Concert

JD Allen Trio

Wednesday / November 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Berklee Jams is an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. The program brings up-and-coming jazz groups to Boston for performances and jam sessions with Berklee students, as well as master classes and clinics. The series is produced in partnership with Marsalis Music, the Cambridge-based record label founded by Berklee alumnus Branford Marsalis.

The special guest for the latest Marsalis Berklee Jams is the JD Allen Trio, a highly regarded trio who has recorded I Am I Am and Shine. On November 9 and 10, the trio will perform a short set, followed by a jam session open to all Berklee students.

Originally from Detroit, JD Allen's apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument—the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art—has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Since his 1996 debut album, Allen has enjoyed stints at the Village Vanguard; headlining festivals in Barcelona and major U.S. festivals including Newport, Charlie Parker/Summerstage, Saratoga, NYC Winter, and Undead jazzfests, which have further established Allen among today's foremost jazz composers and tenor saxophonists.

 

Admission: 
FREE

Steven Wilson

Sunday / November 13, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$45, $35, $27.50, reserved seating

Ensemble Showcase: Latin

Friday / December 2, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Bernardo Hernandez: Salsa Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Ricardo Monzon: Music of the Dominican Republic
6:30 p.m. Matt Jensen: Music

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: World, Pop, Funk

Thursday / December 1, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Mixed World Ensemble
4:30 p.m. Alain Mallet: Music of Paul Simon and Sting
6:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: The Music of P-Funk

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Ensemble Showcase: Heavy Metal, Hardcore, Alternative

Wednesday / November 30, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Hardcore/Heavy Metal
4:30 p.m. Robert Schlink: Hardcore/Heavy Metal
6:30 p.m. Ron Savage: Music of Radiohead

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Funk, Soul

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

1:30 p.m. Lennie Stallworth: Funk and Soul Review
4:30 p.m. Kenwood Dennard: James Brown
6:30 p.m. Skip Smith: Franklin, Wonder, Gaye, and Kahn

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The Laptop as an Instrument: Performance Techniques with Ableton Live

Tuesday / November 8, 2011 / 5:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee faculty member Loudon Stearns leads an in-depth Ableton Live clinic, focused on performance techniques.

  • Ableton Live overview
  • Creating, loading and launching clips
  • MIDI mapping and control surface setup
  • Effects and audio manipulation

As a bass player, producer, and laptop musician, Loudon Srearns's music can be heard on numerous documentaries and short films. While continuing his studies of composition, engineering, and sound design, he is currently pursuing a degree in physics as part of ongoing search for the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything. After studying harmony at University of Lincoln, Stearns became actively involved with the National Guitar Workshop, where he was an instructor and the live sound engineer. At Berklee College of Music he graduated with honors with a dual major in bass performance and contemporary writing and production. Now an assistant professor in Contemporary Writing and Production, Stearns teaches classes in sequencing, arranging, and scoring to visuals. Also active with Berkleemusic.com, he authored the course Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live.

   

Admission: 
Free

Congreso Reports Con-Fusion!

Wednesday / November 16, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Congreso has been one of the most important Chilean bands for four decades, with 19 albums to its credit. Founded in 1969-70, the band created a new Latin American sound with contemporary trends. The entire Chilean geography walks around in their music, including the Atacama desert, large cities such as Santiago and Valparaíso, forests, and southern lakes. Their music always finds a home.

The Weather Report Ensemble, directed by Jetro da Silva, will be opening the concert.

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

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Christian Scott

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Famed New York-area NPR jazz station WGBO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and NPRmusic.org.  

The Checkout - Live at Berklee will debut with trumpeter Christian Scott '06 on November 17. Concerts and broadcasts will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Edison Prize–winning and Grammy-nominated trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Christian Scott is widely considered to be one of the leading jazz artists of his generation. Raised in New Orleans, Scott toured from his early teens in his uncle Donald Harrison Jr.'s band. After graduation from Berklee in 2006, where he completed two degrees in just two years, Scott signed with Concord Records. His first effort for the label, Rewind That, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Three subsequent releases have each garnered critical acclaim, including 2010's Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, recorded at the legendary Van Gelder Studio.

Admission: 
$10, general Admission, $5 with Berklee ID

Young Flamenco!

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Belén López

The Mediterranean Music Institute brings the passion, seduction, and elegance of flamenco to Berklee in a show featuring five of Spain's top young artists. They will share the stage with some of Berklee's finest performers in a fusion of flamenco and Latin American jazz.

Under the direction of artistic directors Javier Limón and Victor Mendoza, five of Spain's top young flamenco artists will appear in the U.S. for the first time for a concert of traditional music and Latin jazz featuring some of Berklee College of Music's most inspiring international students. The event is part of the Berklee Flamenco Project, presented by the Mediterranean Music Institute at Berklee in Valencia and organized by Berklee College of Music and Spain Arts and Culture.

The concert will feature some of Spain's greatest up-and-coming young flamenco vocalists, dancers, percussionists, and guitarists. Some of these artists have collaborated with the world's best known Spanish performers, including Sara Baras, Joan Manuel Serrat, and Jorge Pardo.

Under the direction of Limón and Mendoza, a group of top international students will draw upon rhythms and instruments from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and other countries, fusing a myriad of cultures and sounds to create a spectacular program of traditional flamenco music and Latin jazz seldom heard in Boston.

The Mediterranean Music Institute is the initial activity of Berklee in Valencia, the college's first international campus. Its mission is to teach Mediterranean musical traditions, to contribute to the cultural exchange of folk-based music from the various regions of the Mediterranean, and to support young and emerging talent from the area. One of the efforts to promote these traditions internationally is the Berklee Flamenco Project, providing Berklee students with an opportunity to work hand in hand with real flamenco artists and enjoy the vivid interaction of different musical cultures.

About the artistic directors:

Producer, musician, and composer, Javier Limón is a legend of Latin American culture. His ability to weave fairytales with the unique twists of the genre garnered him a Latin Grammy in 2004 for Producer of the Year. Limon has gone on to win a total of seven Latin Grammys, one Grammy, and many more nominations. He is also the artistic director of the Mediterranean Music Institute.

Considered by critics around the world to be one of today's finest Latin jazz artists, Mexican-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe, including Montreal, Quebec, Boston, and New Orleans jazz festivals. He has also been a professor at Berklee College of Music for many years and is an active and important part of the Berklee in Valencia project.

The project will feature some of the greatest young Spanish flamenco artists:

Tamara Escudero is one of the new upcoming female voices of flamenco. She has performed with the Teatro Español, Suma Flamenca, the Ballet Nacional de España, and Teatro Lara in Madrid. She now performs with Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona.

Flamenco vocalist Saúl Quirós made his debut at the age of 9 in a Joan Manuel Serrat album. Afterwards, he worked with several flamenco groups, such as Guito, Manolete, Merche Esmeralda, Cristóbal Reyes, and Sara Baras. He has been performing in different flamenco styles all around the world.

At the age of 23, Israel Cerreduela, the grandson of "El Nani," a guitar player well known among flamenco artists, and son of David Cerreduela, one of the main figures of flamenco guitar today, has performed with Enrique Morente, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras, Cacilia Gomez, Guadiana.

Flamenco percussionist Rafael Jiménez, "El Chispas," is known for his cooperation and performances with Ramón "El Portugués," Guadiana, Enrique Melchor, Alain Perez, Caramelo, Juan Ramírez, Jorge Pardo.

Belén López is one of the most passionate and roots-driven rising stars of flamenco dance. She has completed her degree at Madrid Dance Conservatory and has been Prima Ballerina of the Arena di Verona and Il Cambroio.

For more information on the Mediterranean Music Institue and Berklee in Valencia visit berkleevalencia.org.

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

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