a unique experience, as the music is created on the spot in real time, never to be repeated.
Bleep Blop Electroacoustic Ensemble will appear with the legendary tabla player Sandeep Das. This concert launches Bleep Blop’s fourth season and the beginning of a yearlong collaboration with Das. This is his first foray into live electronics.
The music will feature electronically manipulated tabla, analog synthesis, live video, and a new work for iPad ensemble. Bleep Blop's prior performances have successfully merged the art of acoustic music with the mystique of audio technology, but for this concert, the ensemble is going to bring improvisation and technology to a new level.
Performer and composer Das, twice nominated for Grammy Awards, performs regularly with the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma as well as several internationally renowned artists. Das's very extensive bio can be read here.
Bleep Blop is an ensemble dedicated to the merging of acoustic performers with live electronics. The ensemble is dedicated to an overhaul of the concert experience and aims to provide an interactive environment for audiences.
Guitarist and composer Norm Zocher brings his exciting genre-bending Electric Strings Quartet to the Berklee Performance Center. This concert, which draws from the classical and rock traditions, is the latest in a series of collaborations with Berklee faculty violinist Mimi Rabson. The program will feature excerpts from Zocher’s composition “Rock Ethic” for solo violin, which was commissioned by Rabson with a Berklee grant. It premiered in New York City by former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster Elmira Darvarova, and was featured in Strings magazine. The concert will also include Zocher’s orchestral work, “Slow and Heavy,” which was played by the Berklee World Strings under Rabson’s baton. Along with Zocher on guitars and Rabson on violin, the Electric Strings Quartet features Berklee professor Bruno Raberg on bass, and Dave Jamrog on drums.
Pianist/composer Tom Hojnacki and cellist Leo Eguchi offer the premiere of Hojnacki’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano.” The performance will also include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano.”
Enjoy an eclectic mix of soulful pop, R&B, and cabaret songs with music and lyrics by Berklee harmony/songwriting professor Michael Wartofsky. A rhythm section and strings will back up a talented lineup of faculty and student vocalists for a variety-filled evening of contemporary song.