Concert

Oriente Lopez

Thursday / March 1, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Oriente Lopez

Grammy Award-winner Oriente Lopez was born in 1962, in Havana, Cuba.  As soon as he could reach the piano he began playing by ear and is self-taught on that instrument. In 1969 he began studying violin and two years later moved to flute as his primary instrument. Since his early years, Lopez experienced a growing interest in jazz and popular music. He also received 15 years of classical training at various institutions in Havana. 

In 1983, Lopez joined the legendary band Afrocuba. He was with the band for seven years, recording Dile Que Vuelvo (1981), Eclipse De Sol (1987), and Sobrevolando (1988). Afrocuba shared the stage for five years with Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and also produced two double albums, Causas y Azares (1986) and Oh, Melancolía (1988). 

In 1993 Lopez moved to the New York area. He has worked as a pianist, flautist, musical director, composer, arranger, and producer. Throughout the years he has distinguished himself as a composer and has been especially prolific as an arranger. His collaborations include works with Regina Carter, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye, Patato, Fito Paez, Mauricio Zottarelli, Charlie Haden, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among others.

Now, Lopez performs his music with various-sized ensembles. His compositions and arrangements continue to be recorded and performed by many artists around the globe.

Opening will be Francisco Ruiz and the Afrocuba Tribute Band. Ecuadorian singer/arranger Francisco Ruiz presents a tribute to Afrocuba.

Afrocuba Tribute Band

Lead Vocals - Francisco Ruiz, Quito, Ecuador
Vocals - Nichole Calderon, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Vocals - Andrés P. Rosario, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Piano - Issac Delgado Jr, Havana, Cuba
Bass - Santiago Herrera, Riobamba, Ecuador
Drums - Marcos Lopez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Congas - Manuel Lara, Valencia, Venezuela
Timbales - Alí Alvarez, Havana, Cuba
Guitar - Italo Cunha, Brasília, Brazil
Flute - Enrique “Kalani” Trinidad, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Trumpet - Paul Sanchez, Quito, Ecuador
Trumpet - Tomer Ron, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tenor Saxophone- Edmar Colon, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Trombone - Fernando “Nanddy” Lopez, Puerto Rico

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

Write of Spring

Wednesday / February 29, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

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

Yun Mi Bak / Mina Yu

Tuesday / February 28, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

8:15 p.m. - Yun Mi Bak

 

9:15 p.m. - Mina and the Secret present jazz and rock, classic, and hip-hop, all by Mina Yu. Admission: Free

 

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Francisco Vielma / HyoYoung Kim

Monday / February 27, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Francisco Vielma y Panela Ensamble is a project founded in Caracas, Venezuela. They perform compositions by some of the most important Venezuelan songwriters arranged by Francisco Vielma.

Vielma's arranging showcases the distinctive elements of his generation—he blends tradition with improvisation and concert music. Composers like Simón Díaz, Luis Fragachan, Juan Vicente Torrealba, Leonardo Oporto, Pedro Manuel Yánez among others will be honored on this Panela Ensamble's premier in Boston.

Panela Ensamble are: Francisco Vielma on Multipercussion, Nella Rojas on voice, Evan Waaramaa on piano, Maureen Choi on violin, Aaron Gratzmiller on woodwinds and Mario Carrillo on acoustic bass. 

At 9:15 p.m., pianist and bassist HyoYoung Kim presents mixed styles, arrangements and original tunes, with student musicians, faculty and staff.

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Free

Gospel Singer Tye Tribbett

Thursday / February 23, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tye Tribbett has been making bold declarations and bringing forth change within his music for years with Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing (“GA”), his family and ministry.  Together they toured and performed with some of the biggest artists in the secular world, including Whitney Houston, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Luther Vandross, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and Jill Scott.

This event will feature an interview by Theresa Hairston, publisher of Gospel Today, with gospel music singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and choir director Tye Tribbett. Tribbett will also perform a collection of his songs with a Berklee ensemble.

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Admission: 
$8, $13 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating

Los Hermanos Arango: Direct from Havana

Tuesday / February 21, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

 

Los Hermanos Arango is an ensemble from Guanabacoa, Cuba, where Yoruba, Abakuá and other West African traditions are preserved in their most authentic form in the Americas. The ensemble is the only Cuban band to use completely unaltered Afro-Cuban ritual hand and vocal drumming as the basis for a modern repertoire that integrates electric bass, keyboards, brass, and winds. Leaders Feliciano and Eugenio Arango are in high demand as percussionists and bassists in Cuba, and have toured with Chucho Valdés, Afro-Cuban All Stars, NG La Banda, Pablo Milanés, and Emiliano Salvador.

Los Hermanos Arango is led by Feliciano Arango, who was mentored by seminal Cuban bassist Orlando ‘Cachaito’ López and who toured with famed pianist and composer Emiliano Salvador. Arango, the founding bassist for NG La Banda, developed a new style of Cuban dance music called timba. He was responsible for leading Cuban bassists in a new approach to bass that greatly enhanced the overall melodic and percussive sound of the instrument in Cuban music.

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

New Music Festival

Wednesday / February 22, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The annual New Music Festival presents groups that defy categorization in a single genre, or present material in a new or different way. Be taken on a journey from traditional jazz to electronica.

This year four groups are featured. The Eastwood Project, directed by Jordan Rose, combines a literary work written especially for this event with a collaborative score in a jazz and blues vibe. A string ensemble led by Scarlett Deering plays unexpected arrangements of recognizable material. Deniz Ozcelik combines jazz vocal and instrumental improvisation with dance and electronica, and the Jauntee is a refreshingly unusual jam band, led by Scott Ferber.

The Jauntee

Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, the Jauntee's improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including funk, rock, jazz, progressive, bluegrass, psychedelic, and ambient music. Its willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into 'the weird' sets it apart from your average upcoming jam band. With a large arsenal of covers, countless original tunes, and an inclination for open-ended improvisation, every show promises to be a unique experience.

Little Moon

Brought together by the winds of fate, a group of accomplished string players integrate the delicacy of the sound of strings with the unruly edge of indie rock. They have played to the drifting snow on Mount Everest, to the rolling waves of the Dead Sea, to the groaning erosion of the Grand Canyon, and to the swimming lava of Vesuvius. They have summoned the greatness of the oceans and the fire of the sun to create a mesmerizing sound unlike any other. They are Little Moon.

The Eastwood Project

The creative minds of Devon Yesburger, Spencer Stewart, Jordan Rose, Roni Eytan, and Jack McNutt have combined to create something that has never been done before. Be sure not to miss this groundbreaking performance as they combine their musicianship with another art form. Jack McNutt (a talented writer) will script a short family-friendly dialogue that will be spoken by the musicians on stage while they simultaneously play the score composed for the script. Each musician will not only be a voice in the dialogue, but will be contributing to the score at the same time. It will be a western type of vibe with a blues and jazz influence for the score.

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

George Clinton Meets Berklee

Thursday / February 16, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
George Clinton

The Berklee P-Funk Ensemble has been a popular ensemble since the 1990s. George Clinton made a surprise visit and directed the group for an MTV special a few years back. Now, one of the foremost innovators of funk music returns to Berklee for a four-day residency and a concert covering his artistic trajectory from Parliament in the 1960s to Funkadelic, and his amazing solo career.

Admission: Sold out

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Snarky Puppy / Funky Knuckles

Monday / February 27, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Snarky Puppy

With the release of its last two live CD/DVDs, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The three-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (Best Jazz Act 2008, 2009, 2010) fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or carefree audience.

Made up of Dallas's finest improvisers and pocket players, the Funky Knuckles bring greasy funk and rich jazz harmony together in their own unique way. They are the newest addition to freshly formed GroundUP Music's artist roster, and are releasing their debut album, As Of Lately, in early 2012.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Company of Thieves / Zac Clark and the Young Volcanoes

Saturday / February 25, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Company of Thieves couldn't wait to record its sophomore full-length album, Running from a Gamble. Even though Company of Thieves' famously feverish fanbase is exponentially larger than it was when the band released its first album, the only pressure felt during the making of Running from a Gamble was due to the explosive nature of the songs themselves. And the tremendous results are a testament to how far the Chicago-based band has come in such a short period of time.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

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