One of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable composers and pianists in jazz today, Lisa Hilton has honed her evocative, individualistic, and impressionistic “sound paintings” for over a decade as a leader. Like Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans, her imagistic compositions draw as deeply on the classical tradition and the avant-garde as much as they look back to jazz greats like Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Hilton's approach is nuanced, and expressive, her compositional style thorough and painterly, her touch on the keyboard alternately tender, brooding, emotive, yet methodically cerebral. Over the course of her creative career, the "Lioness of Jazz" has played with many of this era's jazz luminaries, releasing a total of fourteen albums, (over 170 iTunes tracks).
Alto saxophonist Zach Giberson presents a mixture of traditional Brazilian rhythm and harmonic foundations with contemporary jazz structure and improvisation. The show will mostly feature original compositions, but begins and ends with pieces by Dave Pietro—the saxophonist who largely inspired the idea behind this performance.
Vibraphone and steel pan player Ssu-yun Wang will lead her band represent her senior recital. This time, they will play totally different style music from classical jump to jazz, Latin, Caribbean, and R&B welcome.
Join us as we celebrate the launch of the third print edition of FUSION. Enjoy readings and performances by Berklee students, faculty, and guests. FUSION is a global forum of writing, visual art, and music that engages interdisciplinary approaches to the arts. We publish high-quality writing, photography, and multimedia projects by our community as well as internationally recognized artists.